Don't Take a Julia Tour
- Very disorganized. The guide, Pedro spent his time giving driving instructions to poor Paco, our driver instead of providing us with information beyond very limited tour information. And when he gave instructions to Paco, he was anything but nice. Very rude infact.
- The tour could have been better to alter how people were picked up and transported to the port for departure on the ferry.
- Un-like all other tour buses I've been on, there were no toilet facilities which wasn't communicated, and should have been so folks could plan.
- Due to their poor organization, we were apparently running late, causes Pedro to be even more grumpy.
- Arriving at the port where he needed to take care of passports wasn't well done. We sat on the bus while he went inside. Then after his return he didn't return our passports; but waited until we were in the area to depart on the ferry...mass confusion there as there were many tour groups. And he offered no one time to use the bathroom facilities there. We could have been there, used the facilities while he took care of business with the passports to save time, AND or he could have passed them out on the bus which would also have saved time, been less chaotic and confusing.
- He was rude to many people in our tour group. Treated people like they were kindergartners.
- The description indicated you'd learn about how they make rugs...NOT That it was hardcore in your face SALES PROMOTION. You were suppose to be able to shop in the bazarre, but they would NOT let you do that until you sat through the SALES PROMOTION. Then there was insufficient time to actually look around at the bizarre. Likewise at an apothecary shop, though there was a small bit of learning there it was primarily SALES. With both situations our guide was not around and you felt at the mercy of these sales people.
- Lunch was nice (I blogged here about it), but Pedro our guide didn't allow anyone time to eat the desert and use the bathroom. Those who opted (like me) to rush to the bathroom had no time to eat desert as he was ushering people out the door. Those who didn't jump to go to the bathroom got a bite or two of desert in; but that was it.
- At each turn you felt the guide took us where he got kick backs from bringing the tourists through.
- The touts were VERY FORCEFUL, very numerous, and would not leave you alone. Some of this should have been controlled by the tour guide/company. It was a very uncomfortable and stressful situation. They forced themselves between two people walking side by side, they were in front of you, behind you and beside you. It was often hard to even walk. AND you didn't dare stop and loose pace with the group for fear of being lost.
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