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Kathleen

Kathleen

USA

Apr082013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Day Trip to Arras and Vimy Ridge WW1 Battlefields from Paris

Paris, France

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

My Review

I really wanted to enjoy this trip. My father did as well. It was on one of our last day's in France, and we were looking forward to another trip out in the countryside after a few other prior trips.

We were picked up promptly at our hotel, and we were told that we were the only two travelers for the day. Our driver/guide was polite enough. Yet, the car smelled of cigarette smoke. Our driver made constant stops and continuously smoked two packs of cigarettes the entire day (including in the cemeteries)!. As someone who is allergic to cigarette smoke, and the smell bothers my father, we were not pleased.

While my father and are both history lovers, we were disappointed in the historic information given out on this trip. We got way more information about the designs of cemeteries than anything else. Highlight of the trip was seeing the trenches and tunnels from World War I.

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  • World War I Trenches and Tunnels
  • IMG_2455

Mar302013

Tour/Activity

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The day started bright and early to arrive at the Heuston Train Station to check in. Yet, even though we were asked to arrive by 6:30am, check-in did not end until we boarded the train. The train rides were pleasant. Last minute train trouble left us taking a bus to Limerick to meet the actual bus we would use for the day. The snag in the travel was handled smoothly.

For those trying to decide to do this trip, be prepared for a long day. The tour operator tries to put a little too much into a day's worth of sightseeing. For that matter, because of the train trouble, we were left with no time in Galway to explore the city. We were only given an hour at the Cliffs of Moher, but more than enough time at the Bunratty Castle (something not included in the title of the tour).

Yet, overall, I would recommend this trip. You get to see a lot of the famous areas in Ireland!

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  • Cliffs of Moher!
  • IMG_2290

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