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Viv M

Australia

Nov142013

Tour/Activity

Singapore Night Sightseeing Tour with Gardens by the Bay, Bumboat Ride and Bugis Street

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour was good value - as far as what we paid - but we would prefer to pay a bit more and get a better service. There were only four of us doing the complete tour so maybe that was why it seemed a bit amateur. We checked in and were rushed off to O'Learys pub for our dinner. We had 20 minutes for this to be ordered, served and eaten although we arrived in good time. Very noisy - choice of food limited to chicken or fish and chips was ok. Probably what we paid for as the rest of the tour was getting us around in the hop-on-hop-off bus. The commentary was very hard to understand - not the guide's fault - just poor sound equipment in the bus. The Gardens By the Bay was fascinating ( I have done a separate review). Bugis st was a huge rush. The ride on the bum boat was a bit too long as we went up and down and back again picking up people before we got going. We were taken back to Clarke Quay - not the Raffles or Singapore Flyer as advertised but that suited us as we were staying at Clarke Quay. The itinerary is a bit rushed - but if you don't have much time and on a budget it is excellent value - we would have preferred something more leisurely.

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  • Bum boat ride scene

Mar212013

Tour/Activity

Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We were lucky with the weather so sat on the top of the bus so we could get good photos. We took the Bondi Beach option but unless you actually want to stop at Bondi it is not worth doing, as much of it was through suburbs with little to see. The commentary was ok but nothing special. The buses are very old and the railings on the top were covered with black plastic tape which was coming undone and sticky to hold. One driver we had was obviously looking forward to finishing his shift and not very keen to waste time giving information. But if you want to see Sydney with lots of stops, we found it was good value as far as the cost went.

Mar062013

Tour/Activity

Swan River Scenic Cruise

Perth, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We were lucky with a perfect day weather-wise. Everything was organised very well including a late change of date because on of our party was unwell for the original day booked. No extra cost. There was complimentary cold water, coffee and tea and we took our own picnic lunch. The Only complaint we would have is with the commentary. It was very vague and included very little information about the places we passed. Because we had a person with a hearing disability in our party, I had copied a route map from the Captain Cook website and then made up a sheet of information about each place highlighted on the map. We all found it much more useful than the on-board commentary and even shared it with other passengers. We will pass this on directly to CC as including an information brochure with tickets would make the otherwise excellent cruise more informative. It was a good value price and the boat was clean and travelled very smoothly.

Sep212012

Tour/Activity

Copenhagen Panoramic City Tour with Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen, Denmark

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

It wasn't the tour guide or driver's fault but the disruption caused by the extension to the rail service meant that many roads were closed and detours meant we had less time at each place. Many of Copenhagen's buildings were also being renovated or maintained which meant we didn't see them at their best. We got to the changing of the guard too late to get a good spot for photos. The English Church and Little Mermaid were highlights - maybe because the sun peeped out of what had been a rather grey wet day. A good itinerary at another time of year!

Sep212012

Tour/Activity

Copenhagen Card

Copenhagen, Denmark

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Such good value and wonderful not having to keep paying for transport tickets. Went all the way to Karen Blixen Museum by train, entry to to the museum and then on to Louisiana Art Gallery using the cards. Entry to Tivoli Gardens and then daily bus rides made the card excellent value.

Sep142012

Tour/Activity

The Stockholm Card

Stockholm, Sweden

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We highly recommend the Stockholm Card . It saved us much more than it cost but it also offers so much convenience not having to have change for the trams, trains and buses. We never had any problem using th card- got the discount on the Hop on Hop Off bus. Used our cards for several museums and galleries and especially enjoyed the wonderful Vasa Ship museum. The Royal Canal Tour was also wonderful and free of charge. The tourist information centre honoured our Viator voucher without question and the Stockholm guide that was included was invaluable.

Sep092012

Tour/Activity

Helsinki Card

Helsinki, Finland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our accommodation was a little out of Helsinki centre so we used our Helsinki card many times to get into and around the city. e enjoyed the tour by ferry to Suomenlinna Island - a high light of our visit and we probably wouldn't have gone if we didn't have our Helsinki Card.. We were fascinated by Kiasma and Ateneum both of which allowed free entry. The convenience of not having to worry about the cost of transport and having change makes the card worthwhile but we also saved more than the card cost.

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