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NeilC

Australia

Apr242013

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Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a day.. absolutley FANTASTIC. We had a perfect sunny day, with lots of snow on the mountain peaks... This provided awesome views once arrived and spectacular snow, one of the best "entry fee and ride inclusive" tours I have been on. Tour guide was fantastic, and ensured everyone was safe, accounted for and on time.
Time in the snow was perfect, and we could do what we wanted with free time, which was enough to do all the mountain top attractions and fun park.
Well worth every cent paid.

Meeting point can be a little hard to find, however it is across the road from Tram 4 (and others) stop of "Sihlquai Tram Stop", which is near the Main railway station. This bus terminal is easily idenified by the 2 ticket selling booths and the busses parked in the parking lot.

Apr192013

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Budapest City Walking Tour

Budapest, Hungary

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Kirga the tour guide, was very knowledgable, however with a thick Hungarian accent her english was very difficult to comprehend, and you had to really listen to her. This provided a better understanding, as you actually heard what she was saying.
The tour was good, with the sites and locations really worth seeing.
Word of warning, you need to be keen walker, as the hills and stairs in Buda were a challenge for even the guide.
The tour provided all metro pass tickets, and a "special surprise" which was a nice touch. Be sure to visit the bath room a the "surpirse" location, as the hand basin is something to write home about.

Thoroughly recommend this tour as a good way to see both Buda and Pest sides of the river.

Apr162013

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Carlos the tour guide was extremely informative and flexible with photos, questions and allowing time in each location. The Camp is extemely emotional, but a very very interesting tour. Only suggestion is that the tour should start at 8.30am, and end later. The 1 hour train journey each way, would eat far less, into the Camp tour, if the start time was earlier and concluded later.
Thoroughly recommend this tour, and would love to return to this site, under my own steam, to take my time at each spot and fully appreciate the horrible historical events that occured at this camp.

Apr152013

Tour/Activity

Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites Historical Walking Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Jared the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about each site, however went into far to much depth on each site, and therefore we lost a lot of photo opportunities. He was a little aggressive when one person in the tour, stopped monentarily to purchase a bottle of water as we walked by, and requested everyone to advise him, if we wanted to purchase food or water as needed.
The tour itself was very good, however as we also went on the Third Reich bike tour, we doubled up on most of the sites, but obtained consistent detailed information on each site. There were also additonal locations visited on this tour (compared to the Third Reich tour).
Over all, quiet good, however additional photo opportunities would be a huge benefit.

Apr142013

Tour/Activity

Berlin Bike Tour: Third Reich and Nazi Germany

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Neil, the tour guide was fantastic. Fat Bike tours permitted us to take the bikes out again after the tour to use until 6.00pm. This was awesome, as we revisited locations to get additional photos.
THe tour was well planned, and as Berlin is flat, there was very little energy required to get the bikes going. Neil was knowledgeable, and pointed out things that tour books will not detail.
excellent tour, and well woth the value. Its just a shame that the tour could not have been longer, as there is so much to see in Berlin that relates to WWII.

Apr102013

Tour/Activity

Highlights of Amsterdam Sightseeing Cruise

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Nice cruise, nothing absolutley fantastic. The commentary in all languages, which meant that many times, as we travelled passed the focal point, the English commentary was broadcast, and you missed the real detail of the focal point.
The Cruise location is a little hard to find, however look fo the "Canal Cruises and Excursions" shop at Amsterdam Centraal Station, you can swap Viator vouchers for Boat Tour tickets.

Aug312012

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Tigre Delta Day Trip from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Aug242012

Tour/Activity

Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Tour should be called the Walking tour of CHURCHES. All we seemed to do was entering free churches and miss out on the cities more historical buildings like the newly renovated Opera House, National Theatre, Library and other significant buildings in the city.

In the Centro Cultural Centre, the tour guide had to find out what certain statues were. She should have known already. Imperial Palace visit was far too brief, less than 5 minutes were allowed, Cafateria Colombo was very very crowded and made the visit less than interesting.
Tour guide spoke English, however was hard to understand on occasions.

This tour could be enhanced with more varied buildings and not just all the churches in the area.

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Aug232012

Tour/Activity

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

OMG.. WHAT A FANTASTIC DAY. Sugar Loaf mountain visit, whilst brief was an amazing experience, with spectacular views.
Lunch in a Seafood resturant, was more like an Italian Resturant with fish or pasta on the menu- hardly SEAFOOD.
Mountain and Christ statue had to be seen to be believed. The day was sunny and hot.
Perfect weather for fantastic photos.The only improvement is for the Christ statue tour to occur in the morning. Both guides were great, spoke fantastic english. The tour bus windows had a "logo stripe" over window at eye level, making it very hard to get photos from the bus window. I would thoroughly RECOMMEND THIS TOUR

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Aug212012

Tour/Activity

Tigre Delta Day Trip from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Small town tour of San Isidro was interesting, especially the church on the hill and close sourrounds. Boat cruise on the Tigre Delta was really, a boat cruise on merky water, looking at houses on an island.
The standard "tour photo" keepsake was taken as you entered the boat and for a "fee" you could purchase at the end of the boat ride.
The Tour guide was very pleasant and spoke excellent english.
Overall a good day out, but all the hype is a letdown when you actually visit.

Apr192011

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Kuala Lumpur Grand Full-Day Tour including Lunch

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great tour, saw lots of KL that the average visitor would not see. Tour Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. He managed to keep our private tour ahead of all the "tour buses" which made our visits more enjoyable. His local knowlege was very good, and advised about getting to KL twin tours very very early, to beat the tour buses. Lunch was delicious, with buffet of all Malaysian dishes. Batu Caves were good. Recommend this PRIVATE tour, as it is worth the additional cost to do the tour at YOUR pace and not at the tour drivers time limits.

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Dec032010

Tour/Activity

Phuket Half-Day Safari Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Brilliant. Elephants and ride was fantastic. The English spoken by the tour guide could have been better, however this did not affect the elephant trek and lead up displays. The displays prior to our elephant trek were good and informative - Coconut pancakes were delicious. Lunch was Thai Style buffet lunch was quiet nice. Don’t forget your Thai Baht (money) for soft drinks and beers. Overall an unforgettable experience. Must include this on your visit to Phuket.

Dec022010

Tour/Activity

Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

City Tour should be called "Island Tour". We travelled around the spectacular South part of the Phuket Island, to Kata, Karon and Old Phuket Town plus others. Very informative and funny tour guide (we even learned 3 Thai words). Cashew nut factory and Buddist Temple were interesting, however this was dampened by the Gem factory, which was a huge "forced sell" to the tourists, as sales staff literally followed you around the gem show room and gift shop, trying to get you to purchase very expensive jewellery and gifts. This spoiled the tour. A visit to the Big Budah would have been good, however as this was not finished, we only see this from a distance. Great tour to see Phuket Island and get your bearings.

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