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May262014

Tour/Activity

Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour from Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Good guide in Josephine. Although she did brag about herself a bit too much as the day wore on. The Gorge itself was awesome. Some amazing little side trek's and stops. Very moderately priced drinks and snacks at many of the stops which was a nice surprise. Especially, considering the hot climate and the need for more than one bottle of water for a trip like this. The lunch was very good and in a very nice location. The train ride home (2 hr's 40 min's) was nice but just way to long in my opinion. There really should be an optional flight back to Taipei that could be purchased.

May252014

Tour/Activity

Chiufen Village (Jiufen) and Northeast Coast Half-Day Tour from Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Frank was also our tour guide that we had for the morning Taipei Half day tour. Most of the folks from the morning tour was also on the afternoon tour. Almost wonder if they should just not combine the two. The ocean drive and the rock formations were really good sights to see. The village was a bit overwhelming due to the number of people winding through a small street. I also did not realize that the entire village was one big market. There were a few things to see in the village beyond the market such as the old mining tunnels and a shrine. My wife and I did enjoy a great Bubble Milk Tea for a very reasonable price.

May252014

Tour/Activity

Taipei Half-Day City Tour

Taipei, Taiwan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Frank our guide was really good. The tour efficiently got us to the locations and just in time to see the major events such as the changing of the guards. We also were lead through the museum very well hitting the highlights.

May242014

Tour/Activity

Big Bus Hong Kong Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Good way to learn about Hong Kong and get most of the city. The routes offered were good. The time between buses was much longer than listed. One decision we made actually turned out better than expected. We opted to get to the Peak Tram on our own and earlier than when the buses started (around 8am). We ended up paying for the tickets ourselves (which meant that we did not use the ones that came with this tour) but we had no line for the Tram and almost no other folks at the top of the Peak. This meant a quick ride up, great unobstructed views at the top on a beautiful clear day, and a quick ride down by ourselves. When we were leaving at around 9:20 AM the line at the bottom was already about 100 people deep. Two ours later when we got back from the tour the line snaked all the way out the the street and back around. Could have been two hundred or more at that time.

May232014

Tour/Activity

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great tour! Loved all the forms of transportation you get to experience in this tour. Ferry, nicely air-conditioned bus for main part of the tour, small intimate boat tour of the fishing village, and finally the tram over the island back to the main tour bus. Loved the fact that they picked us and dropped us off back at our Hotel. We had some rain and of course high heat and humidity the day we toured but we still got to see most everything we wanted. Had a great meal at the monastery. Our guide did an awesome job.

May232014

Tour/Activity

Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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

My Review

Figuring out where the boat would come in was completely chaotic. There were not any signs or any people waiting to meet you. We essentially just started asking folks from other Tour groups where it would come in and they were nice enough to explain. Beyond that it was a nice bay cruise at night. The Symphony of Lights was very anti-climatic. The open bar was definitely open during the entire cruise but it seemed like the drinks were very watered down. There was one choice of beer and it was not very good. The white wine was not very good.

All in all, I gave this two stars for just the cruise itself and nothing else. I am not sure I can really recommend it though.

May202014

Tour/Activity

Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We had a very good guide for this trip. The day we went it was very cloudy and we were only able to see Mt. Fuji for a few seconds on our drive there. Our time at the 5th station at Mt. Fuji was somewhat short but that was fine since the mountain was in fully obscured by the clouds and mist. The lunch was pretty good. The location was very nice. Our best views of Mt. Fuji ended up being at Mt Komagatake especially after we took the Ropeway up to the top. I do think that since we had 3-4 chances to see Mt. Fuji from multiple areas at different times this tour maximizes your chances to see it during your tour for those weather issue days. The Lake cruise was very nice and relaxing. Seeing and feeling the Bullet trains wiz past you at the Train Station was also just amazing. We very much enjoyed the trip back to Tokyo on the Bullet train.

May192014

Tour/Activity

Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour - Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My wife and I's first tour in Tokyo and one of the best. Keiko, our tour guide was simply great! Not only did she do a superb job in her tour guide duties she also helped us learn some basic Japanese words and was ready with pictures, etc. to show us close ups of things like the Imperial Family, Kimono's, and symbols. This was especially great due to the fact that our trip to the Meiji Shrine the daughter's of the Imperial Family were actually there. We were able to see them exit the Shrine, and then be escorted out to their car. This was an amazing experience that was all by happenstance.

