Highlights:Visit San Francisco (Extensive San Francisco Tour, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street), Yosemite National Park (Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan, Merced River, Yosemite Falls), Santa Cruz (Roaring Camp Steam Train). Inclusions: 2 nights hotel accommodation
2 nights stay in luxury hotel
Professional multi-lingual tour guide
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This was my first tour ever! I was a bit skeptical at first based on the reviews and all i had read unfortunately i was a little too late on the research to actually backout, but i am glad i pulled th... More>>
It is too late to write the review but still I would like to share my experience.
We toured last May. The experience was just amazing. All the arrangements were very nice and the trip was well planne... More>>
It was a great tour! The tour guide and bus driver were very professional and attentive. It was a lot that we visited in three days so this tour may not fit the ones that want to really explore and sp... More>>
This was my first tour ever! I was a bit skeptical at first based on the reviews and all i had read unfortunately i was a little too late on the research to actually backout, but i am glad i pulled through with the trip. the tour guide jeffrey was awesome, he knew the history of all the places that we visited the itinerary was also very convenient if i would have taken this trip alone i would not have covered every location that we did. the transportation was great, comfortable seats and a place to be able to charge your cellphones, the hotels were very convenient comfortable and clean! This tour is definitely a must if you are looking to sight see on a limited time!
It is too late to write the review but still I would like to share my experience.
We toured last May. The experience was just amazing. All the arrangements were very nice and the trip was well planned.
We enjoyed a lot!! Thank you take tours.
Leg space in the bus was little small. This is the only con I can say. Other than that everything was great.
It was a great tour! The tour guide and bus driver were very professional and attentive. It was a lot that we visited in three days so this tour may not fit the ones that want to really explore and spend more time on each stop. While traveling, we stopped every 2 to 3 hours to eat and use restrooms and food options were vast and affordable. Hotel was ok the first night but the second night we stayed in a very comfortable Courtyard by Marriot. For the price we payed it was well worth it and I would definitely recommend!
It was the best! The driver "Jose" and the tour guide "Joey" were very funny and punctual with the trip. It was very organized and everyone had fun. We got people from various nationalities, and the tour went well with exploring the beautiful Bay Area and singing along the way.
The trip was a bit loosely organised. Very few places we covered.
Day 2 in San Francisco, we finished our trip & reached the hotel by 5:00PM. In-depth tour could have taken to more places. Bit disappointed with the places covered in 3 days.
Accommodation was very good, we also stopped at various food outlets where we either got Indian food or vegetarian food.
Our tour guide Paul Ho was very good & patient. He was very helpful too.
Overall, the tour is great. I believe it would have been better if there was more time in Yosemite. Also, it was unfortunate that due to the drought, there was no water in Hearst Castle's Neptune pool and no water in the falls in Yosemite
I have used service from TakeTours.com many times, and this time I picked to travel to San Francisco. I am never disappointed. Perfect trip. Driver and guide are professional, hotel is nice and clean. Itinerary covers everything you should have to go to. I recommend this trip and TakeTours company.
Overall, the tour was GOOD! The bus was nice but we couldn't use the bathroom because there was no water available to use. The itinerary was well planned and organized. Our bus driver, Arthur, and our tour guide, Jackson, were both efficient with respect to their job and responsibilities. Thank you, Arthur, for bringing us to/from our destination safely. Thank you, Jackson, for the tips on where to go and eat affordable foods, we enjoyed the extended tour of San Francisco which I believed you did a good job! We are looking forward to our next trip on July 6-8!
Overall all the trip was good. I recommend this trip to anyone that likes a marathon weekend. Not only did we stop at hearst castle, san francisco and yosemite but theire were many other stops in between leaving this a non stop very tight schedule. Not much time to eat and most of the stops cater to Asain cuisine leaving you to walk to other places which doesn't leave much time to eat. There's also not a lot of time to rest at the hotel getting back late and then back on the bus for 6 am. It would have been nice to know the full itinerary and times. Also the translation was a bit difficult when mentioning the times to get back to the bus...have the tour guide write it down to be clear. I was disappointed in yosemite. We only stayed for one hour and was told the bus could not go all the way into the park. So I didn't not get to see any sequoias only pines and one waterfall :-( so for the price its an ok trip but be prepared to be on a whirlwind with not much rest. Also be careful when taking first bus to main hub...can be overwhelming and confusing trying to find the right one. They should organize this better.
My husband and I have a wonderful time with the tour. Hearst Castle is so beautiful and the Yosemite Park is amazing. Man made castle labored with love and dedication and how amazing nature works in Yosemite Park.
Both are equally the same. Francisco is indeed the most beautiful city and the weather is great.
We met a lot of families from different countries like, China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Philippines. It's nice to meet people and make new friends. We exchange phone numbers and e- mail address to get in touch with them after the tour. We make a lot of friends.
Our tour guide, Derek and our driver, Mr. Wong took care of us very well. They always make sure we are happy and safe. Indeed a great job. BRAVO for Take Tours.
I will definitely schedule another bus tour very soon. I've told my families and friends how nice our experience was.
Keep up the good work and thank you for proving good service.
This is the best bang for your buck when it comes to tours! The lodging accomodation was excellent. Danny, our guide, was fantastic. Our driver, Charlie, was great. You MUST understand that you will be waking early, in order to see all of the great sites listed!! Dining location stops do cater to the Asian community, but we were able to find other dining options within walking distance.
The tour guide was a success, fun, friendly and always gave all the right information, to even made me laugh.
