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Dec192013

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Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great time!
Kicked off the tour with a beer in the tour office!
The tour of the Beer Museum was informative and enjoyable and the beer tastings were nice. Hans our guide kept things moving along and provided much history, he clearly has tons of Munich beer knowledge.
The cold meat and cheese dinner at the Hofbraukeller was our favorite part - fantastic sampling of sausages, cheeses and vegetables that paired perfectly with the beer.
Used both the regional train and local buses during this tour, but easy since all we had to do was follow the guide.

Dec162013

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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Good tour and our guide (as always with Viator) was well educated and informative. We enjoyed getting "behind the scenes" but felt it was a bit over priced. Been on several Viator tours and have been super pleased, just not sure why this one was so expensive versus others we have taken.

My Photos

  • Inside out
  • Sunrise at the Doge's Palace

Aug042013

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Day Trip from Reykjavik: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Sólheimajokull Glacier

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Walking on the glacier and climbing up the ice wall were the highlights of the day for sure!
We had a beautiful day, sunny and warm - actually the only day we didn't wear jackets in Iceland and we were on the glacier - weird.
On the glacier our guide was informative and kept us safe.

We stopped at Skogafoss waterfall on the way back, lovely.
It's a long drive to the glacier from Reykjavik, over two hours one way.

Totally make sure you wear stiff toed hiking boots - or better yet - rent the ice climbing boots from the Arctic Adventure office (only about $10). We had hiking shoes, but not stiff boots - this definitely made a difference for the worse on the ice wall climb especially, but also on the hike. The crampons won't stay on if the toe of your boot is too wide, and ankle boots would have been better support for the hike.

Also, check the harness belt before you set out making sure it has all the pieces and straps. One of ours didn't, it wasn't dangerous but wasn't comfortable and had to hold a strap up the whole time walking.
The packed lunch was a little lame compared to other Viator lunches we have had, a basic sandwich on white bread and no beverage - was super glad we thought to take along two large bottles of water since it was about an 11 hour day.

My Photos

  • Sun Glacier
  • climbing the ice wall

Aug032013

Tour/Activity

Day Trip from Reykjavik: Cave Exploring in Gjábakkahellir and Snorkeling in Silfra

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Snorkeling in Silfra is definitely one of the most exciting things I've ever done!
Walking through the lava tube cave was fine, but it was pretty tame.
We spent the morning driving to the cave, walking through the short cave and checking out some of the Iceland scenery. It was a super windy day, so instead of a picnic we ate lunch in the van as we drove to Silfra. The sandwich was amazingly tasty!
Once at Silfra we stripped down to our skivvies, or leggings and t-shirts (guys outside, gals in the van - no changing rooms in the parking lot). Then we put on cozy "teddy bear" suits, which were basically like children's snow-suits, a big one piece down suit. Then the diving socks, then the dry suit with built on boots goes over everything. Hilarious watching everyone put these on, they can be a small struggle - with the rubber cuffs at the wrists and neck to keep the water out. Then the diving head piece and gloves. The suit, especially the rubber neck lightly squeezing your throat can be a tiny claustrophobic, but you get used to it before you get to the water, so it's ok.
Finally with flippers and snorkel mask in hand we walked to the waters edge, climbed down metal stairs and began floating effortlessly on the glacier water.
Basically only the skin around your mouth is exposed to the water, which goes numb very quickly - so the 50 minutes in the cold water is not uncomfortable at all.
The visibility is incredible and the colors are stunning!
After we got out of the water and walked a short way - we had an opportunity to jump off a little cliff into the water - a total rush!
Such an exciting thing to float between two continents!

Aug022013

Tour/Activity

Olgerdin Brewery Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was one of the most fun things we did in Reykjavik!
Our tour guide Olof was fantastic, she was a great combination of historian and entertainer - what a gem!
The beer was ever-flowing, tasty and Olof presented quite a variety - all the while educating us on Icelandic lore, alcohol history in Iceland and keeping us laughing.
Drinking is expensive in Reykjavik, so this tour is not only super fun - it's a great value.
If you like beer, relaxing with other travelers, learning and laughing - do it! You will not be disappointed.

My Photos

  • Tasting
  • Olof - beer school is in session
  • Polar Beer

Dec282012

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Rome Walking Tour and Cooking Class

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had so much fun!!!
We spent four days in Rome and the cooking class at "That's Amore" was definitely the highlight of our visit.
The walking tour was fine, gave us a sense of the area and a quick visit to the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain - but cooking with our small group (6 people) and Fernando in the middle of the restaurant was just so much fun!
Fernando taught us how to make three different pasta noodles from scratch, cavatelli, ravioli and with any mistakes we made linguini. :-)
This was not a boring class, we visited, laughed and had a blast through the whole thing - the ravioli pasta was so long we had to stretch out the door into the street. Random people stopped to snap our picture - ha!
Once the pasta was done it was wisked into the kitchen where it magically turned into three fantastic dishes, which of course we ate - along with a couple bottles of wine and scrumptious dessert and coffee.
We will cherish the memories from this afternoon forever!

My Photos

  • cavatelli
  • pasta
  • Fernando
  • ravioli

Dec272012

Tour/Activity

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Wonderful - so worth spending the extra money for this tour!
Small group with red-haired Rossana as our guide was fantastic - she was very knowledgeable about the area and history.
It was incredible being below the colosseum floor where the gladiators waited for battle, then high above on the top tier with panoramic views of the Forum and Palatine Hill.
Because this tour takes you where most of the public doesn't get to go, you really see, hear and feel the colosseum in a different way than most.
This tour lasted almost four hours but felt like four minutes - the time flew by.
If you can - TAKE THIS TOUR!

My Photos

  • bye
  • forum
  • from the top
  • from above
  • down below
  • on the colosseum floor

Oct292011

Tour/Activity

3-Day Italy Trip: Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour! Guides were well informed and friendly. Loved the hotel in Sorrento, gorgeous location and lovely rooms. The day trip to Capri and the afternoon in Pompeii were the highlights.
This tour was well worth it!!!!
The only negative was Naples and having to wait an hour in Naples on the return trip for other groups to join us, could lift Naples out and it would have been better.
The return shuttle in Rome left us off two blocks from our hotel instead of at our hotel, which wasn't awesome since we had luggage and it was late at night.
But overall we were happy with the tour.

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