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BATTERSBY666

United Kingdom

Aug252014

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Mount Olympus and Kykkos Monastery Day Trip from Paphos

Paphos, Cyprus

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

A long drive to see two monasteries. As most of our tour group were Russian and visiting on a pilgrimage, the tour was aimed at them. The English speaking group had a deviation while the others bought religious artefacts but we would have preferred to have longer in the village on our last stop. You might as well forget about the tour including Mt Olympus. We just stopped for 10 minutes for some photo's from the road on the mountain. We only had a limited choice of excursions on a Monday and this was the best of a poor choice. Not really our cup of tea.

Sep162013

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6-Day Ultimate East Coast Tour by Private Plane: New York City, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Toronto & Pennsylvania Amish Country

New York City, New York

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

My Review

We had been looking forward to this trip for 2 years - it was an expensive excursion but we thought it would be a touch of luxury especially flying by private plane. But we were left disappointed and quite frustrated at the experience. The hotels were ok - we upgraded at the Niagara Falls hotel to have a falls view room and it was worth it as we had a much better room and of course a fabulous view of the falls. It cost about CAD100 plus tax for the two nights. The Washington Hilton hotel was probably the worst as it was a long way from the main sites, the rooms were small with no seating, and it was very busy and modern. We were not at the hotel in Pennsylvania long enough to really comment on it.

The worse part of the holiday was that it is not exclusive to English speaking clients. There were a total of 26 people in our tour which included a group of 10 Polish tourists. Some did not speak English so they had an interpreter travel with them and everything that was said in English had to be translated into Polish. This meant everything took twice as long as it should have done. A lot of the time the interpreter either did not know the Polish translation or could not remember what had been originally told to us as she kept having to repeat the english before she could translate. This became very tedious as the tour went on. It was bad enough on the bus, but when we are at the Amish house and in the Capital Building, it was even worse as there were interruptions with questions whilst we were supposed to be receiving the next "instalment" of the facts.

Jul292013

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Rome Segway Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great fun and a super way to views one of Rome. We had no problems finding the office - I don't understand why many have had trouble with this. We arrived early because of reading reports re location and ended up hovering around for 30minutes.

There were 5 people in our group plus the guide - nice number. We had time to learn to use the Segway and practice before we set off. Most of the time we were on pavements and crossed the road in a group. We were dodging people not cars but the Segway is easy to manoeuvre and ringing the bell got people out f the way. I never felt at risk or saw this trip as a danger. Anyone who has put this as a reason for marking down the experience probably don't drive, or are of a very nervous disposition! IT IS GREAT! You must do it.

Our guide was very good and most informative. Our only issue was one of the guests with us - he was behaving stupidly on the machine. He kept rocking back and forward when we were stationary, did not follow in a line as instructed but kept going his own route, sometimes on the road where it was dangerous, scraped his wife's Segway on occasions and the kerb, and continually wanted to go faster than the set speed. It did not spoil our trip, but he was very annoying and in all honesty he should have been brought in line early on as it may have caused a problem for the rest of us.

Mar022013

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Singapore Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Driver arrived on time and was very courteous. However, we had requested a larger car due to amount of luggage and this was not done. We had a problem on our arrival with luggage space but did manage and the driver had said he would make sure we got more space for our return journey.

Mar012013

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Malaysia Johore Bahru Half-Day Tour from Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our driver arrived on time and the car was comfy, clean and good air con. We drove over the border to pick up our guide - this was not explained but did not cause an issue. Our guide spoke good English and was very well informed and knowledgeable. The sites we visited were not very exciting, but I wanted to visit Malaysia and this tour was ideal for our short stay in Singapore.

Feb282013

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Singapore Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Was there waiting for us, driver helped with our luggage and we had a comfortable drive to our hotel.

Feb272013

Tour/Activity

Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a long day and somewhat complicated due to all the different options covered by the one coach. But it all ran like clock work with no hitches. The glow worm caves were okay, but I had expected more and it was very busy. We did not have a lot of time to look around the shop after the tour which would have been nice so as we could get a coffee before setting off again. It took 2 hours to get to the cave then another hour to the aggro dome where we changed vehicles to drive another hour to Hobbiton

Feb232013

Tour/Activity

4-Day Bay of Islands Tour from Auckland including Overnight Cruise

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

BRILLIANT! Would highly recommend this trip. It was a nice mix between organised tour and free time. The cruise was fantastic with great amenities, food and service. Bay of Islands is beautiful and a great place to visit.

Feb062013

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Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with River Cruise

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a good trip to see the Blue Mountains and being a small group was better for timings etc.

Feb052013

Tour/Activity

Hunter Valley Luncheon Tour by Helicopter

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic! Truly made our holiday exceptional. It was expensive but in our view was money well spent. Having a helicopter to ourselves was the ultimate in luxury. The food was amazing and the setting was spectacular. Do this trip - it is wonderful!

Oct272012

Tour/Activity

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour itself was good as we saw a lot in the day - the summer palace, three temples and a leisurely cruise back to Bangkok on a riverboat. Collection from hotel was fine and return after tour, done by mini van to reduce the number of stops. Our problem was our guide, Pan. His knowledge was good but his English was poor and we struggled to understand him especially on the bus over the microphone. To be honest, we could only catch every other word and we switched off after a couple of hours. The group was of mixed nationalities but talk was just in English which is better than having several translations. It was good to see sights outside of Bangkok, but needs a better guide.

Oct262012

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Tuk Tuk Small Group Adventure Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was great fun and a much better way to see the city than being stuck in traffic jams in a coach. There were just 8 of us in four tuk tuks but our guide sat in just one all the time we travelled and when we walked it was in single file with Gok at the front so we did not get to hear a lot of information. But even so, we got a close up of Bangkok"s street life as well as some of the minor sights that are not included in regular city tours. We have been to Bangkok on several occasions and this tour did many sights we"ve not done before.

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