The tour as such was fine but we just didn't like Tallinn. It's not Scandinavia and not the Baltics. It's a bit of both but not a really interesting or beautiful city. Hop On Hop Off gave us a chance to see the high spots and to wish that our cruise ship had stopped elsewhere. They weren't as organised as other places but we just put this down to remnants of the Soviet reign. We certainly wouldn't bother returning or recommend the place but as far as the tour itself went we had no problems.
If you are coming off a cruise ship or just don't have enough time this is the perfect way to get a feel for the city and visit some of the high spots. We managed to had time to take a full tour of two of the routes, and to visit Gamla Stand (Old City) and the Royal Palace. Just don't make the mistake of going for their boat ride. Without actually saying so you are led to believe that this is THE trip through the Archipelago when in fact it's a boring boat ride on some lake. Apart from the we had no problems and decided that Stockholm is a place we'd love to return to.
The buses were waiting right on the pier and this was a great way to get a feel of the city. The bus stopped at the Little Mermaid for 5 minutes to give people time to take a picture and continue on with the same bus. You didn't need more that that. We stopped at a couple of places, took two full tours on different routes and if you have limited time this is really the answer to the problem. You can't do more than that in one day and it was just enough to let us decided if we wanted to return or not. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience but probably won't be back.
Unfortunately it was raining the day we were in Bergen. The Hop On Hop Off peole were waiting right at the cruise ship pier which made access easy. We thought to stop at one particular place with four museums very close to each other. What better way to spend a rainy day. The driver let us get off the bus and didn't bother to tell us that the museums were closed that particular day. A bunch of us found some sort of shelter under an overhang and stood there for close to an hour waiting for another bus. Nothing else came by during that time or we would have gladly paid a taxi or public bus just to get in out of the rain. The rest of the tour was OK. We got am idea of what the city was all about and went back to the ship.
I first stopped at a booth to exchange the voucher for the pass at the airport where the woman had no idea what the pass was all about. She handed me what we both thought were entrance tickets to two places on the list and I objected because they weren't places I was interested in. I just got the book then so hadn't read it and she knew nothing about the pass. I ended up giving it back and hoped for better luck in town. The employee at the railway station was able to explain to me that I could use the stamps for any two items on the list. I still had some problems with it but got along pretty well .
We opted to take the tour rather than get free public transportation which was a mistake. The tour was quite boring and we were forced to stop at a diamond factory for 3/4 of an hour and to catch the next tour that came along. I really resented being obliged to waste my time like that.
On the whole I might recommend it to someone else but would explain all the ins and outs and worn them not to take the tour.
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