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Susan L

Susan L

USA

Oct192013

Tour/Activity

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Paris, France

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

My Review

We had a very mixed day and the review will reflect our experience. We had to meet the bus at 7:30am, which brought us to Versailles about 8:20 am. The tour didn't start till 9 am, so we were brought to a cafe to order coffee or tea. I didn't want either, but we were sort of forced to order. I would have rather the tour met later, as it was still dark at 7:30am.
Our two hour private tour was excellent. The guide at Versailles did a wonderful job. That part of the tour was great! The bad part followed. We were let out to see the water show which was from 11am till noon.We were given a map and sent out on our own. The property was vast, and we spent most of the hour trying to find the fountains to see. As a result, we didn't see much. We paid a lot of money for this tour, and we felt that the guide from the tour company who accompanied us from Paris should have taken us around so we could have maximized our time. The company guide went to sit in that first cafe, and told us if we had questions to find him. Well, it wasn't around the corner.
So, the fountains stopped at noon. Now we had 2 hrs. 15 min. to kill. Again, we were "forced" to go to a restaurant so we would have some way to waste time. There were other sites on the property, but far away, and we didn't know anything about them. For all the money we spent, our company guide should have shown us more. Granted, the tour description did indicate free time, but I guess we didn't realize that it would be so much.
The tour should have ended by 12:15 or been less expensive. Maybe it lasted so long to justify the high price. I would not recommend going with this specific tour for these reasons.

Oct172013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great tour lead by Adam, a fantastic guide. It certainly was a day well spent visiting the Loire Valley and 3 outstanding chateaus. The chateaus were extremely interesting and the wine lunch was outstanding. Adam was extremely knowledgeable about each of the chateaus and provided interesting information relative to each. I would highly recommend this tour. It was certainly an enjoyable day.

Oct162013

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

In spite of the weather this was a very good tour led by Nick, who was very entertaining and very knowledgeable about the tower and its environs. His supporting cast of Colleen and Justin added to the success of the tour. Skipping the line is very advantageous and is well worthwhile. I would highly recommend this tour.

Oct162013

Tour/Activity

Paris Walking Tour: Discover the Marais District

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The weather detracted from this tour. Paul, our guide, did an excellent job under some very trying conditions, heavy rain. Marais is an old and interesting section of Paris that we would visit again. The area also includes the Pompidou Center, a museum of modern art, the Hotel De Ville (City Hall), and a Holocaust Museum.

Oct152013

Tour/Activity

Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Musee d’Orsay Ticket

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

An great tour of an old area of Paris. Our guide Tim did an excellent job. He provided a great deal of insight to the area and its history. You'll find the Moulin Rouge, areas where the Impressionist painters got their start, as well as Sacre Coeur, the church that overlooks the city. The area is dotted with cafes and shops. If you wanted to get a feel for the real Paris it's a very worthwhile tour.

My Photos

  • The Moulin Rouge

Oct142013

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great way to get into the city from the airport. Much less expensive than cab fare. Takes you right to the door of your hotel.

Oct132012

Tour/Activity

Venice Tour Including Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour and reasonably priced for what we received, especially the gondola ride.

Sep292012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Tour guide was outstanding. Skipping the line was a very big plus. We loved everything about the tour.

Sep262012

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Perfect way to get a handle on the city of Rome and the sites to see.

May102009

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Borghese Gallery and Gardens Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Excellent tour guide, but we should have used all 2 hours in the gallery. We didn't need 15 minutes in the gift shop. That was time taken from the tour. The garden tour is an unnecessary add on.

Apr302009

Tour/Activity

Assisi and Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Best part of the trip was the tour in Assisi. The guide there was excellent. Overall the trip was great, but they need to find a new place for lunch.

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