Me and my girlfriend visited Rome at the beginning of May 2008. During our week in Rome we went on two tours through the Hotel Felice (our hotel in Rome) and both were amazing. From start to finish the tour was simply excellent. The staff were amazing and friendly; we had a wonderful time even on a low-budget trip.
We were really lucky to try the Hotel Felice Vatican Museum tours. If you are in Rome and planning to go to the Vatican museum this is the tour to take.
Hotel Felice, Tiburtina street, number 30
Nearest Station: Termini station
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Since this was our first visit to Paris, we weren't sure how to best spend our time. We came across Aeon's site and ended up taking a tour. We were, all in all, pleased with our tour and guide. She was knowledgeable and willing to answer any of our group's questions - even our most ridiculous ones. And, trust me, we had a few since we were there during the Metro workers strike in 2007. She was willing to start our tour later due to us not being able to get to the meeting point in time.
I would recommend everyone to take a Vatican Museum, St. Peter and Sistine Chapel tour by the Hotel Felice - great price, pick-up and drop-off from to/the hotel; the hotel’s staff booked the tour for my wife and me and we paid the agency directly for this. If you are now in Rome and you have no idea where to start, I recommend to choose one tour, you can skip the line!
The centre of the city is not large, so it makes this place easy to visit in a day.
You can choose to visit Florence by bike, following the cycle tracks that reach the most famous historic sites.
What to see:
- Piazza della Signoria
- Piazzale Michelangelo
- Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square)
- The Bargello Museum
- Ponte Vecchio: To one side of the bridge there is the majestic bust of the most famous Florentine goldsmith, Benvenuto Cellini.
- Bike along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the wonderful landscape of Florence
- Panoramic view of the Boboli Gardens
Bike rental estimated prices:
1 hour - about 3 Euro
1 day - from a minimum of 14 Euro to a maximum of 27 Euro
A great travel agency that organises small group,
low-impact tours. We took two teenagers who thoroughly enjoyed our five-day trip around Northern Vietnam. We cycled, walked, sailed and stayed with local people. One day was spent cooking with a family in a small village in the Red delta. The trip to Bai Tu Long bay was heavenly. We met no tourists there and only saw local fishing boats. Ask for Khanh who will tailor a tour to your needs. All the guides are really friendly and soon feel like old friends - our guide was so calm and had a great sense of humour. There are tours across Vietnam including Sapa and the Mekong Delta in the South. They even managed to book our hotel in Hanoi for us which we had previously tried to contact unsuccessfully.
Ethnic Travel, 35 Pho Hang Giay, Hanoi in the Old Quarter
Uncle Tans run a 'jungle camp' with basic facilities and huts on the Kinabatangan river in Sabah. The camp represents a fantastic base from which to see an incredible amount of wildlife. As part of a very reasonably priced 3D/2N tour you also get to visit the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok.
Other 'tour' options are becoming available. The people working at Uncle Tans are super friendly, informative and great with children. Uncle Tans can be reached easily from Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan.
Sabah is in easy and inexpensive reach from Kuala Lumpur through Air Asia for example (airasia.com).
This has to be one of the highlights of many trips to southeast Asia, a real fantastic, family-friendly opportunity to see crocodiles, wild pigs, gibbons, lizards, proboscis monkeys and if you are lucky, elephants and orang utans.
Kalimpong is about two-three hours by shared jeep from Darjeeling. Worth a trip (even if only for the views on route).
If you go to KP's Motor Stand & in Himalaya Travels ask for Gobinda Dradhan, he will take you on a (set fare) tour of the local sights - magnificent viewpoints and Dr Graham's home.
Best of all, Gobinda takes his time, does not hussle you into visiting shops and is very knowledgeable about the area.
The Calanques are a sort of French equivalent of fjords, with impressive white cliffs and neon aqua water. Boat tours run all day - you can choose whether you want to see three, eight or 10 calanques on your trip (the day we went the winds were too high to visit more than three) and we had a great time. On the way out you get to peek at some of the swanky houses perched on the edges of the smaller rocky cliffs, and as you travel into each inlet you'll be amazed at the colour of the water and the idyllic-looking beaches (the beach at Port au Pin is accessible by foot from the town centre, but you'll need to allow a good few hours for a round trip).
