Traveler Ratings of Private Tours In Toronto Canada by Tour Guide Barry M. (Guide #1184)


Jim Walker

United States
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Tour: #5226, Discover the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Oct 9/17

We were very fortunate to have found Barry on your website to take our group on a tour of Toronto. He was everything you would expect a tour guide to be: knowledgeable, humorous, patient and passionate about Toronto. We will be back again next year and told him to expect us to use him again to guide us through Toronto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to host the Tour of Toronto on foot and via your chartered coach. Your college basketball team was indeed fortunate to gain an inside look at the practice facility of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.The coaches and players were truly engaged with the operations and issues of Canada's largest city. I look forward to your visit next October.

Manny Bhuta

United States
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Tour: Toronto-Niagara Falls by Private Vehicle ( March through October ), Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jun 22/17

Barry is very knowlagable and accommodating guide. We enjoyed our trip to Niagara Falls.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a remarkable trip. Your informed group was challenged by thunderstorms, large crowds and traffic conjestion ---- and came-out on top! You enjoyed a splendid lunch and then completed the trifecta --- a helicopter survey of the natural spectacle from the air, eye-level vistas of the mighty Niagara River, and the Hornblower River Cruise charging into the face of the thundering tumbling wall of foaming water. All these experiences were accomplished in under 4-hours. Bravo!!!

Debbie Stockstill

United States
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Tour: #5226, Toronto Your Way by Private Bus with Step on Guide, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Feb 3/17

Barry was a delightful guide for our group of 35 people, most of whom were visiting Toronto for the first time. He made the arrangements for our bus and driver which was especially helpful. Our day long tour was perfect with the right amount of walking and visiting venues and observing the city from the bus. He was flexible to accommodate our special requests and gave good advice when questioned about ordering tickets in advance. His overall knowledge of Toronto's history was very educational.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a "packed program"! It was a terrific day -- 13 hours of focused activities. We were able to capitalize on your convention themes with a special guided tour of historic Allan Gardens and then a visit to a boutique floral shop profiling arrangements and displays. We were pleased to provide bus service to your restaurant venues for all 3-meals. We even had time to enjoy a CN Tower experience on a brisk winter day!, This was a fine customized wrap-up to your 5-days in Toronto. Barry

Vicki Moss

United States
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Tour: #5226, Discover the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 14/16

Very knowledgeable Loves his city and hockey Very energetic

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Perfect candidates for a private walking tour. We were surprised by a "movie shoot" on University Avenue. An unexpected visit to a craft beer festival. The excitement and pulse of 45 000 baseball fans descending on the Rogers Centre. Enjoyable street interactions with visitors from Quebec and a " hockey mad" family parading the colours of the Maple Leafs.Experienced the subway and tram network to return to your hotel. Glad you enjoyed the unique approach to explore Toronto.

Tom Paris

United States
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Tour: #5226, Discover the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Dec 29/15

Few know Toronto better than Barry. Flexible with bad weather as well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was indeed a pleasure to impart both information and some entertainment to your group of 9-family members in the face of very challenging winter conditions.

Robyn Rishe

United States
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Tour: #5226, Walk the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 30/15

Barry was an ideal guide when I had a flight layover in Toronto. I was a little concerned because he didn't pick me up at the airport, but the express train from the airport to Union Station made it very easy to connect with him. For the next few hours he walked me all over downtown Toronto, with stories of its recent and older history. He even included underground Toronto, which I found very interesting. Excellent if, like me, you have a layover, or as introduction to a longer stay.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are both an energetic traveller and an enthusiastic observer of the urban scene. Your comments and questions clearly reflect your desire to step beyond the standard practice of utilizing "mass sightseeing" on large tour coaches. The new Pearson / Union Station rail service saves hours of time and cost --- and the connection is user friendly and easy to complete. Thanks for a grand day of city exploration with "your feet on the street".

