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Amanda G

Amanda G

La Vie Boheme I left a little bit of my heart and soul in New York City

May262013

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Ettal Monastery and Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour was great! We headed by bus to the Ettal Monastery and had about half an hour to view the Monastery and the surrounding shops (which sold goods and liquors made by the monastery itself). It was perfect amount of time - we had the perfect amount of time to explore and weren't having to sit around waiting to get back on the bus. The monastery was beautiful - the inside was probably the most beautiful church, cathedral, monastery I saw during my time in Europe. It was absolutely stunning. When we went in a ceremony was going on, which was quite interesting to watch. After we got back on the bus and headed to Zugspitze - the whole way is spectacular scenary. Make sure you sit on the left side of the bus for uninterrupted views. The day we went was particularly bad weather and they had shut off the cable cars. We took the cogwheel train up but visability was bad on the mountain and you couldn't see anything from the observation deck. We ate at Germany's highest beer garden (delicious food) and headed back down. If you have the option of checking the weather before you book - please do! Book for a clear day! We still loved the tour and made the most of what we could do on Zugspitze. A beautiful area of Germany and a fun tour :)

May252013

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Werfen Ice Caves Tour from Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was excellent! Reading all the warnings prior to the trip about being physically fit was a great help - and I stress this to anyone wanting to book the tour. On the bus to Werfen, our tour guide gave us great local information about Salzburg, The Sound of Music, Werfen and the surrounding areas. He also gave us a run down of how our tour would work - he was clear, helpful and quite the comedian. We had beautiful views from the bus not only of the mountain we would soon climb but the towns nearby, castles on hilltops and mountain streams. The bus drops you off at the Ice cave carpark and you take a steep 20 min walk to the cable car. You only have limited time to do this as the tour is all scheduled, so again it is vital to heed the warnings on fitness levels and the difficulty of this tour. Then the quick cable ride up before another 20 min steep climb to you reach the mouth of the cave. This climb holds spectacular views not only down the mountain at the scenary below, but also of the looming cave. We were even lucky enough to see a mountain goat! Once we got to the cave entrance we had about 10 minutes before the guided tours left. These are run by a Werfen Ice Cave company and not our bus tour guide. The tour takes you into 1km of the cave, up 700 stairs if I recall correctly - and boy was it worth it! Beautiful, stunning, breathtaking - it was a winter wonderland! We carried lanterns to help light the path to see this true wonder of the world. Definitely recommend this tour - loved it!!

May062013

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Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Half-Day Tour plus Keukenhof Gardens Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Loved this tour! A walk through a small fishing village with gorgeous Netherlands homes then a visit to a cheese factory (and the tasting, yum yum!). Some delicious lunch before onboard a ferry to the next beautiful village and a clog factory. Last stop was a cute little village that still had several working windmills. It was a little slice of Holland and one of my favourite things I did whilst in Europe. The only reason not 5 stars is the tour felt a little rushed and would loved to have had maybe half an hour more in each village. The afternoon portion of the tour (Keukenhof Gardens) - wow! Flowers everywhere, it was like Spring on steroids! The fragrance, the colours, the atmosphere - a fun and pretty afternoon!

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