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Nov282014

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour! This is a quick tore through three gothic area that is packed with information from a very informed guide. This is a good first day tour to orient the new visitor to the city and some of the good opportunities Ford other visits.

Nov272014

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour with Montjuic Cable Car and Montserrat Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

If you don't have a lot of time in Barcelona take this tour. The morning bus tour covered the major areas of the city. The guide was very good. I would combine it with one of three walking tours focused on the old part off the city if you have time. The afternoon tour to Montserrat was good. It was delayed due to an auto accident on the road to the monastery and missing one of the clog wheel rides and waiting for the next but the guide worked an extension which got us back later than scheduled but have it's time to see things. Being off-season and a little rain we were about the only people there! The normal long wait to see the Madonna was about 30 seconds. If you are going on season I suggest a full day tour to the monastery. The advertised tasting did not take place, probably because we were late arriving at the monastery. All in all the full day was worth it.

Nov262014

Tour/Activity

Skip-the-Line Barcelona Walking Tour: Palau de la Musica, Picasso Museum and Gaudi's Casa Batlló

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour, a good first day walk to see most of the old city areas. The guide was very knowledgeable answering all of our questions (including a good knowledge of the political climate). Take the add-on of the music hall, this visit of the hall was worth the cost of entire tour. The Picasso museum was small but a nice exhibit. The advertised olive oil tasting didn't occur so don't expect it.

Nov252014

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great pickup. The driver was there on arrival, a nice tech geek touch my name was displayed on an iPad. The car was roomy and clean. A quite and quick ride into Barcelona.

Feb092014

Tour/Activity

Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise

Perth, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Tis tour was very good for capturing the Perth and Fremantle areas in a short period of time. We were in Perth for 4 days and we used this our to get an overview of the area to see what we wanted to go back to see later. The Driver/Guide was very good and knowledgable in the local information.

Feb072014

Tour/Activity

Private Arrival Transfer: Perth Airport to Hotel

Perth, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Car was on time and waiting, always a VERY good thing. our driver was accommodating with an additional bag among the three of us that were traveling. The car was emasculate and comfortable. Highly recommend this service for transpiration in and around Perth.

Dec272013

Tour/Activity

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Belgium and particularly Brussels is the "Home of Chocolate" and as chocoholics we were interested in getting the history and "flavor" of the region. This short (4 hour) tour was the best. It provided great insight to to the history of chocolate in general and the Belgium chocolate culture from it's beginnings. There is at least 1 chocolate shop in every block of Brussels from the well known to obscure. We were introduced to the full range from in creditably expensive to reasonable, and two that we will go back to when we return. For those that like chocolate this tour is highly recommended. Even if you don't necessarily like chocolate the tour is worth the time, the guide provided many interesting facts and observations Brussels along the way.

Dec262013

Tour/Activity

Private Arrival Transfer: Brussels International Airport to Brussels, Bruges or Ghent Hotels

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My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Exceptional, we have used car services at many foreign locations and this was among the best. We arrived early and the driver was exactly where we were told, he had a bright iPad sign with him. He was quick, efficient, polite. The car was emasculate and we proceeded to the host quickly. He pointed out a few of the sites along the way which was nice since it gave us a fix on where ego visit later.

Nov302013

Tour/Activity

Day Trip to La Plata from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a fast trip and, as indicated in the narrative, intended to introduce you to the city. For those of us who are on a tight schedule it does provide a taste of what is outside Buenos Aires. If you have the time I suggest a full day trip. Note the colorful houses that Viator shows on the trip page are NOT in La Plata, not a problem for use but disappointed one of the folks on the tour. You can see them on the Buenos Aires tour.

Nov292013

Tour/Activity

Buenos Aires in One Day Walking Tour

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is the one "Must Do" tour in Buenos Aries. If you can walk, take it. Our guide. as I, had more than a bit of gray hair and lived through many of the periods we all know about Argentina. His knowledge of the history of the country was outstanding and helped explain many of the customs and questions that we had about the country and its culture. His personal insight and opinions moved the tour away from just reading an official tour guide or canned talk to providing some understanding what makes Argentina and its people tick. Having lived in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. our guide's English was perfect and his experience provided him the knowledge to contrast the Argentinean politics and culture with that of the other countries.

Nov282013

Tour/Activity

Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A very good tour, a great way to see the highlights of the city quickly. The hotel pick up was great and saved walking to the pickup point.

