Very well run from start to finish. It is more like a private tour as the jeep can only take 5 - 6 passengers with the driver. The driver took us to many points of interests although you can't stay too long in each one. In my opinion, this trip is by far better than taking the big coach tour. The best part was that they picked up and dropped off at my hotel, very convenient.
De minivan kwam ons redelijk op tijd ophalen, maar desondanks (file en ik vermoed bedoelde ferry gemist) waren we veel later dan 09.30 uur op Gozo. Hierdoor moesten we de keuze maken tussen de tempels of gaan zwemmen. Dat vonden we zeer jammer! De lunch was oké. Geen hoogstaande keuken, maar oké. De namiddag was wel echt heel leuk. Manuel, onze chauffeur, was een super lieve man die ons verhaaltjes vertelde onderweg over de dorpjes. We hebben veel meegekregen, maar elke stop was beperkt in tijd. Voor ons was het alvast een fijne uitstap. De terugtocht met kleinere boot was ook een plus. Kort samengevat, ondanks een wel erg chaotische organisatie, hadden wij een leuke dag.
Beware!! If you expect an off-the-main-path ride through the country side you might find yourself somewhat disappointed. The announced travel on small country roads not accessible to larger vehicles i.e. tourist buses was limited to a few minutes to see not so impressive salt pans. If you are interested in historical sites you might be even more disappointed, a feeling which was shared by my three co-travelers.
Pick-up at 8:30 AM in our case and return to the hotel occurred in a timely manner. But the actual jeep tour started only around 10:45 AM with a delay of at least an hour due to waiting for delayed customers. This delay created unfortunately time pressure throughout the whole jeep tour. We only passed by the famous Ggantija Temples Tour Guide: 'These temples are 1500 years older than the pyramids but a visit would take 40 mins and we have no time for that.', an expected highlight of the tour and announced tour stop see notification of extra entrance fees to be paid. The Rotunda of Xewkija which comprises the third-largest unsupported dome in the world was pointed out to us but we did neither stop to take at least a photograph from the distance nor to see the dome from the inside of the church. Visits of cultural/historic sites were limited to a 10-min stop at the basilica of Ta' Pinu and to a 1/2 hour visit of the citadel of Victoria which included a down-hill walk back to the jeep. Under the given time constraints the actual inspection of the citadel was a hasty non- enjoyable 15-min squeeze through the tourist crowds. The announced visit of a 'Gozo Crafts Center' turned out to be a stop at a small souvenir shop where we were offered a tiny glass of local wine to fulfill the promise of 'local food tasting'.
All in all, the jeep tour seemed somewhat over-advertised and did to some extent not keep the promises given. To be fair, on another day the delay and time pressure experienced by us might not occur. Yet the mere chance that you might share our fate if you are unlucky should make you wary. In my opinion you would be better off using a hop-on/hop off bus to explore Gozo, thereby setting your own timetable.
You should take a coach tour or quad bikes of GOZO instead, and the reason for this is rather than spending time at the quality sites, on the jeep you spend most the time on bumpy roads and only a few minutes at each site - and some sites will be skipped completely. The itenary was not followed and we did not visit the sites we were told we would. The planning was poor - several people missed the ferry to GOZO and some of us who arrived early and on time were left waiting. We were then swapped between jeeps, which was utter chaos as each jeep had taken a different route, meaning things were missed. They wanted to skip the temples, which we wanted to see and offered that we skip lunch which had already been paid for - after much hassling with the management we managed to go to the temples, but we missed the craft centre as a result.
Apparently some people had good tour guides, but as there are 6 people in a jeep and if you land the front seat it's rubbish, there are many guides and your chances of getting a good one are slim. We had 3 different guides, 1 was good, 2 were bad.
The archway no longer exists as it has fallen down.
The best part was the power boat ride, but if the weather is bad you will not do this.
There was also no toilet stops - I had to get out the minibus on the way back at another hotel to use the toilet facilities - expecting to hold your bladder for 3 hours on a hot day where you should be drinking water is not reasonable.
TAKE A DIFFERENT TOUR - if you want to go off-roading the quads looked fun, and if you want to see the sites, get onto a coach.
It would seem this tour can be very hit-and-miss depending on your guide. Ours was more like a driver and just dropped us off at different locations without explaining anything about them or what they were. Gozo is beautiful but we would have liked some detail and commentary as we were driving around. The tour would have been greatly improved if the driver planned our the route based on where we wanted to go, to make the most of our time, rather than spending time at places we were not interested in.
But I get the impression that other groups had a really great time so it obviously does depend who you get.
If we came back to Gozo we would probably use the hop-on, hop-off tour bus instead.
We took the tour in December 2017, and my family loved it! We hit the jackpot when we found out Maurice is our guide/driver. Maurice tailored the day based on our interests and likes. He gave us an overview of our itinerary for the day and made sure we agree to it. The open-jeep ride was adventurous and provided for breathtaking views. Maurice shared lots of interesting information about Gozo and the specific areas. The tour included lunch, which was very tasty and with a beautiful view. The 20min ferry trip to get to Gozo was also included, and it was an experience on its own. The tour was very well organized, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to explore Gozo in a fun yet relaxing way. Thank you, Maurice, for an unforgettable adventure!
Superbe excursion très bien organisée au départ de notre hôtel !! Très bon moyen de découvrir l île de Gozo ! Le repas du midi était très bon ! Le seul bémol pour nous a été d avoir mal été orienté au départ des voitures avec un guide anglais qui était très sympa alors qu a midi lors du repas en groupe on s est aperçu qu il y avait un chauffeur français !! Mais ça n a rien enlevé à la belle journée qu on a passé !! Soit dis en passant très bon rapport qualité prix pour cet excursion nous avons fais la même chose sur malte mais avec un prestataire local le prix n était pas beaucoup moins élevé et le repas beaucoup moins bien !! Bonne découverte à tous !