Get to know our Tour Managers... Susan Stampe

"A Tour Manager on an escorted tour can make all the difference."

May 2020 • Jules Verne

Get to know our Tour Managers...
Susan Stampe

What is your favourite tour and why?

My favourite tour is Venice from the Water. This is my favourite destination as there are so many wonderful museums to visit. The Doges Palace is full of wonderful paintings and artefacts. If you just want to relax, you can take a water bus down the Grand Canal from Giardini to Piazzale Roma. You may even wish to do the same at night as the lights along the canal are amazing. Visiting Venice once is not enough as there are many wonderful walks around the back streets and so many islands to see. My favourite islands are Murano with its multi-coloured houses and also Torcello with its beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta.

Don’t forget to visit the island of St. Giorgio. You can take the elevator to the top of the bell tower and the view from the top is spectacular. The water bus near St. Marks square will take you there.

Finally, if you have time, take a water bus over to the Lido and walk along the boulevard to the beach for a glass of Italian prosecco.

What is your best memory of being a Tour Manager?

When I was in China before they built the dam on the Yangtze, on one of the days we used to take a boat down the Danning River.

The boatman would sing local songs and the scenery was wonderful with old homesteads and temples on the hills. We had trackers with us on the boat and when we got stuck in shallow water, they would leap ashore with their sandals made from tyres and push us back into deeper waters. Further down the river we would stop on a pebble beach and look at the fish from the edge. Even further down the boat would stop and we would take steps up to a small road that followed the river and after about 20 minutes, we would climb down again to take our boat once again. We would pass other boats on the river and everyone would wave and cheer.

Finally the return to our vessel after the most wonderful cruise.

What tips/advice would you give to someone who hasn't been on an escorted tour before?

Anyone who hasn’t been on an escorted tour will find this a most enjoyable experience.  Jules Verne Tour Managers are experienced and care about their clients.  They can assist you if you have any questions and if there are any problems they will sort these out for you. The reason they are doing this work is because they are passionate about travel and enjoy being with different groups.  A Tour Manager on an escorted tour can make all the difference.