Belfast, United Kingdom
Excellent value for money! The driver/guide, Patrick, was very knowledgeable and took great pride in, not only the history of his country but also, the geological and mythical information of the area. He never stopped talking the whole trip! Being a National Trust member, I didn't have to pay entry fees to Giant's Causeway or Carrick Ropebridge but fellow travellers seemed very pleased with the discount joint-ticket on offer. It's a shame there wasn't time for the guided tour at Bushmills Distillery but the restaurant and shop were welcome when the only bad weather of the day (a sudden downpour of rain) appeared! The weather cleared up for the Giant's Causeway and what a wonderful natural phenomena it is. The coach company picked me up at my slightly 'out-of-the-way' guest house in the Queens University area and dropped me back in the city after a very long, but enjoyable 10 hour tour! Highly recommended!
Excellent tour made even better by the minibus driver, Stan, who added a 'wealth of knowledge' to a very full day to Cradle Mountain. He was obviously very proud of his island and conveyed that love with a very informative chat all the way from Launceston to the National Park! We stopped along the way at Railton (town of wall topiary) and coffee and cake at Sheffield (town of wall murals) before heading into the spectacular scenery of Cradle Mountain. We had plenty of time at Dove Lake for lunch and a walk at the water's edge. It's a tour I won't forget in a hurry, absolutely wonderful! A visit to Waldheim, home of Gustav Weindorfer, pioneer and acknowledged founder of the park was 'a must', and we all felt priviledged to share this national treasure. I could have stayed longer but alas, it was soon time to leave. We still managed to stop-off on the way back to a cheese farm/shop at Elizabeth Town to sample the goodies of Ashgrove Diary. A memorable tour with lots of extras thrown in for good measure, highly recommended!
The Port Arthur Tour was my second visit and one highly recommended. It's a place that's very special and you feel the history and presence of 'convicts past' as you walk around the very large site. There's too much to do in one day (hence my return visit after many years). The drive from Hobart showed the effects of the Summer's bushfires and the devastation caused but nature was already re-establishing itself and many houses were in the process of being re-built. The tour was very good value and if you're interested in Social History (like myself), a 'must' to have an insight into Tasmania's past.
The Coach Tram Tour of Hobart was an extra and, although a novel experience, a bit disappointing. The tram was 'off-road' which meant having a minibus alternative, but the advantage of this is, we had access to the narrow streets of Battery Point, a significant historical part of the city. A visit to the Botanical Gardens was wonderful. Overall the tour was fine as an introduction to the sights and sounds of Hobart!
A trip to remember, the Mosque/Cathedral and Old Town was a 'knock-out'. The English-speaking guide at the site, David, was excellent and incredibly knowledgeable but also made it interesting, very humourous! The coach guide had her 'work cut out' as she gave info on the outward trip but had to say everything in four different languages, poor woman! my only grumble was that the 'service' stop ,out and back, wasn't the nicest!
Excellent! The whole day was wonderful. Good coach journey from Malaga to Granada, good guide, nice service stop and facilities. The English-speaking guide in Alhambra was excellent and nice to have time in the city centre. A memorable trip that I would highly recommend!
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