Nov272013

Tour/Activity

Buenos Aires International Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

My Review

Not the best, the drive was late and the number given to call was not answered. My mobile number and Email was provided and neither was used to notify me what was happening. A driver for a hotel who was waiting for a pickup was nice enough to track down what was happening while we waited. Once there the drive was curious and moved us to the hotel quickly.

Jul082013

Tour/Activity

Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Without doubt one of the best tours we have taken, our guide was from Ireland and had lived in Iceland several years. He, with the captain, provided exceptional insight to the environmental impacts affection the birds and the birds themselves. The tour was not rushed and at a very nice pace to get close up and observe the birds.

Jul072013

Tour/Activity

Gulfoss and Geysir Express Half-Day Trip from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very nice tour, if you have a brief time in the country you should take this tour. We went to the eutectic plate divide of the country , the falls, and a Geyser. We also made a side stop at a smaller falls whit a salmon ladder. It was rainy the day we went but great fun. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Jul062013

Tour/Activity

Reykjavik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour for seeing a lot of the Reykjavik and surrounding area. If you focus is going to teh Lagoon I suggest making hat a separate trip. It is great to just see the lagoon.

Jul052013

Tour/Activity

Reykjavik International Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

On time and knew exactly where our hotel was. Very good service. THough there are busses the trip is long and after a flight it is good to just get picked up and chauffeured.

Apr212013

Tour/Activity

Holland in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was as advertised a quick tour. I would have liked a more time at the political sites in the Haig and not gone to the miniature tour. If you have just a little time, this is worth it.

Dec202012

Tour/Activity

Cape Point Sightseeing Tour

Cape Town, South Africa

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

If you have a full day take the longer, full day tour. But if you are like us and only have a half day this is a great tour. Our tour guide was exceptional from the pick up at the hotel to the return.

Dec192012

Tour/Activity

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An outstanding day trip, not a safari but if you only have a short time to see animals in the wild this is great. Hospitality and food was superb.

Dec172012

Tour/Activity

Cape Town City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Cape Town, South Africa

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The hop-on hop-off is our first stop in any city especially if we arrive early and waiting for the room to be available. The best way to get a quick overview of the city, Cape Town was no different. The two loops gave us an excellent overview of the city and serounding sites.

Jun112012

Tour/Activity

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour guide was excellent. The tour bus was very nice and comfortable. The lunch was a bit rushed, the restaurant was not staffed to handle the crowd when we arrived. It was worth the wait because our tour guide was so good taking us though the Monastery. For a second trip I would suggest forgoing the lunch because there are plenty of restaurants at the Mont and recored tour available at the entrance. The lunch was the local Omelet and salmon, if you don't like these go for the option without the lunch.

My Photos

  • Mont Saint Michel
  • Mont Saint Michel
  • Mont Saint Michel
  • Mont Saint Michel

Nov232011

Tour/Activity

Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an outstanding tour. Our guide was informal, very knowledgable, and engaging. The drive from Prague was pleasant in a very nice bus whit just the right amount of commentary on the route. Thought he schedule on the tour is tight our guide waled us though the museum hitting the high points and leaving us some time to browse fro ourselves. She kew of and bout the different attractions at the Camp. We highly recommend this tour.

Nov202011

Tour/Activity

Prague Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Driver was on time even though we were an early arrival. He was informative as he drove us to eh city. Courteous, interesting, and prompt, you can't ask fro more.

Sep112011

Tour/Activity

Dover Castle, Secret Wartime Tunnels, Canterbury and Thames Cruise Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An excellent day trip, the guide was warm and informative and everything went off on schedule.

Jun252011

Tour/Activity

Historical Revolution Walking Tour

Budapest, Hungary

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is relatively new and being developed. The tour guide was excellent and the consolidation of the statues was nice. A map of where they were in the city would have been a nice touch. The museum is still in development, there was a nice movie taken from the cold war archives on how spies were trained. the gift shop was just items available at the ticket booth, a little disappointing. It was worth the trip think it will be a much better experience in a couple of years if they continue on there current pace.

My Photos

  • Russian Soldier greeting a Hungarian Man (Communist era)
  • Russian Soldier
  • Inside the park

Jun092011

Tour/Activity

Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit

Budapest, Hungary

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent Tour, guides on the Parliament and city tour were friendly, knowledgable and spoke very good english. This provided the right level of information and tour to permit planning for return to specific sites on later days. A very good experience.

Nov252010

Tour/Activity

Puffing Billy Steam Train, Yarra Valley and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was an excellent trip made even better by the driver, Roger. He was knowledgeable and very personable. A good selection of sites were visited and the Puffing Billy was a fun diversion to the old days.

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