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Drewry W

Drewry W

USA

Jul122012

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Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our guide Maria was excellent, and we saw more than just the tourist area of San Marco. The headsets did not work as well as the ones we had on other tours, but that happens. The afternoon Grand Canal boat was excellent. These are small water taxis - rather than large sightseeing boats - and thoroughly enjoyable. We were also lucky in that the guide we had the previous night on the Ghost Walk was also one of the guides for the Canal trip - and she made sure she was assigned to our boat. Well worth the additional money.

Jul112012

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Venice Ghost Walking Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Brilliant. This could have been nothing more than kitsch, but thanks to the wonderful guide Christine, this was a fun, relaxing and informative walk. I highly recommend this. Venice i a city that begs for a bit of mystery, and Christina was one of the original authors of this tour. You likely won't have a choice of guides, but in any event, just accept the this is a fun way to see a bit of the off the beaten path Venice.

Jul102012

Tour/Activity

Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We did the full day version, and the day was somewhat uneven. The morning was brilliant. The guide outstanding, the panorama from Piazza Michelangelo stunning, and the visit to see David worth the long line. The afternoon was problematic. We started off on a bus tour, which had two guides and four languages all thrown together - which basically meant you were only told about every fourth sight. I am fairly tolerant of these situations, but since I also speak French, I realized how little the English guide was sharing. Really awful. Once the 45 minute ride was over, we were picked up by an English guide and split onto an English only walking group. This was better. Sadly, they have also changed the published itinerary, so we were not able to see the tombs on Rossini, Michelangelo, etc. The wait to get into the Uffizi was almost 45 minutes - so inside we were somewhat rushed. Skip the afternoon option and do the Uffizi on your own.

Jul092012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is run by Dark Rome, and by far, they are the best tour company we death with. Their guides are excellent, the tour well organized, and the sound systems in excellent working order. Any visit to the Vatican will be chaotic due to the crowds - so just be prepared. But given the swarms of people, this tour was every bit as good as possible, and I highly recommend it. At the end, you have the opportunity to spend more time in St. Peter's. Summer is not the ideal time to go, but for many of us it is the only chance we have. The Vatican museum is a must see - if for nothing else but the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's - and this tour gives you both. Highly recommended.

Aug092010

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Paris City Segway Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Absolutely Outstanding ... of all the planned activities we did this was by far the best. The guide Max was superb the segway was just loads of fun. The people on the tour were great fun to be with. This was worth every cent. I just wish they had additional tours with different itineraries. We would have done every one.

Aug082010

Tour/Activity

Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
This was average boat and coach tour. It is a good way of getting a fast overview of the city, and perhaps giving you and idea of where you want to go back and visit. The guide was not very engaged, but Paris almost speaks for itself. The boats are packed with tourists, but the Seine is a fine way to see some of the left and right bank sights. I don't know if there are other companies that do this any better, but for the money, this was a reasonable and enjoyable way to spend the evening.

Aug072010

Tour/Activity

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

My Review
The trip was largely a gimmick to get you to buy traditional wooden shoes and cheese. The stops at Zaanse are just attempts to get you to spend money. Zaanse is similar to any recreated historic village, except that virtually all the buildings are shops. It is quaint to look at, but clearly selling you everything from cheese to shoes to candy is the goal. The demonstrations at the shoe factory and cheese factory are 5 minutes long and followed by a sales pitch. The Marken to Volendam boat trip is better. Both towns are worth visiting, and in nice weather, the boat would be pleasant. If you have absolutely nothing better to do, this is one way to kill an afternoon.Local transportation in Holland is excellent. Doing it this way, you won't see much other than tourist stops and won't learn much either. Your stop in Marken is about 30 minutes and you have no time in Volendam.

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