I would recommend this tour including the lunch for everyone visiting Tokyo.

Nov172013

Tour/Activity

Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano

Manila, Philippines

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Nice small group tour! The tour out to Tagaytay was excellent. There is some travel time involved as it is 120 km round trip driving from the city. The stop to see one of the many local fruit markets and coffee was also very good. The city side version was also very good. The highlight for me was the American cemetery. This was definitely one of the top sites compared to Arlington and the American cemetery in Normandy.

The driver was excellent and the tour guide was awesome. He knew his history even when questions popped up. He had an excellent sense when to talk and when not too. He pointed out photo spots just before we got there so you could prepare. He also had pride and passion for his country and his work.

Nov162013

Tour/Activity

Private Arrival Transfer: Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Manila Hotel

Manila, Philippines

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

There was not any name card for me outside the airport. I made sure my Viator slip was visible in my hand and finally found the airport agent. The agent then escorted me to a semi-cool room for waiting passengers while he called the driver. The driver was friendly but the car just an older somewhat beatup Toyota Corolla. It was a warm muggy night and the car was barely cooler than the outside. I did arrive fairly quickly based on the traffic and safe and sound to my hotel.

Nov102013

Tour/Activity

Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This is a good tour if you are only in Dubai a short time. Some things to know: this is a Large Coach tour. One of the tour stops was also to pickup other riders. This was for the photo op for the Burj. Your only vantage point was on a bridge through the trees. Another stop was just outside a mosque for 10 min's. One of the longer areas you spend time was the national museum, which was excellent. The boat ride across Dubai creek was also a good experience. There was only a limited time at the Spice souk. There was plenty of time at the Gold souk.

Nov092013

Tour/Activity

Dubai Private Arrival Airport Transfer

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

At first a little hard to find my name in hundreds of placards. But after that everything went smoothly. Airport agent brought me back inside the air conditioned area to wait while got the driver into position to pick me up. Then he walked me out to the car. The driver was very friendly and informative. I arrived at the hotel very quickly.

Sep232013

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: 2CV Paris City Highlights Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great guide!!! Really tailored the trip for us. Loved the car and the drive!

Sep232013

Tour/Activity

Behind the Scenes of a Boulangerie : French Bakery Tour in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Overall great experience!!! Tons of food to eat while on the tour and an awesome way to learn about the bread and goodies of France.

Jun092013

Tour/Activity

Morning Tour of Boeing Factory from Seattle

Seattle, Washington

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour of Boeing! Informative bus driver to and from Seattle. Prompt pickup and dropped off where you wanted for the most part on the way back.

Jun072013

Tour/Activity

Seattle CityPass

Seattle, Washington

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Was able to visit all but one of the items on the pass. Made it easy to get into the locations and also got a discount on another museum.

Mar082013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with River Cruise

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Nice tour. Good tour guide. We got to see some things that were off the beaten path and we had a nice mix of other touring folks to spend the day with. The rating is probably a bit lower due to the fact that this day trip just does not compare with other things we did on our trip such as the Great Ocean road and Milford Sound tours. The other part that was a bit underwhelming was the River Cruise on the way back. Your small group joins about 4 other various size buses and you all pack onto the boat. The day we were on the boat the bottom of the boat was all set up for a Wedding reception so it was off limits which made it all the worse as everyone was packed on the top level.

Mar062013

Tour/Activity

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We got there slightly late due to the ferry schedule. Warning there is a bus that will take you to the Zoo entrance at the top of the hill but it waits for all of the ferry passengers to fill it up and then it is about a 5+ minute ride up the hill. So do not take a ferry that arrives almost at the start time of the tour or you might be late. The zoo staff got us to the zoo keeper (also the tour guide for this) and we were on our way. We were there in early March and there was only a total of 5 of us on the tour so we had plenty of time to ask questions, spend time with the animals, and see what we wanted to see. Would definitely want to do this again. Very unique experience seeing a different side of the zoo. We did the 2pm tour and still had some time after to see a bit more of the zoo but not a lot. So if you want to see more I would suggest you go earlier.

