London, United Kingdom
The Cotswolds are delightful and not to be missed. This tour on the whole was enjoyable, but I want to warn future travelers of a few things.
1) This tour does not include the town of Bibury as listed in the Viator description
2) Make sure you ask for bathroom stops as our guide was not the best at including them
3) We had a very opinionated and talkative guide. I sadly do not mean these in a good way. He lead the tour of Oxford and kept stopping us in side streets and alleyways and would keep blathering on in tangents. I feel like we missed out on seeing more buildings if only he would have kept going. He also made some a lot of Margaret Thatcher comments that I feel were inappropriate since she just passed away and were not suitable for mixed groups.
Having said that, there were many of beautiful things to enjoy on this trip. Our guide arranged for us to have a very delicious lunch at a charming Inn in Lower Slaughter. He also agreed to make a quick stop at the gorgeous church in Stratford Upon Avon. The towns we did see were lovely and made the day worthwhile.
We had an excellent tour guide called Sonia who was a font of great information about not only the Cinque Terre but the areas we passed along the way on the bus. I give all the credit in the world to the ferry boatmen as it was not easy to dock the boats in the villages.
I was also impressed with the way Zani Viaggi changed our itinerary around to compensate for the recent mudslides which had closed the Lovers Lane path.
Bruges was lovely, but Frank our tour guide was not very good. He actually left someone behind in Gent and at one point almost lost half of our group becuase he did not leave from our agreed upon meeting spot in Bruges after visiting a chocolate store on the way tro the bus. We did not go into either church listed in the tour description and I feel we did not have enough time in the city. It would have been better for us to go on our own. He was hard to hear when he gave his descriptions of the sites. He also almost left behind a traveler in Bruges, but he actually got off the bus to find him. I am sure this tour would have been more enjoyable with a better guide.
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