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Oct102012

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Venice Ghost Walking Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Didnt enjoy this as much as some of the other tours of venice we have done. Just expected something a little more ghoslty i guess. But the guide was good it was a one and a half hour walking tour and the stories were good although i expected there to be more ghostly goings on. The best thing was the small sqaures and back streets that you were taken to, alot that you wouldn't neccessarily have found on your own. Some of the best sights were found in the narrow back alleys off the beaten track.

Oct102012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

this was a great trip. Participants were given individual headsets so that you could hear all of the information that the guide was giving you and the skip the line at the bascillica was great. we got to go through during the one hour a day that it is lit up inside and it was an amazing sight. It doesnt cost anything to go into the basillica but the queue's are extensive during the one lit hour. The guides information was extensive and after the tour had finished you had a couple of hours before you needed to be back at the gardens for the boat tour. This was in a taxi so there were much smaller groups, it was a much smaller boat and you got to go through some of the smaller canals as well as the grand canal. I wouldn't neccessarily do it again but if it's your first trip to venice it's worth it.

Oct092012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is well worth doing!!!! would definately reccomend it. You each had individual ear pieces so there was never any problems with hearing the guide. The secret passages and information were incredible. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and spoke great english and was very happy to answer any questions that you had. As well as the secret passages you were also shown the main areas of the Doge's palace. Once the tour had finished we stayed a few hours more and explored some of the rooms that we hadnt been shown. Definately one not to be missed!!

Oct082012

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Don't bother complete waste of money! If you want to see these islands take the water bus you can go at your own pace and not be rushed along. It was a 4 hour tour and you only got about 1/2 hour on each of the islands the rest of the time was travelling time with an hour tour of the lagoon at the end, this time would have been better spent on the islands themselves. You could'nt hear the guide on the boat over the roar and vibrations of the engine and the tour was repeated in 4 different languages so i think that there could have been more information given if it had been in a single language(not that you could hear it). Don't buy anything on the islands themselves they are very expensive when you can get exactly the same things in venice at half the cost. Lovely islands but don't waste your money on the tour!

Oct072012

Tour/Activity

Pisa Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower of Pisa Ticket

Pisa, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

It's a shame this could have been so much better. You didnt have indiviual ear pieces so sometimes it was hard to hear all that was being said. The guide was great very informative and knoweldgeable. However there wasnt much "walking" involved this tour was literally of the baptistry(outside only) the duomo which you got to go inside and the tower. Skip the line doesnt actually mean skip the line in this case. You are given a specific time slot and if you are there before that time you can't go in any earlier. Since all of these sights are in the same square there is no wakling involved at all. I would suggest going to the ticket office and buying a ticket for all the sights there on one ticket and reading the history from a guide book it would be much better value. We had to buy extra tickets for the baptistry and graveyard. I was expecting a walking tour around Pisa and this just wasnt the case.

Oct052012

Tour/Activity

Florence Half-Day or Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

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

My Review

We did the full day tour and I was disapointed. We took the full day because we only had one day in Florence and wanted to see all the main sights. However you got to see alot of the outsides of building but didnt get to go in. The only places you went into were Acadaemia and uffizi galleries, no duomo, no baptistry, no vecchio, no bargello. You only got an individual earpiece when you were inside the galleries so a lot of the time you couldnt hear the giudes and you didnt get time to wander around on your own, which would have been my choice. There was too much standing around in one place for too long and the narratives were much too long. It would have been much better to have ear pieces and the giude to talk as you walked so that you could fit more in. On the afternoon tour we gave up in the uffizi and handed in our earpieces and made our own way around. Lunch was rubbish, the restaurant was obviously making a killing out of the tour guide company. One lady complained and one of the waitressess was incredibly abusive and rude. We had asked the guide if we would be able to swap the wine provided for soft drinks he said yes and the waiter told us that we would have to pay extra, even though we had mentioned it on the booking information. If i went again i would pre purchase tickets to the sights i wanted to see and then make my own way around with a map and guide book and a bus pass, you can't go wrong it has to be a better option.

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