Venatour

Reviews

Barbara and I had a wonderful weekend in Dublin with Venatour. We have been to Dublin many times for 6 Nations matches but never with Venatour.

The hotel was ideal because of it's nearness to the ground and numerous restaurants. We found our tour guides very friendly and helpful. Our fellow supporters were also very friendly and pleasant. A thoroughly enjoyable trip despite the result! We hope to travel with Venatour to future matches.

Best wishes, Alan and Barbara Barker

Alan & Barbara Barker - 6 Nations 2017, Ireland v England

Great hotel, fantastic tickets - shame about the result!

Jo

Jo Paske - 6 Nations 2017, Ireland v England

Jenny/ Ian

Just to say tour was the best yet….it was brilliant from start to finish – thanks for everything you both did pulling this off for us!

Cheers

Paul

Paul Cecil - Old Ruts Rugby Club, Playing tour to France & Belgium, April 2017

I just wanted to say what a great job Martin Richards did for me in Paris at the weekend.

Realising that I was on my own he really looked after me so well, before, during and after the game.

He is a great Ambassador for Venatour.

Unfortunately his influence didn't run to the result, but apart from that I had a wonderful trip.

Please pass on my thanks to him, the weekend arrangements could not have been better.

Alun John

Alun John - 6 Nations 2017, France v Wales

We had an amazing day, see how close we were to the track!

Tracey 

Tracey & Mark Payne - Hospitality, Monaco GP 2016

On behalf of myself and my 2 companions would like to thank you and your colleagues for providing us with a fantastic weekend. Everything went very well and we loved the Cooch`s Tavern experience.

This was our first trip with Venatours but it will certainly not be our last, we are already looking forward to Dublin next year! Many thanks again for a great weekend and we all look forward to seeing you all next year. Peter Fisher

Peter Fisher - 6 Nations 2016, Italy v England

Just like to say apart from the actual match the weekend was fantastic, great hotel close enough to everything.

Venatour staff were more than helpful and organised. Everything superb, look forward to hearing from you about next years rome trip, thanks.

Nigel Phillips - 6 Nations 2017, Ireland v England

Jackie and I had a fabulous time at the RWC. The accommodation was great and we enjoyed the Melia. All the arrangements were spot on and we met some really nice people.

We must say too all the seats were in a really good position.

Thanks again, as maybe you knew it was Jackie’s birthday on the final day and our 34th Wedding anniversary.

A very memorable day at Twickenham for the occasion.

Mike and Jackie

Mike & Jackie Forrester - Rugby World Cup 2015

I would just like to say a big thank you to Venatour for such a well organised trip. From the ease of the booking process to the arrangement of getting to Hong Kong everything was seamless. 

Whilst in Hong Kong our two Representatives were also fantastic, always available when needed and with a vast load of Hong Kong experience to send us in the right directions, both day & night time.

This was a fantastic trip for both my Father & I and we will definitely be booking our next sporting trip with this company !!!

Thanks again.

Lee O’Neill

Lee O'Neill - Hong Kong 7's 2015

Just a quick thanks from Wayne and I for all of the effort you and the team played in making this year’s 7’s another outstanding trip for us!

Drop me a line when the 2016 packages are announced.

Phil Clarke - Hong Kong 7's 2015

Just wanted to say thanks for the efficiency and organisation of this trip. My husband and his Dad had a great weekend. We would definitely use Venatour in the future.

Jan Williams - 6 Nations 2015, France v Wales

Just wanted to thank you for organising a great weekend for my husband's birthday. Your company got everything right and I will definitely recommend you to others. 

Niki Evans - Ryder Cup 2014 at Gleneagles

Just a quick note to say a big thank you to Venatour for a perfect Ryder Cup, everything was spot on!

Myles Jacobs - Ryder Cup 2014 at Gleneagles

I have used several other tour groups for both Rugby, football and other sporting events and I have never been treated as well as you and your colleagues did over this weekend…The personal touches, whether they were planned or by chance such as you being in the same coach on the Eurostar, the presence of your colleagues at the hotels when arriving to give guidance to the areas to drink and enjoy the evening, the pre-arranged meeting at the pub before the game and you giving us the talk on your experiences all added that little extra and definitely set you apart from the rest.

Rest assured we will definitely be looking to tour with you in the future as I have already been asked to add people to the party for next year, so I would expect the numbers to grow going forward.

I look forward to the company of you and your colleagues in the future.

