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May042013

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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour which is run by a local tour company, Lantau Tours, was really excellent. Ryan, our guide, is a Lantau native and has a real passion for his island. The narrative was both informative and, at times hilarious, Ryan really is entertaining and knowledgable. The tour starts with a relaxing ferry trip to one end of Lantau then a bus drive to a beachside pit stop then on to one of the few remaining traditional fishing villages. This stop included a short boat ride through the village, this was particularly poingnant as we passed some of the stilt houses that had burnt down only a couple of nights before. Back on the bus and a very scenic drive over the island to the Giant Buddha. Instead of walking up to the Buddha the bus dropped the group off at the top allowing for a more leisurely walk down to the Ning Ping Monastery for lunch (Ryan even organised for the bus to wait at the top car park to drive one passenger with a baby and another two with mobility problems back down after touring the Buddha, since he considered the walk down too difficult). The vegetarian lunch was delicious and very filling. The final highlight of the tour was the cable car ride down from the Giant Buddha site to North Lantau. This was fantastic, the ride is about 5 kms long up and down over peaks and valleys with a fantastic view of the new Hong Kong airport at the end. This is a great tour, Ryan is a wonderful guide and made the trip a highlight of my Hong Kong holiday.

May032013

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Watching Cruise

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is both wonderful and very sad. After a a 45 minute drive you board a very clean and comfortable boat for the dolphin watching cruise. After about an hour and a half with no luck, we were about to turn back when a small pod of dolphins were sighted. These wonderful creatures are becoming more and more rare in Hong Kong waters and the number sighted this year has dwindled to below 60. The number in Chineses waters is unknown and sadly this unique little dolphin may become extinct in the next few years. Conservation measures are being taken and the money generated from this tour goes some way towards those measures. Even without sighting any dolphin, this is still a good tour, with a couple of hours out on the waters away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

Apr162013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a definite highlight of my time in Rome. Monica was an absolute gem, she is so enthusiastic about food and sharing her experience with tour participants. The location is magical with views over the river valley. The class was a great deal of fun and was hands on. Hand making pasta and local dishes was wonderful. The only drawback was there was too much food!!!! Everyone in the group was replete with good food and good wine and had a well deserved nap on the drive back to Rome. Thank you to Monica and our wonderful driver/kitchen hand for an experience to remember.

Apr152011

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour, Angela was very knowledgeable and made the art works come to life. Very clear diction and a lovely warm personality. Would highly recommend taking the early tour which is not crowded (until you reach the Sistine Chapel, which is crowded at all times). Plenty of time allowed at the Sistine Chapel to take in the amazing ceiling. Excellent guide and tour.

Apr132011

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Sara is an absolute delight, she is knowledgable and very engaging. Her delivery is very clear and she makes the history fun for the younger members of the tour. The timing of the tour is perfect, plenty of time without becoming too long. Highly recommended.

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