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isango! Customer review: Vatican Walking Tour

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This tour is the best way to see the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s. Our wonderful tour guide, Francesca, was a wealth of knowledge and her passion bought Rome’s history to life. If you are lucky enough to get Francesca as your tour guide you are in for a fantastic experience.

Janine, Australia

Janine booked: Vatican Walking Tour

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Alhambra Palace Tours

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Arguably the most impressive landmark in Spain, and perhaps one of the most spectacular in all the world, The Alhambra Palace sits in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains and epitomizes Moorish architectural splendor. Inside the fortress, many have marveled at the palace’s intricate elements, such as its ornate ceilings, impressive stucco work, beautiful mosaics and cupolas. On the palace grounds, even more exquisite offerings await visitors, including marble structures, tranquil pools and fountains, and pavilions that offer stunning views of the mountains that surround the fortress. continue reading

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What to see in Singapore.

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Singapore is obviously extremely diverse when compared with countries in Western regions. It is crammed with culture from clashing eastern and western influences, with endless things to discover, so much so that Singapore sightseeing can be a little overwhelming. Just what are the best places to visit and the must do activities? Fear not, Singapore sightseeing isn’t as daunting as it may sound.

Singapore’s history. continue reading

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Rome Sightseeing, any way you want it!

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As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Known for its expansive roads, ancient edifices, and religious importance, Rome is a metropolis of history and wonder waiting to be discovered. Because there is an endless array of things to do in Rome and a charming surprise down every cobblestoned street, making sure you see it all on your own is quite a difficult task. Rome sightseeing is best done by bus, boat, bicycle, or vespa, as such vehicles enable you to see and experience Rome’s gems in all their glory, without wasting too much time. continue reading

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Versailles Palace Tours.

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Visiting the French capital of Paris is something which many people strive to do in their lifetime. But why not think outside the box and aim to see some of the finer things located in the regions around Paris; for example, the Palace of Versailles.

Versailles Palace tours are somewhat popular, with people coming from far and wide in the hope to see one of the grandest palaces in the western world. History fans are also drawn in by the pull of the Versailles Palace as so much has previously happened on these grounds. After all, it is one of the places that sparked enough controversy during the French Revolution to play a significant role in it. continue reading

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Five Exciting Things to do in Barcelona

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There is so much to see in the city, sometimes it can be a challenge to decide what and how to do it. But if you’re on vacation, why not try being a tourist with a difference! Here’s a selection of different ways to explore the wonderful, vibrant city of Barcelona – and make sure you make the most of your trip by staying in one of the best Barcelona hotels.

Kickbike and Scooter Tours of Barcelona!

For the eco conscious amongst you, why not take a cross between a bike and a scooter as a way of transporting yourself around the city. Kickbikes are suitable for pretty much anyone, and you can either join a guided tour or just rent the kickbike and take off for the day. Either way, it’s a great way of keeping fit and seeing the sights at the same time.

Barcelona Ice Bar

With a cool -5 ambient temperature, Barcelona’s Ice Bar is the only one of its kind in the world which is built on a beach. Situated at Playa de Barceloneta, the Ice Bar offers the perfect place to cool down from the hot Mediterranean sun. Just don’t forget your jacket and gloves!

Antique Caravan Tours

If you fancy seeing the surrounding area from the back of a traditional horse-drawn caravan, then why not take a tour to discover a little more about the tradition Catalan farmers of the area. From years gone by up to modern days, these tours will give you an insight into the Catalan culture and how the locals live at one with the countryside. The tours last from half a day up to a week in duration.

Rickshaw Tour

Rickshaws are a great way to explore the area, and the fact that someone else is doing the pedalling is always a bonus! What better way to have a local show you around their city, and you never know, you might learn a few words of Spanish along the way!

Go Back to School

No, not seriously, but how about signing up for a cocktail making class and learn how to mix ‘em up like a pro. You’ll be taught some neat bartender tricks, and no doubt be allowed more than just a few tasting sessions along the way. Then at the end, you can watch the professionals show you exactly how it should be done. Cocktail classes are run in a few venues in the city and last a few hours.

Guest post by Escapio.com

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Giants Causeway Tours

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blog-picture4You don’t need to travel far to find natural breathtaking places. The natural wonders of world can be found everywhere, near and far. Ireland has a great array of some of the most amazing natural formations, one of the best being the Giants Causeway, situated on the north coast of Antrim. Giants Causeway tours are very popular, and it is clear why.

The Giants Causeway is a unique rock formation on the coast of Ireland. For centuries it has baffled people with its mysteriousness and significance. When the causeway was discovered in 1697, there were many speculations over whether the formation had been made by men with chisels, nature, or indeed by giants. Legend tells of a giant named Finn who built a causeway across the sea to challenge a rival giant in Staffa, Scotland. After completing the causeway, he fell asleep. His rival came looking for Finn, and upon seeing the rival was much bigger than her husband, Finn’s wife wrapped him in a blanket and told the rival giant to be quiet so as to not wake the baby. The rival, fearful of how big Finn must be to produce a baby that size, fled back to Scotland, destroying the causeway so he could not be followed. The neat formation certainly doesn’t look like nature could have formed such perfectly rounded rocks; however, in 1771 a Frenchman discovered that in fact it was not giants that made the causeway, but instead the result of volcanic action.

