Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Forums Style Refresh
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 27, 15 at 11:33 AM
  • Introducing MeganM
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 15 at 03:23 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report My Worst Experience During My Holiday In Europe
  2. 2 Croatia - advice on where to stay in Plitvice Lakes
  3. 3 Portugal and Spain
  4. 4 Italy in August with kids
  5. 5 Pre-booking train travel in Spain
  6. 6 Itenerary Opinion
  7. 7 Walking stylish sandals/flats
  8. 8 Itin help: 14-15 days in Bavaria, Austria, possibly Croatia and Prague
  9. 9 Lack of diversity? Venice/Florence/Rome
  10. 10 Day Trip from Geneva - Need Advice
  11. 11 2 weeks Northern Italy Itinerary Suggestion
  12. 12 Trip Report A road trip to Florence
  13. 13 Barcelona San Pau Apartment
  14. 14 Healthy eating in Rome
  15. 15 Parking in Alhambra for two days
  16. 16 Madrid to Paris by car in January 2016
  17. 17 "Free" walking tours--what to tip guide
  18. 18 reputable apartment rental in Rome and Venice?
  19. 19 For anyone in London on Wednesday 27 May - State Ooening of Parliament
  20. 20 French Prem Train Fares
  21. 21 Study Abroad in Barcelona or Urbino
  22. 22 Trip Report A Beautiful Visit to Emilia-Romagna
  23. 23 10 Days trip to Europe
  24. 24 Stresa: Do I Need A Car?
  25. 25 Euro Quiz # 103 - Rivers!
View next 25 » Back to the top

Positano Car Service: Mixed review, and a question

Jump to last reply

I'll probably post this in the lounge, too.

Three couples hired Positano Car Service for a driver to take us from Positano to Amalfi, Ravello, Pompeii and back to Positano. We were told the trip would be about 6-7 hours, and they'd set us up with a guide at Pompeii for a separate charge paid to the guide.

Not counting the guide's fee, we paid the equivalent of about $80/person for the day, which we thought was a reasonable price.

We thoroughly enjoyed the day, and the driver was courteous and helpful, and showed us some interesting sights along the way. The guide at Pompeii was very good and entertaining. So far, so good.

Now, on the way to Pompeii, the driver asked if we wanted to stop at a small local pottery factory for a tour. He said he knew the owners, and they'd be happy to show us around. We said yes, and we enjoyed that, too. (I don't think anyone bought anything.) On the way back, he said he had a friend who owned a custom woodworking shop (inlay tables, jewelry boxes, etc.), and again asked if we wanted to stop, We did, and the owner gave us a nice tour and demonstrated the handmade inlay process. We liked that, too. The driver was very upfront about the fact that he knew the owners of both places, but that we should not feel obligated to buy anything.

When we arrived back at the house we were renting, after more than 8 hours, the driver got a call from his office, asking for his location. He told them, and then got off the phone and said, "My boss says the tour ran longer than contracted for, and that you owe an extra 50 euros (total, not per couple)."

Hmmm. We considered that the tour ran longer than expected because of the 2 extra stops. Now, he did ask us if we wanted to stop, and we could have said no. But of course, neither did anyone inform us that if we ran over, it would cost more.

We considered: We did enjoy the two stops, and we did have a choice. Should we pay? In the end we did, because it only amounted to the equivalent of about $20/couple, and we had no complaints about the service.

I'm thinking about emailing the ownership to tell them we liked the tour, but that their unexpected charge was a bit suspect.

What do you think abou the whole situation?

9 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement