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Jun212013

Tour/Activity

Morocco Day Trip from Malaga to Tangier

Malaga, Spain

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

i am going to assume that this will not be published because it is too honest and even if it is, Viator puts the good reviews first BUT something must be said and it is...avoid this tour. Despite exhortations to stop the heavy sales pressure, the organisers still took the group to places to be a captive audience for sales pitches.
As if your appearance and the tour sticker on your chest are not a big enough causes for you to be a target, you are actually taken to closed in shops (carpets and oils! Really!) with no real mechanism for escape to be berated by more sales people than a used car dealership! And they have the hide to describe this as "cultural experience".
Every sales trick in the book is used including assurances that they are NOT selling you anything and physically separating couples so they can divide and conquer. I witnessed at least one punter getting very distressed and was apprciative of someone running interference for her.
Lunch was served at breakneck speed as if the end of the world was approaching. It was a "taster" not a meal and beware that you will be charged for any drinks you consume - take your own water - 2eoros for a small water was a surprise to the people I shared a table with!
There were some sights and some useful commentary but on balance the horrendously long bus trips to and from Tarifa to get the "jet" ferry, the high pressure sales stuff and the "huury up and wait" routine makes this tour, on balance, not to be recommended. Anyone who gives this a rave review must have extremely low standards.

May302013

Tour/Activity

Rome Segway Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Be careful if it rains, ask the instructor for tips if it is wet.Segwaying is fun and the speed is restricted (unfortunately for the former owner of the company, his machine wasn't) and if the weather is clement and the roadworks are completed it would be great. The team seem to be keen on being patieny which is a bonus.

May222013

Tour/Activity

Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York

New York City, New York

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

My Review

You have to watch the weather to make sure you get the timing correct as visibility is so crucial to the success of this excursion.

Feb222013

Tour/Activity

Rottnest Island Bike and Snorkel Tour from Perth or Fremantle

Perth, Australia

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Gee it's pretty ordinary! And I paid a reduced rate with one of Viator's special deals. I am so embarrassed as an Australian when this sort of venue is put up as something special to overseas visitors. It's not the fault of the operator (except the price they charge). It's the venue .So it's on an island, which really is the same terrain above and below water as the mainland ( not exactly a tropical fish wonderland either). So what do you get there that's so special? You get very expensive prices for food,and drinks and alcohol (at the hotel). Yes it has to be transported there but it is REALLY expensive - and accomm. is even more outrageously priced. If you go, make it for one day and take your own food and refreshments!

Jan052013

Tour/Activity

Melbourne Helicopter Tour: Super-Saver Scenic Flight

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

first time up copter surprised it was so quiet and smooth. caught no.59 tram from Elizabeth St to stop 56 walked to hangar NOT well signposted and numbers are a bit "Irish". it's no Sydney harbour but it was interesting if not short. staff were friendly

Aug022011

Tour/Activity

Washington DC Power Pass™

Washington D.C., District of Columbia

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

My Review

Hi
the problem with these power passes are the usual:
it includes places that are free anyway eg the shopping centre at tysons corner a lame secret free gift is offered
lots of places require a car to get to them

there was considerable overlap with for example the trolley tour and the open top tour
some of the activities involve the whol,ke day for example the mount vernon cruise option leaving little time to avail yourself of other inclusions in order to make the card purchase financilally wortwhile
to activate the open top you had to make your way to a location a good walk from where you took up the open top tour
activating the whole thing had to be done at acity location but not, inexplicably at union station so this wasted time also
I enjoyed washington but cannit say i thought the powerpass was either good value OR an efficient use of time
Thanks

Jun092011

Tour/Activity

San Francisco CityPass

San Francisco, California

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was good value especially in terms of the cable cars where i got my money's worth indeed. Be careful when you catch it - it gets very crowded and therefore inefficient on weekends and in the early afternoon AND where you catch it - near market street is a nightmare and the crew stops you from getting on to fill it but allows people on 2 stops up the street
I felt that i wasted my time going to a couple of the selections on the list and could have gone to other not-included sights to capitalise on my time better
the "science" place is really for kids and not good for adults on heir own but it was not fully described in the literature
overall good value

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