Ischia: Half-Day Scenic Bus Tour
- Duration: 3 hours
There was a quite stressful confusion regarding meeting point. When we arrived at the designated spot we found it very busy with many people, many groups and many guides and it wasn't clear from the start where exactly our group should meet or how we would be able to recognize each other. After an hour (!) of going from person to person asking "are you our guide by any chance" we finally by accident found our group, our guide didn't have anything on her which would suggest that she's a tour guide (no sign, no badge or anything similar), basically she looked like any other tourist. The group was just about to board the ship and we realized that they were ready to leave us behind hadn't we found them in the last moment. We were then told off about being late (we arrived 1 hour before) and then it turned out there were no ferry ticket left for us. We boarded the ship as "recommended passengers". Once on bus, the guide tried to charge us again for the entry tickets to the gardens.
Although I normally avoid tours, preferring to sort my own days, this one was exactly what I wanted, which was a quick guide round Ischia followed by an afternoon in the gardens. The guide was very knowledgeable, charming and looked after us well. There was initial confusion about the meeting point. We had phoned two days before, as instructed, and said we would make our own way to the meeting place. it got to past 9am and there were three of us without a clue where to go. Eventually we heard the word Ischia and found everyone at a different place, and we got told off for being late and for not waiting for the shuttle bus at our hotel. It was not clear from the booking that lunch would be restricted to one place but it was very good value for money for what it was. It would have been nice to know about it in advance but maybe that's because we're used to being independent travellers
Could not have been a nicer day: great walks, sites and park. Entertaining and not too tiresome for my aging mum either. Lovely squid lunch. Ischia is very different from the other islands, worth a visit and the tour staff were simply perfect.