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Aug032013

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Pisa and the Leaning Tower Half-Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

The bus was not air conditioned on the top and I was literally ill from the intense heat. The guide did not tell us anything. We had to walk ten minutes in the intense heat from the bus and then we stood in a group until another guide could come to tell us pretty much nothing. We ended up taking a cab back to FLorence in order to not have to experience the heat and be ill for the entire ride back. You spend literally 30 minutes to get through everything. Not worth the money.

Aug022013

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Horse Riding in Chianti Day Trip from Florence

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A most excellent time! The guide driving the van, Martina, was personable and very informative. Then the guide on the horseback riding tour (can;t recall her name but she was fabulous. SHe told us so much about the neighbors and grounds. SHe was very patient with us and the horses. She also snapped all the photos for us with our cameras because I was afraid of falling off, given the steep hills we climbed. It was a lot of fun, even though it was a hot day. Bring water!! ALso, they do not let you take backpacks or purses on the ride. I had to leave my purse with Martina - it had over 250 euros in it and it was all there when I returned. A fabulous lunch and wine tasting is provided, and then we got a special treat as Martina let us stop for gelato because our group was small. IT was a great time - well worth the money!!

Jul312013

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

The only island worth seeing is the one with the glass blowing, where they give you a demonstration, let you film and take photos, and then you go in the beautiful gift shop. The lace island of Burano, was overpriced (a min doily sized piece of lace is over 200 euros). ALso the guide does not count the people on this tour and left my daughter and me there. The other island that i known for its fishing is lame and a waste of time, and so was Burano. Overpriced and items you can find elsewhere for less. Don;t waste your time or money.

Jul302013

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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

THis tour was excellent. It was really worth the money to skip the line and get all the facts by our wonderful guide (Emanuela). SHe was extremely knowledgeable. We also upgraded to include the Doge's Palace - well worth it!! The art is incredible and the history is as incredible!! The tour company is really Dark Rome Tours that the guide was from. Excellent!!!

Jul282013

Tour/Activity

Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Ticket in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Loved teh skip the line tour - defnitely worthwhile. The guide was great, the tour took us very little time. They gave us some history and facts definitely worth knowing, and then they took us to the top an down again. Faublous and did not waste all day - no line to wait in at all. Great!!

Jul272013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Well worth the money!! Our guide was fabulous and knew all about the louvre. Pointed us to the key exhibits, gave us much history, and got us through the main attractions in little time prior to the crowds piling in. Some side notes to watch for: It does get very hot is some spots so dress appropriately. Many chinese being rude in france, so be prepared for the large chinese tours. Our tour was small and friendly and very informative. Really loved our guide and I am trying to remember her name (I am now in Italy and should have done this review sooner), becasue she was fabulous. She had shoulder length brown hair and about 5'6" - really great.

Jul262013

Tour/Activity

Versailles by Bike Day Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide was Phil who is originally from the states but is now married to a French girl and has settled in France. He brought us to the versaille Palace, and gave us such a great history lesson on the palace, it's occupants (Marie Antoinette, and Louis the 14th, 15th and 16th). The bike ride was incredible, we stopped in the little town to purchase freshly made cheese, bread and meats for lunch along with wine or whatever to drink. ALso had some very good crepes. Phil was a fabulous guide and his sense of humor (along with Andre of another tour) made us laugh and have a really great time. The ride was great exercise, and mostly flat, and I noticed that Phi made a special effort to get to know each and every one of us on the tour, and speak to us individually at different points making everyone feel a special connection. We could not have asked for a better guide, quite honestly. He had a great deal of knowledge and he actually had a masters in Public History, and his intelligence was evident throughout the tour.

I cannot say enough good things about our guide or this wonderful bike tour. Versailles is absolutely beautiful - much more so than Paris. It is very clean, and has its share of historical buildings, and the people are polite and friendly. At the end of touring the grounds and after the picnic by the lake, we were escorted to the palace to view the inside. Unfortunately I was very ill and had to return to the hotel due to my medical conditions at that point so I did not see the inside, but I wish I had. I will forever have this great memory of the bike tour thanks to our guide and the wonderful tour - what a great experience!!!

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