Richard Shimmon

Richard Shimmon - Six Nations 2014, France v England

Simply put, the tour was amazing! Lots of friendly fun people coming together to enjoy one of the most exciting rugby events the UK has experienced in years. So many memories and friends made, all achieved through Venatour and their fantastic team. New Zealand 2017 here we come!

Kate Thomas - Lions 2013

From the first time I contacted your firm to the moment we left the hotel on Sunday we couldn't have asked for anything more really…I'd just to say on behalf of the 6 of us that were in my tour party to Rome, what a truly amazing time we all had and a lot of that was down to the friendliness of your staff in Rome and you guys that made the booking process easy and straight forward. Nothing was too much hassle and it was all well planned out, great seats at the ground, good to be all sat together as a Venatour group... I will pass on to friends and family that I talk to like the others in my party will do saying what a great time we had with Venatour and we will definitely use your firm again.

Will Burton

Will Burton - Six Nations 2014, Italy v England

Margaret and I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Tour - just like the Lions in the third Test, it went beyond our expectations. Everything about it was brilliant - the organisation, the hotels, the people, the chat, the spare time, the food, the drink, and of course the rugby: very impressive for you to pull that one off!

I know that a lot of effort has to go in to making sure that everything runs as smoothly as it did, and so thank you once again for giving us the holiday of a lifetime.

Cliff Morgan - Lions 2013

First up,massive thanks to yourself langers,Coochie and Ali for what was easily the best Lions tour I've been on, not just because we won the series but fantastic group of people which made the whole thing worth while!

I'm missing my daily hugs!!! Look foward to a reunion or even a few drinks at the tunnels Maybe! Once again thank you take care and see you soon!

Luke Cox - Lions 2013

What a fantastic trip!!!! Can we go again tomorrow? Sherolyn and I would like to thank you all for an absolutely brilliant time.

Ivor Evans - Lions 2013

We had the most amazing holiday, largely thanks to you and the team, you were all a tour team should be and more. Professional, yet friendly and approachable and everybody seemed to gel. The framework you put in place played a large part in this, I'm sure. We especially enjoyed the group events, Cooch's Taverns and the wine day were particularly enjoyable, while everyone had the space and time to also shape their own holiday - the perfect combination.

All the best to you and the company, you deserve every success and we would not hesitate to recommend you or indeed travel with you again in the future.

Gill & Ian Fraser - Lions 2013

Dear Gareth and all at Venatour, thank you so much for giving us a trip of a lifetime to Oz with the Lions this Summer. From the minute we met everyone at the airport we just knew this would be a very special experience, and it certainly was. The hotels were superb and in the perfect location, and it was great to have all the get togethers in the bar you organised. The trips to the Wine Tasting and Great Barrier Reef were amazing and to see the Final Test with such a great bunch of people was just the icing on the cake, the atmosphere was  incredible. The memories of the whole trip will stay with us forever, and we have made some lovely friends as a result of our trip with Venatour Looking forward to New Zealand in 2017!

Bonnie & Olivia Colbeck - Lions 2013

I have to say a huge thanks to you ,Rob,Ali and Gareth for putting together such a great tour.

For me this was the biggie on my bucket list and it was ticked in some order. The location of the hotels was spot on and the few days 'break' in Port Douglas well worth it. I can not fault the service of the hotels or more importantly that from yourselves. I know that on some days when we were out living it up you were hard at work back in the hotel making things run seamlessly. You all managed the difficult task of making things personal but staying professional. Going on ahead to hotels,organising taxis / coaches to events. The events themselves were a rugby fans dream. Up close and personal with legends of the game past and present from both sides, in venues like Sydney RFC at The Waratahs bar.

In two weeks I snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef,  survived the glass cube 90 floors up on  'The Edge' in Melbourne. Whale watched, visited Bondi, white water rafted/capsized/swam/rafted,Sydney Opera House /Harbour Bridge and got to participate in Sean's Waltzing the Wallabies and watching Shane Williams pole dance. Not forgetting drinking mini Guinness with the victorious captain.

I got to meet some great people from all walks of life,some of whom I have stayed in touch with but all of whom I was able to have a beer and a laugh with. I look forward to linking up with others in the future.

Venatour put together a bespoke tour delivered on a personal and professional level. Your attention and expertise turned a great event into the trip and experience of a lifetime. I look forward to touring with you again.

