We planned this trip for our daughter's 18th birthday, as there was no Dancer snorkeling cruise offered that day. We have been to Mexico multiple times, but we had never visited the ruins--only snorkled and stayed pool or beachside. We were worried that there would be too much driving with this tour, but we took our chances and trusted--and could not be happier! We went with our two daughters--1 in high school/1 in college and their 2 boyfriends. Across the board, everyone said this was the highlight of their trip. The temples, pyramids, and Cenotes were incredible. Our English speaking guide, Hugo, was fabulous. The bus is airconditioned, comfortable, includes a Discovery Channel or History Channel movie on the Mayans, and the guides serve complimentary snacks, and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
We planned a whirlwind cultural trip to Rome, Paris, and Madrid in July. One thing we were not aware of when booking is the fact that many museums and other key attractions are closed certain days of the week, frequently falling on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. This is a key point to look into if you are planning to visit multiple countries for only a few days each. Another lesson learned was that the holidays of various countries are also not listed on the event websites, nor on booking websites. Definitely look up each country's national holidays to avoid disappointment due to closure of activities. We visited Paris over their Independence day, only to discover that many sites opened late/closed early/or were closed. Bottom line: We only used our Paris Pass one day--and did not even get everywhere we had planned to visit, and it was still worth its weight in gold for the huge lines we were able to avoid and the extra time it allowed us at each of the events we chose. The Louvre lineswent on for winding city blocks in July
These tickets may not be necessary in the off-season; however, if traveling in the summer, I would highly recommend. Lines were insane--and the heat was off the charts. Once inside, however, the museum and Sistine Chapel are incredible. Also: As there is no charge for entering St Peter's Basillica, these passes do not apply for this portion of your visit. Go early--possibly even the day after the museum visit--to avoid waiting in line for hours in brutal temps. Recommended for the Cathedral:7am-9am. Be prepared to be swarmed by vendors selling tours surrounding the Vatican.
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