So here is my review for each section:
Tour guide: was good
Accommodation: out of the 3 hotel, one was not that clean.
Transportation: was great but one entire day the heater stopped working and 6 hou... More>>
Awesome trip, Boris our tour guide made the trip fun and entertaining. Would definitely recommend this trip and tour guide to my friends and family. Most fun I have had in a long time...7 flowers
I enjoy every single day of these 4 days, had fun. My guide was Vicky and she was the best!
So here is my review for each section:
Tour guide: was good
Accommodation: out of the 3 hotel, one was not that clean.
Transportation: was great but one entire day the heater stopped working and 6 hours we spent in extreme cold condition in the bus.
Itinerary: was well planned but I wish take tour informs in prior that few sections will not be covered at all. The website does not say anything that Thousand Island will not be covered in winter and that was disappointing.
For the most part it was a good experience. However they need to be better prepared just in case when your kids need to go to the bathroom. The bus has a bathroom but it is lalways locked. After arguing with the Tour Guide and Driver they finaly gave me the key to the bathroom, but the bathroom was not equipped appropriately, you can imagine the rest. If you bring kids please be prepared just incase. Also the fact ath you need to pay upfront for all sight seeing events in cash and not been able to use your credit card does not make any sense.
Me and My husband had so much fun. The tour guide Mr.Wing was very patient with all of us and very helpful. The tour was well organized and we saw so many attractions in a short time. It was our first trip from taketours and not the last!
Tour was fabulous. It was a really nice mom and son trip. Out tour guide, Jessica was excellent!! She shared very interesting information about the places we visited. The hotels can be better but we were there just to sleep. Our first night's hotel was good. The second and third were uh... ok.
Overall, it was a great trip. I've been traveling with this company for a bunch or years and you get to know so much about the country.
Thanks Jessica!! you were great!! great personality!! you rock!!!
It was a very good trip overall. Bad thing that the snow did not let us do even more. I would have liked to have a better bus service. This one was not the worst it could have been better, what i did not like is that it was too small for such a long trip. The itinerary was good and the times for departures and pick up at every stop were very accurate which is good. I will recommend this trip to some of my other friends
We took 4-day Niagara fall, Toronto, Ottawa, thousand islands, and Montreal tour. it was awesome experience overall. Our tour guide was Wang who was very helpful and very patience. Initially as per itinerary we were supposed to go to Niagara first then Toronto and so on. But at time of departure our tour guy told us that we are going to Montreal first and will make our way to Toronto and nigari fall from there, which was ok with us. Most of other people in our group were Chinese just as tour guide and driver but there were other few other also like Russians and Latinos. Buses were not very comfortable, not so much leg room. Not easy to rest during the long travel. Hotels were 3 starts and were ok as per tour price. we went in the hotel every night at about 9 pm and checked out about 7 30 am every morning. So, hotels were ok just to spend the night.
Our tour guide was very professional and have the full knowledge of very ever we went. He spoke in English first and the chance and one other language which I didn't understand what was ok.
We loved the places where ever we went especially Thousand island cruise and Niagara fall.
Overall, we had good experience and would love to go again to some other destination
We went on this trip on the week of sept 18-21. It was a wonderful experience. Our tour guide was Lay, he explained everything in both English and Chinese. throughout the whole trip everyone was very punctual and maintained the timeline that our tour guide had said. Our driver was also excellent. The first day was mostly spent driving to Canada, and visiting the Corning glass museum. If you choose not to participate in the hot glass making show you can just walk around the museum shop, which still has lot of pretty things to see and buy. After that we were heading toward crossing the border, which by the way take some time to go through depending on how many buses are in front of you but once it's your bus turn the security check is fairly quick.once we cross the border we were taken two of our hotel for the night and then given us free time to look around Niagara Falls. in the nighttime you can see niagra falls beauty in beautiful illumination. although we were told there would be a firework at 10 PM there was no firework I think it happens until August 31. The hotel wasn't that far from the Niagara Falls it's like 15 to 20 minutes walk,also there are a lots of options fast food and restaurant but some of closes by 10 pm on Monday nights. The hotel was pretty decent but we have to make arrangements for breakfast by ourselves. In the morning we were taking to see the IMAX MOVIE about the Niagara Falls. we chose not to participate in that rather we took the time to find a place to have breakfast.again there are lots of options to choose from we choose To eat from a breakfast buffet that was about 8 minute walk from the theater. After that we were taken to ride the boat hornblower and experience niagra falls from very up close.when that was done most people went up to skylon tower to have lunch and enjoy the view from up top. We opt up from doing that instead we took the time to walk around the Niagara Falls and enjoy the view. Then we were heading towards Toronto to see the CN Tower and the city cruise by boat and also see Ripley's aquariums.when all these activities were done we were taken to Chinatown nearby to have lobster dinner.again if you don't want to have dinner with the whole group in the restaurant you can choose to have something else.. just look around There is lots of Chinese food restaurant to eat in or take out. After dinner was done we were taking to our hotel for that night.only thing the Wi-Fi was terrible in this place.but again we had to leave the hotel 5.20 in the morning so I didn't care much. In the morning we