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Michael R

Michael R

USA

May162015

Tour/Activity

Porto, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

1st - our guide, Sophia, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the subject. Not to mention her excellent driving skills that is very important in this area.
2nd - the tour to the Douro valley is very interesting and relaxing experience. Accounting to the wine tastings there are two of them and serpentine narrow roads, there is no other choice to visit the area and taste the port at its origins place.
3rd - the description of tour doesn't mention it but there is the river cruise on the boat after the lunch. It's cool and refreshing with multiple opportunities to make nice landscape photos.
4th - lunch is surprisingly good for the tour included event. The table wine is good and they will bring more if you drunk the bottle out. Don't choose the beans with entrails if you're not accustomed to such food as cooked pork stomach etc.
5th - wines in the winery shops are cheaper than in stores thus you may buy the nice souvenir. Good quality port is very expensive even there sometime few hundred euros. But they have very good Moscatels not too sweet and fortified as the port at the discount price sometimes.

My Photos

  • Winery tour Portal
  • River tour
  • On the board of boat
  • Typical view in the Douro valley
  • Model of the boat
  • Our guide Sophia

May132015

Tour/Activity

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide Tiago was very friendly and knowledgeable. The trip is charming and comfortable. There is some confusion about the walk uphill from the van parking to Pena National Palace: yes, you may walk together with guide but there is a shuttle bus available every 15 min for the addition fee EUR 3 per roundtrip.
The Roca Cape most western point in the Europe stop is very nice but don't forget some windbreaker.
The Cascais stop is a kind of useless, especially because it's during the hottest time of the day. Besides small shopping typical souvenirs, cold water, the best idea in my opinion is to spend this time 1 hr in the shadow outdoor cafeteria with the cold drink or/and coffee. The place is very quite and relaxing.
Hints:
1. the trip start at 9 am at Rock Cafe, which is open at 9 am only! Thus there is no reason to be too early. Vans arrive at 9:05 - 9:15 and guide will call your name.
2. avoid too much wine or beer in Sintra during the dinner because the drive is quite serpentine and you may have some headache, postpone drinking to Cascaise.

My Photos

  • Typical view in the Douro valley
  • The marina in Cascais
  • Viw from the dowtown in Sintra
  • The must photo at the Roca Cape
  • One of glass chadeliers
  • Royal bed
  • Royal kitchen in the palace
  • Entrance to Pena National Palace

Jun052011

Tour/Activity

Jerusalem, Israel

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Highly recommend this tour for the 1st visit of the Old City - you will get the feeling how to avoid clambers in future visits (you will need them to feel the Old City - just enter at New Gate, go down to the West Wall, short walk up-hill to the Zion Gate and take a taxi, it's only thing, which is cheep in Jerusalem).
The guide is so-so but he/she knows the easy walkway.

My Photos

  • Mini-plaza in the Old City
  • Centerpiece of Old City - West Wall and al-Aqsa Mosque
  • West Wall Plaza
  • Famous Via Dolorosa
  • Scheme of Old City

May282011

Tour/Activity

Tel Aviv, Israel

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Nice trip to the scenery place. All other staff, as mentioned Mark Twain, is a complete fake.

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