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Alison H Drain

Alison H Drain

USA

Sep272014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This tour is split into two sections--a walking tour first, followed later by a boat tour along the Grand Canal. We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour-- the pace was good, the information interesting and she was great about allowing time for photographs along the way. My complaint is that we weren't advised at booking that the boat tour wasn't going to be until 4:30. We had to get back to our ship before the boat section was completed so we had to skip this part entirely--very disappointed about that!

Sep152014

Tour/Activity

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide, Sandra, was excellent in how she immediately learned all our names, was able to keep track of everyone's varied paces and encourage us as we hiked. She paused to teach us about the agriculture or culture, giving some rest time as she did. Whips trip was one of the highlights of our time in Italy. The directions to find them outside the train station were clear and easy and the entire operation went off without a hitch. Well done!!

Sep052014

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

Excellent job teaching us the history and cultural aspects of the various painters, artists, clergy, etc. we loved the tour especially of the basilica and the details she provided. The downside was the crowds, which couldn't be helped. Very glad we could skip the line!

Sep042014

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Another Viator tour that gave clear directions about where to meet the guides. Our leader was a wealth of knowledge and shared much of what things used to look like back then vs today. The use of headsets helped a lot but her strong accent made it difficult to understand at times. Still, we were very happy overall and felt like it was definitely worth it.

Mar192012

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Franz Josef, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide, Kyle, did an excellent job of educating us about the glacier as well as pacing the hike to our group's abilities. My husband and I were the oldest in our group (61 and 57 yr.) and although we consider ourselves in pretty decent shape, this was extremely physically demanding. We are really glad we did the full day experience, but we were exhausted by the end of it. Still, if we were to have the choice to do it or not, we'd go for it--quite the experience!

Note from Viator
This review was based on an alternate itinerary that is no longer offered due to natural changes in the glacier. The current itinerary provides you with a similar great experience.

Mar102012

Tour/Activity

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We were looking for a light sight-seeing day and this fit the bill perfectly! It was great fun watching how the dogs round up the sheep, and interesting to see the sheep shorn. We had tea in the main house and found the entire experience to be very worthwhile.

Mar072012

Tour/Activity

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I had expected this tour to be pretty hokey and was very happily surprised. The boat ride to the caves was beautiful and once there, we learned all about the glow worm as well as the caves and general geology of the area. Being able to walk back through the caves and see the power of the water was really interesting, and the boat ride to the dark caves where the glow worms could show off their light was a lot of fun. Highly recommend this tour!

Feb212012

Tour/Activity

Sydney Opera House Guided Walking Tour

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We aren't opera people, but this tour was well worth it. Learning about the challenges and conflicts from the initial design through the completion of the construction of the opera house was fascinating. Lots of interesting facts--now sorry we didn't have time to see a performance while we were there!

Feb202012

Tour/Activity

Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a great way to see the city! We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the city and having the freedom to jump on and off at the various stops. When time is limited and you don't have a car, this is the perfect way to get around!

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