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Lee

Australia

Just looooooovvvvvvveeeee travel!

Sep252013

Tour/Activity

Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I booked this tour primarily to visit The Last Supper. It was such a wonderful experience being in the presence of such a masterpiece that it brought tears to my eyes. 15 minutes was long enough to appreciate this wonderful work of art.

The sightseeing tour was excellent as well, especially being able to enter the La Scala Opera House.

The tour guide was knowledgeable, pleasant and kept the group together with the minimum of fuss.

[Comment, this was the last of my 4 tours in Milan and I would like to commend the Agency who operated these tours - Zani Viaggi Milan. The tour guides were excellent and the coach drivers likewise. Yes, the ground staff at the Milan office could be very short and abrupt with their responses, however, may I suggest you look past their attitude and enjoy the experiences on offer.]

Sep242013

Tour/Activity

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip was amazing. The coach trip from Milan went via Lake Como, which to me was an added bonus. We enjoyed a group luncheon [at own choice and expense] which was lots of fun before we boarded the Bernina Express to St Moritz. The scenery was magnificent along the way through the Swiss Alps. St Moritz was a disappointment though as the main township is very austere and the boutiques only for the wealthy. However we were directed to the Chocolate Shoppe and here we sampled and bought wonderful Swiss chocolate!!! Yum! The return journey was by coach and was this an experience driving down the mountain around the hairpin bends to the valley below - lots of ooh's, ahh's and OMG's! Again the tour guide and coach driver were excellent.

Sep222013

Tour/Activity

Lake Maggiore Day Trip from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was my favourite tour out of Milan. The Borromeo Islands are out of this world with picture card beauty. We coached to Stresa, did a brief walking tour and then boarded a small boat to cruise past Isola Madre before reaching Isola Bella. Words cannot describe the beauty of this island and the Borromeo Palace, which is still used by the Borromeo family. The guided tour [1 hour] was excellent - very controlled and only small groups at any given time. The tour takes you into rooms with amazing history, decor and murano glass chandeliers. After the tour we had free time to visit the terraced gardens - so so beautiful, and if you were lucky, the white peacocks were out and about. We then continued with a short boat trip to Isola dei Pescatorie [fisherman's island] where we had free time to explore and have a late lunch before heading back to Milan. A most wonderful day! Again thanks to the Zani Viaggi coach driver and tour guide.

Sep212013

Tour/Activity

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was another of my most favourite tours out of Milan. We coached to Portovenere where we had some free time to explore before boarding the ferry which took us along the Cinque Terre coast calling into all the ports. This was great as you were able to see these little townships [built into the hillsides] up close and personal and get some great photos. We disembarked at Monterosso al Mare for free time and lunch. The only hiccup on this tour was when we went to board the train [which travels between the 5 towns of Cinque Terre] to take us to Vernazza, the Italian rail in their wisdom cancelled our service and about 3 after ours - leaving the possibility of only 2 services left for that day. Therefore the group opted to catch whatever train came along to take us back to La Spezia to meet up with the coach. Otherwise we would have been stranded as there is no road access into these townships. It was still a magic tour and thanks for making it so by the excellent Zani Viaggi tour guide Angela and our coach driver.

Sep052013

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I loved this tour, however was a little disappointed with Murano as I thought it was just sell, sell, sell and gave very little time to explore Murano [will have to go back, only freelance]. Torcello was rushed but very worthwhile to visit the church and surrounds. My favourite island was Burano, not for the lace [again sell, sell, sell] but for the ambience this island offered. Maybe it was because we had more free time here. But I thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience.

Sep042013

Tour/Activity

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a very interesting tour as the guide took us behind the scenes and gave a lot of background to the architecture and history of Venice. The gondola ride along the Grand Canal towards the Rialto Bridge was great. I really enjoyed this trip.

May262013

Tour/Activity

Bali Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple and Cultural Small Group Tour

Bali, Indonesia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Unfortunately due to illness I was unable to take this tour, however I would like to thank Sandy, the guide for this trip, for his concern for my well being and I rate the tour 5 stars because of his genuine concern. It is my intention to book this tour again during my 2014 Bali trip.

May222013

Tour/Activity

Bali Reef Cruise and Lembongan Island Day Trip

Bali, Indonesia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This trip was fantastic! Hotel pickup and drop off was punctual. The Bali Hai check-in and embarkation was professional and smooth. The facilities on board the Bali Hai were good and we were entertained by live entertainers to and from Lembongan. The facilities and equipment at the Lembongan pontoon were of a high quality and lots of fun. The buffet was plentiful and well presented. The hour walking tour on Lembongan Island was great and just long enough as it was sooooo hot away from the pontoon. The only negative was that the semi-submersible coral viewer was apparently in dry dock for repairs, hence only a 4 start rating.

Feb092013

Travel Recommendation

Airport how to.

Bali

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Yes, that is correct. When you come out of the Arrivals Hall, turn right and a few metres along there is a window where you can buy your taxi ticket [fixed price]. They have all the local destinations on a black board behind the ticket operator. The last time we travelled from the airport to Nusa Dua the flat rate was 110,000 rupiah. Very reasonable! Lee Feb 2013

Sep102012

Tour/Activity

Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent. However a little suggestion is for Viator to advise where to collect tickets for entry. Would highly recommend.

Sep072012

Tour/Activity

Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Would highly recommend Hop on Hop Off buses in any country. It was a wonderful way to see Paris and was an excellent means of transport from and to our hotel in Montmartre.

Sep072012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Again excellent. Very informative tour guide. Ticket also allowed entry to the top of the Tower. Didn't enjoy this very much as too many people in such a confined area. But it was a major dream realised. Thank you.

Sep062012

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Paris Shuttle Service is a very professional and efficient service and kindly waited for us. Our only hiccup was getting lost [and many others as well] in CDG even though we followed PSS' directions.

Jul292011

Tour/Activity

Batu Caves and Temple Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Pickup was a nightmare - I was left sitting in a locked vehicle for over 10 minutes in a very Islamic area whilst driver went to find other people to take to the drop off point. Tour guide was just a driver and very hard to understand. My understanding that it was the Batu Caves that I booked, however we went to a batik outlet and Selangor Pewter before the caves and only had approximately 1 hour there!!! Most disappointing.

Jul262011

Tour/Activity

Historical Malacca Full-Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur including Lunch

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Tour was great, however there was no mention that part of the tour would be an hour's walking tour in the midday heat - not for the feint hearted. Overall a lovely day.

Jul232011

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur By Night Tour

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Dreadful tour and a waste of money.

Jul222011

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour and our Tour Guide - Barvi [not sure of the spelling] should be commended for his knowledge, enthusiasm and tireless energy. This was far the best tour out of all the tours we booked and would highly recommend and hopefully future travellers will have Barvi as their Tour Guide.

Jul212011

Tour/Activity

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Arrival Transfer

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Would recommend prebooking this transfer service. Driver was waiting for us on our arrival and this took away the worry of having to find transport to our city hotel.

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