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Jun282013

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Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Palace was stunning, however, the traffic no so much. Our scheduled tour was moved from a Friday morning to the Thursday evening, due to a scheduling issue with the Summer Palace being closed on the Friday. Unfortunately we got stuck in horrible traffic and it took us 1 1/2 hrs to drive 24 kms, that was the only negative part and not something the guide could control.

The tour itself and the guide were amazing. Our guide, was Marguerite and she is a school teacher during the school year. She was very knowledgeable of the history of the palace and was able to get us to view two newly renovated rooms that were breathtaking. (Apparently these rooms are only on view at present to VIP's. )

The tour of the summer palace was well done and it was incredible to see how much has been rebuilt since it was badly damaged by bombing during WWII. It was interesting to see the photos taken after the bombing and to see how much has been reconstructed.

As we were a small group - only four in the tour, we had unlimited time to stand and be awed by the Amber Room, words don't do it justice.

It was well worth the the time it took to get there.

Jun252013

Tour/Activity

State Hermitage Museum Small-Group Walking Tour

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Hermitage is huge. Our guide was able to get us thru to see the major exhibits and works of art. She certainly knew her way around the buildings. She was knowledgeable on the art and the history of the Hermitage. After the tour, we decided to stay on and continue to explore the museum and even with a map of the building we still needed to ask for directions to find things. I'm so glad we had a guide for the first 3 hrs, who was able to provide us with the maximum exposure to the treasures in the Hermitage.

We got picked up at the hotel and driven to the Winter Palace and we joined another family from South Africa, so there were 6 of us on the tour. The guide, Albina spoke very good English, she lead the tour for a full three hours and provided everyone an opportunity to get souvenirs at the end of the tour prior to leaving. The guide also explained the Palace Square and the buildings around it. Expect large crowds at the Hermitage. I love the small group tours as they provide you with a fuller experience and opportunity to see the exhibits.

Mar172012

Tour/Activity

Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Guide was Fabby, she was able to give us history on Versailles on the drive there, She ensured we all got our audio headsets and was waiting for us when we finished the tour at the destinated pick up spot. I enjoyed the trip - half day was fine since the gardens were not in bloom -

Mar162012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a great way to see the Louvre - the group was small - the guide was both informative and funny. The evening tour was perfect, when you leave the Lourve - the court yard is lit up and it was stunning.

Mar142012

Tour/Activity

Paris Pass

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The ability to not stand in line for tickets was worth it. The value was good and getting Metro tickets as part of the package was good. Re: boat tour - unsure which company provided it and where to locate them.

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