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Rose J

Rose J

USA

Oct022014

Tour/Activity

Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Punta Cana International Airport

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The online booking process was easy and convenient. We got to the desk at the airport without any problems. Checking us off their list of arrivals was a breeze. Although we knew very little Spanish, the driver spoke none at all so it was impossible to ask any questions whatsoever or try to have a conversation. While heading down the drive way to what we assumed was our hotel, he asked in one word...."hotel" We said Iberostar. He dropped us off at the Iberostar, but little did we know that there were like 3 of them right along the beach front. We had to get a golf cart to take us the right location. I say that to say, if these front line hosts spoke a little more/better English, we would not have had that mis-communication of which hotel we were supposed to be at. The drive was great. Air conditioned of course as it was very hot the day we arrived. We had to re-confirm with the tour desk there a day before our departure. They were very prompt in picking us up and the drive to the airport was a breeze. I just wish these guys spoke a little English.

May152013

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I would definitely recommend this tour. If you have a short stay in Rome, this is the best way to go about seeing most of the major sites. You will find however that some sites were repetitive. The location for catching the bus was great, and neutral. You can stay on or you can get off. Definitely get off for the Trevi Fountain as you won't be able to see it from the street. Overall is was a good quick tour.

My Photos

  • Palatine Hill
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Vatican City
  • One of the sights

May142013

Tour/Activity

Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This day tour was a good one and it was a beautiful day for it. Our guide Deborah or Debra was great, although I had a hard time understanding her, the trip was good. Siena was our first stop, where we met our English speaking tour guide Lara/Laura. I also had a little hard time understanding her as well, but it was good. Seeing where the Palio di Siena was held,in the II Campo (the main square) was the highlight of this day. Visited the Duomo. Had lunch in the square and just people watched.

My Photos

  • Loves the view
  • Wine tasting
  • San Gimignano
  • Another view
  • The famous square
  • Duomo
  • Inside the Cuomo
  • Duomo
  • Church of San Domenico
  • The view

May122013

Tour/Activity

Foxtown Outlet Shopping Tour

Milan, Italy

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

My Review

The drive and scenery was good, but the overall tour could have been better or I could ave chosen to do something else . The driver was a little rough and didn't explain things properly or better and of course many of us were not from Europe. The first big problem or misunderstanding was about the "tax free" shopping. When we were crossing the border back into Milan, he stopped and said something over the microphone but didn't quite understand. Needless to say, something was mentioned about shopping and tax free and that we should ask information once at the outlet. Well I did and they told me I had no problem. When we stopped at the border, I saw folks with a special envelope and when I asked one young lady where did she get that, she said the store gave it to her. I didn't get one, but I didn't spend over $300. So I say that to say, whoever the tour guide/ driver is, they should be a bit more clearer in explaining something like that for especially travelers who are not familiar with certain laws and or restrictions. I could have gotten in trouble :-). I for one don't need 4 hrs to shop if I know what I want, I go get it and its done. I also thought the tour specified that we would get coupons to some stores which would take an extra % off but the only thing that was handed out to us was a coupon off for chocolates. I personally could have done without going and done a different tour. I'm no shop o holic, so maybe I should not have gone. It was just OK!

My Photos

  • Murano
  • Foxtown Outlet
  • On the way...

May102013

Tour/Activity

Murano Glass and Burano Lace Tour from Venice

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was a good and informative tour. Interesting to say the least and the pride and effort that goes into the work, it's really worth seeing and possibly buying something after seeing and hearing how its done. The items were beautiful!! The glass factory is a little on the expensive side and even the souvenir shop. No matter what u purchase, they are great either as a gift or for yourself. I did purchase something from the glass factory. If I had known I would have waited and bought from the lace shops. Overall it was good. Definitely not for everyone. Both locations are quiet and basically, it was just us tourists. Our guide Francesca was very nice, knowledgeable and friendly. Also I met a couple of other travelers on this tour and they were pretty awesome as well. Jerry and Fran from Florida.

My Photos

  • Burano
  • colorful homes
  • Burano
  • Burano
  • Glass Factory
  • Making of glass

Feb102012

Tour/Activity

Holland in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A tour that I would totally recommend. It was a gorgeous day to have done this tour and glad that I did. Our tour guide Maximo was great and hilarious. He was a great tour guide. We stopped in Delft where we were able to be shown how all the items are made and then on to a showroom with the finished products just in case you wanted to buy something. Note" If you are on a budget, you really wouldn't be able to buy anything. They are beautiful, very beautiful but they also cost a bit. I mean you are getting the original and good stuff. We also stopped at the auction house where we got a glimpse into how the prep the flowers for shipping like place to New York! They were beautiful and a busy warehouse. We then went on to Hague where we had some photo ops and also where we stopped to eat a nice meal. It was a great day as I said and glad I did this tour. Thank you VIATOR!

My Photos

  • Embassy of Kuwait
  • Delft Factory
  • Monument
  • The New York Hotel
  • ME
  • WIlliams Bridge
  • canal view
  • Cube Homes
  • Library
  • Rotterdam
  • Hague
  • Across the canal
  • Random home
  • Canal
  • delft
  • Delft
  • Delft
  • IMG_3290
  • Flower Auction
  • Flower Auction

Sep112009

Tour/Activity

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
My day trip was a blast. From the time I got picked up to when I got dropped off was a complete great day. Our guide and driver was the best. They made the day go by with a information filled day - I met some really cool people and I enjoyed myself immensely. The only thing was that I thought our stop at Stonehenge didn't have to be 45 mins, but it did go by fast and my visual of Bath was not what it was. Thought it would have been more of an outdoor site, but all in all it was great and filled with lots of info.

Sep092009

Tour/Activity

Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
It was like any other Hop-on Hop-off tour bus. We didn't have a live guide but had audio in different languages. They pretty much covered the sights that most everyone wants to see. It was good!

My Photos

  • Arc De Triomphe
  • EIffel Tower
  • The Dome
  • Notre Dame
  • Eiffel Tower

Sep092009

Tour/Activity

Eiffel Tower, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was a celebration for me, it was my birthday and I had a wonderful time! There was a little misunderstanding of where to meet the tour bus but after a phone call everything was resolved. The tour was great and wish that we had a little more time at dinner. Because of the schedule we had to pretty much rush through our meals in order to catch the next tour and to be on time. The Seine River cruise was great! Relaxing calm and enjoyable. We could see the tower light up from the boat which was very beautiful! Our driver spoke no English which was a little disturbing for someone to be in the tourist industry business. Our tour guides were great! We started off with one and ended with another. Got to see Moulin Rouge which was a treat to end the night. I did expect a lot more upbeat numbers from the show but it was good. Costumes were great and everyone was looking great. They dropped us off at the end of the night by location and close enough to our hotels which was good. Overall they were wonderful!

My Photos

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Me on the Siene Cruise
  • All lit up
  • View from Eiffel Tower
  • Moulin Rouge
  • The windmill

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