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Oct052012

Tour/Activity

Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour from Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We came in the fall, so the weather was nice. But the leaves haven’t quite entirely turned orange yet. The entire journey was more like chasing one small town after another. The locations we stopped by for photo ops are hits and misses. We had fish and pumpkin ale for lunch, and it was tasty but not exceptional. I guess it’s reasonable for the price we paid. The tour guide was friendly but the overall group dynamic was not very cheerful. I may have preferred selecting another tour destination.

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Oct042012

Tour/Activity

Boston Duck Tour

Boston, Massachusetts

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had great fun taking the Duck Tour. The route covers the major points of interests with tour guide’s introduction of history and tales. The ride in the river was pleasant and enjoyable. I highly recommend taking the Duck Tour, especially for the first time visit in Boston.

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May042011

Tour/Activity

Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour is definitely worth of going. The tour guide did not provide too much information about the city or region history, but the scenery alone was beautiful. I saw several past reviews complained about the time spent at Bellagio being too short - I recommend everyone eating the lunch on the boat, that way you can immediately explore Bellagio once you get off the boat. We made the mistake of skipping lunch on boat and wasted 45 minutes just to try the lake fish meal at an outdoor restaurant. The fish was good, but not worth of the time waiting to be served.

May032011

Tour/Activity

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice, Italy

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

My Review

I have booked over 15 tours in 5 different countries through Viator, this is the only tour company that I had trouble making the confirmation. I always call the number listed in the voucher at least 24 hours ahead to confirm our arrival, with this tour company, it is so difficult to reach a live person just for the confirmation. The tour was led by a tour guide whose accent was so heavy that I could barely understand her. The only thing we enjoyed was the gondola ride, but we could have done it on our own without joining the tour group.

May012011

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was definitely the best tour we had joined during our 8-day visit in Italy. Our tour guide Chris was born in Florence but grew up in Seattle, he was excellent and did a wonderful job. We enjoy the visit to the organic farm, where we had a great lunch meal paired with 4 different wines. We spent plenty of time in Pisa taking a lot of pictures. We later met with some other travelers from Florida who signed up for a different tour, but they didn't get to enjoy the kind of lunch and wine experience as we did.

Apr302011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour guide Inger was from U.S. She was very knowledgeable and patient. We enjoyed the visit and highly recommend it. Visitors should expect to pay extra for the museum admission which is not included in the tour price. Tip your tour guide if you think they did a good job.

Dec052010

Tour/Activity

New Orleans Cooking Class

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a fun class worth attending. I don't usually cook, but I enjoy watching Food Network shows. Originally my husband didn't want to come, thinking it might be boring. After the class, he realized he was wrong. It was fun, and there was plenty of food - beer alone would be worth it.

Dec042010

Tour/Activity

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We were lucky that the weather was extremely nice on our tour day. Although not particularly full of excitement, the boat tour was smooth and enjoyable. If you have never attended this tour before, it's worth going at least for once.

Aug282010

Tour/Activity

Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review
The tour was OK but could be better. It was a large group, we wasted some time waiting for the people who were late. The tour guide did not use the headset, so sometimes it's hard to hear her. We decided to leave the group half way and stayed at the boat house. We had a great time enjoying the afternoon rowing a boat at the lake and spending the time on our own.

Aug272010

Tour/Activity

Phantom of the Opera On Broadway

New York City, New York

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The show was great, definitely recommend it.

Aug272010

Tour/Activity

NBC Studio Tour

New York City, New York

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A short and interesting tour worth taking. Just relax and have fun.

Aug262010

Tour/Activity

Empire State Building Tickets - Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

New York City, New York

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review
This is the worst tour I have ever booked through Viator. 1. The tour sign up page was misleading - the published rate is not for "skip the line", which requires extra payment. We spent 1+ hour in the line, and couldn't see much when we got to the top because it was OVER crowded. 2. After we return, I sent an email to Viator and report the misleading info about voucher - there was no response at all!! I was extremely disappointed with Viator's customer service - they could at least do some investigation and correct the tour info, improve the check out process to let customer decide whether they want to pay the extra to "skip the line" or not.

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