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Sep242013

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Roman Sites Small Group Day Trip from Avignon

Avignon, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

With all the Viator tours we took in France prior to reaching Provence, the English speaking guides were most professional and stayed with us the whole time, explaining each feature of the particular attraction. However, we were very surprised and disappointed that the Roman sites tour was not the same. The guide on this tour was really just a bus driver. We were left to go to the Nimes amphitheatre by ourselves and had to use the audio guide. We had to rush back as we were given less than an hour to be back at the bus, which was nowhere near enough time at this site.. We were so looking forward to this Roman sites tour but it was a real let down. The rest of the tour included the aquaduct but no other Roman sites. After this, we were dropped off at a couple of towns with a map and left to walk about aimlessly, not knowing the points of interest as no explanation was given. On another tour we went on the next day to Gordes and Rousillon, our guide pointed out Roman sites along the way, although this wasn't part of that particular tour. This made us feel even more cranky that the Roman sites tour didn't include these attractions, instead of tourist towns, the historical interest of which was not explained to us. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this tour.

Sep182013

Tour/Activity

Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

Bayeux, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was excellend. We had a change of plans and had to change our pick up location. Our guide was ready and willing to assist. She was a Normandy local and was very well educated on the war history of the area, also sharing with us the personal experiences on her parents and grandparents during the 4 years of German occupation. Our guide also took us to a look out that the German army held and personally escorted us while explaining everything along the way. We were very impressed with this tour. It met with all of our expectations and we have good memories of our afternoon exploring this area.

Sep172013

Tour/Activity

Viator Exclusive: Versailles and Marie-Antoinette Estate Tour plus Optional Dalloyau Meal

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We were 10 minutes late due to a problem on the Paris Metro and the bus left without us, but our guide came back for us. Our guide, Julien, was very informative about Versaille and we were very impressed with his knowledge. He seemed to be genuinely interested and passionate about the subject, which helped to make this a most educative and entertaining toup.

Sep162013

Tour/Activity

Small-group WWI Somme Battlefields Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was really good. Our guide, Sebastien, had a degree in military history and his knowledge of miliary strategy and the history of the area exceeded our expectations. As an Australian, these battlefields are of particular interest and we were not disappointed. Sebastien also recommended a lovely restaurant for lunch in the town of Peronne (price not included in the tour), so we went along. The cost was very reasonable and we had one of the best meals that we ate during our whole two weeks in France. This is a long day trip but is well worth doing for anyone with an interest in World War 1. Highly recommended.

Sep142013

Tour/Activity

Paris Walking Tour - The French Revolution

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide, Steph, was absolutely fantastic. The only thing that went wrong with this tour was the rain, but that couldn't be helped. The buildings and stop off points were very relevant. Steph's commentary helped paint a picture of what it was actually like in 1789. A great way to spend an afternoon in Paris. Very impressive and highly recommended.

Sep142013

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

Having an English speaking guide with a high level of understanding of the buidling and its works made this tour a real pleasure. Our guide also took us on a tour of the archeological finds re the foundations of the building, an added extra that we were not expecting. Our guide spent 45 minutes more with us than was scheduled, such was his interest in ensuring that we got to see as much as possible in our time in Paris. Excellent tour.

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