Ruth K

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Ruth K

Ruth K

Hong Kong

Apr072013

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Paris Shuttle Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

We were told to call the toll free number after collecting our baggage, but we could not get through using the public phone and had to ask the guy at the Tourist Information desk to call for us. It was easy to find the shuttle bus which was waiting outside the stated gate. Since there were already two people waiting in the bus, the driver immediately set off after the two of us got on the bus so we did not have to wait. However, the driver dropped off the other two in the "Opera" area in the city centre before going to our hotel, which is in the outskirts of the city centre. This means that we wasted over an hour driving into the city and then out of the city. the traffic was congested in the city centre even on a Sunday. It took us an hour and a half to get to our hotel when it should be only about 30 to 40 minutes. I think the bus company should group people going to different areas together instead of according to their time of arrival.

Due to the inefficiciency of this shuttle service, it is probably only good for single travellers who do not wish you fork out 50 to 70 Euros for a taxi ride. Otherewise, two people would be much better off paying 10 or 20 Euros more to get a taxi.

Jun012009

Tour/Activity

Seville Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Seville, Spain

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review
In the description of the tour, it says that it is a panoramic tour followed by visits to La Macarena, the Expo Site and the river cruise. As it turned out, we found out that the tour only takes you to Three places - La Macarena, the Church of Charity and the Expo Site, to be followed by a river cruise. These are minor sights in Seville and we did not by any means have any panoramic tour of the city unless you want to count the 20-minute drive from our hotel to pick up the guide as a panoramic tour! When I found out from the guide that we would not even get to see the Seville Cathedral on this tour, I insisted on changing the itinerary to visiting the Cathedral and skipping La Macarena and the Expo Site. Since our party of 8 were the only people on this tour, we managed to get the guide to change the itinerary on the agreement that we would pay for the entrance to the Cathedral ourselves. I really think that any tour of Seville without the Cathedral can't be a proper city tour and I certainly cannot understand how a tour which only visits 3 places can describe itself as a panoramic tour. My recommendation is do the morning "classic" tour which, according to our guide, covers the major sights, or if you only have one afternoon, do the sightseeing by yourself. This tour is a waste of time. Also, the guide's English is rather incomprehensible even to somebody like me who is a linguist by training. She also did not seem to care whether people understood her or not. I have joined numerous tours before and this is no doubt the worst in terms of itinerary planning and delivery.

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