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Jul282014

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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a great way to see Cinque Terre if you don't have time to hike there. Our guide was very well organised, there were a lot of people on the trip and we had to do a lot of moving round from village to village but he explained meeting points and transportation well. We had long enough in each place to have a wander round and take some photos. The village we stopped for lunch, Monterosso, had some lovely beaches. I didnt do the lunch option, instead got a sandwich and had much longer on the beach but from what others said the lunch was good.

Jul272014

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Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Both Siena and San Gimignano were beautiful and I was glad I visited. We had English, French and Spanish speakers on our tour so our guide switched between the three languages. Though she did a great job I found I missed a couple of things because I switched off when she was speaking French and Spanish. In Siena we were split into groups to go with a local guide who did a great job of showing us round, then we had some time to explore by ourselves. I had lots of fun exploring San Gimignano. The map we were given was very helpful and also quite interactive with some tower spotting activities for children.

Jul252014

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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our guide for the Accademia part of the tour, was brilliant. She gave us lots of information but also time to take photos or look at works of art ourselves. She was informative. approachable and entertaining. When speaking about a piece of art she stood to the side so you could actually look at the art, which is something I really respect in a tour guide (as a person who visits a lot of museums and galleries both with groups and independently) The guide for Uffizi in the afternoon was pretty much the opposite. Dull to listen to and stood in front of paintings when describing them which I hate. Both galleries are great to visit though and it was nice to have extra time to explore after the tour finished though it would have been nice to have a little longer in Uffizi as its so huge

Jul232014

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Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I did this tour to skip the lines to see in the basilica. Overall the tour was interesting but I felt a little rushed, especially in the basilica. The guide was knowledgeable though and the staff well organised giving out headsets etc

Jul222014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

Venice, Italy

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

My Review

The secret itineraries tour involved viewing lots of secret passages, prison cells and empty rooms. Its the sort of tour that with a great story teller would have been incredibly interesting but sadly our guide, while knowledgeable, didn't manage to make the history come alive for me. I know a little Venetian history but I think if I hadnt i would have found the information inaccessible, as very little background on who was who and political set ups were given. Plus she was very abrupt and told people off for not standing at the side of the room she wanted them to. That said, different guide and the tour could be awesome.

Jul212014

Tour/Activity

Dolomite Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Venice

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

The day I went it rained. Not just a little but bucketed it down. You couldnt see a thing and though our guide tried to be upbeat and optimistic and knew a lot about the area its just not enjoyable in that sort of weather. I dont mind walking in the rain, I dont mind getting wet but this isnt the sort of trip you can do in such weather and since the guides apparently knew it would be that bad all day I would rather they had just cancelled the trip at least i wouldnt have wasted a whole day sat in a bus with nothing to see or do.

Jul182014

Tour/Activity

Milan Super Saver: Verona and Lake Garda Day Trip Plus Swiss Alps Bernina Express Rail Tour from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The trip to Verona and lake Garda was great. Our local guide in Verona was very knowledgable. The tour guide recommended a nice place to eat. On the bernina express trip a miscommunication meant we went for the wrong train but a call to company meant bus was waiting for us when we got to st moritz

Jul132014

Tour/Activity

Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide was great and very informative at both sites. Hadrians villa was a really interesting site but the highlight for me was villa d'este. It was absolutely stunning and I wish we could have stayed longer

Jul022014

Tour/Activity

Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

Taormina, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I really enjoyed the Mount Etna part of the trip, it was fun going up to the top. The Circumetnea was a bit boring. The view from my side of the train was rubbish and it was hot and cramped. I would rather have had longer either at Etna or at the Alcantara Gorge which I felt was a little rushed and I didnt have time to really enjoy.

Jul012014

Tour/Activity

Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

Taormina, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Valley of the Temples was fantastic. Our local guide was great, very knowledgeable and kept us moving without rushing anyone who wanted to take photos. Villa Romana was interesting too, the mosaics were amazing. However, it was a very long day (I dont think I got back until almost 8 after all the drop offs) Also, when I booked there was only 1 option for a pick up at Taormina bus station. The company who do the trip (SAT?) do several pick ups round Taormina and also in Gardini Naxos so its worth checking with them to see if you can arrange a pick up nearer your hotel, especially if like me youre down by the beach rather than Taormina itself as the funivia does not fun at early in the morning so you need to do the long walk up or get a taxi which adds a good amount of time or money to the trip.

Jul142013

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Shared Departure Transfer: Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Orebic and Korcula Hotels to Dubrovnik Airport

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Arrived early, very helpful staff, lovely cool coach. Would use again. Thanks.

Jul132013

Tour/Activity

Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fun tour, led by an enthusiastic guide who was a great fan of the series herself and knew a lot about both the tv series and the books. An enjoyable experience for fans of the show.

Jul122013

Tour/Activity

Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A nice way to get a taste of a beautiful country. Enough time in each place for a quick explore. The cheese sandwiches at the place we stopped for lunch were amazing.

Jul012013

Tour/Activity

Salzburg Super Saver: Original Sound of Music and Salt Mines Day Trip

Salzburg, Austria

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Like other people have said the Salt mines part of the tour was surprisingly interesting and the slides were a lot of fun. The lady (Naomi I think) who led the Sound of Music part of the tour was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful. The village we stopped for lunch was lovely too. What stopped me from giving 5 stars was the way we were dropped off at the salt mines while the coach and tour guide took the group up to Eagles nest without a clear time of when we would be picked up.

Jun292013

Tour/Activity

Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I loved Budapest. The tour started off well with a drive past some of the main sights down to heroes square. After this we went up to the castle where lots of the group stopped for lunch, spending a whole hour having a three course meal which I felt was a bit of a waste of time. Luckily I had the foresight to bring my own lunch and went off the explore the castle instead (I'm glad i did as the others never got the chance) The walk around the nearby area was interesting but my favourite part was the free time to explore by ourselves. Lots of fun.

Jun272013

Tour/Activity

Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A bit of a bad start as they had mis-calculated how many people were going to be on the trip so the bus wasn't big enough. The company sent for another one and though we were thoroughly entertained by a lovely American we did end up setting off half an hour late. Once the tour got going though I found both the guide who came with us and the local guide very informative. The place itself was very interesting.

Jun252013

Tour/Activity

Prague Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The driver who picked me up was just wonderful! I feel awful because I can't remember his name and he was such a kind man that I would have loved to thank him personally in this review. On the way to my hotel he told me all about the history of Prague, where to visit, where to eat and how to get around. I felt so confident getting about the city by myself because of all the wonderful information he gave me. Much better than most of the actual tour guides in Prague. thank you

Jun212013

Tour/Activity

Copenhagen Card

Copenhagen, Denmark

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Really useful, great being pre-paid for so many places and for transport. Loved the guide book that came with it, very informative including which metro lines or trains or bus to catch for each place and where to. Also encouraged me to visit some places I wouldn't have otherwise. If you're planning on doing some serious sight-seeing its a great choice!

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