were taken to see the thousand Islands in Kingston . You can choose to have the boat ride along with breakfast or just the ride it self. The view of the Little islands from the boat was wonderful. Make sure you take something warm to wear because its little cold in the morning.after experiencing the beautiful view of the island we were heading towards Ottawa to see the parliament building.also we were instructed to have lunch after seeing the Parliament building. You can choose to have the famous Canadian hotdog or you can walk down two blocks straight from the parliament building and you will find exchange plaza building where you will find lots of other food option such as Thai food, pizza, sandwich, sushi, kabob and lots more. After lunch we were taken to Montreal see the Biodome and Olympic Stadium. If you don't plan on participating in these two activities there are not many alternative things to do. All you can do is just sit and relax or maybe eat at the cafe. Since we didn't participate in the activity it was really painful to wait for the group to be done. Afterward we were taken to have the French Dinner. Again there are other option to choose from if u decide to have something else. Most people speaks French here and most of the menu is in French as well. After dinner we went to our hotel which I didn't like very much. There was no elevator and we had to walk up to the third-floor with our luggage, also the room was not a non-smoking room so it was stinking a bit.The guy told us we would be lucky if we could connect to the Wi-Fi there maybe that was like 1% chance getting connection. Maybe we got lucky and were able to connect to the Wi-Fi without a problem. Again we have to leave the hotel 5:30 in the morning. This was the last day of our trip. We were heading towards the duty-free shop and cross the border. We were given some time to Buy stuff in the shop. The security checkpoint was not that bad. Security Inspector came in to the bus to collect our passport and green cards to check. Make sure all your documents are valid and not expired before you book this trip.unfortunately one of the fellow passenger's document was expired and she was held back along with her family.after the security check was done we were heading towards asuable chasm. This place was a real Beauty of Mother Nature . I really liked walking along the side if the trail. It was very adventurous, its a activity that u must do. And this was was the final activity of our journey . Now it was time to get back to NYC . We got back to New York City by 6:30 pm in Chinatown. Overall this trip was wonderful. Only thing I wished that the bus had place to charge my phone, and the guide told us other options if we chose not to participate in any of activity. Other than that the trip was amazing it is worth your money.
I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Jupiter was very knowledgeable of the sights and attractions and kept us informed of arrival/departure times. Well executed and well planned and budget friendly. No surprises no hidden fees and budget friendly. There are many optional trips which you choose as per your convenience and budget. No pressures. The trip went exactly as per the published itinerary and we had ample time to see the attractions. Loved the Watkins Glen and Ausable Chasm in NY and Toronto and Niagara Falls. Great getaway! Don't hesitate. Go with the flow abd you'll love this!
It was a good tour. Well planned and executed by the tour guide Mr. Wang, who is a very sober person.
The stay too was comfortable in good hotels. Specially, liked the Niagara Falls, Canadian side and Ausable Chasm.
It was such a good well organized trip full of attractions and rich history. Our tour guide was Mr/ sing he was well educated about every steps we visited and very patient and helpful with funny jokes and catch phrases. The driver Mr/ Joshua was very courteous helpful honest Safe driver . It was very nice to talk to him and listening to his old stories. Definitely I recommend this trip and complement the Joshua and Sing .
We really enjoy our 4 day trip to Canada because our tour guide KIT KAT is the BEST.He is very good in giving us all the information about the place.There is no boring moments with him because he's so jolly person and sing with us too. My Mom loves him so much because he is like a son to her.We wish that he is always our tour guide every time we go on vacation. We will always give him love! Clap! Clap!
I strongly recommend this tour. I have done this 2x already. The tour guide is very helpful and the driver is good. I love all the places we went and I will bring another set of friends to do it very soon.
The trip was a wonderful experience. The tour guide Johnny Yang was exceptional!! Well articulated, he explained everything in detail and was very helpful and responsible. We reached our destinations in a timely manner. Everyone that was a part of the tour were very friendly to one another. I would definitely do it all again SOON!!!
The trip was wonderful with the tour escort Johnny Yang.We Joined the tour in May last month.We enjoyed this tour better than our own tour by car to the same places in 2013.Shortly we are planning a trip with TakeTours from Los Angeles. Thank you for the arrangements. It was well worth the price.
I took 4 day tours to Niagara falls, Toronto and Montreal. 5/22/2017 group 1. Excellent service and budget tour.
Our tour guide was Wendy and she was very knowledgeable and informative. She did excellent job as a tour guide. I highly recommend TakeTours. I have also taken San Francisco tour with them and was very happy with the professional service that they have provided.
I would like to describe this tour in one word "AWESOME". Everything was properly planned by our tour guide Faith. The bus was descent and full of happy faces. Nothing can beat the ticket price which includes free accommodation. Hotels were clean and comfortable. Please please anyone who are in a dilemma to join this tour, please do not think twice and go for this tour. I am sure you will have a fabulous time in Canada. Cheers!
This is my first time in Canada and first time to see Niagara falls on Canadian side.the view is beautiful and gorgeous.The whole tour is very smooth and educated.Very much appreciated for the operating company and also TakeTours,and thanks to the professional staff,totally worth it ,I would definitely recommend the tour to my family and friends.
