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  1. We have just returned from our cruise during which 4 of us used Spencer Ambrose for the day tour to Sugar Beach. We had a great time and cant recommend his company enough for a relaxing day--including a great lunch provided plus of course the homemade rum punch!
  2. For anyone looking to book a private tour from Manaus port i can fully recommend "Manausbooking.com" We have just used them for a half day city tour and a day speedboat tour . The latter was great as it included swimming with pink dolphins optional). short hike to see the giant lily pads at Lake January, lunch, seeing The meeting of the Waters and much more. A great day, they stand at the port entry if you havent prebooked.
  3. Thanks for that--much as I thought.
  4. [ Busybean Are you by any chance on the 4/3 Val to BA Zaandam ???? Hi No we are on the Jan 30th Zaandam sailing. There is info re this tour on our CC thread. It has been full for some time so you will have to look at old posts for full details You should have time to do the tour as we only have 6 hours ashore.
  5. Thanks for this. We are visiting on Zaandam in February & also have Gabriel assigned to our group of 18. Good to know all went well. Are walking waterproof trainers ok for the terrain--any point in taking walking poles with us or this this a little over the top for these ( and any other short walks we may do) at this time of year?
  6. Busybean

    Jakarta - Lombok

    Hi Karen The E mail addresses for both drivers recommended by Ine & myself (we used Agung) are shown above on posts 5 & 6. During our day we visited the Saski & weaving villages. We spent time on Kuta beach which is beautiful & were taken to a restauarnt for a lovely lunch. A good & varied short day but our ship sailed mid afternoon so we didnt have time for anything else. Sue
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    Hi Liz We are going to Bariloche in January prior to our cruise around S America. We are flying there from BA with LAN. From Bariloche we are doing the lakes crossing to Puerto Varas and then flying from Puerto Montt to Santiago with Sky. Hope this helps. Sue
  8. Busybean

    Jakarta - Lombok

    Yes I can confirm that we used "agung" as recommended by Ine & have no hesitation in recommending him. We had a great day with him. Incidentally Ine we used all of your valuable info & had a great & stressfree cruise because of it.
  9. Busybean

    Tours in Java

    Hi I see that you have picked up from on thread I started prior to our cruise earlier this year. We used a driver sent to us by "Jooosting" --details as supplied by " Ine" on post no 3 of this thread. I understand that Joosting no longer drives himself & spends much time in Europe due to health issues. The driver he sent gave us a good day out around Surabaya-- we were told that it was too risky to visit Mt Bromo during our restricted time ashore. The driver was obliging & pleasant-- he had made a long journey to Surabaya from his home village to fulfill our booking but had only limited English. We were lucky that we shared with a Dutch couple who could converse with him & give us more info on the places we visited. Based on the experiences of other passengers you should have no difficulty in obtaining a taxi close to ther port area for local sights. This may fulfill your requirements.
  10. Hi We wre in Saigon via a cruise on the night of chinese New year 2012. We booked an overvight tour for this reason. The atmosphere was great --a highlight of our holiday especially seeing the decorations in Flower Street & having a drink at the Rex Hotel with entertainment & the view from the top floor. We also caught sight of the decorations before & after TET in both in Singapore & Hong Kong--these made our holiday extea special so go for it if the itinerary works to enable you to do this.
  11. Busybean

    Jakarta - Lombok

    Hi Steve We visited Jakarta & Lombok earlier this year via an Indonesian Islands cruise with HAL. Traffic in Jakarta is awful especially at the weekend so I would suggest any tour out of the city is with the ship. We had a good day visiting the Safari Park & Botanical Gardens but it was a Sunday & even with a police escort our 5 ship tour buses got back 2 hours late & we had to cut down the length of the visit to the gardens. It was a very long day. Some people took taxis into the old town with mixed reports with regard to the success of doing this. In Lombok we prebooked a driver who gave us a lovely day seeing the Saski villages/Kuta beach etc. There were plenty of taxis available by the port area but again we heard mixed reports as to these. Some were aggresive and/or wanted a high fee. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend the driver we prebooked-- he was great. We shared the cost with another couple on CC.
  12. Hi we used Travel Cambodia for 4 days last year-- they booked us a small boutique hotel & arranged tours for all days + ariport transfers
  13. Busybean

    Question on Hanoi

    We did this tour in 2013 and also used Stephen of "Best Tours" --now renamed as "Private Vietnam Tours". We had lots of traffic issues on the way to Hanoi but were still back in plenty of time. Stephan also arranged tours for us on Halong Bay & in HCMC & everything was brilliant. We didnt stay overnight in Hanoi but if possible would recommend you do this to get maximum time in the city on day 2 .
  14. Hi Angela I cant answer all of your questions as we only had 2 days in Bali & didnt see some of the places you mentioned. We also overnighted on the ship. We booked Fredy approx 6 months before our trip so I dont think its too early to contact him. He will be honest with you as to what its feasible to do in your time frame. Ubud & the surrounding artist village is well worth a look & very close to the Monkey Forest. The rice fields at Uluwatu are lovely & Fredy took us there via a bumpy road as an alternative to the main route so that we could see the villages around it. We went to another lovely rice terrace area but I cant recall its name + the Branaton Lake area, a local market & saw lots of other out on the way places. Fredy is very attentive as to whether you want to see the more tourist parts of the island or the local places. we largely chose the latter. You will probably be offered a chance to see Balinese dancing which we did. A shortish tour from Benoa is to Tanah Lot which thought quite busy is beautiful. This could be done quite easily on your final morning.. Hope this helps.
  15. Their cars can take 6 passengers + the driver. We had 4 of us travelling on the 2 days we used Fredy. Luggage should be no problem for 3 of you. we didnt stay on the island just overnight on cruise ship.
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