Joe Banana Limos & Travel

Does the driver speak English?

Yes, all of our drivers speak English well. They are all from the area you are visiting, so they have very good general knowledge of your chosen destination.

What should I wear for this tour?

We suggest that you wear comfortable walking shoes as there is quite a bit of walking involved on uneven surfaces.

I have completed a booking form / quote request will you confirm the booking?

You will receive your voucher/confirmation email within 24 hrs of your booking/inquiry. If you haven't received anything after this time period please contact us. 

What should I wear if I want to visit some religious sites?

If you intend to visit religious sites, please have knees and shoulders covered (both men and women).

How early do I need to book my service?

The earlier the better, especially in the peak tourist season. Usually we recommend booking your service no later than 7 days before the requested date, otherwise there may not be availability.

What is your back to port policy?

We have a back to port policy of at least 1 hour prior to the last scheduled boarding time for the ship.

What is your cancellation policy?

Written cancellation notice must be received by us at least 7 days prior to the scheduled service date. If done under these terms, you will not be held financially liable for the scheduled service. If it is not done in these terms, Joe Banana Limos & Travel reserves the right to charge your credit card for a "No-Show” or “Late Cancellation” fee, which is the total amount due for the requested service(s). Please Note: We will NOT CHARGE payment to your credit card at the time of booking unless you select this option, rather we will keep the information in our secure database reserving the right to charge your credit card for 100% of the amount of the service in the event of a “NO SHOW” or “LATE CANCELLATION”.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable. If tickets have already been purchased when you choose to cancel or change your tour date, you will be financially responsible for the tickets purchased (payment will be automatically processed to the credit card provided at the time of booking) and unfortunately they will no longer be valid for your tour/service.

Which pickup time do you suggest from the port?

We suggest that you set an early pickup time, 7:30 am (in accordance with your ship's in port hours), in order for you to avoid the local rush hour traffic and have more time to enjoy your service to the fullest.

Is your company licensed?

Yes, we are a fully licensed company and are required to abide by the regulations set by the Italy Council licensing authority.

Where and how will I find the driver at Naples port?

Your driver will be waiting for you at the gangway of your cruise ship (just outside the white building) holding a sign with your name written on it.

Is the tip included in the quote? If not, how much should we tip the driver?

Tip is not included in the quote, as gratuities are not mandatory in Italy, however we do feel that if the clients are happy with their service, the driver should receive a tip as a token of appreciation. Standard gratuities in Europe run between 10 – 25% depending on the service received and your level of satisfaction.

Where and how will I find the driver at Salerno port?

Your driver will be waiting for you at the gangway of your cruise ship holding a sign with your name written on it.

What type of vehicles are used for services?

Our fleet is comprised of deluxe Mercedes and Volkswagen sedans, minivans, minibuses and buses. Above 8 passengers we will provide the service either with a Mercedes Sprinter minibus or multiple luxury minivans, according to our availability and local regulations. Many Italian cities have restricted the areas where certain vehicles can circulate, so in order to offer you the best service possible and to let you reach your destination as comfortably as possible, we will arrange your vehicle accordingly.

Where and how will I find the driver at Sorrento port?

Your driver will be waiting for you right where the cruise tender will drop you off, holding a sign with your name written on it.

Are we able to customize itineraries?

The itineraries we provide are suggestions based on our experiences and knowledge of the areas which provides you with the optimal way to maximize your touring time. We are, however, flexible and happy to accommodate feasible requests for itinerary changes. We do reserve the right to change the order in which we visit sites, depending on traffic conditions, weather conditions, strikes/internal assemblies, or other unforeseen circumstances which may influence the planned itinerary.

Where and how will I find the driver at Amalfi port?

Your driver will be waiting for you right where the cruise tender will drop you off, holding a sign with your name written on it.

What is the difference between a tour guide and a driver-guide?

