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Dick

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Retired Military, Retired School Teacher.

Sep142012

Tour/Activity

Corinth Half-Day Trip from Athens

Athens, Greece

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The Corinth canal was an awesome sight but the site of the ancient Corinth was pretty much just another ruin. Very little has been reconstructed and the ruins have not been developed enough to allow a meaningful survey. The museum is in a similar state of development. The ancient site of the original seaport from biblical times was simply a row of rocks on the shore and stretching out a short distance into the water. All in all, we are glad we went, if only to satisfy our curiosity.

Sep132012

Tour/Activity

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Athens, Greece

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great trip. Our driver, John, and our guide Joy, did a wonderful job explaining things on the ride there and back. Joy was also exceptional at the site and in the museum. She regaled us for much of the trip with stories from Greek mythology that helped to place the site of Delphi of its historical context. It was exceptionally educational and made the long bus ride very enjoyable.

Sep122012

Tour/Activity

Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon Half-Day Trip from Athens

Athens, Greece

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

My Review

Beautiful location and great views of the coast and sea. The ruins are not well developed and our guide did not do a good job of explaining the significance of the temple or its original layout.

Sep122012

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Athens Small-Group Food Tour

Athens, Greece

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

My Review

This tour sounded like a great idea, but in execution it turned into a visit to several shops to sample strange food and even stranger condiments that are largely unavailable in other parts of the world. Thus, we were urged to buy food stuffs at every stop. Not what I had in mind when I signed up.

Sep112012

Tour/Activity

Athens Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Athens, Greece

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our plane was late, and after many hours and an overnight of flying it was great to come out of customs and have a very nice driver holding a sign with your name. He grabbed our bags and took us straight to our hotel with some sightseeing on the way. It doesn't get much better than that, even at the relatively high cost.

Nov072011

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Departure Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very convenient; worked well; much better than hustling bags up and down metro steps.

Nov042011

Tour/Activity

Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

Bayeux, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour; very knowledgeable and personable guide. Made the Omaha Beach effort real.

Nov032011

Tour/Activity

Paris Shuttle Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

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

My Review

Bad experience. Surly uncommunicative and extremely aggressive driving, packed van, morning traffic made the 2.5 hour drive a real chore.

Oct202010

Tour/Activity

Cairo Airport Private Departure Transfer

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The transfer went off without a hitch. The provider even personally took us through the first several levels of security at the Cairo airport which saved us untold time and trouble.

Oct192010

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Alexandria Day Trip from Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Overall this tour was very good. The guide was personable and had a good command of English. The three hour drive returning to Cairo was more like four plus hours due to traffic. Time in Alexandria was limited because of the drive time, but I would have hated being in Egypt without a visit to Alexandria.

My Photos

  • Egypt _224

Sep142009

Tour/Activity

London Heathrow Airport Departure Shuttle Transfer

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The service arrived when agreed and got us to the correct terminal in plenty of time. We enjoyed not having to worry about transporting bags on the underground and train.

Sep112009

Tour/Activity

Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Skip the Line. Can't beat that.

Sep102009

Tour/Activity

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Oxford Day Trip

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This tour was a great way to see and gain an appreciation for several sites in a limited amount of time. A full day could have been spent at either Windsor or Oxford. The guide was knowledgeable without being too wordy. Windsor was especially good as the guide gave us a good orientation and then left us to wander as we wished within the time available. Between Windsor and Stonehenge we stopped for lunch at what I would describe as a very nice road house pub. The lunch was very good, while I thought a bit expensive. Stonehenge time was short but adequate to see and appreciate and our guide brought it to life. At Oxford we got a basic walking tour of the town and past the gates of several colleges for a peek in before a welcome stop for tea and scones. We would have rather spent the tea time in one of the colleges, but they seemed to be closed to visitors, no fault of the tour. This tour has a lot of bus time, but the distances involved make that a necessity. All in all we highly recommend this tour.

My Photos

  • Our group entering Windsor

Sep092009

Tour/Activity

Cambridge City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Cambridge, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
A great way to see the city in a limited amount of time. This hop-on hop-off was better than most as it used a recorded commentary that was easy to understand and complete. An excellent value.

Sep082009

Tour/Activity

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

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A great way to get oriented to the city in a short time. The commentary, however, was at times hard to understand and different commentators had different takes on the sights. All in all a good value.

Sep142007

Tour/Activity

Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This tour was truly exceptional. The guide was very knowledgeable, especially concerning the history of the area and the religions involved. The tour added a historical carpet museum that was not on the list of places to be visited that was very interesting. Of course, there was the obligatory visit to the guide's favorite jewelry and carpet shop, but that was accomplished in a very low key manner. Pickup at the port and drop-off at our hotel after the tour for us and all our baggage was effortlessly accomplished. This tour was much cheaper and a much smaller group than one offered by the cruise line.

Sep132007

Tour/Activity

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Dinner and Show

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This tour was very good. While waiting for members of our party to arrive, the guide was exceptionally helpful to several travelers who were in need of detailed information concerning travel around Istanbul. We had a short tour of the area before arriving at the night club, which was well done. The Turkish dinner and show were great, the only thing that would have enhanced the experience was if the hosts had taken the time to describe what we were eating. The belly dancers were awesome. This tour was much cheaper that one offered by the cruise line.

May212007

Tour/Activity

New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A great way to get a general orientation if this is your first visit, though some guides are better than others.

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