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Susan P

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Sep022013

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Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great way to see the Louvre! Walking tour -- no bus. Much better way to see the sights along the way, as the tour office was a couple blocks from the Louvre. We skipped the line, then were led through the moat and underground fortress foundations, then to some of the art highlights (Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, Mona Lisa, etc). This is helpful, since the Louvre is so huge and crowded. The tour lasted about 2 hours, then we were able to stay as long as we wanted to see more on our own. We stayed another 2 hours and went through the Egyptian and Babylonian sections -- very interesting. We also went back to better see some of the art works we had only passed by with the tour . It was a bit difficult to follow the tour guide, as she had no "lollipop" or umbrella or other object to hold up in the air (just a small fan!). And with the crowds in the Louvre, it is very easy to get separated from your group. Otherwise, the tour was great!

Sep022013

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Paris Bike Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is the 3rd time we have done this tour!! We keep returning to Paris with different family members and want to repeat our favorite tours! My favorite way to see any place is by bicycle. (Next best is by foot -- bus tours are not for me!) The Fat Tire guides are very knowledgable and expert at keeping the group together and safe from traffic. We learned so much from their interesting and entertaining commentaries! Saw a lot of great sites, while getting some exercise, breathing fresh air, and stopping for great photo ops. The lunch at the Tuilleries Gardens was fantastic! We have done all the Fat Tire Bike tours in Paris, London, Barcelona, and Berlin -- they are consistently the best!!

Sep012013

Tour/Activity

Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Ticket in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

When you see the lines at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, you will be glad you are skipping the line! Actually, we were there on Sept. 1, and the lines weren't as bad as in the past, when we had been there in June and July. But we were still glad to skip the line, and go right up to the 2nd floor. The tour guide gives a brief history of the Eiffel Tower, gets you to the elevator entrance, then you're on your own. The ticket also includes the elevator to the top. You can spend as much time as you want on the Tower.

Sep012013

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Paris Night Bike Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is the 3rd time we have done this tour!! We keep returning to Paris with different family members and want to repeat our favorite tours! My favorite way to see any place is by bicycle. (Next best is by foot -- bus tours are not for me!) The Fat Tire guides are very knowledgable and expert at keeping the group together and safe from traffic. We learned so much from their interesting and entertaining commentaries! Saw a lot of great sites, while getting some exercise and breathing fresh air. The ice cream stop was yummy! The other times we did this tour were in June and July, and most of the tour was in the light (sunset at 10:00 pm). That works out perfect, as we get to the Louvre right as the sun is setting behind the pyramid! The late afternoon light is really lovely, and it's still nice and warm. Only the boat part of the tour was in the dark (plus the 10-minute ride back to the shop). However, this time (in early September), the majority of the tour was in the dark, and it was chilly. No photos, as all was dark. It was still fun, just different from before. We have done all the Fat Tire Bike tours in Paris, London, Barcelona, and Berlin -- they are consistently the best!!

Aug312013

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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is the 2nd time we have done this tour!! We returned to Barcelona with different family members and wanted to repeat our favorite tours! My favorite way to see any place is by bicycle. The Fat Tire guides are very knowledgeable and expert at keeping the group together and safe from traffic. We learned so much from their interesting and entertaining commentaries! Saw a lot of great sites, while getting some exercise, breathing fresh air, and stopping for great photo ops. The lunch at the beach was fantastic! Just wished we could have had 10 minutes or so to take hang out and take photos at the beach, as the lunch place was indoors. We have done all the Fat Tire Bike tours in Paris, London, Barcelona, and Berlin -- they are consistently the best!!

Aug312013

Tour/Activity

Tapas Evening Walking Tour of Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was an interesting way to see parts of Barcelona and to experience their famous tapas. Our favorite stop was at the marketplace! The tapas were interesting, though 1 of the 3 bars we went to definitely had the best food. At the first stop, the bread was soggy and unappealing. We don't drink alcohol, so we had a lot of sparkling water, but the wine and sangria drinkers seemed to enjoy having their drink with the appetizers. I was plenty full after this tour, but the men in my family were still hungry for some dinner afterward, in case you are doing this for your dinner. Our guide was very nice, and I liked combining a walking tour with snacks along the way! My only complaint was that I didn't really enjoy a lot of the food.

Aug312013

Tour/Activity

Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was a fun way to see the cultural side of Barcelona, with the dancing, flamenco guitars, and singing! We didn't get the buffet, just the show. The performers were very talented. I guess this was more "my thing", because my husband and son thought it was interesting, but too long. They weren't as excited about it as I was. Our seats were way in the back and to the side, whereas some people were right in front and center. I don't know if you are seated by how early you get there, or what, but it was difficult to see from where we were. No photos allowed until the last 5 minutes, which was kind of disappointing. However, the performance was very good.

