Included a tour of the town. Most of us would have been happy to go directly to the gardens and no place else.
The town visit for most of us was a negative. The town visit was the first part of the tour. We made the required shopping stop to look at the usual trinkets. Then we went to a market and free time there before a bus ride up the mountain. A walk through of the village to an old church and to a terrace overlooking the starting point for the toboggan ride. The guide was incapable of keeping a head count. We lined up single file so that she could count us (and to get this tour moving to the main objective, the gardens).
We took the short cable car ride to the gardens. Max of 6 to a cable car, maybe 8 if the people are very thin. Next another recount and a walk to the garden entrance, and a head count before entering.
There were several people on the tour with interest in gardening. For them the opinion was that the tour should have started at the gardens with the town tour being optional. Some would have opted to return to the town on their own expense if they could have had more time in the garden. Our tour tickets would have allowed us to use the ship shuttle to return from the town to the ship.
The garden paths are steep in many places their surfaces are either dirt or rough edge stone. Not a place for wheelchairs and walkers. People with lower joint difficulties should take extreme care, move slowly - maybe have a sturdy companion to assist with inclines and stairs. Not only the elderly but also some young people were breathing hard during the initial inclined walk to the top of the garden - but then it can be all down hill to the bus. Not that we were hurried, but there was no time to walk the side paths and we kept a slow pace downhill all the time to the exit.
Next time I go to the gardens on my own.
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