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The Private Tour Guide

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Melbourne, Australia
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About The Private Tour Guide
The Private Tour Guide offers an array of one day tours in and around Melbourne. With a focus on great food and local wine, our private tours visit all the famous tour routes in Victoria and leave our clients coming back again and again. If you prefer to travel at your pace, in your time and with own Private Tour Guide, we are the answer.
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Jennifer S wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions6 helpful votes
I researched our options for touring and with whom. The Private Tour Guide was fantastic in the service it provided over our 3 days of 3 different tours! All 3 days were fabulous and all very different. While Simon and Shane were GREAT guides, they also made recommendations on things to do in town, places to eat, and bars to enjoy. I can't say enough in my recommendation and our satisfaction with the tour provided for The Private Tour Guide and the great care they provided. See each of the tours below. Day 1- The Great Ocean Road, we did with Shane and saw beautiful sites- oceans, beaches, and natural wildlife. Shane stopped when we found wildlife on the road and knew where to find surprises along on the ride as well as discussing the history and answering our questions . The way we traveled the Ocean Road also avoided crowds which we loved. Day 2- We spent the day with Simon seeing the Yarra Valley- visiting 5 wineries looking at stunning scenery, discussing the wine industry the significance of each winery we visited! Our lunch at TarraWarra was just outstanding as well as the wine. Day 3- Encompassed a city tour of Melbourne seeing areas we would not have seen otherwise, thanks to Simon! The day was capped off with a visit to Phillip Island and magnificent scenery with the culmination of the Penguin Parade. Simon was quick to point out penguins that could have easily been missed in the ground not to mention the Koalas at the Koala Center. THANKS Simon and Shane!!!! Great Memories!!!!!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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UNR91 wrote a review Feb 2020
Berkeley104 contributions134 helpful votes
With so many options, it can be hard to decide the best way to tour the Great Ocean Road. First, you will see so much more by taking two days to experience this one of a kind scenic wonder! Second, Simon takes you to all the great sites at just the right time to avoid the crowds. He will adjust the itinerary to your interests and recommend lodging, eating, and drinking suggestions to suit your needs. Plus, his van is comfortable and Simon is an incredibly personable host. Highly recommend!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sheryl B wrote a review Feb 2020
San Marino, California, United States5 contributions12 helpful votes
What an experience - something to remember forever! We booked with Simon for a private trip to Phillips Island to see the fairy penguin parade. Shane was a safe, informative driver, the vehicle was clean and comfortable. He was extremely attentive to our comfort and needs. He took the time to stop and spot animals to show us as much widlife as possible. We walked through a koala refuge and he helped us spot them in the trees. We got great at spotting active fairy penguin burrows by the poop leading up to them! Sean spent the time to share his knowledge of these amazing birds and by the time we had our ranger led tour - we were nearly experts. The ritual of the nightly trek is fascinating and something not to be missed! We could not have been more pleased with The Private Tour Guide and Shane. Thanks for a truly memorable day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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TravelAngelDani wrote a review Feb 2020
Garbsen, Germany58 contributions20 helpful votes
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A perfect trip stands and falls for us with the right travel guide. With Simon Greenland from the Private Tour Guide we hit the jackpot. He is really exceptional in many ways. We spent four perfect days with him in and around Melbourne and every second of it was exciting. A trip along the Great Ocean Road, exploring Phillip Island with Penguin Parade, wine tasting in Yarra Valley, beach hopping and sightseeing without Simon is possible but pointless. He really makes it special! :-) He showed us secret places with countless kangaroos. Of course we don't give away the place so that it remains secret! Simon prepared every tour meticulously and designed it according to our needs. We saw places and met locals, which would never have been possible on our own. Simon loves what he does and you can feel that. He knows and loves his country and so we could learn a lot of new things about Melbourne and Australia in general. We felt safe in his car throughout and also benefited from his great taste in music while driving. Furthermore, he provided us with insider knowledge and gave us many tips about restaurants and bars. Already after one day with Simon we had the feeling to visit Melbourne with a friend. Simon is definitely one of the best travel guides we have ever had (and we have had many). Grateful for the incredibly great time, but with a heavy heart we had to say goodbye to Melbourne and Simon. We will definitely come back again to have more adventures with Simon. Everyone who doesn't know Simon yet, you guys are missing out! Danijela D. from Germany
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Sightsee781253, Owner at The Private Tour Guide
Responded 11 Feb 2020
Thank you so much Dani. This is such a lovely review. You really were a fantastic group from the minute we all met. Such positive vibes throughout the four days. Your energy was just amazing and your lust for adventure was very addictive. I do hope to see you all again.
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Emily B wrote a review Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California3 contributions4 helpful votes
We were a private group with family of two adult couples. We had Shane as our guide who did a great job explaining from the start the amount of drive time and basic schedule for the day, emphasizing everything was flexible according to how the day progresses and at the rate we were interested in. Our emphasis was 12 Apostles, koala sightings, kangaroo sightings, Bells Beach and possible wine or beer tasting. We had some slower walkers but still managed to get everything along with lots of historical details throughout the tour. We would highly recommend this company and tour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Sightsee781253, Manager at The Private Tour Guide
Responded 8 Feb 2020
Thank you so much for this 5 star review. A Great Ocean Road Private Tour has so many advantages over a cheap public tour. On this occasion you saw all the highlights and were able to customise extra stops. That’s exactly what we are here for. Safe travels. Hey
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