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Warren K

Warren K

USA

May092015

Tour/Activity

Indira Gandhi International Airport Plaza Premium Lounge (Departure)

Delhi, India

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Highly recommended as a restful oasis before leaving india - However - there are some important details I want every traveler to know - All international passengers must wait until about 3-4 hours before the flight in a general boarding area before you can check in - - therefore the 6 hour option will not work for this lounge - departing passengers should use the 3 hour option which we did - the lounge is very nice with a free buffet - plenty of electrical outlooks - TVs - sofa chairs and even showers - they announce all departures in English and on a large screen - the airport is very modern and has plenty of shops and eating areas but if you need to wait 2-3 hours before leaving then this lounge is a nice option - we definitely were able to relax and get ready for the long flight back to the US.

May082015

Tour/Activity

2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Elephant Ride

Delhi, India

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Highlight of our India Tour ! We absolutely ask that anyone visiting New Delhi and Agra Taj Mahal not overlook the amazing sights of Jaipur !!! You cant leave india without an elephant ride up to see the Amber Fort ! We decided on the 2 day option so we would not be rushed and this was a very good choice - Viator enlisted the services for our tour company and they were excellent ! We had Mr Sanjay as our guide and Nr Narender as our driver- they were with us every step of the way. We had our choice of hotels in Jaipur and we chose a Taj property the Taj Mahal Palace - wonderful palatial property. We had a detailed city tour and an in depth tour of the City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Mr Sanjay was extremely knowledgeable , affable and on top of that a great photographer ! he knew all the right angles and picture opportunities. Lunch and dinner were included and were at tripadvisor recommended restaurants which was perfect. The Amber Fort visit and elephant ride takes a whole half day to do it justice and our tour went at our own pace- There was plenty of opportunity to visit any arts and craft shops and the company was completely open to our decisions. We elected not to visit any shops as we had already done our shopping and this was respected by Mr Sanjay - he was open to any suggestions we had on what to see and kept reinforcing the company motto that he was there to make this a memorable visit for us. The drive to delhi takes at least 4-5 hours depending on the time of day but the car was very comfortable and air conditioned and Mr Narender stopped along the way as we needed for food and rest stops.
We did Agra in one day from Dehli but this trip to Jaipur definitely needs the 2 day option - I highly recommend the tour company and this Viator tour -

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  • Elephant ride to amber fort

May072015

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Old and New Delhi in a Day

Delhi, India

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

See it all in one day ! After this tour we felt like we had thoroughly done it all in New Delhi ! We want to thank Tushar Patiyal from the tour company for a truly excellent experience ! This was the company that Viator commissioned for this tour and we could not have been more pleased. Before we arrived I emailed Tushar and he was always prompt and informative with his replies. We had a clean air conditioned car and a skilled friendly driver - The company uses official licensed Indian guides at each site such as the Red Fort and Qutub Minar. These guides are paid for already and were very knowledgeable and experts in their area. We took a bike ride through the main market and a walking tour of Old Delhi. So interesting ! It is a long day but completely satisfying. We had wanted to see the Lotus temple which is not on the itinerary so when the tour was over at around 4:30 pm the guide had the driver take us to the temple and wait for us as we walked around - The driver was more than courteous and patient with us. We did not want to visit any major craft shops and they respected our decision. The entire day can be arranged per your individual needs and we were never rushed or felt like we were on a timetable - Lunch was not included so we treated our driver and guide at an inexpensive fast food place and it was a lot of fun. We can not under emphasize the professionalism and respect with which we were treated. It was a pleasant and informative day and we saw all the major sites. We highly recommend this tour and especially the tour company.