Harty

Nigel Hart - Lions 2013

Just a quick note to say that having never been on a tour like this before was not sure what to expect but, in no small part, due to yourselves the experience was fantastic. The organisation and level of service from Venatour was superb, probably due to the experience of all the staff involved.

Thanks again for a wonderful trip.

Paul & Caroline Barber - Lions 2013

Max and I just wanted to say a big thankyou for making our trip so enjoyable. We loved our time with you all in Melbourne and people were universally friendly and welcoming of Max, which helped him enjoy it all even more. He still wants to beat Gareth at Uno and thought that Gareth’s approach to stowing his hand luggage on the flight to Brisbane was sufficiently funny that it got an honourable mention in his Tour Diary.

Thanks for all of your help and flexibility. It was a massive tour. One that will live long in the memory for both of us. Hopefuly the first of many tours that we do together.

Lee & Max Sears - Lions 2013

Just wanted to thank you all for making our trip even better than the trip of a lifetime we were hoping for.

Professional in every way needed and great fun to be with..what a team!!

I wish you all at Venatour every success in the future,but be aware you have set the bar very high!

Ian Rae - Lions 2013

Enjoyed the game, enjoyed the company, enjoyed the Guinness , in fact the whole experience was fantastic. Big thanks to Rob and everyone at Venatour!!

Nikki Woods - 6 Nations 2013, Ireland v England

Lucy, Well where did that amazing weekend go, again we had an brilliant time.

The Hotel we stayed at The Imperiale, was well situated with good restaurants close at hand. Rooms were good size and cleaned every day, staff were most polite and helpful. The whole weekend package was well organised and again thanks to you all for a great weekend.

Paul and Denise

Paul & Denise Hart - 6 Nations 2016, Italy v England

Thank you Gareth! Steve and I had an excellent weekend in Dublin - first class in every aspect! I would fully recommend anyone contemplating going on a sports tour - dont hesitate to book with Gareth at Venatours. Kim 

Kim Chalmers - 6 Nations 2013, Ireland v England

“Playing for the Lions is something that will be very hard to replicate now I’ve retired from international rugby. Now, I’m looking forward to seeing it from a supporters perspective and there’s no one better to do that with than Gareth Chilcott and his team at Venatour.”

Shane Williams - Ex Wales Rugby International

“Having worked with the people at Venatour for many years now, I know the service and experience they provide is second to none. I can’t wait for my next touring experience with them, the pinnacle being the Lions tour next year.”

Sean Holley - Sport & Media Consultant & Head Coach, Bristol Rugby

Just a quick note to let you know how much we both enjoyed our ashes tour. We also thought that it was well organised and it lived up to our high expectations. We couldn't think how you could have helped us any more than you did. The evening drinks in the bar were very relaxing and a good end to the day. The Christmas Lunch and the New Years Eve dinner were brilliant and the venues stunning. The hotels were very good especially the Crown Promenade. Thank you for all your help and coordination. I have already registered an interest in the West Indies tour in April 2015 where we hope the England team will play better cricket. We both look forward to travelling with Venatour next time.

Regards 

Keith and Caroline Sampford

Keith & Caroline Sampford - The Ashes 2013/14

Thoroughly enjoyed (despite the results) a wonderful experience of cricket down under, which was top on my "bucket list" .

Positives :-

  • Ability of company to arrange bespoke travel and trip requirements

  • Quick arrangement of excursions to fill in for lost test cricket time ie : big bash night match & Blue mountain trip

  • Friendliness of guest cricketer, Adam Hollioake.

I have already recommended Venatour to cricket loving friends, and considering this was your first major overseas cricket tour, it bodes well for your future

Thanks again to you Hazel for shepherding your flock around Australia and making it a trip to remember for a long time.

Thanks again

Ted

Ted Richards - The Ashes 2013/14

Just a short note to thank you and your colleagues for making sure that this trip went without a hitch.

All flights, transfers and hotel arrangements went as planned and without any glitches which, as you know, often spoils the event.

Once again many thanks and I will certainly use you again for any future events.

With Kind Regards,

Mark Gibson. 

Mark Gibson - USA Sevens

The trip to Rome was everything I hoped it would be glorious weather and a cracking rugby match. Please pass on our thanks to all at Venatour for making the trip so good. I will certainly recommend Venatour to my mates and contacts and hopefully will travel again with you guys in the future. Once again many thanks and keep up the good work.

John Cowburn

John Cowburn - Six Nations 2014, Italy v England