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Apr122014

Tour/Activity

Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Departure Transfer

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This turned out to be an interesting tour of some of the non-tourist parts of Venice. We were picked up on time at 9am and arrived at Marco Polo at 10.20. It appears that the taxi driver had forgotten to fill up with fuel and we spent some time at a filling station. In addition, there was no berth at Marco Polo much to the frustration of the driver. I must admit I quite enjoyed the diversions

Apr112014

Tour/Activity

Teatro La Fenice Tour in Venice

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

As requested arrived at San Luca at 12.45. (Why meet so far from the Theater?)
At 1.00 a lady appeared to tell us that there was a delay as we had already been informed. This was obviously incorrect.
At 1.30 the guide arrived. The walk to the theater took approximately five minutes and by 2.00 the tour was over. It consisted of a brief talk outside the theater, another brief talk in the reception area (mostly a repeat of what had been said inside) and a general walk around some of the first floor. The only reason we were able to see into the auditorium was because we joined a group of schoolchildren, otherwise all the doors were locked.
Very disappointing.

Apr102014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An excellent tour with a knowledgeable guide who explained and described clearly and with a wonderful sense of humour. I wouldn't hesitate to take this tour again if I return to Venice. The loss of 30 minutes from the tour as originally advertised didn't detract at all.

Apr092014

Tour/Activity

Venice Tour Including Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a tour of the Dorsoduro Sestier. The male guide was knowledgeable and humerous and had a store of stories and anecdotes. The walking was easy and at a leisurely pace.
The Gondola ride was generally a waste of time - there is little to see in the dark in unlit canals, especially if the gondolier doesn't want to explain what or where we were going.

Apr092014

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

An enjoyable few hours. The tour leaves little time to see Murano Island unless you miss the glass blowing demonstration, and the time at Torcello doesn't allow you to visit the Abbey. It was difficult to understand our particular guide maybe because of the combination of her accent and an appalling loud-speaker system. However we enjoyed the trip and the brief glimpse of the quieter life-style on the other islands.

Apr082014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An excellent guide. The tour of the Basilica is difficult because of the crowd, but she managed to explain and show the major sights. The highlight is the tour of the back streets of Venice. We saw the little things that without such a good guide you would surely miss.
Personally I would have preferred the boat tour to follow on directly from the walking tour thereby leaving the rest of the day free. But the tour of the Grand Canal was informative and very good.

Apr072014

Tour/Activity

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very enjoyable.

Apr072014

Tour/Activity

Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Just a short wait at the airport for the other passengers to turn up. The service was quick, comfortable and pleasant.

Aug012012

Tour/Activity

Florence to Pisa Airport Private Transfer

Florence, concludes Pisa, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Prompt and comfortable.

Jul302012

Tour/Activity

Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Beautiful scenery. Unfortunately the boat trip was cancelled because of strong winds. The only downside was the distance from Florence which meant a total of about 5 hours in the coach.

Jul292012

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Wonderful. A fascinating trip which was greatly enhanced by our guide. She was friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful - unfortunately I can't remember her name but she was Polish and worked in Florence during the summer and in Durham University in winter. If you manage to have her as your guide then you will be very fortunate.
I would highly reccomend this trip and the only slight criticism I would have is that the time allocated to Pisa could have been longer.

Jul282012

Tour/Activity

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Pleasant and quite different. A Barchetto is similar to a rowing boat but is powered by a single man with a pole - somewhat like a punt. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours on the River Arno.

Jul262012

Tour/Activity

Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A good introduction to Florence. Most of the major sites were visited with two knowledgeable guides. Also an enjoyable lunch was included.

Jul252012

Tour/Activity

Pisa Airport to Florence Private Transfer

Pisa, concludes Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very good. The driver was waiting for us even though the flight was very late. A comfortable transfer with a friendly informative driver - suggesting a number of things we should see and do.

Mar062012

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Airport Departure Shuttle Transfer

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

There was no one waiting in the arrival hall as promised in the instructions. Required a telephone call to arrange the pick-up. An overall wait of over an hour in the arrival hall.

Mar052012

Tour/Activity

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Good knowledgable guide. Unfortunately there was a Mass in progress which restricted access, but there was sufficient time to see the Black Madonna and to hear the boys choir. Very good.

Mar032012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

There was no line to skip at the time of our visit, but the advantage of a good guide probably made the cost worthwhile. Amazing building. It came as a surprise that the trip only provided transport to the Sagrada Familia - find your own way back.

Mar022012

Tour/Activity

Barcelona in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

An enjoyable day. Slightly frustrating that the tour was a mixed language group - so the narrative was in French, Spanish, Italian as well as Engish. Presumably therefore some narrative details were missed.
Interesting mixture of sights, but personally I didn't appreciate the amount of time 'wasted' at the Spanish Village.
It was also a shame that there was so much maintenance work at Park Guell - maybe it's the type of information that you should consider adding to all your tour details.

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