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Mar312014

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Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We really enjoyed our morning touring Dubai. The views of the Burj al Arab from the beach and the visits to the souk were highlights. Our guide was very knowledgeable and flexible with us. Our biggest issue is that one member of our group has limited mobility (she needed to be in a wheelchair for much of the tour), and there were a few issues. There was not a step-stool to help her into the bus - with a wheelchair patron, I expected this small support. It is no one's fault, but Dubai is not particularly accessible, so there were areas of the museum and the souk that my mom (and so the rest of us) were not able to visit. We were also not able to do the water-taxi portion of the tour. Overall we enjoyed ourselves, but I had hoped that a "private tour" would mean the guide had taken the wheelchair more into consideration and planned a trip that would allow all members of our family to participate equally.

Dec232013

Tour/Activity

Krabi to Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat

Krabi, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

You have to see the beaches on this tour! It was a beautiful day. The staff on the boat were very friendly. We never stopped anywhere for too long, but we didn't feel rushed. If you are overweight, be aware that pulling yourself into the boat after snorkelling is a challenge, but don't let that stop you, as the men are steong and happy to lend a hand!

Apr032013

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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Even in the rain, it was a lovely outing. We enjoyed the meal and the performers were talented. Cruising the Bosphorus was very romantic - a great way to finish off our trip to Istanbul.

Apr022013

Tour/Activity

Constantinople Tour of Istanbul: Discovering the Byzantine Empire

Istanbul, Turkey

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

My Review

I was so disappointed to discover that 2 of the 5 places we were supposed to visit were closed for renovations (and will be for the next few months), so we just stopped in front of them in the bus. If they know you can't go to all the places they should either discount the trip or replace them with something else.

Apr012013

Tour/Activity

Princes’ Island Tour from Istanbul: Buyukada

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Some of my friends did this trip in the summer and loved it; we went in the spring and were a bit disappointed. The gardens were disheveled; the houses were unpainted; it was a bit run down. The carriage ride was about 15 minutes long, and the horses were in a huge hurry. It wasn't the leisurely ride we were expecting. Lunch was tasty, but be warned - the sea bass comes with the head on, like it came right out of the ocean. I couldn't really handle it, but it tasted good.

Mar302013

Tour/Activity

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Dinner and Show

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Our table was behind a huge pole, so we only saw half the show. The people in front of us kept standing up to take pictures, blocking the other half, despite repeated requests from us and the staff for them to sit down. The belly dancers were great; the folk dancers looked like they were bored out of their minds the whole time. The singer was adequate at best. The sound guy was terrible - the music kept cutting in and out. One of the belly dancers was left standing in an awkward silence for 2 minutes. The food was good, but my husband is allergic to dairy and corn, and (despite being asked to provide an appropriate meal for him) every course had something in it that he couldn't eat. We had to stop on the way home to get him some food he could eat.

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