As I had done this tour 3 years ago and enjoyed it very much I organised another one this year. Using the same excellent transport tour company www.jessejamesmembersonly.com we arranged for them to pick us up outside the Hyatt hotel (we had arrived by cruise ship) and on time 3 coaches arrived with their excellent and very knowledgeable guides/drivers.
Firstly we were driven around the city with explanations of the places of interest and then we parked in the road which houses the 7 magnificent buildings of interest there. We walked along the road with the guides explaining what the buildings were and how they were now being used. This walk ended just outside the entrance of the Botanic gardens. We did not have to walk back as 2 of the drivers had brought the buses to us.
We then drove to the Angostura Bitters distillery and after being welcomed warmly were taken through the exhibition hall and museum with clear advises of how this drink came into being and the family who started it.
Of course no secrets were given but the whole was most interesting. We then had lunch which was included in the cost of the tour and after this were taken into the distillery factory itself to watch the bottling and labelling of one of the whiskys which they also distill.
I could have watched for hours as the whole activity is so well organised and clever.
Back top the lounge and bar where we were treated to as many of the whiskys and we would like to taste and there was no limit to this. On then to the shop where we could purchase any of their drinks at knock down prices - to bring back to Australia you understand!!.
The drive back to the ship took a slightly different route and we saw a banana plantation and tasted some of this fruit straight off the plant - delicious.
Back to the ship in plenty of time for sailaway and as always a great trip from Jesse James and his colleagues.
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