Tour was not that bad. Accommodation was really good for the price paid. You spend most of the time on the bus, so be prepared. You will not cover much in the Canada side, mostly touch and go. For the night view of the Niagara Falls, you will have to walk to Niagara Falls yourself at night after you are dropped off at the accommodation. There are always alternatives to Chinese food, though you will be in Chinatown for 2 nights.
We went on a 4-day Canada bus tour, which left from Flushing New York and was very well organized and reasonably priced. We visited most of the famous landmarks in Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, as well as Thousand Islands and the Ausable Chasm. Our group had an excellent tour guide, Jack, and an excellent driver, David. Both were Chinese. The bus tour was bilingual (English with Chinese translation). The total price per head (if including food) was roughly $550. Food is optional. You can save money by buying your own food during the trip. As my mother has trouble walking, and often uses a wheel chair, the bus staff was patient, and offered to bring out the wheel chair at every stop. Our tour staff was very helpful overall, and worked hard to stay on schedule. The trip included four meals that we had to pay for. Only one meal at a restaurant in the Toronto Chinatown was unsatisfying. The other three meals were quite enjoyable. The hotels we stayed at were all clean and decent. During the road trips, the bus makes many bathroom stops where you are able to purchase snacks and drinks. I would highly recommend our bus staff (Jack and David) and the 4-day Canada tour overall. Remember to bring your travel documents! By the way, you get plenty of free time every evening.
This is a great budget tour which allows you to see some nice places in the United States and Canada (mostly Canada).
About transportation - you will spend a lot of time in bus, so be prepared - I recommend to take a pillow. Also, thermos was very useful for me - you cannot take cup drinks inside bus, but I just moved the hot chocolate to thermos bottle and enjoyed it for a long time during a trip - especially good, since your break time is restricted, and hard to take hot drink fast. Bus had air conditioning, power outlets for each seat, but no WiFi.
Accommodation - we stopped in Motel6 in Niagara Falls (Canada), Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Sandman Hotel in Montreal. Motel6 was not very good, other 2 hotels were good enough for me (I was able to get a pool at 7:00PM and had free coffee in room). For Motel6 hotel would be nice to bring your own portable electric heater with a cup and some coffee/sugar bags.
Food - was good enough, but took a lot of time. Sometimes you really have nothing else to do, like day 1 or 4 lunches, but otherwise I preferred to skip food and do something more interested instead. For example, in Ottawa we had only about 80 minutes to explore the city AND have a lunch - so was easier for me to discard a lunch and had some food after, while in bus/hotel. Same thing for Montreal dinner. To save time and be able to visit more things, it is nice to have some canned food with you. Take some small bowl with you and you will be fine. Also, will save you some money too.
Attractions - we visited some great places, even if had to hurry. Especially I liked water cruises (3 of them) and last day Ausable Chasm foot journey. However, if you take all proposed attractions, you will have almost no time to visit other places. For example, we never had a tour on Toronto or Montreal downtown. Thus, I would recommend to skip such things as visiting CN Tower in Toronto and just take all attractions in Niagara Falls yourself. Thus you will not need to wait for the whole group to gather and will save some money too. For example, visiting Skylon Tower as part of a group cost $14 (without lunch). At the same time individual tickets were on sale there for $11, and there were tons of coupons available to make it cheaper - like showing your hotel card gave extra $2 discount etc. With all cross-attractions bonuses, you easily save about 40% money and a lot of time just touring attractions yourself - in Niagara Falls everything is close by.
Altogether, the trip cost me about $350 ($180 for cruise itself, with 10% discount from agent and using this website to find a travel partner - I am single traveler, plus all attractions, food and service fee, plus some souvenirs - which I bought at Toronto Chinatown during dinner time - much cheaper than in Niagara Falls or Duty Free shop - just make sure you check few stores). Traveling to Canada myself or with some other agency would be probably much more expensive. And I really enjoyed time on this trip, so would gladly recommend it to friends.
Recommended things to take - some food, small electric water heater, cup/bowl/Swiss army knife/spoon, pillow, some Canadian cash. Mostly you can leave things in a bus.
Good luck to everybody having this trip in future.
I took this trip with my two teen kids coming from Miami to New York, and the experience was super comparing to other tours!!! The driver and the tour guide, Alex Luo, were very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and funny. Alex kept the tour under control by managing time so we could be the first ones in line before the other tours arrived to the different stops, and also with the passengers. We didn't go to the St. Joseph Cathedral (something I was looking forward to see) he gave me a poster/picture as a gift. I know that we were delayed by a last minute decision of the company to place more passengers in the bus on our time to depart. During that time we needed to go back, because one of the buses that were taking other groups got broken and we ended having a full bus, the family were not happy (they were all adults) because they needed to sit separately, and due to the amount of people in the tour, we ended in hotels that did not include the breakfast, but were very good hotels like Westin; so with this I just want to say to call and make sure that the places that are posted in the website are the ones confirmed for the trip. The rest of the tour was excellent!!! Alex and the driver (I can’t remember his name), keep up the excellent job!!!
Unforgettable tour. Our guide, Ming, was really nice, patient, and friendly and so was our driver, Randy (very good driver as well). Tour was very organized; I really liked all the attractions -- well done!!! Highly recommend. I'll definitely book with TakeTours again.