Rachel Smith

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile from Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sep 18/15

Thank you so much for a wonderful private tour to Niagara. Barry picked us up from our hotel in Toronto and drove us to Niagara. It was a brilliant day. Barry is so knowledgeable and we learnt and saw so much more than we would have done by ourselves. Barry tailored the tour to our interests and his insights into Niagara and the wider region were fascinating. I would thoroughly recommend taking a private tour to Niagara with Barry.

Anne Russell F.

United States
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Tour: #5226, Walk the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 12/15

Because of the rain, we chose not to get out of the car often; instead, as we drove around the city, Barry would give us the history and highlights of each area and building that we saw. His knowledge of Toronto is vast, so we felt that we really learned a great deal about Toronto - we look forward to returning and spending more time there. We both would highly recommend Barry for any visitor to Toronto. His ease of conversation and his vast knowledge made for a perfect introduction to your beautiful city

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I was pleased to meet your Great Lakes tour boat and then provide a private / personalized Tour of Toronto during your layover time before driving you 25 km to Toronto Pearson Airport for your flight home to Florida.This was a brilliant way to spend time productively without dragging heavy luggage and shuffling around for hours in an airline terminal. It was a good way to cap your 12 days on the lakes -- an opportunity to visit and experience Canada's largest metropolis.

Sue V.

United States
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Tour: #4259, Toronto by Tram: A Choice of Options, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 22/15

The guide, while low keyed, was very knowledgeable about the history of downtown Toronto. Enjoyed riding the streetcars, especially the newer ones, & the subway. Loved the city center where the city office buildings are & the big colorful TORONTO sign was still up from the Pan Am Games. Also, loved the architecture of the original city building. Reminds me of the one in Cincinnati.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You have taken full advantage and reaped the rewards of this unique style of exploration --- using trams to access a wide body of attractions. The experience worked beautifully!

Marc Mackey

United States
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Tour: Discover Toronto Island by Bicycle (May through September), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Aug 11/14

Barry, was excellent! He has a great wealth of information about Toronto. The tour is great because you go at a slow pace and there is plenty of time to ask questions. Barry planned this tour well and it is well worth the investment in time and money to take the tour. My family and I enjoyed Toronto and also enjoyed meeting a spending time with Barry.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You and your family certainly took full advantage of this unique experience -- an island oasis in Lake Ontario sitting on the door-step of Toronto, Canada's largest city. You did it all: access by ferry boat, bicycle rental to explore the entire island, chats with island residents, travel on trails and paths free of all vehicular traffic, snacks on picnic benches with the Toronto skyline for a backdrop, visiting beaches on a warm day with moderating sea breezes, and more. You made a wonderful choice.

Kelly Hancock

United States
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Tour: #5226, Walk the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 18/14

We enjoyed our walking tour of Toronto with Barry. It was very clear to us how knowledgeable and proud he is of his hometown of Toronto. I would recommend taking this walking tour with Barry.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was wonderful to meet such interesting and engaged first time visitors to Toronto. Your comments and questions attest to your interest in "the workings" of Canada's primate city.

Lory Heron

United States
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Tour: #4259, Toronto by Tram: A Choice of Options, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Jun 28/14

Although we found Barry quite knowledgeable about Toronto history, we are not convinced we saw the best spots in the city for example city hall with the diorama. Too much time there. Some of his comments were condescending, i.e. Taxi drivers riding camels yesterday. He was enthusiastic about the politics but his comments were very slanted based on his opinions. We were hoping for a more neutral experience with more of the best of Toronto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback and I will take these comments into consideration for my future tours. It should be noted that the travellers did not make it easy in terms of the coverage area by being more than an hour late for the start of the program.

Wayne Goodwin

Australia
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jun 26/14

We thoroughly enjoyed our Day Trip to Niagara Falls with Barry. He tailored the trip to suit our limited time schedule & returned us in good time for our ongoing trip to New York. We felt we were being taken on tour by a friend rather than a Guide and benefited from Barry's local knowledge & interesting information.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am delighted to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed our program and the time restrictions were all solved to your satisfaction.

