The tour was very nice,the tour guide Dorit whom we wud give 10/10 was excellent, she made the tour along with the driver who was also very good a memorable one. It took us approx 6 hours to reach SF, but we had about 4 wonderful breaks of 20 min. each at diff. places of sight seeing and Dorit made it absolutely wonderful by explaining the sights in details.
Nevertheless there are few things which Viator should address-
1. The seating in the Mercedes van was good for 7 persons the rest of the four had to struggle a bit, it was nice of tour guide Dorit, who recommended the rotation of seats after few hours, which was accepted by travellers with a bit of resentment. let me also state that the 11 seater coach/van was brand new.
2.It would be very nice if a place like Carmel is shown little more and a short tour of the new Museum in San-Francisco is added.
3.La Quinta hotel should be changed to either Marriott,Hilton or Holiday inn chain of hotels.
It was wonderful! The bus driver and the tour guide were so friendly. The tour guide was also very knowledgeable about each of our tour sites. I am so thankful for our tour guide, Giovanni. I passed out for a sec. or two on the bus and Giovanni stayed right by my side. He reassured me the whole time that I would be ok. which I was. Would love to go a tour again especially if Giovanni is the tour guide. Thank you, Viator Tours, for an awesome tour. Sincerely, M. Gulledge
Fantastic tour, we highly recommend it!! Our Italian tour guide, Giovanni, was excellent. He was knowledgeable, caring and courteous. He took us to all places stated plus extras. We saw elephant seals who were shedding their skin on a beach, a beautiful monastery and the beautiful Madonna Inn. His tour of San Francisco was great. We got to see allot as we were walking plus more on the Golden Gate Bay Cruise. Jeff, our driver, was very careful and caring. Giovanni was the translator for an Italian honey-moon couple. Zippy was the translator for 4 Hebrew people which was great. Also, there was a girl from Japan and there was a translator for her too.It is wonderful that you provide a translator for every nationality on your tours. We are from the east coast and we have never been to California, honestly, this tour was the highlight of our trip! Thank you! Bob and Angela C.
Loved this tour, it was fabulous !!! Really enjoyed the drive along the Pacific Coast Highway Route 1, we even managed to see elephant seals basking in the sun along the beach, waiting for the females in January. Santa Barbara, Carmel and Monterrey was lovely too, during the trip the guides make sure we were given adequate time at each of these stops. Would have loved to be longer in Monterrey Bay, but a 3 day tour has time restrictions. San Francisco was lovely, managed to visit China Town, did a tram ride and took lovely photos of the city from Lombard. Our guides Dorrit, Giovanni and driver Yacob were exceptional, so very knowledgeable and professional. Dorrit is particular was friendly, caring and extremely patient with our constant questioning !! Love her ! The hotel rooms were all comfortable and there were many stopovers to enable us to take photographs of the beautiful scenery. I could do this tour again, it was fab !!
Our Tour Guide Emanuel an Italian and our driver Sam Russian were terrific, courteous thoughtful and full of helpful info. We were a group of 4 adults Aussies we had a great time and would highly recommend this tour. Outstanding value for money.
One of the best tour guide we have ever had. She made the trip so enjoyable, very caring person.
I enjoyed every minute of this trip. Met some lovely people from all over the world. Our tour guide was friendly helpful and very knowledgeable. The places we stayed were of high standard and the tour its self amazingly adventurous.
This is an amazing tour! We had the wonderful guide named Dorit. She is a lot of fun and communicates well with everyone!! We travelled from NZ for a trip of a lifetime and thanks to this tour we have! Definitely recommend.
I highly recommend this tour it was the best part of my LA holiday. The hotels were 5 star and Central , very organised and we have seen the best of California. I will defenetly book another tour with Viator
It was everything I was hoping for and more. Our tour guide Eli was excellent, warm, funny and knew details about every little town and place we stopped. We had a good experience and we were very comfortable in the bus. They picked all the right stops to stop and take pictures.
We have guest from over seas visiting and they speak no english. We sent them on this tour and from the first time we called to confirm the company was amazing. They were very understanding and accepting that are guest did not speak english, they assured me they would take good care of them and not leave behind :)
When our guest came back they said they had a great trip. They said their tour guide was extremely nice and cared about all the people on the tour. Our guests went on several tours they said this is the only tour they did not feel rushed and they actually really enjoyed :)
Very good small group tour, excellent guide/driver, good value for money.
