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Joyce S

USA

Nov122013

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Airport Shared Departure Transfer

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent driver who was on time. The price was reasonable for the two of us.

Nov112013

Tour/Activity

Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was an enjoyable day, which turned out to be a great opportunity for shopping. On the way to the markets, we had a stop where our guide explained the uses of the coconut tree. There was a small local market, plus a huge shopping area where silk scarves and all sorts of items were available. Before reaching the Floating Markets, we had an enjoyable ride on the canals. Anyone wanting to have a ride within the Floating Market had to pay extra for it themselves. These markets are probably not used much by locals. The big open market next to the canals has souvenirs and many areas to enjoy Thai food.

Nov102013

Tour/Activity

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely beautiful! The Summer Palace is a true photo opportunity, and the visit to the ancient capital of Siam was well-worth every minute. We had an opportunity to see the outdoor reclining Buddha. The buffet meal served on the cruise back to Bangkok exceeded our expectations.

Nov092013

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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We had worried about what to wear for this visit. We removed our shoes before entering the temple, and shoulders had to be covered as well as no shorts. No photos are allowed inside Wat Phra Kaew, but a photo of the Jade/Emerald Buddha can be taken from outside. After our visit to this complex, we were taken to a diamond/jewelry factory and store. Most of the items were expensive, but we saw people at work making the jewelry, which was interesting.

Nov082013

Tour/Activity

Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The weather all day was WET, but this was the highlight of the trip for me. Our rest stop on the way had "Turkish" toilets so be prepared! We had time to photograph and walk across the Bridge. The museum is small, but interesting. From there to the train, we took what someone called a "James Bond" boat, with floor seating. The train was very late in arriving, and we were soaked. Our guide did not do a good job of telling everyone what was happening with the train. Also we had to pay extra to go on what our guide called a "tourist class" car. But the scenery along the train route is awesome, and the buffet meal served afterwards was excellent. Of course, the main impact of the trip is the historical insight offered into this WW II era.

Nov062013

Tour/Activity

Bangkok Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent! We were met at the airport by a tour guide who took us directly to our private car. A good value!

Apr262013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

First, our guide Richard was excellent. Although from Cambridge, England, he knew his French history and told many delightful stories. He offered travel suggestions for Paris newcomers as well as presenting a brief history of the Tower. Although it is impossible to predict the size of the crowds, the day we visited the Tower was not really that busy. The price of the Skip the Line wasn't necessary that day. We had been to the Tower during previous trips, and I would say this tour would be best for first time visitors.

Apr242013

Tour/Activity

Cologne Sightseeing Cruise

Cologne, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We loved the cruise. On the negative side, we were not exactly sure where the cruise departed but were at the river promenade early enough to locate it. Our voucher had to be exchanged for tickets at the ticket office prior to boarding. Also it was difficult to hear the narration during the cruise. We had our own map of Cologne with us which was helpful. On the plus side, the river is lovely, and the cruise gave us a better idea of distances between landmarks. For the cost, the cruise is well-worth the time.

Oct082012

Tour/Activity

Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely fantastic! A long trip but worth every minute! Our RailTour guide, Norman, was extremely helpful. The coastal drive is absolutely gorgeous. The Carrick rope bridge proved to be easier to navigate than we expected. We walked to the Giant Causeway from the visitors' center, and again this is not difficult. We had a lunch stop at the Bushmill Distillery which was a buffet. Since it was October, it was not crowded, and we were served immediately. Upon returning to Belfast, we dropped off several people at their hotels, and the bus tour guide gave a running commentary on the places we were seeing. We had a late arrival in Dublin, but Norman helped us hail a taxi. We highly recommend this tour.

Oct072012

Tour/Activity

Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide Colin made the day! He was funny, informative, and truly a performer with his Irish stories and songs. We traveled in a van which made the tour more personal. After viewing the Rock of Cashel, we returned to our van to find out that it would not start! Colin called his supervisor, and we walked into the village to have coffee. Although unplanned, it was a great break. On our way again, we passed through lovely Irish countryside to Cork. After kissing the Blarney Stone, we headed to the Blarney Woolen Mills and then into the city of Cork. Cork's main area is easy to navigate. Because of the van breakdown, we arrived back in Dublin later than expected, but we thoroughly enjoyed the day trip, Our fellow travelers were interesting people, Colin was great, and kissing the Blarney Stone should be on everybody's bucket list.

