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James R

James R

USA

Nov202011

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Private Tour: Great Wall of China at Juyongguan and Ming Tombs from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Private tour is exactly what this is. We were contacted the night before by our guide, Leo, who made arrangements to meet us at our hotel. He was waiting for my wife, son and myself in the lobby the next morning. He lead us to our van, which we had to ourselves the entire day. We left at 9 am and got to The Wall at Juyongguan at 1030 am. The guide bought tickets and lead us to the starting point. We had two hours to explore. The weather was excellent and we hiked to the top and then back down. Had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves. The guide met us at a prearranged spot and we went to lunch at a Jade Factory. Lunch was outstanding and consisted of Kung Pao Chicken, Peppered Beef, a Pork dish, sweet peas, soup and rice. We bought some jade items, this was a no pressure place and a nice atmosphere. We then spent the afternoon at the Ming Tombs. Our guide explained to us the history behind the Ming Dynasty and was very knowledgeable on the subject. We stopped by a Silk Factory, there was a little more pressure there, but it was still a comfortable shopping experience. My wife bought a nice jacket for roughly $88. The guide then took us back to our hotel, ending a very pleasant tour experience. If you book this tour, you won't be disappointed.

Nov282008

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Kamakura Full-Day Walking Tour with Optional Rickshaw Ride from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We had a great time! The guide was very informative, spoke excellent English and went out of her way to keep us informed and educate us about the Kamakura area. This was a very laid back and relaxing tour and as a family of 4, we really enjoyed being on the coast and seeing all of the historical features of the area!

Nov272008

Tour/Activity

Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We picked probably the worst possible day to do this tour. The clouds moved in that day and socked in the whole mountain and we could not see a thing. But because we had such a wonderful guide, he made it fun for us and made us laugh the whole trip. He was full of information about Japanese culture and history that we really did not mind about not seeing the mountain. Eventually it broke through the clouds for a brief moment and the guide gathered us up so that we could all see it. He made an unexpected stop at a beautiful shrine that made the trip definitely worthwhile. Even though the trip was pretty much a bust, I would give it a 5 because the guide went out of his way to ensure that we had a good time and a great trip!

Nov242008

Tour/Activity

Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Great trip! Very informative guide. Ran like clockwork. Guide tried to make sure that you got the most that you could out of what was offered. Tokyo Tower was just the right amount of time, Tea Ceremony was fun and the river cruise was also fun and informative. The Imperial Palace and Asakusa stops were also very interesting and the shopping was great fun for the whole family. It was my wife and I and our 15 and 11 year old boys all who had a great time on this tour.

Mar272008

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Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

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

My Review
This tour was very chaotic in the beginning. It started about 20 minutes late, and it was a very large group of people. The guide stood in one area for a long period of time speaking, rather than moving along through the areas of interest; then when she had finished her speaking, she moved quickly through the areas of interest. It was informative and fun but could have been a bit better organized, and a smaller group would have helped.

Mar262008

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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Small Group Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our guide's expertise on the subject matter and his sensitivity made this tour a wonderful experience for my whole family. A must see for anyone traveling to the Munich area.

Mar252008

Tour/Activity

Salzburg Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our tour guide did an excellent job showing us Salzburg. He gave us an interesting and informational city tour and then we had 3 hours to explore this amazing city. This was very much worth the day invested and we hope to return to this city in the future!!!

Mar242008

Tour/Activity

Neuschwanstein Castle Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We has the best guide ever. His guidance and expertise made the experience more than we had hoped for, and would recommend this tour to everyone who travels to Bavaria!!!

Mar232008

Tour/Activity

Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our guide was very well-educated on the subject of the Third Reich and showed us all the Munich areas that the major Nazi Party events took place. These areas are not documented as such in the city, so if your are interested in this part of human history, this is a must tour to take. I knew a lot about this historical era before taking the tour, but learned a great deal more from this tour.

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