Highlights:Visit Los Angeles (Universal Studios Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Chinatown, Disney's California Adventure, Disneyland, Dolby Theater, Rodeo Drive, TCL/Grauman's Chinese Theatre), Santa Monica (Santa Monica Pier).
Best for theme park lovers - 2 days to enjoy theme parks in LA and San Diego
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This Trip was very good and special call out for our Tour Guide Louis, he is the best among all the Tour Guides I have met so far with Take Tours. Kudos for Louis
Amazing, good time spent and enjoyed family vacation. Our travel guide Tommy planned wonderful trip for us and everything was perfect with options to have vegetarian meals, super market, etc.
My mother-in-law went on this trip. She said it was a good trip overall. The only complaint was that she was not given enough time to explore Seaworld in SanDiego. Also the tour guide did not give her... More>>
My mother-in-law went on this trip. She said it was a good trip overall. The only complaint was that she was not given enough time to explore Seaworld in SanDiego. Also the tour guide did not give her the park map.
Nice tour and itinerary ,tour guide helped us navigate through universal studios shows and rides ,we were able to do all rides on time ,we got to see places which we would have missed driving .
Only drawback is ,bus stops at mostly Chinese buffet restaurants ,it's hard to find good food for older parents .
The tour was good and the guide was very helpful. The itinerary was completed but not in the same order, but that didn't bother us. There was ample time at the each place. We opted for Disney and Universal Studios and both were well covered.
I have used gotobus several times before and this was the first time with take tours. The trip was done by Joy tours. The only thing which could have been better is that at the end of the trip, I was dropped off at the Joy tours office instead of the airport and I went in to use the restroom but they said it was only for employees and it was quite rude.
Had a good trip. The tour guide ensured all the places were covered though Day 1 the city was closed.
He also guided us through Universal Studios which ensured we did all the rides. He also waited an extra 30 minutes as we wanted to catch the special Shamu show at Sea World.
Only drawback was he spoke 100 lines in Chinese and 10 words in English.
This trip was awesome. We could cover all the shows and rides without much waiting time on designated time. Hotel accommodation was good. If you want to visit all the rides and shows quickly then it would be the best.
This was my parents first trip in the United States. Initially they were very scared as they could not understand the accent in U.S. But on this tour they were very happy, as the guide was so helpful and they could understand everything. They were so happy after this trip that they went on another trip after coming back.
Overall it was a great experience for visiting parents. Guide Patrick was really great and helpful to them.
Transportation gets 3 stars: Bus got delayed for both pick up and drop (1+ hours delay in both). Because of this, San Francisco to Los Angeles took more than planned hours, ended up checking in straight to the hotel, than going to Hollywood area. Even though tour covered Hollywood Boulevard later on after a day, time was limited, since the tour was conducted before visiting Universal Studio, and was in rush.
Overall they loved the tour and came back home safe.
This tour I chose after the good experience of my tour with my wife to Yosemite-Las Vegas - Grand Canyon tour. We had a very nice tour for 4 days (13th Aug 2013 to 16th Aug 2013. Every part of itinerary was completed and a well organised. I strongly recommend. However, a suggestion that the city of Los Angeles could be covered better in this tour without sacrificing others. The time spent for seeing the University of California building could have been devoted to a much better point of tourist interest.
I sent my parents on this tour. The tour itinerary was great. The tour guide was helpful and took my parents and others to their choice of restaurant upon request. However, 2 downsides, they were put up in a restaurant without a refrigerator or microwave and no complimentary breakfast. I think the tour did mention complimentary breakfast. Also for the tip, although it's stated in the itinerary, their tour guide did not actually accompany them all the time except for Universal. So I think the 7$ per person per day is a little expensive and unreasonable for visiting parents.
Overall tour experience is OK but i felt I am having a Chinese tour rather than LA tour :)
No consideration for non-Chinese tourists for food stopping. Not even the American food was considered.
The tour Itinerary planned just to fill the time but not properly planned.
We were taken to Santa Monica beach at 8 AM in the morning ....REALLY :)
And Beverly Hills stop, they know that buses are not allowed to drive through that area but still taken there just to spend 1 - 2 hours - Waste of time.
This was my first time using this tour service for the 4 day trip to disneyland. Was a little surprised that besides an Indian couple that came on board at San Jose, my sister and I were the only non-Chinese on the bus. the tour was very well planned and the tour guides were great. Mr. David Cao was very approachable and his two assistance were pleasant to deal with. The only thing that caught me off buy surprise is no where during my reservation or itinerary does it say that you had to pay for the amusement parks, (i.e. disneyland, california adventure, universal studios in cash in advance to the tour guide). I think this is something that should have been indicated when making the reservation. Even though I was lucky enough to bring enough cash, I kept thinking what if I didnt have it. I was planning on charging everything on my credit card. The food choices that they select for you to eat were all chinese/japenese buffets at reasonable prices. They helped us get as much as we can in each amusment park but if your young and into the big scary rides, you will need to leave the group and go on your own since the population of the bus are senior citizens. Was a great experience. Last is that I was never told that we had to pay a mandatory tip of 7 dollars per day per person. that was a total of 56 dollars for my sister and I. I didnt mind paying that since our tour guides were great but I do feel that this should have been mentioned during the reservation and I think we should not have had to pay a full price for tip since for the amusement parks we left the tour group on our own and were only assisted/guided half a day so maybe I feel we should have only to pay half the tip amount for those days. Other than that the tour is well organized, very convienent. If your worried about the tour all being in chinese, he does relay everything in English after. Hotel was nice at the holiday inn but dont count on any complimentary breakfast. The only place to eat is a restaeraunt in the hotel unless you were smart like everyone on our bus and bought pastries. and snacks at the 99 cents store the night before we were dropped off at the recommendation of the tour guide.
Overall feeling: Very good. Accommodation: very good. Driver and Tour Guide: Excellent. Comments: nice tour and afford prices, I'm satisfied with this trip and would like to choose this company again in the future.
Overall feeling: Good- happy with the itinerary. Accommodation: The first night beautiful in Las Vegas, the hotel location was great but the hotel not so good. Excellent driver and good tour guide. Comments: Hard job for both, driver and tour guide due to long distances. The guide was very good with translations. Thank you.
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Great tour for the money and limited time we had. Guide was approachable and experienced. He guided us through theme parks and we got to experience more in the one day theme park visit. Hotel category was better than expected. Breakfast was disappointing. Dinner arrangements were handled well by guide to accommodate our food preference. Due to the size of our tour, we had an uncomfortable 12 seater van. I suggest we skip the solvang tour and add a full los angeles city tour instead to the itinerary.I would definitely recommend this tour. Had a great time. Good job GotoBus.
Love the tour. Really friendly personal guide. Knew everything about the parks and the traveling area. Helped us around the parks beating all the queues. Hotel stayed at was beautiful, clean, modern, stylish,brilliant. Breakfast was basic, definatly need to buy your own. Only down side was tips. The tour guide asked for tips in front of everyone without notice and if you didnt give him as much as he expected, he told you so in front of the whole bus. Big dissapointment on what was a perfect tour. Would reccomend
Thanks for your feedback. Just to clear up the confusion with tips, service fee's are made known in the exclusion section of this tour page. "Service Fees for tour guide/bus driver (min. $7.00/day per person)". We are glad to hear that you were otherwise happy with your tour.