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Valerie P

Valerie P

United Kingdom

Oct172014

Tour/Activity

Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour was very good although I think the floating in the Dead Sea was a bit overrated and also a bit crowded as there was only the one area (cordoned off) for everybody to use. The shower facilities were a good walk from the water( useful to know if you're not too good at walking ) .

Oct132014

Tour/Activity

Nazareth, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Ok but too long spent trying to get you to buy stuff in the shops. The lunch stop was awful as there were a mass of coach trips in . The food was very mediocre and lunch was an extra- definitely not worth having but
there wasn't anything else nearby. Seeing people get baptised in the river Jordan was interesting and the Sea of Galilee was very peaceful.

Oct122014

Tour/Activity

Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tel Aviv, Israel

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Worth doing but don't expect to see much.
I was expecting to see a lot more of the buildings on this site as it is in such a large area and took us a while to get to from Tel Aviv, but the guide spent so much time hanging about souvenir shops and "rest" breaks that we didn't get to see much at all!!! We had 25/30 mins precious time hanging around the Treasury when we could have moved on to some of the other buildings. Then we ended up in a jewellery shop in Aquaba when we could have stayed longer in Petra.
This tour needs to stick more to the reason people want to see this Heritage site as it is very expensive to end up seeing so little. The lunch was very nice though.

Oct162012

Tour/Activity

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was an interesting day out which was made even more interesting by our guide Paul who was very entertaining. The only downside was the limit of time when going round the King of Siam's palaces- we only got to see the inside of one which was a shame as there were quite a few to see.

May302012

Tour/Activity

Teralani Sunset Maui Cocktail Sail

Maui, Hawaii

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was upgraded to a dinner cruise as they weren't running the cocktail one that night and we had a longer sail as well so it was well worth the money. Would recommend this trip as there weren't too many people on the catamaran and the crew were lovely.

May282012

Tour/Activity

West Maui and Molokai Exclusive 45-Minute Helicopter Tour

Maui, Hawaii

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a wonderful tour. Our pilot(Dave) was very informative and we flew up to waterfalls and over valleys and mountains and coral reefs. An amazing helicopter trip with just 6 passengers. Would highly recommend this one!!

Oct302011

Tour/Activity

Departure Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Hotel to Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai, China

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was fine but we could have done the same thing ourselves for a quarter of the price.
The Maglev train was a bit of fun but the train only gets to 431kph and that speed is only for 30 seconds. The guide was quite informative however and he took some good pictures for us.

Oct212011

Tour/Activity

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

Shanghai, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was an interesting trip especially to the water village. However, it is in danger ofgetting very exploited and spoiled bybtoo much tourist "tat". Also, why do we keep getting taken to silk factories and other places trying to encourage you to part with your money!!!! We had already been taken to a silk factory on one of our Beijing day trips and weren't impressed to be taken to another one!! Neither were the rest of our party. Otherwise an interesting day.

Oct172011

Tour/Activity

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full Day Tour including Lunch from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was the highlight of our time in Beijing. I would recommend this part of the wall to anyone as it is a lot quieter. It is however, very steep in parts and my legs were shaking for a long time afterwards|!!!! However, it is an experience not to be missed and the views were amazing, helped of course by near perfect weather!! A great day out , the guide, Jason was very informative and when we requested to be taken back via the Birds Nest Stadium he didn't hesitate to oblige. A great day's tour.

Oct162011

Tour/Activity

Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This custom tour was good as the guide took us around various points of interest in Beijing, such as the Summer Palace, Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City as well as to a market and teahouse. I felt we managed to pack a lot into our day. We wemt everywhere by taxi which was the most convenient way of getting about if you wanted to see anything, otherwise the subway is an exscellent mode of travel. We started out at 9.00am and finished around 5.30pm so we had a full day.

Aug082010

Attraction

Seattle Pioneer Square

Seattle

My Photos

  • Pioneer Square

Aug082010

Attraction

Pike Place Market

Seattle

My Photos

  • Pike Place Market

Aug082010

Tour/Activity

My Photos

  • Italian Garden
  • The Sunken Garden
  • Entertainment at the V&A
  • Giant Protea
  • Language Monument
  • Cable Car - Table Mountain
  • Lions Head Mountain

Jul312010

Tour/Activity

Vancouver Seaplane Tour

Vancouver, Canada

My Photos

  • Seaplane at Coal Harbour

Jul192010

Tour/Activity

Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry from Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Everything was well organised from the seaplane to the busferry return. As we had never been on a seaplane before it was quite a thrill to takeoff and land on the water!! We took the first seaplane over which meant we had all day in Victoria and it enabled us to visit the Buchart Gardens with plenty of time left over to see round Victoria itself. The busferry ride back was well organised and the bus dropped us right back at our hotel. A great day out.

My Photos

  • View of Victoria

Jul142010

Tour/Activity

Morning Tour of Boeing Factory from Seattle

Seattle, Washington

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This was a very interesting tour round the factory with a very good factory guide to explain everything. The tour guide was good fun too and the whole morning was one well spent.

My Photos

  • Space Needle

Jul122010

Tour/Activity

Seattle City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Seattle, Washington

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
This was a good way of getting to know Seattle but it is a city which is quite compact really, so I didn't see the need to have this available over two days as we didn't use the facility much the second day as we then knew what we wanted to do, so it was a bit of a waste.

My Photos

  • Space Needle
  • Pike Place Market
  • Pioneer Square

Oct152009

Tour/Activity

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip

Cape Town, South Africa

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent trip for wine buffs, and a very informative guide took us to other sights as well. We tasted 11 different wines which we thougt was good value. One tip - don't buy wine from the wineries - it's far more expensive there and you can get these wines at the airport for a lot less!

My Photos

  • Winery
  • Carved barrels
  • Chmonix winery
  • Our minibus
  • Franschoek

Oct132009

Tour/Activity

Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This was an amzing day trip. The scenery was fabulous and we saw some whales albeit in the distance. The lunch stop at Cape Point was picturesque and you get time to "do" the lighthouse at the Point. We saw wild ostriches, baboons and deer too. A day well spent.

My Photos

  • Craft market, en route to Cape Point
  • Chapman Drive
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Cape Point Lighthouse
  • Cape Point Lighthouse
  • Chapman's Drive

Oct122009

Tour/Activity

Cape Town City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Cape Town, South Africa

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This a great way to familiarise yourself with the city and its surroundings. We found there were plenty of buses coming along all the time so you didn't need to wait long.

My Photos

  • Table Mountain & Capetown from Robben Island boat
  • Capetown City Centre
  • Capetown Town Hall
  • Marina at the Waterfront
  • Clock Tower, Waterfornt

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