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Aug042013

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Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Countryside Bike Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Excellent! A great way to see parts of Rome you would never get to see and appreciate any other way. I was a little concerned that the need for "above average fitness level would make this an unpleasant experience in the 90 degree weather we were having but we had all ages in our group and everyone seemed to do fine. For those of you concerned about your fitness level being a concern on this trip, I would say you definitely need to be comfortable on a bike because it is a long ride but not particularly intense. The Appian way is "paved" with cobble stones some smaller like in Rome but a section of it is the larger stones which are very difficult to ride on there for we rode along the side on a narrow dirt path that was created by the many cyclists trying to avoid the unpleasant cobblestones. There were a couple areas that were potentially dangerous for less experienced riders which Bruno had us walk our bikes on. Bruno rode just fast enough and just slow enough with plenty of stops at the fountains along the way. Bruno's knowledge of the area was great making the tour not only fun but informative. My kids and I got a great workout and learned a lot too! the only downfall of the tour was the location of the wine and cheese. It was never explicitly stated but a couple of the other riders and I were expecting to stop at some quaint little vineyard or park for the wine and cheese but instead we stopped at a "home" in Cafferella park which was under renovation. The tables were dirty the kitchen were the cheese was prepared was not so appealing. We were hot and sweaty (remember 90 degrees) but were given seltzer water, not satisfying to someone who is dehydrated. Other than that we were given peach or pear juice Fanta, Pepsi or wine bottled elsewhere. The cheese was made there and it was good but the overall setting was disappointing. Wondering why you chose this place? Still the over all tour was great I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Rome.

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  • Biking the Appian way

Aug022013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very knowledgeable guide for a tour with a lot of historical information. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because at times her accent made it a bit difficult to understand the information. Unfortunately the day was extremely hot! In the Colosseum there was adequate shade but once we get into the ancient ruins shade and water were limited. I think I would have been fascinated with this site but because of the discomfort I was glad it was over...obviously no fault of the guide or the company just food for thought if traveling to Rome in August. Nevertheless I was told by someone who did not take a formal tour that the information presented in self guided exploration was limited.

Aug012013

Tour/Activity

Rome City Bike Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A great way to see a city!!! Frederico was a very knowledgeable guide and took us though areas we never could have seen by bus tour. The crowds in certain areas made navigation a bit difficult but our guide always waited appropriately for anyone who had difficulty. I will look for a bike tour next time I visit a new city!

My Photos

  • first stop the Colosseum
  • Rome by bike

Jul312013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Wonderful wonderful wonderful! Knowledgeable guide fascinating and awe inspiring place to visit no matter what your religious background. We took the afternoon tour to leave the morning open for a papal visit tour but unfortunately he was not in the Vatican while we were there. I might recommend taking the morning tour as the museums close at 4 so you are not able to go back to look more when the tour is over. FYI when you are told in some guides (but not all)that you need to have your shoulders and knees covered to enter Sistine Chapel and St Peters you really do! Some "churches" offer cotton fabric to use as a shawl or a skirt but not here. We had to fork out 5 E for 2 scarves, the guys knew we needed them and there was little room for negotiation.

My Photos

  • The dome of St Peters as seen from the Vatican Museum entrance

Jul242013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very knowledgeable guide! a great way to summarize a very large museum which can get overwhelming. I promised my kids we wouldn't do a lot of museums so this was a great compromise even they were happy with. My only disappointment is that we wanted to go back to see a couple things when the tour was over. The guide pointed us in the right direction but somehow we "left" the museum without realizing it. When we tried to get into the wing we wanted to we were told we could not get back in.

Jul232013

Tour/Activity

Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Ticket in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

my 4th time in Paris and my first to the top of the Eiffel tower. the guide gave us a short overview of the history and interesting facts then sent us on our way. The lines looked long but we only waited about 10 min for the elevator. My daughter even had her 1st glass of Champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower, what better place could there be for this?

My Photos

  • my daughters 1st Champagne
  • looking down from the top
  • Looking up from the 2nd level.

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