A tour driver (driver-guide) and a tour guide are not the same. It is to your advantage when booking a private tour to be sure that you understand the difference and know in advance what you are paying for. A tour guide has a license, usually issued by the state / country. He or she has attended school to learn all about the sites you will see. A guide is permitted to go into the historical sites with you and tell you about the history. Naturally, their services are an additional cost. A tour driver is not licensed, has not attended "guide" school, and is not permitted inside a site to tell you about its history. Naturally, their services will be more economical. Many drivers are just as well versed in the area history as a formal guide. The difference of course is that they have to tell you the facts inside of the vehicle and once you are dropped off, he or she cannot explain anything to you about history as he or she can easily get a fine from the public police.

Where and how will I find the driver at Civitavecchia port?

Your driver will be waiting for you at the gangway of your cruise ship holding a sign with your name written on it.

Where and how will I find the driver in La Spezia port?

Due to security restrictions at La Spezia port, private tours are not able to get close to the ship. So we kindly suggest that you disembark about 20 minutes earlier than your scheduled pick up time and take the free shuttle to the parking lot, where your driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name written on it.

Where and how will I find the driver at Livorno port?

Your driver will be waiting for you at the gangway of your cruise ship holding a sign with your name written on it.

Is this tour accessible for people with limited walking abilities?

The itinerary can certainly be customised according to your needs, but please note that some areas may not be accessible with a stroller/wheelchair or for people with limited walking abilities. 

When is Pompeii open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is Herculaneum open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is Mt Vesuvius open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is Naples musem open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is the Colosseum open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When are the Vatican Museums open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

I have some dietary preferences/needs, can I do this tour?

Please send us an email specifying your dietary preferences/needs, and we will advise accordingly.

Is this tour suitable for people with limited walking abilities?

Due to the uneven surfaces in some areas, this service may not be suitable for stroller/wheelchair users or for people with limited walking abilities. 

When is Paestum open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is Villa Adriana open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is Villa d'Este open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is the Leaning Tower open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When is the Accademia open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

When are the Uffizi open?

You may find the updated calendar for the site here:

What happens if our cruise ship is unable to dock at the originally designated port?

If the cruise ship doesn't dock due to any circumstance out of your control, you will not be charged and we will try to re-schedule your service according to availability. If your cruise ship docks in a different port, for example Naples Port instead of Sorrento Port, we will change the pick up location, however there will be a fee associated with the change of port.

Where and how will I find the driver at Taormina port?

Your driver will be waiting for you at the gangway of your cruise ship holding a sign with your name written on it.

Where and how will I find the driver at Giardini-Naxos port?

Your driver will be waiting for you at the gangway of your cruise ship holding a sign with your name written on it.

Where and how will I find the driver at Messina port?

You will need to go out of the terminal onto your left hand side and follow the sign for private excursions, just opposite busses and taxis stand, and there you will fond your driver, holding a sign with your name written on it.

Where and how will I find the driver at Catania port?

You will need to follow the yellow line out of the terminal and walk for just 40mt, your driver will be waiting just behind the busses, holding a sign with your name written on it.

Why haven't I heard from you?

You should have received an automatic email in response to your booking/enquiry, please check your Spam Folder. In case you haven't received it please contact us at info@joebananalimos.com

Is a guided tour of the villas included?

As some guests prefer to explore the villas on their own, the services of a professional guide are optional for this tour. If you wish to have a private guided tour please select this option at check-out under the "Extra Services" section.

Is a guide included in this tour?

A guide is not included in this tour, however, you can add this option at check-out under the "Extra Services" section.

What happens to my nonrefundable tickets, for the Colosseum or Vatican for example, if the cruise ship itinerary is changed?

Unfortunately, as tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable, if tickets have already been purchased when your cruise ship changes the itinerary, the tickets purchased will no longer be valid for your tour. Please contact us and we will be happy to advise on entrance times for you to purchase new tickets on your own.

What type of vehicle will be used for our tour?

