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Aug242013

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Skip the Line: Palace of Versailles Tour with Night Fountain Show

Versailles, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

To start off on a bad note, the girl who took us from the meeting location (which is located in an office across the street from the train station) flirted the entire time with a tour member and exchanged phone numbers etc and wasted our time by not taking us to the rest of the group until she was done with her flirting and exchange of pleasantries (VERY UNPROFESSIONAL). The tour guide who actually gave us the tour was a bit pushy and was always "testing" us and would NOT for the love of God move on until she received a correct answer. This seemed to annoy the others in the group as well who would roll their eyes or walk on to other areas while the tour guide was speaking. Whenever she lost sight of someone she was say into the microphone "I am here, please come to me" (which was not very descriptive and hard for the "lost" tour guide members to find her as she didn't say which room she was in or where in the room we were). The tour itself went through the most popular parts of Versailles. The Night Fountain Show was awesome. We are from Southern California (near Disneyland) so we were spoiled by a lot of factors (Las Vegas, Disneyland, etc...) but the sheer size and beautiful landscaping was beautiful. The fireworks show at the end was very romantic (seeing fireworks in Paris was a nice touch - albeit not as well choreographed like at Disneyland that we see almost every night in California but good show with good music). Check out each fountain, some of them are really amazing and fun. Again with any tours, please be careful of pickpockets.
I took off 2 stars, 1 due to the person who took us from the office to our guide and 1 for the annoying tour that the guide gave us. Versailles itself is worth going to!

Aug212013

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guide was professional and funny. She made comments and what not that were amusing and informative to the tour. The Mona Lisa was smaller than I thought it would be. The museum is very large, divided up to 3 sections and each section being between 3-4 floors. We don't have time to see everything during the tour, but touch upon the main most popular attractions. You will have time after the tour to walk around on your own if you wish. Please note that the meeting area is not by the main entrance where you see the glass pyramid but rather a small Arch (Arc du Carrousel - a mini Arc du Triomphe) which you can see across from the main entrance area. We went during August of 2013, and the weather was a bit warm outside, but the inside isn't too bad. Some rooms are cooler than others.

Aug132013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tour guide was very professional and knowledgeable. The tour was well done and choreographed by how busy sections were so we avoided the crowds as much as possible. We were still able to continue to see things in the museum after the tour was over. The guide was helpful in telling us about areas where the pick pockets are most likely to attack. The Mona Lisa is a lot smaller than you think, and the crowd is enormous (full of pickpockets around there too)!

Aug072013

Tour/Activity

Florence Super Saver: Best of Florence Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and Florence Duomo

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The guides, this is actually two tours, were very knowledgeable and the tours moved very smoothly. The earlier the tour the more you beat the crowds. Our AM tour (9am) was less crowded (we went during August) than the PM tour (2pm). The tour guides tell you about the local history, the culture, Rome, art, etc... Some of their opinions are just that, so please don't think their word is the definitive answer on the subject. Overall Dark Rome Tours is awesome. Dark Rome Tours (they have the best guides and attitudes), during our 3 and a half week Euro trip in August 2013, we booked with other tour groups too and this group was by far the best. Smaller groups, professional guides, knowledgeable, helpful... Tips are appreciated for these guides!

Don't forget that there are other areas to see in Florence outside of these central popular tourist spots!

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