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DONALD C

DONALD C

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Oct212013

Tour/Activity

Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Enjoyed the bottle of wine and trying the different types of food more that the show itself.

Oct212013

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: East to West Route

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Both routes are enjoyable. Very relaxing, like getting off to have lunch on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, then get back on late bus to continue the tour. Lines are very long at stop #1, so would recommend looking at where the last stop or 2nd stop is to get on there. Otherwise, you might have to wait up to a half hour to get on. At stop one, they only fill a small portion of top of bus before send it on its way. One way to get on quicker and advise you want to sit downstairs - then at 2nd stop you can move on up if desired.

Oct202013

Tour/Activity

Barcelona in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

An enjoyable and informative tour. A bit tiring though in trying to cram all into a one day tour. If taken again, would probably do it in two sessions.

Oct172013

Tour/Activity

Panoramic Porto Tour

Porto, Portugal

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Guide was very energetic and knowledgeable. Very informative and enjoyable tour of the city.

Oct172013

Tour/Activity

Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting

Porto, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

One of the best hop-on hop-off tours. Easy to plan on switching from one route to the other. Very enjoyable!

Oct152013

Tour/Activity

Lisbon Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Extremely poor for a Hop-on Hop-off tour. Should be named 'Hop-off and wait a long time line'! Blue line runs only once an hour! Red line runs twice an hour! Audio - next to useless as more music played than commentary given, and audio does not announce what stop is coming up - very difficult for a visitor to follow where he/she is at. If stop not announced on the audio, should be done by the driver.

Furthermore: 1) some of the bus signs are missing at the stops; 2) some have the sign for the stop but it's unmarked as to the number of the bus stop; and the map provided as to where the bus stops are is not quite accurate (esp. stop #16 on the red line). This particular company runs 2 different hop-on hop-off bus tours - so why in the world do they paint the similar looking buses of both lines the same red in color - thus, you can imagine the confusion among the visitors!

Have previously taken the hop-on hop-off buses in this tour line in: Rome; Paris; London; Dublin; and Madrid. All those were very good to excellent versus what the Lisbon experience has been.

Oct142013

Tour/Activity

Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent small group tour for eight people. Our guide Nadia was just great - very personable and knowledgeable as to the area and the palace, giving good commentary on the drive to and from Sintra. Moderate walking involved but Nadia took it at a nice pace so everyone could keep up. Several in the group were in their late 70's to mid-80's but were able to handle the pace without problem. A very enjoyable tour of the area. Nadia was very helpful in her suggestions as to places for people to go to lunch at.

Oct112013

Tour/Activity

Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

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

My Review

Not for the elderly or one who is not in great shape to do a straight 2 hr walk uphill, then downhill on cobblestone streets. Would prefer to have some time to stop and look around at the shops instead of just architecture and paintings. Guide was quite knowledgeable on the subject matter.

Oct102013

Tour/Activity

Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent way to see the city of Madrid. With buses running every 8 minutes or so, it was very easy to get off explore a particular area and then hop back on to continue sightseeing.

Oct092013

Tour/Activity

Madrid City Sightseeing and Royal Palace Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very good tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and quite informative, especially as to all rooms and details in the palace.

Mar222012

Tour/Activity

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour. With foreign tourists down over 80% since 2008, this tour through Viator was like a private tour for 6 + driver + English speaking guide. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. With just 6 of us in the tour, we could ask a lot of questions to learn more of the city and culture. Lunch was excellent with lots to eat.

Mar202012

Tour/Activity

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

Beijing, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour. With foreign tourists down over 80% since 2008, this tour through Viator was like a private tour for 6 + driver + English speaking guide. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. With just 6 of us in the tour, we could ask a lot of questions to learn more of the city and culture. Lunch was excellent with lots to eat.

Mar182012

Tour/Activity

Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

Xian, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour. With foreign tourists down over 80% since 2008, this tour through Viator turned out to be a private tour for my wife and I! Small but nice air conditioned van us + driver + English speaking guide. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. With just 2 of us in the tour, we could ask a lot of questions to learn more of the city and culture. Lunch was very good with lots to eat.

Mar172012

Tour/Activity

Terracotta Warriors Essential Full Day Tour from Xi'an

Xian, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour. With foreign tourists down over 80% since 2008, this tour through Viator turned out to be a private tour for my wife and I! Small but nice air conditioned van for the two of us + driver + English speaking guide. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. With just 2 of us in the tour, we could ask a lot of questions to learn more of the city and culture. Lunch was very good with lots to eat.

Mar152012

Tour/Activity

Huangpu River Cruise and Bund City Lights Evening Tour of Shanghai

Shanghai, China

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

My Review

Seeing the boats lit up on the river was nice but the boat was just crammed with people. Our tour had only a total of 5 people but combining many, many other tour groups made it a bit overwhelming. Riding the little tram going down the Nanjing center is pretty pathetic. Price is way too high for this tour.

Mar132012

Tour/Activity

Best of Shanghai Day Tour including Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund

Shanghai, China

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour. With foreign tourists down over 80% since 2008, this tour through Viator was like a private tour for 6 + driver + English speaking guide. Guide was very informative and knowledgeable. With just 6 of us in the tour, we could ask a lot of questions to learn more of the city and culture. Lunch was excellent with lots to eat.

Mar192011

Tour/Activity

Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle Half-Day Tour

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Enjoyed the tour in getting to see outskirts of the city and the Malahide Castle. Dublin Bay was interesting as stores displayed the fresh fish caught in the area.

Mar182011

Tour/Activity

Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dublin, Ireland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A good way to see the city sights, being able to get off to see what you want, then getting back on to the next site of interest.

Mar162011

Tour/Activity

The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

A very good overall tour of the city. Tour guide was excellent. Would say that only drawback would be those putting the changing of the guards as top priority - this should be done separately - as tour bus gets there a bit late for one to get a good position in the crowd and leaves 15 min before the full ceremony concludes.

Mar152011

Tour/Activity

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Enjoyed the tour of the countryside. Tour of Windsor Castle was very good, Stonehenge - good to see, and Bath was good to visit.

Mar142011

Tour/Activity

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Not for one interested in seeing the changing of the guards. Arrives too late 11:10 to get good place in crowd and leave about 15 min before full ceremony ends. Otherwise a good tour. See changing of the guards separately - get there by 10:30 a.m. for upfront viewing.

Mar112011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very good in getting past the lines and having a guided tour - if the Mona Lisa is your main goal.

Mar102011

Tour/Activity

Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Using this hop-on hop-off tour, tied in w/the easy to understand bus system in Paris, one can get to see all the sights and hop off at a convenient location to take a bus back to where one is staying.

Mar102011

Tour/Activity

Paris City Tour, Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very good tour. Timely as scheduled. Easy to take the bus back from Eiffel Tower to wherever you're staying.

Mar302009

Tour/Activity

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Excellent tour! But don't waste your time at the Victoria Park Market - in fact, don't bother getting off there! The market is a bust, nothing but junk!

Mar262009

Tour/Activity

Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A good way to get an overview of the city through the narrated tour. Then, on another day, you can take Melbourne's free city bus to get back to the points you'd like to visit.

Mar242009

Tour/Activity

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A good way to get perspective of the city from the water.

Mar232009

Tour/Activity

Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A good way to see the overall city when getting there, then you can concentrate on going back to the places of interest.

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