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Can I use the door leading from Vatican museum to St. Peter's Basilica?

Yes, you can. When you are in the Sistine chapel, there are two exits, the signs aren't particularly prominent, but one will lead you to a corridor the endpoint of which is past the security checks ...
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Are there tours that let you touch Stonehenge?

There's Avebury plus lots of other semi-abandoned "stone circles" that you can headbut to your hearth's content. Well if it is a dream, and money is no object, offer $1 million "...
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Washington DC odd tour request issue

The new Congress meets on January 3, 2017 and, although there will be transition activities, tours should go ahead as scheduled. However, it would be wise to contact your representative's office for ...
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Is it possible to visit manufacturing facilities "for fun" in China?

Industrial tours for students are a growing niche market in China, with universities (e.g., MIT) arranging visits and exchanges, and tour operators offering many packages targeted at students/...
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What are some pros & cons of doing multiple single day tours vs multi-day tour in Iceland?

With enough time, you can chose and pick the best day, the best weather for each tour when doing single day tours. I managed to have beautiful weather for each of the tours I did, spending the rainy ...
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What are some pros & cons of doing multiple single day tours vs multi-day tour in Iceland?

I spent 10 days in Iceland in march. Pros of the Tour: Everything is settled! This is vacation for you, you do not need to organize all the stuff. You get your tours, maybe picked up at your hotel ...
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Bucket list - Trans Australian railway - food and stopover issues

I have used the Indian Pacific and the Ghan back in 2005. There have been some changes since, according to the site of the man in seat 61, so I checked the details to make sure I give you the right ...
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Easiest way to organize hire car to travel North and South Island of New Zealand

I did exactly this two years ago. There are some rental car agencies that allow you to take the car onto the ferry, and others that do not. I had a car with Avis, which does not allow you to take the ...
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How do you book an Emirates Dubai stopover package (from US/Canada)?

First, what you don't do is call the Emirates reservations number. They, in my experience, will send you on a wild goose chase where you make multiple international phone calls during Middle Eastern ...
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What does "with transfer" mean in the context of guided tours?

99% of the time, "transfer" means they will pick you up and take you to the airport on arrival/departure. Or seaport or train station if that's more appropriate. Typically, the guided part of these ...
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Where can I visit the mussel grow locations in Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain?

There are many punts ("batea" in Spanish) around Galicia. They are mostly situated on the estuary ("ría" in Spanish) because it is a more protected part of the sea and fishermen need to do "...
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Can I use the door leading from Vatican museum to St. Peter's Basilica?

No, you cannot. After the museum tour you'll need to join the basilica queue. Good news: it moves relatively fast. This is from my personal experience last year. If things have changed since - great.
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Seeing the Chicago Board of Trade

A few other other Chicago Architecture Foundation tours include the Chicago Board of Trade building, including: Historic Skyscrapers. Daily, 10 AM & 3:30 PM. Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop. ...
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When visiting Istanbul, is pre-booking city tours from known web sites better than on arrival?

I am one of the pre-booking type of guys, I plan for any trips months in advance and book everything long before embarking on a trip. But, in Istanbul, You will considerably save much more by booking ...
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What is the LONGEST Tour operated by travel companies?

Viking offers a 245-day round-the-world cruise, which starts (and ends) in London. It visits 53 countries on six continents.
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Can Alcatraz tours only be booked from their website?

No. This is what happens: one company is responsible for selling all the tickets to Alcatraz. The thing is they sell a lot of tickets to multiple tourism agencies. These agencies create some packages ...
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Are there any tours or opportunities available to the public where one can see Cherenkov Radiation?

Reed College, an undergraduate institution in Portland, Oregon, maintains a research reactor. The FAQ says that tours can be arranged for groups; the page does not say if an individual may join. My ...
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Are visitors allowed in the Amazon forest in Brazil?

Visitors are allowed in the Amazon Rainforest. I have been there several times in Ecuador and Peru. I was just in Manaus last week but did not get into the rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest is pretty ...
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Where can I visit the mussel grow locations in Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain?

The heart of Rias Bajas is actually the ria of Pontevedra. I am quoting the tourist office in Vigo. I was focusing on Vigo ria, which has many boats, but mainly going to Cies. Around Pontevedra ria ...
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What are approved French travel agents whose organised trip grants Visa-free entry to French overseas territories

It seems that there is a list although it is quite hard to track down. https://cn.ambafrance.org/Agences-de-voyages-chinoises-agreees-pour-organiser-des It seems to be a list of agencies in China ...
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Is there an 1-hour guide at the Deutsches Museum?

The Deutsche Museum has some tour suggestions (flyer, app) and the app apparently also has a list of top 10 stations. The tour suggestions are about 2 h each, but they are composed of several topic ...
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Are there tours that let you touch Stonehenge?

More of an FYI than an answer; there are photos on the BBC website of 'druids' celebrating the 2016 winter solstice. As you can see, some are touching the stones. This is probably a Special Access ...
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Easiest way to organize hire car to travel North and South Island of New Zealand

If you want to avoid taking the car on the ferry, you can simple rent the car from Auckland to Wellington, then take the ferry as a foot passenger. Once you are in Picton, you can take a new rental ...
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Are there organized surfing day trips from Bordeaux?

You have many options here. As you said, you could just go along the coast and ask any surfing school, I'm sure they'd offer you what you're looking for. Here are a few options if you want to ease ...
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Is it normal for a guided tour of Mongolia to cost a couple of hundred dollars per day?

If you want a private guided tour (just for yourself and/or a very small group), the price doesn't seem all that unreasonable. Consider the cost of just the fuel alone: Distances in Mongolia are large ...
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Is it normal for a guided tour of Mongolia to cost a couple of hundred dollars per day?

It all depends on what the tours include in the price and how large your group is. That said, I remember clearly that tours booked while outside of Mongolia are typically vastly more expensive than ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

An extreme option is to convert to Islam (which only requires reciting the Shahada), receive a certificate of faith from your local mosque and then travel to Mecca as part of an Umrah pilgrimage. ...
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Are there any large ship tours around the San Francisco Bay Area?

I would check out whether there are big ship in the area and if so, book a tour with a company that has small boats. You may have to book the whole of the tour, so the fewer empty seats, the more ...
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