We provide services in luxury Mercedes and Volkswagen sedans, minivans or minibuses (depending on availability).
For parties of 1-3 guests we normally use a sedan. For parties of 4-8 guests we use minivans. And for parties larger than 8 guests we either use multiple minivans or a minibus (depending upon availability).

Where will I find the driver at Palermo Port?

The driver will be waiting at the gangway of your cruise ship at Palermo Port, holding a sign with your name on it.

What is your cancellation policy?

Written cancellation notice must be received by us at least 7 days prior to the scheduled service date. If done under these terms, you will not be held financially liable for the scheduled service. If it is not done in these terms, Joe Banana Limos & Travel reserves the right to charge your credit card for a "No-Show” or “Late Cancellation” fee, which is the total amount due for the requested service(s). Please Note: We will NOT CHARGE payment to your credit card at the time of booking unless you select this option, rather we will keep the information in our secure database reserving the right to charge your credit card for 100% of the amount of the service in the event of a “NO SHOW” or “LATE CANCELLATION”.


PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable. If tickets have already been purchased when you choose to cancel or change your tour date, you will be financially responsible for the tickets purchased (payment will be automatically processed to the credit card provided at the time of booking) and unfortunately they will no longer be valid for your tour/service.

What are the latest travel updates related to COVID-19?

As the world continues to battle the virus we were unexpectedly confronted with just a few months ago, many people continue to look to the future in the hopes that travel may return to some semblance of normality sooner rather than later. In Italy, as in many countries worldwide, we have been hard hit by the effects of the virus and as our country slowly reopens, public health and safety remain the priority.
As we enter into Phase 2 of the lockdown in Italy, we wish to share the information we know regarding travel specifically within the Sorrento, Capri and Amalfi Coast areas. Understandably, as the situation remains uncertain and continues to evolve, the parameters set forth are not set in stone, yet remain subject to modifications. It is our intention to provide you, our past and future guests, with updated information provided by local and federal authorities in combination with our firsthand experiences as locals.
As always, we remain available to assist you with any questions or advice related to current or future bookings with our company.
The Italian government outlined Phase 2 of the lockdown, which was implemented on May 4th, signaling the next incremental step in the reopening of the economy and increased liberties in the daily lives of residents.
We do wish to advise that the following regulations have been set at a federal level, however regional governing bodies have the authority to set travel limits and restrictions as they see fit for their areas. In the beginning of June we expect the Campania Region to confirm specific details regarding whether travel into and within the region itself will be permitted.
Under the current guidelines, hotels and B&Bs who can guarantee implementation of the new social distancing guidelines have the authority to reopen. Bars, cafes, and restaurants within hotels will be accessible to registered guests only and large gatherings within are to be avoided. The majority of local accommodations in Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast areas intend to re-open in June, unless the regional authorities indicate otherwise.
Phase 2 Critical Dates:
* 18 May: Shops and museums reopen
* 21 May: Cafés, bars, and restaurants reopen
* 21 May: Beach clubs and free public beaches reopen
* 26 May: Pompeii and Herculaneum archaeological sites reopen
* 3 June: Italy’s national borders are scheduled to reopento EU residents, allowing leisure travel entrance of residents from other EU countries without having to quarantine
* 15 June: Non-EU residents/travelers are expected to be able to enter Italy without the need to quarantine
* The Blue Grotto is currently closed until further notice
Further to the above information, the following is specific to our three main local islands (Capri, Ischia and Procida):
* The islands can only be visited by public ferry services, private boats or yachts are not permitted.
* Ferry tickets must be booked a minimum of 24 hours before the scheduled departure.
* Screening measures have been implemented, therefore ALL passengers must arrive at the departure port at least one hour before scheduled departure to undergo a temperature check and, when applicable, instant COVID-19 testing.
* Passengers with a temperature above 37.5 and/or a positive COVID-19 test will not be allowed to embark for the islands.

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