Oct062012

Tour/Activity

Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a nice way to visit the highlights of Dublin. For example, if you don't plan to visit Phoenix Park, you can ride around the park as the commentary points out the highlights. Dublin is a walkable city, but having the bus available when you want it is a good backup. Be aware, however, that there is more than one Hop-On, Hop-Off bus line. With this pass, you cannot ride any green bus. We were not aware that there is more than one operator provding this service. The pick up points are easily found, and the bus always seemed to be be quite prompt.

Oct052012

Tour/Activity

Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was a fantastic trip in parts. First, our train to Galway was late so everything ran behind schedule. The plane to the Aran Islands was absolutely beautiful. You are transported by van to the small airport. Here you view a safety video and are weighed. The purpose of this is so they know where to seat passengers in the plane. The whole ride took about 15 minutes. The Aran Islands are indescribably beautiful-that part of the trip is a five star. You have ample time for a snack and to look at/purchase jewelry, woolen items, etc. that are made on the islands. Because of our late train, we ran behind schedule and had NO time at all in Galway-that was the minus part. However, the trains cannot be controlled, but it is something to keep in mind.

Apr302012

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Departure Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We had our hotel conciergie call a day ahead to find out our departure time. The driver arrived exactly on schedule, and we arrived at the airport exactly at the time we would have chosen.

Apr272012

Tour/Activity

Behind the Scenes of a Boulangerie : French Bakery Tour in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The bakery was just a few blocks from our hotel.It was very small, and the baker himself spoke no English so another man translated his information as well as for the questions from the group. The presentation was well worth the time and cost. We learned how bread is baked and ended up with a delicious baquette and croissant. It's a fun and fairly short behind-the-scenes to enjoy in Paris..

Apr262012

Tour/Activity

Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Night Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

The Seine River cruise was the same as all the cruises but very crowded with several large tour groups. Switching Montparnasse with the Eiffel Tower is not a good idea. This tour should simply be cancelled until elevator service is available at the Eiffel Tower (although it appeared that many people were using the elevators). I heard one disgruntled woman call the substitution "rubbish." Driving in the bus to the Montparnasse Tower and then back to the Eiffel Tower to start the Illuminations Tour wasted a great deal of time. The Illuminations Tour was very beautiful. That part is worth the time.

Apr252012

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The transfer went smoothly. We were picked up shortly after arrival at CDG. I have been to Paris ten times, and our shuttle driver was probably the best I have encountered as far as driving in the busy morning traffic..

May012011

Tour/Activity

Moulin Rouge Show with Transfers

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We were picked up promptly at our hotel. However, the next couple to be picked up apparently was confused about the time, and we ended up being among the last seated at Moulin Rouge. Our seats were probably the worst in the house. The champagne was a fairly good quality, and the show is the same as when we saw it about six years ago--very much the same as a Las Vegas show. When we entered, a woman asked if we had cameras in our purses. I said yes so it was confiscated until the end of the show, which I did not like (expensive camera); I certainly wasn't planning on taking photos, but when I am in Paris I take my camera with me. The dress code has becaome quite lax. We saw people with tennis shoes, t-shirts, etc. and some with nice casual clothes (which is what I would recommend). We were quite disappointed with our late arrival.

Apr302011

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Monet

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a wonderful half-day trip to get away from the bustle of the city. The bus and guide were top quality. The gardens are absolutely stunning. Anyone who goes here should also visit the Orangerie Museum at the Tuileries

Nov082010

Tour/Activity

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Highly recommend to anyone--the flotilla and music add drama to a ride that would be great on its own.

Nov082010

Tour/Activity

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

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
Much of this walk could be done on one's own. In November, there really was no need for a "Skip the Line" at the Basilica.

Apr252009

Tour/Activity

French Wine Tasting in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review
This did not live up to our expectations. We did not really learn as much as we had expected about the wine-growing areas of France or the various wines produced. The "cellar" was cold, and the young man in charge was friendly but not as well-informed as we had hoped.

Apr242009

Tour/Activity

Paris Paradis Latin Dinner and Show

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The show was excellent! We booked the champagne show, and dinner guests were being served throughout the performance. The staff was courteous and friendly. The only drawback is that as champagne only guests we were seated at the side of the theater and could not see the aerial performance, which was disappointing. These seats should probably be discounted.

Apr232009

Tour/Activity

Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
We are frequent Paris visitors and were looking for a different perspective. The trip on the canal was beautiful and well-organized, We were not always able to understand the guide, but that didn't really matter. Finding the correct Metro at the beginning and end was no problem. Definitely worth the money and time!

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