London, United Kingdom
This was worth every penny!! I tried going independently, but tickets were sold out for the week I wanted to go - I wish there had been more time to explore but I could have been there all day and it wouldn't have been long enough. If you are a fan of the books or movies (or both) at all this is a MUST. It was really spectacular to walk into the sets - and to really get an idea for the detail that went into the design of the movies. I won't lie - I teared up a bit in Diagon Alley and the Great Hall.
London, United Kingdom
It was a great trip, but the time at each place was pretty short - though at Stonehenge we weren't complaining about the short time as it was VERY cold! Windsor castle was really awesome. I really enjoyed the town of Oxford - it was interesting to learn about the town's history and learn about the University that is so famous. If you're short on time it's a great way to get out into the English countryside. If you have more time, I'd suggest getting a car (or taking the train) and doing this independently - where you can spend more time.
This was actually a lot of fun. I am not artistic in the least - but I enjoyed this. The history of the masks was fascinating - and the lady who led the workshop was helpful so my mask turned out pretty decent. They have some paint techniques that they teach you that are really easy even for someone as non-artistic as myself. You may want to bring some cash to buy some of their professional masks after though! I didn't have cash on me and I couldn't find an ATM nearby to get some - I was disappointed because I really wanted one of their masks and they didn't take credit cards. These are the *real* deal - not that cheap plastic stuff you find everywhere else in Venice. These people know their stuff.
Great deal - the SOM tour is awesome - our tour guide was a riot - and it gets you out into the mountains. Wonderful tour. Not certain if I thought the city tour was worth the extra money or not - I think I would have probably rather just wandered on my own - but buying the SOM tour gets you in Salzburg later, so no time to explore. Be sure to call and confirm with supplier - they have to email you your train tickets and tickets for the tours. Also, its a walk to the city center - but there are lots of signs on the way - but bring a map. Word of advice - don't miss the train home, because its the last train on Westbahn and OBB (alt. company) is expensive - Wesbahn is normally 25euros one way, OBB is 50euros - I wasn't happy - but not the tour's fault.
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