Amazing experience. Our tour guide, Ning, did an exceptional and an awesome job. He managed the tour so well. The bus driver did very good as well. The itinerary was covered well. The meals were arranged. Love Old Montreal! The city is like a journey to France. Thousand Island cruise breakfast, Old Montreal French dinner, Lunch at Skylon Tower, all were arranged very well. Overall it's a great trip and I definitely recommend this tour!!!
This is my first visit to Canada. The trip was well organized. Tour guide is very knowledgeable & friendly. I did not give five stars, as itinerary attraction prices & actual is slightly different. Other then that everything is great. Thank you TakeTours. I highly recommend this tour. "Value for Money"
The tour was really good. The tour guide Jack was great, polite and very attentive to the details. The ride was long but to be expected. The tour covered a lot of places from New York to Montreal. Passenger should pack some snacks, neck pillows and some music to listen to on the bus. Really enjoyed the tour. Hotels were excellent with wifi every night. Highly recommended.
Well, the tour wasn't bad. We spent a lot of time in Niagara Falls(Canada), but spent less in other cities, such as Montreal and Ottawa. The tour guide, Mr. Wang, was friendly, but the driver was a little bit rude. We didn't have a restroom on a board, no wi-fi and outlets, and had to wait for a toilet until next stop, which was a little bit complicated. Hotels were nice - Glengate, Don Valley, and Sandman (last two had a pool, sauna, and gym). For Canadian souvenirs, such as magnets, in my opinion, it should be bought in Chinatown (Toronto), or at the Canadian border - Duty Free, because it will be much cheaper, I think (you will be charged taxes for everything in Canada).
Our family of four from Mumbai, India had a great time on this tour. I would highly recommend this to anyone & especially to fellow travelers from India.
I would like to make a special mention of our tour guide, Wendy Wen, she was very helpful & guided us well. She made sure all the travelers were taken care of. It improved our overall tour experience!
The tour was awesome! It covered almost every place. We really enjoyed it, and obviously it was very affordable. Wendy was a very nice tour guide, our bus was clean and comfortable, bus driver was nice and on time, hotels were very nice except the first night (although it was a big room but it's old and looks creepy), but I can't complain about the places that we went to. The meal stops were mostly Chinese food, but we like Chinese food so that's okay with us. Most of us were always on time so we all went to the places stated, but some of it we did not go and I am not sure why. For the optional entrance fees, I think it's better to just join all optional places to go because I don't think you can go somewhere else. We skipped the Thousand Islands due to winter, and all the cruises were cancelled due to season. The hotel was good and standard. Anyway, the driver was inpatient but safe. All the attractions that we stopped, we were well prepared by our guide Mike, who was very informative and well organized even though too little time was provided. In the city of Toronto, Ausable Chasm was very beautiful. Mike led us to the intermediate trail inner sanctum to see very close to the water level. We got back to the city on time, safe, and sound. I had a very good time.
The tour was awesome! It covered almost every place. We skipped the glass museum due to holiday, and all the cruises were cancelled due to season, but we got a short lunch stop at Albany, which is fair enough. The hotel was good and standard but I would not take any star out if the bus had bathroom. Anyway, the driver was professional and safe. All the attractions that we stopped, we were well prepared by our guide Jack, who was very informative and well organized even though too little time was provided. In the city of Toronto, Ausable Chasm was very beautiful. Jack led us to the intermediate trail inner sanctum to see very close to the water level. We got back to the city on time, safe, and sound. I had a very good time.
Our tour guide, Jack, was really great; Knows a lot of the history that helped me to understand better the places that we visited. Also, he speaks English very well and that was great for us. Our driver, Jimmy, was great too, funny, and a good driver too. Thousand Islands was really a great memory that I am taking from this tour. I recommend anyone to take this tour due to its great and affordable price.
I am a man of few words. This tour is excellent! Both our tourist guide and the driver exceeded my expectations! The costs of the tour package is the best for the budget-conscious tourist. My only disappointment is the washroom inside our bus is unusable. We were told it's for emergency use only. Washroom is extremely important if you need to use it. I hope your company will address this issue. Other than that everything went well!
I had heard some negative reviews from the New York to Niagara Falls trip, and was was very pleasantly surprised on everything about the trip, including the lovely hotels in Toronto and Montreal. I have recommended this trip to relatives who will be booking for the fall. The only negative part about the trip was having to always eat Chinese food, although I like it, other options would have been nice.
I really recommend this tour if you think about cost-benefit. The tour was very well planned, the bus driver drove us safety, the tour guide was very friendly and he knew a lot of information about this tour, the hotels were very comfortable, and I believe all the passengers could take a good nap while we were in the road. I really had a great time experiencing Canada and I could took many wonderful photos from this travel.
