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Our guide, Bruce, met us exactly as instructed at the pier. We had a private tour for 8 people and seem to have hit all the highlights in the allotted 4 hours. Bruce was very informative and very professional. I would gladly recommend him to others.
Doing what: Melbourne Shore Excursion: Private City Tour
northranch124 United States of ...
Excellent tour with a lifetime local resident as our guide. I felt like we went places that tourists don't usually go, like on a dirt road to a mountain park where I climbed the fire tower, a bakery that had all kinds of meat pies for our lunch, and a spin around the raceway and Olympic park. Healesville Sanctuary has a great selection of animals in close to natural habitat. A full day and the guide was very good about showing us as much as possible and still making it back with plenty of time to get on the ship.
This was a fantastic excursion. Our Bunyip tours guide was great!!. The Puffing Billy train was a lot of fun. Healesvile was amazing with lots of koalas and kangaroos. Our barbecue lunch was delicious.
This was our favorite tour and tour guide. Anthony was amazing! Took us to small wineries, and an amazing educational Opal Dealer. Would recommend and use him again without a doubt.
One of the highlights of our vacation
Only four of us in the group. Great guide and well picked places to see.
Steve Andrew is a first class tour guide. He went out of his way to ensure that we saw as much as possible.
Puffing Billy Steam Train is fun and the scenery is beautiful.
But nothing can compare with the Sanctuary . Fantastic.
We have already commented that the only thing we were disappointed with is that you advised us to wait for our guide at 0830. So we were down at the port waiting from 0815 and he only arrived at 0930. That was after we spent almost $20 on phone calls (we have an overseas phone line) trying to locate someone in your company to determine what was happening. We almost gave up and went on another tour.
Lovely day in the Dandenongs. Puffing Billy train was a fun trip. Healesville had a great variety of animals
Rmain4 United States of ...
Great tour and fabulous animal sanctuary! Not to be missed if you want to see all of Australia's wonderful wildlife in a pristine park with natural settings. Viator did a wonderful job making all of our tours great and worry free.
We had a good time on this trip. If you ride on the train be sure to get on the right side. Our guide told us to ride on that side and he was correct. The Sanctuary was very nice and the only disappointment was the lunch because some wires got crossed and we didn't get the BBQ. He got us back to town early so we also got a tour of the city which was a nice plus. He had WIFI in the vehicle and I do wish that I had known ahead of time because I would have brought my IPAD.
Steve was a great tour guide. Great tour half the price of the ship
Our guide was great, the sanctuary gave us an up close and personal look at
Yolanda W USA
Long drive to sanctuary but enjoyed that very much. Claire gave us a great tour around since she had worked there before. Steam train was nice as well.
had problem with communications as where the pickup point was located. Tour and guide were great and we would do it again. Jim and Karen
It was a fun day the scenery was beautiful, Melbourne is beautiful. The bus, however, was not comfortable and we could hardly hear anything the bus driver said. That was unfortunate since we spent so much time driving.
Peter, the guide, was a very kind man. He was not very knowledgeable and flustered at the Healesville sanctuary. Always trying to avoid the other tours, doubling back three or four times. Tough with two people on scooters or wheelchairs. No time to shop. I didn't bring enough money for lunch as I was assured it was included. Peter tried later to slip me some reimbursement. He means very well and graciously gave us an extended tour of the city on the way home. Winery visit nice. Lunch choice poor.
I have two complaints about our Melbourne tour. First, the meeting instructions were not clear. We came off the ship, walked out into an area where there were Celebrity tour busses, cabs, and private tour vans. We were out there at 9:30am - hoping our guide might also be early - and be able to start the tour before 10:00am. With no contact by 10:00am, some of our group walked all the way out to the end and talked with the security people. They said our guide would drive into the area where we had been waiting. Fortunately, one of our group had an international call package and was able to contact your office. Turns out our guide had been waiting outside the security area the whole time. So we didn't start the tour until 10:30am.
It was my understanding that we would talk about possible destinations in Melbourne and get to customize our tour. That was not the case. He started driving us to where he thought we should go. I finally said we wanted to see St. Kilda and the tennis center - which was not part of his plan. He did take us to St. Kilda where we had 30 minutes. But, he merely pointed out the Rod Laver Arena as we drove by. We wanted to go in and walk around as we're all tennis players.
So those two things were disappointing.
Doing what: Melbourne Shore Excursion: Private City Tour
The attractions were simply OK. The train ride was very brief and the Sanctuary while good was overrated. The tour was poorly organized from the start with half the group not knowing where to meet the bus resulting in a 30 minute delayed start. It was difficult to hear the guide who provided very little information about Melbourne. To make things worse, he had problems navigating late afternoon traffic and we were late in arriving at the port.
There were only four of us on this tour. Being new there was a little confusion as to pick up and drop off times. I was somewhat stressed that we get back to the ship before sailing time. Healesville is a 90 minute drive from the dock and the steam train about 45 minutes from there. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and he did barbecue a lunch for us. The Featherdale sanctuary near Sydney was a much better experience for me than Healesville. The train ride was brief, historical, scenic but not terribly memorable.
The Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Steam Train ride were great.
What was not great was the company setting this all up and providing transportation!!!
They are not visible at the ship dock!!!! My sister stayed on the phone with them for over 30min trying to connect with the driver. They seem very disorganized!!! No sign. They said - we are looking for you. How do they even know who we are????? And then the driver barely got us back in time before ship sailinglike 10min. He kept letting off passengers instead of taking us to our ship and then dropping them off. Not impressed!!!
A long, long day with a boring driver not a guide. Puffing billy is a waste of time. And the Sanctuary is a paltry excuse for a zoo.
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