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Tour Guide Wanted Guided Tour Recommendations Wanted

Discussion in 'Motorhome Tour Guides' started by Billum, May 3, 2016.

  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    A guided tour to Morocco costs about £100 per day.. + Fuel and food..

    Do it yourself..
    £200 open ended ferry fare, £10 per night max. camping fees.. + Fuel and food

    leaves a lot of change out of £2k ..
     
  2. androidGB

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    I did the DD tour around 8 years ago, and agree that some aspects could have been better organised.

    However we very much enjoyed the trip, liked being able to move at our own pace during the day, but liked the fact that we would meet up with the rest of the group in the evening.

    I also think we went to places we wouldn't have found if we went on our own.

    I can see it's not for everyone, but we prefered this approach

    Andrew
     
  3. bishopland

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    We went to Lake Garda with Motorhome Crossings and had an amazing tour. Yes, some days the driving would not allow you to do much sight seeing that same day but we quickly learnt how to make the most of our free time. Some days we would sight see before we moved on to the next camp e.g. taking a train trip high up Mont Blanc before heading through the tunnel for that days journey or a late afternoon visit to the local village and restaurants. The six days stay at Lake Garda allowed for various trips out including Venice. In fact one couple left their motorhome on site and popped off to Rome for an overnighter knowing that the van was being looked after. If you want to go on an organised trip with freedom to join in or do your own thing knowing that you have friendly and experienced motorhome guiders at hand, then look at the Lake Garda Tour with Bob and Wendy of Crossings. The cost I feel was value for money but the memories and experience were priceless....we are booked to go to Austria with them in two weeks time and our friends are going to Scandanavia so that should tell you something. IF an organised trip is what you want to try, speak to Wendy ... she will tell you straight even though she sells the trip.
     
  4. carolyn

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    We are just finishing a Crossings motorhome tour and never again. It is the Rhine and Moselle one. Imagine our disappointment when we turned up at Dover to find there were only 3 vans and that included us and the tour leaders! I did say to Bob one of the owners that surely this must be below there minimum and he said that it was but the other couple had only dropped out 2 weeks before. I said that we would have prefferred to at least have been given the chance to go on the italian trip, we were on the same ferry and there were only 8 on that trip. The other couple have said exactly the same to us.
    The main reason fir doing it was the company and although the other couple are very nice it certainly wasn't what we expected, they feel let down as well.
    Obviously the scenery was nice but we could have done the trip for half the price.
    I think these trips can be fun but if you are tempted to use Crossings then I would make sure you have it in writing what the minimum number is and what their policy is if it drops below that figure. I believe that the CCC cancel the trip.
     
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  5. bishopland

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    On the Crossings Swiss/Austria trip right now. Great group, fantastic organisation,lovely site....cannot ask for more except an improvement in the weather! Life is for living the Dream whenever we can and that is what we are doing and it is made so much easier going with Crossings Motorhome Tours and their tour guests.
     
  6. Bob Reeves

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    We run Crossings Motorhome Tours and wanted to respond to some of the comments on this thread. First of all we would like to say that the way we run our tours will not suit everyone but it is pleasing to see that we do have a satisfied customer on here as well as two previous guests, who unfortunately did not enjoy their tours.

    We do clearly explain every tour on our website and in our brochure so that guests can decide whether they think they are suitable. With regard to value for money, our prices are clearly stated so we leave customers to decide whether they think it is worth paying the extra to have the tour organised for them and to have tour escorts on hand throughout the trip. We couldn't agree more with the comments that states that guided tours are not for everyone.

    Some of our tours do involve a lot of driving. The Provence Tour for example is over 1600 miles in 2 weeks so there are some long driving days. The total distance and daily distance (taken from RAC Route Planner) is stated in our brochure prior to booking, so guests can decide whether they think the amount of driving is suitable. We also provide detailed directions for toll and non-toll routes on each day in the tour pack. The longest driving day on the Provence tour is 240 miles, which is estimated at 5 hours. As a result of feedback, we have reduced the number of stop-overs on the Provence tour this year so that there is a little longer at each site.

    For the record, we did receive six re-bookings from the group of 11 motorhomers that came with us to Provence in 2015. This reflects our tours in general in that most of our tour places are booked by guests who have been with us before. Our website has around 70 reviews from satisfied customers over the last three years. If you would like to be put in direct touch with someone who has travelled with us before and enjoyed it please contact us. We can give you several contacts from every tour we have run. You can then decide whether you think the tour is suitable for you.

    With regard to minimum numbers we set this at three vans. The typical number on each tour is between 5 and 10 vans. Unfortunately on our Rhine and Moselle Tour this year, we only hit the minimum. One of our guests then cancelled 3 weeks prior to the departure date. We had to make a difficult decision as we did not want to cancel anyone's holiday so close to the departure date.

    We have now changed our policy to take account of late cancellations but it will always be the case that there may be as few as three vans on a tour. We usually have a clear idea by Christmas the year before a tour leaves as to whether a tour is going to be full or under-subscribed and we will now be contacting guests on tours with low numbers much earlier to let them know.

    We accept that we cannot 'please all of the people all of the time', but we do work hard to plan and run tours that the majority of our guests enjoy. We would just ask that if you are reading this thread, that you take a look at the reviews page of our website to get a balanced view.
     
  7. Carol

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    We have been on escorted tours with Ray on Dessert Detours to Morocco and to Greece with GB Privalage, which has now changed hands and is in the very capable hands of Kevin and his lovely wife very very experienced tour guides, I was chatting to them at Peterborough Show. Could be well worth googling GB Privalage they do tours in the UK and Europe and see if there is anything that takes your fancy.
     

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