Dorothy L V

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Jun192014

Tour/Activity

Half-Day Pompeii Sightseeing Trip from Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

excellent tour. the only problem was that we could have used more time.

Jun152014

Tour/Activity

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I have been to Versailles on two previous occasions, but his tour was really special! First, the guide who brought us to Versaille was excellent. She was knowledgeable, witty, and made the trip most enjoyable. The guide in Versaille was excellent and we were able to see and do things I never expected. For example, we were able to actually go into the Chapel rather than just look over a railing. We were able to go into the Hall of Mirrors when it was virtually empty. I hightly recomment this tour.

Jun142014

Tour/Activity

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This is a difficult tour to rate because Mont Saint Michel is exceptional and should be seen. The tour company which conducted the tour is not, in my opinion. First of all, it is a very long day. It takes 5 hours by bus just to get there and, of course, 5 hours back. There were 3 guides to divide the 50 people on the bus by language spoken. Our guide, in English, was fantastic. Our day was ruined by the tour company. When we returned to the bus for a 4:15 departure, the bus was jacked up and the tire was off. Nobody gave us any information for an hour. Finally, we started asking what was being done because all of the guides were standing and chatting off from the rest of the group. We were told they had made a call and were waiting to hear back about a mechanic. They would not send another bus because of the 5 hour trip. Many of us thought that was being short-sighted since there was no certainty that the home office could locate a mechanic.
No further information was given to the 50 tourists waiting to get back to Paris. Many were senior citizens in need of meds. One couple was due to fly home the next morning at 6 AM. The French trains were on strike, there is no public bus service, the local hotels had no rooms because they were booked for a wedding and it was a Saturday night. Cab service to Paris was 700 Euros!
The tour company offered us nothing...no food, no water, nothing until the tourists starting getting testy. Then they offered us a "drink" of water or soda as though that was very generous. No food was offered. We had not eaten since lunch time.
The French guide who led the Japanese speaking tour was arrogant, nasty, rude, and out of line, in my opionion.
Finally a mechanic showed up which is a miracle since it was after 7PM on a Saturday night in the middle of nowhere. The driver made up time so we ultimately made it back to Paris at 11:30 which is only 2 hours and 15 minutes later than the scheduled arrival in Paris.

Jun132014

Tour/Activity

Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This cabaret show is totally nude, not just topless, as the show progresses. It was too much for me.

Jun132014

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is a must do! It was a fabulous way to see the most famous pieces and get a feeling for the Louvre. My only complaint is that our guide spend a lot of time getting to the Mona Lisa and didn't allow any time for the group to make it's way actually up to the Mona Lisa with all of the crowd around it.

Jun122014

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

If possible, I would rate this tour with 10 stars! I can't possibly say enough good things about our guide, Maria. I have spent a lot of time in Europe and have taken a lot of tours. This is the BEST! It was also the best day we spent on this vacation! Paris is a beautiful city, but I never enjoyed it as much as I did with Maria guiding us through. I recommend this tour, but really, I am recommending Maria.

Jun102014

Tour/Activity

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Bath, and Medieval Village of Lacock Including Traditional Pub Lunch

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was a long day, but well worth it.

Jun092014

Tour/Activity

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We certainly got to see quite a bit, but very fast...just a taste which gave you a chance to decide what to go back and spend more time on. The guide was very good.

Jun072014

Tour/Activity

Mamma Mia! Theater Show

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great fun! I saw the play on Broadway and was delighted that the performances were in all ways equal.

Jun072014

Tour/Activity

London Airport Private Arrival Transfer

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great driver, right there to meet us at the arrival gate. What more could you want? And with London's road closings and traffic, it would have been far more costly in a cab.

Jun072014

Tour/Activity

The Shard London: The View from The Shard

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our booking for the Shard was on a very rainy day, but the view and the experience was fantastic! I recommend it as a great starting point for your trip to London. I had been to London before, but this was my first time seeing the view from the Shard. I would do it again.

Jun072014

Tour/Activity

Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London

London, United Kingdom

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

My Review

One could spend an entire day touring the Tower of London alone. It is a fantastic place better done with a tour guide. Kensington Palace was less than I expected and with London's road closings, demonstrations, and a taxi strike, it was difficult to get to. We never did make it to Hampton Court.

Jun072014

Tour/Activity

London Eye: Champagne Experience

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I have been on the London Eye before, but this is the way to do it! Only 10 people which was lovely. Just be sure to buy the extra glass of chanpagne at the desk before you go up because you can't do it from the server.
I will comment on a bit of mix up. We arrived on time for the day we booked. But, our names were not on the list. They accepted the Viatour voucher but we had to reserve a different day and time which confused our tour scheduling since we had so much else booked.

Jul012013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

excellent tour and an excellent guide. I have been to the Vatican before, but learned more from our guide this time than in all times past. I highly recommend the tour.

Jun302013

Tour/Activity

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I have found that Viator has the best guides available. I have been to the Colosseum on several prior trips. Our guide was extremely thorough and I got to see areas of the Colosseum that I never saw before. I highly recommend this tour

Jun282013

Tour/Activity

Pisa Half-Day Trip from Florence Including Skip-the-Line Leaning Tower of Pisa Ticket

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Not enough time in Pisa

Jun272013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The Accademia portion of the tour was fabulous. Our guide explained the unfinished art in such a way that we had a much better understanding and appreciation when we reached David. Even the two teenagers with me enjoyed it very much. The Uffizi Gallery was hot and the tour was long so, regrettably, we didn't enjoy it as much as we should have

Jun262013

Tour/Activity

Florence Concert and Dinner

Florence, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This is the worst Viator I have taken. We, and others scheduled for the tour, were at the meeting place timely. We didn't see a guide anywhere. He was sitting down by the fountain, relaxing and amusing himself about the rest of us trying to figure out if we were in the right place. The guide's attitude was of arrogance. We had to wait about 45 minutes in the heat because the meeting time was way ahead of when the restaurant opened. We started to walk and had to stop on the bridge for a rather long time to listen to the guide. The restaurant was merely adequate. The stairs to the basement where the restaurant is located are steep and difficult to maneuver. The meal was inexpensive and nothing to remember. When the guide asked me how I enjoyed the food, I asked if he wanted the truth. When I gave him my opinion, he was loud and embarrassed me for giving my opinion which he said was wrong...he knows better because he comes from Tuscany. We left for our walk to the concert which is in a Church. I wanted to sit in the back because I had 2 teens with me...I wanted to be able to leave quietly if they weren't enjoying it. I was told that as part of the group, I had to sit in the very front which was arranged around the performers. I left without hearing a note played. I wouldn't recommend this tour for anyone. It was horrible from start until when I left.

Jun252013

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

There wasn't enough time on Murano or on Burano to look around and do any shopping. Torcello should be omitted.

Jun242013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I saw more of Venice on this tour than I saw in the many times I have been there previously. It is an excellent introduction to Venice's neighborhoods and the tour of Basilica di San Marco was excellent!

Jun232013

Tour/Activity

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Skip this tour and take the gondola on your own.

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