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Katrina L

Katrina L

Australia

Nov012013

Tour/Activity

Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

Kyoto, Japan

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. It was personalised - just my husband and me - and our guide Yoko was wonderful. Yoko speaks impecable English and she really knew her subject matter. Fushimi Inari Shrine is very different to other Shrines we have seen and is worth seeing, and the brewery museum was really interesting. We sampled and old and new style sake at the museum (my vote is for the old style), and tried 6 different sakes at specialst sake shop. A really great way to spend half a day!

Oct282013

Tour/Activity

London City Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London and City of London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The guide was very entertaining and the tour is good if you are short on time, and mainly intrested in seeing the Crown Jewels, but we were disappointed as both St Pauls and the Tower of London deserve more time to explore. The tour might be better done in the morning so you can linger on for a more thorough look around.
The cruise however from the Tower up to Westminster was a corker! While not offically part of the cruise the crew provide a very entertaining commentary and point out all the points of interest along the way.

Oct222013

Tour/Activity

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour is so worth the money we paid. Our guide Kevin was very engaging and entertaining, but it was the specialist guide and opportunity to go into rooms not accessible by the general hoards that really made it great. Just do it!

Oct182013

Tour/Activity

Paris Pass

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Get the pass. The free public transport and easy entry (no long queues) to the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay make it so worthwile. The open top bus tour is a bonus (don't bother with the recorded commentary as it doesn't tell you anything you really want to know) and a good way to get between key sites, but the river Seine cruise was disappointing. We went on a night cruise and between all the other boats with glaring lights and blaring music it was not that pleasant. The recorded commentary is a bit ordinary too.

Oct182013

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour guide (Martin) was entertaining and informative - lots of interesting history and stories about Paris and the Tower. Skipping the line would be a must on any normal day - unfortunately the day of our tour dawned foggy so no crowds and no views from the Tower. We had plenty of time for photo taking and looking around - not that there was much to see due to the fog - and Martin's commentary helped make up for the lack of view.
The meeting point was easy to find and on any normal day, this would be the only way to see the Eiffel Tower - straight to the 2nd viewing platform and then up to the top!

Oct132013

Tour/Activity

Full-Day Small-Group Medoc Wine Tour from Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great (but long) day! Our guide Isabelle was very knowledgeable, and the Chateaux visited all very different even down to the wine making. The first Chateau was disappointing as the very first wine offered for tasting was sour as it had been sitting in an open bottle for lord knows how long. The susequent Chateaux (Lynch Bages and Desmiral) made up for it however.
The meeting point was easy to find and the guide on time. Word of advice - the tour is likely to run over time simply because there is a lot of ground to cover.

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