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Michael B

Michael B

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May072014

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Prague Day Trip from Vienna

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Prague is beautiful (even in the rain)...a must see for anyone desiring a day trip from Vienna and a check off on the bucket list. Be prepared to be transported back to the middle ages and the 1980s.

My only complaints are that the tour company should ease up on the travel time constraints. The tour is long and far from Vienna. On the way back from Prague the bus driver and guide were panicked that we weren't going to back on time. We left on time (4:00 p.m.) but hit massive traffic. Apparently, if they don't get the bus back to the barn by 9:30 they both get fined by the company. This is just wrong...my suggestion...leave from Vienna at 6:00 a.m. and leave Prague at 3:00. This will possible avert any possible problems. Because they were late in getting back...we all had to be dropped off just inside the Vienna city limits and forced to take taxi's to our hotel. The guide was nice enough to pay and arrange for the taxi but this just shouldn't happen.

In addition they need to get a better English speaking local guide for the actual city tour. He was nice enough but really hard to understand. I'm thinking in a city the size of Prague they should be one person who speaks fluent English. My hunch is that they don't pay very much for two hours work. We were forced to break off on our own because we couldn't take it anymore.

May062014

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Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Beware Salzburg is a tourist trap which is filled with tacky shops hawking Mozart and The Sound of Music.
The Lake District and countryside while traveling to the city was breath taking and I wish we could have stopped at Lake Monde and skipped Lake Wolfgang.

May052014

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Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Budapest was wonderful...my suggestion skip the jam packed flat land of Pest and spend your limited free time back atop picturesque Buda. Skip the restaurant the tour company suggests and find a café of your own (there are many).

May082013

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Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley, Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is must for those wishing to experience the true history of Ireland. Just be warned if you are out of shape you might want to think twice about hiking the steep inclines to the tombs of Loughcrew. If you decide to be adverterous the views are spectacular if the weather permits. This trip also takes some very of the beaten track roads that are quite rough and winding, so if you get car sick easily be warned. I never get car sick but this made me somewhat queasy (especially after lunch). Our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. A five star must tour.

May062013

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Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Kissing the Blarney Stone is a must for all tourist but it was also pretty gross (group pressure thing, after making the climb and waiting in line, you just have to do it, it's the law...ha ha). It is one of the most beautiful location if the weather cooperates. Could have skipped Cork City but I am still glad we stopped (I now know why my ancestors left, gray unattractive and atleast 20 years behind the times). Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. All in all a five star tour

May042013

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Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great way to get oriented to Dublin. Stops close to all the major attractions. Just be warned it rains often and can be quite chilly, so riding in the open air top can be an adventure. Dress appropriately.

Jul042011

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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

A nice day trip break outside of London for my family. Beware there isn't a lot of time to eat. Rush rush rush...Oxford was great !!! You can skip Shakespeare's birth house...instead go to Trinity Church to view his grave more moving and meaningful...Stratford Upon Avon is very touristy...Cotswolds were pretty what we saw of them at 50 miles per hour...no stops...Warwick Castle is like Medieval Times...walk the ramparts that is a must to get the historical feel...our tour guide was a little bit on the gruff side...not very approachable...this was an average day trip at best but good for those that want a little taste of the London countryside...

Jul032011

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Harry Potter Black Taxi Tour of London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic !!! Michael our guide was great. A must for Harry Potter Fans...we took a tour on a Sunday morning and breezed to all the movie locations with no traffic or other tours...would highly remommend this tour

Jun302011

Tour/Activity

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Rain rain rain...bring a poncho at all times !!! A must for all people visiting London

Aug122008

Tour/Activity

Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Photos

  • Naples

Aug102008

Aug092008

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
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide was friendly and knew her stuff. The Vatican museum was overcrowded and very hot, no air-conditioning. The Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel were everything I imagined. The guide was not allowed to enter the basilica, which was disappointing. All in all, it was a good tour. We spent the entire day at Vatican City. An amazing experience.

My Photos

  • St. Peter's Square

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