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Kevin M

Kevin M

United Kingdom

Jul092011

Tour/Activity

Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a good tour but far too long.

We should have been picked up at 5.10 (you should be there 10 minutes early) - the bus was 15 minutes late. We picked up from another 3/4 hotels and then were taken to the company HQ. We were then herded into a building given the (school trip) talk and then processed. There is a $20 fee to add to the price.

You are given a danish and coffee and then you go out and queue for the bus. I think we waited 20 minutes and then were allocated a seat on a bus. We has to stick to that seat.

The driver was nice and chatted most of the way there. We did get a toilet and shop stop around half way.

We then got there (we thought), we were then put onto other buses and taken to the airport/first stop (30 mins on a dirt track).

We were then lined up again and told the process for the helicopter trip and then went into the airport to check in. We lined up again and were weighed etc and then had to watch the safety video and wait.

So - waiting for bus at 4.55 AM, picked up at 5.25 AM, left HQ at 7.30 AM, arrived GC at 12.30 PM, got on helicopter at 1.30 PM. I think that was too much - they could cut down this time.........

HELICOPTER - This was amazing. The pilot took us on a scary tour - dropping into the canyon, very, close to the sides (IF YOU ARE SCARED OF FLYING OR HEIGHTS - DONT DO IT) .We then landed on the bottom, took the boat and left at 3.30 PM.

14 hour day - 3 hours there!

Jul082011

Tour/Activity

Super Hoover Dam Express Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide Jason was very informative and hilarious! We visited the new road bridge for photos of the dam first and then on to the actual dam. Our tour was great. Down into the turbine room, etc. The bus also drove us across the dam and back.

The group only had about 12 people on it. Jason knew everyones names and it was very personal. Much better than the massive tours.

Although we booked the 'express' tour, we were put onto the 3/4 day tour which included lunch (very nice at boulder city hotel) at no extra cost. They also dropped us off at our hotel that wasn't on the drop off list.

This is highly recommended.

Jul072011

Tour/Activity

Red Rock Canyon Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a good tour. Carlo the guide picked us up from the hotel (10 mins early) and there were only 5 people on the trip, so it was very personal. He was very nice, keen and knew his stuff.

Red Rock was a lovely area. Its very close to Las Vegas but cooler.......

The picnic lunch was nice (crisps, sandwich, cookies, sweet, water) and we were provided with cold water throughout the trip.

Definately worthwhile!

Jul042011

Tour/Activity

Los Angeles Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Los Angeles, California

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

GOOD:

Its the best way of getting around the LA area as the public transport is poor and the tourist sights are spread out. There are 3 main routes taking you around Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Downtown.

BAD:

The bus stops are not well signed and we waited an hour for a bus on our first day. We were staying on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and we had to take a $10 taxi to the bus stop and back every day. The narration is all pre recorded, so there is no driver input. Also, the buses are advertised as running to about 8PM but the beverly hills/santa monica bus only goes as far as santa monica after 5.55, so you need to makle your own way back. The only sighting of the hollywood sign was from miles away and you need great eyesight to see it!!

Jul012011

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

San Francisco, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This cruise starts from pier 39. The boat was nice, about 20 people on it. We all got 2 free drinks, soft drinks, water, beer, wine...

Great views of the golden gate bridge and alcatraz.

Jun302011

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The HOHO bus was very good. The drivers/guides were nice (especially mike) and they were very frequent. The stops were convenient. Alcatraz was well worth doing. The trip over only lasts 15 minutes. As well as the jail there is wildlife and walking trails.

the only issue was that we arrived the day before the ticket started and we walked down from Nob Hill to collect the tickets at 6.30pm. We were told that we would have to come back the next morning to the office and pick up the HOHO and alcatraz tickets, but we had to be there before 10am as we could be going to alcatraz at any time of the day. This doesn't really help you to plan your trip very well. Also, 10 am is early for me if I'm on holiday!! The queue was out the door when we arrived at about 9.40. ....

Jun262011

Tour/Activity

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Statue of Liberty Ferry Ticket and Top of the Rock or Empire State Building

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

TICKETS: pick up at times square. queue was 20 mins at office. times square bus stop was very busy.

BUS TOUR - busy but lots of buses. drivers good. brooklyn tour/night tour are very similar. dont do both.

TOP OF ROCK - The queue was very small, i didnt take long to get to the top. views were stunning and again, not too busy.

SOL/ELLIS ISLAND - we went at 11am one day, the queue was massive - we went back at 8.30 the next day - there was no queue. Food available on the boat and island.

i found this very good value for money.

Apr132011

Tour/Activity

FC Barcelona Football Stadium Tour and Museum Tickets

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

highly recommended.

You pick up the tickets from Julia Travel which is near the universidad/catalonia metro stop. I found that it was easy to locate and staff were helpful.

We went along at 6pm and the last entry was 8pm! It was still busy and there were still queues at this time for tickets.

Stadium tour was very enjoyable. There is also a cafe and superstore here.

Apr122011

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: East to West Route

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

this bus is definately the best in barcelona. buses were very regular and they were not as busy as the other 'bus touristic'.

the staff were very helpful and buses were clean. the commentary was clear.

you just swap your voucher on the bus. very easy.

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