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Aug092013

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Renaissance Florence Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our guide was knowledgeable and we saw a number of things although I expected more walking and would like to have covered a bit more territory. This could easily be a full day walking tour. We saw the highlights and I knew where I wanted to go back to visit. I particularly enjoyed our guide's discussion of some of the statues and her history of the city. She understood art and architecture and it made the tour interesting. She gave us plenty of time to examine David and discussed various aspects of Michelangelo's work which was fascinating. I often find these tours a great introduction to a city and this was no exception.

Aug072013

Tour/Activity

Florence Super Saver: Best of Florence Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and Florence Duomo

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is excellent value. I especially enjoyed the afternoon tour to the Uffizi Gallery. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about art and gave us some interesting information. I liked that he concentrated on a few works instead of having us try and look at so many that we would have no idea what we saw. Combining this tour with the walking tour in the morning was an excellent idea and the price was very reasonable. It is worth it not to have to stand in line for hours. Our morning guide was very knowledgeable and provided information to keep us interested and engaged. I enjoyed the full day with options in both sessions of spending more time on your own.

Aug022013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a long tour on a very hot day but it was definitely worth the effort. I learned a great deal about the history of Rome and about the building of the Colosseum and all the other buildings in that area. I did not feel our guide was rushing us and she was willing to answer all questions. She was extremely knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy her job a great deal.

Aug022013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an excellent tour that would have been hard to do on my own. The places we visited were some distance apart and joining this tour gave me some insight into the history of Rome. I found the catacombs fascinating and enjoyed learning about them. I also found the Capuchin museum at the end to be particularly interesting. The rooms that were decorated with the bones of the dead showed so much about the culture and religious beliefs. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and was able to breathe life into this dead topic.

Aug012013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is definitely worth the money. It is fabulous to be able to skip the line. Even though there was so much to see and we had no possibility of seeing much of it, I felt I got to see the highlights and learned a great deal about the Vatican. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, something that seems to be true of almost every Viator guide I have seen.

Aug252012

Tour/Activity

Prague Photography Walking Tour: Castle Walk

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an excellent tour with some interesting, practical, useful tips for taking better photos. Our guide, Vladimir, was charming, professional and knowledgeable about the city as well as being an expert photographer. He contacted us ahead of time to confirm where we were going to meet. Many of the streets we visited were a bit less travelled and that made for more time for photos and also for less cluttered photos. We felt we had seen areas of the city that we would not have seen otherwise. There was lots of chances to practice taking pictures and he made lots of helpful suggestions. I know this trip was a bit more expensive but it was well worth the cost. Vladimir was willing to use whatever we were comfortable with and work with that. His knowledge of cameras and photographic techniques and equipment is much greater than mine but he did not make me feel as if I had a lot to learn. He did not confuse or preach but showed through example. I felt I really learned something and felt more comfortable with my camera. This tour also reminded me of some things I had learned before and helped me keep those more firmly in my mind when shooting pictures. Both my companion and I agreed that this was an excellent tour. We had very different cameras but were both able to learn something and improve our picture-taking. Excellent!

Aug242012

Tour/Activity

Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This was, without question, the worst Viator trip I have ever taken. The guide was terrible. I never did get her name and we were on the bus and at the site for 10 hours! She was not very knowledgable, did not speak clearly or well and was deadly boring. She repeated herself and perhaps made the assumption that all tourists are idiots who need to be patronized. She didn't seem to have a sense of humour. If I was trying to say something positive about her the best I could manage was that she was not rude. We were all there for 9 but the bus did not leave until 9:20 - not sure why. I assume if I can get to the meeting point in a strange city on time then a native can do so!! Cesky Krumlov was beautiful and worth seeing but it was a shame to have this guide ruin the trip. I would recommend that people go on their own - much less annoying. I've never submitted a negative review before but this really was disappointing. The bus had some problems on the return trip (seemed to have trouble gaining any speed) and limped along into Prague. I was surprised we were able to return. I'm not sure why another bus was not called. I vowed not to be as glowing in my comments to friends about Viator trips since this experience.

Sep032011

Tour/Activity

New York Pizza Tour to Brooklyn and Coney Island

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour combines the best of information about Brooklyn - both past and present - and the deliciousness of two kinds of pizza. Paula, our guide is passionate and knowledgeable about her borough. She has a great sense of humour and is full of interesting anecdotes which made the adventure fun. The movie clips of various films shot in Brooklyn were perfectly cued and added to the enjoyment of the ride. This trip is excellent for both pizza lovers and those who have little interest in pizza.

Jul312011

Tour/Activity

Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Athens, Greece

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

There was some initial confusion about which bus we would be on which took away from the tour at the start, but as soon as that was looked after, we had a very enjoyable time. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Finishing at the museum was a good plan because those who were interested could stay longer to peruse things at their leisure. Our guide also gave us directions to a variety of other places of interest that were not covered in the tour.

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