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Thomas F

Thomas F

USA

Feb202013

Tour/Activity

London Duck Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Highlight of my trip! When I told my friends I was doing this tour, I got some strange looks as this can be deemed as "silly" or "cheesy". However, this was probably the best tour I took the entire trip. You check in about 100 yards in front of the London Eye - very easy to find. If you show up early and there are open spots, they do their best to get you on early. I recommend sitting on the left hand side of the boat if you want to take photos of the sights that were pointed out to us, but you can see equally well from both sides. I recommend taking this tour at the beginning of your trip. That way, you can schedule time later to go see the things that are pointed out to you. They do an amazing job and this is NOT to be missed!

Feb192013

Tour/Activity

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We only had two days in London are we are so glad we did this tour! The stops are easy to locate and the staff is so nice, friendly, and helpful. We even asked them questions about where to shop, eat, etc. The only negative is that sometimes we waited up to 20 minutes for the next bus, but otherwise, the schedule worked fine for our needs. Also, it would be nice if the stops were numbered (both on the signs and the maps) as they are with other tours. However, this tour has the nicer buses and the headphones always worked! Would definitely do it again.

Feb192013

Tour/Activity

Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We took this tour in February so the cold weather kept the crowds away. We definitely did not need to pay extra for the "skip the line" feature, but we only had two days in London, so we couldn't afford to risk it. I would say that, if you go at 9 am when they open, you will have no problems and won't need the skip the line. With that being said, this place FILLS UP by noon, so definitely get there first thing in the morning. This was an awesome tour and I would recommend spending the majority of the day here as opposed to the 3-4 hour suggestion on the tour details. You definintely need more time if you plan to see everything and take all the extra tours that are included with your admissino.

Feb182013

Tour/Activity

London to Stonehenge Shuttle Bus & Independent Day Trip

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Although we were more excited about this tour than any other, I have to admit our experience was ruined by the extremely rude bus driver. We waited at the Grovesnor Hotel for 20 minutes and the bus never showed up. We decided to run (4 blocks) to the bus station and barely caught the bus before it took off. The bus driver was extremely rude to us when we checked in and said "I have been waiting for you for 15 minutes". Well, had he picked us up at our hotel, he wouldn't have had to wait! After we got on the bus, he did not make any announcements welcoming us to the tour, telling us how long the ride would be, or giving us any information about the day. When we arrived, he did not pass out our admissino tickets and we had to ask HIM how we were supposed to get in. He didn't tell us how long we had to stay, we had to ask HIM when we should return to the bus. When we got back on to go home, he decided to take an alternate route back and we ended up sitting in traffic for over 4 hours. He never once explained what was going on or apologizing for the delays. Nevertheless, Stonehenge is NOT to be missed and is something everyone should make time for.

Feb172013

Tour/Activity

Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was the MOST AMAZING tour! Don't let the price and time commitment sway you. The tour office was easy to find and the hosts were so nice and friendly. Our host had so many insightful comments and stories to tell us along the way. I would recommend bringing plenty of snacks with you because we only made 1 stop each way and the convenience store we stopped at for "dinner" was extremely crowded. Other than that, I am so glad we did this tour. I would suggest that they extend the time at the museum and also include other museum stops along the way. They do a really nice job and, although it seems that you won't have enough time at each stop, there are so many, that in the end, it is just enough time.

Feb122013

Tour/Activity

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

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

As usual, they did an amazing job with this tour. Although I read other reviews that said it was "hard to find", etc., I did not find that to be true. We stayed at the Hotel Nouvel right off Las Ramblas and it was literally right around the corner from the main stop. The entrance to the tour is on the west side of Placa Catalunya. You cannot miss it! And you DO need to have your voucher printed out before you board the bus. Don't mess with a mobile device, just print it out before hand and you will be find. Also, this is the Barcelona City Bus tour. The signs/stops are easily marked and we found that we did not have to wait long ever for a bus. This was one of the most enjoyable tours we did in all of Europe.

May052010

Tour/Activity

Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
I HIGHLY recommend this trip! At first we weren't sure due to some previous negative reviews, but I am SO GLAD we did it. The trip to Naples was filled with lots of informative information about our surroundings. They provided plenty of stops to use the bathroom, get snacks, and stretch your legs. I really enjoyed the stop in Naples - it was JUST enough for us to get a sense of what it is like and to take some photos. The stop at the cameo factory was not super informativeexciting, but it did give us a chance to stretch our legs for awhile and to meet some of the other people on our tour. The tour of Pompeii was AMAZING - probably one of the best tours we took while in Italy. Our guide was great and he did a good job of covering everything there was to see. I would recommend this trip to EVERYONE! As an added bonus, they dropped us off at our hotel on the way back. Be prepared though, it begins at 730 am and you don't get back until approx 7 pm. Bring snacks!!

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