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Thomas W

Thomas W

USA

May272010

Tour/Activity

Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Well worth doing. We combined it with the Get-On, Get-Off tour so we had a guided tour through the city with a live guide, got off at the Tower to get directly to the gate and join the next tour. The Beefeaters do a great job of story-telling. After the tour, we used the boar ride on the Thames instead of the bus to return to Westminster.

My Photos

  • Tower Bridge
  • The Bloody Tower
  • Inside the Tower of London
  • The Tower of London from the outer wall
  • Beefeatere Guide

May262010

Tour/Activity

Warwick Castle, Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Custom Day Trip

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Of all the trips out of London, I think this is the best choice. Warwick Castle is well-worth visiting and they have live hosts and well-done wax figures throughout the living areas to give some life to the rooms. There also are demonstrations in the yards. We had an excellent tour of Oxford with our knowledgeable guide. Visiting Shakespeare's home is not worth the cost, but Stratford-upon-Avon is a great place for lunch.

My Photos

  • The Wedding at Warwick Castle
  • Warwick Castle, Oxford
  • Period Demonstrations at Warwick
  • Christ's College, Oxford
  • The Dining Hall
  • Shakespeare's Home Stratford-upon-Avon

May252010

Tour/Activity

Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Excellent guide saved the tour when the changing of the guard was canceled because it was the opening of Parliament and the Queen's speech. With Westminster and the area around the Palace blocked traffic, the guide directed the driver to a spot near Pall Mall where we exited and had a front row to the pageantry of the Queen going from the Palace to Westminster.

My Photos

  • Royal Procession to Westminster
  • The Queen
  • Horse Guards
  • Prince Albert Memorial London
  • Buckingham Palace

May242010

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This worked out well. It was a beautiful day in Paris and hordes of people were trying to get into the Museum. Our guide took us right in and showed us many of the highlights.

My Photos

  • Diana the Huntress
  • Coronation of Josephine
  • The Wedding - Changing Water to Wine

May232010

Tour/Activity

Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
We saved a lot of time by not waiting in line to get tickets up to the observation level. The recorded translations on the bus were better than I expected.

My Photos

  • Seine River Cruise
  • View from the Eiffel Tower Ovservation Level
  • Notre Dame - Paris
  • View from the Eiffel Tower Observation Level

May192010

Tour/Activity

Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This was an excellent tour with two very excellent guides. We had a good city tour of Zurich, a tour and free time in Lucerne and then the fantastic ride to the top of Mount Titlis. Take a warm coat for the Titlis portion. There is a nice Chalet with eating at the top, inner tube rides on a small hill and a path through the glacier.

My Photos

  • From the Top of Mt. Titlis
  • Swiss Home - Zurich
  • The Alps from base of Mt. Titlis
  • Covered Bridge in Lucerne
  • Lake Lucerne

May162010

Tour/Activity

Vienna Historical City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
The Schonbrunn Palace is a must tour if you are in Vienna. The Hapsburgs ruled for 600 years, providing many kings and queens throughout Europe. An excellent guide did a good job of explaining the history of the Hapsburgs and the life of the Empress Theresa Marie.

May162010

Tour/Activity

Vienna House of Music and Mozarthaus Entrance Tickets

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
Best for families as there is much for kids to do while Mom and Dad read the exhibits on the history of Vienna's famous musicians. This is self-guided.

May142010

Tour/Activity

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich, Germany

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

My Review
The historically restored portion of Munich is very centralized with easy access to all parts by tram. The bus tour cannot enter the pedestrian-only center of town, so those buildings are missed. The trip to the suburbs to see the Olympic Stadium is not worth the bother. You cannot get very close and the stadium is hidden for the most part. Much better to use the walking tours.

My Photos

  • Munich Olympic Stadium

May132010

Tour/Activity

Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Munich was headquarters for Hitler in the years before he became premier. While many of the places Hitler built purposely have not been reconstructed, the guide does a good job of tracing Hitler's efforts to become known by visiting the beer halls and making speeches, his failed "putsch," and his rise to power.

My Photos

  • Surfs Up in Munich
  • Hard Rock Cafe Munich
  • Former Gestapo Headquarters Munich
  • Former Nazi Building Munich
  • Third Reich Walking Tour, Munich: Hitler didn't build it, but....

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