May062015

Tour/Activity

Private Agra Day Tour: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Kachhpura Village

Delhi, India

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Taj Mahal ! There is nothing else to say ! This is the moment we looked forward to and it is everything you have imagined - Stunning, inspiring and the memories of a lifetime- Viator used a tour company for our tour and they did an excellent job - however please read about the Kachhpura option below to see if this specific tour is for you -
We were picked up at 5 am because our trip to Agra was by way of the direct train that leaves at 6 am and takes 2.5 hours. This is a great option as compared to driving - you get a reserved seat and its a comfortable ride all the way there - they serve some snacks on board but we brought food from the hotel. We were met at the train station and off we went for the tour. Nothing can compare to the WOW factor of the Taj Mahal - Our guide Sanjay has a History degree and was a fountain of information - extremely professional and friendly - he clearly is an expert in his field and his explanations were very clear and interesting. We bought the photo package at the Taj Mahal - for about 100 US we had personal photographer take 60 photos of us that were developed, printed and put in an album before we left - he posed us and got us the most incredible memories. Most importantly you get the jpg images on a computer disc so you can make your own prints and load them to your computer that night ! this was well worth it for a trip of a lifetime - we spent plenty of time at the Taj Lunch was included and was a buffet at a 5 star hotel in Agra and was delicious. We went to the Agra Fort and had an extensive tour of the palace and also toured the mini Taj - Now the Kachhpura Village is an interesting option - it is billed as a Mughal heritage walking tour but in reality it has a little bit of Mughal relics but more importantly it is a walk into a typical rural village - its not easy to see the way of life and poverty but the people are friendly and their spirit is inspiring. We were glad we did it - Ask for Sanjay !

Apr212014

Tour/Activity

Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip

Nice, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour - it was a very interesting day visiting many of the highligths of the french Riviera- Cannes - grasse- Vence ! The perfumery tour was actually interesting and there was ample time to visit the city on our own - this was the bets part of the tour - Our guide Serena was very informative and organized but she also gave us plenty of time to explore each city on our own - since this is a small group tour - (we only had 4 of us with the maximum being 8 ) - it was a pleasure not to be rushed- many picturesque photograph stops along the drive- we loved vence and chagalls gravesite is a must visit behind the walled city - Of all the tours available we felt this full day tour was the best and gave us a nice overview of the French Riviera ! Highly recommended !

Jul182013

Tour/Activity

Konopiste Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Overall a nice visit to this impressive castle of franz ferdinand ! Our only critique was that the tour of the interior involved only the rooms showing the armory and collections of animal trophies from his hunting. After 4-5 rooms of this it became repetitive for the hour tour. The tour did not include a visit to the private chambers of the Ferdinand family and a stroll around the gardens which would have been nice. A tour of these areas is available to any visitor that are not part of the booked tour who go on their own. It is still an impressive visit but we personally would have liked the tour company to provide a more comprehensive experience than just the armory and hunting rooms. It is a short drive from Prague so there is plenty of time to make the tour more detailed in the time alloted.

Jul022012

Tour/Activity

Half Day Private Lisbon Jewish Tour

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Cristina was our guide and this was a great private walking tour. Over a span of 4.5 hours she took us to the very interesting lisbon synagogue and walked us all all across the city showing us the jewish history of Lisbon. We toured the alfama district and she pointed out details of the jewish heritage still visible on a street, on a wall or in a church. No tour book can substitute for her personal knowledge and expertise. It was well worth it for those that are want ot learn mor eabout jewish history. The only negative commentary we have is that for the price of the tour we thought the entry fee to the synagogue could have been eliminated. Otherwise we highly recomment the tour !

Jun302012

Tour/Activity

Lisbon City by Night and Fado Restaurant Dinner

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a definite hiighlight of our visit. The tour of the city by night compliments the day tour as you now see the monuments lit up for the evening. The commentary was excellent. We really enjoyed the Fado show which was performed by 3 performers. In addition there was also a folk dance show in addition to the Fado music. The restaurant decor was an excellent choice and the meal was pleasantly well prepared and filling. We definitely recomment this experience to all first time visitors to Lisbon.

Jun302012

Tour/Activity

Lisbon City Sightseeing Tour

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very nice overview of the city and a must to do on arrival. Plenty of photo time at the stops and informative. The only drawback is that the guides must give the commentary in 3-4 languages in sequence due to the geographic diversity of the tourists. The guide was extremely fluent and eloquent but waiting for each commentary to finish can get a little tiring. Overall it is still a great start ot a wonderful city !

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