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  1. We did Valletta on our own, but our ship had a short time stop there, just for 5 hours. We took a regular bus to go to Mdina and the rest time just walked in Valletta.
  2. Agree, ship tours also are often big group tours and i think in high season in St. Petersburg it is better to be in a smaller group with a local tour operator. We used Red Sun Tours - a local tour operator with great reviews on Trip Advisor. The tour exceeded all our expectations. We never waited in the lines and knew so much about the Russian culture. We still have so nice memories.
  3. We were told the same thing by the ship. But we booked our shore excursion with Red Sun Tours much in advance and had our visa tickets printed. We easily got through the immigration in St. Petersburg, no waiting at all. Our tour was fantastic. I am so glad we booked a private tour with a small local tour company. They customized our tour just perfectly for our family. Most of all we liked personal touch and warmth of our super knowledgeable guide. We will definitely come back to St. Petersburg and use Red Sun Tours again
  4. What about Russian Banya ( bathhouse) or Matryoshka painting class with a Russian artist at his upper floor studio. Or may be a day trip to Novgorod town... Cooking class with a Russian family... All that was offered to us when we booked a tour with Red Sun Tours. You may ask Elena and she will give all the details
  5. warble

    DIY Genoa

    We walked in Genoa on our own. It was very nice! But watch your pockets; the city is teeming with pickpockets
  6. Top rated companies are busy; we needed more individual approach. After some research we booked a 2 Day tour of St. Petersburg with Red Sun Tours. It was fantastic! The tour was tailored for us and we had really unique experience. I was surprised even by the personal touch and wonderful stories of our great guide.
  7. We toured with Red Sun Tours and our start time was 8.30 am. It was convenient for us and we didn't wait in the line.
  8. We had a tour of St. Petersburg with Red Sun Tours 2 years ago. It was superior experience. The itinerary was tailored to our interests and we really enjoyed our guide. Other cities we did by our own which was pretty easy.
  9. We took HOHO in Rome for 48 hours. It was pretty enough for our short stay in Rome
  10. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Fleming in Rome when we traveled to Genua to our ship. It was a good offer and they arranged transfer from/to the airport
  11. We booked a transfer from the ship to Pisa and then to Florence. We found that local company Smart Cruise Tours; their offer was good
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