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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

We got to spend 3 days with Simon during our visit in Melbourne and we had a wonderful time! Simon is really interesting, knowledgeable, fun and attentive. He is always on time and the perfect amount of friendly vs professional. The first day we went to Yarra Valley and did wine tastings. The ride there was beautiful and very informative. We visited 4 vineyards that Simon handpicked and they all had a wide variety of delicious wines to taste. Really good balance of a bigger vs family-style winery, and all the traditional wines of the region were there. The lunch was fantastic! A beautiful view, delicious food, great service and lovely wines. We finished off with a stop at the chocolate factory and made our way back to Melbourne where Simon recommended some awesome outings for the night. The next day he picked us up for a Great Ocean Road tour! Simon made sure the tour was perfectly orchestrated to avoid the crowds and see as much as possible of the beautiful scenery. We had a delicious lunch at the Timboon distillery along with some locally brewed beverage tasting. We stopped at the local ice cream shop and went to a ton of amazing picture spots. The whole time Simon was a ton of fun to interract with and made sure to give us a lot of infomation about the area, the history and culture. He is really knowledgeable and passionate. We slept at Chris's Beacon Point which was an experience in itself! The next day we made our way to a few other sights and headed for Phillip's island to see the Penguins parade. It was a long day with lots of driving but Simon made sure we were constantly entertained and made some strategic stops that we were extremely pleased with! We got to see kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat, see lots of iconic photo stops, feed the parrotts, make it up the hill at Arthur's seat, see the colorful Beach Boxes on the coast, take the ferry, have a delicious lunch at a local microbrewry, do some wine tasting on the Peninsula, see beautiful surf beaches, and so much more!!! The Penguin Parade was a wonderful experience and we highly recommend booking all those experiences with The Private Tour Guide!!! Bref, le tour c'était bien bon!!!! ;) Thank you so much!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank ScotchAndSuits
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the 3 day/2 night tour that Simon Greenland designed specifically for me to explore the Great Ocean Road(GOR) & Grampians National Park(GNP). Simon is a consummate professional tour guide who was easy to communicate with electronically beforehand who will insure that your specific interests will be served optimally. He is most knowledgeable, considerate, articulate, caring & very willing to modify the proposed itinerary to optimize opportunities to appreciate the unique experiences that one can have on the GOR & in GNP if the weather conditions(in my case rain) merit doing so.
Simon is an excellent driver who I felt safe with throughout our entire time together.
It was my distinct pleasure to have met Simon and to have him be 100% effective in meeting & exceeding my expectations for my time spent on the GOR & in GNP.
There is no doubt that I'd seek out Simon if I return to Victoria in the future.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

My family had three day tours (Phillip Island & Churchill Island; Yarra Valley; Great Ocean Road) with Simon Greenland of The Private Tour Guide in early December. My three kids, aged 8 to 10, were very comfortable with Simon, who was so understanding and patient with them. My 8-year-old son was rather sad to say goodbye on our last day with Simon, who has three young kids himself. In my kids’ words:

“Mr Simon was very friendly.”
“Everything was fun!”
“I loved sticking my legs out on the Puffing Billy!” (Simon taught them how to do that.)

As for the adults, we really enjoyed Simon’s company as well. He was sensitive to the needs of our children and planned our itinerary so that we could avoid crowds and take the best photos. He also helped to look out for our kids while we took pictures. He is very knowledgeable and shared interesting information about the plants and animals we saw, so it was a learning journey for us as well. Beyond our tours with him, Simon offered lots of advice on what to see and do in Melbourne, which we appreciate very much.

We would highly recommend Simon to anyone who wants a good private tour guide in Melbourne. He is awesome.

Thank you, Simon!!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ValerieC2632
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

Had a lovely tour with Pete in June for our family of 4 including 2 young ones. My daughters still remember and talk about Pete. Pete drove out ahead of the train and knew the right vantage point to help us take a video of our family on the train. Pete also went out of his way to entertain my daughters by taking them to the playgrounds while we were on the tour.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank YilianWuR
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

For my 40th B’day, I decided to finally go to the Yara Valley and it was one of the BEST day trips I have ever done! I honestly would never go to the Hunter Valley again! It doesn’t even come close to comparing, in terms of the wines, vineyards, food and the beautiful lush landscape.

The Private Tour Guide Melbourne was recommended to us from a number of people in Sydney that have visited the Yarra Valley. They provide bespoke tours for people that REALLY love their wines! Simon was a fantastic guide that knows the area inside & out! He was extremely knowledgeable and customised the day based on what we wanted to see! His knowledge of wines was phenomenal! The lunch at the TarraWarra Estate was one of the tastiest lunches I’ve ever had!

Thanks Simon for such a memorable B’day trip! I’ll be back!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank michelleSEPT2016
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