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Kelly G

Kelly G

Canada

Oct202013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Of the 10 or so trips I have taken with Viator over the years this is the first one I've ever given under 4 stars never mind 1 star. First, small-group tour means mini van with 8 people crammed in, and a driver who literally made me car sick from driving like a maniac. He was passing cars in oncoming traffic and tailgating so closely that we had 2 very close calls. He played his music so loudly that I had to ask 3 times to turn it down so I could hear what the guide was saying. Second, I was extremely unimpressed with our guide (Lucy) she kept talking into the headrest even though she could see us straining to hear her, and didn't bother telling the driver to turn down the music, until we asked. Our first stop was Perast which was adorable, but we only had 40 minutes there, so her suggestion of taking a ferry was ridiculous. When we got back to the van it had been about 40 minutes and a bit, not even 41 minutes; not only could she see us walking quickly to the van, but the driver was still walking behind us, arriving 2 minutes late. She then proceeded to tell us at every stop thereafter that if we were not there on time that we would be taking a cab back to Croatia, and how many hundreds of Euros it would be from each stop. Get real!! I was extremely insulted about being scolded like this when we were not even a full minute late and we were within sight, it's absurd! The trip to Sveti Stefan is a joke. We drive past Budva about 15 minutes, stand there for 10 minutes looking at a bunch of abandoned buildings then drive back about 15 minutes...what a waste of time, this could have been much better used in Kotor where we only had 50 minutes of free time. I'm still scratching my head with the 2 hours of free time in Budva...for what? It's smelly, and dirty! Do not take Lucy's suggestion on where to eat, the food and service were terrible. I have never been so disappointed, go with the larger tour on a comfy bus, and a guide who has a microphone.

Oct172013

Tour/Activity

Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I've been on a number of tours from Viator, but this was by far the best experience I've ever had. We made it to the border quickly and since we beat the other tour buses, we were over the border in about 10 minutes. Our driver Bonham (?) was absolutely fabulous! I sometimes get a little nervous when they drive erratically but I was completely comfortable with his driving the entire time. I can't remember the guides name, but she was quite lovely and very informative. The first stop was Pocitelj which was a little village perched on the side of a hill. There's not much to see, but taking photos here is a must, and the 20 minute stop was just right. Once we reached Mostar we had a new guide named Selmir who was beyond amazing. Having a guide who lived through the war in Mostar was very informative and incredibly moving. The movie we watched (very short, about 5 minutes) on Mostar before, during and after the war made me tear up a little, as I noticed it did with some of the others in our group. I generally prefer to spend time on my own so I have more opportunity to photograph the places I visit, but this would not have been the same experience without his background on the war and how it affected this beautiful little town. We had about 2 1/2 hours of free time which was great. I explored the town a bit and was heartbroken to see some of the buildings that show clear signs of destruction from the war, however, on the positive side the town has rebuilt itself in a way that is almost unimaginable in the 18 years since the war. Overall I would say that there were no negatives about this trip, and that it is an absolute MUST!

Oct152012

Tour/Activity

Rome Departure Shuttle Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Rome, Italy

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

My Review

My driver was prompt, and got me to the airport, but he was driving like a maniac with people honking at us, and him cutting people off any chance he could. He also kept driving in the middle of the lanes of the highway blocking traffic. At first I thought this was normal, but looking around, everyone else seemed to be in their own lane. This is coming from someone who had just spent 2 weeks previously in Greece where the driving couldn't be more erratic.

Oct022012

Tour/Activity

Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens

Athens, Greece

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I absolutely loved this trip, and our guide Daphne, who was fantastic. I had learned about Mycenae in art history many years ago, and seeing it was stunning. I heard other people commenting that the views were outstanding and the description of each sight was fantastic, so you really don't need to know about it before you go to the site. It was great to get out of Athens for a day and tour the countryside. I would definitely recommend this tour!!!

Jul012012

Tour/Activity

Óbidos, Nazaré, Fátima and Batalha Day Trip

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I loved this trip!! The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is that it's advertised as a 9 1/2 hour trip and it ended up being a little more than 12 hours with only one meal provided. Also although the sites were fantastic we were way too rushed through many of them. Perhaps remove one of the sites so that more time can be spent at the others. (For example we made two trips to a souvenir stop by Fatima which totalled over 1 hour time yet we only had 55 minutes to visit the entire village of Obidos. Even with these issues I would do this trip again in a heartbeat, but next time I would plan on a much longer trip than advertised. It is worth every penny!

May122011

Tour/Activity

Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I loved my trip to the Keukenhof. The gardens were absolutely beautiful. I did the 7 hour tour giving me 5 hours to enjoy the park and have lunch which I thought was the perfect amount of time.

Apr212010

Tour/Activity

Whale Watching including Gullfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Unfortunately I spent most of this trip with seasickness, which I have never experienced before. From what I could hear, we did have some sightings of minke whales. The guide was fantastic, and the lady behind the bar was extremely sweet to me as she knew how awful I felt. Even though I was so sick, I'm still giving it 5 stars because of how amazing the crew was.

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