London, United Kingdom
It was a long day, but we knew what we were getting into. As with any of these large groups, the people you're on tour with are a big factor and we were lucky to have decent people to be with. The guide was excellent. He must have been a History major in university. The poor guy talked ALL day long via our vox boxes, which were really helpful. I felt that many of the people on the tour who were not native English speakers were bored, wandered off, and just wanted to tune out the commentary though. Christmastime in London was packed with tourists from all over the world. When we got to the final tour at the Tower of London, we had to wait in line for over an hour to see the crown jewels, which were actually a big let down. We enjoyed the tour and I'd probably do it again. However, there is a lot more walking involved than we expected, so just beware if you have mobility issues. It's not a tour that you sit on a bus all day. My only complaint was with booking through Viator (not Evan Evans the tour operator in London). Viator did not confirm the tour and left us hanging about when and where we'd be picked up. We never got email or phone calls from them and we didn't know whether we'd be going on the tour or not until the night before at 11 PM when in our hotel rooms.
A good day trip to a scenic and historic area. The tour guide at the Fabiola Winery was great as was the history and wine itself. The tour guide for the day could have been a bit better at English and given more information, but the city of Laguardia is gorgeous and the valley of Rioja amazingly beautiful. I wish we could have had longer to explore the town. Overall, a good tour.
I was the only person to show up on my scheduled tour date, and the guide didn't have to do the tour, but he did anyway. I got to see lovely, hidden courtyards and parts of town I'd probably not gone to otherwise. It was extremely good value for money and one of the highlights of my trip to Amsterdam. If you're not a regular biker, you may feel sore the next day...I did.
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