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Australia

Travelling alone

Nov112013

Tour/Activity

Zurich City Highlights with Felsenegg Cable Car Ride

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This afternoon tour was an excellent chance to receive an orientation to the city and to stay awake after arriving in the morning! I took a cab from my hotel to the bus depot but it can be reached by tram and train readily. It is always informative to have a guide explain background history of places you pass or visit and our guide was very professional and relaxed in her role. I loved strolling around the old town and admiring Marc Chagall's windows in the church. We were also entertained by a passing band taking part in a Carnivale. The cablecar ride, jaunt through the bush and afternoon tea was scenic and pleasant. Having the chance for a cruise on the lake was a bonus ... aboard our coach on the ferry! There is a lot packed into one afternoon of enjoyment and I think it is a very worthwhile tour.

Nov062013

Tour/Activity

Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I nearly missed out on this tour as another party cancelled, leaving just me. Luckily a man from Bangladesh on a day free from business turned up and the tour owner kindly allowed the tour to go ahead. From the moment our driver Peter had us seated in our comfortable private car the day was amazing. As the weather was unsettled the tour was taken in reverse to avoid the rain.. Everything about the tour was interesting, enjoyable and varied. It's a long journey but it's a great way to see and experience so much in one day. Strasbourg was beautiful and the river cruise very informative . It was lovely getting to stroll around the markets and tour inside Notre Dame. We couldn't see anything in the Black Forest drive past the edges of the forest due to fog and rain but that just added to the atmosphere. The cake and quaint cuckoo clocks in the café oozed charm and the souvenir shop had lots of choice. Baden Baden was such a surprise with historical buildings and upmarket shops standing side by side. The casino and spa were highlights of the town. I look back on this day tour with gratitude - to share it with the passionate guide Peter and my Bangladeshi companion was an added bonus.

Nov042013

Tour/Activity

Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I get my hotel to confirm my bookings when overseas so that there is no confusion. I was picked up on time and taken to the meeting point for many tours. Don't worry if the milling around looks like chaos .. you will get a sticker and your guide will find you! We were well informed by our terrific guide about what was happening and when and where to meet. My fan with my name in Chinese letters is a fond reminder of this night and is displayed prominently at home. The restaurant is an experience of not being in control. You sit with others on the tour at a big round table and soon hear and/or tell your life stories to complete strangers! The food just keeps coming out, you don't order it and it is shared around the table. If you're looking for gourmet, then this is not for you - but flavour and fun it is. Plenty of time is allowed for shopping at the markets and then comes the trishaw ride. My careful side of me kept thinking how dangerous it was on the busy streets but my adventurous side won out and just enjoyed the ride! After an informative and pleasant bum boat cruise it was back for a wander through Clarke Quay which was coming alive with music and food.( Probably a good place to come back to another time). Everyone was dropped back to their hotels which was a lovely way to finish a great night out!

Sep272012

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Monet

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My daughter and I enjoyed this afternoon tour on our two night visit to Paris. The coach trip to Normandy was scenic, comfortable and didn't take too long. Commentary by the tour guides was in both Spanish and English and was very informative. Once at the gardens we had plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, eat our picnic lunch, inspect Monet's cottage and take photos. It is a fair walk back to the bus parking area for those with mobility issues and the toilets were near the gift shop on the way out ( we actually didn't find them) Food was available in the township once you exited but not in the gardens themselves. Driving back to Paris along the Seine was beautiful, especially when the Eiffel Tower was about 100 metres away. We were readily able to catch the Metro back to our hotel as it was across the road from the tour office. A highly recommended tour!

Sep262012

Tour/Activity

Private Transfer: Gare du Nord Train Station (Eurostar Terminal)

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was lovely to be met at this bustling station, especially as we had a lot of luggage with us. As it was my first time in Paris I was able to have a good look around enroute to our hotel. My daughter happily conversed in French with the driver but he also spoke in English to me. We were delivered straight outside the hotel door and assisted with our luggage. I would definitely use this service next time. Don't forget to confirm your booking beforehand to ensure your pick up.

