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Old 02-21-2013, 12:44 PM   #1576
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I have been trying to find out if the hiking trails in Cinque Terre (La Spezia) are open yet, info seems to say they are planning a Spring 2013 opening. Has anyone been able to find out more info on whether or not these trails will be open? Thanks for any input.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:17 PM   #1577
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I have been trying to find out if the hiking trails in Cinque Terre (La Spezia) are open yet, info seems to say they are planning a Spring 2013 opening. Has anyone been able to find out more info on whether or not these trails will be open? Thanks for any input.
I haven't been able to find anything recent, so I just emailed their Park Service. I'll let you know what I find out.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:01 PM   #1578
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I really hope we reach quorum on this excursion! I'll probably be sitting by the phone waiting for the heartbreaking "Dear ImprovGal" phone call from shoreside up until my flight.
it has been a really long time since I posted on this thread but I did this excursion in 2011. It was awesome and there were only 9 people on it so I don't think you have to worry too much about it being cancelled
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I have been trying to find out if the hiking trails in Cinque Terre (La Spezia) are open yet, info seems to say they are planning a Spring 2013 opening. Has anyone been able to find out more info on whether or not these trails will be open? Thanks for any input.
I heard back from the Cinque Terre park service.
They said use this site:
http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/sentieri_parco.asp for information about the trails that are open, etc. There is an English version just click on the English flag. The red dots are the trails that are currently closed. So I guess we can check as it gets closer to time to travel to see what's open and what's not.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:16 PM   #1580
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I heard back from the Cinque Terre park service.
They said use this site:
http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/sentieri_parco.asp for information about the trails that are open, etc. There is an English version just click on the English flag. The red dots are the trails that are currently closed. So I guess we can check as it gets closer to time to travel to see what's open and what's not.
Thanks, that is where I went, according to that, all the lower trails are closed, but it has not been updated since Sept 2012. I had read somewhere that the trails were supposed to be open by Spring 2013, so just hoping I could find an update - guess I will just have to be patient and wait until "spring".
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:17 PM   #1581
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Monsters University premears on Friday, June 21st! I think that's the same day we are in Athens.
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Monsters University premears on Friday, June 21st! I think that's the same day we are in Athens.
Yes it is. So it will premear the night before
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Yes it is. So it will premear the night before
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iPad question

Has anyone made their reservations on an iPad? I might not have access to a computer when my booking window opens and I'm feeling stressed about the iPad not working for reservations. Any advice or experience with this? Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:13 PM   #1586
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My husband and I are booked this excursion too since the museums in Florence are going to be closed. We love to cook so we are really looking forward to it. We did a cooking class excursion in Mexico and really enjoyed it so hopefully this one is even better!
I hope there will be room when we get to book for this cooking excursion! One thing my DH really wants to do! We also did the cooking class excursion in Mexico last year and it was so much fun.
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I am from Sarnia, Ontario (though born outside of Edmonton - go Oilers!) and went to university in Waterloo. Lots of us SW Ontarians in this group!

I am planning to book a private family tour of the Louvre and possibly a walking tour as well with Paris Muse. They have great ratings for keeping kids entertained while learning about art history! Oldest DS just finished a unit on Medieval Times and I think he will love the city and the rich history. Not that there won't be lots of history on our cruise, but I think Paris will be a little more "real" for him as opposed to the more abstract ruins. And what kid (or adult) doesn't want to go up the Eiffel Tower?
Sooo would love to take DH to Paris! Such great things to see and do. Getting so excited!
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I hope there will be room when we get to book for this cooking excursion! One thing my DH really wants to do! We also did the cooking class excursion in Mexico last year and it was so much fun.
Which Mexican cooking excursion did you do? I've done the Mexican Cooking experience in Puerto Vallerta twice (different locations both times) and the Salsa and Salsa one in Cabo and most recently Cozumel. I've enjoyed them all and am so happy to hear that I shouldn't be in danger of having this Florence one cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
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Has anyone made their reservations on an iPad? I might not have access to a computer when my booking window opens and I'm feeling stressed about the iPad not working for reservations. Any advice or experience with this? Thanks!
I have used my Ipad for reservations and it works ok. I needed to increase the page area where the check-off boxes are out. Depending on the service I have found my ipad to run a little slower than my pc. I would go into your reservation off your ipad before your reservation date.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #1590
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I posted this on the Med Cruise planning thread but thought it appropriate to post here as more of us will be booking our excursions starting on Friday.

I also wanted to see if a Platinum DISer might look up the departure time for the Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze excursion for us - not the adults only one but the regular one.


We originally thought we would take a DCL tour to visit Monte Carlo on our first stop in Villefranche, and then make our way to Eze on our own during our second visit. But DCL has an excursion that incorporates both locations, so we will leave our second day in Villefranche open for a restful, relaxing day as the following day will be a full day in Florence.

These are the highlights from the description of the excursion:
  • Take an approximate 45-minute drive along the Lower Corniche to Monaco.
  • Ride an escalator or elevator up the cliff and enjoy a 45-minute guided walking tour including an external visit of the Oceanographic Museum and inside visits of the Monaco Cathedral and Prince's Palace, where you will also be able to observe the changing of the guard.
  • Enjoy approximately 90 minutes of leisure time where you can enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes or browse the shops.
  • Re-board your coach for a 15-minute drive along part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit.
  • Arrive at the coach parking area in Monte Carlo and walk approximately 15 minutes up to Casino square, surrounded by immaculate gardens.
  • Then enjoy approximately 60 minutes of free time to shop, explore the Grand Casino or browse the impressive range of top cars outside in Casino Square, before walking back to your coach.
  • Leaving Monaco, drive approximately 30 minutes along the Middle Corniche to the spectacular medieval village of Eze, perched on a craggy peak above the Mediterranean.
  • Enjoy a 30-minute guided walking tour through the steep cobblestone streets followed by approximately 60 minutes of free time for exploring or shopping.


One thing we especially wanted was to have some free time to explore and shop on our own in both Monte Carlo and Eze. We also had looked into how to get from the port to Eze and back using public transportation, and while it is doable, it looked a bit more complicated than we wanted to figure out with the time constraints we will have. So for us, the DCL excursion is the way to go.


I'm also wondering if we'll be able to get a stamp in our passport for Monaco.
EDITED to ADD: It looks like it might be possible - reports are that the Tourist Information Office at the end of the gardens by the Casino can do it. Monaco is the second smallest country in the world; Vatican City is the smallest.
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