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Zach M

Zach M

USA

Dec032014

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Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great tour! We learned the history of the Brooklyn Bridge and some information about DUMBO. We both thought this was one of our favorite tours we did out of 7 on our recent trip. The guide was very enthusiastic! The tour does talk about art galleries in DUMBO. We did not see these as it mentions so not sure what that was about. A must do. Ask your guide how to get to Brooklyn Heights and spend 30 minutes walking there and back to DUMBO so you can see an incredible neighborhood. Also, this tour ends in Brooklyn Bridge Park. You will either need to walk back across the bridge or look up public transportation from the park to wherever you are staying.

Nov292014

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New York Dinner Cruise with Buffet

New York City, New York

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

My Review

This dinner cruise seemed to be more focused for locals celebrating milestones in their lives. I have done 5 dinner cruises in different cities and would rate this one the worst. It is probably worth doing so you can see the city lights at night. However, the food was very average. At one point they ran out of the ribs and potatoes for a long period. The lights inside are so bright that it is difficult to see the landmarks you are drifting by through the tinted glass. There are decks outside, but it was very cold in late November. The DJ is a large distraction playing music loudly. It seemed everybody on board was a local and not looking out at all but more interested in sliding to the right than the left on the dance floor. If I could do it again I would find a different company. Also, our server was not good. Many tables were offered coffee and our server did not offer us anything after dinner.

Mar262013

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

You get to skip the line to purchase tickets, but there is still a second line to enter the Tower of London that you will have to wait in. A very key point is make sure you join a Beef Eater tour group. While it may seem faster to bypass them talking and explore on your own, you will learn a lot more by listening to them talk. They speak at four locations in the Tower of London and provide fascinating history. Then you can explore on your own.

Mar262013

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St Paul's Cathedral Entrance Ticket

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The church provides an mp3 device with a screen that allows you to listen and watch video footage of each area in the church. This is very helpful. Make sure to go up to the whispering room it is 254 steps up...but well worth it. Well worth visiting when in London!

Mar262013

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London Thames River Dinner Cruise

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The food was average. The menu was different from what is shown online. There is not many sites to see after the first 15 minutes when you pass by all the London landmarks. The live jazz band was very good.

Mar242013

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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The downside is we had hoped for more free time at Oxford. We only had 20 minutes to use the restroom, buy souvenirs, and get back to the bus 5 minutes away. We went one day after a large snow storm had hit the Cotswalds. This trip is well worth doing. Since we went in the winter none of the gardens were blooming at Warwick or at Cotswalds.

Dec152012

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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Loop Skyscrapers

Chicago, Illinois

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was raining/light snow during the tour. The guide did an excellent job. Favorite stop was the Rookery. We went inside a handful of buildings including this building.

Oct122012

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Walking Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide was Terry O'Leary. He was a wonderful guide. We were a group of 4 on a Friday morning and since nobody else booked that day we were the entire group. He was very knowledgable guide and spent extra time answering our questions. Terry also stopped at a Coffee Company canal side which was a fun place to take a break. We highly recommend.

Oct122012

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Amsterdam Canals Cruise with Dinner Cooked On Board

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We took many tours on our European vacation and this was probably one of our favourites. The boat is fully enclosed, which is hard to take good pictures. The food was excellent and the scenery was amazing. We ordered the vegitarian dish and it was very tasty. If we return to Amsterdam we will do this tour again.

Aug112012

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We went on a Saturday night and the tour group was large. Sometimes we had a hard time hearing the guide as there no microphone or headphones. However, the tour was worth the money and a good way to learn about this unique part of Amsterdam.

Aug112012

Tour/Activity

Dutch Villages and Countryside Bike Tour from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour was a good value. We were concerned that they would not have variable bike sizes. However, they have many different sized bikes for people of different heights. The bikes have back pedal brake and are one speed. The tour guide was excellent and spent extra time taking us to the top of a church in a small village.

Oct242009

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This is a must do tour. This was one of the best tours we did on a two week vacations. Highly recommended. The guide did an excellent job of entertaining us while riding to the three sites that the tour covers. His stories were very entertaining. The first site is the underground catacombs outside the city walls of Rome. They do not allow you to take any pictures at this location. However, the stories and visit are very interesting. The second stop, was at St Clementine Church. Here you will have the opportunity to visit two different churches and see a 2nd century appartment. it was amazing and you will learn about early christianity and St Clemtine. The history and stories were incredible. Finally, you go to the monk catacombs. This was a very powerful ending to an incredible tour. I suggest asking the guide to tell the story about where Paparazzi and where cappuccino came from. The guide was very knowledgeable and made this tour amazing.

Oct232009

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This is a great excursion to do at the beginning of your stay to get orientated to the city. We paid for the boat option too, however, were never able to redeem it since there is so much to see and do in Rome. We were thinking we could use this as an option to see the city and get around using the 48 hour tour. However, sometimes, it was faster to walk to sites once we got a feel for the city since the route goes in a circle. I would recommend only getting the 24 hour pass.

Oct222009

Tour/Activity

Capri Day Trip with Lunch from Naples

Naples, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Unfortunately, the day we went to Capri, it was overcast and the afternoon turned very rainy. This was rather disappointing. We were looking forward to riding the chair lift and having spectacular views of the ocean and island. However, due to cloud cover we could not see the ocean at all! Also, I was under the impression the chair lift or visit to Gardens in Ana Capri was included in the price. If you want to do these activities you will need to pay for them in addition. We had one hour at Ana Capri, which only allowed time to ride the chair lift. Lunch was good. Everybody was given a choice of cheese ravioli or fish. You could have a soda or water and there were two desert options included. We sat on the covered patio. The boat ride over is very choppy. The company hands out bags to barf in if needed. Nobody adjacent to us barfed, but we could see people on the boat barfing. The key per our guide is to sit towards the back of the boat and as close to the center. We wanted to go to the Blue Grotto, but could not due to the rain. If I could go back, we would still complete this tour. If it had been sunny, it would have been a geat day.

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