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Sep262013

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

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

After calling the Shuttle, we were advised of a pickup time of 9:15 a.m. We were waiting at the curb by 9:05 a.m. By 9:30 we were quite concerned, when we spotted the Paris shuttle van. He was stuck behind a garbage truck one block east of us. He could not proceed further down the block because our street is one way only (which clearly shows on Paris map books.). So we ran down the street and met him at the corner. We were surprised when he said that he was late because of the garbage truck and who would know about the crazy one way street! His attitude was surly and made us feel as though his tardiness was our fault.
He then made two other pickups, who expressed their concern about his lateness and again his replies were very abrupt, and he never spoke another word to anyone the rest of the trip.

Sep252013

Tour/Activity

Behind-the-Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars’ Underground Bunker

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Although our guides were nearly 15 minutes late, they split us into 2 groups, and our group proceeded to the bunker with Xavier. We then returned to the tower and saw the elevator rooms. Then a short wait for the elevators and we were on the second level. We then walked up to the top of the restaurant. At each location Xavier gave us wonderful, detailed and humorous information. He was very knowledgeable and answered questions ably. He was very polite and his English very good and the whole group seemed to be very pleased with his tour. We enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others.

Sep172013

Tour/Activity

French Wine and Champagne Tasting in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was one of the highlights of our trip. We learned a great deal from the sommelier, whose presentation was humorous and put everyone at ease. The venue at O Chateau is beautiful and all the staff were very nice and professional. The wine samples were very generous and of excellent quality. There was lots of discussion amongst the participants and many of us went upstairs to the bar to continue our conversations and enjoy another glass of our favourite wine. We met some lovely people, got a wee bit tipsy, and we are very happy we selected this activity.

Jun122011

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Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Gorgeous, jaw-dropping views - a photographer's dream. Amazing little towns and wonderful walks. Our guide, Simone was wonderful. He provided lots of interesting insight on the region and developed an excellent rapport with all of the participants. It was one of the best days we spent on vacation and would go again in a heartbeat!

Jun022011

Tour/Activity

Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

very comfortable bus, well-versed guides, loved Giverney and the fact we were there ahead of the crowds, fantastic lunch in a lovely setting, driver unexpectedly took us through the back roads to see chalk cliffs and tiny villages with buildings cut into the rock, crowds at Versailles were horrendous and entry was very disorganized, but our guide did everything possible to expedite our entry and provide us with thorough information, however there is not enough time alloted to tour the massive gardens.

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