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May022011

Tour/Activity

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

we were picked up 7.30am and taken to Freshwater train station, you have free time. There is a coffee cart where we go breakfast and coffee, and you are able to take it on the train. Also at the station is Musuem and Gift shop, the prices are a bit on the over priced side. We boarded at 9am, and it is a nice ride on a clear day you can see out to Green Island. You also get to get out of the train for a 10 minute photo stop at Barron Gorge. And board again and on to Kuranda Station which you arrive at 11am ish. We then got the shuttle to the main street and walked back stop in little shops along the way, doing this way you avoid the going up hills. We went into Butterfly Sanctuary, which was good maybe a little over priced but we joined a guided tour and learnt a bit more. My brother went into Birdworld and said it was not worth it. He also did the markets, and found some interesting items. On this tour most of the time is un-guided, so make sure you are on the skyrail to come back down at the time you are told too, which was 1.45pm, we boarded it at 1.30pm, there is 2 stations you can get out along the way, which we didn't worry about as it meant a lot of walking but enjoyed the skyrail trip. at each station you get 20 minutes only and you need to re-board.... also you need to change cars half way down. at the bottom there is another Gift store and toilets and refreshments. The bus will meet you at 3.15pm we were back at our hotel at 4pm

Apr302011

Tour/Activity

Green Island Half Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns, Australia

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

My Review

not planned well,,, we were meant to board at 12.30pm but the boat was not there so they put us on another boat company going to the island. Trip takes 45minutes each way, we got there and had to walk along the wharf to the Big Cat boat to board our Glass Bottom Boat tour,, it was interesting and Ash was very Knowledgeable. we then walked around the island and took some photo's and had ice cream food and drink on the island is not cheap. don't forget to pack the sunblock. on the 1/2 day tour there is not much time to do both the Glass Bottom and the snorkling. we boarded the big cat boat at 4pm to find out we were on the wrong big Cat boat and should have been on the Reef Rocket it was only when they were checking the names of we found out we should have waited on the island for the 1st boat to depart and the second boat would have come to pick us us. but there should have been some one check this before we left the island. very Confusing. both boats dock at 5pm at the reef fleet terminal, and so do 4 more other companys. this tour would have been better if it was better planned.

Apr292011

Tour/Activity

Daintree and Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour from Cairns

Cairns, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We were picked up at 7am by Peter, was excellent Guide and Driver, it is a very long day... especially if you have to pick up people from Palm Cove and Port Douglas it is a very big detour, at least an hour wasted. After everyone was on board, we headed to cross the Daintree River, then into the Daintree Discovery centre for the Board walk you get morning tea here, then on to Cape Tribulation beach and lookout, Alexandra Lookout, BBQ lunch included, the Fish is very nice Steak, Sausage, Salads, Damper and Fruit. then onto Crocodile cruise on the Daintree River we saw 3. Afternoon tea at the dock, Then on to Mossman Gorge another board walk in the tree's. then you start to do hotel drop off's. we got back to our room at 7pm yes it was a 12hour tour, make sure you take your hat sunnies, and sun block. and a bottle of water.

Oct152010

Tour/Activity

Paradise Cove Luau

Oahu, Hawaii

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

My Review
We was picked up from the Sheraton hotel bus depot at 3.45pm greeted by guide and Bus driver on the way down to the luau, The guide gave a funny insight into what to expect. At the Luau, we was greeted with a Mai Tai, and had a photo taken ($15 extra to buy). The food was not that great, but there is lots to join in and there is a small gift shop, One thing to note that if you live in Australia, and you make the head wreath, Quaratine will NOT let you bring it back into Australia. The drinks can be a bit pricey, especially when you buy the souvenir glass, even if it is nice. After the luau, we boarded the bus again and arrived back in Waikiki at 9.45pm. We had the Orchid Package, and for this you get a fresh flower lei, buffet meal, enteraiment, show and bus transfers to and from Paradise cove. The night show, not only show cased Hawaiian songs and dance, but the islands of the pacific and New Zealand.

Oct062010

Tour/Activity

Independent Day Trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria from Washington DC

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

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

My Review
They tell you 2 be there 30min before tour, (8.30) so we got there for 7am exchanged voucher, and waited inline for bus, our Bus and guide was bad. we arrived at the Mansion at 9am, but you only have 3 hours if that, before you need to be back at the bus, at 12 noon, allow 1 hour for the house and another for the education centre, and cause you were up so early to be at the bus station, you need to eat, they have a great food court at the education centre. We were then taken to Christ Church, for about 10 minute talk by one of the parish ladies. And then was picked up at 1pm by another bus as both the full day and half day tours take the same bus in the morning. We were back at Union Station at 1.30pm. We would have liked more time at Mount Vernon cause we didn't even see the Gardens or George's Burial Tomb. We felt this tour was very rushed.

Oct052010

Tour/Activity

Washington DC Night Tour

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
On this tour it goes to a lot of the monuments, and you actually get of, and there is walking and stairs involved. The guide we had, sorry I forgot her name was quiet good and her knowledge was excellant, she was from Florida. We got picked up from the old post office and dropped back there, at 11pm, yes this is a late tour. And it was a very very cold nite.