This was our first time joining the tour (June 2014)- we really enjoyed it, and obviously it was very affordable. Wendy was a very nice tour guide, our bus was clean and comfy, bus driver was nice and on time, hotels were very nice except the first night (although it was a big room but its old and looks creepy), but I can't complain about the places that we went to. The meal stops were mostly Chinese food, but we like Chinese food so that's okay with us. Most of us were always on time so we all went to the places stated, but some of it we did not go and I am not sure why. For the optional entrance fees, I think it's better to just join all optional places to go because I don't think you can go somewhere else. So if it's $200/head add another $300/head including entrance fees, 3 meals, cruises etc. But please read through itinerary page on TakeTours.com, it says there that you have to pay $8/head/day for service fees. I remember there were passengers that didn't want to pay, poor driver and tour guide! So read before you sign the paper and be sure to pay them. All in all, it was a very nice experience, we saved a lot from that tour. Imagine when you go to Toronto separately you will have to pay $1000 or more just to go there (airfare only),so we saved a lot! We will deal with TakeTours again.... :-)
I did the 4 days Canada trip, we had a great time, the driver Tony was nice, and drove well making us feel safe.. The tour guide Kit was great too, he was knowledgeable of places, history, geography and knew how to conduct everything with expertise. I just didn't like the first hotel that we stayed, but liked the Toronto Don Valley hotel as well the other one in Montreal... Well done for the price.. I would recommend wi-fi on the bus as well a plug to charge phones or devices.
I took the tour October 10th to October 13th, and I enjoyed it very much. There was only some negative to the trip. The bus was so uncomfortable- the description said they had WiFi and that was not the case. The seat was uncomfortable, so if you are planning to sleep on the bus make sure to bring a pillow to make it comfortable. I didn't like the places where we had lunch- almost every meal was Chinese food. The only meal I really enjoyed was the lunch over at the Skylon Tower. That was an excellent choice, but we did not have enough time to enjoy the view- I think they should work on better timing. When we got to Toronto, it was great. We went to the boat ride, then had dinner at Chinatown, but the food didn't seem appealing to me. The next day we went to the 1000 Island Cruise. It was a bit boring because it wasn't interesting for me at all, and the breakfast was horrible! It would have been better to stop by some fast food restaurant. When we arrived at Ottawa, we had the same problem where we did not have enough time to eat because the driver had to rush to Montreal. I would have wanted to tour around the city for a bit more. The oratory and the Olympic stadium were awesome. Keep in mind that you will not be going to all the places they mention on the tour due to the lack of time. Be prepared to pay another $245 on the bus for the tours , and a $28 fee for the bus driver and tour guide .. But it's well worth it.
Mr Wang is very informative and have good knowledge about the places. Every day we have options to pick our own meals choices and options to join the optional activities, Mr Wang does not force us to join the activities. All the cruises are good. We had a great time.
It was a great tour. We really enjoyed.Our tour guide Kit Kat was awesome, Driver Dimitri was superb.
We had a wonderful time.If you are a budget concern and want to visit Canada in short period of time Go to and TakeTours.com
Great Package for sure, especially for budget travellers. Had a nice and friendly guide. The tour is caters more to Chinese speaking travelers, but no complaints (I don't see any other company doing this kind of tours at such discounted prices). Lot of places are covered, tight schedule (but well conducted), accommodation is okay to good (again it is amazing how they manaaged to offer this at this price. Single driver for more than 2000 miles; but absolutely no problem, safe driving. Stops for food/meal could have been lot better though. We had the fortune of great weather all through the trip. Tour guide (Frank) was good, friendly, did a nice job throughout. Again, well planned and executed. Great for the price. No doubt about that.
The tour was great, nice hotels for reasonably price; the guide was very helpful he explained everything in detail throughout the entire trip. I highly recommend it to everyone. It has very good attractions and the trip itself well put it. You just need to be preparing for a long ride. I definitely recommend it; you canâ€™t get wrong for that price.
Our tour guide Mr Wang did a great job; he's very efficient & professional & our driver was very friendly and courteous also.
Overall we enjoyed this tour very much & would recommend it to our friends. We will patronize this company again in the very near future due to the satisfaction obtained from this trip.
The best tour i have ever had. Our guide, Wang was knowledgeable, polite and courteous. Wang gave a detailed information of all the attractions. Both Wang and the driver were very professional all the way. Our driver was great and careful. The tour was worth the money. It was well organized and structured.The hotels were comfortable and clean. l have nothing negative to say about our tour. We had a good time. l learned so much about Canada. Thanks Wang, thanks driver, thanks gotobus.
Fun, hectic, exhausting. Those are the three words I would use to describe this trip. Being my first trip into Canada, everything was foreign to me, and as such very exciting. The destinations were beautiful and there was so much to do on the four day trip so what is the problem? You have absolutely zero time to enjoy yourself on any of the attractions the tour takes you to. I understand that the tour has to follow a strict schedule and that limits the amount of time there is for each activity but this is definitely a case where it could be said that less is more. For each attraction that you go to you have approximately one hour to take in the sights and sounds, take pictures and explore the area. That limited time also includes the time the tour guide has to get the tickets for the group which takes upwards of ten minutes so you're left with even less time to enjoy the attraction. For example, the second day attraction of eating lunch on the Skylon tower went like this:
-Arrive at the tower with 2 hours before our next departure
-Spend an hour waiting around for the tour guide to sort out the reservations and get tickets for all the guests.
-Wait a godawful long time to get up the tower because the elevator moves at snails pace
-Rush to take pictures while on top of the tower
-Get seated with 40 minutes left to go and try to rush down your lunch to get back to the bus on time
-Once we were seated we still had to wait another 20 minutes for our food to come out even though we had placed the order while the reservation was being sorted and it seemed like they forgot the orders for 2 of my friends so they had to rush some food out.
