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I must tell the truth: my expectations about Colombo were low. The tour commenced with a visit to St. Antony's church and proceeded to other Buddhist and Hindu temples, plus a stop in the red mosque. The tour has covered nicely the entire town and our driver/guide, Kumar Vijesuriya was fantastic! He allowed us to set our pace, take thousands of photos, inquire about the places and the culture. Very knowledgeable. Actually, I must also thank Pathum Rodrigo, the tour organizer, who sent us a WhatsApp message prior the tour to welcome us and to advertise everything was on schedule.
We left Colombo with that bitter-sweet feeling: so happy for being there and get to know its beauties. At the same time, so sad to leave. I highly recommend the tour, either if you have little time in town or want to see a glimpse of what Colombo has to offer. You left us very well impressed! Thanks!
Good tour. Also driver kindly took us to the airport at the end of the tour! Gave him a good tip!
Godfrey our tour guide was excellent and had great knowledge of Colombo and Sri Lanka as a whole. Any tour group would be fortunate to have Godfrey as their guide.
Best way to see Colombo is to book a private car. Takes you to the most interesting sights
as well as others you'd like to see. We were very satifsied with our driver, excellent and clean car.
Colombo was our first port stop of 16 nights and our guide Godfrey set a very high standard.
He is very experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and a most careful driver in driving conditions which are quite testing.
We enjoyed highly all the sights he drove us to and past. Our tour of the temple was made that much more valuable by Godfrey's commentary. We left Colombo feeling that we were really familiar with its main elements and our knowledge and understanding of its history and culture was down to Godfrey's knowledge and pride in both his work and his Country.
Our driver and guide Godfrey was every bit as knowledgable, polite and friendly as you could wish for. The itinerary was flexible, as was his time. Good recommendations for places to eat too. Sadly, the temple pictured in the add for this tour is no longer so colourful, and inside is basically a big open space with little chapels here and there...interesting culturally but not as spectacular as I was expecting.
Overall, very happy with this tour - prompt pick up, clean, cool and comfortable car, driven safely...what more could you want?
Good tour. Got to see lots of Sri Lanka. The tour guide/driver was really nice and took us to different places we wanted to see. The only place I wanted to see that we didn't get to go to was one of the open markets or the floating market.
Generally good but the drivers English let him down. He tried hard. Good tour.
We enjoyed this tour but felt it would have benefited if we had a guide and driver. We were unable to go in temple as guide couldnt get parked. Also guides English was fairly limited. He was very helpful and keen to help though.
We booked two trips through Viator in India Mumbai and New Mangalore and they were excellent. Great guides and drivers, really helpful commentary and comfortable transportation including the houseboat.
But, when it came to our half-day excursion in Colombo, Sri Lanka our party of eight travelled in a mini- bus that had ineffective air conditioning so much so that we had to resort to opening windows. We left the port with a driver and a guide but quickly lost the second man so our driver doubled up as the guide and with no microphone available much of his commentary was lost. There also seemed to be a reluctance to stopping for photographs etc. We were expecting a number of pre-planned photo opportunities
The doubt set in at the outset when we were asked where we would like to go- not sure if the driver/guide had been instructed on the package we had booked. However, in fairness we managed to cover quite a lot of sights. The trip ended on a bit of a low as the driver had only booked a morning pass for the port so we had to walk from the dock gates back to the ship- I guess a 10 minute walk in 90 degree heat. Kind of felt a bit unprofessional. Luckily, our party of 70 year olds, and up, were fit enough to cope!!
So, all in all rather a disappointment when set against the earlier excellent tours in India.
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