Despite there being a reasonable explanation for the Giants Causeway, it is still magnificent to see in reality, which is why Giants Causeway tours are extremely popular. The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site, for both the natural formation of the causeway, and also because the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship, the Girona, lays close by.

Ensure not to miss this natural phenomenon; you won’t be disappointed.

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See The Grand Palace of Versailles with Versailles Tours

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blog-picture2 Versailles, once the capital of the Kingdom of France, is now famous for the grand palace situated there. The Palace itself is steeped in history, and Versailles tours are the best way to discover the stories and facts behind what happened there.

The Palace was transformed from a royal hunting lodge and the royal court and government was moved there by King Louis XIV in the 1682. The Palace subsequently grew in size and in luxury. One of the grandest rooms is the Hall of Mirrors, which was used as a meeting place in the 17th century. Seventeen impressive mirrors line this room which faces out onto the stunning gardens. Other magnificent rooms include the Kings Grand Apartment, the Kings Chamber and the Royal Chapel. Versailles Palace tours ensure that the whole of the Palace is seen, and in depth knowledge is given about everything in which they signify.

It is not only the rooms of the Palace which aim to impress. Versailles tours also encourage garden visits as they are equally spectacular. Water features are ample, with the Grand Canal and numerous fountains and groves all adding to the wonders of these beautiful gardens. Walks are plentiful with sculptures and the orangerie lining the way. The relaxing atmosphere of the garden is perfect for picnicking on a hot day.

Also pay a visit to Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet; the private place where the former queen of France used to escape from the stresses of the palace. Also see the Grand Trianon, a group of buildings where Louis XIV escaped the palace with his mistress Madame de Montespan.

Versailles holds so much history to it. And there is more to Versailles than just this grand Palace; it is also a prosperous city too. Let Versailles tours help you discover the wonders of this brilliant place.

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See everything with Paris hop on hop off bus tours.

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blog-picture1Paris is filled with some extraordinary famous landmarks and monuments which everyone should aim to explore at least once in their lifetime. The intricate designs provide a pathway into the city’s deep and meaningful past, and show how rich in culture and glamour the French capital has always been. The Paris hop on hop off bus is a great way to discover as much of Paris as you can in a short time. Just simply use the pass for the desired number of days and explore the best of Paris to your hearts content.

The Eiffel Tower winds high above the city, giving amazing 360 degree panoramic views of the picturesque capital. It is the most iconic landmark in Paris, and it is impossible to visit this breathtaking city without experiencing the Eiffel Tower. Its steel exterior was shunned by Parisians at the time it was built due to its ugliness, but now draws in visitors from far and wide. It houses three floors and two restaurants, in which visitors can either climb or take a lift to dine on the scrumptious food, or simply peer out over the most spectacular views of the French capital.

The Notre Dame is one of the most famous cathedrals in the Western world. Great novels have been set here, with Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, hiding away from the world in the bell tower. However, there is so much more to this beautiful cathedral than works of fiction. The cathedral was fully completed in 1345, after almost two centuries of construction. Many historic figures held coronation celebrations in the Notre Dame, such as Napoleon I and his wife Josephine.

The Paris hop on hop off bus stops right outside these attractions and more. Be sure not to miss a thing with the Paris hop on hop off bus.

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The Best Things to do in the Isle of Skye

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Scotland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Its vast landscape seems to roll on forever. Its hills, cliffs, seashores and many islands which dot the coast creates scenery so serene than not than many other places compare. The Isle of Skye is one of the pleasant islands which line the coast. Situated on the West Coast of Northern Scotland, it is the second largest Scottish island, with a population of around 9,232.

This island, whilst relatively small, has so much going on, with so much to see and discover which is why Isle of Skye tours are great for anyone wanting to discover the best of this picturesque place.

The largest town on the Isle of Skye is Portree. This is a great area for visitors to stay in as it enables them to easily explore the island whilst having amenities close by. The town has the islands only secondary school, the Aros centre of Gaelic heritage, and has been used in some films including Harry Potter and Made of Honor.

Points of interest on the island include Neist Point, a viewpoint where visitors can look out to sea and see dolphins, whales, porpoises and basking sharks. There is also a lighthouse here which was built in 1909. The Dunvegan Castle is also a great place to visit. This castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, and was opened to visitors in 1933. The castle towers over Loch Dunvegan which is home to many seal colonies. The island also has the Talisker Distillery, which produces the islands Single Malt Scotch whisky. The Cuillin Hills are a main tourist attraction also. These rocky hills are famous to hikers and mountaineers due to the rough rock which makes it easy to climb.

Be sure to explore all the wonders on this stunning island with Isle of Skye tours.

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