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I haven't seen any postings from you in ages on our 25 Nov roll call boards! Are you still going to be with us?
Sgcaver (Sheila and Brad) have just put some info re transfer with Port Compass on our roll call. You may want to check that out.
Hope to hear from you soon...
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I had requested a private tour from Valparaiso to Santiago, ending at the airport NO EARLIER than 7:00PM (Dec. 3, 2006).
After the initial private tour quote and confirmation, I got email asking if I would entertain the idea of other couples. I emailed back "one or two couples would be fine-no more than 6 people". Next thing I knew, we were on the "grow a group" program, with drop off at the airport between 4-5PM and 14 additional people. I was EXTREMELY po'd- the whole point of the 7:00PM drop off-DH was flying to Lima to meet friends on a 10:00PM flight, I was staying in Santiago for a business meeting. Dropping off at the airport between 4-5PM WAS NOT in the original plans.
I talked to Sue, who stated I stated it was OK to "grow a group". Yes, but NOT BY 14 people and drop off at the airport between 4-5PM. To revert to the private tour dropping off at 7:00PM, the quote was NOW DOUBLE what was originally quoted. Our credit card had already been billed the original amount.
I think Port Compass already had people inquiring about a tour from Vina to Santiago who did NOT want to pay the price for a private tour. But they could accommodate everyone by sticking us in with the other people, who were quite content to get to the airport between 4-5PM. I REALLY felt ripped off and I am a frequent South American business traveler.
I rented a car from Advantage car rentals in Vina del Mar ($10.00 cab fare from ship). Actually booked it while on the ship sailing from Manta Ecuador to Valparaiso. Dropped the car off at the airport about 8:00PM. Cost-about $100.00. We went to two wineries, saw LOTS of Vina in places the tour buses cannot go (high in the hills), went to both markets in Santiago, drove around, had some dinner and went to the airport.
Your experience may not mirror ours-Port Compass has a fairly decent reputation in South America. But MAKE SURE you get what you are paying for.