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Jun162012

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

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

My Review

I don't think I saved time with this pass. By the time I went to the office to exchange the ticket, I still had to queue up to get into the Van Gogh museum, it was just a shorter queue. The Dutch are fairly organized and the regular queue moves quite quickly so you don't gain anything with this. Canal cruise tickets you can buy anywhere as well and use whenever you want so this wasn't really worth it.

Jun112012

Tour/Activity

Paris Bike Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great bike tour, guide and very well organized. Group was maybe a little too big and we also waited too long for the stragglers which annoyed me as someone that arrived on time. Despite this it was entertaining, we saw all kinds of things that one may have missed like the Dome church and les invalids as well as hearing all sorts of tidbits on Paris and its history. They also suggested various other things one can do when in Paris.

May262012

Tour/Activity

Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Milan, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

City tour ok, private viewing of the last supper was the highlight and it was great having this pre booked. La Scala viewing cramped and you can't take photos. Duomo trip waste of time because everyone goes there anyways and guide gives you free time. It takes more effort to get people off and on the bus so that by the time you have free time you only have a few minutes. English of guide OK but can get irritating after a while as accent not the best.

May222012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Florence Uffizi Gallery Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Waste of time. Guide was flustered right from the start and acted like she didn't want to be there. Her english was very poor and she was very factual with her information and couldn't bring the art to life with her descriptions or by adding some insightful stories. She got frustrated with people in the tour group at times and was obviously in the wrong job. Tour ended abruptly after 1.5 hours and we had only seen half the museum. I would not recommend the gallery as the art is poorly laid out, its overcrowded and you spend more time bumping into each other and hitting the alarms on each picture then you do actually see anything. Italian inefficiencies also mean you have to clear security, show your ticket, then go up 3 levels to show ticket again. It takes a long time to get in and its not worth it. Avoid coffee shop top level - coffee is also terrible.

May202012

Tour/Activity

Florence Segway Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Loved this tour, loved the tour guide and it was a great group. We whisked around the city and it was no problem avoiding people, cars and bikes because the guide knew all the routes off by heart and had contingencies. This was a great way of getting orientated in the city as well as hearing some interesting stories and insights about the various parts of the city. Coffee stop mid trip was a welcome break and this enabled the group to bond a bit more and get more info from the tour guide. These machines are very easy to use so don't be put off by that. Highly recommend.

May172012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I don't like art that much but the guide was amazing and knew her stuff and told all sorts of interesting stories about the art works. The tour moved at a lively pace due to the 2 hour restriction of being inside the gallery. The walk around the gardens wasn't so interesting but it was good finishing near the metro station so we could take off easily. Highly recommended.

May152012

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic tour, great guide and made the colloseum come to life. Kept the group together and gave us time for breaks. Best way to see this area was with a guided tour. Highly recommended.

May142012

Tour/Activity

Rome Segway Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had the most wonderful tour guide, she was attentive, fun, and ran the activity at just the right pace for everyone there. The stories on the history of Nice and the rich and famous were interesting as were many of the locations around town that one may not think of if travelling on their own or using various guide books. The group mingled well as a result. Highly recommended.

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