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Richard S

Richard S

USA

Mar312011

Tour/Activity

Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

It was probably one of the worst shows I've ever seen. I came expecting outlandish carnival costumes. I got 5 of them at the very end of the hour and a half show. Otherwise, a complete waste of time and especially money. As a heads up, they keep taking pictures of you and then try to sell them to you later. As a time filler, they ask where people are from and then somehow sing songs from the countries represented in the audience. I highly suggest people avoid booking this tour.

Mar302011

Tour/Activity

Rio de Janeiro Airport Roundtrip Shuttle Transfer

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

My Review

First of all, they tell you to go to a meeting point at the airport once you get out of customs. Well, the meeting point is right by a food stall. There's no desk indicating where to go nor is there a company representative waiting there directing you where to wait. Just by asking around did we figure out that you just sit on the chairs and wait until the driver shows up.... which in our case wasn't for close to an hour after our arrival time. The return trip to the airport was OK.

May142010

Tour/Activity

Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Toledo is so beautiful that for a half day tour, it was a shame we weren't allowed time to wander around the city on our own and explore it some more after the obligatory part of the tour. We did see most of the sights and took amazing pictures. Having said that, I wish that the last part of the trip where we were herded to this handicraft store was scrapped and instead allowed us to wander around on our own and shop at our leisure before heading back to Madrid.

May112010

Tour/Activity

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
James, our tour guide, was excellent. In my opinion, we went to just about the right places and tried a varied and interesting selection of tapas. I would definitely do it again if given the chance.

May112010

Tour/Activity

Madrid Tourist Travel Pass

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review
Madrid is a very compact city. Hence, most of it's "sights" are well within walking distance. We've gotten a 3 day pass but I can only count on 2 hands the number of times we've used the pass since everything was walkable. Using the pass to go to the airport upon departure instead of the airport transfers was both practical and economical. So, unless you're planning on visiting far places, I'd skip this.

May062010

Tour/Activity

El Salobre Canyon Horse Farm - "The Black Horse"

Gran Canaria, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We did this on our first full day.... and my, was it a treat! It was a great experience to say the least. I thought we would ride the horse for close to an hour and that was that. Instead, we were on the horse for about 2 hours. And the scenery was exhilirating! Very tranquil up in the mountains. And to top it off, they even picked us up outside our hotel in Playa del Ingles even if Viator's website says that they only pick up in Maspalomas or Puerto Rico.

Sep192008

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Buckingham Palace Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Buckingham Palace has got to be the most beautiful without being overly decorated palace that I've ever visited. Having the tickets beforehand allowed us to enjoy our time doing other things instead of queuing in line.

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