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James C

James C

USA

Jun142013

Tour/Activity

Amsterdam Canals Cruise with Dinner Cooked On Board

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Such an excellent adventure. The food and experience are absolutely GREAT! This tour receives all our highest recommendation. A must do! Your wine (or other beverage) glass is almost never empty!

Jun062013

Tour/Activity

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

Prague, Czech Republic

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

My Review

Interesting tour but the company and the content is really not worth the price. Since this was actually two tours with the local agent, we could not get a refund for the cancelled Vltava river cruise (due to the flooding in Prague). So, the tour guide just took us on some random (pointless) walks throughout the city. Even the tour to the castle is just TO the castle but not IN the castle. So, it can be done by anyone taking a tram to the castle area.

Jun042013

Tour/Activity

Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit

Budapest, Hungary

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very interesting visit to the Parliament building and stunning views of the inside chambers. It is more detailed that the hop-on hop-off tour of this city.

Jun032013

Tour/Activity

Budapest Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Sightseeing Cruise and Hungarian Lunch or Dinner

Budapest, Hungary

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

My Review

Decent tour, but the buses are quite old and shaky. The Hungarian lunch or dinner was horrible since the restaurant has an arrangement with the local tour company to just get groups of tourists in the place and give them very bad food.

The cruise was interesting but very short, so overall, this tour can be skipped and a better one chosen (like the one with the visit to the Parliament building).

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May302013

Tour/Activity

Panoramic Salzburg City Tour plus Austrian Lakes and Mountains Sightseeing Tour

Salzburg, Austria

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

My Review

The city tour was short and not that interesting. That may have been partly the local tour company, the rain, and the fact this city is not that interesting if you are not a rabid fan of "The Sound of Music". The Austrian lakes tour part was a bit better and the local guide, Natasha, was quite colorful and nice. Unfortunately, that did not save this package from 2 stars.

May292013

Tour/Activity

Neuschwanstein Castle Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This COULD have been a great tour. The castle and the trip to Fussen by train are all quite interesting and colorful. However, when you add the tour guide that was not a people person and his decision to take the group on the unpaved trail (much harder to walk and MUCH steeper), the tour is just mediocre. READERS: Use the paved walk up to the castle and it will be a much better experience.

May272013

Tour/Activity

Rhine Valley Trip from Frankfurt including Rhine River Cruise

Frankfurt, Germany

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

My Review

This tour has no real value and should be considered as a last resort by the tourist. The river cruise on the Rhine was the only thing worthwhile. Prepare yourself for extra options that are not worth the money: skip the chairlift option (only worth it, if it was free); the lunch with white asparagus is overrated; the restaurant is a tacky tourist trap, which you think you're free of after lunch---but you're just taken back for a tough wine sell speech. The wine is very expensive and the wine tasting is a joke. Please look for another tour company to provide this type of tour.

May152012

Tour/Activity

Rome Angels and Demons Half-Day Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

ABSOLUTELY horrible tour. If I wanted to get the story behind the book, I would have read the Cliff Notes.

Most stops are not that great and they arescattered all over the city. I only stayed to the end to get into the Castel St. Angelo, but you can always do that on your own and spare yourself the boring lectures and high amounts of needless walking.

May092012

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip from Naples

Naples, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour and VERY HIGHLY recommended to all. Having your own driver and tour guide makes this a great way to explore this beautiful section of Italy!

May082012

Tour/Activity

Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Very good tour guide.

May032012

Tour/Activity

5-Day Spain Tour: Seville, Cordoba, Toledo, Ronda, Costa del Sol and Granada from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

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

My Review

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the area. Other than that, the hotels had HORRIBLE beds for any party of 3. The tour guide always disappeared at each location and could not be reached for any problems. The tour company even suspended the last lunch that was INCLUDED in the Viator package sold. Also, the visit to Ronda is a complete waste of time. Do not recommend this tour at all. Even the 4-day tour (without Ronda) would not be recommended as it is with this same poor quality travel agency.

May012012

Tour/Activity

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid, Spain

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

My Review

this tour is highly OVER-rated. The tour guide had some knowledge of the city, but the quality of the food and drinks was mediocre at best. To ask for 20 to 30 Euros PER PERSON more after the cost of this tour is simple highway robbery.

FAIR WARNING: You will never get to sit down for 95% of this tour. So, if walking and standing for 4 hours is your thing, you will fit right in. Frankly, at $60+ per person you would think at least a hard stool to sit on would be available. But, the crafty guide informed that he would not get the FREE tapas if we sat down! DO NOT recommend this tour at all.

May182011

Tour/Activity

Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour with a SUPERB tour guide. This day trip is not to be missed. All the best lake views are breathtaking as is the actual town of Como.

May172011

Tour/Activity

Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The views are really nice. Our tour guide was pleasant but could not control the tour members, which caused several delays as well as unruly behavior on the train car. Shame that a poor guide can ruin a good tour. The train cars shown on the brochure are NOT the actual cars used. Tour agency said those cars are much more expensive to rent, so we got the standard windows, which do not allow better views of the Alps as would the curved windows.

May162011

Tour/Activity

Verona City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Verona, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour to see all the major sights in Verona. The tour even goes to the main train station, whicn is VERY convenient. Highly recommended!

May152011

Tour/Activity

Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Milan, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Average tour with a mediocre guide. We were left at the last tour eventhough we may have been only 5 minutes late. The sights can be seen without this tour as well.

May132011

Tour/Activity

Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very good service of hotel pick up and drop off. The locations visited were not to be missed. The lunch at the Caen museum was aweful! But, that should not detract from the rest of the tour.

May122011

Tour/Activity

Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great way to see all the major sights in Paris.

May112011

Tour/Activity

Eiffel Tower, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent way to spend an evening in Paris! The tour guides were wonderful as were the activities. Highly recommended!

May102011

Tour/Activity

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

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Excellent way to see most of the major sights in London. Finding a bus stop was difficult from the directions given, but the sights were worth the aggravation.

May182010

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Very nice tour and tour guide. The lines to get into these museums is VERY long, so just to skip the line is enough reason to get this tour. But, it was VERY informative and interesting. I recommend it with no reservations.

May182010

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

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

My Review
This tour was good, but not really necessary. If you get your Colosseum tickets in advance, you can get into this arena quickly and spend time there exploring it. We did not go to all parts of the Colosseum, which I would have liked, but did spend a long time in the ruins, which did not really have a lot to offer unless you are into archaelogy.

May172010

Tour/Activity

Capri Day Trip with Lunch from Naples

Naples, Italy

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

My Review
Not really worth the money. The chairlift to Monte Solaro is NOT INCLUDED. Don't be fooled by the tour description. The lunch was decent, but nothing great. The tour guide was nice but not very people friendly. The boat ride to Capri from Naples was rough. The so-called hydrofoil was not much more than a fast barge. It still moved quite a bit and many people got sea sick.

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