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Oct102013

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Shared Departure Transfer: Rome Hotels to Fiumicino Airport

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This shuttle was handled smoothly just as I expected. To my surprise, this company uses Mercedes Benz as its shuttle line. I was expecting some kind of company van, so this was a pleasant change from what I am used to. Just as FYI, you are expected to call the company 24 hours prior to pick-up to confirm pick-up time from your hotel. This is to your benefit as the driver will be picking up others departing their hotels who need to go to the airport as well.

Oct092013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. The Colosseum itself is breathtaking. I've done much research about the colosseum prior to visiting, but having the guide there to tell you extra stories -- things you don't necessarily read about in the history books was a great addition to this tour.

Oct082013

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Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

OK, I have several comments about this tour that my husband and I took on Oct. 8, 2013. First, it states that you will be picked up and dropped off from your hotel. The pick-up was seamless, but the drop-off was not as I expected. We arrived back to Rome later than anticipated (due to traffic) and the driver dropped folks off blocks away from their hotels and expected everyone to walk. This would've been fine if it were known up front, but many were not happy about the walk, to include myself and my husband. It was after 9:00 PM and being tourists and not knowing the area so well, it took us a while to find our way back to the hotel. Shame on the drivers for not taking the extra time to drop folks off in the same location that they were picked up from. After an entire day of walking, we were beat and being dropped off at the hotel would've been ideal.

As far as the tour itself, please bear in mind this is an extremely long day. Several folks are being picked up from their hotels, so our pick-up time was 6:30 AM. Of course we slept on the bus. When you drive through Naples, you spend a huge amount of time on the bus. You get out ONCE for a 10 minute photo opportunity. Although the scenery is beautiful, I was a little disappointed because I thought this was more of a walking tour than a driving tour. There was also a short stop at a little shop where seashells are made into jewelry. Interesting -- definitely something you wouldn't see in the States. Our English speaking tour guide kept everyone on schedule and moving along nicely. He was a little hard to understand at times, but was very knowledgeable and had much to say about each and every crevice of Pompeii. Pompeii spoke for itself -- it was truly a highlight of our 10 day Paris and Rome honeymoon.

Lastly, be advised that lunch is included but you have to pay for your own drinks. If you are going to state lunch is included you would assume that means drinks too, that was a bit of a ripoff

Oct072013

Tour/Activity

Catacombs and Roman Countryside Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour! Visited the Catacombs on Oct. 7, 2013 at 10 AM. Our guide was knowledgeable and we had a small group of about 15 people so we were able to move around quickly and ask lots of questions. You cannot take photos in the catacombs but the information we received was invaluable. It is very cold in the tombs, so be sure to bring a sweater. Also, it did rain on our tour, so please bring an umbrella just in case as some of this tour is held outside of the tombs. Lastly, the mini-bus was nice and air-conditioned. Your drive to the tombs and back to the meeting place.

Oct062013

Tour/Activity

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

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The shuttle from our Parisian hotel to the airport was great. No issues here, worked as expected.

Oct062013

Tour/Activity

Shared Arrival Transfer: Fiumicino Airport to Rome Hotels

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

No issues with this shuttle as everything was handled as I expected. My husband and I were picked up in a Mercedes Benz and driven to our hotel, passing some incredible sights along the way. Our driver explained many things to us which we greatly appreciated being tourists in Rome.

Oct042013

Tour/Activity

Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Amazing tour and a great way to get way from the hustle and bustle of Paris. On Oct. 4, 2013, my husband and I met at the meeting point and boarded a bus for the Champagne region. This was a full tour with probably a good 50 people or so. You can purchase drinks on the bus (Euros only), or be prepared and get your drinks beforehand. The drive is scenic with many vineyards along the route. Plenty of time to sleep also as the ride is rather long.

At the first stop you learn how wine is made and at the second, how champagne is made. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided much history during the ride. You also have the opportunity to visit two wine cellars, have two wine tastings, and of course you may purchase wine and/or champagne at the end of each tour. By the time you get to the second tour, you'll realize that the processes are very similar because much of the information is repeated; but the tours are still interesting nonetheless.

Lunch is not included in this tour, but your driver will stop and allow you to choose a restaurant for lunch. There is also a church that you have the option of touring. My husband and I took pictures of the outside but opted not to do the church tour. We spent the entire hour and a half for lunch, and we were glad we did because the service in the restaurant was slow. Had we done the church tour we would've had to rush through our lunch.

Overall, I would recommend this tour to anyone. I had no idea that the process of making wine/champagne was so involved and it makes me appreciate it that much more.

Oct012013

Tour/Activity

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I took this tour on Oct. 1, 2013 with my husband. Our tour guide was flamboyant and knowledgable, but lacked what I would've liked to see for a ghost tour and by that I mean the eeriness either in his voice, appearance, or story-telling skills. The guide spoke English very well, was easy to understand, and provided much history of Paris, but the tour itself wasn't scary by any means. It was nice as a one time thing in the spirit of October, but I wouldn't recommend doing it again.

Oct012013

Tour/Activity

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

The shuttle to our Parisian hotel was seamless once my husband and I found the van. The only issue I had with this company is that our instructions were to call from a public phone in the airport. We did this and the person who responded did not provide a detailed explanation of how to get to the meeting point for the van. My husband and I being new to Charles de Gaulle walked around for 45 minutes before we stumbled upon the van we were looking for.

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