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Feb202014

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Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

All of the reviews are positive so we thought it would be a great day trip from Rome. Sadly for us, this was the furthest assumption from reality that could have possible been. Of course, the company didn't do anything malicious, but it was seriously the worst tour I have ever been on. To start, although the tour says they will pick you up, they refused. So we woke up early to trek on over to their office instead. A guide showed up to say 'welcome' and then subsequently 'bienvenidos'. So, it turned out the entire tour was in both english and spanish, and nobody told us this would be the case. Trying to ignore these two shortcomings, we were then transported to Naples, and the guide told us maybe (at most) two interesting facts along the way. We then picked up a local guide who was also next to useless. He was quite friendly, but didn't relay much history about anything. In fact we never set foot outside the bus for our entire tour of Naples, not that it mattered because we didn't learn about anything of note anyhow. Ignoring the guides, I hoped that we would still have an alright day when the driver dropped us off at a cameo factory in the middle of nowhere to spend THIRTY MINUTES in the store. We then made our way over to Pompeii where we had our lunch. We were paraded on in to a small restaurant where the tour company had already paid for lunch (not drinks). I think dirt would have been more appetizing. I was told I was getting roast beef and I'm pretty sure I either ate turkey or rubber. Finally after lunch, we got to the ruins, where the guides handed out headsets so we could listen to the them on a microphone. This was the best part because I was able to NOT listen and simply enjoy my surroundings. Unfortunately, instead of seeing only the highlights on Pompeii, I felt like we spent days there and left feeling bored. I'm very happy I got to see Pompeii, but I would have much rather walked.

Jun092013

Tour/Activity

Springbrook National Park Discovery Full-Day Bushwalk including Glow Worm Tour

Brisbane, Australia

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

My Review

Maybe our guide was just in a bad mood but he was quite disinterested and a bit cranky. The bus was full and without seatbelts, and the guy drove like a maniac. Although the rainforest was nice it wasn't anything special. There are plenty rainforests around Australia that are pretty much exactly the same. To top it off I got a tick and my husband got a leech. Again, maybe the guide was just in a bad mood but it certainly made the tour unenjoyable.

Jun082013

Tour/Activity

Uluru Camel Express, Sunrise or Sunset Tours

Ayers Rock, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Friendly people, friendly camels... a fun morning!

Jun072013

Tour/Activity

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Outback Barbecue Dinner and Star Tour

Ayers Rock, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

All you can drink made for some unruly folks on this dinner trip. We were the youngest people there as everyone else was 50+... not sure if this was a one time thing or if it was a normal occurrence. It was also cloudy out, so the star tour was useless. :(

Jun062013

Tour/Activity

Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Amazing to see these cute little guys waddle in from the ocean. The only negative is that you CANNOT take pictures, even with your flash off.

Jun052013

Tour/Activity

Great Ocean Road Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Some beautiful sights to see, just be aware that you will be stuck in a bus all day long. (With short stops to see the sights, of course.)

Jun042013

Tour/Activity

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Unique, romantic, and delicious. So much fun, even though the train had to slam on the brakes once - it sort of added some excitement to the dinner. Highly recommended. All you can drink.

May312013

Tour/Activity

Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide was what made this trip fantastic. We did not get to see the aboriginal show because the elder had recently passed away. Our guide made up for this with oodles of information about Australia. I would not recommend paying the extra $$ for scenic world (this is an option on the bus when you arrive). Scenic world had similar views to those you get at the three sisters but it was a lot more crowded. The 'rides' aren't really rides, I guess unless you haven't been on a train before. Scenic world is not worth 30 bucks a person.

May302013

Tour/Activity

Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Awesome views, awesome dinner. Only downside is the photographer (unless you like buying $30 pictures of yourself...)

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