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“Very Imformative tour.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of MELTours

MELTours
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Melbourne Hidden Bar and Cocktail Walking Tour
Ranked #17 of 85 Food & Drink in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Stride into Melbourne’s blue stone laneways; whether its just yourself, couples, groups of friends and families, corporate groups or school students, we will show you all of Melbourne secrets and hidden gems! For such a young city, Melbourne has packed so much into such a short period to become one of the world’s great places to visit. Let us help you see, hear, taste and feel the best of what Melbourne has to offer in our great laneways, arcades, hidden bars and cafes.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Melbourne, Australia
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“Very Imformative tour.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

I thought I knew Melbourne, pretty well having worked and lived in Melbourne all my 56 years. However this tour taught me many things I never Knew about Melbourne, very interesting and entertaining and to do the tour on foot is a bonus for fitness as well. Highly recommend.

Visited February 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very interesting and informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

A very interesting, informative and enjoyable tour would recommend to vistors and for those that live in Melbourne like myself

Visited February 2012
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MELTours, Owner at MELTours, responded to this review, 14 March 2012
Hello, thanks for the review and happy to see you on tour. Great that you also reviewed the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade - a place we love to talk about on a number of our tours - we like seeing our partners that help make Melbourne so good also getting nice recognition. Regards, Jerome.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fantastic tour guide, very informative, lots of surprises”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

My girlfriend and I liked the sound of the Laneway tour and exploring our own city a bit more. Jerome was a fantastic tour guide, making the information interesting and taking us to hidden away places. We had a great day enjoying not only the tour and the sights/shops we got to see, but Jerome's company as well. A nice lunch was provided at the end back at Federation Square.

Visited January 2012
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MELTours, Owner at MELTours, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Hi Rhonda, thanks so much for the review - I felt like saying 'Aww shucks' when you said I was good company! Great feedback makes this job so worthwhile and indicates we are successful in giving our customers that personal touch that small operators can do better than the big guys. We hope we dont get big enough to stop doing this! All of here hope to see you again soon. Bye, Jerome
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“An enjoyable tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2012

Tour: History and Laneways East Tour
Date: Sat 11 Feb, 2012.
Guide: Jerome

Positives:
- Well-priced
- Friendly guide
- Some interesting historical information about Melbourne
- Good sized group
- Nice walk through the city
- Enjoyable time spent
- Learned something new


Negatives:
- Guide often read from a set of printed material. It took away from our opinion of the guide as expert, and reduced the 'performance'/interaction side of the tour.
- The (optional) stop at the coffee shop at the end of the tour is definitely best avoided: rude service, and a slice of (very average) cake is $8!

Overall, well-recommended.

Visited February 2012
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MELTours, Owner at MELTours, responded to this review, 27 February 2012
Thanks for your review Matthew. Its been interesting to read it, look at the tour and conversed with others on that History East tour and our other guides. I think that this issue was with the content not being as compelling as we could have made it, sometimes a bit too heavily loaded with dates and not having the benefit of a slightly inadequate development cycle. I think I started to believe my own press and didnt apply the same rigor as we brought to bear on our other excellent tours many reviewed here. Based on feedback from other customers on the tour and one of our best guides on the tour the next day, you have seen us referring to our notes which is something we allow as we would rather read accurate details than tell you inaccurate ones from the top of our heads. You have called it reading from the notes which is fine as its your opinion. When some of our guides have over 20 hours in total of tour content in their heads, we dont expect them to be super-human and remember everything. But I think this was seen as a problem after the tour itself was only at a very good level as you indicated. Like you, we want excellence every time and I agree it wasnt seen then but we have fine tuned it within a few days by adding a bit here and there, streamlining or removing some items particularly at the start so I believe we have the excellent tour that we have run from the 16th Feb that you are welcome to come and try a future date when you are next in town for free to see for yourself. As the comments regarding Pelliginis, I have no comment as they arent a partner providing coffees as part of the tour but simply a place customers may go after the tour is finished - on their own time. Again, thanks for the review - it has helped us take the last step to excellence on this the History East tour - the latest in our large portfolio. Regards, Jerome
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Laneways tour is recommended - entertaining & good value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

The laneways tour was very good, knowledgeable & entertaining guide. The tour took about 2and half hours followed by a good lunch at Febderation Square. There were only 6 people on our tour, so it was a good group. The only minor suggestion for improvement was that the instructions given when we booked as to how to find the guide were lacking specificity, but we found her OK.

Visited February 2012
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MELTours, Owner at MELTours, responded to this review, 27 February 2012
Thanks for the review and your comments regarding the lunch provided by such partners as Jolimont Expresso. Kathy is a great guide and does know her town. Regarding finding the guide, we are specific on the location of the guide, to look for the yellow bag and a clear picture or 2 of the location. Thanks for telling me what you was your experience. We find that when customers assume the tour is starting from inside the Melbourne Visitors Centre (MVC), the MVC are aware of what we do or we are associated with the MVC, confusion is usually seen. We want to work closely with the MVC but they are still coming to terms with such operations as ourselves even after the passage of a number of years. Very few of our customers have trouble with much more than seeing the yellow bag across what can be a busy square so we are happy with our information at the moment but keeping an eye out for possible improvements. Bye, Jerome
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