Sep212012

Tour/Activity

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

My hotel pick up went smoothly and I was delivered to Victoria Station where it was like being herded into a cattle pen with people waiting to board many tours. Unfortunately my particular tour had many different names so people were confused when the tour was called. However, once we were boarded the tour was fantastic. Our guide was very informative and easy to find with his red handled umbrella held aloft. We were able to see so much in one day without feeling rushed and the pub lunch was delicious. You have to make your own way back to your hotel after you complete your section of the tour.

Sep202012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Madame Tussauds London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What an amazing exhibition! I spent a couple of hours here. Your ticket allows entry for a session. I would advise arriving a bit later than the beginning of the session as there was still a line of people with pre purchased tickets awaiting entry. It also got very hot inside so wearing layers is a good idea. As well as freedom to take your own photos there are professional photo opportunities which are ready to pick up within minutes. It is well worth a visit.

Sep192012

Tour/Activity

Dinner Cruise on the Seine River with Hotel Pickup

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I would love to be able to review this tour but somehow my dates got confused and when I rang to confirm the booking I was informed that my booking was for the previous week and I had missed it. This was an expensive lesson to check all details when you print off your confirmations!

Sep192012

Tour/Activity

London Airport Private Arrival Transfer

London, United Kingdom

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

My Review

I was disappointed on my arrival to see at least 50 name cards being held up, none of which was mine. I phoned the company who assured me that a driver was coming. There was an instruction on my confirmation sheet to wait near the information booth but there isn't actually one there now. Once my driver arrived I explained that this was my first time in UK and how excited I was to be seeing my daughter. He didn't speak to me at all on the trip unless I asked him a direct question so I had no idea what anything was or where we were. He used the GPS to find my hotel and basically dropped me off in the dark near the hotel for me to find it on my own. Luckily the rest of my holiday was much more friendly, and I will get a cab next time because those London cabbies are great!

Sep182012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Sentosa Island Afternoon Trip

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a very well organised tour with so much to do and see. The cable car ride was a highllight with stunning views over the city, harbour and island. I was impressed with the Museum depicting the timeline of Singapore's history in tableau format. The aquarium and pink dolphin/sealion show were interesting. I have never seen a sound and light show so was very impressed with the finale to the tour. There was a problem with my hotel return transport due to Formula 1 road closures and the guide ensured that I got back safely by accompanying me ... what an amazing young man!

Sep172012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Hop-On Hop-Off Pass with River Bumboat Cruise

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The actual route was an excellent way to get around the city and see the sights even if you didn't get off. However, I had trouble accessing the hotel pick up to collect the voucher, even though I had asked the hotel concierge to clarify the arrangements. After waiting for ages another call to the company informed me that hotel pick up was only for groups of 2 or more. As I was travelling alone I had to get a cab just to pick up the voucher. It's a shame that the confirmation of payment can't be your voucher.

Sep172012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Zoo Breakfast with Orangutans

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I went to the central meeting place to join the tour only to be told that due to the Formula 1 closures the meeting place was Chinatown. The woman at the tour desk was quite rude. When she rang the tour guide it turned out that they had me booked on the wrong day and asked me to come back the next day. As I couldn't do that I had to catch a cab to the zoo (about 1/2 hour away) and join the tour there. I was reimbursed for the cost and from there the tour was great. There were photo opportunities with the orangutans and a basic buffet breakfast in a covered area adjacent. Afterwards there was plenty of time to enjoy the lovely zoo and see the Sea Lion show. If you were too tired or hot to walk there was a hop on hop off train to take you around. I was very impressed with the zoo itself.

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Sep162012

Tour/Activity

Singapore Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My driver was waiting as I arrived and welcomed me politely. It was a beautiful ride along bouganvillea lined streets to my hotel. My driver was informative and helpful. I would definitely recommend this service and will use it again.

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