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Oct152012

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Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

Rome, Italy

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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We took the "Vatican In One Day" tour last Monday. Sara a lovely Italian lady was our guide in the morning and what a wonderful tour we had with her. Sara was so knowledgeable and her English very good (she had spent a couple of weeks in Edinburgh to help her understand Scottish accents!). Sara guided us round the Vatican Museum and St Peter's effortlessly through all the crowds but giving us plenty of time to ask questions and take photos. In the afternoon we met Tiffany, another lovely lady from the U.S.A. who was also a very experienced and well informed guide. We were taken round the three Basilicas of St Pauls, St John Latern, the Holy Stairs and Santa Maria Maggiore. Tiffany too gave us very comprhensive information about all the places visited, answered all our many questions and never rushed us if we wanted to take time but still managing to keep to her time schedule. All in all we had a most memorable day with two excellent guides and definitely agree that Viator warrants their 5* rating. We will definitely use Viator for any future visits and thoroughly recommend the company and the tour that we took.

Mar232012

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

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

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Thought we would do this trip having had an outstanding experience with Viator in Rome. Sorry but this trip was very disappointing. There was no Viator rep only one guide for almost 120 people. As it was a lovely sunny day, we opted to sit out on deck but couldn't hear a word of the commentry because of the noise of the boat's engine First stop Murano for 30 minutes, most of which was taken up by watching a glass blowing demonstration (very crowded) and then being herded into the shop which left approx. 10 minutes to look round Murano. Next stop Torcello. again only 30 minute stop, it took almost 10 minutes to walk to the churches which again only left us about 10 minutes to see the churches. The original one is really beautiful and well worth going to see but at 5 euros entrance for a visit of just over 5 minutes!!!!! Again at Burano only a 30 minute stop so we decided not to do the tour of the lace shop and wander round on our own for the VERY limited time. It looked very picturesque. Burano and Torcello definitely worth a visit but for longer than 30 minutes and without over a hundred other people!!!! If you want to hear the commentry DONT sit outside on the boat. We told the guide at Murano that we hadn't heard any of the commentry but it made no difference.

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