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Kaia D

Kaia D

Australia

Jan042011

Tour/Activity

Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart

Hobart, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide was lovely and the trip to Bruny Island is pretty easy (short bus ride followed by a short ferry ride and another short bus ride).

If I could give any advice it would be to wear very warm clothes. We went in December (the middle of summer) and it was absolutely freezing. You need to wear heavy closed in shoes and a warm jacket. Luckily I bought gloves and a beanie before we went on the boat.

The boat ride is very fast which I enjoyed but it can also be quite rough. We had 2 metre high seas. If you get sea sick or have a sore back or neck, sit at the back of the boat. But the crew supplies sea sick tablets and takes good care of you.

We saw a lot of seals on our trip. The scenery was pretty but I'm not sure it was worth the freezing cold, rain and hail. Having said that, my husband absolutely loved it!

The lunch was delicious (soup, gourmet roll and hot chocolate or coffee) - included in the price.

The people in Tasmania are lovely. If this type of trip appeals to you, I would highly recommend this tour.

Dec282010

Tour/Activity

Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

Hobart, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My husband and I both loved this tour. We're not huge history buffs but thought we should visit Port Arthur while we were in Hobart. This is a must see for all Australians. It's a fascinating tour through history,

The bus was early picking us up from our hotel. The driver was funny and very knowledgable and it was quite a quick trip to Port Arthur.

The grounds are simply stunning and the walking tours (incl in your ticket price) are very informative. The tour leaves you to explore at your own pace which we really enjoyed.

My advice would be to spend a little less time in the visitor centre and a little more time exploring the grounds. Walking tours leave every half hour and you don't have to go on the 11.30 tour which is assigned to you. It may be better to go on an earlier walking tour so that you have more time to explore the grounds or go on a cruise out to one of the islands (this costs extra).

Port Arthur is an absolute must see if you are in Tasmania!

Jul092009

Tour/Activity

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This tour is worth doing for the clog and cheese factories alone. Amazing! The fishing villages were lovely, but we could have spent less time in Volendam - 2 hours was too long. Our tour guide was hilarious and fluent in 4 languages. Very impressive.

Jul082009

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was an excellent tour. The visit to the Prostitute Information Centre was very informative and our guide was very friendly and approachable. I would thoroughly recommend this tour. It's less intimidating and more informative than walking through the red light district alone.

Jun232009

Tour/Activity

Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Night Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Each individual element is definitely worth doing although I'm not sure you couldn't do this tour yourself. We still waited in line for an extended period of time at the Eiffel Tower and our guide left us so I'm not sure that the Group Ticket is that much of a benefit. And you could easily book a trip on the Seine cruise right near the Eiffel Tower. The illuminations tour was okay but nothing spectacular. I would recommend the Eiffel Tower and the cruise but you could probably do them on your own.

Jun182009

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This tour is worth it if only to skip the huge line for the Colosseum. We learnt so much more than we would have from wandering around by ourselves. Our guide was approachable, very knowledgable and had a lot of great stories of the old Emperoros. Perhaps the tour of the Royal Palace could have been a little shorter, although the heat may have affected my judgement.

Jun162009

Tour/Activity

Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Although it was ridiculously hot, this walking tour was well worth it and our knowledgable guide made every attempt to make sure we were in the shade when possible. This insider's look at Rome is well worth it.

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