It’s hard to believe that Mom and I leave on our Epic Adventure in just 5 short (yet brutally long) weeks. We have spent the last weeks organizing our excursions and time in Rome. We looked at the tour offerings from Celebrity but in the end have booked all private tours either by ourselves or with others on our cruise. The Cruise Critic website has been great for introducing you to others on your cruise so you can organize group transfers and tours, not to mention all the tips and tricks from more experienced Cruisers. There are roughly 70 people on our cruise roll call and it has been hugely helpful.
I am particularly excited about our tours in Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul and Naples.
Athens – We are hitting all the key tourist spots:
- Temple of Olympian Zeus
- Panathenaic or Kallimarmaro Stadium
- Lycabettus Hill
- House of Parliament with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
But then we head out of Athens for a drive along the coast to the Cape Sounio (Temple of Poseidon). I have always been a huge fan of mythology so visiting al these Greek temples is going to be very exciting. They have so many wonderful stories to go along with them.
Ephesus – To date, I have actually been relatively indifferent to Ephesus but have recently heard from some people that this location was the highlight of their trip to Turkey. This will be another busy spot as our tour will include:
- Temple of Artemis
- House of Virgin Mary
- Sirince Village
Istanbul – I found a Tour Company that would allow me to build my own itinerary, and I am very excited to hit the following hot spots:
- Topkapi palace + Harem
- Underground Cistern
- Hagia Sophia
- Blue Mosque
- Spice Market (if possible)
It will be a challenge to see everything in one day but we do have the following morning as well. I do however, need to leave some room for a visit the famous Grand Bazaar.
Naples – As I have mentioned before, I have previously been to Naples and Pompeii so was looking for something a bit different. We ended up joining another group who is planning on visiting Sorrento, Positano and Ravello. These look to be beautiful towns and I am really looking forward to wandering our way through them.
As you can see, we are definitely going to need those 3 At-Sea days to recover from some of these tours. Plus, our stops in Santorini and Mykonos should be happily more relaxed. Nonetheless, it is a good thing Mom is walking a ton and I am training for the Queen City Half-Marathon here in Regina
And all this is after our 3 fun- filled days in Rome.