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Barry S

Barry S

USA

Sep082013

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Singapore Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was great to have someone waiting for us and take us to our hotel with no hassle or uncertainty. There were 3 of us with a lot of luggage and it was just handled.

May302013

Tour/Activity

Jersey Boys On Broadway

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a wonderful evening. The music was terrific. Being able to get tickets at a discount was so helpful. I'd highly recommend this show and buying through Viator.

May292013

Tour/Activity

New York City and Wall Street Financial Crisis Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide was Sanford who retired from Wall Street. He was more than qualified to provide the inside info on the Financial Crisis. The bonus was a great tour of major buildings in the area and an appreciation of the amazing architecture. I'd highly recommend this tour. We enjoyed it so much we may take another tour from Sandy in the future. We ate lunch in a 'safe' at Bobby Van's across from the street from the trading floor.

May262013

Tour/Activity

Harlem Sunday-Morning Gospel Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour started in midtown and took us up the west side of Central Park, around Harlem and back down the east side of Central Park. It was interesting and well narrated. The church service was weak on true Gospel music. We arrived when the service was beginning and we left before the sermon. There were a number of internationals in our group who were watching everything. Unfortunately although there were two video screen, little was done to 'invite' others into the experience by projecting words to songs. There was a lot of shouting and repetition but not much in terms of music and worship. Sorry - great geography tour but it missed the mark as a 'Gospel Tour.'

Apr112013

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Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had no idea how extensive this tour was going to be. 3 1/2hrs later and what seemed like miles and mile of walking and standing, we realize we'd only covered a 'few highpoints' of the Louvre. It would take weeks to see it all. There are a number of new exhibits that I would have been interested in but my body needed some R and R. I'd definitely do the 'skip the line.' Our guide Damon was wonderful. He'd come to the Louvre first to study art and his love of art was evident. We'd highly recommended this tour whether you take the whole thing or only use it to skip the line during a 2nd, 3rd or 4th visit. BTW the Louvre was first a place, then a museum for art. The building itself was constructed over an extended period by a number of monarchs with lots of resources. The Louvre itself was worth the visit...just go well rested and wear the most comfortable shoes you own. Avoid taking valuables since it a know pickpocket hangout.

Apr102013

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Paris Walking Tour: Discover the Marais District

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was a gray day with the Paris skies periodically crying on us. However, our guide Gil Soltz made the trip well worth the visit. We started at the Pompidou Center of Art (which looks like it's still under construction...with all it's 'insides' hanging out). We ended at the site of the Bastille. In between, we wandered the Paris streets, a warren of randomly connected neighborhoods. We lingered at the the Hotel de Ville, the city hall and heard of its many lives. We saw preservation efforts, sites saved, sites lost and replaced with character-less buildings, a church, a Kosher neighborhood, and an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and architecture. Our guide lives not far from the end of our journey and his love for the area was evident. With our small group of four, it was easy to ask questions and have the tour adapted to our needs. We return to Paris in two week and plan to return to the Marais District to do further looking since we have been well oriented by our guide. Paris is so big, being able to take a 'small bite' like this is very helpful in appreciating why Paris is so well loved.

Apr092013

Tour/Activity

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Why in the world would we spend so much money for such a tour? We concluded that we were only going to Versailles once and we wanted to see as much as possible. Two things were working against us on the day we chose: there was a morning strike in the Palace; and it was periodically raining. It turned out that neither got in the way too much. Once we got into the building, our guide was so excellent that we forgot the delays. The public rooms were so crowded that we appreciated even more the private rooms not open to the public. We had time to see and experience those spaces. We could actually hear our guide and didn't have others stepping into our pictures and pushing us on. After other European palaces including Russian ones, Versailles seemed small. None of the smaller palaces on the grounds were open that day. Due to the weather we 'ran' through the gardens between raindrops (which were disappointing this early in the season) rather than taking a gracious stroll. We did have a wonderful quick lunch at the fine restaurant in the Palace. It was had to find, but worth the look...the pastries were a feast for the eye!

