This was an excellent tour! Our guide had written the tour and was excellent in its presentation. It was wonderful to learn about the history, architecture and traditions of Venice along with the great ghost stories. We wandered along narrow streets and ended in "spooky" courtyards for each story. I don't think we would ever have seen Marco Polo's home and the story of his wife nor the arrival at the casino along with hints of Cassanova. It was a great experience to pretend to be one of the escaping clients of the casino and make our way through the dingy tunnels and passageways to escape that courtyard. I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience vatican by night in a different way!
I was not really sure what to expect but the tour was well done. Not only wandering around Montserrat but the experience of riding the bus up those narrow, winding roads and encountering other buses travelling in the opposite direction put some pleasant stress into the trip. It was a good experience to be able to sample some of the liquors that have been developed by the monks of Montserrat over the centuries. The church was beautiful and it was an experience to be able to get close to the Black Madonna and actually touch her. I highly recommend this tour - I plan to return and do it again. There just was not enough time to see everything.
The tour of Sagrada Familia was amazing. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and filled us in on many of the significances of various parts of the structure. Our other guide who did the walking tour seemed to be knowledgeable. Unfortunately he was not very observant of the group and kept losing people. My partner and I managed to the point of passing the cathedral. At one point I turned to make sure we were still together and when I turned back (all of about 5 seconds) the group has disappeared!! We couldn't find them anywhere. Fortunately I had a map so we were able to figure out where we were and find the way back to our hotel. The next day we met up with another couple who had been on the same tour and they told us that other people on the tour had gotten lost and of the 24 that began the tour, only 8 arrived at the finish point. More training needed for this guide, I believe.
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