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Mar052013

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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an excellent trip. The morning portion which was a city tour and sugarloaf tram and view was unbelievable. Our guide was excellent and took the time to fill us in on all the information regarding the things we were seeing. She made sure that we all stayed together and were all accounted for before going from one step to the other, even within the same tour. For example, there were several different stops in the Sugarloaf tour, and she made sure we were all together before going to the next step.
The afternoon portion was Corcovado and the statue, which was truly incredible. However, we had a different guide for this portion who was not nearly as good as the one in the morning. He would go on out in front and just expect everyone to stay with him. We did get split up on different train rides back down, and were expected to find him when he got back. Fortunately, no one got lost.
All things cosidered, a wonderful day.

Feb162013

Tour/Activity

Day Trip to La Plata from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

My Review

This trip was okay, but when I requested an English speaking tour, I thought the guide would be a little more fluent. She would first discuss in Spanish what we were seeing, and by the time she got around to broken English, we were often past the landmark and had missed it.

Feb152013

Tour/Activity

Gaucho Day Trip from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour, and a lot of fun. If you left hungry, it was your own fault. Tourguide was excellent, and was reasonably fluent in English

Feb142013

Tour/Activity

Buenos Aires International Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We were met at the airport by a very courteous driver (he was about 5 minutes late), and he took our bags for us. Unfortunately, his cab was a standard compact car, and we had to put 2 of our bags in the back seat, instead of the trunk. He didn't know a word of English, but was very courteous and got us to our hotel with no problems.

Feb142013

Tour/Activity

Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

My Review

This again, was dissappointing because of the tourguide's lack of English. We had often passed a landmark before she indicated in Englis, what it was. Even then, her English was very limited, and difficult to communicate with.

Feb142013

Tour/Activity

Buenos Aires Dining Experience: Empanada Making, Steak, Wine, Alfajores and Mate

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an excellent experience from the beginning to the end. We were warmly met and this whole evening was perfectly organized to create interaction between the hosts as well as the other attendees. The food was plentiful and great - probably the best steak I've ever had! Wine was excellent and plentiful as well. Congratulations to the folks for this experience, and thank you for a wonderful time.

Nov272011

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome, Italy

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

My Review

The traffic along with the route only afforded us one opportunity at only a few stops. This was the last tour we did, and as so, had already seen most of the areas.

Nov262011

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

What we saw was very interesting and very well done. The guide was very knowledgable and interesting. Unfortunately, we did not get to see the 2nd of the 3 catacombs, but you have already issued a partial refund for that.

Nov252011

Tour/Activity

Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

Naples, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We had a very nice time on this trip. Pompeii was amazing... I'm glad we only saw a portion of it, because I don't think I could have walked any more. Mt. Vesuvius and the drive to and from it, were gorgeous.

Nov242011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

What we saw was great. However, we didn't get to see St. Peter's because of a last minute service. The guides in both the AM and PM portions of the tours were excellent. We we told and are expecting a partial refund of our fees, since we didn't get to see St. Peters.

Nov232011

Tour/Activity

Rome by Night Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Very nice tour. Lot's of areas that look totally different at night, but not enough stops to see all of them.

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