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Eben F

USA

May232014

Tour/Activity

Lisbon Guided Walking Tour

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was easy to find the meeting point and our group was small. Our guide, Margarita (don't recall the exact Portuguese spelling) led us on a well paced tour with great commentary on major Lisbon history and sights. Very pleasant and informative.

May212014

Tour/Activity

Lisbon Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Just as advertised, the shared ride driver was waiting with a sign with our name. No more than 10 minutes after our arrival at the meeting point, we were on our way. Four other passengers traveling together were dropped off at their hotel on the way to our hotel. The driver was courteous, spoke great English and was very informative of major attractions that we passed.

Jan302014

Tour/Activity

Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Honolulu Airport to Hotel or Cruise Terminal

Honolulu, Oahu

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Friendly, courteous, on time, very reasonably priced compared to taxi. This company seems to dominate (in a good way) passenger transfers in the Honolulu area. We saw their vans (nice Mercedes) everywhere we went. Easy to find at the airport luggage arrival area (they actually walk around and call the names of people they are expecting on flights and have a well marked desk) for transfers to hotels or ships. They call 24 hours in advance of the trip from the hotel to the airport to confirm pickup times.

Jan032014

Tour/Activity

Houston from Above and Below: Chase Tower and Underground Tunnel Tour

Houston, Texas

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Who would have guessed there are 7 miles of tunnels (but more like an underground connector, people connector and shops/restaurants to support the high rise buildings in downtown Houston. The architecture in each building is quite different and our guide described the differences as we walked underground through part of the tunnels. Since the tour, we talked to many people from the Houston area on a cruise that had heard of the tunnels, but never visited.
One temporary downside to the tour, the Chase Skylobby with aerial views of the city, has been closed for renovation for several months.

Sep272013

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was tremendous and provided much worthwhile historical information in areas of the Coliseum where most visitors are not permitted and only a limited number of visitors are allowed each day. Viator doesn't do this tour justice in its description since in addition to the Coliseum, there is an extensive walking tour of the Forum and Palatine Hill that is very well done. Be prepared for many steps, some without handrails.

Sep262013

Tour/Activity

Assisi and Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This day tour is well worth doing and we had a wonderful, informative and highly energetic guide. Orvieto is a somewhat quick stop with not much to do. Assisi is the highlight and might warrant more time, but it is a long day.

Sep252013

Tour/Activity

Panoramic Rome by Night Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This tour was a major disappointment. We booked an English speaking tour, but were put on a bus with mostly Germans. The guide struggled in English to the point that the few English speaking persons could not determine what he was saying. Some of the English speaking left the bus at the first stop. In retrospect, we should have done the same. While Rome is beautiful at night, the point of knowing what you are seeing was lost.

Sep102013

Tour/Activity

Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very well done and really hits parts that most visitors don't see or know about. Well worth doing. A lot of walking and a lot of ground to cover.

Sep012013

Tour/Activity

Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Milan, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This tour was a waste of time. We left after two stops after being concerned about our safety as the bus driver and on board ticket agent were engaged in discussion with the bus driver not watching traffic.
On a different note, we heard people in the hotel we were staying at talking about their disappointment with the Milan Hop-on, Hop-Off.

Aug312013

Tour/Activity

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great experience with awesome sights. St. Moritz (the Swiss destination) doesn't warrant much attention in the summer so we were pleased that the stop here was limited.

Aug302013

Tour/Activity

Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very well done with great guide. Nice sights and commentary.

Aug292013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Leonardo da Vinci Walking Tour of Milan Including 'The Last Supper' Ticket

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent, excellent, excellent.
The guide was very informed and passionate about Da Vinci's works. The biggest problem was finding the starting point for the tour. The guide mentioned that most tourists have difficulty finding it ....so allow ample time.

Jan202013

Tour/Activity

Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

Cairns, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very well organized, great explanation of Tjapukai culture, good show (3 parts to it) and very nice buffet dinner with many options to select from.

Dec282012

Tour/Activity

Auckland City Highlights Tour

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

When in Auckland, its a very convenient way to learn and view the highlights of the city.

Dec272012

Tour/Activity

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a very educational and scenic experience to see and learn about some of the many fascinating and unusual geological effects of New Zealand, the local aboriginal culture, thermal hot springs, travel through a glow worm cave, visit a working sheep farm and enjoy a nice lunch along the way.
Its a very long day, but it goes quickly.

Oct242012

Tour/Activity

Tokyo Tower, Tea Ceremony and Sumida River Cruise Day Tour

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent and well organized tour that gave us a comprehensive overview of Tokyo, the old and the new and included a very nice lunch.

Oct232012

Tour/Activity

Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi and Bullet Train Day Trip from Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very well done tour. We had bad weather (not unusual for this area) and Mt Fuji was closed for the day and the normal boat tour was closed, but the tour company substituted a different boat tour and some unscheduled stops. All the passengers on the tour felt this was done very well and for a few minutes at the top of the cable car ride, Mt Fuji made her appearance. The bullet train was a remarkable experience, but, since you travel back to Tokyo (about a 30 minute ride) in the dark, you kind of lose the feel of the speed that you would get if you could see the countryside speeding along aside the train.

Oct202012

Tour/Activity

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A visitor should take this tour to see how rural undeveloped Lantau Island exists next to the major city of Hong Kong. The visit to the fisherman's village is remarkable as is the stroll through the local fisherman's market. The Buddha is HUGE and the lunch at the monastery very nice (its a large operation with hundreds of people eating). The ride back on the cable car is awesome. It goes for miles with breathtaking views of the airport and Hong Kong along the way.

Oct192012

Tour/Activity

Symphony of Lights Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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

My Review

Nothing remarkable. The lights are very nice, but can be seen from the shore. The tour is overpriced unless you are a drinker and take advantage of the open bar, which many did.

Oct062012

Tour/Activity

Shanghai Half Day Morning or Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Shanghai, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great tour (we only had three people so it was very personal and we learned a great deal about the pearl industry, Buddhism (at the Jade Buddha temple). The Shanghai museum has tremendous historical items and one could easily spend an entire day there.

Oct052012

Tour/Activity

Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Tour

Shanghai, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The local tour operator upgraded us to a full day tour that included some other sights. The water village is very unique and reminded us of being in Venice, except that it is in China. Great boat tour and walking tour of the local village.

Jun212009

Tour/Activity

Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Good value. Bus tour is done using at least a dozen languages. You simply dial in your language choice. After the bus tour, you go to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, spend as much time as you like and then have a ticket for the river cruise a five minute walk for anytime you want to take it.

Jun202009

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Good value and easy to use. Call without need for coins from any phone in the terminal after getting baggage. Then it's a five minute walk and a wait of about 15 minutes to be picked up.

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