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William F

Canada

May062013

Tour/Activity

Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra and Spain from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Too expensive just to say you were in Andorra. Arrived at Medieval Spanish town at 8:30 a.m. And nothing was open or awake. Medieval part of town was not very extensive. French fortress was nice but that was all there was there. Arrived in Andorra about 1:00 p.m., just about the time 50 percent of the city took siesta until 4:00 pm. Guide was more of a bus driver than anything else. Didn't give a lot of information and was frequently incorrect. Kept asking if we had questions but didn't give us much to ask about. It was the final day of our vacation and for the most part it was a big and overly expensive letdown. Made stop on return journey for twenty minutes at a gas/convenience store for no explained reason. It was in the middle of nowhere.

May052013

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Barcelona GPS-Guided GoCar Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was really fun and at the same time terrifying. Get ready to have your photo taken dozens of times, be challenged to race, and just generally be stared at. Don't do it alone as there is a lot to think about with all the hand controls. Found myself frequently in the wrong lane and risking my life to get to the correct one. All in all it was really fun though. It took quite a bit to get used to the car so you tend to miss a lot of the sights along the way. Took the one hour rental but probably should have taken a 2 hour drive so I could make a few photo stops. You might want to bring a pillow because I think shocks were non-existant.

May042013

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: East to West Route

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I greatly enjoyed this activity and did both routes completely with a number of "hop-offs" included. The commentary was well done and was time appropriate. Should have taken the 2 day option as there were so many places I wanted to stop at but didn't because of time constraints. The coverage of all the most noteworthy places was excellent and the bus was very comfortable.

Apr302013

Tour/Activity

Budapest Parliament House Tour

Budapest, Hungary

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is such a beautiful building that an inside tour should not be missed. The tour was a bit shorter than I anticipated for the price paid. The original guide only stayed with us on the 10 minute bus drive there and to get us our tickets. Then she was gone. The tour itself was by building employees. There were only 3 sites on the tour. The first was the amazing and beautiful entryway and staircase and this was probably the highlight of the tour. Next we had a 5 minute vsit to the impressive room where the royal crown was on display along with its ceremonial guards. Next it was on to the senate chamber. This was no longer in use a senate because the senate did not exist anymore. It is used from time to time for conferences. They said the actual government chamber was nearly identical but we did not get to see it. That was the end of the tour and we were released into the massive renovation construction works outside. The building should not be missed but the tour is a bit short and relatively expensive. I am still glad I went however.

Apr302013

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Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour by Bus and Boat

Budapest, Hungary

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was reasonably priced and the boat addition was a must for this truly beautiful city built along the river. The routes were both quite different but had a few common transfer stops. Commentary was well timed and interesting.

Apr272013

Tour/Activity

Berlin Segway Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I have been on a segway before so I really wanted to do this. We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable It was 1/2 hour training and the a three and one half hour tour of both east and west Berlin. I didn't need the 1/2 hour instruction as once you have learned how to use a segway it comes back to you very quickly. It was the first time for my daughter and the guide got her up to speed quite quickly. Some other people took a little longer to get comfortable. the route was well thought out and was very safe. The stops were well timed to give breaks when needed. This was certainly worth the cost.

Apr292012

Tour/Activity

Paris City Segway Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a lot of fun. The training beforehand was well done. The tour guide had a great sense of humour and she picked stopping points which were at great locales and always seemed to be perfectly timed for just about exactly when your feet began to hurt. It was astonishing how quickly, riding the segway for the first time, became more and more natural as the evening went on. Our particular tour went about an extra 45 minutes more than advertised. Made me want to ride segways on future trips!

Apr292012

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Arrival Transfer: Orly Airport (ORY)

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This worked out very nicely. Driver was courteous and arrived right on time at the easy to find meeting point. He knew exactly where our hotel was located and arrived there promptly.

Apr262012

Tour/Activity

French Riviera Small Group Day Trip from Nice

Nice, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was an excellent way to get an overview of the region. The stop locations were very interesting and well chosen. The main stops could each have used another 20 minutes as they were a bit rushed. As a result of this tour we found a location we wanted to return to the next day. We did so and spent the entire day there.

Apr202012

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great way to find all about what to see in Amsterdam. We didn't realize there were 3 different routes, so we were able to locate all kinds of locales we wanted to return to. It was a very relaxing way to commute. One of the best things was since the weather the 2 days was blustery with frequent showers, it was a great place to retreat to when the weather was not so great. It allowed you to feel like you were still exploring and not wasting your time, while at the same time staying dry.

Dec302009

Tour/Activity

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Statue of Liberty Ferry Ticket and Top of the Rock or Empire State Building

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was excellent for the first time visitor to New York. It gave an excellent and complete orientation to all of Manhattan Island. By the end of our 4 day trip I could find everything in Manhattan simply and on my own. On the morning we went up The Empire State Building, on the north side facing the wind, the windchill was -50 degrees. At that temperature it makes no difference if it was Fahrenheit or Celsius. Good thing we were Canadian!

Jul212009

Tour/Activity

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This also included Bunratty Castle, which was fabulous as well. The Cliffs of Moher were gorgeous in the sunlight, and we were able to watch a thunderstorm gradually overtake the cliffs over a half hour span. We took great photos both in sun and in the monsoon like conditions. I would have liked even more time at each stop, even though it was a full day.

Jul192009

Tour/Activity

Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This gave us a great orientation to the city. Be sure to get off at the Guinness Storehouse for the tour there. You end up at the top with a free Guinness in your hand and an amazing aerial view of the city along with a directory of what you can see. Coupled with the Hop-on Hop-off you can get your bearings very quickly, and in an enjoyable manner!

Jul182009

Tour/Activity

Somme WWI Battlefield Small Group Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This was extremely insightful, and we had a very knowledgeable guide. He seemed to tailor the trip to the national heritages of the participants. Be sure your bladder is strong, as there are not many opportunities for relief.

Jul122009

Tour/Activity

London Eye: River Cruise Experience

London, United Kingdom

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

My Review
We did not understand the itinerary. We had been to London before and at that time the London Eye did not operate river cruises. This does not get you on the London Eye itself but rather a boat cruise from the new London Eye dock . The writeup should clearly state that you do not get on the London Eye itself. This was somewhat disappointing.

Jul122009

Tour/Activity

London Bike Tour - East, West or Central London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Lots of fun and information even if you stand a fair chance of becoming a hood ornament on a vehicle. Don't let the worst biker get in front!

Jun052008

Tour/Activity

Munich City Tour including FC Bayern Soccer Grounds Visit

Munich, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The stadium tour was very interesting and allowed us entry to a lot of locations we would never ordinarily see. The bus tour was very interesting and gave a nice orientation to the city.

Jun052008

Tour/Activity

Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This was a lot of fun and at the same time informative. The guide was excellent and ended the tour at a locale that would allow you to extend the evening or return home quickly and easily via public transit.

May302008

Tour/Activity

Prague City Sightseeing Tour

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
We did this on our first afternoon in Prague of a 5-day stay. Very useful for getting our bearings. The guide was good and very informative.

May292008

Tour/Activity

Vienna Evening Tour including Danube Tower Visit

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The visit to the wine farm's wine bars and restaurants at the end was the highlight of the evening. The guide was very accommodating and interesting.

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