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William D

William D

USA

Nov152014

Tour/Activity

Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

Beijing, China

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Sounds like a lot, but (1) Summer Palace - very pretty - you don't need a guide; (2) Lama Temple - really interesting - the reason this tour got 3 stars but again you don't need a guide and (3) Panda Garden - the Pandas really look a bit rough - they are probably choking on smog like every other living thing in Beijing. The only reason to have a guide for any of this is to navigate and get around. Carly was our guide and she did a good job with what she had to work with, gave us as much info as there is to give on these sites.

Nov142014

Tour/Activity

Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

Beijing, China

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Not much to see at the Forbidden City and Treasure Gallery. Really the Forbidden city is not much more than a group of living complexes and store houses. Treasure gallery is a bit sparse. The best part of this was the Great Wall - I know it says Badaling, but we went past the touristy area a few kilometers to a spot that is not visited much - our tour guide Jackie said it was also Badaling but just opened. There were only three other people there were many parts of the wall that were not reconstructed. It was awesome and the reason that I gave this 4 stars. Our tour guide Jackie was good and knowledgeable.

Aug092014

Tour/Activity

Old Montreal Ghost Walking Tour

Montreal, Canada

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

I would say that this can easily be skipped. First there were way too many people - maybe 25 or 30. Our guide "Mr E" walked so fast that most of us were jogging after him. I actually considered just walking away at the first stop, but I though it might get better. Several of us asked him to slow down, but he couldn't seem to comply. That aside, there was really nothing "ghosty" about the ghost tour. Just some stops where ghosts has been "seen" or "heard". Probably the best part (if there was a best part) was the courthouse and the area where public hangings were carried out. Don't spend you money.

Aug092014

Tour/Activity

Flavors of Old Montreal Walking Tour

Montreal, Canada

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Good tour - Ronald was a wealth of info. However, it really doesn't seem to be a food tour. It's more of a walking tour with a couple of snacks. We have done a lot of food tours all over the world and this one had very little food.

Aug082014

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Quebec Wine Tour from Montreal with Optional Gourmet Lunch and Cheese Tasting

Montreal, Canada

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Great tour - did the 1/2 day and we had a great time. Had no idea that the region produced some really good wines.

Apr052014

Tour/Activity

Split Wine Tasting and Evening Walking Tour

Split, Croatia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a wonderful evening. Our guide Nieves (I hope I am spelling this correctly) took us to the top of Marjan Hill. We really got to see how people live - not just the harbor or the palace. Also some great photo ops. Then onto our wine tasting. So professional and well done. Some great Croatian wines and some wonderful snacks as well. Highly recommend this tour.

Apr032014

Tour/Activity

Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

Split, Croatia

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

My Review

Not really worth the money. A good guide book and a map will do much the same thing.

Mar312014

Tour/Activity

Island of Korcula with Wine Tasting Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

A long day. First stop was Ston which really doesn't produce salt anymore is a more like a movie set for salt production. Next onto the island. Very pretty, our guide Ivana did a nice job with not much to work with here, she was really knowledgeable re: history, etc. On our own for lunch - Ivana pointed out a great restaurant, then onto the wine tasting. Really this was more of just a stop with a few samples. I really don't think they should call it a wine tasting. It is more of a visit to a winery.

Mar302014

Tour/Activity

Dubrovnik Super Saver: Mt Srd Cable Car Ride plus Old Town and City Walls Walking Tour

Dubrovnik, Croatia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is really a great introduction to Dubrovnik. Our guide Ivana was wonderful and very, very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour.

Mar022014

Tour/Activity

San Jose Tropical Rainforest Adventure including Chocolate Tasting

San Jose, Costa Rica

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great day with Eric who is a biologist. We had an easy hike of the biological station (loved the suspension bridges) and saw some beautiful birds, white bats and a hummingbird sitting on her nest. The chocolate tasting was very well done and we finished up with a great lunch at a local Soda.

