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Sep132013

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Skip the Line: Small Group Florence Uffizi Gallery Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guide was so knowledgeable and it really made an overwhelming museum seem "small"--- it's nice to fee like you left a museum and got everything out of it without spending 6 hours! It was wonderful... highly recommend it.

Sep122013

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Skip the Line: Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour guide was WONDERFUL!! She knew so much information and the way she told it was like hearing a story. The ticket includes skip the line to climb the Dome (yes you climb it with the group), tour of the cathedral and the museum. What Viator doesn't tell you (they should really add this to the description) is your ticket includes you entry for 24 hours after the tour to the Giotto's tower (to climb it) and to the Baptistery. This would have been nice to know before hand as we paid 10 euro each to get into the Baptistery the day before :(

Sep112013

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Florence Concert and Dinner

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The concert was pretty awesome experience... front row seats to opera singers performing a variety of famous pieces. The dinner... nothing special at all. I would recommend looking into just getting tickets to the concert and go to dinner on your own. That way you spend money on food you really like, vs leaving the menu up to someone else.

Sep112013

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Florence Cheese and Wine Tasting

Florence, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

OK.. I debated between 1 and 2 stars... but this really was a let down. First off, the wine and cheese was really good.. so that's ok. Also, you were escorted into a private area to taste so that was nice too. But our guide was awful.. she barely introduced herself and there was so many awkward pauses ... she didn't engage the group at all... so it wasn't pleasant. She also didn't explain what was going on... you check the wine for color (but that's all... she didn't say what it means, or supposed to be) and then she passed around all these perfumes to smell that resemble the ingredients of the wine we were about to taste... ok, in theory, sounds informative and great... no, not all.. there was ZERO explanation. Our group was just looking around at each other like, what the heck is going on?? I guess it person doing the tour will make or break it.. because like I said the cheese and wine were very tasty... just disappointing.

Sep102013

Tour/Activity

Small Group Chianti Wine Region Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

It was really nice to get a almost private tour of Chianti... about 8 people were in our group... so very nice! However, I have some issues....we were given 40 minutes of free time in Chianti town center... very boring. You can do the square in about 15 mins and the locals weren't nice to tourists. I would much rather have the tour company work it so we can make a trip to Siena instead. That can EASILY be done. Basically the day starts with you meeting in city center in Florence.. about a 30 min drive to a terracotta builder (which honestly, I could have done without too... this is labeled as a WINE trip!)... the terracotta tour took about 45 mins. Then we head to Chianti, for a 40 min walk around the city (again, this could be left out!). Afterwards you are taken to the first winery of the tour ...finally!! After a tour, we are offered lunch with wine tasting.. NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE... very disappointing, if you ask me. While the lunch was beautiful and very tasty and filling, for the amount of money you spent on the tour per person... it needs to be included. Expect to spend 25 Euro per person. Then we go to the second winery of the trip, Casa Emma... the wine is amazing with wonderful views of Tuscany. My only concern here is our tour guide gave us too much time with lunch.. he let us spend almost 2 hours eating, so this rushed our last wine tasting. If you ask me this is the point of a tour guide.. to keep us on a schedule!! It would have been nice to spend more time at the last winery. He also said since "we"--- really?--- spent so much time on lunch, we can't explore another village he had planned. Not cool. Anyway.. if we start the day by just heading straight to Siena, have 1 hour there, then head to our first winery-- timed lunch-- then go to the last winery. Would have be MUCH better. BUT, after all this, I would still recommend this tour because it is a intimate tour of the Chianti wineries.

Sep092013

Tour/Activity

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely LOVED this tour!! My favorite day of entire 15 days in Europe... thanks to our tour guide Freddy!! It's a long day, but SO worth it. There is a mixture of hiking and taking small trains between the 5 towns. The longest hike was about 2 miles.. takes about an hour. The reason it takes longer is because the terrain is very steep and rocky. Where hiking shoes for this. We also had a WONDERFUL lunch on top of mountain with a view of the Riviera. The lunch consisted of fresh fish (caught that morning).. the BEST I've ever had in my life, and pesto pasta.. that was to die for! We also had time for swim in the Riviera as you are given free time in 3 towns. So lovely!!

Sep082013

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

You really don't need more than 1.5 hours in Pisa. Plan for 30 minutes to climb the tour and an hour to explore the cathedral and baptistery. The tour is well planned, with one exception. The local tour guides that meet you there walk you around the square and tour the OUTSIDE. They do not escort you into the cathedral or baptistery, but talk about it. Then they want to take you off the square and give you a walking tour of Pisa streets. Honestly, my husband and I ditched the tour at this point because you don't have much time allotted with the tour to take the famous pictures with Pisa. And we wanted to go inside the cathedral. So unfortunately, if you want to explore the INSIDE buildings of the square and climb the tower, you have to ditch the tour guide. So I would recommend the company plan things a little better so people don't feel they have to do this. Otherwise, 1/2 day is perfect... don't plan on more for Pisa.

Sep052013

Tour/Activity

Moulin Rouge Show with Transfers

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Not worth the price at all!! The extra money we spent on the private transfer was a complete waste of money. Even though our tickets were bought in advance and the driver gave them to us when he dropped them off, you still have to wait in a HUGE line to get in. This is not skip the line passes people!! He dropped us off and we waited about 45 mins in line. Once we got in, we were escorted to our seats.. they were awful. I mean, we are using a tour to book our seats you would think they would have some pull. I couldn't even see. I had to sit on my legs and move my head back and forth the entire show to see the stage. It seems like everyone and their dog had a 1/2 bottle of champagne, so it makes me wonder if it is just included in every ticket. You're best bet is to buy a ticket on your own, have dinner the area. It would so much cheaper and probably more pleasant. BUT honestly, the show is made for tourists... very cheesy. Overall, would pass on the whole experience.

Sep042013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide was AMAZING!! I can't remember her name for the life of me (she was an Aussie though!). The day we were there, only one elevator was working (out of 6) to get people up to the Eiffel tower. Our guide told us that it has been that way for months... so if you are going to Paris at point in 2013.. I would buy this tour to be safe. I swear, those poor people waiting in line must have been there for at least 4+ hours. The last thing you want to do in Paris is waste precious time in line!! Anyways, our guide was just awesome. She had some many interesting facts about Paris, the Eiffel tower, and really anything! We had about 20 ppl in our group and we were all from different places, but she had a story for every city our group represented. Quite amazing. Highly recommend this tour and the is company!!

Sep032013

Tour/Activity

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This was a great way to explore the side streets of Paris! I loved this walking tour.. it is late, and most likely you have been walking all day... so you will feel very tempted to skip this.. but don't. The guide is awesome and this is one of my favorite memories of our time in Paris.

Sep012013

Tour/Activity

Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Wonderful tour... you learn so much!! More than likely there will be a practice, so you can't go in the actual opera concert area... but the guide opens a door to allow you to look inside... it is absolutely magnificent. The guide also tells you very interesting stories ... ghost stories, and non-traditional facts. LOVED it!! FYI-- they stopped allowing you to come back the next day with your ticket if the opera hall is being used for practice. So just know that... it was a little disappointing because peeking through a door and standing it is definitely NOT the same thing.. but for some reason, they think it is.

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