-So that left us with 20 minutes to finish an extremely unsatisfying lunch and get back to the bus on time.
I'd say as a first time event, lunch on top of the skylon tower was decent but I wouldn't do it again. The food was subpar and portions were small. Also the gimmick of eating atop the revolving tower lost its novelty after about 5 minutes. The view is only nice on the niagara falls side, once you get past that you just start to get dizzy from the rotating room, at least in my experience.
Niagara falls was beautiful and definitely the highlight of the trip our tour guide even went off book and took us on a mini foot tour of the falls before the boat journey to the falls. On the first night, be sure to check out the falls as they are illuminated with light. It's just a shame that we didn't have more time to check out the town as there were so many things to do but as we got to the hotel quite late and had to wake up early to board the bus the next morning, we had no time to really explore.
The CN tower in Toronto was fun but time was, again, restrained. By the time we got tickets and finally got up the tower, we had maybe 30 minutes to enjoy the tower before having to come back down. Also we were charged $32 by the tour when the ticket we received clearly stated that the price was $27 so that seemed a little off. Again, as a first time event for me it was fun but I do think the entrance fee is a bit pricey and probably wouldn't do it again.
The third day was way too chaotic and they really need to change this part of the tour. We left the hotel in Toronto at 5:45 AM and got to the hotel in Montreal at around 8 PM. Of those 14 hours between hotels, we must have spent ten of those hours on the bus. The distance between all the locations was ridiculous and made the pacing of the third day extremely stressful and unenjoyable. First attraction was the thousand islands cruise which was interesting enough, but not interesting enough to justify the three hour drive out there. After that was probably another 2 or 3 hour drive to the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. There were so many things to see there and explore but we had no time at all and had to be back on the bus within an hour! Following that was another long tedious drive to Montreal where we visited St. Joseph's Oratory. (they tell you $3 is required to enter the building but in reality no one checks if you paid or not as you just put the money in the donation box, I did pay though) This place was massive and the architecture beautiful but with a 45 minute time limit to get back to the bus I found myself hurrying through the whole church just to see everything. No time to enjoy or appreciate the amazing views and history of the church at all. The day ended with a quick tour and dinner at Montreal's chinatown. This all took place within the space of 90 minutes and with the restaurant's s.l.o.w service (through no fault of the tour mind you) we had 15 minutes to scoff down our dinner before being rushed off to the hotel which was in the middle of nowhere so no chance of exploring Montreal on our own unless we took a taxi back to town.
The last day was the drive back to New York. I was honestly relieved to be going home as I probably slept about 4 hours every night and I was exhausted. The bus was badly air conditioned and resulted in an uncomfortable 7-8 hour drive back. On the way back we had time to stop at the Duty Free shop on the edge of the US border to buy some souvenirs. We had 15 minutes to look around the shop before being rushed back. Also we stopped at the Ausable Chasm for a quick hike around. The chasm was beautiful and luckily the weather cooperated but again due to time constraints, we did not have any time to take in any of the sights before being rushed off to the next section.
So what was the point of me writing this wall of text? It's to point out that the tour was way too rushed and to give a suggestion: Don't try to fit so many activities into such a limited time. I feel I would have enjoyed myself far more if they just cut out the Montreal section of the tour and just give us two days each to explore Toronto and the Niagara falls area. I'd say that we spent approximately 70% of the trip inside of the cramped bus (I'm a short guy and I had no leg room so I really feel for you taller folk) and that was not what I had envisioned going into this tour.
Next I would like to highlight another problem with the tour: The food. As I have stated above, we were rushed through everything we went to and that included eating. By the time we get to our destination, find a restaurant we want to go into, get seated, look through the menu, order, and finally wait for our food to come out, we had next to no time to actually eat our food. It got to the point that by dinner time I would just order it to go to take back to the hotel so I could actually enjoy my food instead of shoveling it all down to meet the time limit. In addition to the time limit, another criticism I would have is the choices for food. The restaurants at the Toronto and Montreal Chinatowns were fine, good prices and good food, but their service was terrible. But outside of these chinatowns the food choices were awful:
First day we went to a disgusting chinese buffet for dinner just before we crossed the Canadian border. I will never eat at this place again. Service was terrible, everyone was fighting for a table as they were limited and the hostess was making no effort to seat customers in an orderly fashion. When we finally did get a table we had to ask a waitress 3 times to help us clean it so we can actually sit down and eat in a sanitary fashion. This took about 15 minutes before she finally got around to cleaning our table (this was after she went to clean the adjacent table which had just opened up first despite us requesting to clean our table 15 minutes prior, she only went to clean ours after we pointed this out in a not so friendly way). We only had 45 minutes to get in an eat so by the time she got to cleaning our table we had basically finished half our meal standing up. Ridiculous. Also hilariously bad was the hostess going around accusing customers of not paying and then checking the camera to make sure they did pay. No apologies or anything. The incompetence displayed by the staff at this "restaurant" was astounding. Also there were definite hygiene problems displayed at this place. They required you to get your own drinks and the soda machines were in the back near the bathroom. OK not a problem. But the ice was in an open bucket which anyone could use their grubby hands to grab the ice. So if you wanted ice in your drink, you either had to risk disgusting germs coming from everyone's hands or just enjoy your soda warm. Nice. Lastly the most important thing about a restaurant, the food. Now I understand that this is a buffet and as such I shouldn't expect 5 star restaurant food, but I honestly think I could have found better food in a trash can. The stuff they served in there is barely passable for food. I could have given my $13 I paid to get in there to a random bum and it would have been a better use of my money. In case my point didn't get across to you yet: AVOID THIS BUFFET AT ALL COSTS!
