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Canada

Sep302014

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Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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It was a nice trip outside of Barcelona (nice to spend a day away from all the tourists), and we're glad Viator offered such a tour. We enjoyed a small group setting - easy to get on and off the van and to get to know your guide and fellow travellers. We were a group of 7 (8 including the driver/guide), and our driver/guide was Enrique who had a sense of humour and showed a lot of pride in Catalunya. He's an excellent driver and made sure we were comfortable in the van. He gave us ample time to explore each medieval village (Besalu and Rupit) after he took us on a guided tour into the centre of each village. He was always able to answer any questions we had about Spain, the places we visited on this tour, and about Barcelona and its sights. He was also very considerate - when he discovered I had knee problems, he walked slower so I could catch up and gave me tips on how to get around the winding and uneven surfaces of the villages without hurting myself. He took us to mountain-tops so we can get excellent views of Rupit, and the "mirador" panoramic area of Tavertet so we can see the steep cliffs. The drive throughout was very scenic, and although it rained for most of the day, the entire excursion was very enjoyable.

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May212014

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Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'

Milan, Italy

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4 star rating: Recommended

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We took this tour so that we can view "The Last Supper" painting (it was impossible to book it on our own!). The pace of the tour was perfect - good for people of all ages and different levels of mobility. The coach was comfortable and clean (low steps as well). We liked how they had a morning and afternoon option - we chose the morning tour (English and German) but the guide (forgot her name, sorry) ended up speaking English only because everyone in our tour spoke English. Our guide did an excellent job in pointing out places of interest while we were on the coach and in describing the history and interesting facts of every building/momument/street we passed. The meeting place wasn't difficult to find, and there were helpers on site by the travel agency to direct you to the guide and coach. All the places/sites outlined in the tour description were covered, and you get ample time to take pics at each attraction. Our guide was very thorough and told us many interesting facts about Milan and the various sites. For the Duomo - you only tour the outside and get a few minutes to take pics in the square. All of the main sites (Duomo, Da Vinci monument, the Galleria, and La Scala theatre) are within walking distance, and this is part of the 1-hour walking tour. You’re driven around the downtown in order to get to Santa Maria della Grazie (where the Last Supper painting is located) and to Sforza Castle (which is around the meeting place where you get picked up/dropped off before and after the tour). I recommend walking around Via Dante after the tour. Our guide did an awesome job describing the painting to us during our visit. This is a great tour for those staying in Milan for a couple of days!

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