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Oct022013

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Private Tour: Hanoi City Full-Day Tour including Cyclo Ride

Hanoi, Vietnam

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

My Review

Like a lot of Vietnam tours booked before arrival, this seems very expensive for what it was. Uncle Ho's mausoleum was shut, we saw his house (worth seeing) and a few temples. Nice lunch included but really not that interesting or value for money.

Sep092013

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Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very bad start to this tour as the pick up was messed up and we very nearly missed the tour completely. The people doing the actual tour and pickup were rude and unhelpful claiming they did go to the pick up point (the station) and then when I told them the pick up was at the cruise terminal they just said 'well you can see the station from there'. The organisers - when I finally got hold of them - did sort out holding the tour while I got them to direct a taxi to the departure point so we just made the tour (we were only in Lisbon for the day so it was critical). The tour itself was very good but that is totally down to the beauty of the place. Its marvellous. You don't need a guide - they can't add much and don't need to.

Sep072013

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Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A pretty good tour but as I'm a bit old I found it a bit of a late finish and a fair bit of walking. My fault as it was fairly clear it was like that. Might be better to walk a little less though and visit another bar. But overall very good.

Sep072013

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Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very good. Very well organised. Good sight and not too crowded - but that's just luck in the timing.

Sep062013

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Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: East to West Route

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A goodish tour of what there is to see of interest. But don't expect too much just use it as much as a way of getting about as seeing the sights. No complaints but obviously busy at the Gaudi cathedral.

Sep062013

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Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely fabulous (although my wife found it a bit noisy!). Book the buffet - a) because it was the best buffet I have ever had. Huge variety of wonderful food and lots of it. Couldn't manage a desert! and b) it means you get the best seats for the show. We could touch the stage and had a little table for our drinks. And the flamenco show was an amazing experience (I know nothing about it but it was passionate!). Oh, and the service throughout was spot on. Always helpful, showed to your buffet table and show seats etc. Really would recommend this.

Aug312013

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Berlin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Perhaps a little unfair to down rate this tour but there really isn't that much to see actually. The commentary itself kept referring to areas that are being rebuilt still from the war (not that they haven't been rebuilt once already). BUt the tour was OK at showing what there was.

Aug272013

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Vienna City Walking Tour

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Tour guide was not very interesting really and didn't hold the attention. Focussed a bit too much on the war..which was odd. But it did take in a lot of very beautiful sights and buildings. Not all the main sights - but its a big place. So you will get a good look at Venice. My wife loved the place (I've been before and still love it)

Aug252013

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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne

Lucerne, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Terrific tour. We had a brilliant Thai guide (Kid I think was his name) as well who really made it for everyone. It was busy but he made sure the more physically challenged got as much priority as possible, organised photos and made sure everyone got to see everything. Can't praise the guy enough! Good views on the trip up but we had spoilt ourselves with the Bernina and Glacier Express trips first, but the views at the top are marvellous as is the Ice Museum. Souvenirs, as one would expect were a bit pricey but you are at the top of mountain in Switzerland so what the hell!

Aug222013

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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Milan, Italy

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

My Review

Not very impressed with this. Over long for what it was, although La Scala is impressive (but would be disappointing if you did it on a day you can't photograph the interior. Cathedral is spectacular - particularly from the outside. The walk around the fashion mall and drive around the centre were rather tiresome. I think The Last Supper must have specific appeal to you if you want to see it. Not too impressive to be honest to a normal chap like myself.

Aug212013

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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was like a little flotilla of Gondolas! But good nonetheless and relaxing if you let yourself go. We got the prime comfy seats, whilst the others may be bit uncomfortable. 1 in 3 chance. Singer and music was good as well and we dived down a couple of nice side canals.
And they have sorted out the restaurant thing in that they give you a map when you get off the Gondola. Still a little tricky but you should be OK. And its a nice little friendly restaurant. No pretensions and good food. Work out your way home first though!

Aug202013

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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Not a bad introduction to the city really but the guide wasn't too brilliant. Didn't grab your attention with interesting facts. But the trip on the water was very pleasant anyway.

Aug192013

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

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

My Review

Really didn't enjoy this. Haven't been in a worse crush than this since coming out of a Fleetwood Mac concert at the old Wembley Stadium. Almost dangerous at one point. And not overly interesting - apparently most Vatican treasures are in the Louvre..The Sistine Chapel was packed and you were herded through and shushed all the time (not that we minded that). No photos either but personally we'd had a better presentation of it before we went in than actually seeing it. Our guide was very good and informative so no fault attaches to him, he did well considering the Vatican just crams people in.
St Peter's and the square are probably worth seeing though for anybody - just an impressive sight. And impressive inside St Peter's.

Aug182013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The Coliseum was very impressive but we didn't get an early start, we waited around outside for well over half an hour as others piled in - frustrating and it added to a long day. But it is impressive. The guide was good but you need to fall behind a bit sometimes to take shots of the different levels as you go up. The bits after the Coliseum were obviously less interesting and maybe could be done quicker. But maybe we suffered more as it was baking hot!

Aug022013

Tour/Activity

Eat Like a Local: Kuala Lumpur Hawker Center and Street Food Tour by Night

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

They started this tour early just for us as we were just passing through on trains and it was well worth it even though we had to cut it short. Great food variation, good guide - even threw in a whistle stop photo opportunity tour!! Definitely a must if you like eating at little local restaurants. The food is very cheap (but good) but you're paying a little money for a very good personal tour.

Aug012013

Tour/Activity

Singapore City Tour with optional Singapore Flyer

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Pretty good but it seemed a bit rushed. There was no time left to see Little India because of delays - maybe passengers fault though to some extent.

Aug012013

Tour/Activity

Singapore by Night Tour with Dinner along Singapore River

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Niceush meal by the river andthe nght views are fabulous. Well worth doing.

Jul312013

Tour/Activity

Singapore's Chinatown Trishaw Night Tour

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Pretty good tour with a nice meal and a fun trishaw ride but disappointed that even after numerous attempts our driver couldn't take a proper photo of us! Luck of the draw maybe.

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