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Aug172012

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

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

My Review

I could have booked the same tour for half the price at the ticket office. Once the tour began, we went to Murano where we were hustled off the boat for a 5 minute presentation on glass blowing and then shoved into a show room where high pressure sales people were all over us to purchase over-priced merchandise. We could have purchased the same thing in Venice for significantly less. There was no time to see the rest of the island before we had to get back on the boat. Next stop Torcello where we got off the boat and walked over 10 minutes to a vacant town square. The fee to visit the tiny church was 12 euros, but we had no time for a tour because we had to rush back to the boat. I could have easily skipped this stop. Last stop was Burano, which was beautiful! We had to be back at the boat by 12:30, but then spent 10 minutes standing on the dock watching the boat staff eat their lunch. The tour guide spoke continuously in three languages while on the boat, but you couldn't hear her or make out what she was saying. At the end of the day, I would not recommend this tour to others. Save time and money and take a vaparetto to Murano and Burano on your own.

Aug162012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great tour with a fantastic guide (Stefania). Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared not only historical information but also threw in some local perspective. She made numerous recommendations as we strolled through Venice on the walking tour that were very helpful later on. St. Mark's is overwhelming, and the historical information and anecdotes shared by our guide made this a great tour. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to others.

Aug072012

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very comprehensive tour! The colosseum portion of the tour was very well done, with our guide (Daniel) providing frequent breaks for water and rest due to the heat. Lots of historical information and perspective. Engaging and informative tour. The second part of the tour through the forum seemed very long. There is lots to see, but it was really hot and later in the day. We were exhausted long before this tour ended. I would recommend this tour to others.

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