Shannon Essa is the owner of GrapeHops Tours and the leader on every tour. She was born with a bad case of wanderlust. It is very important for her to offer her customers a wonderful vacation with lots of experiences, not only in food and wine, but in getting to know the locals and off-the-beaten track places. Along with her on-the-ground network of co-guides, her number one goal is to make sure you are enjoying yourself.
Shannon thought of every detail to make this trip remarkable! I knew my first ever visit to Venice would be memorable because that’s just the way I choose to see things. But doing it with GrapeHops and with Shannon at the helm was an experience beyond my expectations. If ever one feels she or he deserves to treat him or herself to an awesome vacation, go with the Taste of Venice Tour by GrapeHops! You’ll be wanting for more.
Tony and Sue N. Australia
This was our second trip with Shannon and as with our first trip, everything was done to ensure that it was a total success and a great experience. We and our friends had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I attribute this largely to Shannon’s flexibility in meeting individual needs, her hard work and conscientious approach and her knowledge of the areas visited. While we had been to Venice before, Shannon took us to places and venues that normal tourists would not know about or visit. It was a totally different experience of Venice. In addition, visiting with Shannon who has lived in the city and also previously led visitor groups, meant that the insights and comments that she was able to provide added greatly to our experience. Totally different to our previous visits! All in all, a great trip and most enjoyable.
Randi New York
Our tour was a fabulous experience, which felt more like a group of friends traveling together in a fun and adventurous way. The itinerary was a great mix of activities and there was a sense of spontaneity which pervaded the whole experience. Shannon made the whole trip look like it was effortless, but it was abundantly clear that a huge amount of hard work went into it seeming that way! Jay and I would without hesitation do another trip with GrapeHops in the future.