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Tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable of San Diego history.
The tour let us get a wonderful overview of San Diego. I wish our driver offered more factual information of the sites rather than personal commentary.
Saw everything as advertised. Driver/guide was a riot. We laughed a lot. He knew every nook and cranny of the city, and we visited all of them. The harbor tour was just right - informed narrative, snacks available.
The tour itself was great, but the booking experience had me wondering if I had made the right choice. When I emailed the San Diego tour operator about hotel pickup, I received an extremely rude reply. However, I brought it to the attention of her supervisor and she did apologize for it.
We liked it because we were the only ones on the tour and we didn't have to stop to take photos if we didn't want to. Unfortunately tour driver was not very knowledgable about the sights.
Tour company office showed up 10 minutes late and 8 of us just stood around not knowing what to do. Once the tour guide arrived and the tour started, she was very good. As it turned out, the tour was cut short because of a couple of other commitments some of us had.
It was good until the driver decided not to on the Golden-gate bridge.
Our tour guide was awesome! He did a great job with giving and providing information. I wish the tour would have been a little longer to allow us more time at each spot. I felt there was not enough time given at each stop we made on the tour.
The tour was OK and gave us an impression of the city. Unfortunately the tour startet 1 hour to late because of a car breakdown, so that we could see the last part only in the dark.
We were only in San Diego for a few days so this was worth doing to get an overview of the city. We visited Downtown, Gas Lamp District (not as romantic as it sounds!), La Jolla to see the seals and pelicans (fab), a far too brief stop at The Old Town, 20 min stop in Balbao Park and then the final drop off was at USS MIdway where we stayed for a few hours (well worth the visit). Our driver/guide Javier was great.
However we were kept waiting at the tour operators office outside the ladies' loo at Santa Fe station for half an hour. A guide arrived saying that the other people on our tour were late which had delayed things however we later found out that Javier had only got the call just before 9am to take the tour at the last minute so someone was telling fibs! As we were running late we therefore didn't get long enough to stay at Old Town which we would have liked.
It was okay, but could've been more organized. I always confirm a day ahead for my pick up time. I stood outside the lobby as instructed and they were 10-15 min late, so I called the same number back to see if my pick up was just running a little late? A female answered and said that I wasn't scheduled for a pick up and if I could walk to their office (@ the Santa Fe depot) 2 blocks from my hotel. It's funny that when I called the day before, i was told I'd be picked up in front of the hotel and now I wasn't even scheduled to be picked up. I don't mind the walk but I'm glad I don't walk with a cane. Then she says, is that okay? Do I have a choice. When I got to the depot, I get a call from the tour driver telling me he is at the front lobby. No communication what so ever!!
Another problem was that the driver/ tour guide seemed like he didn't know what to do. He said, because the group was so small what do you guys wanna do? I'm thinking, this is my first time to San Diego, am I supposed to know what I want to do? That is why I booked the tour so you can help me to get to know the city, go fig? I did enjoy the tour to an extent but
The tour was fine altought got started late. However he vehicle needs to be replaced. it rides hard and difficult to get in and out of plus seat belts are difficult to put on.
The tour guide did was a no show and the driver had to fill in with his broken english. Otherwise, it was fine. Also took the harbor cruise, no problems there. overall good experience.
Picked up in a beat up van. The guide didn't tell us very much information. He was very nice but for a tour guide? He should have been more informed.
Very disappointed. Our booking had not been passed to driver. Consequently waited one hour five minuites to be collected. Other tour members had been dropped at first sight seeing stop which fortunately we had done the day before, so we said not to bother. Enjoyed brief visits to other areas. . Driver did her best to make up for lack of time spent in various areas. Overall would describe it as a hurried trip and not enough time to take in the city. However, the company of other passengers five delightful girls, made up for it.
Would have appreciated more information from the driver. The places we stopped were great. ..Some history or background of our destinations would have been nice.
The trip itself covered all the highlights of San Diego, but I was seated way in the back of the van and sometimes had trouble hearing the guide. She also had an accent that made it difficult to understand all that she said. The back seat moved, and it's passengers almost hit the roof on certain bumps in the road. I did enjoy the stops in Balboa Park,Old Town and La Jolla, but would have liked a chance to visit the Coronado Hotel for a while. I took the Hop Off, Hop On Trolley the next day, visiting some of the same spots (except La Jolla) and that guide made the trip more interesting.
We were stuffed in a van but the last few people could not get in. We walked back inside the Amtrak station and waited for a bus. Both the van and the the bus were very worn (paint, upholstery--not a classy job at all). We left one participant at the Midway Carrier stop and had to return for her. The guide really know a lot about San Diego, but her need for dental work detracted from her total presentation. We would not recommend this tour company.
We were very disappointed with the tour guide. Sure it was her first day. She could hardy speak American, had to ask the bus driver where we were and wait to read the signs. Didn't know her left from her right so we were basically past everything before she pointed it out. 45 mts late leaving!
The tour was ok. We spent way too much time going to La Jolla and at the Del on Coronado. We drove past Old Town and thru Gas Lamp district which would have been nice to spend time there walking around. Having taken city tours in many other places, this one was very disappointing. The first scheduled trip was cancelled, we found out when we showed up for the trip. We didn't get a call from them, even though I had a cell phone number on my trip. When I got home there was an e-mail saying the trip was cancelled. Not everyone travels with there laptop, but everyone has there phone.
You mean rate something that did not happen because I was never picked up at the hotel? None of the phone messages were answered. Even the hotel could not get through for an explanation.
In a single word AWFUL!! Driver knew very little about city,did not make Balboa Park in time..everything was closed,talked about houses he painted in La Jolla and the famous people he had seen walking down the street..and absolutely horrible experience.