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Zara picked us up promptly at the cruise port and took us on an amazing tour of the Riviera and Monaco. She is a very funny and knowledgeable guide. We saw a lot and learned a lot but did not linger long in any one place. I especially loved the old villages of Eze and St. Paul de Vence, Would definitely recommend for a good overview of the area.
Awsome experience, guide was very nice and friendly.They picked us up a litle late but we received a private tour instead which was even nicer.Very friendly and professional guide.
Saw much more of Cannes and Monoco than expected. Our driver was amazingly friendly and knowledgeable. The tour lasted our entire time in port and we were able to see much more than we thought we would. She was more of a driver than a tour guide as parking anywhere is rare and would drop us off at the attraction and gave us great direction as to where to go, but it was a but more free roaming experience at each location one exception was the perfume factory, where the factory gives you a guided tour and smell tour as well.
Great tour. We went everywhere and guide gave us so much information. Highly recommend.
Loic was an excellent guide, conducting a very informative tour.His knowledge of not only the history of the area, but also of current stories about the area made the day fly. He is professional!!
It was one of the highlights of our trip!
Perfect perfect perfect, the views were spectacular. The tour only takes 8 which is great so your not having to deal with 30 or 40 people when a decision has to be made. We didn't have time to see the perfume factory which nobody really cared about anyways. Monaco in my opinion was the highlight of the tour a place not to be missed if you haven't been. We were picked up right at the port which was awesome.
Outstanding. Everything was perfect, from the guide to the sights. She left nothing out and treated us like family. There were six of us in our group and the guide spoke perfect English, was very friendly, and even took us off of the beaten path to show us about the real scenes behind the main street scenes. I highly recommend this tour if you go. Everything was delivered as promised.
Very good tour, it was nice seeing some of the smaller towns. We couldn't hear our tour guide at the back of the van which was good as she rambled on and on about nonsensical topics.
Our driver was excellent. Sadly even though I asked and was assured we'd get to Monaco in the afternoon it didn't happen. Others in my tour group all made it into the city. I will say that the alternative destinations were fabulous and our guide was worried about traffic on race day, which at the time was a legitimate concern. So while we were disappointed about Monaco it didn't take away from the day and the sites we saw.
Our driver/guide, Olivier, was excellent. He picked us up on time, was very knowledgeable, made frequent stops, and was very flexible with our itinerary. One small issue is that the people in the back of the van had difficulty hearing his commentary during the drive. Also, the day we were in Monaco the casino didn't open until 2pm not sure if that is the case every day. In any event, you probably won't be able to see the casino and get back to the port on time for departure.
There was a potential for the tour to be fantastic since it was just my husband and I. Most people opted for the half-day tour, while we picked the full day tour. Pros: we were the only ones, Zara, guide/driver, gave us the option of skipping the perfume factory, which was definitely a good decision based on some of the reviews posted on the site. This gave us more time at the various stops. Zara was more of a driver than a tour guide. She did explain about the places on our drive.. however, we would have really preferred a guided tour. For example, she quickly told us what to do when she dropped us off at the Manoco palace. She told us that the time of the changing of the guards however, neglected to say if we actually want to see it we would need to get there at least 20min prior otherwise due to the crowds you wouldn't be able to see anything. Also, she should have said it's not special. We saw a glimpse of it and left before the ceremony was over. We also asked her for a specific lunch recommendation. She wouldn't give us one.. kept saying well it depends what you like.. I'm a vegetarian. I said we like fish and would like to try local food. She told us to go to Freddy's which was the biggest tourist trap and was more like a burger place/catch all offering unrealistic number of food options. By that I mean you knew the food was unlikely to be fresh, authentic, or good. So we walked around until we found this sandwich/salad stand. We saw that there were French people waiting in line and figured it couldn't be bad. For 9 euros we each got salads w/ chicken/egg, drink, and fresh fruit cup. It wasn't the most amazing salad, but acceptable. Then when we only had 15min left I discovered the gardens which the tour guide neglected to mention or perhaps mentioned so fast in her 1 min explaination of what to do before dropping us off that I didn't remember. I was so disappointed we didn't spend more time there.. as they offered fantastic views of Monaco. Also, she never once would mentioned where the restrooms where at the various stops unless I remembered to ask her prior to getting off the van. This may seem like a small thing... but the best tours we were on during this cruise the guides would go out of their way to tell us where the restrooms where, whether you had to pay or not or to buy a drink then they would be free and also where the cheapest water is. She did none of that. So when we got back on the van and I mentioned how I wished I knew about the gardens she became super defensive first by saying she did tell us and also that most tourists don't care about the gardens.. I also said i wish i had known about the crowd for the changing of the guard.. and she ignored my comment.
Plus, She talked a TON, it was very hard to get a word in.. at times she kept repeating herself. At one point, I had to put on my sunglasses to take a nap. I can't say that everything she said was interesting. Lastly, we visited St. Paul, where the art galleries where and we specifically asked her for a recommendation of a gallery where we could buy a piece of art for 30-60 euros. Again, she seemed appalled at our question because how could she recommend a gallery when people have such different taste in art. So then I proceeded to give her examples of the art I like... Picasso, Dali, modern art, etc. She still wouldn't give us a recommendation. We only had about 1 hour there and wanted to make sure we walked to the view point to take pics. There were so many galleries that it would have been impossible to stop and make an unrushed purchase. So in the end, we didn't buy anything because of the lack of time and suggestions from Zara. All in all, she did the bare minimum of her job. She was more of a driver than a tour guide. At times she came off very pretentious i.e. The food and gallery examples. We did leave her a tip because it would feel rude not to, but she definitely didn't deserve it. Again, I comparaed her to the guides we had in Florence and Barcelona who went above and beyond. They were so friendly and provided incredible customer service.
This excursion is basically renting a driver for the day. Our tour guide couldn't answer most questions we asked and pretty much just dropped us off at different spots and said he would come back in an hour.
It was horrible. I emailed guide to tell when we would arrive on the pier. He comes early and does not wait for us to arrive. We did not get to go Monaco and had to pay extra for a hop-on hop-off excursion. I would not recommend to anyone. A one rating is too much.
This was the worst tour of our 3-1/2 weeks in Europe. Alex, our guide, began the tour 45 minutes late. He completely skipped the perfume factory. He scratched the front bumper of his van and then loudly cursed He gave us very little information about what we were seeing and frequently dropped us off and then picked us up with little direction. He was rushed and angry most of the day and a very dangerous driver.
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