Rodney M

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Rodney M

Rodney M

Australia

Apr062012

Tour/Activity

Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

Melbourne, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great value and a trip well worth doing !! . Private tour bus was very comfortable - even though requested seating ( due to car sickness) was not fulfilled.
De Bortoli tasting was the best!!! private room and an excellent somelier who gave us all the attention we paid for in the extra $$$ for his trip. Some wineries left us "cold"- treated us like the rest of the "crowd"and we definitley don't like room temp whites - regardless of the "education" they were giving us. Domain Chandon PERFECT for lunch. Didn't really need the other 2 wineries after this feast . A cup of coffee with lunch is sadly missing and really would be a great addition. The tour guide could also learn a thing or two about including the whole group in lunch time conversations and not separating couples off for individualised tastings at post lunch wineries. Very poor form. That said we had a wonderful day and would recommend to everyone.

Apr222009

Tour/Activity

Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

Paris, France

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review
This was a great way to quickly visit 2 iconic tourist sights on the outskirts of Paris, although pricey for what you actually had time to see!!! Having a guide was definitely an excellent idea although she wasn't permitted to "guide us" at Giverny - but who needs a guide in this beautiful garden? Lunch was lovely. The time spent at Giverny only allows you a snapshot and no time to browse and really enjoy, just sitting under the trees and admiring the flowers plus a quick purchase at the museum shop. We only got two half hour stints in the gardens at Versailles as they would not allow our tour to enter early and so we missed the opportunity to wander through the gardens and down to the boats. If you have limited time and lots of euros to spend on a guided tour then this is a tour worth doing. If, however, you have plenty of time in Paris and can see these places separately, do so - you will get much better value for your money going solo and hiring an audio guide.

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