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Jul022014

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Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Everything was well structured. It was pretty basic (and we knew that). Basically this tour provides transporation via minivan from Geneva to Chamonix; tickets for the Gondola to the Arg.De Midi overlook point. There are no guides; and they really weren't necessary either. The only negative was related to some confusion on the return. The drop off point and the return point were different. They provide a map and it was easy to navigate (short walk through town - very nice). However, we weren't told that a different bus and driver would return us to Geneva. I happen to see a Bus with the Tour Company's name on it and asked the driver who said we could ride it back to Geneva. All in all - this trip and the Mont Blanc / Chaminox area are Spectacular and I highly recommend this trip however you chose to get there.

Jul012014

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Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

OUTSTANDING!!! Fantastic tour guide!!! Spectacular scenery!!! We were lucky and had perfect weather. The tour included a tour bus ride to Interlaken area and cog rail ride. The Eiger, Monck, and Jungfrau were spectacular. It just doesn't get any better than this if you have good weather.

Jun272014

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Rome Angels and Demons Half-Day Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

WELL DONE!!! Our tour guide (Mike from Southern California) was simply outstanding. He integrated humor with history. I had not seen the movie or read the book and it was still a great experience. The tour started in a small Basilica which was really quite impressive. We trekked through the city and ended at St. Angelo's Castle. Highly Recommended.

Jun252014

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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We love Pope Francis and would recommend this experience. However, while this was basically a seat reservation the bad part was the poor control of the crowd. Our tour group raced to get good seats - which we did but were then overrun by several locals who pushed their way into our reserved area and pushed other people into less desirable viewing positions. I got so angry that I confronted several people about their lack of courtesy and respect. That said, still worth the effort and kaos to see the Pope.

Jul082013

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Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich

Munich, Germany

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tours of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein were pretty basic and fairly short. Thought we would spend more time inside the castles. Regardless, it was still very good. Detailed information about King Ludwig II. Stop at Oberammergau was really nice for shopping. Got stuck in traffic jam going and Tour Guide rescheduled the time for our Neuschwanstein Tour. Also tour guide had reserved tables for lunch at our expense - very nice restaurant and very fast service to allow maximum time in town and for tour.

Jul032013

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Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

Naples, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

After researching the reviews on Viator, I booked this tour from Naples instead of from Rome because this tour from Rome included taking a bus from Rome to Naples ~ 3 hours each way which would have been uncomfortable. I made separate train reservations (Rail Europe) in advance which turned out to be a great move. We took NTV train from Rome to Naples (~ 1.5 hours) - easy and comfortable. Picked up tour in Naples right outside the Train Station in front of the STAR HOTELS TERMINUS (hotel). We were bused from there to POMPEII. POMPEII tour was awesome. Exceptional tour guide (Andrea - sp?) - with great historical insights and combined with some humor. Our Tour included Lunch - very nice restaurant - choice of Speghetti or Pizza - basic but good. Then bused to Mt. Vesuvius. Great experience. Hiked up path to top of cone to see inside crater. Outstanding views of Bay of Naples. Fast Paced - but GREAT. Would recommend to Tour Company starting tour earlier (started at 10AM) and allow more time at Mt. Vesuvius. Highly Recommend!

Jul012013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

HIGHEST RATING: on a scale of 1-10, this tour should be rated an 11. The Viator tour description doesn't do justice to the scope of this tour. During our visit to Rome (June-July), we booked 3 tours:
1- Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day, (Rating: 5+)
2- Small-Group Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier (Rating: 5)
3- Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour. (Rating: 4.5)
All the tours were conducted by Dark Rome and all exceeded my expectatons, but this tour was the Best of all. In the morning we covered the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. In the afternoon, we covered other important Basilicas around Rome including Santa Maria Maggiore, Saint John Lateran and St. Paul. We saw the HOLY STAIRS. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and well versed in the history of all the sites. We were introduced to the 4 HOLY DOORS across the Basilicas.
Regardless of how much time you have in Rome - YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS TOUR - it doesn't get any better than this. ENJOY!

Jun302013

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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

COOL ! I rate this tour between 4-5 stars. We toured Domitilla Catacombs underneath the Appian Way, then toured Basilica of San Clemente, and lastly visited the Capuchin Crypt (which was in downtown Rome in a building much to my surprise). Exceptional tour guide and commentary. Provided interesting historical insights into the beginnings of Christianity and Christain burial traditions. Really GOOD tour.

Jun292013

Tour/Activity

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Simply OUTSTANDING! The tour of the Colosseum was very comprehensive. The access to the restricted areas of the lower and upper tiers were awesome (and really restricted to the general public). Our tour guides (Eileen and Marina - spelling ?) were absolutely GREAT. They provided exceptional commentary throughout the tour. It was clear that both were polished and new the history of the places extremely well. After the Colosseum, we proceeded to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Again, exceptional commentary from our guide (Eileen). We skipped long lines to access the Colosseum and Forum/Palatine Hill area. I highly recommend this tour, it is well worth the price. Thanks for the Exceptional Experience.

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