Second day, lunch upon the skylon tower was terrible. The menu was very limited: Chicken, steak or salmon. The portions are miniscule and not very good at all.
On the third day we had breakfast on the thousand islands boat. They obviously didn't plan very well as they did not have enough food to go around and as a result had to lessen the portions for the guests in the back of the line. With me and my buddy deciding to be gentlemen, we decided to let other guests go first and as a result we ended up in the back of the line. As we were approaching the serving area, the servers were actively scolding the guests in front of us for asking for more food as they didn't have enough for everyone. By the time we got our food, we must have gotten half the portion of everyone else. A little sausage and a miniscule serving of scrambled eggs is not going to satisfy my hunger and it would be a long time until lunch. It is laughable how they managed to plan this so badly.
I would like to go back to the topic of the buffet on the first day. On the fourth day on the way back to New York when stopping for lunch, the tour guide announced that we won't be going to a Chinese buffet for lunch and the whole bus burst out into applause. Yes, it was that bad.
I've gotten the negatives out the way so on to the positives: The cities we visited were beautiful and each had a very distinct style that differentiated them from one another so that was fun to see. Also the hotels we got to stay at were very nice, clean, air conditioned and all had free Wi-fi so no complaints there. Lastly our tour guide Kit Kat (yes that's his name) was awesome. He did everything he could to make the bus ride more tolerable. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining and also very accommodating. He was making jokes on the bus and also sang for us which put smiles on everyone's faces. Very energetic and friendly. If anyone from the company is reading this, give that man a raise!
In conclusion, would I go on this particular trip again? Probably not. Would I travel again with this company? Yes definitely, especially if Kit Kat is our tour guide again. Although it was hectic, I still managed to enjoy myself and for the price I paid I couldn't really complain.
It was a very nice tour. We enjoyed very much with the family. Tour guide is also very nice and jolly with the staff.
I will recommend the people to book trip through " gotobuscom "
I liked it and enjoyed.
Very hectic but organized. We went to every place in the itinerary. The hotel in Ontario was horribly dirty. Somebody has to realize that traveling trends have changed and that chinese is not the dominant ethnia anymore, it was unbearable trying to eat chinese food for four days until we protested and they looked for different places. Ausable Chasm was breathtaking, very impressive. They should have a printable itinerary and costs so everybody is informed. In general it was worthed
I enjoyed the trip. I would recommend. But i was supposed to get picked up at Parsipanny, NJ at 8,50am. But I got picked up at 10.10am. When I called the office the gentle man who answered the phone was very rude. Other than that i had a great time with my daughter.
The tour was good for the price. The tour guide (Ning) was very good, organized and professional.
There was an additional $273 for the attractions and the lunch and dinner. The only other dollars are $7-$10 per day per person :) The only motel was at Niagara - clean but very low end. The other 2 nights were in decent - Hampton Inn quality. This trip is a shoe-string budget - so dont expect great thrings. Its great, if you are short on time and dont mind average standards (great value)
One issue to work around is that the dinners are typicaly Chinese buffet's. So you have to get lucky to find other cuisine around. We did 2 out of 3 nights.
The tour was great. The tour guide was very helpful and explained everything throughout the trip. I highly recommend it to everyone. Its a good price for the attractions and the trip itself. Though I wish there was more time for touring the cities, but I got to meet new people and had a good time with them. Just be prepared for a long bus ride.
