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Travellingschel

Travellingschel

Australia

May102013

Tour/Activity

Kauai Waimea Canyon and Wailua River

Kauai, Hawaii

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour guide was a very likeable character, gave some interesting info about the island, and also some personal stories about growing up in Kauai. The tour included four stops at lookouts, one for a souvenier/comfort stop, a lunch stop and then ended with the short river trip down to the Fern Grotto. The Fern Grotto had singers and dancers to entertain you, as well they were on board the boat coming back.
The tour bus is one of the big ones, on my tour it had 33 passengers. Note, that if you are picked up from one of the hotels on the north of the island (Princeville/Hanalei) it takes about 2 hours before the tour proper actually starts due to the many hotel pickups along the way (but also interesting in itself). We had another bus driver take us back after the cruise so as to have a quicker trip home.
Extra costs not included in the tour is lunch and tipping for the bus driver(s) and the on the boat entertainment.

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  • Opaekaa Falls

May072013

Tour/Activity

Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Kauai International Airport to Kauai Hotels

Kauai, Hawaii

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

As I didn't have car hire for my trip to Kauai, it was great to have this door to door pick up and return to the airport. The driver was there waiting for me at Lihue airport - just out the door, around the corner. Instructions to find the driver were very clear. The driver taking me back to airport was a couple of minutes early (and it was a very early morning pickup) and I got to the airport in plenty of time. My contact with the office to confirm my booking was very courteous and efficient. I recommend booking via Viator as it is a much better deal compared to booking directly with the bus company.

Jun122011

Tour/Activity

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

As a solo traveller I chose to take this package rather than pay for a gondola myself - which is expensive. The Gondola ride was nice, but a bit of a batch job about 6 Gondolas leaving at once, and keeping close to the gondola with the serenader. It was nice to see Venice from the water/canals.
The restaurant was lovely, and the food great - although one criticism was that we were left to find the restaurant ourselves after the gondolar ride, We got a bit lost which wasted some time. Would be nice to have a map or better information on how to get to the restaurant.

Jun112011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Nice to see inside the Basilica and skip the line. Hard for me to rate the walking tour as it was in the poring rain - but it still at least gave me a bit of an orientation of Venice. Our guide spoke very good English.

Jun022011

Tour/Activity

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Unfortunately being a public holiday the markets were closed so we just had the cooking course part of the day. The course was excellent. The chefs were a lot of fun, and we learnt a lot of new things. After making our 6 dishes, we sat down to eat it all with a glass of wine in a lovely restaurant underneath the cooking class. It was a great day, and a nice respite from the tourist crowds in Florence.

May312011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

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

My Review

Bit disappointed in this tour. We got to the skip the line in Uffiize Gallery but I didn't feel we got to see much of it. It was very crowded, and our guide just selected a few paintings that she talked in too much detail about. Her English was also a bit difficult to understand, so made listening also very tiring. It was good however to see the Vasari Corridor, something that can't be done independently.

May082011

Tour/Activity

Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The time spent at Monet's Garden was great, lots of time to walk around and explore. The restaurant stop at the old mill was in a great location, and a delcious meal. Versailles Palace was very crowded so I didn't enjoy the inside tour (although still good to see the ornate rooms), but enjoyed walking around the grounds. It would have been good to have more time in the garden at Versailles.

May072011

Tour/Activity

Paris Pass

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Hassle free way of getting around the metro and entry to museums - including quick entry to the Louvre (go first thing in the morning). Don't know if I got my money's worth, but just the convenience of having the card to get around the metro hassle free was worth it.

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