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Robert M

Australia

Oct012014

Tour/Activity

England Heritage Attraction Pass

Varies

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The Heritage pass is a great way to ensure that you get to see many attractions at a reasonable price. It is important to always check terms and conditions as some attractions are offered at a discount rate only. The pass is good value for money if you use it every day that it is valid.

Sep102014

Tour/Activity

Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Palermo, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Overall a good tour option for getting to know Palermo. The best way to see this manic city is to be in something big and elevated from the the road. The printed form had different starting times to actual times but this was actually an improvement as the tours started earlier. it was disappointing that the cafe in the gardens and part of the Palace were closed (outside the tour's scope). The stops were clearly marked with accurate timetable and commentary was also very good.

Sep072014

Tour/Activity

Amalfi Coast Day Cruise: Sorrento to Positano or Amalfi

Sorrento, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a great way to see the coast without worrying about driving. the ship was comfortable and and the food was of a good standard..A very enjoyable day,

Sep042014

Tour/Activity

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour offers a very different perspective of Florence. Commentary was very good and the opportunity for photos from the river in the evening was a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Sep042014

Tour/Activity

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We thoroughly enjoyed our stop at Fiesole in the mountains. There is a very neat archaeological site and museum that offers something different from the regular tour. The commentary was lacking at times and the organisation at the bus stop was terrible. Timetables were not adhered to and information from staff not accurate. The tour is limited because the city centre cannot be accessed by vehicle.

Aug262014

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tour guide was excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour. Skip the line well worth the extra expense as the crowds are huge.

Aug252014

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This an excellent tour option for getting around Rome and then deciding on what you want to see. It was very disappointing that the tour guide did not inform passengers that the Trevi Fountain and The Spanish steps fountains were both under repair. A waste of time going there. Fortunately we had seen these icon before but if it was a first time visit I would have been furious. The lines to get on the bus were badly organised and passengers pushed into line and were very rude, staff need to take more control and lines for queuing painted on paths and enforced. Stops need to be clearly marked and some idea of timetables included at stops. A lot of time was wasted waiting for bus driver changes and other unknown delays as to why the bus wasn't moving (not due to traffic-organistaional issues).

Aug252014

Tour/Activity

Shared Arrival Transfer: Fiumicino Airport to Rome Hotels

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was difficult to find rep but the crowd was crazy and our flight was late. The service itself was very good. Much easier than trying to find a taxi or public transport.

Aug212014

Tour/Activity

Berlin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A very good way to get your bearings in Berlin. We weren't aware that there was a second route that could have taken us to a few other interesting places. It was very convenient for us as the route passed very near to our hotel.

Aug162014

Tour/Activity

Belfast City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Belfast, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great way to get an overview of the city in a short time.

Aug142014

Tour/Activity

Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The live tour guide was very entertaining and informative. Easy way to see this compact city.

Aug132014

Tour/Activity

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Dublin's traffic is horrendous. The hop on /hop off bus takes you to all the main places of interest but it can be a lengthy ride between stops.

Aug112014

Tour/Activity

Singapore Night Sightseeing Tour with Gardens by the Bay, Bumboat Ride and Bugis Street

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The gardens are a fantastic, unique experience. It is must see! The boat ride was very pleasant and gave a different perspective of this ever changing city. Dinner was a bit rushed and given we sat on the bus for a while a bit more time would have been welcome to enjoy the simple but pleasant meal.

Oct182013

Tour/Activity

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Kuranda and we were particularly impressed with the friendliness and the help provided by the staff throughout the day. The trip in the train was very relaxing and the scenery along the way was stunning, particularly the waterfalls. We had a few hours to enjoy Kuranda and managed to pick up a couple of bargains at the markets. Coming down on the cable car was well worth the expense - the views are spectacular and we were able to enjoy some stopovers on the way down. A great day overall.

Jul102013

Tour/Activity

Universal Studios Singapore One-Day Pass

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic day had by all 3 generations of our family. The grandparents got a kick out of watching the grandchildren and Mum enjoyed some great rides. Our two year old grand daughter's day was made when she met her hero, Elmo.

Jul092013

Tour/Activity

Singapore Zoo Breakfast with Orangutans

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, but omly have one criticism -we were picked up in a large tour bus which added time before and after the tour. On the voucher it stated that a minivan would be the mode of transport. As we had a tight schedule for the day, the extra 30 minutes of hotel pickups meant less time at the zoo. The orangutans were fantastic, though the cost of the photo ($25) seemed exorbitant. Singapore zoo is compact but has plenty to offer. The fragile forest exhibit was also very close to nature.

