All cruise line 'shore excursions' are pricey ! especially if you have children. Go onto the OV website, http://www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk/actionashore.aspx this takes you to the shore excursions, choose 'mediteraen', choose route then choose port and you will see whats on offer and at what price. If you dont like the look of the prices go to the tourist boards for the various places and do some research ie. trains to Rome are on italian tourist board web site. However, if you are not confident go with the tours or join up with experienced cruisers and get taxies.Cruise critic and tripadviser are good sites for research/help from other cruisers. Whatever you do You MUST be back on the ship at the time stated or it WILL go without you. It only waits for its OWN shore excursions to return. Have a lovely time.