Feb282014

Tour/Activity

Aerial Tram Atlantic from San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This was not really as interesting as made to sound. In order to really see any animals at all you need to either be there very, very early or very late and the tram does not run during these hours. There is a short nature walk and that is about it. Lunch was just OK. This is really a tour for someone who in into botany. Once you learn the three levels of the rainforest, that is about it. Long drive to and from San Jose for not much.

Feb272014

Tour/Activity

Combo Tour - Best of Costa Rica from San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This was mostly a waste of time and money. We went to the coffee plantation first for breakfast (didn't eat it) and a tour (not that fascinating). Then to the volcano. By the time we got to the volcano, it was fogged in. Since they know this happens, why not go to the volcano first. Actually just skip the coffee plantation. After, they take you to what is essentially a small zoo (call it what you want, animals in cages are in a zoo). The butterflies and hummingbirds are interesting, but some sort of identification and more info on each species would have really made a difference. Lunch was good - nothing to write home about - then the walk down to the waterfalls with absolutely no explanation of what we were seeing. There was a person on our tour who wanted to practice his Spanish. He really monopolized the entire day. People in the back of the bus could not hear a thing and what we did hear was really a mixture of Spanish and English. The tour guide really needed to try to exert some control. All in all I would not recommend this. I got a better view of the volcano from the air when we flew out of Costa Rica.

Feb262014

Tour/Activity

San Jose Walking Tour including Costa Rica National Museum

San Jose, Costa Rica

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We had an absolute blast. Carlos, our guide, knew all about San Jose and Costa Rica in depth. He was also just plain fun. Very flexible tour. Highly recommend

Apr042012

Tour/Activity

Prague Castle Walking Tour

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely not to be missed

Apr032012

Tour/Activity

Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent

Apr022012

Tour/Activity

Historic Prague Walking Tour including King's Route and Charles Bridge

Prague, Czech Republic

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very good overview of the city

Mar312012

Tour/Activity

Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I feel that this is a bit overpriced for what you actually get. Food was OK and concert was good - dancers were more distracting from the music than good. Also it was pouring rain and very difficult to get from restaurant to the orangery.

Mar292012

Tour/Activity

Vienna City Walking Tour

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent overview of the city. Our guide Walter also recommended a great restaurant for lunch after the tour.

Apr062011

Tour/Activity

Red Rock Canyon Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent - Carlo was the best tour guide. I highly recommend this.

Apr052011

Tour/Activity

CSI: The Experience

Las Vegas, Nevada

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

My Review

OK if you have nothing else to do. A bit silly

Feb102011

Tour/Activity

Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely fabulous. I highly recommend. This was one of the best viator tours ever.

Feb092011

Tour/Activity

Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fabulous!!!!!!!

Feb082011

Tour/Activity

Madrid Segway Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very good although our "guide" told us he is not a real guide - just the segway guy. Fun for a couple of hours.

Feb052011

Tour/Activity

Cordoba Day Trip from Seville

Seville, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Best tour I have ever been on!

Feb032011

Tour/Activity

Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Seville

Seville, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The horses were fantastic. The sherry factory was great. Cadiz was a non-starter. We arrived just as siesta was starting and it was really not worth the time to get here. I've given this tour a lower rating because of this.

Feb022011

Tour/Activity

Seville Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

Seville, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Good, but I would have preferred to see the cathedral and the alcazar instead of the boat ride and bull ring.

Sep142010

Tour/Activity

Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Absolutely the best. We had a fabulous and knowledgeable guide who spoke perfect English. The Villas are beautiful and we had a wonderful afternoon

Jun022010

Tour/Activity

San Diego City Tour

San Diego, California

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A really good overview of San Diego, however, our tour guide neglected to tell us a few things about the Del Coronado so we really didn't even know why we were stopping there until we got into the gift shop. But basically a good tour.

Oct032008

Tour/Activity

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

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Absolutely fabulous. Great guide and alot of fun!

Jul252007

Tour/Activity

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Venice, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review
This tour was basically not worth it. We could easily have taken public transportation to Murano, and there was not much on the other two islands. The tour guide clearly would have preferred to be somewhere else. She spoke so fast that we couldn't tell what language she was speaking.

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