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Jun082013

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Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Athens, Greece

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Definitely worth a trip to see Delphi; it is amazing. The tour guides are extremely knowledgable and share "a lot" of information; depending on the type of person you are that can be good or bad. For me I wish the information could be condensed a little so we had more free time. We were guided up to the Temple of Apollo and then had free time to make it up to the theater and stadium (which is not an easy hike) but only 30 minutes which was no way enough time. You don't want to ride 2 1/2 hours each way to be rushed through the site; so don't feel bad if you have to break off from the group and explore on your own. Still had a great time and the museum is really nice.

Jun072013

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Athens Super Saver: Acropolis Walking Tour plus Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip

Athens, Greece

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I don't believe they actually do the walking tour; beware they will just "upgrade" you to the bus tour; which they did to me. Of course it is hard to complain about seeing the Acropolis; it is beautiful to see no matter how they get you there and you do see more of the city and stop at the olympic stadium and go through the museum. The description of the walking tour on this site is not the same that they have onsite. I mentioned missing seeing all the churches and they said that is not part of the walking tour but it is clear on this website? I also had to pay additional money for my entrance fee to the Acropolis and the Museum; which I probably only needed for the museum; so I felt a little taken advantage of. The tour guide was great and very knowledgable; you don't get as much free time as stated in the walking tour (about 40 minutes). The Cape Sounion tour was also nice; long 1 1/2 hour drive along the coast (beautiful) to see the site that takes about 15 minutes to walk around. They have a nice patio with bar service so it is actually a nice way to end the day with a drink looking up at the the Temple of Poseidon and the Agean Sea.

Mar262012

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Great Wall of China Small Group Day Trip from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Trip was great! There was only me a another 2 couples on the tour. I met the group at the listed location and was about 1 1/2 hours to get to the Wall. This section of the Great Wall was incredible with spectacular views. You do need to be physically fit since there is a lot of walking and many sections are steep. There is a chair lift (extra costs) if you don't want to do the initial 800 steps just to get onto the wall. You also are taken on the unrestored section of the wall, which was very unexpected and such a cool experience. The local lunch and the foot massage capped off a great day. Highly recommend this tour.

Mar252012

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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I ended up being the only one so it was an all day private tour. All 4 sites were very cool and the tour gives you plenty of time to take it all in and take plenty of pictures. I was also taken to 2 factories, one that shows how the local silk is made and the other for fresh water pearls; beware it it definitely a ploy to get you to buy stuff. I ended it buying a few things and moved on. Definitely a good trip to see most of the main sites in Beijing.

Mar232012

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Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

Xian, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I was picked up on time and was called the night before to get the time. I was with a couple so only 3 on tour. This included a trip to Banpo village; a 6000 year old village that was found and excavated. This was really cool to see. The Terracotta Warriors far exceeded my expectations and was just awe inspiring. I even bought a book and had it signed by the farmer that discovered them. Definitely a trip well worth the time and price.

Jun112011

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Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour and Snowmobiling

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

One of the best tours I've taken. If you have one day in Iceland, this is the tour to take. Not only do you see all the incredible sites but you learn so much (perfect for those Geology geeks out there!) about the science behind what you are viewing but also you learn a lot about the culture/people. You also will not have any more fun than riding a snowmobile on a glacier!!

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