Hotel in Monte Carlo- The first day of breakfast was good; the second day we were delivered coffee and on our own for the breakfast. No second cup of coffee, no juice offer, no waiter, and no tour manager. The first day’s lunch was a disaster. The restaurant was one not used before, and the tour members were subjects in the new restaurant experiment. It started with the owner of liveaboard review the restaurant arguing with the tour director and afterwards the food came out slowly with questions of where is the wine?

Hotel in St. Remy- excellent!

Hotel de Louvre- Although we were seated as a tour member wait staff’s first attempt was to bill us for the meal. They did manage to charge us for the wine which we were told was not included in the meal. We paid for it upon leaving rather than argue with the clerk. The clerk responded that the wines we chose were not included. The waiter stated that no wines are included. The tour manager at that point was gone to “manage” another tour. (45 Euros)

Meals

In general the food was typical except for the meal at an olive farmer’s house. That meal was the best of the whole trip. What was strange is that many meals were not included. One would think that the tour manager would know where the best and worst places to eat were located, rather than having the members eating at a bad restaurant.

Transportation

In general it was excellent. The tour leader did get lost trying to exit the train station.

Communication Technology

We were provided earphones while the, tour leader or lecturer spoke into a mike. We were told that the tour company was experimenting with new technology. I did not remember signing up as a subject in an experiment. Normally, subjects are paid. The technology failed miserably.

Language of the Culture

One would think that tour leader would be fluent in the language of the culture. She did not seem to know the language as well as expected.

Contacts

The emergency phone numbers provided did not work or they were in French. The tour manager did not provide her number in case of emergencies.

Hotel Internet Access

Some had it and others wanted 18 Euro just to use the Internet (Hotel de Louvre). One would think that for $1700 a day Internet service would be provided at no cost at the hotels.

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