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JOURNEY TO PISA AND THE SIGHTS OF FLORENCE

Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate.) $1626 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate.) $1769 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate.) $1946 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate.) $2165 USD
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JOURNEY TO PISA AND THE SIGHTS OF FLORENCE

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Your trip will begin at the cruise ship pier, where you will be met by your private, licensed driver/guide, who will accompany you during your adventure.

Your tour begins with a 40-minute ride to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower. Drive along the Arno River to discover the unexpected side of the city, including the University area where Galileo studied. Stop in Cathedral Square to view the Leaning Tower, Duomo, Baptistry, and Camposanto.

Next, you will drive the hour to Florence, stopping first for a beautiful view on the hills overlooking the city. When you arrive in the city, make your way to the Accademia where the original David by Michelangelo is located (since you have reservations, you will be able to avoid the lines!). The sculpture has been housed here since 1873, when it was moved from its previous outdoor location on Piazza della Signoria.

Next, make your way to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence. This cathedral, the third to be built in Florence, was the largest in Europe when it was completed, with room for 30,000 people. It is noted for its high, octagonal-ribbed dome and is Brunelleschi's most famous masterpiece. Then head to the baptistry with its famous bronze gates, before coming to the Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), where Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini are all buried. You will also visit the Old Bridge area, with its medieval roads and Renaissance palaces. If you are interested, you will have the opportunity to stop in some of the workshops to visit the craftsmen.

At some point, you will want to stop for lunch (on your own) and do a little shopping. You will have about one hour to shop for leather, gold, Tuscany pottery, shoes, water colors, or other Florentine treasures.

You will be tired and happy on your one-hour drive back to Livorno and your cruise ship.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/certified guide (guide may also be your driver - guide for full duration of tour)
  • Time for lunch and shopping
  • Visit/see:
  • Pisa
  • Piazza del Duomo ("Cathedral Square"), including the Leaning Tower, Duomo, Baptistry, and Camposanto
  • Florence
  • Accademia (optional, selected during check out)
  • Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Basilica di Santa Croce
  • Old Bridge area
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

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Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (9 hrs)
  • 9:30 AM (9 hrs) Only for ships that arrive at 9am.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

•If you wish to climb the Leaning Tower, please log on to www.opapisa.it to purchase tickets. Tickets should be purchased 45 days in advance to ensure space. You will need your ID with you to exchange the voucher for the tickets, and your guide can help you with that. Please book the tour for around 9:00am, which is about the time you will arrive in Pisa.
• Tickets to the Academia are about 20€ per person. You will pay this fee in cash directly to the driver at the time of the tour.
Please note that if you are making a last-minute booking, especially during the high season, we cannot guarantee that you will have tickets reserved. Pre-reserved tickets are non-refundable.
Please note that due to time limitations, we are unable to offer the Uffizi Gallery on this tour. If you want to visit the Uffizi Gallery, please choose the Classic Florence tour.
• If you choose to go inside Santa Croce, the entrance fee for adults (over 18) is 8 Euro and teenagers (ages 11-18) is 6 Euro. Children (under 11) are free.
• Lunch and entrance fees are not included in the price of this tour.
Please wear long pants or dresses to the knees and shoulders covered, otherwise you cannot enter the Duomo of Santa Croce.

Restrictions

• As the guided portion of this tour is done mostly on foot, your licensed guide may also be the driver.
• Please note that pre-reserved tickets are non-refundable. If you don't use your reserved tickets, you will still be charged the full cost of the ticket.
• On Mondays, the Accademia is closed and will be substituted with other stops.
• Please note that on the first Sunday of each month many tourist sites in Italy have free admission. This can often result in long lines. If you are staying at a hotel, it may be beneficial to avoid booking a tour involving inside visits to major attractions on these days. If you have questions, contact ShoreTrips.
• Modest dress is required in all Italian churches. If you expect to enter a church during your tour, please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tops, skirts above the knee, or revealing clothing. If preferred, you may wear a shawl to cover your shoulders. This applies to children as well.
• We have found that there may be a rare occurrence of a port change from Livorno to La Spezia. La Spezia is accessible to the same sightseeing as Livorno, but is a slightly longer ride. This port requires an increase in cost as the distance from these highlights is further. Your guide will be waiting for you as you disembark. You may have an adjustment to your tour itinerary depending on your exit time, but be assured that your knowledgeable driver/escort will direct you to a satisfying day. This change is an exception to our policy that ship changes will result in a refund. People have been too disappointed sitting on the ship after this itinerary change and we feel this is in the best interest of the traveler. The total additional cost is $215. We apologize for your difficult day, but promise that the sun will shine as soon as you meet your driver.