Aug182013

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Venice Art and Architecture Walking Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was really a "private tour"! Our family were the only ones on the tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and explained all about the architecture of various churches and buildings in Venice. He took us to some places we had never seen and probably wouldn't have found on our own. The meeting place could have been somewhere more well-known and easier to find, but we were early and had found the place earlier in the day, so it worked out fine.

Aug172013

Tour/Activity

Dolomite Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Venice

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was amazing! The Dolomites are awesome, and the scenery was beautiful! A lot of driving, but we were able to make multiple stops during the day. Several photo stops, a 1/2-hour stop at a small village for gelato, and a nice long stop at a lovely outdoor lunch place right on the lake. We traveled in a couple of mini-vans because of the narrow roads (rather than a bus), so the small group setting was great. By the time we got to Cortina, the weather had gotten overcast and our time there was too short; but overall the day was fantatic and I would recommend this tour highly.

Jun082013

Tour/Activity

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

Vancouver, Canada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic way to see 2 amazing places! Victoria is very British, but with a native American vibe -- loved it! Also loved walking through their Chinatown! Lots of interesting shops/restaurants, nice harbor area with artists' booths along the seawall. The Empress Hotel is beautiful -- don't miss that! Then on to Butchart Gardens -- amazing landscaped gardens/flowers -- wow! I've heard of it for years -- finally got to go, and was not disappointed. Very lovely! The ferry was also very unique and interesting -- over 400 cars on one ferry! Wonderful buffet (not included) on the ferry. Never would have been able to find our way to these 2 must-see places on our own -- our guide took really good care of us and made sure no one got lost or left behind! Recommend this highly!

Jun072013

Tour/Activity

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Vancouver, Canada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We kind of expected a city-lights dinner cruise, but since the sun didn't set until 9:30 pm or so, it was actually a sunny dinner cruise, with a beautiful sunset near the end! The food was great (buffet), and the paddleboat was charming! Loved passing beneath several bridges and seeing the shoreline from the perspective of the water. We did the City Sightseeing Tour (afternoon) on the same day as this. The City Tour ran a bit late, so they dropped us off right at the harbor, and even called ahead to make sure they knew we were on the way! We really appreciated that -- and the timing ended up working out perfect!

Jun072013

Tour/Activity

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour

Vancouver, Canada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Wonderful introduction to the lovely city of Vancouver! Loved the botanical gardens, parks, totems, bridges, Granville Island, and driving through Chinatown, past expensive homes, the steam clock, the historical district, the harbor, etc. Stanley Park was huge and beautiful! The seawall went on forever -- with bike paths, lovely views, beaches, lighthouses, etc. Great way to get your bearings and to see places we wanted to return to later. Hotel pickup and drop-off were welcome as well! Our day started out overcast and rainy, but soon the sun came out and was warm and lovely!

Feb202011

Tour/Activity

Montreal City Guided Sightseeing Tour

Montreal, Canada

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great way to get an overview of Montreal. Our guide was great -- really made it informative and he had a great sense of humor! Wish we could have made more photo stops, but over all, we really enjoyed it!!

Aug022010

Tour/Activity

Zurich City Highlights with Felsenegg Cable Car Ride

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Enjoyed the variety coach, cable car, ferry. Wish we could have spent less time in the coach and more time walking around Zurich. Cable car and ferry were very enjoyable.

Jul212010

Tour/Activity

Small-Group French Cooking Class in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Really great experience in a nice apartment of a local Parisien. Mariam was very nice and very knowledgable about cooking. Lots of fun. Only problem no location given on our voucher. Contact phone number was not the number of our chef, Mariam. Because of location trouble, we missed our market tour, which was before the cooking class. Need better directions contact info. Loved the cooking class, however.

Note from Viator
Thank you for the feedback Susan. We have reviewed and updated the vouchers to ensure all departure details are listed.

Jul192010

Tour/Activity

Paris in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Really good. Did this tour last time we were in Paris. Good variety -- walking, cruise on Seine, lunch included. Good way to see main Paris sights in one day Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame.

Jul162010

Tour/Activity

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Great way to see 3 wonderful & very different places in the beautiful English countryside. Felt a bit rushed at each place, but understood the need to keep to the schedule in order to fit all 3 into 1 day. Loved it!

Jul152010

Tour/Activity

Medieval Banquet and Merriment by Torchlight in London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Very fun. Food was very good. The entertainment was also quite good, and went on for the whole dinner. Even the waitresses were part of the show. Great interaction with the other guests at our table. Everyone in our group had a great time!

Jul132010

Tour/Activity

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
Great idea, but had some trouble with the buses. First of all, we had trouble locating the starting point. Then, they didn't run as often as we would have liked, and so we had to wait quite a while - at some stops 20-30 minutes. Ran out of time to see all we wanted.

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