My travel agent was meant to book 3 tours with Groovy Grape but made a mistake and only booked one. Thank God! Our tour guide was awful and so much depends on him. At first I wondered if he had a strange sense of humour that we would get used to but no he was just grumpy. In his introduction he told us Groovy Grape had been working him into the ground and he was too tired to be socialable. He also said someone needed to sit in the front seat to keep him awake so we didn't crash and die. On the first day people did sit up front but not after that. He managed to insult every nationality on the bus, told us what he thought of most of our Governments - which was not good - in fact kept up an almost continious political diatribe that rendered us speechless. He also got angry at us because in his opinion we weren't spending long enough taking photographs of rocks. Sorry but how many rocks do you expect us to look at going up the Great Ocean Road. Also compared to other tours, the accommodation is shabby not to mention unclean. We even stayed somewhere they didn't change the sheets between tours. And finally, my 5* hotel in Adelaide turned out to be in the middle of the red light district. Did he make sure I was dropped off at the door being a lone female in a strange town in the dark. No, although he came from Adelaide he said he didn't know where the hotel was so left me in the street and told me he thought it was up a lane and behind a building. Well I wasn't walking up any dark lane on my own and fortunately my sense of direction was better than his and I found it on the main street almost straight away. There is nothing good I can say about the organisation of this trip.
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