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Sep092013

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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

San Francisco, California

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I reached out to Viator a week before our trip since I knew there were wildfires in the area. Despite the fact that I asked them for a contingency plan in the event that smoke threatened to negatively influence our experience, I never heard a thing. We went under the guise that we would get to do everything normally. The NPS websites suggested that only a small portion of the park was impacted. Instead, when we got on the bus we learned that we would not see the Giant Sequoias and many of the outlined sights may be difficult to see due to smoke. As an asthmatic, spending the day in a smoke-filled park with limited sightseeing capabilities would have been something that I avoided had I been more educated. I was not; the guide said that it was clear the week prior when he went, so he expected it may be again. That was not the case. The guide was very nice and apologetic, but if we had it to do over again, I don't know that we would. Be informed - call the local tour provider, Extranomical Tours, FIRST. Also, the waterfalls don't run year-round. If that's a major attraction for you, check out their normal peaks (drought makes them dry up faster, obviously). I'm glad we were still able to enjoy ourselves to some extent, and I'm even more glad that I came prepared with my inhaler! I hope to have another chance to see Yosemite again. It certainly looked beautiful from what we could tell.

Apr272013

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Beautiful tour - so glad this is the one we chose! The scenery is absolutely beautiful, so even though it's a long day it's well worthwhile. Weather in Scotland can be unpredictable (e.g. sun then hail), so make sure to plan accordingly. Also, since you stop at several gift shops and tourist attractions, you may want to bring an extra bag or enough room to pack away your purchases. The road can be a little windy, so if you're the least bit car sick, it's probably not for you. Our tour bus actually broke down along the way (first time that's happened to us despite a lot of tours), but our AWESOME tour guide, Paul, did everything in his power to make sure that we were taken care of - a wonderful experience despite the hiccup.

Apr262013

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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This is a very useful way to start your adventures around Edinburgh and get the lay of the land. However, we often got stuck up on the top of the buses, which were open, during inclement weather due to overcrowding. They also passed us several times at designated stops (very frustrating), so make sure to flag them down to get them to stop! Likewise, they will blow through certain stops if you don't hit the 'stop' button in advance. Overall, though, it was a useful way to see the city quickly.

Apr262013

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Edinburgh Night Walking Including Historic Underground Vaults

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Fun times! Gave us chills; a very fun evening for people with good imaginations.

Dec142012

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Zion National Park by Tour Trekker

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a great tour, but I don't think it was worth the full price. We probably could have managed the trip on our own since it was an easy drive and navigation through the park. That said, we did ride in style on the Tour Trekker and our guide was both friendly and knowledgeable.

May272012

Tour/Activity

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great trip, but be careful trying to get in and out of the Basilica if you go on Sunday. We were nearly knocked over by tourists. Otherwise, it's breathtaking and I highly recommend that you go to see it!

May262012

Tour/Activity

Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We ended up having a private tour since the other scheduled couple did not attend. It was an absolutely beautiful tour through the Spanish countryside and coast. I would do it again and have already recommended it to others.

May252012

Tour/Activity

Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An absolute must-see! One of the coolest things we've ever booked through Viator. If you do nothing else in Barcelona, do this! The food was terrific and the dancing was phenomonal!

Feb102012

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fascinating experience! It was really interesting to learn about the licensing and laws surrounding the day-to-day life of a sex worker.

Feb102012

Tour/Activity

Holland in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great experience! Our tour guide was very helpful at explaining some of the details behind each stop. I wasn't overly impressed with the Delft stop, but we enjoyed the flower auction and Rotterdam. You may want to eat somewhere faster than the recommended spot, though, so you can see more things.

Feb082012

Tour/Activity

Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Having done hop-on, hop-off tours in many other cities, we had pretty high expectations. This one failed to meet them. The buses only ran for a short while every day - and only every half an hour. If you want to stop and take pictures for a few minutes, you'd have to wait a while for the next bus. I would probably recommend taking the city tour instead.

Feb052012

Tour/Activity

Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Ghent and Bruges are beautiful. Our tour guide was a little dry, but he gave us some interesting information. Time in both places to walk around and take pictures. Definitely walk over St. Michael's bridge while you're in Ghent for picturesque views.

Nov192011

Tour/Activity

Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Mexico

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very hot, but a great trip. They even provided umbrellas in the case of rain. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the information provided was fascinating. It's hard to avoid all of the street vendors at Chichen Itza, though.

Nov182011

Tour/Activity

Xcaret from Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Mexico

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Beautiful and fun day trip. I have already recommended this trip to several friends and family members. Great show at the end of the day, too.

Sep242011

Tour/Activity

Chicago City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Chicago, Illinois

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a great an inexpensive way to see the city. We just wish that it ran later in the evenings so that we could see the sights at night, too.

Sep082011

Tour/Activity

San Diego City Tour, Harbor Cruise and Tijuana Day Trip

San Diego, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic tour with amazing and personable tour guides. I just wish we could have gotten off the bus to see some of the sites.

Feb212011

Tour/Activity

Paris Rail Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Definitely not enough time to fit everything in that we wanted to say - I recommend skipping the river cruise and staying on the bus to hit all the highlights. I'm not sure that we needed to have the guided tour, but given that we didn't speak French, it seemed to help.

Feb202011

Tour/Activity

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We loved our guide, Mark. He was funny, knowledgeable and personable. The only hiccup we had was getting from the hotel to the bus station and back (you're on your own getting back). Otherwise, loved the trip and the experience!

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