Livorno: Florence and Pisa Shore Tour
- Private group
- Duration: 9 hours
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We were somewhat worried about this trip as we had always trips organised by the cruise ship. We were pleasantly reassured at the meeting point by the female agent who was excellent, we were surprised to find we were traveling by double decker especially as my wife and I have walking difficulties but we found seats downstairs. However, no designated disabled seats. The trip to Pisa considering the dreadful weather, heavy rain, was uneventful and safe. We were a little confused by the map supplied and walked an extra 500metres in heavy rain also there is a reasonable walk from the bus park, which it would be useful to know before we booked. The return was not so good we were given conflicting times to leave, printed on the leaflet it was 1pm but this was contradicted by the agent who said 1.15pm. The knock on effect was that most people arrived back at 1pm we were back by 1.10pm to find the only available seats were upstairs. There was no attempt to help us climb the stairs!
The tour is exactly as advertised and i would recommend it to anyone who wants the opportunity to see these two amazing cities and not be burdened with tour groups. The guide gives you a map of Florence with a route suggestion to follow which will take you to most of the sites. Instructions were clear and easy to follow about returning to the bus by a certain time - and a clear threat if you were late for that rendezvous you were on your own - you had taxi service that could bring you back to ship. Great! exactly as it should be. Now we arrive in Pisa - same instructions and guide leads the route to the city which was very helpful. Back on bus - the count is now 2 short. Ok i think taxi for them let's go. But no these two ditzes have the audacity to phone the company to say they are lost and can't find their way back to the bus. So we wait - and wait - and wait. Finally 45 min they arrive carrying piles of packages. Shopping while 30 of us wait! Bus took us directly to ship
Very good! Would have given this tour a 5 stars if they were able to pick up passengers at the port vs having to catch the port shuttle for 5 euros pp each way out to the city to join the bus tour. On the way to Florence there was an accident on the highway and we were at a standstill for close to an hour. Tuscany bus tour still gave us 3 hours to explore Florence (still not enough time) than we headed to Pisa. Since the tour was running late returning to town they took us directly to the cruise port which was really nice.
I had the BEST time EVER, the guide was SUPER knowledgeable and made sure we had an amazing time. We felt well taken care of. I have been on many excursions and this was definitely the best. I would highly recommend and I'm definitely looking into booking more excursions in the future! It was definitely worth the price and I made it back to my cruise in time!
Very comfortable. Would have liked more time in each destination. Wish the guide could have stayed on the bus the entire trip rather than having to get off and go to bus behind us. Would suggest that the bus drop us off in front of entrance to Pisa gate and then go park the car in bus parking lot.