Oct032010

Tour/Activity

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I would Highly recommend this trolley tour, as you can Hop on and Off at all the key locations, which are all spaced quiet a distance apart, and it has a connection to Arlighton Cemetary. We did not have to wait long at the locations for another trolley were we had hopped off. Driver guides are quiet knowledgable.

Sep272010

Tour/Activity

New York Lights Night Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
even though it rained and there was only 6 of us, the tour still went ahead, was picked up from Time square at 7pm and was back there at 9am. our guide was quiet knowledgable and you could see he want you to know about his New York.

Sep222010

Tour/Activity

New England Coastal Tour from Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
Was picked up from tremont street at 8.55am. There was quiet a wait to hand in your voucher for tickets. we left tour depot at 9.45am, and headed to Hampton beach, were there was only Port a loo's on the beach front and all the shops had closed up for the Summer stopped for 45minutes. Then off to Nubble Light House which we thought the time here was a bit rushed 10 minutes. Then onto Kennebunk and Port, were we saw Walker point Bushes Summer Home. Had a drive thru town ship of Kennebunk port. Had lunch at a seafood cafe, own expense, but cheap and cheerful. Spent 2 hours here. And arrived back at 5.45pm

Sep202010

Tour/Activity

Plimoth Plantation Living Museum Day Trip from Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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

My Review
was picked up at 8.55am from tremount street, and then had a wait to exchange vouchers to tickets at bus depot, left there at 9.45am. Our driver and guide was was very knowledgable, 1st stop was Plimonth Plantation, plenty of time here as it was not that great, just a mock village. The we had a senic drive to Plymonth were he reccomend a seafood cafe, And free time to see Mayflower II to board own expense, and to see the Rock. One place that is not on the tour, but our guide likes to take his group is Forefathers Memorial. This should be on all tours here. Not enough time in Plymounth waterfront. Try Charlies Cupcakes they are YUM. arrived back at pickup location at 5pm

Sep182010

Tour/Activity

Fall on Cape Cod: Day Trip from Boston with Sightseeing Cruise

Boston, Massachusetts

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
was picked up at 8.55am from tremount street, and then had a wait to exchange vouchers to tickets at bus depot, left there at 9.45am. Our driver and guide was very knowledgable. We had a senic drive once on the cape, then saw the road the Kennedy compound is on. The seafood cafe that is used on this tour was very nice and food was out quickly, and own expense, but there is discounts for the bus tour. Had 1 hour harbor cruise, but they pack the boat with lots of people. so the views are not always good. saw the Kennedy compound from the water. The Jerry met us again and took us to the JFK Memorial and then on to the Sandwich glass factory. The girl doing the glass blowing was quiet boring, she could have been better. And then you have time to walk around the glass musuem and across the road is the grist flour mill. Was back at pick up location at 6.30pm. Just one note you don't get to stop in Hyanis port on this tour, it would have been nice as looks like a nice seaside main street.

Sep142010

Tour/Activity

Niagara Falls Day Trip from Toronto

Toronto, Canada

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

My Review
Was picked up at 9.25am and the tour finally left the bus depot at 10.20am as we were waiting for another pickup bus. Had Lunch at a hotel beside the falls which over looks them and the lunch was nice and is included in your tour. The bus trip there was 2 hours. After lunch rode on Maid of the Mist and then had an hour free time. Then off to the floral clock. and the Helicopter tours, we had to wait for the people who had booked this own expense. Not happy about that 1 Hour, so headed over to the whirlpool rapids. Then a senic drive thru Niagara on the lake. Tour Operator doesn't have the permit to stop here, and I think it would have been nice too. Then on to a vineyard to try some "Ice Wine" which is a dessert wine. Then back on the bus, arrived back at 7pm. Our Guide at times slurred his words and held the microphone too close and waffled on a bit.

Sep102010

Tour/Activity

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

Vancouver, Canada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Our guide and Driver was Robin, and he picked us up at 8am, he took us on a senic drive thru Richmond, before driving to the ferry terminal, where we had 30mintues to use the toilets and get some food and drink own expense. arrived in Victoria at 11.30am and Robin gave us a senic drive, had free time, and we use it to see BC royal musuem, and miniature world, you get one entrance free in you tour price, left Victoria at 3pm arrived at Butchart Garden at 4pm these were excellent. left gardens at 6pm, caught the 7pm ferry was dropped back at our hotel at 9.30pm. Robin who is actually from England was a excellent guide, who went out of his way to make our trip a great one. He was extremely knowledgable. And wanted us to get everything out of our tour. The ferry crossing is 90minutes each way and the views are fantastic.

Sep092010

Tour/Activity

Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Vancouver, Canada

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
This is a hop on and off bus. it is a great way to see everything around Vancouver, its is a little confussing at Stanley park as there is the trolley and a park shuttle trolley by the same company but, your ticket doen't enable you to use it. The guides are very knowledgable.

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