Apr072013

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We have taken similar Viator shuttle options throughout the world and have been very pleased. This one would have worked better had we not arrived on the day of the Paris Marathon that had so many streets closed off and traffic redirected. We arrived at the airport and called the contact number and waited nearly an hour. Normally it's very quick, but the vans couldn't get in an out of the city, so they were running behind. Once the van arrived and the drivers knew what to expert re traffic routes, all went smoothly. By being in a van with others staying a different places in the city, we got a mini-refresher city tour as well. We arrived about the time our 'early check in' room was available, so all was well.

Dec172012

Tour/Activity

4-Day Tour of Central and Southern Taiwan from Taipei Including Kaohsiung and Sun Moon Lake

Taipei, Taiwan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We loved our 'trip south.' Three were from L.A.(Mandarin and English); two from Shanghai (Mandarin); and us (English). The guide made the whole trip enjoyable for all and created special experiences...visual and gourmet. The south is so different from the busy north...this was a great way to see it!

My Photos

  • Temple at Tiger  and  Dragon Pagodas in Kaohsiung
  • View of southern tip of Taiwan
  • Entrance to Kenting National Park
  • Coastline near southern tip of Taiwan
  • Kaohsiung Harbor
  • Court and offerings in Lung Shan Temple at Lukang
  • Lung Shan Temple at Lukang
  • Tianhou Temple at Lukang
  • Hotels and marina at Sun Moon Lake
  • View of Sun Moon Lake from Ci En Pagoda
  • View of mountains from Ci En Pagoda at Sun Moon Lake

Dec162012

Tour/Activity

Chiufen Village (Jiufen) and Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour from Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Wanted a glimpse of the northeast coast and got it...so much different that Taipei. In Jiufen, the weather was foggy —felt like ascending through the clouds. Fascinating Could have spent hours peeking into shops, walking the 'Ladder Streets.' I'd go back again to just look at the architecture.

Dec142012

Tour/Activity

Taipei Half-Day City Tour

Taipei, Taiwan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We've found city tours helpful to be oriented to any city where we travel. This time we took a Taiwan friend who learned a lot too. My personal highlight was the National Palace Museum. We went back and spent the whole next day! Think of all the treasures of the Chinese emperors in one place. WOW!

Dec132012

Tour/Activity

Taipei Arrival Private Transfer: Taoyuan International Airport to Hotel

Taipei, Taiwan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

After traveling 24 hours, we love seeing a driver holding our name on a sign outside baggage claim. We have used Viator's transfers elsewhere and find them safe and simple. Pre-paying means no immediate need for converting $'s and no haggling. It was much cheaper than a hotel car. Thanks Viator.

Sep042012

Tour/Activity

Ten Lakes Spectacular to Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond

Windermere, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a wonderful way to see the highlights of the Lake District! Our guide was interesting, informative and an excellent driver. Considering some of the narrow 'sheep paths' and hedge rows the driving is best left to this company! We only had two days in this area, but this tour made the best use of one, then we had the second to supplement the tour. A great dollar value!

Oct182011

Tour/Activity

Post Hurricane Katrina Tour

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an excellent trip. Our guide had 20+ years experience. We saw the good, bad and hopeful. We would highly recommend this tour.

Oct172011

Tour/Activity

New Orleans The French Quarter MP3 Audio Walking Tour

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We downloaded this tour onto our iPhones and each listened with earphones. It worked well as a walking tour. We did it in two pieces and stopped at a lot of spots on the way. The route was good and loved the concept, but the commentary was a bit 'thin.' Good intro to the French Quarter, but I'd supplement with a 'live' specialty walking tour, i.e., restaurant tour.

Feb052010

Tour/Activity

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Good trip but with a big group on the bus there were many pickup stops.

Feb032010

Tour/Activity

Rio de Janeiro Airport Roundtrip Shuttle Transfer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was a great deal! We had a van all to ourselves and it was a relief to not have to worry about a taxi.

Oct012009

Tour/Activity

Brisbane Sightseeing Tour and Brisbane River Cruise

Brisbane, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
A great guide. I really came to love the city! The River Cruise was icing on the cake! Thanks for making our visit special.

Sep122009

Tour/Activity

Adelaide Highlights and Hahndorf Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Adelaide, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Wished we'd taken the full day tour! The trip to Hahndorf was too short for us. We got a chance to see Koala's in the trees in the wild on the way back to town.

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