Good Afternoon Kath & Zoe and Hidden Secrets Tours. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your great hospitality. Thank you for making my Ultimate Australian Adventure with Oprah such and amazing time. I loved strolling through the lanes and back allies of your beautiful city. Thank you for the great bag, I use it often. Your history and knowledge of the city made my tour very interesting. I look forward to participating in your tour again some day. Wishing you all the best from Nova Scotia, CANADA - Liz - One of Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventurers - Jan 2011
Last week Jo and I went on your Lanes & Arcades tour and the Sommelier's Tour. They both offered completely different experiences. We had a great time discovering the many wonderful shops and cafes hidden away in the lanes and arcades of Melbourne. Zoe was a fabulous guide, giving us ample time to look around as well as pointing out some of the architecture and giving us a potted history of the area. After the tour we revisited a number of the shops and did our bit for the Melbourne economy, we also ran into other people from the tour doing the same thing!! The Sommeliers Tour took us to 3 fantastic restaurants where we experienced a total 9 different taste sensations and 9 interesting wines. Amelia was a mine of information and a wonderful host. During the next couple of days we went back to some of the restaurants that she recommended. Thank you for making our stay in Melbourne such a great experience, your tours added another dimension to our holiday. We will certainly recommend your tours to our family and friends when they visit Melbourne. Robyn of Newcastle NSW July 2010
Both my friend Glenda & I have been going to Melbourne for years and we would have never known that these “Hidden Treasures” existed. It was fascinating to walk up & down the lanes & arcades and to see a completely different side of Melbourne it was very interesting & informative to hear about the architecture of the buildings, and to see the things would never have seen, like the Gallery in the subway under Flinders St Station and the Barber who is an opera singer. We would recommend anyone who visits Melbourne that this is MUST on your things to do in Melbourne list. It was great that at morning tea & lunch Laura marked our map showing us where we had been and highlighted places that we wanted to go back to. The next day we did just that and it was just as much fun going back to places for the second time. The morning tea & lunch was very nice and this gave you the opportunity to chat to the other people on the tour. Well done Hidden Secrets tours we will recommend this to all our friends., Kathryn & Glenda Wagga Wagga NSW MAY2010
Thank you very much for your email and for all your support through the whole process! The day and evening went very well and the bride had a fabulous time. Everyone really enjoyed the tour, and I personally was thrilled to discover many new secrets that I can explore over the coming months. Thank Kath too on our behalf. She was very patient with us, as well as being an highly informative guide. Thank you again Fiona, Sanchia - Melbourne Aug 2009
We took the hidden Secret's Tour last evening: The Sommelier's City Walk. Just reporting back that we had an excellent time. Food, wine and information both between and at each venue was very interesting, informative and in the case of the food and wine...delicious. Our tour guide Kath was a lovely woman, very organised yet relaxed and interesting to talk to, it was a pleasure to hear her insights and knowledge of Melbourne. David of Melbourne, June 2009
We have lived in Melbourne all our lives yet we have been occupied with having 3 babies and raising them for the last 10 years and as such we have not been terribly familiar with Melbourne's CBD or many of it's eateries for some time. For us it was a great way for us to catch up with a little bit of Melbourne in the early evening and get to try out a number of places that are new to us.
