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Aug282012

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Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Well planned excursion. Fascinating countryside and comfortable bus ride. We found the larger buses to be more comfortable than the small group minivan trips available. The Mumms tour was excellent with a delightful guide. Very informative and everyone got to see and hear the guide. The Moët tour was disappointing, too many people for one guide, not enough seats in the little theatre, didn't hear a fraction of what she had to say and we spent the whole tour with the guard present to ensure people didn't get lost. Thank god that Mumms came first because by then we knew something about champagne as Moët was extremely poorly managed. Very cool wine caves though and worth doing despite the inadequacies of the guide and tour. Found a gorgeous tea house in Reims and had the best quiche ever. The Caesar salad was also to die for. The food in this cafe was the best France had to offer and cheap, especially when compared to the very expensive restaurant in Paris. If you do this tour then find this cafe, it's sensational and makes getting your own lunch an absolute delight.

Aug262012

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Private Tour: 2CV Paris City Highlights Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This has to be the coolest way to see Paris. What a delightful driver/guide. What an exceptionally interesting way to cover all the main tourist spots and decide what to visit again in a short stay. The vehicle is sensational and we chose to do this on a Sunday morning which was the best because traffic was minimal. Lots of envy shown by other tourists as we stood in the back of this great little car taking very cool photos. If you go to Paris do this tour first, it's great

Aug262012

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Eiffel Tower, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Well organized, food at the Eiffel tower was surprisingly excellent for set menu group tour dining, cruise on the Seine was most enjoyable and the Moulin rouge show one of the must sees in Paris. The waiting staff at Moulin Rouge were very rude probably because we asked for water but it was hot and water was needed. Good thing the performance overrode the rudeness of the staff. The tour was excellent in delivering everyone close to their hotels at the end of the night. Very easy way to see a lot of Paris and would give 5 stars for the tour if the moulin rouge staff were polite.

Aug232012

Tour/Activity

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Pick up and drop off at hotel was great. Punctual. Excellent driver who also acted as a sort of guide. The Amalfi coast would have to be the most disappointing tour of our holiday. It was a super hot day, lots of bush fires in surrounding forests, smog and haze so that you could barely see one hill in the distance. Mt Vesuvius was not visible from anywhere until the freeway driving home. The only redeeming feature of this trip was the driving ability of our driver, and the actual drive on the road which is like a combination of a roller coaster and bumper cars at a sideshow. The towns stopped at were packed with tourists and holiday makers. The buy your own lunch ( restaurant recommended by driver) was expensive and others in our group found food and service very poor. We were lucky as our food was good and service bad but then improved immensely. Pompeii had to be the worst part of our trip. It was very hot, 40 degrees plus. The guide allocated to us was obnoxious, demeaned the essence of ancient roman life with stupid sexist jokes, kept the group waiting in the sun whilst he endlessly prattled on about irrelevant details and then proceeded to show the group one fraction of Pompeii, revisiting the same areas so that we saw minimal amount of the area.Do not do this tour on a hot day. Do not get a guide for Pompeii, get an audio tour if you can. The only good part of this tour was the drive and driver but then he recommended a really poor lunch spot. All cafes and restaurants will cost a lot on this tour. The breakfast stop is very ordinary but our great hotel packed us breakfast fortunately.

Aug222012

Tour/Activity

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour made the whole trip to Europe worthwhile. Danielle was the best guide we had for any of our tours. She was knowledgeable, passionate and respectful. The chance to see these museums in such a small group was a privilege and value for money this tour is outstanding. It might seem expensive but once you have done it you would pay double for this tour. Rome and the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel and this great tour would be the only attractions drawing us back to Europe. None of the other museums in Europe matched the treasures kept here. Well done Danielle, well done Dark Rome/Viator. Thank you all for this experience.

Aug212012

Tour/Activity

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

It was a super hot day and climbing up and down the colosseum was not easy. But it is the colosseum, it is majestic, it is wonderful. Getting to go to the underground chambers and the upper tier is a must. Don't go to the colosseum without paying for these extra privileges. The guides were ok. The woman was a bit hard to understand and it became grating trying to decipher what she was saying but the man was good. Unfortunately we had the woman in our group mostly. We would do this tour again without question even if we had the same guide and another really hot day.

Aug142012

Tour/Activity

Original Sound of Music Private Tour

Salzburg, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a delightful tour. The guides name was Maria, believe it or not! The car was extremely comfortable. Maria knew her stuff really well and we felt very fortunate to see all these sights and be able to take our time at special areas for photographs. The tour also covered the lakes area and the site of the wedding for the film. Our expectations for this tour were completely met by Maria and we would recommend this as a very good way to see Salzburg and do the sound of music thing

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