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Greece

Feb122012

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Tortuga Bay Tour and Yacht Cruise to La Loberia Island

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Well worth it! Why? Title is misleading. There is a 3 hour tour of Tortuga Bay, then a 2 hour lunch break, then another 3 hour cruise (with snorkeling and mask provided free) followed by another beach tour. On the downside, because I misunderstood, I showed up in a bathing suit and coverup at start of trip! ARGH! Highly frowned on, but I honestly thought the entire thing was a 1/2 day boat tour of both Tortuga Bay and La Loberia! So wear tee shirt, shorts and good hiking shoes for first round of trip (which also includes a refreshing swim in Tortuga Bay, so make sure you wear your bathing suit under your hiking clothes), then enjoy lunch and get ready for a great time in the afternoon. The staff was SUPERB! They do speak English but most of your tour mates will speak Spanish, the primary language of the guides. It is worth studying Spanish for a couple of months just to understand and communicate with your tour guides and tour mates. I HIGHLY recommend this! Had no clue I would get this kind of value for my money! Hotel pickup fast and easy; Eduardo in Quito confirmed and doubled confirmed my hotel pickup. There is, however, no "drop off" but guess what? Puerto Ayora is only about 1/4 square miles, so walking back from the main docks (directly across from the only real grocery store) to your flat or hotel is easy as punch. There's no such thing as getting lost in Puerto Ayora. This tour was a great and FULL day of fun and adventure!

Oct282011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Disappointing that we were unable to enter the underground area due to the flooding, but it was still a great tour because of our tour guide, Francesca, who is working on her Ph.D in history and archeology. She was fascinating to listen to, and we all learned a great deal from her. She was also very humorous, so it definitely was not boring!

Oct262011

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Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Sometimes things just don't work out. It POURED rain. The lunch was not very good. Most of us couldn't even hear the tour guide because our group was far too large. Unlike the Vatican and Colosseum tours, no headset was provided so that you could hear.

Oct242011

Tour/Activity

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Boy, my timing wasn't so great in Rome! On days that I booked the most expensive trips, those were the days when it poured rain! However, it was a nice boat ride, a small group, and I met some really cool people. The lunch, however, was terrible, although the local Capri wine was excellent. I did lots of shopping because there really wasn't much else to do because of the rain.

Oct222011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour with an excellent tour guide. Parts of the Vatican were flooded and we were not able to go in, but such is life. The use of headsets was particularly helpful because we could all hear her insightful commentary. Small groups are the only way to go!

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