Good Morning Laura, Just a quick email to say THANKYOU SO MUCH for the wonderful day we all had yesterday with you on our tour. We enjoyed your knowledge of the beautiful buildingsalong the tour. We do take alot for granted, dont we? My 3 daughters had an exciting time searchingfor individual bargains. One was so pumped she found a Bob Dylan tshirt when we returned to Retrostar after lunch. Lunch was beautiful;Vincent was a treat! What a character!! We willcertainly return there for abite again.My sister loved the boutiques and my mother found the vintage clothes very interesting. She bought herself a dress at the Lost and Found Market on the way home. Morning coffee was memorable, the best soy decaf cappucino I have had, and the chocolate truffle exquisite. Robyn of Heathcote VIC June 2009
HI FIONA - I am back at my desk today, unfortunately as I would rather be back in Melbourne. I just wanted to thank you for the great tour you took us for on Monday. We both thoroughly enjoyed our time with you. It was so informative and it really did show us the interesting and hidden part of Melbourne. The lunch was wonderful too, delicious food to complete a great tour. As I said to you it will be a must to add to bookings for clients travelling to Melbourne from now on. I hope I have the opportunity to do another of your tours in the future. Travel Agent from New Zealand - June 2009
Hi Fiona, As I reflect back on the year I have to tell you that one of the highlights for me was the Hidden Secrets Shopping Tour. My twin daughters and I joined you in May for a tour and we all thoroughly enjoyed it and I extol your virtues to anyone I know who is coming to Melbourne. Have a Merry Christmas and you never know we might see you again next year. Shauna Dec 2008 WA
I went on your Lanes and Arcades Tour on Thursday morning and I wanted to tell you it was fabulous really enjoyed it!! I was most impressed with the young guide who was extremely knowledgeable about the area and was more than happy to share her information. I am more interested in the historical significance and architectural designs of various city buildings than the actual shops and Laura was fabulous in that area. She also had very interesting stories about some of the characters and personalities throughout the city. So, I just wanted to tell you that you've got a great thing happening and I wanted to pass along my complements to Laura. She was fantastic! Josie , Oct 2008 - WA
Hi Fiona, We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the private tour on Weds. Not only did we have fun but came away with a much greater appreciation of your lovely city. It was as though a another world exsisted between the main grid of the streets. We went back to many of the shops that afternoon and again the following more to make some purchases and to see what else we could find. Managed to make it back for more coffee at that choccie cafe too!!!! Tourism inSydney could certainly learn a thing or two from Melb! When we come back (thats a definate), we shalll be checking the website to learn of any additonal tours you may have. Thankyou again. Your tour was terrific and so were you! Shani, Vicki, Wendy, Liz and Margaret Sept 2008 Sydney We shall be telling anyone we know who is off to Melb!!
Hi Fiona, Just like to thank you for a most professional, interesting and enjoyable tour of the lanes and arcades last Thursday morning. All of the girls thought it was fantastic and several have planned further trips back to shop and explore. Sandra, July 2008 Ballarat
Hi Fiona, This email is to let you know how fabulous your tour was. My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the tour and your extensive knowledge of Melbourne made it really interesting. I managed to find a dress for my 50th next month from the boutique on the corner of the block arcade (which had some fabulous designs.) I also managed to get some black boots like yours because the sizing was way out, so like cinderella, I squeezed into a size 6 & 1/2. The tour certainly was the highlight of our weekend and we look forward to making your tours a regular part of our annual "footy weekend." Bernadette, June 2008 of WA
Re: Lanes and Arcades Tour...Our tour guide was lovely, and very imformative.. We were not expecting how little time we actually spent in each store - would have liked more. Understanding that you have to cater to all sorts of tastes within easy walking distance, would note that this tour included the "arty" side of Melbourne rather than just the retail side. Ms L.H , June 2008
Dear HIdden Secrets Tours. Wow, that was so much more than we could have expected. When we started I admit I was frustrated with so little time in each shop, but see the sense in your plan, I would have spent all my money in the first 2 places.. with none left for the wonders that came later. We WILL be going back to spend more time on our own to shop! Megan, Feb 2008 of Sydney.
Thank you Alex (and Fiona) for such an informative tour in realatively restrictive time frame. . eactly what I was looking for !.. Hidden Locations, .. left me wanting for more.. I will be back to explore more of Beautiful Melbourne. Fiona, Jan 2008 of WA.
Fiona Just thought I would send an email expressing our appreciation of the walking tour we did on Friday. We found out about your walks in a article in The Sun Herald in Sydney, and not having been to Melbourne in over 30 years, thought this would be a good way to get to know the city. We had a great time, and our guide Alex was the main reason for this. We found her very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, etc, etc, etc. She looked after everyone fantastically. We will be recommending your tours to any of our friends that tell us they are going to Melbourne. Also, when we are in Melbourne next,we will do one of your other tours. John and Nina, Nov 2007 of NSW
I’m very happy to give the Hidden Secrets Tour a very enthusiastic endorsement. It was just brilliant, well organized and very pleasantly guided with no fuss or stress. Loved the shops, an eclectic mix of young fashion shoes and jewellery designers right through to the very up market high end shops. As we toured we were supplied with a lovely bag with a map in it for future reference. Also enjoyed a hot Belgian Choc, at the half way point and a relaxing restaurant lunch at the culmination of the tour. I feel that I have a better handle on the best shops in central Melbourne as a result of this tour. Thanks again.- Christine, Aug 2007 of NZ
Dear Fiona, truly enchanted by your tour, I was feeling rather lost, but on arriving in front of clock and trojan giants, I really decided you were Alice, and Melbourne is the Wonderland, I look forward to further adventures! - Jo-Jo, June 2007 of Seatle USA
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