Yellowstone in Winter January 12, 2015
#2 Posted : Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:46:09 AM
I went on this Tauck trip this past January, and it was an awesome experience! It was my first time in Yellowstone, a place I had always wanted to visit, and being there in the desolation of winter was something very special. You will get to see a LOT of bison and other wild life (we even got to spot a fox).
The weather was excellent throughout, cold but not unbearable, and we had some snow at the end of the trip.
Here's a link to my photos of the trip (you can view it as a slideshow):
If you have any specific questions, I'll try to answer. Have a great time!
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My Review of French Escapde - 25 August Southbound
#2 Posted : Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:42:20 AM
Thanks for you detailed review, Rod. It's very helpful since that route is on my list.
I'm particularly interested in you comments about the portion of the trip … after the boat, so to speak. I get a real sense of your let down as regards the Monte Carlo portion of the trip. In your opinion, was this due specifically to the off-river accommodations and the … how else can I put this? … attitude of the Fairmont staff? I don't doubt your experience for a minute, but you left so much unsaid that I just have to wonder and ask why? I have stayed at Fairmonts on a number of occasions, but always in North America. Could your report of their lack of standards be down to it being Monte Carlo? Was there something else going on, possibly? A major conference, perhaps? It is so foreign to everything I know about Tauck's chosen hotels for you to be corralled like a Contiki, 20 something tourist with a "set" menu. (This is one of the reason I first chose Tauack all those years ago. They weren't like a Contiki tour, with set, group meal times and cheap and nasty set menus.)
I have to be honest when I say your review fills me with dismay. I don't want to be treated the way you seem to have been. Do you think it would help if I plastered a kangaroo to my day pack? Or would it be better to book my own accommodation in Monte Carlo? Of course, this is complicated by the point that Tauck only provides airport transfers from "their" hotel, but if it is as sub-standard as you say, I'd rather make my own reservations, either at the Fairmont or elsewhere.
I would also be interested to read Tauck's thoughts on your comments about the Fairmont, Monte Carlo.
Gook luck with arranging your own canapés, post Emerald, and here's cheers to that money tree! It might be a better bet than lotto! ;)
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