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Jul082013

Tour/Activity

Singapore City Pass: Singapore Flyer, Duck Tour and Food Trail

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The wheel is fabulous as it allows you to see the beautiful city below. The duck tour company was very accommodating as we requested an earlier time, which they allowed. The only problem was we were seated at the back and could not hear the commentary over the noisy engine behind us. The food trail was okay - fresh and tasty.

Feb172013

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We had a very enjoyable day overall. Our tour guide was quite informative, although we were under the impression that he did not usually conduct this tour. We were disappointed that we did not go to the deer park or visit the nomadic village, but being able to feed the beautiful elephants in such a lovely environment was well worth the money.

Sep202012

Tour/Activity

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We always find the best way to become orientated within a new city is to do a hop on/hop off tour. This tour did not disappoint as it took us to most of the places we wanted to visit. The guides were entertaining and informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our two days in Washington.

Sep102012

Tour/Activity

Washington DC Night Tour

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

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

My Review

This tour had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, it fell well short of our expectations. We could not get very close to the Capitol and we felt rushed through many of the other areas we visited. Our guide was not very informative and mainly let us wander around - unlike the guide of the other group who gave informative and entertaining information. Be aware that if you go on this tour, there is quite a lot of walking involved as the bus will drop you off at one point and pick you up quite a distance away.

Aug292012

Tour/Activity

Boston Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Boston, Massachusetts

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Staff were well organised and talented and the food was average. The best part of the cruise was watching the sunset over the city. It was much quieter outside on the decks due to the entertainment, which would have been fine had that been our major reason for booking this cruise. Overall, it was a good evening.

Aug292012

Tour/Activity

Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Boston, Massachusetts

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We had no problems finding a bus stop initially and enjoyed our day with some very professional tour guides and drivers. The bus stopped at all the areas we wanted to visit and were regular in their pickups. We wished we had booked a 2 day tour though as one day is clearly not enough.

Aug232012

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

San Francisco, California

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

My Review

We had a few hiccups with this tour, which we have never experienced on other hop on hop off tours around the world. Firstly, we waited for over 40 minutes at the Presidio gate entrance where the buses pulled up, and no blue bus arrived. After phoning the company, we found out that the stop had been changed to the Palace of the Arts, about a 5 minute walk away. So we wasted almost an hour before getting on a bus. The tour itself was okay and it took us to most of the places we wanted to see, but at the end of the day, we ended up having to catch a cab back to our hotel as what we thought was the last bus to do the entire loop, was only stopping at Fishermans wharf. Be careful to clearly understand what they mean by the last departure time. Perhaps it would be better if there was a 5 pm bus departure from every stop which took you around the entire loop - at least you would get home.

Feb242012

Travel Recommendation

Fiordland & Milford Sound Suggested Itineraries

Fiordland & Milford Sound

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a fantastic experience. In fine weather the sound does not have the spectacular waterfalls but id still awesome to see. We were a bit disappointed with seating arrangements s a tour took all of the window seats when we were having our lunch. The meal was never the less enjoyable. The drive into Milford is also well wothr it as there are several great locations to stop at along the way. We also took the Doubtful Sound Cruise which was equally spectacular. It is well woth the effort to take both cruises.

Feb172012

Tour/Activity

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

Te Anau, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The coach pick up from the hotel was 30 minutes late so we would have preferred to drive to Manapouri rather than waste time waiting for the coach. There wasn't a great deal of choice of food on the cuises, we bought some sandwiches at the jetty before departure. Coffe and tea was free on the cruises. The cruise to the power station, bus ride and cruise to the Tasman were outstanding! The scenery was spectacular, commentary excelllent and ride very comfortable. We have travelled to many parts of the world and highly recommend this cruise. We also saw a pod of dolphins. Weather was fine when we took the cruise but were told that it was even more spectacular in wet weather with waterfalls all over the mountains. Power station visit was interesting. We also took the Milford Sound cruise and were glad that we did both. Each has something to offer.

Feb162012

Tour/Activity

Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional Lunch

Milford Sound, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A beautiful day and a thoroughly enjoyable cruise. The scenery is stunning! The only complaint we had was that there were not any window tables available to us, even though we were one of the first passengers to board. The tables were all allotted to tour groups, even though we had booked months in advance. We were told to find a seat upstairs to eat, what turned out to be - a delicious buffet. Not fair really, but everything else was wonderful.

