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Robert S

United Kingdom

Apr032013

Tour/Activity

Ice Skating in Central Park

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Brilliant!

Mar262013

Tour/Activity

Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The guide was very pleasant and this was a good way to see Central Park. The tour lasted about 2 hours, and included visits to many well known film locations. I felt there could have been more background information rather than "this is where Carrie fell out of the boat" type commentary. And no mention of "Elf"!
So, it was ok, worth doing, but no East Village Rock'n'Roll Walking Tour!

Mar262013

Tour/Activity

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

New York City, New York

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We did this at night and found it extremely busy, with the queues very slow moving - it seemed as though only 2 lifts out of 6 to the upper floors were working, although I may have got this wrong. The view from the top was superb on a cold, crystal-clear night.

Mar252013

Tour/Activity

Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My first contact directly with Liberty Helicopters was when I rang to request a change of date. First impressions matter, and the impression I got was that the staff were friendly and accommodating. This was confirmed when we arrived for the tour and found everyone to be courteous, and very patient in explaining the procedures, answering questions and ensuring that we knew what to expect.

The flight itself was very good. Basically we flew over Liberty Island, up the Hudson on the NY side for 5 minutes then back down on the NJ side. We stayed over water throughout.

Overall, I'd rate it highly. It's expensive and short, but you know that when you book! As a first helicopter ride for our family, it was memorable.

Mar242013

Tour/Activity

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Is it better than the Empire State Building? Hmmm, tricky to answer that! It's a far less pleasing building but we we there for views not architecture, and I must say that the view from the Top of the Rock is better, in my opinion, certainly the uptown view as you have unhindered visbiliity over Central Park and beyond. We were there early on a Sunday, so it was quiet, and we had a crystal clear morning, so everything looked stunning. Even as a vertigo sufferer, I really enjoyed this experience!

Aug092011

Tour/Activity

Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

Darwin, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

How could Katherine Gorge rate anything under 5 stars? It's stunning! Of course you spend a long time travelling from Darwin and some of the stops are more about driver breaks than points of interest, but that's to be expected and is inevitable. Big compliments to Taffy, the guide at Katherine Gorge (and not just 'cos he's a fellow Welshman!) I'd recommend the trip but you do need to consider whether you want to travel for 13 hours to see Katherine Gorge. We did and would go again.

Aug072011

Tour/Activity

Uluru Sunrise Tour from Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

For the money paid, it was disappointing to be whisked away from Uluru 10 minutes after sunrise when the most spectacular colour changes were yet to come. The whole affair is now a mass experience and something of a disappointment.
However, the Kata Tjuta tour was very good, much quieter and really beautiful.
I know most people who go to Uluru want to see the sunrise but it's not something I'd particulalrly recommend nowadays.

Note from Viator
This review was based on an alternate itinerary that is no longer offered.

Aug052011

Tour/Activity

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We went up on the skyrail and back down on the train. Skyrail was excellent, the stops in the rainforest well worthwhile. Kuranda is an odd mix of tack and quality, but generally pretty uninspiring. And, really, don't bother with the Koala Gardens!
The train ride down takes in some spectacular vistas.

Aug032011

Tour/Activity

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Not wishing to sound like a curmudgeon, and conceding that tour companies can't control the weather, I was disappointed by this trip. The wind was strong and the ocean choppy, making the snorkelling impractical and the glass bottomed boat and semi-submersible rides short-lived and disappointing. I'm sure, on a clam and sunny day, it would be a fabulous trip.

Jul292011

Tour/Activity

Sydney Guided Walking Tour

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who gave some real insights into the history of The Rocks. I'd recommend this one strongly

Jul292011

Tour/Activity

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

Sydney, Australia

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

My Review

Don't bother! Just cross the bay on a routine ferry and you'll see the sites and get the commentary.

Oct252010

Tour/Activity

New York City Original Rock 'n' Roll Walking Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
My best 2 hours in New York! Utterly fascinating to an old punk rocker like me. I would recommend this tour, conducted by the excellent Bobby Pinn, to anyone with a love of 60s/70s/80s music. The day we went on the tour, Roberta Payne happened to walk by - she did the classic photo for the Ramones first album. Another great aspect of the tour is that it gets you off the beaten tourist track and gives you a glimpse of an up and coming part of NYC which has that bohemian, creative, alternative edge you find in Camden Town in London. Great tour, I recommend it without hesitation.

My Photos

  • Joe Strummer and me

Feb172010

Tour/Activity

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
It was our anniversary, so I wanted to take my better half on the classic Venice experience, a gondola ride. That's what happened and she enjoyed it. So what's the problem? Mainly the gondoliers! You have the distinct impression that your presence somehow spoils their social lives. You proceed up the Grand Canal, three gondolas abreast, and do you get a commentary, a song or even some pleasant chat? No, the gondoliers conduct a loud conversation among themselves and generally behave as if their passengers, their paying passengers, are not there at all. At the end of the ride, as you disembark, there's a container for gratuities. Ah well, at least they do irony. The walking tour was really good, though! We had a great guide who mixed English and Spanish for our multilingual party. She took us on a fascinating amble around the alleyways and squares, pointing out architectural highlights and sharing historical anecdotes. And she was funny. So, as a cheapish way to get a gondola ride and enjoy some of the hidden gems of Venice, it's worth doing. But really, someobody needs to have a word with the gondoliers about customer service!

Aug162008

Tour/Activity

Chamonix and Mont Blanc

Geneva, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was an excellent trip. We were lucky to go to Chamonix on a beautiful, sunny day and, after the cable car ride to Aiguille du Midi, had breathtaking panoramic views of France, Switzerland and Italy. Chamonix, 2800m below, looked like a model village.

This was, literally and metaphorically, the high point of the tour. The railway trip up to Mer de Glace was also good, but the timetable meant that we did not have time to visit the ice caves. I do think this should be made clear on the website so that visitors can opt out of the admittedly excellent lunch at Chamonix, thus gaining an extra hour at the Mer de Glace.

Our guide was informed and helpful. His dry humour was much appreciated, and his reassurances about the effects of altitude sickness were very welcome.

I would recommend this trip with the one caveat I mentioned.

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