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Jul132013

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Rome City Bike Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was a great way to see the rest of Rome! The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating; the equipment was perfectly acceptable, as well. Bruno, our guide, tweaked the itinerary based on things we had already seen and he took us to some places that we probably would have skipped otherwise. All in all, a great experience!

Jul112013

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Italian Wine and Cheese Tasting in Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We did this tasting on our first evening in Rome. It was very low-key but fun. The wine bar where it's held is a neat little place tucked way on a side street (and we enjoyed the atmosphere so much that we went back there for wine on our own a few days later). The owner of the bar and the woman giving the class/tasting were both very friendly and knowledgeable. The wines and cheeses were delicious, as well!

Jul052013

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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Small Group Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I strongly encourage anyone visiting Munich to take a morning and head out to Dachau, but unless you're REALLY into WWII history and are hoping to get lots of extra information from your guide, you can probably do this without a tour group. We had previously taken two other tours with the same company and were very pleased with them, but this one got off to a poor start. We made our tour reservations over 2 months in advance and upon arrival we were asked to delay the start of our tour from the scheduled time of 9:15 to 9:30. The woman working in the office told us "It's only 15 minutes and you'll be part of a smaller tour group if you wait." We were certainly annoyed because they had clearly overbooked the tour and we were essentially getting bumped even though our reservations were probably made before almost everyone else's, but we opted to wait 15 minutes for a smaller group. Well...the second group ended up being larger than the first. The woman miscounted and we ended up in a group of over 30. Our guide arrived at the last minute because since they overbooked the first tour of the day they were frantically trying to get another guide to come in to give our tour. He was knowledgeable and friendly but was a bit inconsiderate. He warned us from the start that his tours tended to run longer than the published 5 hours--and it did. Some people even had to leave Dachau early and make their own way back into the city because of this. We enjoyed the information he was providing, but he gave the tour with lack of regard to anything else that anyone had planned for later that day.

Jul042013

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Neuschwanstein Castle Small Group Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A visit to Neuschwanstein is a must for anyone visiting Munich for the first time! The castle is breathtaking--but be ready for a short, scripted, and somewhat rushed tour of the castle. This has nothing to do with this specific tour because the castle tours are given by a separate guide and they really push people through in order to maximize profits. But it's still worth the trek to see the castle. This tour was well organized and the guide knew just where to tell us to walk on the way to and from the castle to get the best view of it and also beautiful views of the nearby gorge. (Keith, our guide, also gave us two great dinner recommendations for our remaining time in Munich!)

Jul032013

Tour/Activity

Munich Bike Tour

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very well organized and a great way to see Munich. Our guide, Iain, was knowledgeable and entertaining...he brought his dog along, which was also entertaining! He was very professional and made sure everyone was safe throughout the tour. (Munich is a VERY bike-friendly city!) My husband and I decided to rent bikes for the rest of the afternoon, and Iain was more than willing to help us decide on a route and pointed us towards some other things we didn't see on the bike tour. Two thumbs up to Iain!

Jun302013

Tour/Activity

Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was great! Marc, the owner of the company, was very entertaining and really knew his stuff. He included some history in the tour and a slight detour to the top deck of a parking garage for a great view of the entire city of Brussels--who would've thought?! The food pairings with the beers were outstanding. All in all, a great sampling of a wide variety of Belgian beers and a really fun way to spend an afternoon (and evening if you choose to continue with the "after tour").

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