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It was perfect organized. We have got axactly what I expected. Thank you a lot!
Very nice, Florence is very Romantic place especially the view from the mountain. Also, shopping is very very good. there is a fantastic open market near Santa Maria Station, I have purchased many items from there with a very competitive price, such as leather Jackets and shoes etc. The high speed train was very nice and we enjoyed our trip from Venice to Florence.
Guide and driver was awesome, very accommodating and very professional.
Florence was breathtaking!! Great experience. I appreciated the freedom we had being on our own but the comfort in knowing someone made all the arrangments for transportation and this included the hop on hop off in florence. Saved us money - priced it out on my own would have cost us at least 20+ Euros more per person. This is probably the 10th tour we have booked throu Viator and I recommend it to all my friends... best deals for the money and they always deliver service and quality.
The ticket process is very easy. There was someone at the train terminal to hand us our tickets and give us information on the train process.
The hop on hop off bus was definitely worth doing. I would recommend pre-purchasing entrance admission to any galleries you want to visit though. The line at the Uffizi can e very long if you do not have advance tickets. Also if you wish to visit the Duomo it is not on the tour route. Ask the tour operator which stop id closest if you want to get there as I don't believe the route map provided is to scale.
The bus was okay as touring buses go. The scheduled ending time wasn't too clear and we missed the final line of touring. I did like that we could get on and off to enjoy the sights in our own time. This was worth our doing.
This was a great tour. The high speed train was convenient and nice, the hop off/on tour was good in Florence. I got done a bit early and was not able to take an earlier train back to Venice. THis was my only complaint. It would have been nice to have a flexible return trip ticket instead of a fixed ticket. I sat for 2 hours to wait for my train time.
It felt rushed. Our Viator agent was at the train station to greet us and hand over an envelop with our train tickets and Florence map and Hop On Hop Off tickets. Other than this envelop, she wasn't to helpful. We got to Florence and we were somewhat confused. We certainly felt rushed but we did manage to do the three major sites we intended to do. I probably wouldn't recommend this tour to many people considering that you can do it just the same on your own.