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Sep202014

Tour/Activity

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

About 20 people on this tour and our guide, Jeanette involved all by remembering names and occupations. Her knowledge on Rome's history was first class and her experience in the catacombes enabled us to get out alive. A first class tour guide. The tour also involved viewing oid The Appian Way and the ancient aquaduct. Both these were minor in comparison to the catacombs but nonetheless important to ancient Rome history.

Sep202014

Tour/Activity

Rome Tiber River Night Cruise with Dinner or Wine

Rome, Italy

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

My Review

There was no signage directing prople to the meeting point. The trip left 20 mins late but stll returned at the time stipulated. Nothing to see on the river at night (apart from a few other boats) as the river walls are exceptionally high and made viewing of buildings impossible. Food was only average. Cob webs observed in nearly every corner of the boat. Over priced and would not do again.

Sep132014

Tour/Activity

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

A must do! Our guide spoke reasonable English and was quite entertaining. Spent about 15 mins showing the group through her book about Michaelanglo's paintings and the Sistine Chapel and as talking is not permitted in the Sistine Chapple, I was glad she did. The paintings she highlighted made sense when we saw them first hand. St Peter's Basilica was breathtaking. Very highly recommended but if you are elderly or have trouble standing/walking for 3 - 4 hours plus, I'd recommend you give this a miss (unfortunately)

Sep102014

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Departure Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Not as chaotic as Rome's pick up and managed to get out of the airport within 20 mins. The phone number to call upon arrival needs to be updated to advise our call is in a line and to answered as soon as poossible. The current one just gives a website to visit and was frustrating to say the least. After 3 attempts, finally got a real person on the line and passed over our names etc. Pleasant driver who pointed out some points of interest. Used the service on return trip to the airport. No probs.

Sep102014

Tour/Activity

Shared Arrival Transfer: Fiumicino Airport to Rome Hotels

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Extremely busy at the arrivals area with approx 30 plus hire car operatotos seeking their clients. We had to wait 40 mins (in stifling conditions) for a driver to be located and 4 others in our group of 6 waited over an hour. I think the operator just had too many customers (about 20 ontheir list of names) and Rome being Rome, traffic is chaotic. All in all, glad we arranged the pick up as from later experience with their train system, would have cut too deeply into our holiday time. Just be prepared to wait.

Sep082014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Group of about 12 people and guide was very knowledgeable. The Louvre is an expansive building and our guide took us to the most important pieces of art/paintings etc. Once the tour finishes, you cannot exit the Louvre and re-enter as the tickets are on a group basis and we did get individual tickets. Enjoyable but very crowded.

Sep072014

Tour/Activity

Moulin Rouge Show Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Worth doing only because one can say "I've been there". Very over priced. Flashy sets and costumes but not too sure what it was all about. The first act, a couple on roller skates on a small raised platform, the 3 acrobats and the ventriloquist were really good but he rest of he show, in mimed French, seemed a waste of time.

Sep062014

Tour/Activity

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Combo: Sightseeing Bus and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Used this service for 2 days. Used day 1 to get our bearings using the 4 routes available. Only downside was the blue and orange routes became very limited by mid afternoon and as a consequence, very crowded or could not get on or not available. The cross over for these routes (near Notre Dame) was extremely crowded around 4pm so we had to walk 45 mins back to our hotel both days. Worth the money but be prepared to wait for these routes. The green line has much more to see.

Sep052014

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

My earlier review had the shuttles the wrong way around. Pick up took 20 mins and the call to the office needs to have the voice message changed to indicate you are on the queue and NOT to hang up. It only mentioned a website to visit which was frustrating. After 3 attempts finally got to speask to a real person. Driver was pleasant and pointed out intereesting sites along the way. Would use again in need.

Aug292014

Tour/Activity

London Rock Music Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Bruce was an absolutely fantastic guide. His knowledge and places he took us made for a terrific tour. Arranged to do the Beatles Abbey Road crossing with he took us to a quirky shop selling Beatles memorabilia. Van was clean and air conditioned. On;y about 8 people on the tour. My family had a half day tour to Lords in the afternoon and rather than take us back to the city (to find our way out to Lord's), he took us to local shops where we had lunch with only a 5 min walk to Lords. Highly recommend London Rock Music Tour to music fans of all genres. Thanks Bruce.

Aug292014

Tour/Activity

Behind the Scenes: Lord’s Cricket Ground Tour in London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Loved the history of Lords. Tony (a retired chap and member) was quite delightful (not a stuffed shirt as I was expecting - even acknowledged Aussies beating Poms 5 - 0 in the last Test series). Unfortunately we couldn't visit the dressing rooms as a minor match was on that day - the staff playing their annual 40 overs a side and in the 200 year anniversary of Lords. Tony's knowledge of the history of this famous ground was outstanding and he made for quite a pleasant afternoon. Being in the Long Room was an experience I'll never forget but unfortunately no pics allowed.

Aug282014

Tour/Activity

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

FANTASTIC. The coach takes about 80 mins to get to the studio but well worth the trip. Had a great time and highly recommend to all HP fans.

May162013

Tour/Activity

New Orleans Cooking Class

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
My wife and I attended the New Orleans Cooking Class and had a fantastic experience. Sandra, our chef provided a fantastic history of New Orleans outlining the arrival of various ethnic groups bringing with them different foods and styles of cooking. All this was delivered in easy listening style whilst she was preparing pralines, gumbo and jambalaya. The food was an fantastic and I can understand one of Sandra's earliest comments that and quot;New Orleans folk love their food and quot;. It certainly easy to understand why. Overall a geat experience and I wholly recommend this activity to anyone visiting New Orleans.

Jun062011

Tour/Activity

Los Angeles Departure Transfer: from Los Angeles Hotels

Los Angeles, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Used several times during our stay in different cities. Reliable service. Allow an extra 30 mins for transport back to airports in case of traffic.

Jun032011

Tour/Activity

Los Angeles Arrival Transfer: to Los Angeles Hotels

Los Angeles, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Used this service several times in different cities in our 4 weeks in the US and found to be reliable and on time. If travelling to an airport allow an extra 30 mins just to be on the safe side. Pick ups from airports are regular - just let the clerk at the pick up point know where you're going and you'll be away within 10 mins.

May312011

Tour/Activity

Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This attraction is well worth the money. Tony, our pilot was a fun guy (as I'm sure they all are) who added his own commentary to the recorded one. Trust me, this is a must do activity.

May252011

Tour/Activity

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A fantastic night (but too short at 2 hours) and well worth the money. Only downside was only 1 barman in the top deck bar and patrons who were waiting for the second dinner sitting entering from both sides of the bar for service. Usual wait about 20 mins and on a hot night was badly organised.

May202011

Tour/Activity

Los Angeles Departure Transfer: from Anaheim, Buena Park and Newport Beach Hotels

Anaheim - Buena Park, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Used this service on several occasions during our stay at various cities. Good and reliable with hotel pick ups on time. Getting a shuttle at an airport is not a problem - buses are plentiful and regular.

May122011

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Used this service over 3 days as a cheaper way of getting around SF as we had no car. Took a full curcuit of 2 hours to get our bearings and driver/commentator Aaron was fantastic. Other commentators only so so. Make sure you get your ticket validated at the Office at Fisherman's Wharf before boarding the first time. Allow 10 mins at a pick up stop as the buses can get ahead of schedule. Good value.

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