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Cynthia W

Cynthia W

USA

Sep182012

Tour/Activity

Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

One of the best tours we have been on! There was only 4 other people besides my family, so less than the 12 people maximum for the small group tour. We had a great tour guide who was very informative! And of course the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon are wonderful sights to see!

Sep182012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The tour was good, but long. If you are into art history, this is a very informative tour. If not, it seems to take awhile before you actually get to the Sistine Chapel. Wish we had less time in the Vatican museums and more time in St. Peter’s Basilica. Not sure if you could do it quicker on your own, but wish they had the Sistine Chapel express tour for those of us who want to see it but quickly zip thru the other parts of the Vatican museums.

Aug262012

Tour/Activity

Oslo Mini Cruise

Oslo, Norway

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

My Review

We went to where we were supposed to catch the boat for its first tour of the day. It didn’t seem like the boat would be going anyplace soon. Luckily my husband noticed the kiosk for the tour company. We presented our vouchers and were told to walk over to another pier. We walked over, found the boat, but were told by the crew to walk back over to another pier where we would be able to board. It wasn’t that organized and it looked like quite a few people ended up getting on the wrong boat. The boat didn’t leave on time. We couldn’t hear the commentary, not that there was much said. Not a whole lot to see in the harbor and I would only recommend this as way to get to some of the museums on the other side of the harbor.

Aug262012

Tour/Activity

Oslo City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Oslo, Norway

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

We had booked this for a Sunday at the end of August. We went to do the tour around 11am. The first bus that came was full, so we decided to get some coffee and wait for the next bus. After waiting the 30 minutes, the next bus was also full and did not have one seat available on it! So once again we waited. A bus soon shows up with room on it, so we hop on and get settled in for our tour. The bus goes to the first stop on the route and then the bus driver tells everyone that he is taking a break, so everyone needs to get off and walk up and get on the next bus. We were quite frustrated by then and wished we hadn’t prepaid for this hop on hop off tour. If there is so much demand for this tour, the company should add buses and run them more frequently than every 30 minutes. Other people who hadn’t already bought tickets would just choose one of the other tour companies when they saw how full these buses were. Wish we could have done the same!

Apr072012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is the 2nd time I did this tour. I also did it 4 years ago when I visited Venice. When you get there and check in there is a lot of waiting around to get started. The nice thing about this tour is you do get to the skip the line at St. Mark's Basilica, which is worth looking inside. Although it is a quick walk thru of the church, so if you are looking for a more substantial tour of St. Mark’s, this isn’t the tour for you. You do get to see the two sides of Venice – the crowded tourist area of St. Mark’s and Rialto Bridge and then some of the deserted back squares. We were definitely ready for a break after the walking tour and had about 3 hours to eat lunch and explore Venice on our own before the cruise along the Grand Canal. Although there is once again a lot of waiting around for the tour to start once you check in. The grand canal cruise is definitely the highlight, although this time we did take a different route than when I did the tour before, but all go down the grand canal of course. What I really like is that they don’t cram you in the water taxi for the tour and there is plenty of room!

Mar312012

Tour/Activity

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich, Germany

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

My Review

I am not sure I would do this tour when the weather is bad and the top is up. We did this tour on the last day of March, so the last day of their winter schedule and the bus was crammed full. They definitely needed to run the tours more often. We were up top and the seats were very uncomfortable. Keep in mind that I am only 5 feet tall, so I am not big person and I didn’t have enough room in the seat. With the top up, you could not see much. When I was in Munich 4 years ago, I did a bike tour and found that a better way to see all the sights on the express tour. The only good thing about this tour is that is does go out to the Palace of Nymphenburg and Olympic Park. We sat downstairs when we got back on the bus, and although it wasn’t as crowded it is hard to see the sights from downstairs.

Dec292011

Tour/Activity

Lisbon Airport Private Departure Transfer

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

I had to talk to the transfer company 4 times before they could give me a pick up time for my airport departure (and it cost me each time I made a call). They were supposed to call the hotel while I was out sightseeing and leave a message with the departure time, but of course didn't bother. Each time I talked to them I reiterated that I needed them to provide an infant car seat for my daughter. Each time I was told - No problem, we have it noted. But when the driver showed up, there was no car seat. He told us he was not informed one was needed. My husband was surprised the driver actually showed up.

Dec282011

Tour/Activity

Lisbon Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

There are two routes. The red route does the old Lisbon loop and the blue route does the newer neighborhoods of Lisbon. Unless you want to go to the Aquarium, the blue route didn't seem worthwhile. The red route goes by a lot of the sights in the sightseeing book - monument to the explorers etc. However there is a lot of time there is no commentary and the same Portuguese song is played over and over and over again! Neither route gets close to the cathedral or castle, so if you are interested in those sights, you will still have some uphill walking to do.

Dec272011

Tour/Activity

Lisbon Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

When I called to confirm the transfer, I told them I didn't plan on bringing my daughters infant car seat and could they please provide one. I was told No problem, we have it noted. However, when they showed up at the airport, they had no car seat for my daughter. The company was promptly waiting for us when at the airport and were easy to find, however I felt the company was a little flaky or disorganized.

Nov192011

Tour/Activity

Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Enjoyed the tour, although there were not as many samples as I had hoped. I had already tasted Godiva chocolate in Brussels and one of the other places we went - Chocopolis, already gives out a free sample to anyone who walks into their shop, so I had already tried that chocolate as well. Besides those two, we sampled chocolates at two other places, one of which we were not given a choice of which chocolate to sample. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of opportunity to eat chocolate when we made our own chocolate, it just would have been nice to sample a wider variety of Belgian chocolate. It was a small group and we were given good information on Brussels as we walked around.

Sep202011

Tour/Activity

Geneva City Tour

Geneva, Switzerland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Good overview of Geneva. Although there is a lot of this is the headquarters of.....Had a good knowledgeable guide.

Sep172011

Tour/Activity

Zurich Highlights Tour

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Our guide didn't really seem to care at all. She would say on the right, when really it was on the left and leave out important words when describing buildings etc. I like Zurich, but this tour didn't really show a lot. Better off just walking around and seeing things yourself.

Jul072011

Tour/Activity

Dublin Liffey River Cruise

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Short, but a good little tour on the river.

Jul072011

Tour/Activity

City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This is not a live guided tour. The driver plays a prerecorded commentary. So sometimes you are sitting at a light and where a live guide could provide color commentary, we got silence. But handy for getting around Dublin, although sometimes you could walk faster.

Jul032011

Tour/Activity

Vintage Double Decker London Tour with Thames Cruise

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Loved the double decker bus. Stop for changing of the guard was long and involved some walking. River cruise was short.

Jul012011

Tour/Activity

London Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had our own minivan for pickup. Had a little trouble figuring out where to meet the driver, but other than that was a great ride to the hotel. We missed our original flight and they were very good about rescheduling the pick-up.

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