Beverley R

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Beverley R

Beverley R

Australia

Apr092013

Tour/Activity

Kyoto Morning Tour - Kyoto Imperial Palace, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle

Kyoto, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tour guides are almost as important as tour itineraries, and we were very lucky on this tour to have 'Casey' as guide. His commentary on the three wonderful sites we visited was not just informative but enlivened with a gentle humour and the addition of fascinating snippets of historical and contemporary detail.
The organisation of the tour was efficient, and overall it provided an excellent introduction to Kyoto and its treasures and pleasures.

Apr072013

Tour/Activity

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Xi'an Railway Stations

Xian, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We were very fortunate to have the same driver who had met us on our arrival at Xi'an. He was a charming man as well as a good driver, and overcame the language barrier to communicate his friendliness and concern for our welfare. He had agreed to an earlier pick-up to make sure we caught our train, and insisted on accompanying us to the station entrance which was rather difficult to find. We were impressed and very grateful for his services.

Aug192012

Tour/Activity

Stockholm Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Stockholm, Sweden

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great tour of a beautiful city, especially the bus line that included a lovely boat trip. But we didn't get off to a good start as it was apparently unclear from our voucher which ticket we had bought - a day pass or 24hour pass. We were lucky to have a very nice bus driver who sorted things out, otherwise could have been a problem.

Aug102012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour, and skip the line ticket greatly appreciated in the high tourist season. Just one suggestion: information and directions re exchanging voucher for tickets should be more detailed. We spent too much time trying to find the nearest place to do this.

Aug082012

Tour/Activity

Copenhagen City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Copenhagen, Denmark

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Enjoyed this tour - especially since it began right outside our hotel! Good to be able to extend the bus trip by taking a canal boat tour.

Aug022012

Tour/Activity

Tour of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and Catherine Palace

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great tour with a charming, well-educated guide who spoke almost perfect English. But we were rather surprised to find that the two of us had a personal guided tour when we'd been expecting a 'small group tour'. Definitely not a problem though!

Jul282012

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour

Moscow, Russian Federation

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This could have been a total disaster. The directions given for finding the tour bus were so unclear that we spent an unhappy 20 minutes running round a square full of buses trying - and failing - to find ours. It was sheer luck that we eventually found the right one, almost 10 minutes after its scheduled departure. And then we wished we hadn't found it as the guide was an unpleasant woman who seemed to hate her job, and the bus was old and battered.
This was our only disappointment with Viator, and we couldn't possibly recommend this tour to anyone.

Oct272008

Tour/Activity

Dubai Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Has two very interesting routes, but doing both in one day depends on the volume of traffic in Dubai. Though, amazingly, the buses stick pretty closely to their 20-minute interval schedules. Connecting with the 1-hour boat trip on the Creek can be tricky - and there's a long, hot walk from the drop-off point to the boat. But overall, the tours, especially the Blue Beach route, were very interesting.

Oct262008

Tour/Activity

Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A good introduction to this sprawling, strange city. But be prepared for delays and extensions of specified time for the tour the shuttle-bus that was to take us to the main tour bus was almost an hour late in collecting us from our hotel because of traffic jams. And traffic also caused long delays on the drives between sightseeing stops.

Oct212008

Tour/Activity

Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
After three visits to Paris I finally did the Canal trip and it was just wonderful. Very interesting, relaxed and enjoyable - revealing another, completely different aspect of the life of this marvelous city. The canal boat was comfortable with toilet facilities and a basic refreshment service and provided an English-speaking guide. The trip is an exciting experience for people of all ages and is most highly recommended!

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