The gorge is beautiful and our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, however I would much prefer to spend more time actually looking at the gorge and way less time stopping in at cafe's and gift shops. I guess if you are making all of the effort to do a day trip to the gorge, you would expect to spend more time being able to look at it and explore. We got stuck in by a rockfall which was exciting and thankfully had the added advantage of cutting our trip to the marble factory short and took the stop in at the last cake shop off the itinerary altogether. The marble factory is an unnecessary "extra" to the trip.
The lunch was amazing!
All in all, I think if I was to go back to the gorge I would hire a car and do it myself, but if you are short on time, this is a good option. Just expect to spend an equal amount of time (or more) looking at shops, cafe's etc as you do looking at the gorge.
I must admit that I was a little disappointed (and a bit concerned) when a black Renault with 2 men in it (without any obvious form of ID) showed up to take me on the "tour" I had booked on to. The voucher I received said that I would be in an air conditioned coach, so I guess I just assumed that I would be touring the sites with a group. The tour guide went to sleep for most of the trip to the site, so I was left wondering if I was actually being transported to an unpleasant situation rather than the tour I had been promised! He turned our to be a good tour guide with a great knowledge of the sites, so my day turned our great - although at times I did feel like I was being rushed along a little bit. I guess, as a single female traveler, it would have been much more comforting if I were notified that I was the only person on the tour, and that it was not a coach, but a car that would be picking me up. The guides should also be required to show their Professional Tour Guide ID, without being asked to.
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