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Sep152013

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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Day Trip from Paris by Train

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Loved this tour. Our guide, Melanie, was great. The part that I thought I would not like as much (the picnic and gardens) turned out to be the part I liked the most.
Couple of tips of you do this tour:
- Be prepared to do alot of walking
- bring a backpack or comfortable bag to carry what you buy for lunch
- bring small bills and change for the market. The market was fantastic, and cheap, but they do not always have the change to break larger bills. Even the fruit we bought was too little for them to be able to break a 10 euro note.
Most of the tour is guided, but the part where you go inside Versailles was self-directed, and you can spend as much time as you would like (up to the meeting time). I found that after 25 mins I had enough, and was eager to go back outside.
A great tour that I am glad we did, and would recommend.

Sep132013

Tour/Activity

Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Another great tour that I would not miss. The only problem with this tour was the operator and coordination in the morning. Getting checked in and on the bus was chaos, very little clear instruction or organization. Once the tour started it was very well run and organized by our guide, Joelle, who did an outstanding job. I highly recommend this tour, but hope that the operator will improve the morning experience.
My biggest tip for this one is to try and stick to the schedule outlined by the tour guide. Yes, there are times when you wish that you would have a little more time at any one area, but there is alot to see. We got to stop at 6 places, and all were great. I know that if we were not on schedule we would have been lucky to see 4.

Sep102013

Tour/Activity

Paris Chocolate Walking Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My wife and I loved this tour. Our guide, Adeline, was fantastic, knowledgeable, and friendly. We learned about the area, some French history, and a lot about chocolate. We went to 5 different shops and our guide explained to us some of how they make their products, and what that shop is known for before trying each shops "specialty". This tour is not a "behind the scenes" tour with the shop, but more of an independent tour. We really liked this approach because some of the tours sponsored by a store are very high-pressure as they want you to buy a lot of their products. We probably would not have found these shops on our own so this tour was perfect.

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