The tour was good, but there was so much that would have been great to know in advance of booking. The tour strongly caters to those who speak Chinese and have a cultural affinity toward China. But that said, I'm not Chinese and still had a good time. The attractions fees are collected on the bus the first morning (cash)- but they are optional (which was not made clear). The only activity where it would be tough to find someting else to do during would be the Thousand Island Cruise. There are no stops on the first day that have atms. Come ready. The lunch stop on day 1 is a Burger King. There isn't much near by. The rest stop that morning is to a welcome center with restrooms only (no food, atms, convenience stores, etc). Plan to take along a bottle of water. Dinner is at an International Buffet (Chinese Buffet) in Buffalo. There are no other restaurants/stores in walking distance. The accommodations in Niagara Falls (Universal Inn & Suites) were good. Basic, but clean. Its about a 10-15 min. walk down the hill to the falls, which was great. A handful of places were available in the morning to get breakfast/coffee, etc. Your time from here on out is very structured. 30 min. at the top of the falls to take photos. 9:45am Maid of the Mist ride and back to bus by about 10:45. 11am is the IMAX. The show wasn't too exciting and spoke more about legends and stunts done on/around the falls rather than facts/history, etc. From here you go to your 12pm reservation to eat lunch on top of the Skylon Tower revolving restaurant. Fantastic views. Back on the bus and then you head toward Toronto. You get just enough time to go to the top of the CN building before heading to a 45 min. boat tour of the harbor (which would probably be lovely in the summer) and then off to Toronto's Chinatown. You can pay on day 1 for dinner that evening at a Chinese Banquet. Very traditional food, community style. There is no free time to explore Toronto at your leisure. After dinner you are taken to the hotel (a Quality Inn by the airport) where there isn't anything within walking distance. The next morning is an early one (5:25 departure) and you will get a wakeup call (even if you don't request one- your tour guide will do this). There is a 3 hour bus ride to get the Thousand Islands cruise. They serve a good sized breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage, etc.) and you get a short tour of a few of the islands. It was nice. Back on the bus and off to Ottawa. You get 1.5 hours on your own to see the Parliament Buildings and explore the city. After you head out to Montreal. The first stops are outside the city proper at the site of the '76 Olympics. Travel to the top of the Olympic Tower and enjoy the veiws for 10-15 min. Then down and over to the BioDome for about 50 min. Back on the bus and over to Montreal's Chinatown. You get 1.5 hours for dinner on your own and to fit in whatever you can of seeing the city. Also, you will need to secure breakfast for the morning since there are no opportunities the next day. And while the itinerary posted on the site says that after the tour 'don't pass up the opportunity to stroll along the city streets, etc.' you really don't have time to that. Because by 7:15pm you are back on the bus and over the hotel (30 min outside of the city). Again, the hotel is basic, but clean, and surrounded by undeveloped land (no place to go once you get there). The next morning, again the tour strays from the posted itinerary and there is no tour of the city. The service fee ($7/day/person) is collected on the last morning (cash). The bus drives straight to the duty free shop and on to customs. The short hike/walk at the Ausable Chasm was great- a very cool thing to include in the trip. Lunch is again at an 'International Buffet' (chinese buffet) in Albany, but there is a diner and a few other options close by.
I wish I knew just how many Chinatowns and Chinese food restaurants were visited. I wish I know how isolated the hotels were and how most rest stops and meal stops were also in isolated locations. But the hotels were clean and had what you needed. A ton of attactions were crammed in to a short amount of time. Your time is extremely structured. You won't have opportunities to explore at your leisure. But it keeps things on track. Our driver was great. I never felt unsafe. The bus was clean and seemed to be in good condition (we lost some air in a tire after the Flushing drop off and they needed to wait for another bus to come for the Manhattan dropoff- but that can happen to any vehicle). Our tour guide knew the basics (not much more, but that was fine). It was impressive that he easily jumped between English and Chinese with such ease. The vast majority of the passengers spoke Chinese. I can't see myself doing this type of tour again (there was just too much that I would have liked to know about that just isn't posted online), but it wasn't a bad experience.
This trip is fantastic value for money, we could not fault it, the organisation was great, the quality of the hotels very good. Our tour guide Jimmi was brilliant, well informed and courteous, we really enjoyed our trip and was amazed at the places we saw, we hope we will get the chance to book with this company again.
Really well done ane reasonably priced 4-day trip to Canada. Packed with attractions. Nice hotels on the way and very friendly and organised guide tour. We had an impression with my wife that the whole trip lasted much longer. Highly recommended!
We are a family of 4 . The trip is good value for money. We saw alot in 4 days. Accomodation are reasonably comfortable accept for the last day in Montreal. Room has a smell and the bathroom is not clean. Driver Hollywood and guide Angie are good. We enjoyed the tour and would booked again with your company.
We can not understand and hear what our tout guide saying @ the back..I already aproach him about that but nothing was done..this is our 3rd time with the taketours and this time we're disappointed with out tour guide but me and my husband enjoy the rest of the tour
Nice little tour for glimpse of Canada. A bit hectic but overall Ok. Nice time management while crossing the border and during thousand islands cruise. There was virtually no traffic. Given the high entry fees at various attractions, there should be more time spent there. Also, free time should be provided to explore the cities.
The trip was great my husband & i got to see many places in only 4 days! However, we didnt like how they scheduled us to get up SO early every morning. Also they stopped too many times so the journey became longer.
Everything went smoothly during our 4 day trip. Felt like we could have stayed at some places for a longer period of time, but the trip lived up to my expectations. No frills straight up to the point and educational trip.
Musst agree with the point that actual expenses be made clearer prior to the departure.
The trip schedule was changed all of a sudden and that created confusion. Tour guide was good. But they should have more idea about USA/Canada visa. We should have got more time in Toronto and Ottawa. Actual expenses should be made clear earlier.
There was a lot of confusion at the departure bus stop, as to which bus to embark and nobody to talk to. Travelers should be alerted that the departure bus stop is just a gathering point, from which the travelers would be taken to their main bus. The trip was otherwise excellent.
The most wonderful trip I've had through GotoBus, all due to Mario the tour guide. I am a frequent traveler with GotoBus and the other tour guides were pleasant, but Mario was the best, very cheerful, fun, took our pictures with our camera, always smiling, gave great information about the sites we were seeing. He gave out treats to the tourists. Showed movies the whole time and interacted with the tourists. I would be more than happy to recommend paradise tours with Mario to every one I know. You guys have a gem of a employee, he was the best!