Mar062013

Tour/Activity

Sydney Attraction Pass Including Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Liked the overall idea. Have used these types of cards to great success in London and Paris. Unfortunately, you can't receive the actual card in advance like those cards. Therefore, if you have to wait until 9:30AM or so until you can pick it up at one of the available spots. This made us have to buy ferry tickets due to our desire to go out to the Fish Market around 8AM. We also thought we would be able to use the code to enter the Maritime Museum without getting the card but that turned out to not be true. We ended up spending some extra time finding the nearest location to get the card and then walking back to the museum. After those trip up's we enjoyed the card and used it a bunch for ferry's and museums and such.

Mar042013

Tour/Activity

Green Island Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Nice large boat to explore on the long trip out to the reef. Very smooth ride even in the rainstorm we were in on the return trip. The downside is the slower pace in which it moves. We did the Semi-submersible first and loved it. Very good way to start the reef exploration. Next we were on the glass bottom boat and that was fine but I am sure we would have been more excited about it we had not just completed the Semi-submersible. We opted for the buffet and the food was fine. Best part was probably the fact that if you did the other mini-tours as described above you pretty much are right at the boat for lunch. So that makes it very convenient. We did see some other options on the island but I am sure they would have taken more time and been more expensive. We walked the entire island next and saw some of the beaches and the rainforest. Finally, we spent the last several hours snorkeling and loved it. There are other options for similar trips as we saw other boats but I am glad we opted for this one. Great crew and had a great time.

Mar042013

Tour/Activity

Cairns Night Zoo Safari and Barbecue Dinner

Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Dinner was very good. Had a good mix of other tour folks and it helped make the night even better. Loved the free pickup/drop off from the hotel. Lots of interaction with animals including the opportunity to hold a Koala and pet Kangaroos. If you like zoo's and want to see the animals up close, this is definitely the tour for you.

Mar022013

Tour/Activity

Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Another great tour guide. Loved the tour. The BBQ besides the river was awesome nothing like a freshly grilled meat on the Barbie. The cruise on Milford Sound was great. We upgraded to the Fixed Wing return trip and this was by far the best choice for us. You have several options, two different Helicopter tours, the fixed wing, and of course the included return bus trip. The pilot was the best, we had a great calm day and the flight was simply delightful. I am glad we waited because that way he had an idea of the type of day but I am sure that may be a tougher thing to do in the busy season. My wife and I had never been on a 6 person plane but we loved it. Took a ton of pictures.

Mar012013

Tour/Activity

Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Loved the steamship!!! Nice ride over and back. Great time to relax, ride a part of history, and take lot's of pictures. The Farm was great. I grew up on a farm and it was a treat to check one out in NZ. Great guides at the Farm and the afternoon tea was very nice. The sheep dog demonstration was amazing!!! The new litter of puppies were adorable.

Feb272013

Tour/Activity

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco-Tour from Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had a very good tour guide. He kept the trip interesting during the driving sections and also was very good about pointers and going out with the groups during the stops. I wish I could remember his name but I know that he had only been doing this tour for a couple of weeks. Loved the overall tour. Long day but definitely went faster due to the tour guide. Would definitely do this again!!!

Dec122012

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

One of the best tours in Italy!!! Lunch was great and the wine was heavenly.

Oct152012

Tour/Activity

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Tour was ok. The tour group was probably to large as it was too easy to fall out of range from the leader since you were in a single file line and going around corners a lot in Venice. Thus lost signal to the sound receiver you get much of the time. Also had an issue with one receiver as it stopped working halfway through tour.

Oct142012

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Tour was great except for the Glass sellers after the initial stop.

Oct102012

Tour/Activity

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Second best all day tour in Italy only losing out slightly to the Tuscany tour from Florence. Great guide and great day.

Oct092012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A must see in Rome and the guide was great!!!

Oct082012

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome, Italy

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

My Review

Bus was much slower to make it to stops than advertised. Due to this they were almost completely full. Many of the ear phone plugin's were not working so you could not hear the commentary. The Boat ride was better which is why this got at least the 2 stars.

Oct082012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour, great guide, and definitely a must see in Rome. It is a long walking tour, so make sure you are prepared for that. There are a few places to rest during the tour but with so many others touring the Vatican they are usually already taken. Don't make the mistake we did and take the tour the same day you arrive in Italy after a long overnight flight and you should be fine. Even with both of being tired we really enjoyed the Tour!

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