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Oct022013

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Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Departure Transfer

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

this was a fabulous way to get to Venice aiport. I was expecting a ferry but got a luxury water taxi and for a reasonable price.

Oct012013

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

If you want to see these islands this is an effective way of doing it in a short time. The woman doing the commentary was unfortunately very hard to understand - combination of accent and speaker system. You only get taken to one glass place and their is not much time to explore. The lace place is more centrally placed so you can take time to look around Burano which is lovely. Overall though this is an inexpensive way to see these islands.

Sep302013

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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venice, Italy

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

My Review

Having done a gondola ride last year I booked this to do with my mother as I was not worried about sharing a boat or even the end seat. I found it a bit like herding cattle. 6 people per boat and 8 boats sitting out in the middle of the grand canal while the singer (I have heard better) was in one boat so mostly you couldn't see him and it was no different than standing on a bridge and listening to the serenades. The ride went for barely 40 minutes and the gondaliers were more interested in talking to each other than engaging the clients. It is worth spending a bit more and maybe sharing with one other couple to get a better experience. This was very cut - price.

Sep292013

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Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Having done this tour last year in a large bus it was a pleasure to do it with 6 people in total in a lovely Mercedes Van. Our guide Anthony was just like travelling with a family friend. He was so helpful and gave us lots of facts. This was a very relaxing day with enough time in each town to really look around. I think this is the best way to see Tuscany.

Sep282013

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Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It is worth doing this tour to spend time just seeing this amazing area. You also get to see a little bit of the old town. Our guide at Pisa - Ricardo - was entertaining and gave all the facts.

Sep272013

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Florence Concert and Dinner

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a wonderful chance to hear excerpts from mainly well known operas sung by exceptional singers. The meal in the restaurant was tasty and plentiful. I agree with others to bring water as though it wasn't.t too hot at end of September it is a bit stuffy. I am not an opera fan and only went because my mother is but thoroughly enjoyed it!

Sep302012

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Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

My Review

we were picked up at 1.20pm for the tour and then spent an hour and a half on the bus while they picked up others from their hotels. The tour actually started at 3, showed only a partial view of the "sails hotel", gave us only 1/2 hour at the museum (which was not long enough) and then too much time at the souks if you weren't interested in buying anything but not enough time if you were. I also had booked an English speaking tour but it was half in English and half in German which became very tiring listening to all the talking when you were stuck on a bus. The tour didn't finish until 6.15 and then they spent 20 minuttes working out that we would be split onto 2 buses. To add insult to injury the guide on the tour was dropped off first and we did not reach our hotel until 7pm. We found the day tiring and not as enjoyable as we had hoped. The guide was pleasant and knowlegable but the tour was bacly organised.

Sep292012

Tour/Activity

4x4 Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We really enjoyed this tour except for the fact that the other 2 couples in our 4WD were nearly half an hour late when the driver went to pick them up. This then meant that we missed some of the 4 wheel driving in the dunes which we would have enjoyed. (not to mention that one of the women in their group was sick as she was sitting in the back but the man from their group who had commandeered the front seat didn't offer her his seat which may have helped) This put the night off to a bad start but the rest of the night was great. We enjoyed the camel ride, the food and the belly dancer and whirling dervish. Our driver was very friendly and nice. I think though that tour companies need to be stricter on people not being available at the correct pick up time. 10 minutes late and they leave without them! It may offend the late ones but what about the people who have done the right thing and who are disadvantaged.

Sep282012

Tour/Activity

Dubai Private Arrival Airport Transfer

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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

My Review

We arrived at nearly midnight and had organised the private transfer so we would be able to go straight to our hotel. On meeting the company representative he told us to be seated and that a driver would be along soon. 20 minutes later a driver finally arrived. As we had booked this in advance. paid premium money for it and arrived at our stated time we found this to be unacceptable - particularly so late at night,

Sep192012

Tour/Activity

Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

as this was a private tour there was only 6 of us in a minivan which was great. Our driver Lorenzo was very entertaining and we got to see all the coast. We only really got to spend time in one town and the others were a bit rushed but overall the day was good for getting a taste of this area.

Sep172012

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Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

this is a long day but a good one particularly if you have only limited time to see the sights of Tuscany. Our guide Stefan was funny, helpful and entertaining as well as keeping us all on track. I particularly was impressed when he ran to the top of the tower of Pisa to find people who were not at the meeting point. The lunch is interesting and plentiful and the towns were lovely. It would have been nice to have had longer in each one but the point was to try and fit it in to one day.

Sep162012

Tour/Activity

Florence Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

a good way to get an overall view of the main sights of Florence and then plan t he ones you want to visit in detal later. My only critisism was that the tour was supposed to be in English but there were spanish people in the group so the commentary was in both languages which I thought took up too much time.

Sep052012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

this was a great tour and it was interesting to go into the lower levels of the Colosseum. The actual tour of the Colosseum was 2 hours long and we found then the 2 hours in the ancient Rome precinct very tiring as it was starting to get hot and we had virtually no break between tours. Would not recomment this for elderly or unfit people.

Sep042012

Tour/Activity

Rome Arrival Shuttle Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Rome, Italy

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

My Review

had to wait half an hour on arrival for the driver then walk a long distance with our bags to spend time trying to fit everone's luggage into the shuttle. It took then ages to actually get to our hotel by the time we dropped others off. It would have been quicker to get a taxi or the train.

Sep062011

Tour/Activity

Napa Valley Wine Country Day Trip from San Francisco

San Francisco, California

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Trip itself was good
Range of wines offered very limited
Tour of winery process on third site was a walk through
The trip offered a nice social tour of NAPA, nice tour staff, some tastings of basic wines, lunch was excellent

Sep042011

Tour/Activity

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

San Francisco, California

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Trip was excellent
Bus was very old, tired and not comfortable for the length of the tour
Food was difficult, only options were buy everything for breakfast and lunch at deli at 8am, no cold storage offered on bus
Bus driver more intent on keeping on schedule
Mix up delay at Yosemite, one bus missed some passengers, we were delayed in getting them
Place stopped for evening meal again rushed inadequate toilet facilities
The park itself was excellent, transport not adequate, did not get home till after 9pm

Sep022011

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Arrival Transfer: to Hotels

San Francisco, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

All as described

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