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Oct122012

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Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great morning out. The guide "Margo" was a local who really loved the Santa Marta neighborhood so that was great and we felt very safe walking around. It was great to understand the history and background and what is beig done to help the locals moving forward. Only negative was it was a little short at 2.5 hours

Oct112012

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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I would have given this a 5 start rating if this was based purely on the sights and the first tour guide but unfortunately the 2nd guide let the trip down. Once again I had "JB" for the morning Sugar Loaf mountain tour where you actually visit the cathedral downtown first. Views were amazing and despite a large group we all got to hear the information, knew where we were to meet and at what time etc. Next was lunch in Ipanema in a local restaurant which I thought was nice although the passionfruit sauce on the fish cake was way too sweet. The final part of the trip was the afternoon to see the statue. The guide we had while nice and lively, once he explained some things on the bus, once we got to the statue and were given the tram tickets we were all left wondering what to do next. He just wasn't good at letting people know where to go, what to do, what to look for and at keeping the group together. We ended up splitting into smaller groups and doing our own mini tours and working out what to do etc

Oct102012

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Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Really enjoyable afternoon out. "JB" was our guide and what a true pro....we were a small group of 4 women and he made sure we were well looked after. His knowledge of Rio's history, the architecture and his sheer enthusiam made this a treat

Oct092012

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Copacabana Small-Group Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I took this tour as soon as i arrived. Danilo from Urban Adventures was my guide. He was such a lovely guy, very mellow and was originally from Rio but had travelled so he had great English. He explained the history to the area, we visited the fort and then walked around Ipanema having a coconut water at a local vendor, watched the surfers and stayed to see the sunset over the twin peaks. Really nice way to start the vacation.

Oct092012

Tour/Activity

Rio de Janeiro Airport Roundtrip Private Transfer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very professional. The driver was smartly dressed, was waiting at the airport on time and gave some nice comments about the city on the way in. On the return the same driver arrived at the hotel early which was great to avoid the rush hour traffic and again very good service. He drive safely despite heavy rain and his car was immaculate

Jul092011

Tour/Activity

Monaco and Eze Small Group Day Trip from Nice

Nice, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

brilliant day out.....tour guide was absolutely amazing....great command of English....knew so much about the history and traditions etc and was just a lovely person

Jul052011

Tour/Activity

Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

the guides were fantastic...both were very knowledgeable and friendly with great command of English....i think the down side was that we had to wait nearly 2 hours to get in the Academia and had to wait in boiling heat and we were disappointed by the number of exhibits once we were inside (although David was amazing!). The Uffizi was very interesting...alot of paintings from the great Italian masters and lovely location. If you do the am and pm tour you end up covering a couple of the same locations ie City Hall....so it'd be better if that was changed.

Jul042011

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

fantastic day out....sienna was beautiful but would have liked another hour or two of personal time to look around, the trip to the farm was interesting and lunch was one of the best and freshest meals we had in Italy, while the leaning tower of pisa was amazing and exceeded my expectations. the guide was excellent, spoke English extremely well, courteous and answered any questions you had

Oct152010

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Round-trip Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
guide was lovely. great command of English and had everything planned out. very efficient and a great way to get to the city. note that its an 8 minute ride and then you still have to take a car at the other side (but you save 30mins in total). this is expensive to do as the actual train ticket is cheap so if you're a little adventurous do it yourself and save serious $.

Oct082010

Tour/Activity

Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Amazing. Lei my guide was great. I met with him in the morning and went through the places i wanted to visit. The night before he recommended getting a car/driver for the day to cover as much ground as possible and i laughed when he showed up the next day with my own mini bus and driver. But what a great idea...it meant i actually managed to cover 2 other main sites i wouldn't have had change to get too otherwise. Lei was a very patient guide, great command of english and answered every questions i had with enthusiasm (and i'm sure he must have been asked the same things time and time again). Lei had studied history so it was great to have someone with such extensive knowledge.

Oct072010

Tour/Activity

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
i loved the Great Wall part of the trip. We actually went to a part of the wall just before Badalong so that we missed the crowds. The wall was very steep here, which was okay for me but the lady i was with struggled on the lower parts. Great views, well maintained section and nice to arrive before the crowds. After that we went to a Jade Factory, we weren't bothered re purchasing but you saw how they worked with the stone which was quite interesting. The Ming Tombs was disappointing as we only went to one area and so we missed the actual tomb that you could walk down too and the main drive way.

Oct062010

Tour/Activity

Beijing International Transfer: Airport (PEK) to Hotel Roundtrip

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
very efficient. driver met me in the arrivals hall holding a sign with my name. only small niggle was that English speaking guide wasn't there as i'd wanted to ask questions (they did call me on phone). but driver was very courteous and efficient.

Oct052010

Tour/Activity

Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

Xian, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
great tour. we covered 3 major sites. the wild goose pagoda, the original ancient settlement and the terracotta warriors. it was national week when i was there so i actually got to meet the farmer who discovered the site which was cool. the trip had the right pace. the guide was excellent, great English, took time to ensure we managed to see each area of the site and took photos for everyone and pointed out the best spots for you.

Oct042010

Tour/Activity

Xi'an Shuttle Transfer: Airport to Hotel Roundtrip

Xian, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
very efficient. the driver and the guide were excellent. despite being late arriving, they were there holding a sign with my name. guide answered a lot of questions for me in the car on the way to the hotel.

Oct022010

Tour/Activity

Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

Shanghai, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
guide once again was great, brilliant command of English, only thing was we felt a little rushed from one place to the next. jade buddha temple is amazing, fantastic sites to see. lunch was great, good food in a clean restaurant. we visited a silk factory which was interesting to see how silk is made and there's tons of things to buy. the weather wasn't great on our trip so we had to cut short the walk through the xintandi area and i wished we'd had gone lower down on the bund and seen the historic buildings versus focusing on the waterfront. but great day trip to see a lot of key sights and find your bearings for the next day.

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