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Jan042015

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Folklore Show 'Feel Yourself Russian' with Russian Buffet Dinner

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

I had to wait for approx 15 minutes on the stairs in front of the ticket office's closed door. When my turn eventually came, I handed my voucher to the lady there and she said my booking is not listed. Not until I insisted did she make a phone call to someone and then said nothing to me, but handed me a ticket. I asked her to which way will the performance will be held, because for me the venue seemed so grand. With an indifferent look she replied, "I don't understand." That's funny, because she had been speaking English with me. What didn't she understand?

It says here "with Russian Buffet Dinner". I'm still wondering now where was that "dinner"? Yes, there were refreshments during recess time. Yes, I know, inclusions and exclusions are specified in the details. But even if it were a paid dinner, I didn't see anything like that. Why put something on the title which is actually not the real fact?? Moreover, putting "dinner" along in the title gives the impression that the offered price includes dinner. Exclusions are normally not stated on the title, aren't they??

The show itself was great, worth to see. Nothing is to be regretted about this.

I bought the DVD of the show which was sold during recess hour. I have to say that the recording was poorly made. The sound and editing ruined the actual art. Back home, to those who I showed the DVD, I had ensure them that the real show I watched was way way more beautiful and not boring at all.

Jan042015

Tour/Activity

Russian Vodka Museum Tour in St Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Just by walking me from the Metro Station to the museum, Anastasia had brought me to the heart of St Petersburg. Her excellent English was one thing, but her passion for St Petersburg was another. In the end, not only about vodka did I get, but also about St Petersburg.

At the museum, I was guided by Euginia who explained things to me with great enthusiasm. After the tour session, I was allowed to stay and take pictures as much as to my heart's content. Aha. After that, when some more questions popped up in mind, Euginia happily answered them for me.

Even for one who is not into liquor, it's still more than worth to take this tour.

Dec222014

Tour/Activity

Communist Moscow: Evening Walking Tour

Moscow, Russian Federation

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It brought an insight to me to understand the kind of communism in Russia. During the tour we didn't merely talk about communism, but also other terms regarding to Russia. A great thanks again to Elena, our tour guide, we had a great time.

Dec212014

Tour/Activity

City Sightseeing Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Moscow, Russian Federation

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Because the information on my voucher said "The route begins at Red Square", I went to Red Square at approx 9:45. But Red Square was a huge area. I had to call the local number (which wasn't contactable before 10:00) to ask where exactly at Red Square. Then I was told to go to behind St. Basille Cathedral. I waited there for 50 minutes until a bus showed up. It looks like the first bus doesn't really begin at 10:00 AM as mentioned. Otherwise, given a 20 minutes interval of time (bus comes every 20 minutes) I should have met a bus before that 50 minutes. It couldn't be because of traffic jam either, because it was Sunday morning and I saw it myself, the streets were still quiet at that time. I strongly suggest Viator to put in more specific information.

A few days ahead, I tried to contact Viator, asking from which stop near my hostel I could catch the bus. My hostel was actually very close to the main attractions. Thus, it shouldn't have been too complicated to give directions. However, Viator's answer was merely: "Ask your hotel staff." Why would I contact Viator if so? Many Russians don't speak English by the way. What's the plus of booking through Viator?

Service on the bus itself was excellent. I like the way the guide through the audio guide explained the surroundings. Getting on this bus helped me a lot to understand more about Moscow. I am perfectly satisfied with the service on board.

Dec212014

Tour/Activity

Moscow Metro Tour

Moscow, Russian Federation

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Anyone into architecture, definitely should take this tour. We were guided to various subway stations and none of them were alike. Each had it's own uniqueness, and own culture. Thanks a lot to Elena, our tour guide. She guided us in such a way which stirred my excitement about Russia even more.

However, the information on my voucher was misleading. It stated that the meeting point was:
"Biblioteka Lenina metro. KutafiaTower of the Moscow Kremlin"
As a matter of fact, Biblioteka Lenina Metro (the entrance where the sign is) and Kutafia Tower were two different places. The two were separated by a broad street, and not exactly across each other.

Jan062013

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Markets Small-Group Walking Tour

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Interesting itinerary, friendly guide.

My Photos

  • Exploring the Markets

Dec282012

Tour/Activity

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full Day Tour including Lunch from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This 'Full Day" tour is not true. Duration, it says '9 hours', but on practice it's only 6 hours. Jason, my guide, insisted that he was just doing his job and if I have any complain, I'm pleased to tell Viator. I was also left to wander the wall on my own. Jason's attitude was unfavorable.

Note from Viator
Note from Viator: Thank you for your review. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during your tour. We have contacted the tour company and have addressed your concern with them. Thank you for helping us ensure the quality of our tours.

My Photos

  • Mutianyu in Winter

Dec262012

Tour/Activity

Private Cultural Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride and Dumpling Making in Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Like:
Picked up on time
Itinerary well arranged
Informative guide in the beginning
A quilt on rickshaw protected from winter wind
Lunch delish

Don't like:
Asked 15 RMB for rickshaw tip
Tea ceremony = sales product presentation
Persuaded hard to buy tea
Guide busy w/ his gadget, guessing for myself

Note from Viator
This review is based on a previous itinerary. The tea ceremony is no longer included on this tour.

Aug272012

Tour/Activity

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I checked in from Hagia Sofia and almost got on the wrong bus. If it weren't for a kind stranger passing by, I would have had to pay extra and be fooled, because when I showed my Viator Voucher, they said it was their bus. I suggest Viator to mention a warning in itinerary and put a more eye-catching signpost at Hagia Sophia.The tour itself was pleasant and informative. It helped me better my understanding of Istanbul a lot. Very worthwhile.

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