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Margaret D

Margaret D

Australia

Jul292012

Tour/Activity

Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Relaxing view of a little known area of Paris. Traveled through 7 locks on the canal. Science Museum at end suitable for children NOT adults. Return via Metro to central Paris.

Jul282012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent day with just 5 other guests and guide. Lovely lunch with wines at vineyard. As usual could have had more time at each Chateaux but was a long day anyway. Well worth the time and effort of the early start.

Jul262012

Tour/Activity

Eiffel Tower, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Insufficient time to eat dinner and climb to second level of Eiffel Tower before cruise left. The cruise was the best part of the night. Show didn't start until after 11.30pm and then we were in the back row and very cramped- 900 on theatre. Very late night, really appreciated being taken right back to hotel.

Jul262012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay Small-Group Walking Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The VERY BEST art guided tour we have ever done. Paul was excellent with the ability to relate and connect different works together from different artists. Had planned to go else after tour but stayed and had lunch in the restaurant and then spent the rest of the day back in the galleries. Probably our best day in Paris.

Jul252012

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Certainly a good idea to combine these 2 places. Monet gardens are lovely. We had a delicious lunch on the way to Versailles. It was a very hot day so had more than enough time at the palace. In cooler weather would have enjoyed roaming around the gardens more.

Jul242012

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: 2CV Paris City Highlights Tour

Paris, France

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

My Review

NOT RECOMMENDED in summer. We unfortunately had a very hot day but the car was very uncomfortable with a tall driver who had the front seat leaning right back so there was insufficient room in the back even though neither of us are tall. WATER should be provided. He finally said we were on the way to the City Island and then decided we didn't have enough time so dropped us back to the hotel early. I was disappointed with the route; passing the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre several times.

Jun302012

Tour/Activity

Oxford, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very good day with division of time good. The lunch was very poor for the price paid compared with a pub meal in various London pubs. Appreciated extra guided tour of Oxford although it was disappointing not to get into the church. Good driver and guide; thoughtful with arranging suitable drop off points back in London for everyone.

Jun282012

Tour/Activity

London Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

London, United Kingdom

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

My Review

We had to wait nearly 1 hour for the driver to arrive and then he was very rude about being late. I don't know if he was on the end of a long shift or the beginning and hadn't had sufficient sleep but he didn't appear to be totally with it. We were lucky as we shared with just one other couple so the trip was quite quick. The driver didn't know how to get to our hotel and insisted it was at Eccelston St while I said it was Eccelston Square which we had driven past. We eventually got there- he wasn't very friendly.

Sep062011

Tour/Activity

Copenhagen City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Copenhagen, Denmark

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The red line (mermaid route) very good, the times given for the green route were incorrect so wasted a lot of time near opera house waiting for a bus , eventually caught local bus back to palace. The last tour each day is VERY early and doesn't allow sufficient time to go on all 3 routes. Considering the time when it gets dark, the buses should run until at least 6pm.

May292011

Tour/Activity

Hydra, Poros and Egina Day Cruise from Athens

Athens, Greece

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

My Review

Too large a boat. felt like cattle being herded at ports. Very poor meal on board. Land trip on Egina too rushed- guide just keen to get us to factory to buy pistachio nuts.A true photo stop isn't slowing the bus for 15 secs.

May272011

Tour/Activity

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

Athens, Greece

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Unfortunately it was raining very heavily on way to Cape Sounion but were lucky at Poseidon temple. Coast route would have been very attractive in fine weather. Bus driver went out of his way to get us back to our hotel because of the demonstrations much appreciated.

May232011

Tour/Activity

4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

Athens, Greece

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Excellent 4 days tour with an amazing guide, Irene. Why are 2 levels of accommodation sold? We bought 1st class and were never given the higher level rooms with a better view. The hotel at Delphi said that all rooms are the same. Meals at hotels could be improved (mass produced and not always hot). Lunch options good.

May212011

Tour/Activity

Athens Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Athens, Greece

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The timetable at the Town hall stop is inaccurate. our first day we waited for the first bus and it no longer ran. The next day the bus left 6mins early.Once on board a good route and easy to get to various sites.Is more expensive than the Athens City tour doing a very similar tour.

Oct012009

Tour/Activity

Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Excellent way for us to transfer from ship to Istanbul hotel.The cruise was very interesting although the ship should have better hand rails to top deck. Enjoyed the time in the Spice market especially being able to buy at reputable stall- one used by the guide's family for several generations. On returning home declared vacuum sealed spices at customs without any problems.

Sep302009

Tour/Activity

Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Very good guide & because there was just the 2 of us he was very flexible with the time at each spot. Comfortable van & were picked up from cruise port as arranged. Only problem we had was confirming tour- not being able to understand Turkish. Fortunately we had a Turkish friend on the ship who helped us out. Is it possible to have their recording in English as well. Once we knew to push 1 for the operator I could speak to an English speaker.

Sep192009

Tour/Activity

Dolomite Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Venice

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The highlight of our 5 week Mediterranean cruise.

Sep022009

Tour/Activity

London Eye: Skip the Line Tickets

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Incredible view & very stable.Even though we had showers it was definitely worth doing.Excellent not having to queue & we were able to go on earlier than our time.

Sep022009

Tour/Activity

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent way to gain overview of several sights in limited time. Joined bus at Marble Arch & travelled to The Tower where we proceeded back to Westminster Bridge on the Thames. After going on the London Eye rejoined the Hop on Hop-off bus to Trafalgar Square & St Paul's. So even with jet lag after a 23 hour flight from Australia we had a wonderful day.

Apr242009

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Canals Cruise with Dinner Cooked On Board

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Beautiful evening & delicious food. Early in season so only a small group on board therefore relatively quiet. The canals are very pretty at night.

Apr192009

Tour/Activity

Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Unfortunately it was very wet until we arrived at Villa d'Este. More time should be allocated to Villa d'Este as the gardens there are incredibly beautiful. On our return to Rome everyone was dropped off near their accommodation, which was very helpful.

Apr192009

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Excellent guide made it fun even though it was wet for most of the tour. An area that definitely needs a guide to gain the most from your time.

Apr182009

Tour/Activity

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Excellent guide who really made our time enjoyable. Catacombs are really interesting & great to get out of the city for a few hours.

Apr182009

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

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

My Review
Went way over the 3 hours & still hadn't seen St Peter's. Far too much time spent explaining the Sistine Chapel out in the open at the charts - would have been better having the time in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum part should be reduced to just the important parts, e.g., in Raphael's rooms spend the time in his actual rooms not the ones he was going to paint.

Apr172009

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Gives a good overview of city on first day. Unfortunately not all the plugs worked for the headsets, therefore missed some of the commentary until people got off at the Vatican. Maintenance should be done more frequently as had read same comment before we booked.

Mar222009

Tour/Activity

Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Due to the very cold long winter, the fields weren't in bloom but the grounds & particularly the pavilions were absolutely beautiful. Would go again but hopefully in mid season instead of right at the beginning. One big advantage: smaller crowds so easy to get around.

Mar212009

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

My Review
Would have preferred a few photo stops. Waste of time going to diamond factory, English speaking group had already started when we arrived so just had the sales pitch part.

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