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Gillian C

Gillian C

Australia

Jun182012

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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

This tour was misleading, we were on the 2.30pm tour and the guide said at the start she would not take us into St Peters as after 4pm guides are not allowed in St Peters so the whole 3hrs would be in the Vatican and the tour would finish outside St Peters.. As we had to leave at 5.30 on the dot this would not have allowed us to visit St Peters at all.Knowing we had time restraints we thought ahead and did pre tour go into St Peters briefly but if we hadnt done this we would have missed out on seeing inside St Peters altoghter. The tour says includes inside St Peters ( but can be closed at any time beyond their control) but this was not anything like this, the guide said she couldnt take us in as it would be after 4pm, if you want to see in St Peters with a guide and have time restraints ensure you book the morning tour.

Jun162012

Tour/Activity

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was an amazing day, from the pickup at the hotel to the end of the day we had a wonderful time. It is a very very long day but what you see around the Amalfi Coast is worth it. It is a very expensive tour and with that I feel lunch could have been supplied and the entrance into Pompeii. Also my one worry was the drive down there, the speeds that the vans go can be quite concerning if you are not used to it. In our country we do not go anywhere near the speeds the Italian drivers do. Our driver was in full control and I know does that trip a few times a week but just be aware you will be travelling at high speeds along the freeway to the Coast.

Jun152012

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide Francesca was brilliant. Her knowledge of ancient Rome was enthralling and made the tour so interesting. You have a wonderful visit of the Colosseum and the tour of the Roman Forum was so informative.

Jun122012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Florence, Italy

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

My Review

We met outside the Accademia, it took a little while to find the correct group, they were not holding up a sign and as you can imagine there was more than one company organising tours. We received our sticker and our afternoon pass for the Uffizi gallery but they did not give us tickets to get into the Accademia so after lining up for quite a while with the guide and then entering the building to go through the entrance we were asked by the attendants where are your tickets, other people in the group had theres but we were not given any, we feel the man from the company giving out the stickers forgot when he gave us the afternoon pass. This caused a bit of concern with the attendants and our tour guide was trying to ring the company to find out what had happend . After some discussion the attendants decided to let us in but this did delay the start of the tour a little bit. So please check if you are doing the afternoon tour of Uffizi as well as the Accademia that you receive tickets for the Accademia as well as your pass for the Uffizi. The tour guide was very good and interesting at the Accademia but i cant say the same for the Uffizi guide. This man did not have anyones attention in the group from the start, the way he presented the information in such a dull drone all the time did not hold your attention and i felt we were only shown a limited amount of the gallery as he took so long with comments over each picture. We did not enjoy this tour at all

Jun112012

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A wonderful day, a little confuisng with the meeting point but after that all was fine. Our guide Chris was brilliant, very informative and knowledgable of the area. We had a lovely visit to Siena before arriving at the Winery where we enjoyed a yummy lunch. Plenty of good food and wine to taste. After lunch we went for a vist to nearby San G which was interesting. We then headed to Pisa, we had prebooked the climb to the top and when we got there Chris told us we had a time allotted to us so we had a little bit of time to walk around and take the crazy pictures before our climb to the top which we are glad we did as the views from the top were great. A very enjoyable day

Jun082012

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was an interesting way to spend an afternoon. After our morning walking tour had been postposned without any notice to us which made us very unhappy, we were hoping for a nice afternoon which we did have. It was a pleasant boat trip to the 3 islands, Murano of course wanting you to buy the glass but there is no pressure, the demonstration was very good. Our next stop was Turcello which by the time you walk to the small township from the boat its about time to turn around and walk back to the boat, quite a nothing stop really. We next stopped at Burano where we saw a lovely lace demonstration and the shops sold many beautiful things. More time was needed at this stop, if you are visiting Venice maybe you can get one of the ferrys over to Burano and spend extra time here. A good value tour and a nice experience

Jun062012

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Monet

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Good tour, the gardens were beautiful, though fouund the guide a little pushy when we arrived at Monets Garden. Again quite an expensive tour , but quite a long way and enjoyed the scenary along the way.

Apr182009

Tour/Activity

Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was a great tour. The tour guide didn't really do a great deal, he dropped us off at the Chinese Heritage Museum, then walked us to the restaurant, which was quite good. Have had better Chinese food. The trishaw ride was fun but risky with the traffic, and to end the night with the river cruise was lovely. We only had 9 people on the tour so am happy they still run them with a small amount of people.

Apr172009

Tour/Activity

Changi Chapel and Museum Half-Day Tour from Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was a really informative tour, our guide was fantastic. It was very moving to read all about the prisoners at Changi. Our guide took us through a housing complex and market, which was interesting hearing all about the way people live today. Then we stopped at Little Arab, which we really enjoyed seeing as it was probably not an area we would have visited.

Apr162009

Tour/Activity

Singapore Zoo Night Safari Tour with optional Buffet Dinner

Singapore, Singapore

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

My Review
The Night Safari was OK, others have said you can not miss it but if you want to see the animals I would recommend going in the daytime. It was very difficult to see the animals and there were not that many of them when you did see them. The buffet was great, really good food, and the guide was very informative.

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