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Sep242012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great way to skip the extremely long lines to get into the Vatican and see the place at your own pace, without having to follow a tour guide around.

Sep232012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our guide, David, was excellent and funny, and gave us very indepth explanations of everything. There was a toilet stop included in the tour which was thoughtful as it was a 3 hour tour on a hot day when we all needed to drink a lot of water! The tour was a long one and you got your money's worth, but on a hot day, as this one was, it was a little hard going towards the end. Bring stamina, and extremely comfortable walking shoes.

Sep222012

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This was an absolutely waste of money. The commentary on the bus was woefully inadequate; the bus stopped for 5 minutes at least, at every stop, regardless of whether people were getting on or off, and then had the gall to stop at Termini station for 20 minutes for a "rest" stop. We got off and did not get back on again. I do not recommend this at all.

Sep212012

Tour/Activity

Private Departure Transfer: Florence Train Station

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Whilst extremely overpriced considering what a taxi costs, the service was pleasant and efficient and comfortable.

Sep212012

Tour/Activity

Time Elevator Rome 3-D Movie and Simulated Ride

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was surprisingly interesting and fun to do and my 13 year old daughter loved it. However, the surly staff at the ticket office did not add anything to the experience, and it is not a 40 minute movie which they tell you when you go in, it is more like 25 minutes, so know what you are paying for!

Sep172012

Tour/Activity

Private Arrival Transfer: Florence Train Station

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Overpriced considering what a taxi would cost instead, but the driver was at the station with our name on it, helped us with our bags, and waited when we got to our B and B to ensure it was the right place.

Sep162012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The "including Basilica Di St Marco" bit was cancelled at a few days' notice by the tour operator due to the closure of St Mark's on the particular Sunday I had booked it for. I was annoyed that there was no refund of that part of the tour automatically offered by the tour operator - I had to ask for it myself (I did get it though but I think it should have been offered automatically). The rest of the tour was wonderfully interesting, with a very good guide and we got to see parts of Venice we would never have seen on our own.

Sep162012

Tour/Activity

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a great experience, and although expensive, which is why I haven't given it 5 stars. It is really worth paying in advance to ensure you don't have to haggle with the gondoliers over price. The serenade was first class as the singer had a tremendous voice, and his rendition of "Oh sole mio" was so moving. We did the sunset gondola ride and it was really pretty and lovely.

Sep152012

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Not a good experience. I had no idea the boat taking people out to the islands would be so packed and so uncomfortable (people were actually having to stand in the aisles of the boat as there was not enough room - they had clearly oversold it) and it was a huge group of people, about 60 or more. The tour operator representative prattled on loudly and incomprehensibly in 5 languages constantly for the entire 25 minute trip out to Murano and I got a headache in the first 5 minutes. I know she was only doing her job but let's say on this occasion you get what you pay for. This is a cheap tour and it shows all over. You get about 30 minutes on each island - nowhere near enough to see anything properly. We did not bother getting back on the boat after Murano as we wanted to look around more - we stayed for 2 hours (take the time to see this island and its lovely shops properly otherwise you will miss something fabulous) and got the public water taxi back to Venice on our own steam. I cannot recommend it at all.

Sep152012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour guide was interesting and St Mark's is exquisite but it was very hard to hear her as the headsets did not work properly.
Any way you can book a tour to get into St Mark's skipping the long lines is worth it - because the lines are very long - as is paying the extra to see the Golden Altar which was superb. Strongly recommend that you also pay the extra to go up to the top of St Mark's where the bronze horses and an interesting museum is. This was an especial highlight not included in this tour but they did at least tell us about it as an option.

Sep142012

Tour/Activity

Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer

Venice, Italy

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

My Review

Definitely worth pre-booking an arrival link transfer as it's rather confusing at Venice airport otherwise. This transfer was OK, but there was a bit of a wait before the boat arrived (they do warn you about this tho, but just be prepared). They sent us to the wrong queue at the boat dock though so a bit of confusion when the boat arrived at the other queue for us! The driver was very curt, literally threw our cases into the boat (so much so that two cases toppled over) and drove like a crazy person. Not a very relaxing experience.

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