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Oct162014

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Madrid Super Saver: Toledo and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tours with great guides. These are really two half-day tours to sites in different directions from Madrid. So, first tour ends in Madrid with a quick hour (or less) for lunch and then the next tour leaves. This makes for a VERY strenuous and long day. Even though there is an escalator most of the way from the drop off point to upper Old Town Toledo, there is still a lot of hill left as well as stairs within the buildings visited. In addition, the Aranjuez Palace is multi-story. Even though I sat out and enjoyed a bench in the palace gardens after interior tour, I still had a wonderful time and would recommend the tour (but maybe split into two days).

Oct102014

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Athens Shore Excursion: Small-Group Food Tour

Athens, Greece

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is an excellent tour. We are still telling friends stories from this tour and its experiences. This is a tour of the REAL Athens old town -- not the tourist area. Food shops and restaurants were very good and the vegetable and fish/meat markets were interesting (and clean). We take food tours often in our travels and find it a great way to really experience an area. The cruise ship pick-up was easy and on time. However, the ride back to the ship was several hours after the end of the walking tour and a substantial distance from the end of the tour as well as being within an hour of sailing time. We opted to cancel that ride and our guide was nice enough to call us a taxi and arrange a fare to take us to our ship. I would highly recommend this tour.

Sep062012

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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Although you could spend more time, if you only have a day this is an excellent and worthwhile tour. The multilingual guide gave everyone time to see and understnad the sites. The recommended restaurant in Bruges was excellent and not a rip-off.

Sep052012

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Brussels Chocolate Walking Tour and Workshop

Brussels, Belgium

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is not a shopping tour (as the guide frequently reminded us) it is a walking tour early in the morning of the grand place area as well as upper city areas to find all the appropriate chocolate shops. The tour is designed to allow you to taste different types and prices of chocolate to find the one you like best. If you are quick, you can purchase during the tour. But, you are shown all the streets and eating/shopping areas, so you can find your way back over the next few days as you have time. Going out in the morning is great as you are ahead of the crowds for photos and ease of walking. The guide is excellent and knowledgable with a quick stride. Be sure to wear good shoes for lots of walking over cobblesones.

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