"The tour was amazing... GVH identified the highlights of a region where we stayed and lent special effort to ensure the travellers enjoyed a unique and enjoyable experience in every place we visited..."
GVH are totally reliable, operate with the utmost integrity and deliver what they say they will.
The tour managers ( Ian and Ali Metcalfe) we had were professional, knew their stuff, had thoroughly researched and knew their product - On one occasion when their supplier was not delivering up to the high standard arranged, those issues were addressed with the supplier and corrected very quickly.
As always with extended travel, things do not always go according to plan...missing bags, illness and accidents - while we had few minor events, both Ian and Ali were prepared and adept at addressing the issues quickly and efficiently to ensure the minimum impact on the affected parties and the balance of the tour group. They minimised the effect through their knowledge of the country and local contacts.
We experienced this personally when we became ill for a few days – Ian & Ali knew who to contact to arrange transport to the nearest medical facilities to have the problems treated. They were genuinely concerned and stayed with us until the issue was under control and a satisfactory outcome achieved.
The tour was amazing...GVH identified the highlights of a region where we stayed and lent special effort to ensure the travellers enjoyed a unique and enjoyable experience in every place we visited.
It was a trip that retained our own decision making independence but also gave us the security and back up of experienced travel professionals.
On a GVH holiday you don't have to think - it really is all organised for you. The great thing was that on arrival at a new place, a familiarisation of how to get around; where to eat, what to see is given to you as part of the deal. Thereafter you can be as busy or as relaxed as you like....for 3- 4 days with or without friends you may have made within the group....or with the hosts!
Without doubt GVH do visit places that are unique, truly outstanding and not often on the main tourist trails - they offer good value for money which is reflected in the high standard of accommodation and calibre of the hosts, the nature personality and non obtrusive attentivenesss of the GVH tour managers who have a stake in the company, the meals included in the tour and the well organised and standard of internal travel associated with the tour. In addition, we were treated to knowledge of local guides who provided educational and often humorous commentary about the places we visited.
These holidays are hard to beat and are highly recommended.
Graeme and Claire
"Having been on tours in past years with other travel companies, the ‘Great Village Holidays’ tour far surpassed these due to the variety of travel and the attention to detail that they offer."
We enjoyed a ‘Great Village Holidays’ tour of the Mediterranean with Ali and Ian Metcalfe as our tour Managers.
Having been on tours in past years with other travel companies, the ‘Great Village Holidays’ tour far surpassed these due to the variety of travel and the attention to detail that they offer.
‘Great Village Holidays’ provide a tour with an excellent mixture of visits to cities, small villages and towns and we particularly liked the variety and means of travel that had been arranged, for example by scenic train, cog railway, ferry and small luxury coaches.
The itinerary for our tour had been very well researched and we appreciated the 3-4 night stopovers, which left us with plenty of free time to explore the region by ourselves or with others in the tour group. Ali and Ian excelled in their knowledge of the local sights and were able to offer valuable information on where to go and how to get there. The accommodation that had been arranged throughout the tour was of excellent quality and had been chosen carefully by Ali and Ian to ensure that we had an authentic experience within the country that we were travelling through.
It is the ‘little extras’ that make Great Village Holidays unique in the travel tour industry. For example, offering to assist with onward travel arrangements at the conclusion of the tour for those of us who were not returning to New Zealand immediately, and arranging a reunion for all previous tour groups.
Great Village Holidays provided an excellent and professional service right from the moment we booked our tour to our return to New Zealand and we would have no hesitation in recommending this Company to other travellers.
Val and Noel Titchener
"We felt that each day represented very good value for money. If we wanted to add on extra frills that was our choice but really not necessary."
We have enjoyed two wonderful Great Village Holidays. The fact that we have chosen to travel twice with the same company probably speaks for itself. Ian and Ali went the extra distance to make our trip truly memorable.
We felt that each day represented very good value for money. If we wanted to add on extra frills that was our choice but really not necessary.
The emphasis with Great Village Holidays is on the traveller rather than the tourist and this means you get to see people and scenery tourists can only dream of. Each day we had experiences that we would never have had if we had been travelling alone. We were not rushed or stressed and not a day was wasted. We had the security of knowing that if illness or accident befell us we were totally taken care of.
Ian and Ali are people people, and this shone through on the trip. They had a genuine interest in ensuring each person had a wonderful time and this was done in a friendly and professional way.
We spent some days alone, some with the group but always with Ian and Ali’s expertise in the background.
We will never forget the magic time in the Jungfrau region where Ian and Ali led us on expeditions wonderful beyond imagination.
Wendy and Ryan Wallace
"We felt so well looked after all the way through..."
Yes Vietnam was really wonderful, full of so many interesting experiences and situations. We felt so well looked after all the way through and everything went really smoothly considering the amount of travel we did. So pleased about our choice of times and places to go, it gave us an excellent experience and the time we had gave us a great 'taste' of the country.
"...you left us with enough time to do some exploring of our own too - so much fun! "
You were absolutely right in advising us to have our taste of Cambodia and the Angkor Temples at the beginning of our trip (by the way we particularly adored our stay at the Siem Reap Angkor Village Hotel) and were thrilled we added in that visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels (and have an hilarious mini video of me disappearing into one of those tiny tunnels and attempting to put the lid down on top!)
So thank you so very much for all your help prior to our trip and during, and it was super being able to meet up with your Hanoi Manager for a coffee overlooking the lake and that unbelievable intersection in Hanoi. Please pass on our thanks to him as well.
All the best for a lovely Christmas and New Year. I'm sure you'll be hearing from friends of ours who'll want to attempt similar trips.
"... we visited amazing areas that most tourists never get to see."
Having travelled with Great Village Holidays on two memorable tours already I am now travelling with on two further tours this year - (2014).
I cannot speak highly enough of the outstanding organization, their attention to detail, the incredible variety of travel, the care and attention all travellers receive and the helpfulness and friendliness of the Ian and Ali. As Ian & Ali have not only travelled widely themselves, they have actually lived in a number of places in Europe, so we visited amazing areas that most tourists never get to see.
I travelled as the only single in the group but have never lacked companionship and have formed some wonderful friendships. This is due mainly to the manner in which Ali and Ian bring everyone together.
After experiencing tours with Great Village Holidays and Ian and Ali I would never travel with any other company.