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Jun112012

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Naples Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi

Naples, Italy

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

My Review

Not impressed at all. I booked the tour so we could customise and spend more time at the places than on a big bus tour. At Sorrento the guide took us to a shop for Limoncello, when I looked nextdoor was told no need to look elsewhere as same stuff. Gave me the impression there was a bit of a kick back thing happening. Especially when I saw Limoncello elsewhere at less than half the price! He then showed us quickly around the block before calling driver to pick us up, he was knowledgable about the history but didn't give us the opportunity to shop or explore, this was the same for all the places we went to. At the start we said we needed to be back by 6pm. He said no problem we would be back at 5, so after rushed visits to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi cities we got back to our port at 3 pm 2 hours early. For the $562 I expected the full day tour. I could have done the same tour and had more time at the places for 1/3 of the price via the ship, so extremely dissapointing.The guide and driver were friendly enough. We did tell him that there were things we needed to purchase such as snowglobes which he helped us find one in Sorrento. Everytime we went into a shop he seemed irritated and hot and just wanted to get back into the car. We should have said something but assumed that he had to push that schedule to get through it all which wasn't the case. The scenery was nice just wished we had of been able to explore and enjoy the cities for longer expecially for the price we paid.

May312012

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Tour was interesting enough, did find out that after doing the Venice Walking Tour (booked via viator) we got a free Islands tour voucher which was the same as this tour.
We could have had more time at Murano looking at other glass shops rather than the extra time at Torcello. The islands were nice but if you have the time and want to explore just catch the vaparetto and do it yourself

May302012

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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was the second time doing this tour, first was 2 years ago and I learnt something new both times. Its a good intro to Venice. The only problem this time was that we did the afternoon one and the guide told us quite a few times that we should have done the morning session first and followed up with the afternoon session - well it was too late so not point harping
The gondeliers seemed to busy talking to each other, really impersonal but to be expected for the price. I guess it would have been the same if we had of hire a private gondellier but would have paid heaps more

May282012

Tour/Activity

Berchtesgaden and Eagle's Nest Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Good tour and guide. Unfortunately we had unseasonal weather so got snowed and rained on and went on a long weekend which we hadn't realised which meant it was packed and took way longer than normal to go up and down the elevator. The restaurant cafe was extremely quick bringing the meals which were nice after waiting 20 minutes to pay we left and paid after we visited the documentation centre. They were happy we came back to pay. The tour could have been shorter as there really wasn't that much to see once you had been up the nest. The bunker was interesting. I would recommend getting the audio guide though in the document centre unless you read German!

May272012

Tour/Activity

Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

How amazing are the castle and palace.The walk from the parking area to Neuschwanstein was a hike so if your unfit be prepared and take the shuttle bus or horses! But give yourself plenty of time to get back to the bus, we didn't as we were trying to get to the bridge at the back for a great pic and were going to take a shortcut down the hill but when we got there the track was closed so had to run back up the stairs and then down the hill to the bus! But definitely worth it, even if they were resorting some and it was covered by scaffholding.
The little towns we stopped in before the castle for the wood carvings were very nice, if you plan of getting a German cuckoo clock get them here and have them shipped home, the prices are better than in Munich

May262012

Tour/Activity

Salzburg Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a pretty place is Salzburg. The guide Ian was very nice, knowledgeable and helpful. Even telling us where we could go to find a toy shop back in Munich and great place to each and he didn't loose anyone either considering we were using public transport to get there, a 2 hour train ride and then 5-10 minute bus ride. It was a long day but well worth it with most of our group snoozing on the way back to the Haubanhof.

May232012

Tour/Activity

Full-Day Tour to Prague Castle and Vltava River Cruise with Lunch

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tour was interesting. We saw things that I wouldn't have found on my own, I guess when you say a castle I expected a castle not a whole bunch of buildings that are the castle complex. They were still stunning to look at just not what I had in mind. The lunch was very nice and the position spectacular. The river cruise was interesting. The guide was very informative. He did a good job considering he said everything 3 times, first in Spanish, then Russian and then English. That was a little frustrating as we stay at tourist points of interest longer than you would of if he only told the story once! It was a good intro to Prague though as he walk us through the old town and new town which helped us get our bearings for the rest of our trip

May192012

Tour/Activity

Versailles Walking Tour with Optional Fountain Show

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

As to be expected Versailles was packed so going through the Palace was a challenge which the guide managed well. We could have ended the tour here and been quite happy but we went for the full day tour including lunch, fountain show and gardens. The fountain show even though we had paid for the additional entrance fee we didn't get to see as we were in the palace at the time. Which I thought was not very well organised as it was an advertised event. When i asked about it, the guide said the timing wasn't right. I wanted to ask for my 8 Euros back! Lunch was nice and the gardens were spectacular and trianon etc nice. It was a lot of walking and quite a few of the older people on the tour were complaining that the guide didn't stop enough. So if you dont like to walk all day, do the half day tour. After we book this tour we were told that the Versailles and Gilverney tour was great, that Gilverney was better than Versaille as it wasn't as crowded. But hey thats Europe - crowded and long lines for the ladies!

May122012

Tour/Activity

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

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Warwick Castle was fun, you have to walk up the towers! There was enough time to see everything before we had to meet back at the bus, Stratford I thought was a bit of a let down, I personally would have preferred to skip the birth house of Shakespear and explore the shops, Oxford as usual was quite busy and the dinning hall at Christ College alot smaller than I had imagined. The lunch was nice, the bangers and mash devine! I had hoped that we would have actually stop inthe Cotswolds but didn't just drove through so there weren't that many photo opportunites of the thached roofs but the scenery was spectacular. All in all a nice day trip from London. Guide was informative

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