It might have been because we chose to go in late May, but both places we visited were PACKED with tourists. The areas were beautiful, but it was hard to appreciate the beauty when you're packed like sardines, shuffling from one room to the other. One lady in our group looked ready to pass out.
Our tour guides were two ladies, who took turns in explaining things to us, though it was disappointing that their English wasn't very good. Outside Versailles we were stuck outside in the Group Entry queue for a good 30 minutes in the sun before allowed in to the aforementioned sardine pack. The tour through the palace involved our guide shouting into the microphone while we were shoved around by the other visitors.
Overall, a little bit disappointing, however the experience might be different if we had gone during low season.
My parents and I got a private tour because apparently no one else signed up for this tour! Our guide was a lovely lady who knew a lot about the art and French history, and explained to us very clearly about the works. She took us around the labyrinth that was the Lourve and showed us all the highlights. She was also very patient while we snapped pictures. Overall a great experience and well worth it, considering we skipped the enormous line that was developing even though it was early in the morning.
The tour began half an hour late, which is already a bad start. The guide didn't do much except hand out headphones so we can listen to the pre-recorded audio as the bus drove around the city. As it was our first time in Paris, it was difficult for us to match up what the audio was saying with the actual monuments.
Afterwards we were dropped off on a wharf to go on the river cruise. While the cruise itself was beautiful, we had another pre-recorded audio to listen to on the boat, which you had to hold up like a telephone and was heavy and annoying to use, so many abandoned using it.
After the cruise we were collected by another tour guide, whose voice was quite soft and didn't explain things very well so that a lot of the people in our group had to clarify what she said. She took us to the Eiffel Tower, and with confusing instructions, told half the group to go up the lifts. We had the lunch so we took a later lift. When we got up, she didn't tell us what to do and we had to talk directly to the waiters. Also she didn't tell us where we were supposed to go afterwards, whether we can take the lift further up, whether the tour was in fact, ending there (it was). No conclusion, she just left us to ourselves and disappeared. Lunch was average, and service was so so. One of the best parts was probably that we skipped the huge line for the Eiffel Tower.
Berlin is a beautiful city and we certainly got to see a lot of it during our walking tour! Our guide (Mike, I believe) was very informative, humorous and charismatic, and he was very passionate about the city too, which was great. He led us to all the interesting spots and explained its history and meaning, as well as given us ideas on how we can spend the rest of our time in Berlin, pointing out good restaurant locations, shopping areas and general places to check out.
The walk was a tiring one - 4 hours and we had to struggle against the 30 degree celcius heat.
My only complaint was that our rest time was a bit short - we got about 20 minutes. Would've been nice to have been able to sit down, get a quick bite to eat and visit (and line up at) the restrooms before continuing.
We started off with the walking tour, which was a small group of 5 people, which was great! The guide was super friendly, and she took us around Salzburg, showing us all the highlights and giving us historical background. It was very interesting and Salzburg is such a beautiful city!
We went back to the agency and went on the Sound of Music tour afterwards. The bus was pretty packed, whereas the second bus (also a Sound of Music tour) was much spacier, so it would've been nice if they had split the groups a bit more evenly.
Still, our guide was very humorous and engaging as he explained the various locations we visited and tying it to the movie.
Can't stress enough just how beautiful Salzburg is. Fabulous experience overall.
Not bad - we had a good time during the tour and everything went according to plan.
When we got picked up from our hotel and dropped off at the bus station, there weren't any instructions on what we needed to do. Other tourists were just standing there looking confused. Only when I walked onto around to the half dozen buses parked there I noticed one had a sign with this tour printed. We walked up and asked if this was the bus we should be on and they confirmed. It would've been nice if someone had been at the station to direct us.
The guide spoke both English and Spanish, both at a pretty rapid pace so sometimes it was difficult to grasp all that he was saying. He was a little monotonous and so it was easy to lose concentration.
Schonbrunn Palace was beautiful, and the inside tour was great, but we hardly got time to look at the gardens.
London, United Kingdom
Not much to say - great locations and we had fun.
Our tour guide was informative, however minor con is that probably she talked a little too much when it would've been nice to chill out just a little on long drives between locations.
Loved Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon the best.
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