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Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Vienna Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Driver was waiting in arrivals area as stated and had us to our hotel in less than a half hour. He was very friendly and pointed out some of the older buildings.

Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Prague Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Driver was waiting in arrivals area as stated and had us to our hotel in half an hour.

Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Vienna Sightseeing Tour with Danube Boat Ride

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This tour was very good, however the quide, although very informative, had to conduct the tour in 3 languages, English, German & Italian, which I'm sure decreased the amount of information she could share. These tours should be dedicated to only one language. The river cruise ended up being twice as along as usual due to high water, which meant the tour ended unexpected much later than planned.

Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Prague Night Tour and River Vltava Dinner Cruise

Prague, Czech Republic

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

My Review
The cruise is nice, but the meal was terrible. It was buffet style and the guests were like locusts, swarming the buffet tables, pushing and shoving. Plus the food wasn't very good, in some cases not even totally cooked. The waiter served us a bad bottle of wine but the manager would not agree that it was bad and made us pay for it anyway. I would recommend a cruise, but not combined with a meal.

Aug142010

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Karlovy Vary Day Trip from Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This tour is well worth it, but it was only 9.5 hours and would have only been 9 hours if someone hadn't insisted on a later rendevous time at the end of the day. The guide was very informative, but had to conduct the tour in both English & French, and it would have been better if it had just been English.

Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Prague Airport Private Departure Transfer

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The driver was on time and had us to the airport in 20 minutes. Very friendly driver.

Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Vienna Mozart Concert at The Konzerthaus

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This concert was well worth it! the conductor made the evening entertaining.

Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Vienna Airport Private Departure Transfer

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The driver was on time and had us to the airport in 20 minutes. Very friendly driver.

Aug142010

Tour/Activity

Prague in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This tour helps you become familiar with the city, but the tour of the castle only touches on the highlights. We toured the castle on our own later and took the audio tour. The guide though was very informative. It would have been better if she were only touring in English and not both English & German.

Aug232009

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
When we booked this tour with a minivan, we thought it would be with 12 to 15 people, but we were very pleasantly surprised when the small van picked us up at our hotel with only one other couple from Australia on board. Our driver guide, was excellent. We did the tour in reverse, arriving at Versailles early in the morning and getting in to do the audio tour of the palace before the large crouds arrived. And we had plenty of time to see some of the gardens. With the minivan and since we had some extra time, driver was able to take us on some country roads through the hills above the Seine River Valley, where we had some beautiful views. The lunch at Le Moulin de Fourge, a converted mill still with the old water wheel, was delicious. We sat with another couple from Australia and a couple from the US who have been teaching in China. We had some good conversation. We then arrived at Giverny, again before the tours arrived for the afternoon from Paris, so the stroll through the gardens was at our own pace and not crouded at all. Our guide gave us commentary as we travelled between places on the history of France and the French monarchy, and extensively on the life of Monet. We would highly recommend touring Giverny and Versaille by minivan since it it comfortable, not rushed and more enjoyable than if we'd been in a coach with 40 or 50 other people.

Aug232009

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Departure Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
We were picked up at our hotel on time and there was another couple already in the van. We then had to wait at the last hotel for the third couple as they were not ready. However, the driver was very good and we were at the airport in less than 40 minutes. This was a convenient service to get from hotel to airport.

Aug232009

Tour/Activity

Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This tour was very good. It gives an excellent introduction to Paris. One of the best parts of the tour was skipping the line at the Eiffel Tower, since there were huge lines for tickets and then for the entrance. The cruise on the Seine was good too, which gives a different perspective of the many site and older buildings along the banks of the river. The tour guides were informative and organized. This was a very good tour.

Aug182009

Tour/Activity

London Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
No worries transfer from airport to our hotel.

Aug182009

Tour/Activity

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
It was great to get into the Tower of London and be personally greeted and provided an introduction to the Towers. Since it was an even day, there was no changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, therefore we were able to spend more time at the Tower of London and see the current Henry VIII exhibit. Our guide was excellent.

Aug182009

Tour/Activity

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath, and Medieval Village of Lacock Including Traditional Pub Lunch

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The small group tour was probably much better than a full size coach, since the smaller coach could go place a full size one couldn't. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of England and the sites we visited. Stonehenge was amazing to see in real life, but seemed smaller than we imagined. It was raining a fair bit in Bath, so we weren't able to enjoy the visit as much. The drive back to London is quite long, take a book or your ipod.

Aug182009

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Buckingham Palace Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Even though we had Skip the Line vouchers, we still had to wait over half an hour to get our actual tickets. The audio tour is very good.

Aug182009

Tour/Activity

London St Pancras Eurostar Private Departure Transfer

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Transfer was by private Mercedes car, but driver talked the whole time.

Aug232007

Tour/Activity

Kamakura Full-Day Walking Tour with Optional Rickshaw Ride from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Our guide was very attentive and took responsibility for our whole group.

Aug232007

Tour/Activity

Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

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

My Review
The coach ride was much too long compared to the time spent at the site seeing stops. It would be better to travel by bullet train back and forth to Hakone and go to Mt Fuji from there. The guides commentary was almost relentless and she appeared to be just reading it from a booklet.

Aug232007

Tour/Activity

Tokyo Morning Tour: Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji Temple and Ginza Shopping District

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The stop at the jewelery factor was unexpected and not necessary. In fact the factory was exactly like one that we visited on a city tour of Hong Kong displaying the exact posters of the same award winning jewelery.

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