WILFRED B USA
Guide was new to the area, but knew a good bit about the sites. The timing was a little rushed, but was an enjoyable day.
really awing, again too rushed for our older bodies to make the trip part of it being uphill. We would finally catch up with the group when the guide was finished with the talk and we heard it not , not seeing what we wished worrying about catching up and wathcing where we were steppping on the cobblestones.
Two half-day trips combined into this day trip wasted time. Also, far too much time in Orange. Maybe add another village, or a brief tour of Avignon.
This tour is really two separate tours stuck together. You go north, and then come back to Avignon to pick up other people before going in the opposite direction. I think this led to a lot of extra time in the van, which was unfortunate.
We got off to a really late start due to traffic, and then were delayed again when our guide figured out we had left someone in Avignon. Luckily we didnt have to go back for them, but all of these delays ended up costing us lunch time.
The first part of the tour was nice the winery tour was good, and seeing Orange was also interesting.
However, for the second part of the tour we picked up passengers who had requested Spanish. What this meant was that the tour guide would say everything in English, and then repeat herself in Spanish. This was fine while we were in the car, but was really horrible during the walking tour of Arles. We would hear a spiel about a site for a few minutes, then just stand around while it was repeated. I think it really slowed down the tour. I probably would not book tours through this company again.
This did not start out okay. When we arrived in Avignon the day before our tour, we asked our host from our B and B to call and confirm our pick-up at their B and B. She was told that we were not scheduled for the tour the next day (even though we had prepaid and had our voucher!). After a long conversation a tour was arranged. Over all we were not very impressed by the tour. We raced by towns while trying to look out the windows to see what we were passing. We spent way too much time wine tasting and not enough time actually seeing the villages. And if you are in the middle seat of the van you can't see much of the view as we raced by. Then a lot of time was wasted going back to Avignon in the middle to drop people off and pick up new people. This is not what we paid for. Everyone in the van should have been there for the full day tour to make the most of our time. Very disappointing! Not worth the money.
The guide's English was very hard to understand due to her strong french accent. And it didn't seem as if she understood some of the questions that were asked. She also made poor use of the microphone.
The guide was pleasant but we spent too much time at each site when we could have seen more sites in the area. Les Baux de Provence is just a tourist trap and I resent being dropped there just to empty my wallet.