On the way back in you get a great view of the whole of Cassis harbour - don't forget your camera.
My girlfriend and I took a tour with Galway Walking Tours recently even though they were out of season. Aside from the usual historical info we were delighted to get plenty of funny stories about Galway events and characters.
Fountain in Eyre Square
This French tour company run fun and informative wine tours. I stumbled upon them when I stayed in Perpignan last week. They collected us from our hotel and brought us to four vineyards, all very different and interesting. We partook in a "how wine is made tour" and tasted some gorgeous wine. Lunch was in a chateau and matched with some fine wine.
The day was great fun and the scenery was amazing. We were very surprised by the quality of the Roussillon wines.
The company is run by two Irish sisters and they know the area really well, living there for the past 10 years. Highly recommend for a good value day out.
19 Bd Cassanyes, Canet, 66140, France
I am a South African (from Cape Town) who has just toured Johannesburg with my UK friend for five days. We used Jozi Experience. We lived in private houses, went to private parties, personalised Soweto/cultural tours. We felt part of the local community, not tourists.
77, 4th Road, Kew. Johannesburg
Tel: +27 11 4400109
Excellent bed and breakfast in the centre of Salta. Recently renovated townhouse with sizable and very comfortable rooms run by Silka and Ricardo. Their hospitality was exceptional and they are very knowledgeable on what to see and do in both Salta itself and Argentina's north-west region.
We stayed there at the beginning and end of our tour of the Salta and Jujuy regions and they arranged our car hire before we left for Argentina.
Delicious breakfasts with homemade bread, pcs with internet access in each room, lovely city garden and library.
Once your kids can ride a bike there's no better way to see Paris than cycling about it. The high spot of our recent half-term break was a morning spent exploring the Marais, Bastille, Louvre, St. Germain de Pres, Les Halles and many back streets in between.
Our guide, Paul, founded Bike About Tours with a friend and gives a charming and personal view of a city he clearly loves. Some of his enthusiasm rubbed off on the kids who particularly relished spotting locations from Ratatouille, or finding out how many Parisians slip in dog poo each day. Paul takes only safe back streets and cycleways, stopping for lunch at a boulangerie on the way.
Every so often we would park the bikes and explore a secret garden or a hidden alleyway on foot, letting Paris work its magic on children and adults alike. By the end of four hours we felt like we belonged. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
David is an experienced walking leader and expert history and wildlife guide with great personality. Offering day walks, tours and holidays from Yunquera, hidden in the unspoilt Sierra de las Nieves, close to Ronda and only an hour from Malaga airport, yet it seems a different world to the Costa del Sol. Fantastic value - David walks and guides for the joy not for profit. Check out the website...
1hr Malaga Airport.
This restuarant is truely unusual in location, it's right in the middle of the north Langkawi mangroves. You can drive to the carpark then take a short walk along the wooden walkway to arrive at the front of the restuarant, or you can arrive by boat at the rear as part of the mangrove tour for a terrific lunch. The tour includes the price of lunch.
The food is excellent and as you would expect cooked to order, piping hot. They have milder western style dishes and the most superb Thai food, poultry, seafood and lots of locally grown veg.
The service is great and the staff take a great deal of trouble to make sure that everything is to your satisfaction.
Perfect for families, my children of 13 and 10 still talk about it and we will go back again on our next visit to Langkawi without doubt.
Don't miss out, it is just to unusual to miss.
Kampung Belanga Pecah,Mukim Kisap,Daerah Langkawi, tel: 604 966 6699
These tours are often run from backpackers'. They tour the conventional destinations, the Hollywood sign, Venice beach etc but they take you to Watts Towers, past the Viper Room, Compton and the more notorious locations. They also drive by celebrity houses. All done in a day so for those on a tight schedule, great!
Grand palace built for the emperor of China, fantastic site. To get the full experience I recommend the audio tour. Why? It guides you in English (or any other language) around the site explaining what went on. The best bit is the voice is none other than James Bond, Roger Moore.
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