We enjoyed the tour provided by Eli our tour guide and Jeff our driver were very knowledgeable and made sure we were all informed as we visited each location in multiple languages to cater for those who are not native English speakers. Although we traveled quite a distance regular comfort and sightseeing stops broke up the journey. The tour of San Francisco was great, Pier 39 and the cruise on the bay were highlights especially with the Americas Cup boats sailing by. Great scenery at the Yosemite National Park despite the lack of water in the waterfalls and rivers,the land was very dry and you can see why the wide fires are easily moving through California. We were lucky to see the park before the smoke came by.
A great way to see a large are in a short time, I would recommend a tour with this group any time
Very well structured tour incorporating many wonderful experiences into three superb days. We appreciated being part of a small group- six adults and one child - and having Richard as our excellent guide - well informed, entertaining and responsive to the group needs. So many highlights - the stunning ocean road , the elephant seals, the sight of Pebble Beach golf course ( for the golfing tragic) the extraordinary variety of San Francisco sights and on the last day the breathtaking wonders of Yosemite. No hesitation in recommending this tour and particularly this tour guide!
Tamer Abou-Elsaad Egypt
I and my wife enjoyed the spectacular views of the highway 1 of the pacific coast. We enjoyed the scenes of Santa Brabara, Solvang Village, The cruise around the The Alcatraz, Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco and the Hearst Castle in our way back. I certainly recommend this trip.
We enjoyed our trip immensley. Our tour guide, Richard, was fantastic. Would reccomend this 3 day to everyone!!!
This tour was all that we expected. Although the days were long and had to travel along way in the three days it was perfect for us in only having a spare three days to see all the sights of this tour. Our tour guide Dorit and bus driver were amazing and made our trip so pleasurable. The accommodation was great.
A great tour through some very interesting places. The boat tour through San Francisco was a great and we were lucky with the weather. The Yosemite park was stunning. We were the only 2 (native) English speakers in the group but didn't feel left out. The tour guide, Doreet, was very friendly and knowledgeable. My only complaint was that some of the stops were a bit long in not very interesting places, e.g. Chinatown and Sausalito, could happily have skipped both of those stops altogether. Generally though a very enjoyable tour.
This is a very busy tour. Long Days 6am-9pm, long hour between meals (generally breakfast 7am, lunch some time between 1-2pm and dinner at the end of the day 9pm. Snacking is a must.
The coach we were on had issues with the air conditioning. It worked, but not well so we were hot on the bus.
Unfortunately for us we had a lady with the flu, so as soon as we'd finished the trip we got it.
You definately get value for money though. and Tips arent included. We were told minimum $5 per person per day, not forgetting your driver ($15) and your tour guide ($15).
This tour was fantastic.the places we have seen was really worth seeing.the tour bus was comfortable ,the driver was kind and the tour guide was very care about towards all passengers.
Trip was perfect, I would prefere more information from the guide. The driver very good.
An excellent tour and in Richard, an excellent guide. However, you do need a little stamina - leaving Los Angeles at 06.30 and not arriving in San Francisco until 21.30 on day one is a very long and tiring day. Lots of interesting stops on the way but over 400 miles is quite a ride. Day two in San Francisco is great - a beautiful City with many cultural and stunning scenery visits. Day three in Yosemite was beautiful.
Overall this was a good tour. However, we reached the Pickwick Hotel very late and it was exhausting. The breakfast next day was disappointing. It was not at the Pickwick Hotel but next door where we given some scrambled eggs and bread. Dorit was a wonderful tour director. We stopped at some of the best spots and the weather was lovely. On the last day we reached very late in the evening and were dropped off at our hotel in LA. It was tiring but still and enjoyable trip. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.
Trip itinerary covered all the stops we were expecting; accommodations were comfortable and I felt safe during the tour. However, non- Hebrew speaking guests were not allowed to sit near the front of the bus and received less commentary. I was asked to collect tips from the other English speakers.
The trip was very good because we saw many things. The hotels were very good choice, especially the Fairmont in San José. The guide was a very nice person. The driver was also very nice. The bus was quite old and not very comfortable. But there was a more serious problem. The driver did not ask anybody to fasten belts and kids were running in the bus. And the worst thing which really put our security in danger is that the driver was telephoning and looking photos on his telephone while driving !!!!!