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Austria

Aug152013

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Krakow Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Tour plus Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

Krakow, Poland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Auschwitz - This must be one of the most difficult tours to organise as thousands of visitors are drawn to this truly horrific place every day. There was some waiting around to be put into language groups for the tour and waiting to enter buildings but our guide struck just the right tone giving the historical details clearly and calmly while keeping us moving. A lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. Informative and emotional tour.
Salt Mine - another of the most popular places to visit so more waiting but well worth it. The walk down the 300+ wooden stars to the first level created problems for some of our group - claustrophobia - but opened up a huge underground wonderland to explore with our very good guide. Again, lots of walking. Really good tour.

Aug142013

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Small-Group Krakow Old Town Walking Tour Including Rynek Glówny, Mariacki and Wawel Cathedral

Krakow, Poland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A good introduction to Krakow and lots of information from our guide about the city's legends and tips on where to eat and have coffee. Good way to find out what you want to go back to visit in more depth.

Apr292012

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Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic tour of the safe areas in Jerusalem including walking the last half of the Via Dolorosa to Holy Sepulchre Church. Great guide who gave us all time to absorb the atmosphere. The Wailing Wall and the walk through the old city was fascinating. NB There are many steps and slippery marble pavements to negotiate as well as lots of standing in queues to see things more closely. The trip to Bethlehem meant crossing into the Palestinian Territories (remember your passport) and winding our way alone through the wall which divides the 2 states.The Jewish guide stayed in Israel and we met our Palestinian guide on the other side. No queues and no problems. The Church of the Nativity had the longest queues but our guide helped the time pass with lots of information and humour. Went up to the Shepherds Field and there were sheep and modern shepherds in the valley opposite. A long but very rewarding day.

Apr282012

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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great day trip with an excellent guide(Zahi). His enthusiasm for the history of his country was infectious. There was the obligatory visit to the factory shop to buy Dead Sea products but it didn't last too long. Masada is exposed and hot - take a hat and water. Herod the Great showing off his building skills and we can still marvel at them 2 thousand years later. The story of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans is the sad or proud climax to the visit. Still so much to excavate. Will be worth visiting again. Floating in the Dead Sea is a must so take towels and costumes and flip flops (sharp stone under-foot). As it is shrinking at an alarming rate better experience it now. We passed by the caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were found by nomad shepherd. We also passed groups of Bedouin who still prefer the nomadic life with their goats, sheep and camels. Some things don't change. A fascinating day trip.

Apr272012

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Caeserea, Rosh Hanikra and Acre Day Trip from Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A varied day trip from ancient to modern,covering Caesarea with Herod the Great's palace and the Roman remains to the Lebanese border being guarded by some very young people with very modern weapons. Haifa and the lovely Baha'i gardens deserved more time and the time for shopping in Akko deserved a lot less time. The Crusader castle is spectacular and we could have explored it a lot more. The trip to the caves of Rosh Hanikra was interesting - careful as paths in the caves are slippery.

Jun112011

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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Two beautiful cities and well worth visiting. The bus was full so keeping everyone together was time consuming as was the guide having to translate information into several languages. Good point was flexibility - I could go and look at some museums while rest of group had a boat trip.

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