Ok so this could happen on any holiday but this what was on offer from Thomson holidays this new year in Malta.
Thomson highlights (excurions) of Malta Select Tour- New for 2004/05.
See Malta's sights in style Mosta,Mdina,Ta' Qalicrafts & Wine tasting for the grand price of Ml 29.00 per person.
So thats Ml 58 for two people, me and Mrs Holidaymaker did it like this.
Two one day bus passes at Ml1.50 each total Ml 3.00 we had to wait for the bus at every stop and did not go to the wine tasting but we did have a bottle in the Cafe Fontanella in Bastion Square M'dina for Ml 5.00 so our day out cost Ml 8.00 saving Ml50.00 or £80.00.
This was just one trip just think of the cost for a family of four say three trips, (things that make you ummm)
But the best bit is we got to drink the wine and not spit in a tin, and I could have saved even more money if I had got a seven day bus pass for Ml 6.50.
1. Transport is in a luxury coach for the full duration
2. You get a fully qualified guide who is with you constantly, explaining all about the history....personally I find it pointless visiting a historical place and not knowing why it is there.
3. The wine tatsting is not exactly as described above....i.e spitting in a tin...It is a very professional set up with the vineyeardc producing fantstic wine which rivals many a French Bordeaux and Italian Chianti. You not only get a sip of wine and spit it in a tin, you get to sample every wine that they have and you get a quarter glass of each wine to sample....and yes you get to drink it too...further to that you get a platter of different cheeses and bisuits to go with it.
4. Re the wine in Rabat for Lm5.00 I very muxch doubt it was the from the same vineyard as this is more expensive than this
If unlike me you don't bye a good guide book and this is your 4th vistit why would you need a guide.
The wine I had was a Marsovin Merlot with grapes imported from Italy and made in Malta and very nice it was.
The point I was trying to make is the money the tour firms make out of your run of the mill tourist.
I will give you a few more from the Thomson Highlights booking form.
1 New for 2004/05 Valletta half day, enjoy a guided tour of the sights of Malta's impressive capital. Ml 10.00 again a 50c bus ride pop in the tourist office and get a free map of Valletta and of you go, saving Ml 9.00 per person.
2 Highlights of Malta, Malta's main sights includes Mosta,the silent city of Mdina & Rabat. Ml 14.50, again a Ml 1.50 bus pass saving Ml 13.00.
3 Captain Morgan's Sunday Special. Combining Valletta market,the Grand Harbour cruise & the Great Seige show Ml 14.50 this one's a bit tricky as I don't know the price of the cruise or the seige but the market is free so doing it your self must be cheaper.
This is just three tours from there booking form with good saving on two of them, can you see what say a family of four would save by doing it them selfs, there are 19 tours in all, with prices from Ml 85.00 to Ml 2.90 so for the price of a good tour guide book and a little reserch they could save a few hundred pounds.
Someone with your knowledge of the island should may be letting the tourist know more things like this as it goes a long way to promote your island, please remember this is not a dig at you.
Don't get me wrong, I am not defending anyb ody or he price charged....I do admit that the price you emntioned is rather steep, but would prefer not to comment...regarding the wine....yes the Marsovin Merlot is an excellent wine, however the wine tasting is of the Meridiana Vineyeard and the wine they produce is far superior hence the higher price, where ina restaurant you would pay Lm 5-Lm 6 for the merlot, expect to pay at least Lm 11.00 for the meridiana brand and trust me it is a superb wine.
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