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SueJ

40 something superintendent radiographer. Maybe starting my mid life crisis - if i have the energy! Busy working for Derby Hospitals FT - enjoy it but it is hard work! Play hard as well as work hard!

Mar232013

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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

San Francisco, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A brief taste of the Muir Woods and the beautiful town of Sausalito. Not an epic hiking adventure but a stroll through a managed tourist attraction giving a brief glimpse of the majesty of these iconic trees. However, the crowds can be avoided by not entering the gift shop and venturing further afield on the footpaths! If along walk is required, then a self directed trip is suggested as you spend anhour at each location. It was the last morning of our holiday therefore an ideal short trip to fill what would have been wasted time otherwise. Troy was an informative guide and even though he must do the same sights on a regular basis he still sounde enthusiastic and proud of his tour. Recommended as a taster for what is across from San Francisco.

Mar212013

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

As ever, an excellent way to get to see the best sights quickly. A short trip to a city requires a quick introduction to allow further planning. Routes limited by city planners but a leisurely service rather than a rush allowed a toilet break between bus stops! Only used 1 day of the 2 day ticket as public transport was quicker for accessing the places we wanted to return to. If you know the city use the trams, buses and cable cars using the day pass - it is cheaper. For a first visit or a refresher then hop on hop off is great.
Alcatraz is interesting in a macabre sort of way. It was very cold on the day we went even though the sun shone. We managed to visit on the anniversary of its closure and there were special events running. The audio tour means many people wander around in silence as they listen to the guide and all follow the same route! Use you own senses to guide you and gain the most from your visit.

Mar212013

Tour/Activity

San Francisco North Beach Pub Crawl

San Francisco, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A small group of drinkers guided by a 'local'! Interesting bars with opportunity to get to know the culture and ambience a bit better. A good group - we went on to eat together after the trip. A good guide, maybe a bit pricy if you work out what you get for the money but a great way to meet new friends, have a great laugh and drink somelocal alcohol!

Mar202013

Tour/Activity

Diamond Head Crater Small Group Adventure

Waikiki, Oahu

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great views - not there in time for sunrise despite an early start but the place was heaving! Interesting tour guide with a wealth of knowledge. We did it on our last day with an afternoon flight so were back in time for a last swim in the pacific before the pick up. Worthwhile but dont expect the sunrise to be happening while you climb.

Mar192013

Tour/Activity

Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu

Waikiki, Oahu

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

My Review

The focus of this tour as advertised on Viator is the volcano. The very early start is not mentioned - 4.30am pick up from hotel for 7.30 flight. The morning was spent getting on and off a coach at tourist venues for 20 minutes at a time - following cruise ship buses full of noisy people (from the same company)! No opportunity for breakfast or drink until mid morning. The volcano itself is awesome but again we got on and off the coach between the viewpoints. It was frutrating ti stop at the national park centre with a map fo walking routes - none of which we had time to do! We could have walked the same route in a similar amount of time. If you are looking for a dedicated walk on a volcano this is not the tour for you. Several others on our trip felt they had been miss sold (not by Viator) as they expected a walking trip. If you want a dedicated walking trip to the volcano find another tour. A very long day which had highlights but a lot of sitting. A trip for the less mobile/able I would say.

Mar132013

Tour/Activity

Blue Mountain Small-Group Day Hikes from Sydney

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent - small group - knowledgable guide (Dean) and a reasonably challenging walk in beuatiful scenery.

Mar112013

Tour/Activity

Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Beautiful but dinner may be an over statement - nibbles and canapes. Delicious but my husband had a steak later!

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