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Laurie

Laurie

Australia

59 old keen overseas traveller.

Oct042011

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Eiffel Tower, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour was brillant. Our tour guide for the night (Stefan) was so professional, funny and caring. The Eiffel Tower meal was gourmet and plenty. Good time to photo on level 1 of Tower. Comfortable and scenic river cruise. Then good table and view of stage at Moulin Rouge. All transport comfortable and on time. Could not ask for any more from the night or City Rama tours. A must tour when in Paris.

Sep222011

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Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Good tour. Mostar lovely village and very historic. Transport comfortable and on time. Tour Guide very pleasant and informative. Arrived in Mostar nearly 1 hour late due to hassle at Bosnian border check. Tour of Mostar hurried due to time loss which left little time for lunch or more sightseeing before we had to travel back to Dubrovnik. I recommend tour as border check out of Tour company's control.

Sep192011

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Small-Group Gallipoli Day Trip from Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Magnificent tour in every respect. Every Australian should do it. Guide professional and very informative. Would highly recommend this tour company. Transport comfortable and trip very pleasant over such a long distance. Saw all the sights and with expert cometary, it put the entire confrontation into perspective for both countries. Plenty of time left at each site for visual and contemplation.

Sep182011

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Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour. Although a long day it is a must for anyone who has not been to Istanbul before. All the main historical sites were within a short walking distance and those not were a comfortable coach trip away. The guide was so very professional and pleasant. Her care and compassion for those elderly and with minor disabilities was much appreciated. The guide made the day with her knowledge and ability to communicate it to all persons. aged and young. We had a lovely lunch overlooking the water and the European Turkey. The lunch was plenty and quite tasty and enjoyed by all. We did this tour on the first day of our four day stay in Istanbul and it set us up for a greater understanding of the history and culture of Istanbul and indeed Turkey which made our sightseeing more pleasant and meaningful. I highly recommend this tour.

Sep152011

Tour/Activity

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tremendous tour. A long day but a pleasant day and evening. The mini van was comfortable and the driver was professional. The guide was a pleasant woman and quite professional. We had plenty of photo stops and plenty of information as we travelled along our way to Amalfi. We had photo shots along the actual Amalfi coastal road (very winding with plenty of hair pin bends). Had plenty of time at Amalfi to photograph and shop and then a ferry (optional) to Positano for a brillant lunch in a lovely restaurant (not expensive) overlooking the water and coastline. The drive included passing ( and overlooking) Naples with a perfect view of the City from the bus. After Amalfi came Pompei. What a brillant guide and a brillant tour. Two hours of facts put so eloquently and in a contrasting fashion against today's living. Came away with an informative view of how life was exactly at the time of the eruption. Well done. Drive back to Rome long but pleasant. This tour beats driving yourself for 4 hours and then navigating 40 klms of winding road and then reading a souvineer book. Do not drive Amalfi/Pompei by yourself get this tour it is great. So relaxing and so informative.

Sep142011

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour. Skipping the 2 mile queue is always a good feeling. All of it was spectacular, so historical and so well presented by the guide. This tour takes out the hassle of queue standing and fact finding by yourself. It is the focal point of sightseeing in Rome and should be done properly. This tour does that. Highly reccommended.

Sep122011

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a great tour. A very, very knowledgable guide with expert commentary from the moment you enter your comfortable vehicle to make the 30 minute trip to Pushkin. The tour of the Palace was breathtaking in beauty and the expert history commentary made it an even richer experience. Plenty of time for photos and a ""skip the long long queue"" at the start was a bonus. This was a great start to my St Petersburg visit of three days. Highly reccommended.

Sep122011

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Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Comfortable coach tour with a lovely guide who was a local of the Tuscany Region. Saw all the sights of Tuscany just as we anticipated and were promised. We were not hurried at anytime and had plenty of photo and sightseeing time at each destination. Arrived back in Florence at the end of the tour quite refreshed and still excited. Highly reccom mended.

Sep112011

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Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My first visit to the Cinque Terre and the small group tour was perfect. A lovely comfortable vehicle for the long drive. Once there we had plenty of photo and sightseeing time. We walked between villages as well as an unexpected ferry trip to view the villages from the sea. A great experience. Lunch was at a lovely restaurant with the best "Pesto" and pasta I have ever tasted. A must tour when travelling in Italy. Do not miss it. Highly reccommended.

Sep102011

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Kremlin Grounds, Cathedrals and Patriarch's Palace Tour from Moscow

Moscow, Russian Federation

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A must tour if you are a first time visitor to Moscow. Brillant guide, very knowledgable and quite an orator. He knew the Kremlin inside out and gave us a lot of history on the Kremlin and Russia. It was a long walking tour however the sights you saw and the commentray you got took your mind from any tiredness or soreness. Made the rest of our stay in Moscow more meaningfull.

Sep072011

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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absoultely beautifull. Something to remember for many years to come. On the Gondola at twilight with a lovely tenor leading the way. Out to the Grand Canal and then sofly gliding through the minor canals lit only by the home lights of peoples apartments. The very steady hand of the Gondalier and the melodic tones of the tenor made the evening. A romantic and visual must.

Sep042011

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The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

If you have seen the Sound of Music this is a must if travelling in Austria. The coach was comfortable and the guide was a beauty. She informed, sang and joked the entire trip. Her commentary was informative especially the behind the scenes info. Plenty of time for photo shoots and exploring the actual film scenes in and around Salzburg. I will be watching the Sound of Music again and this time more intently. Lovely pleasant tour highly reccommended.

Sep032011

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Vienna Historical City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Covered every historical part of Vienna. The guide was as professional as you can get. His commentray was very informative and his sense of humour great. We got plenty of info and plenty of laughs. Marko gave us history as well as glimpses into the present in Vienna. Perhaps the only downside was the very short tour of inside the Schonbrunn. Although very good it was the shortened version which was not known until you entered the Palace. In all though only a minor point in a magnificent tour with the world's greatest guide.

Aug292011

Tour/Activity

Neuschwanstein Castle Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A well conducted tour by our guide Keith. he had our travel arrangements and Castle tour down to a tee. This made our stay at the Castle a hassle free and very pleasant experience. Keith then had us out and on our transport home without fault. He was good company and very professional. The travel to and from may seem long but it is well worth it when you get there. Highly reccommended.

Aug282011

Tour/Activity

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Small Group Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

If anyone knows anything of the Nazi regime and the Second World War they must visit Dachau. What a moving experience. Our guide Allan, was the most perfect guide. He took us from start to finish so professionally and with so much feeling you almost felt you were there at that time. It was not hard after his commentary and guidance through the Camp to feel the history and personal stories of that time. This tour certainly left you with plenty to think about. Human behaviour and life in general. Highly reccommended tour with a very highly reccommended guide.

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