This daylong shore excursion from Livorno takes you through the Italian countryside to the towns of Pisa and Florence. Travel in a air-conditioned minivan with Wi-Fi to Pisa, where you can see and photograph the city’s famous Leaning Tower. Then it’s on to Florence where highlights include Piazzale Michelangelo, a square with panoramic views of Florence, and Piazza Santa Croce, where Galileo and Machiavelli are buried. Have lunch on your own before heading back to port.
Great bang for the buck, as this is basically just a transfer. The drive through the Tuscan countryside was nice, as it avoided the boring freeway. Pisa is basically just a photo op stop, and we did have a few minutes to have an espresso and pick up a souvenir. The driver did share with us a little tour-guide like information along the way, which was nice. One star deduction because we mentioned to the driver that we really wanted to go to the WWII American Cemetery to visit an uncles gravesite while in Florence, and he could have taken us there himself after dropping everyone else off, as he was just wastes time while everyone walks around in Florence we would gladly have paid him extra... but he didnt offer and was not helpful finding us a way to get there. In fact he talked us out if it, saying it was too far away - but I dont think it really was.
Fantastic tour. 2xAdults, 1x Teen and 9 yr old. Shared with 3 Americans from a different cruise ship. Lovely luxury blacked out Mercedes mini van. Our driver Yuri was great and nothing was any problem. 90mins at pisa which is ample. 70min drive to Florence. 4 hrs in Florence then 60mins back to ship. Highly recommended.
Carlo was great. Good driver and commentator. Really enjoyed having a small group. We were able to see vistas from a different viewpoint due to the small size of the van. Definitely recommend this tour.
A very good overview of the highlights. Minivan was more comfortable than the previous ones. More room especially if you have long legs. Also, this driver had a microphone so everyone could hear. Another improvement over previous tours on this repositioning cruise.
It was OK, but definitely could have been better! We had trouble finding the tour guide when we got off the ship. Turns out our name was handwritten at the bottom of a sign. I was confused and stressed by the time we found him. We had 9:00 tickets to climb the Pisa tower and were hoping to make it there on time. We paid for a small group tour - 8 people. There were actually 16 people and 2 vans. Our van's wifi did not work at all on the trip to Pisa. We made it on time and the climb was FANTASTIC! The wifi was working on the trip to Florence. However, our guide was the owner's Dad and did not offer any commentary at all on the drive. Florence was beautiful but no wifi on our van on the way back to the ship. We told the driver and owner and he was sort of rude to us and said it was working. The network would not show up for any of the 8 in the van.
The small-group tour is the way to experience these beautiful cities. Our guide Maurizio confirmed meeting time/place in advance of the tour and was a terrific and knowledgeable host. We had an appropriate amount of time to enjoy the various sights including lunch at a lively local restaurant. We highly recommend this excursion.