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Allan

Australia

Oct012011

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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a very long tour, departing at 9am and not concluding until around 8pm (after hotel drop-offs). Our driver/guide did an excellent job, handling the long distance and providing a comprehensive commentary. The coach was comfortable and toilet-equipped. Adequate toilet stops were provided, but the first one is quite a way so be warned if your coach is not toilet-equipped. Time in Monterey (2 hours) was ideal, but time in Carmel (about 1 hour) was tight if you wanted to walk down to Carmel-by-the-Sea (30+ minutes return, and uphill on way back). Stop at Pebble Beach (30 mins) was interesting but I would have preferred more time at Carmel (discuss this option with your driver). I would also have enjoyed a couple more brief photo-stops on the 17-mile drive. Try to sit on the right side of the coach for the best views of this section.

Sep302011

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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A well-organised tour with enough time at Muir Woods to enjoy the walks at leisure. Very knowledgeable and helpful driver/guide. Time in Sausalito was adequate for a familiarisation, but not enough to explore in detail. There is an option of staying longer and returning by ferry (own expense) if you let your driver know.

Sep292011

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San Francisco in One Day: Alcatraz, Bay Cruise and Guided City Tour

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour, with the advantage that your very knowledgeable guide accompanies you at most stops to provide commentary and answer questions. You need to be prepared to walk uphill and downhill, and briskly at times, to get the greatest benefit. Duration of stops is limited and the guide moves quickly at times. I felt stops could be longer as the bus tour portion ends well before Alcatraz starts. Sausalito was crowded and unfortunately lunch took most of the available time. "Bay cruise" is really just a quick ferry transfer from Sausalito, so don't expect more (this is only clear if you read the detailed itinerary). Also, instructions for the Alcratraz tour were not thorough. Pier 33 is a long walk from the Ferry building so use the tram if in doubt. Don't queue for tickets at Pier 33; go to the "will call" window.

Aug052011

Tour/Activity

Singapore Sentosa Island Afternoon Trip

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Covers several main attractions on Sentosa but there are lots of others so, either combine this with the morning tour or make a return visit to see the rest. Light show is great but crowded, and this guided tour is the only way to see it unless you know your way back to your hotel through the crowds at night. Museum is also excellent and you may not have enough time. Try to add the sky tower ride as it gives a different perspective on the island.

Aug042011

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Singapore Round-Island Tour with Changi Prison, Kranji War Memorial and Gardens by the Bay

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt many in-depth things about Singapore and its history. I would have liked more time at Haw Par Villa and Changi Museum. Excellent set lunch is included, but we had bad weather and I would like to redo the tour on a better day.

Aug032011

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Singapore City Tour with optional Singapore Flyer

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A good introductionto Singapore with visits to a couple of places which are not so easy to find on maps and using public transport. Stone art factory is superb but be prepared to spend up if you buy. Flyer can be taken any time the same day but be aware that it stops running during storms.

Aug032011

Tour/Activity

Singapore Zoo Night Safari Tour with optional Buffet Dinner

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Be warned that you have to queue to get on the tram. 30 minutes is normal, but our guide said it can be much worse. They don't tell you this in the tour description. The result is that you need to eat dinner quickly and get into the tram queue early so you are back in time to see the wildlife show which is very good. The buffet is excellent but is the same on both sides so don't queue at the busy end. The wildlife show does not operate in wet weather.

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