The tour was super full, we made millions of interesting things.
The bus always on time and clean. successful driver. Really recommended!
It was a great experience and very affordable tour We enjoy so much, for 3 days we saw a lot of beautiful places, we had the cheap and best buffet in town..our tour guide and driver are superb.Thank you so much TAKE TOURS!!!
The tour was great! I had lots of fun and saw a lot in three days. This is the second time I had David as a tour guide as always he did a fantastic job. He was very helpful. The driver did a great job too. I think the tour need to provide more food choices. I love Chinese food but three days of Chinese food is too much. The Sheraton hotel was a great choice. I recommend this tour if you are interested in seeing and learning about California.
This trip was fantastic. I loved Hearst Castle, it was beautiful and the views were incredible. Driving up the coast as the sun set I felt I was really seeing California. To arrive earlier at the accommodation I would happily have skipped Solvang though.
The accommodation is actually in San Jose which is 60 minutes from San Francisco. I mention this because on day two you drive to SF and see the Golden Gate Bridge, walk down Lombard Street and visit the warf. We decided against doing the boat tour and instead had a fantastic lunch on the pier. My problem is that if you chose not to do the extended tour option (an extra $25 per person!), you were stuck in SF with no way of getting back to the hotel (unless you waited many, MANY hours and met up at the last stop with no directions how to get there). The train takes over 2 hours and you'd still have to get a cab from there to the hotel. We didn't come back with the tour to LA and had to get from San Jose to San Fran which cost $120 for a private vehicle. When I asked hotel staff the best way I was laughed at and told a taxi. I was happy to stay and not get up super early to get to Yellowstone.
The tour guide Cerbrina was lovely. She was engaging and funny and driver Andrew was good to have chats with.
I went on 3 day and 2 night trip 26,27,28 dec 2012 and I enjoyed it fully. Tour guide Jouy was great, lively and co-operative gave us details of different places - bus driver Jose was very calm and drove really well in the long journey.Thank you.
In 3 days the trip covers a lot places. Also if you are a vegeterian it is preferable to carry your own food. If you don't have a car, if you are travelling alone and if you can adjust a little, I will recommend this trip. This is a bus tour with many passengers that is time bound and many places are to be covered so being on time is very important.
The Holiday Inn at Dublin was good.
It was a really good experience.
You are able to visit multiple locations at such a short time. SF and Yosemite were amazing. Although they mention that the extended city tour is an option, the guide really doesnt give you much room to opt out as the drop off and pick-up points for those not joining the city tour is about 10 miles away with no instructions from the guide on how to go around the city. The city tour was more of a drive-by rather than an actual tour of the area. The time spent in Yosemite was insufficient. One hour is not enough to walk to the Falls & back to the pick up point. Another hour there would've done the trick. There were only Chinese restaurants around the hotel (even the bakery and grocery were Chinese). The lunch stops were also not any better. The lunch stop on the last day (King Buffet) was awful. Other than that, places visited were great.
The entire trip was awesome. We enjoyed a lot on all the 3 days. We could cover all the places in a short period. It would have been much better if we had spent some more time at Yosemite as time was too short and it became dark by the time we reached there.
Lets start with the positives. I enjoyed the tour because we got great pictures taken from the sites. The bus was clean and our hotel had two queen size beds for two people! Now the negatives. Im sorry, but the tour guide's english was not very good. Grammar was way off and even pronounciation was hard to understand. You'd have to listen very carefully and decipher what she has to say because you might miss the time your bus would leave. Her bad english was more evident when she was tired. I know she did her best and she ws friendly, but its hard to get past such as strong language barrier especially since it is an american tour and you would expect a very fluent bilingual tour guide. I strongly suggest bringIng loads of water during the trip and food because stops are limited to burger joints and not walmart or cvs or any of the sort. Especially at night when you dont have the means to go to convenience stores. The last trip with the 17 mile drive was sort of bland. Nothing special or historic about it. Basically, you are paying for the ride and the hotel for this trip. But if you speak fluent mandarin, you may get more for your money's worth.
It was such a great trip! We stayed at beautiful hotel, Crown Plaza hotel. 17 miles drive was one of places I wanted to go for long time. Beautiful wow trip. The guide,Sunny was very professional. Thanks for everything!
I booked this trip for my relatives, and it was worth it for all the places that you get to visit in such a short period of time. The only bad side was some of the people on the tour weren't on time so it made everyone behind schedule.
for the price, the trip was very well worth it. won't be able to see it all if you do it on your own. york, the tour guide was very entertaining and supportive. the driver was excellent. wish could have stayed longer in key tourist sites, but to see them all in a short time was wonderful. my friends can't believe me and my husband have seen them all. have told friends about it and will take tour together as a group next time. already planning east coast tour ...new york and more!!!
it was a very good experience in 3-days tour to Yosemite, San Fransisco and Hearst Castle. I enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was very friendly, and co-operative, well organized and supportive with everyone during the tour.
My husband is a very meticulous when it comes to a place to sleep, the hotel was excellent and liked it! There were families that were always late, made the schedule behind, otherwise our guide & driver were organized. We wish there would be more time enjoy each stop for sceneries. Overall, its recommended! Next tour: Yellowstone!
We stayed two nights in Hilton in Fremont. The hotel was really nice. Inside Hearst Castle guided tour was very prefessional. But the tour only stayed in Solvang for about 2 hours. I wish we could have stayed there longer as it's a very cute village. Other than that, tour went smoothly and tour guide Mike really took good care of us.