I went on this tour last week, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised as the Tour Guide, Tour, and Hotel were all very nice. The Tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, and everything ran smoothly. Certainly, I would go on another tour with "Take Tours" again, would highly recommend these tours to my friends.
This tour allowed me to see all the major attractions with ease and was well worth doing, however I felt the guide's English wasn't quite 100% and also one part, the shopping mall in Toronto, was the most horrible I'd ever seen! I don't want to spend my holiday in a shopping mall anyway let alone one a dirty, seedy one. The hotels provided were both fine, nothing special or fancy and a little tired looking but clean with good facilities and en-suite rooms. Be prepared for long delays crossing the border back into America as our tour didn't get back until long after midnight. I went on two tours through the same company and they both said to be at the pick up point 20 or 30 minutes before departure but I can only guess that' meant to encourage punctuality in non-Europeans since, being the only European on both, I was the only one there 20 to 30 minutes before departure and no one at all turned up until the departure time and the bus a little later even than that! :-)
I'm rather a solo traveller than tours taker, but all in all this tour was well planned. The driver was professional and drove us safely even through heavy rain during a storm and the guide was friendly and helpful at all times.
For those of you wondering about who take these tours, I can say that approx. 1/2 in our group were with Chinese origin, but other half were quite international (Europe, US, India). As for food (breakfast and diner) mostly we got to places with a wide selection of Asian food.
Tour guide Joe was very knowledgeable and made the trip enjoyable. Ray the driver was pleasant and dedicated to all on Board regarding safety. We would defiantly travel by bus again. Had a wonderful trip.
My mom and I book this trip online at the last min, so we definitely didn't expect much based on the price. Turns out, this trip was amazing. We enjoyed every moment and every attraction. The hotel was great. The tour guide, his wife, and the bus driver were very friendly and entertaining. We love the fact that they often stopped the bus, so the road trip seem shorter! We will definitely book our next trip soon and will recommend to others =)
We used the "Buy 2 and get 1 free" option for my wife and son and me on this tour - very economical and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Be prepared for need to pre-pay cash for entry into attractions (worth every cent) as a bulk deal offered by the operator once you are on the coach - we're glad we did have enough cash, because we then got to see all the best sights!
A little bit of an adventure for us (coming from Australia) and having booked on-line, but I'd recommend this tour - it covers the best scenic attractions very well.