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Aug012014

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London Airport Private Departure Transfer

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Perfect - clean vehicle, on time, got us to the airport in plenty of time. Driver was professional and helpful. We had much luggage from a cruise so it made sense to have cost certainty and time certainty for our trip to Heathrow, as opposed to any other method of transport.

Jul302014

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Barcelona Airport Private Departure Transfer

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Car was a little cramped - had to put one bag in the front seat. In comparison to most of the city cabs, this was slightly bigger. Car was on time as promised and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Confirmation for pick-up was a breeze. Do not be afraid of this aspect of the process. If you like cost and time certainty, this is the way to go.

Jul292014

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Barcelona Transfer: Cruise Port to Central Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Perfect - came at the appointed time with a sign with our names on it. Easy ingress and egress in a clean luxury car. Friendly, professional driver.

Jul292014

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Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Very enjoyable time. Dinner was a tasty buffet - all you can eat. Soft drinks were free. Bottle of wine was free with price. Recommend the sautéed cuttlefish. Many Catalonian dishes present if you wish for a somewhat authentic experience. My wife found it a little heavy, so be careful. The flamenco show was also enjoyable. 90 minutes of music, dancing and singing in a small, intimate venue. You can easily see and hear all that is taking place. Dancing was remarkable. Wine served with the show. Chairs were a little uncomfortable after a while and it felt a little crowded (I'm a tall person). All in all, worth the money - staff were friendly and solicitous of your comfort.

Jul172014

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Venice Shared Departure Transfer: Central Venice to Marittima Cruise Port

Venice, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Confirmation process was a snap. Company sent a fax to our hotel confirming our pick-up time. Pick-up point was very close to our hotel near the monumento. Plenty of room on the boat for both passengers and luggage. Easy to get on and off the boat. We heard horror stories from people who had travelled by water taxi before, but these were not true with company used by Viator. The only issue with shared transport is if people along the route are late. This happened to us, but since our boat was not leaving until evening, it did not really affect us. Drive was helpful and friendly. Helped us with 4 bags on and off the boat. Again, a pleasant surprise. Worth the money

Jul162014

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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours, Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Cruise

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Meeting point was easy to find and to get to. Numerous staff there to greet and organize you.
Loved the Doge's Palace Tour. Not having to line up in the hot sun to wait to get in is wonderful. Tour guide was wonderful - you see the highlights of the place with the great works of art including the largest mural in the world by Tintoretto(?). The Prison and Bridge of Sighs were also highlights.
We did St. Mark's back to back with The Doge's Palace. My wife found it a little tiring - 4 consecutive hours of walking or standing. Spreading them out might work for some people.
Gaining entry ahead of the general public was well worth it. The line into St. Mark's stretched to the waterfront on the day of our tour. The tour of St Mark's was too brief and we did not see or learn enough about the place - maybe 20 25 minutes was all. The walking tour was done in the hot sun in the mid afternoon and we crossed several squares on our way to the Rialto bridge. The story of the wells in each square and Marco Polo's Home were highlights. Easy to get back to St. Mark's Square after the tour.
Loved the boat tour. We toured the southern edge of Venice (ie. St. George's Cathedral) and the Grand Canal itself - famous buildings and churches. It was at night so it was cool on the water after a hot day.
The information provided could be a little overwhelming. Again, the meeting point was at the Royal Gardens where staff from the tour company met us and organized us.
Strongly recommend that people get a hotel near the SanMarco as it takes the pressure off of being on time or getting lost when meeting for the tours.
We did the Palace and walking tour in the morning (9 30 am - 1 30 pm) It may be a bit much for people. The boat tour was not until 5 30 pm so it gave us time to rest and have dinner.

Jul152014

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Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer

Venice, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Wow - very easy. Company has a desk in the airport - easy to find. Able to confirm pick up at this time. Shared ride with 3 couples. A bit of a walk to the pier but no problems lugging luggage. You had to keep up with the other people sharing the ride while walking to the pier. One person was entrusted with the ticket, pier and boat information so you had to keep up and you were relying on people who had not been to Venice before, so it was a little disconcerting. Driver was friendly and helpful. Lots of room for luggage and people. Easy to get on and off the boats. Our dropoff was maybe half a kilometer from our hotel. Great way to see the city by boat.

Jul122014

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Paris Shuttle Departure Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Driver was on time, friendly and professional. Made it to the airport in plenty of time. Confirmation process was a snap. Highly organized - who gets picked up first, how the bags are arranged, who gets dropped off first. This made the process easy.

Jul112014

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Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fabulous. Meeting point was near the Louvre (and our hotel). Included a walking tour of the Tuileries Garden. Excellent guide - almost all tours use the radio and earphones. One thing I would recommend on any tour with radio and earphones is to stick as close to the guide as possible to hear clearly what he or she has to say. The museum is crowded with people even inthe morning, so the skipping the line feature is fantastic. You get to see the highlights of this museum - the statues (Winged Victory, Venus, Egyptian pharaohs) and the paintings (Mona Lisa, David) The guide provided you with information about technique and the history of the work. Strongly recommend this tour if you have one chance to tour the Louvre for the first time.

Jul102014

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Paris Shuttle Arrival Transfer: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

First time to Paris so I did not know what to expect. Had to wait for cell phone service to kick in before I was able call company to confirm the pick-up. Pick-up was delayed. We waited 45 minutes before being picked up. Traffic ( Thursday morning at 9 30 am) was blamed. Mass confusion at the pick up spot as people who were promised a ride were not picked up. Highly organized. People who were getting out last entered the cab first with their luggage. This ensured that the people and and their luggage got dropped off in order with little confusion. Driver was friendly and helpful. Vehicle was a van comfortable and clean.

Jul102014

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Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Be sure to check the address of the meeting place before hand. The name and address of the meeting place were confusing. Consequently, we were late and almost did not make it for our tour. The company did wait for us, so that was a bonus.
Quick bus trip to the Tower. Easy and quick access to the second floor restaurant. Food was okay, not great. Service was okay not great. Found the photographer taking pictures a little annoying as you were asked to move for pictures. Boat tour was fine. Some confusion about the tickets and embarking process. Several people made a scene when they tried to board before others. Explanations about the boarding process could have been clearer. Information about the City was relayed by radio and earphone. Quality of sound and information was uneven in places. Seats were a little crowded and uncomfortable. A woman behind me kept jabbing her knees in my back. The lighting up of the Tower while sailing back was the highlight. Lights pop for 5 minutes on the hour. It was spectacular.

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