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Valerie J

Valerie J

Australia

Jun282012

Tour/Activity

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

A very interesting and unique place to visit but such a long day. I did a tour here from Paris 12 years ago and the journey was much more pleasant with a TGV trip as far as Rennes then a bus to MSM. Be warned there a lots of steps! Our guide was quite informative but such an irritating voice and a little hard to understand.
LUNCH - It was a set menu and we wasted 1½ hours here and I would advise that if you don't like raw eggs skip the lunch omelette, with hindsight would definitely give lunch a miss and spend more time at the abbey. The "service" was so slow and the place inside was sweltering because apparently the air conditioning wasn't working and was functioning on heating. We were crammed in like sardines and they are on a really good thing here because all the tour groups seem to use this place, there has to some sort of kickback to tour organisers to continue using this facility - perhaps someone from the head office needs to do the tour?
There are stacks of nice places to eat at the abbey with a much nicer selection of foods too.
Recommended if you skip the lunch.

Jun262012

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a sensational tour. Our driver/guide Cecelia was very informative and knowledgeable. We were picked up at our hotel at 8.15 and had a lovely group of 6 Americans as fellow travellers. We drove to Monet's house first and saw the beautiful gardens then on to a gorgeous old mill restaurant for lunch. We visited the Palace next and explored the gardens - a bit more time here would have been good but perhaps a visit on another day. The Palace was very over the top but fascinating. Far too many people allowed in on the day we were there so we didn't really appreciate as much as we could have. A little more time here would have been good too but we had a very full day in any case.
Highly recommend this tour but be prepared to go back to Versailles and spend at least a whole day there appreciating the Palace and gardens.

Jun242012

Tour/Activity

Paris to Bruges Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

Oh dear, such a disappointing day. I found the guide very hard to understand and it rained the whole time and was very cold ( I thought this was supposed to be summer!)
I have been here before and absolutely loved the place but I guess it was the weather that spoiled it on this occasion. I had hoped to hire a bike and go further out to look around but it was just too wet. I didn't do the boat trip either as I didn't want to get any wetter and had a cold anyway so I headed to a lovely restaurant and had a nice lunch then spent the rest of the time getting lost and buying chocolates. I prefer to keep the memories of my first visit here.
I know that no one has control over the weather but it was a very long trip and very disappointing this time I just hope that anyone doing this tour for the first time isn't put off.

Jun232012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Be warned, we thought we could look around in our own time after the tour but we had to pay to go back in again after the tour finished. Our guide was lovely and very informative but I got the impression she hadn't taken a tour through lately or she would have known not to take us out so we could stay on if we wanted to.
Going early was good, the last ime we were here it was later in the day and very crowded particularly around Mona Lisa

Jun222012

Tour/Activity

Paris by Night Illuminations Tour and Paris Moulin Rouge Show

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Enjoyed the show but we were packed in like sardines and I had to get up from my seat to let the waiter through each time. I would hate to be here if there was a fire. Costumes were gorgeous and the supporting acts very good too. Luckily we didn't have to line up too long outside because it was starting to rain. Bonus being dropped off at our hotel after the show though - thanks. Well worth doing.

Jun212012

Tour/Activity

Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great way to get orientated. You definitely need at least 2 days to do all routes. We did this and then just caught metro to places we wanted to revisit.

Jun182012

Tour/Activity

Zurich Super Saver 2: Rhine Falls including Best of Zurich City Tour

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Rhine Falls is a must do. It's like Niagara on a smaller scale. Loved it. The scenery on the way was nice too. A bonus was travelling back to Zurich where we actually crossed the border briefly into Germany so now we can say we've been to Germany!

The afternoon trip around the city was very good too with a very informative guide. I was very disappointed with the chocolate tour as all we did was visit a shop near the factory and the chocolate may have been fresher but it wasn't any cheaper than the supermarket. I thought the tour of buildings on the way there was very boring too. If you are doing this tour in summer be warned that you are not delivered back to where the tour starts from. We found ourselves doing an hour on the lake and finding our own way back to the starting point (thankfully with help on how to do this from our guide Trudy).
If you are just after the chocolates (as I was) save time and go to the supermarket to buy them.

Jun172012

Tour/Activity

Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Beautiful scenery and loved the cogwheel railway, guide Kid was great fun and very knowledgeable kept us in line as we had a very obnoxious group of 8 pushy Indian men who thought it was their very own private tour I think!
Very cold at the top -6C the day we were there. The Ice Palace was gorgeous and well worth a look. I think the time spent there was adequate and would certainly recommend this tour.

Jun142012

Tour/Activity

Dubai Private Arrival Airport Transfer

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We were met promptly even though our flight was late arriving and speedily tranferred to our hotel. I was very surprised at the size of the city and wouldn't like to have tried finding my way on public transport. On our return to Dubai we made our own way to the hotel by taxi after having almost been caught out by someone pretending to be an authorized taxi driver. When we were taken into a carpark and luggage placed into the back of a normal car we declined his offer of twice the price of a taxi to our hotel and found the legal taxi rank. Be warned if you are not using Private Airport Transfer such as this one.

Jan282011

Tour/Activity

Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide Joanie was a real hoot and extremely informative. Would highly recommend this tour as a good all rounder.

Jun022009

Tour/Activity

Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Launch Day

Orlando, Florida

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Kennedy Space Centre, with the added bonus of witnessing the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis -- truly a once in a lifetime experience for my husband and I. Our day began very early, but we were able to tour the Kennedy Space Centre before and after the launch and because it was a tour we were able to relax and enjoy the scenery while someone else did the driving. We also saw more wildlife -- mainly alligators -- than we did on an airboat ride in the everglades in Miami.

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