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Old May 13th, 2009, 06:00 PM
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Any reccommendations on tours in Bermuda for my mom and I . She is traveling with a walker and sometime wheelchair....can ambulate to chair or seat...is visually impaired. Perhaps a private vendor......just wondering


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Old May 13th, 2009, 06:07 PM
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How visually impaired and what does she like? Kings Wharf has added more shops, restaurants (the fish chowder at the Bonefish is great and creole style) and a longer accessible trolley train.
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What can you tell us about the "Trolley train"? Where does it go and how often? What is the charge? I have not heard of it before.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 11:35 AM
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What can you tell us about the "Trolley train"? Where does it go and how often? What is the charge? I have not heard of it before.
I'll dig out the pamplet this weekend and post the info Eileen. :-) It's a group of open air cars linked together thing to look like a train, complete with engine looking drivers area. The caboose was where I saw the people riding in their wheelchairs so it is truly accessible. Currently it goes all over the Kings Wharf area and a little beyond from what I saw.
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Any reccommendations on tours in Bermuda for my mom and I . She is traveling with a walker and sometime wheelchair....can ambulate to chair or seat...is visually impaired. Perhaps a private vendor......just wondering


Barbara
We recently returned from Bermuda and my husband uses a power wheelchair and I use an electric scooter. We were taken on a wonderful tour of the island by Judith and Robin Simmons of Unique Vacations in their new wheelchair accessible bus. Their number is 441-331-8687. Their website is www.uniquevacations.bm. Their rates were very reasonable and they gave us personalized service. They will not only take you on a tour, but they can customize it to your interests and accessibility needs. I believe they are lifelong Bermuda residents, so they should know exactly what activities to suggest.
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We recently returned from Bermuda and my husband uses a power wheelchair and I use an electric scooter. We were taken on a wonderful tour of the island by Judith and Robin Simmons of Unique Vacations in their new wheelchair accessible bus. Their number is 441-331-8687. Their website is www.uniquevacations.bm. Their rates were very reasonable and they gave us personalized service. They will not only take you on a tour, but they can customize it to your interests and accessibility needs. I believe they are lifelong Bermuda residents, so they should know exactly what activities to suggest.

Did you do a private tour? Since we're only 2 I believe it will be the group bus tour for us, which is a great way to meet other folks who are enjoying the sites. Thanks for the info.
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Dee, Have you read the recent thread on this board about the new accessible busses that Bermuda has purchased? I am sure you could get the schedules for those if you were going from West End -Dockyard to Hamilton for instance. Hugh
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Dee, Have you read the recent thread on this board about the new accessible busses that Bermuda has purchased? I am sure you could get the schedules for those if you were going from West End -Dockyard to Hamilton for instance. Hugh
Hi Hugh. Yes I read the article and was very excited about the news. We'll probably use the ferry system to get to Hamiliton for lunch and some poking around. I haven't decided about seeing the Island yet. We usually take a taxi tour and enjoy the sites and learn the history of wherever we are, but the hc public bus will give us another option. My dh doesn't want to waste time with 20 stops.........still can't get him to slow down and enjoy the trip..........now me, well enough said.. Nice to see the world opening up for hc travel. Bermuda is just beautiful. Always good to hear from you.

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We recently returned from Bermuda and my husband uses a power wheelchair and I use an electric scooter. We were taken on a wonderful tour of the island by Judith and Robin Simmons of Unique Vacations in their new wheelchair accessible bus. Their number is 441-331-8687. Their website is www.uniquevacations.bm. Their rates were very reasonable and they gave us personalized service. They will not only take you on a tour, but they can customize it to your interests and accessibility needs. I believe they are lifelong Bermuda residents, so they should know exactly what activities to suggest.

I've been in contact with Judith. She asked for the dimentions of our power scooter and assures us that the bus can accommodate our needs. She also suggested a 5 hour tour including the south shore beaches, the aquarium, St.George and Hamilton touring as well as the lighthouse and bridge. On your tour, were the sites accessible for your scooter and wheelchair, or did you just view the sites from afar? I do know the aquarium is accessible - but wonder about the other sites. Any information you can share would be appreciated.
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Thanks for info. on Incredible Tours in Bermuda - we booked for August. Price was $85 pp for a 4-1/2 hr. tour -- Hamilton, St. George, bridge, Bermuda Underwater Institute, etc. Can't wait. We were just there in June. The taxis were gettng more than that for a tour -- Bermuda is very high, but beautiful. So nice to have a wonderful choice. Ferries work well there with the scooter, but so nice to have an escorted tour. Vicki
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Thanks for info. on Incredible Tours in Bermuda - we booked for August. Price was $85 pp for a 4-1/2 hr. tour -- Hamilton, St. George, bridge, Bermuda Underwater Institute, etc. Can't wait. We were just there in June. The taxis were gettng more than that for a tour -- Bermuda is very high, but beautiful. So nice to have a wonderful choice. Ferries work well there with the scooter, but so nice to have an escorted tour. Vicki
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sounds wonderful. how can they be contacted?
There's a link to their web page Unique Vacations 2 sites above. Then on there is a contact us site. They responded quickly. Vicki
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We just returned (August '09) from a wonderful tour with Uniquevacations in Bermuda. They met us at the Dockyard in their beautiful (new) air conditioned bus. Judith and Robin were friendly and informative. The scooter went up the lift like a charm and they have room for 5 of them if necessary. The bus seats approx. 20. We had a 5 1/2 hr. tour all through St. George's, Hamilton, etc. We had lunch at our own expense at The Swizzle Inn which was fun. We stopped many places, but the best was the Underwater Museum (not the aquarium) -- terrific shell display, Titanic history, and an underwater ride of sorts, a museum which the cruiseline never ever told us existed, and it was fabulous!

We saw the beaches, but did not wish to stay -- our tour was very customized to our needs. A wonderful company and we've been to Bermuda five times previously and this was the best ever!!! We learned so much.

The cost was $85/person - not bad considering everything in Bermuda is high. Contact phone: 441-331-8687 website www.uniquevacations.bm - contact is Judith. We had to fax a $100 deposit -- highly recommend to anyone -- disabled, slow walkers or anyone who wants to see Bermuda in depth. We will be returning in 2010 and will use them again. We were very impressed. Very easy with scooter or wheelchair and fully secured down. Vicki
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I've been in contact with Judith. She asked for the dimentions of our power scooter and assures us that the bus can accommodate our needs. She also suggested a 5 hour tour including the south shore beaches, the aquarium, St.George and Hamilton touring as well as the lighthouse and bridge. On your tour, were the sites accessible for your scooter and wheelchair, or did you just view the sites from afar? I do know the aquarium is accessible - but wonder about the other sites. Any information you can share would be appreciated.
Sorry for the delay in responding! The Gibbs lighthouse was accessible outside, but I can't recall if the gift shop was accessible there. The only other places that were not accessible were sandy beach areas. Judith and Robin were very sensitive to our needs and took care to make sure we could maximize our sightseeing :-)
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Sorry for the delay in responding! The Gibbs lighthouse was accessible outside, but I can't recall if the gift shop was accessible there. The only other places that were not accessible were sandy beach areas. Judith and Robin were very sensitive to our needs and took care to make sure we could maximize our sightseeing :-)
The Gibbs Lighthouse was fun to scoot around -- beautiful vantage point. Gift shop was not accessible. We stopped at a small church -- not accessible to scooter, but husband enjoyed it. The Underwater Museum was fully accessible and the shell collection there was outstanding. Their knowledge of Bermuda is communicated fully on the trip and we learned so much. Again, truly enjoyed the day on their accessible bus. Vicki
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