Feb092012

Tour/Activity

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Franz Josef, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a brilliant experience this was. Even though we could not go to Fox Glacier due to the clouds rolling in, we did get in a snow landing. The pilot was fantastic and the company has offered to refund monies owed. We would thoroughly recommend this experience as it gives you a new and interesting perspective of the beautiful glacier.

Oct072011

Tour/Activity

London Pass

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a great way to beat many of the queues and save some money on entrance fees as well. We certainly got our money's worth and saw some magnificent castles and gardens. Worth the initial expense for the convenience and the booklet helps to plan your days.

Sep272011

Tour/Activity

Mersey River Explorer Cruise from Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We combined the cruise with a visit to the U boat. Commentary on board was very good. The U-boat was very interesting and was unique in the way it was presented. A very enoyable half day experience.

Sep272011

Tour/Activity

The Beatles Story Experience

Liverpool, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The Albert Dock Beatles Story was most enjoyable and a worthwhile experience, however the Pier Head part of the tour was very disappointing and poor value as it was closed for renovations. There was also an Elvis display that was unavailable. The 4D experience was strrictly for young children and was a watse of time. There should be some compensation for missing out on the interactive part of the tour.

Sep142011

Tour/Activity

KD Rhine Pass from Koblenz

Koblenz, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A very relaxing day was spent travelling on the Rhine, although it was a very long day and you need to ensure you have the timetable with you to plan where you are going to get on and off. The water levels were low when we were there, so they did not stop at all stops. Otherwise, a relaxing day with magnificent views of castles along the way. Well worth it.

Sep122011

Tour/Activity

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Lucerne, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was very busy on the day of our visit. The views are spectacular from the top of the mountain. The funicular is quite an interesting experience on its own, the cog wheel train is also a great ride and the cruise was a very pleasant way to finish the tour. If you choose to do the Tobbaggan ride, be aware that it is expensive for a single trip and not as exciting as a theme park rollercoaster. It also took quite a long time as some riders hold up the process. This then limits your time at the top of the mountain. We found out too late that the walk through the rock gallery took you right around one of the peaks but still enjoyed this tour very much.

Sep042011

Tour/Activity

Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We took both the morning and afternoon tours. It was disappointing that the tour did not allow us to have a closer look at Fiesole and the tour guide who led the tour to view David was prone to talking too much and lecturing. Overall however, this was an excellent way to get a an overall view of Florence in one day. We plan to return and explore Florence in detail -this tour is enough to whet the appetite.

Sep282010

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our tour guide (Mao) was brilliant-he was eager to answer any question and very knowledgeable. As an ex-monk he had a great understanding of the history of the temples, the religion and the culture. He had a great sense of humour as well. We have travelled aroud he world and visited a few ancient sites-Ankor Wat and the temples near by should be on your list of "must see" places in the world. We plan to return and see it all again in the future.

Sep202010

Tour/Activity

Cu Chi Tunnels Small Group Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Great tour-really enjoyed all aspects of the tour. The history behind the tunnels is fascinating and at the same time confronting. The propaganda film at the end (the guide warned us that it would be anti-American also gave a different perspective on the Vietnamese people were given information about the war. Firing the AK-47 was disappointing because the sights did not appear to fucntion correctly, but was still a buzz. Don't attempt to go into one of the original tunnels unless you have a very narrow waist!

Sep192010

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Tour guide (Thi) was delightful. We travelled with a family with two young boys who despite a long day maintained their interest through out. The war remnants museum was particularly confronting and contained much history that put apects of the war into perspective. Visit to the church, post office and market was also a good cultural experience. Lunch was enjoyable. Tour of temples and commentary was also very good. The palace tour and history was also very interesting.

Jan032010

Tour/Activity

Best of the Bay Supercruise - Original Cream Trip

Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Perfect day! Enjoyed great weather and an excellent cruise around the islands. Spotted a pod of dolphins as well. Great commentary. Couldn't fault the day!

Aug182008

Tour/Activity

Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Great day's outing but a long day. Had a great guide who was very informative and considerate. Saw many interesting places and ended up at the casino. Good to visit - the air-conditioning was a godsend. Not worth gambling though.

Aug172008

Tour/Activity

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The tour was very well organised and we were picked up from our hotel promptly. The tour leader had a lovely sense of humour and was also very informative. The Giant Buddha is well worth seeing and the 11 course vegetarian lunch at the monastery was very tasty. The fishing village was a bit smelly, but what else could you expect when they have dried puffer fish amongst other things. Overall, a great days outing.

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