Windermere, United Kingdom
Our tour guide Bob was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We appreciated his willingness to answer questions and share information.
Going to Hawkshead and seeing Hill Top Farm was a good experience. However, We felt the boat trip on Coniston Lake was a waste of time since people were crowded onto the boat and the acoustics were so poor. We could not hear a word the boat guide was saying. That was a disappointment. The audio equipment needs to be improved and fewer people should be on the boat.
On the whole I think the only thing really provided was transportation to the sites.
London, United Kingdom
This trip was a real disappointment. Because Warwick Castle has an amusement park atmosphere it was not fitting that we just be dropped off to fend for ourselves. Since the site is massive, it would have been helpful if our guide had made the effort to walk around with us for a few minutes and point out the most historically significant areas of the castle. As it turned out we did not really know how to begin making the most of our time at the castle.
Our experience at Stratford-on-Avon was very frustrating. Basically, we were dropped off at Shakespeare's birthplace downtown (among the gift stores and restaurants) and were told to go on our own. I wish so much that the tour company had driven us to Anne Hathaway's cottage (just a few minutes away) for a photo stop and to the nearby church where Shakespeare's is burried. By bus that would, have taken little time but would have been very interesting and informative. By foot it was not possible due to time contraints.
I don't think many people on the bus went to Stratford to have lunch and buy souvenirs. Because of our experience at Stratford we will never again take a Viator tour.
Going to Oxford was great. We appreciated the fact that our guide walked around the campus and share information with us. It's unfortunate that she did not make that effort at Warwick Castle or Stratford. The Oxford excursion saved the day.
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