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Sep122014

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Small-Group Tour: Grasse Perfumery and Provence Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Nice

Nice, France

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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My husband and I had a great time on this trip with Wagner as our guide. He was upbeat, knowledgeable, and a terrific person to spend a day with.
We started the day in a small village market about 45 minutes from Nice. Then we went to Grasse for a tour of the Fragonard Perfumery. This was very interesting. Our guide spoke terrific English and was very knowledgeable about the perfume making process. We especially liked being able to sample different perfumes/colognes for men and women at the end of the tour. We were on our own for lunch in the city of Grasse. We found a crepe stand nearby and had a delicious quick lunch.
Then we went to the small town of Gourdon in a somewhat mountainous area not that far from Grasse. We ended the day at the Chateau de Cremat which is one of only a handful of wineries in the Nice wine region called Appellation Bellet. We had an interesting tour of the winery including an area built by the Romans to store wine. Then our visit concluded with a tasting of several wines. Our winery guide was very knowledgeable about the wines and the region making our tasting all that more enjoyable.

Sep252013

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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Belly-Dancing Show

Istanbul, Turkey

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4 star rating: Recommended

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This was a nice dinner cruise and the Belly Dancer had amazing control over her body. We had a 3 course dinner which was an appetizer plate, a choice of fish or chicken (both were very good) and fresh fruit which was served during the belly-dancing/cultural show. I would recommend taking a coat or shawl for the show. You eat dinner on an enclosed deck but then go upstairs in the open air to watch the show. As the boat is going somewhat fast when you get up on deck, it is chilly. There are also capes/shawls you can buy on board if you want to. However, once the show begins the boat is going slower and it is not as cold. In summary, this is a worthwhile excursion and a nice way to spend time on the Bosphorus.

Sep222013

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Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

Istanbul, Turkey

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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Our guide Onur ("honor" in English) was terrific. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the places we visited. Our tour went flawlessly. We were picked up on time from our hotel. We had the same bus and toured with the same group of ~10 people the entire day which wasn't the case with a couple other tours I took. Onur explained the different sites to us and then gave us free time to explore as well. The Roman cistern with the Medusa heads was the highlight of the trip for me. It was very serene and mysteriously beautiful. To top it off we had a very nice lunch in a restaurant that was near the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) church. My husband and I were very pleased with this trip.

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