Norman Johnston

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sep 13/13

Barry was a friendly and relaxed guide, who understood our needs and tailored a very enjoyable day accordingly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is always the little things that count and make the Niagara Falls experience most memorable. Private and personal considerations are at the top of the agenda --- physical challenges, time restrictions, appropriate sites and attractions, hotel pick-up and drop-off, pre-trip consultation, ... Small factors really count big-time! Thank you for your endorsement!

Christi R.

United States
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Aug 27/13

Barry was very knowledgable and patient. We got to do everything we wanted to do. Awesome tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Christi and Brian. You were so well informed and interested in life in Canada --- and not only Niagara Falls. The spectacle that is Niagara Falls and our conversations combined for a very engaging trip! I likely learned more from you than any other guests!

Peter S.

Belgium
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Tour: #4259, Toronto by Tram: A Choice of Options, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 24/13

Toronto does not offer the same highlights as other cities we've visited, but Barry managed well to give us an impression what the city has to offer. The tour is well balanced between walking, subway and tram. St Laurence Market was a real charm.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed and appreciated my unique approach to a city tour. Our "feet-on-the-street" combined with the use of "public transit" to access various venues obviously surpasses the impact of the "quick drive-by" offered by large volume coach operators.

Peter S.

Belgium
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Aug 22/13

Barry knows the area aroung Toronto like the back of his hand, and took us to all the best viewing area's of the Niagara Falls with his minivan. The visit to charming Niagara village was a nice bonus, and we can highly recommend this addition to the trip. You can tell Barry has been teaching his whole life!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your family, including your wife and three daughters, made for an energetic and enthusiastic day in Niagara Falls. It was a win-win-win day for everyone! You were keen to gain an appreciation of the unique character and features of the overall Niagara region. You took full advantage of the attractions and all the best that Niagara has to offer. You all "came with your game faces on" and determined to enjoy the magic of a world class location!

Simon Bird

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jul 23/13

We had an excellent day, visiting those places in the Niagara area which we wanted to see. We were also given ideas of places to visit. Barry was an excellent guide who we would recommend others to, especially those in the over 50 category.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! You are intelligent and inquisitive travellers that visited an unusually wide variety of sites and activities. Private tours specialize in providing all these options that coach travel is unable to accommodate.

Simon Bird

United Kingdom
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Tour: #5226, Walk the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Jul 20/13

Very enjoyable and useful as we would not have found half the places Barry took us to in the short time we are in Toronto. He was knowledgable and easy to get on with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I very much appreciate your remarks. The three of us made for an easy and an appropriate exchange of relevant information. What a difference to an aimless bus tour with a random list of buildings and sites! More and more travellers are discovering the advantages of tours with "your feet on the street" accompanied by an informed personal guide.

Alice Jessiman

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jun 10/13

We had an excellent day on our Niagara Falls tour. Barry was extremely friendly and helpful; also giving an insight to the history of the area and lots of interesting local facts. A thoroughly enjoyable day - would highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your very encouraging comments. The whole experience really hinges on the enthusiasm and interests of our visitors --- and your day certainly encountered some challenging weather that did not dampen your energy in any way. Your family group of 4 people were wonderful international visitors!

Rebecca H.

United States
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Tour: Toronto: A Combination of Walking and Public Transit, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jun 5/13

My family and I did a combination tour of Toronto by Tram and Walk the Heart of Downtown tours with Barry. The two tours combined gave us a chance to ride trams, buses and subways as well as to walk and see much of Toronto in only 6 hours. As an educator for many years, Barry displayed a profound knowledge of both Toronto and Canada. He was very engaging and informative.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to accompany your family on this combined pair of unique walking and transit trips. It was possible to visit the "must see" features as well as the interesting and lesser known qualities and lifestyles of the more out-of-the-way locales.

Karen Korman

United States
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Tour: Discover Toronto Island by Bicycle (May through September), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: May 30/13

Barry did a very good job of describing the surrounding Toronto area on our bike tour. He was pleasant and informative. Would definitely recommend him for this type of trip or any other around Toronto

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am pleased that you and your husband easily pedalled your way to an informative and enjoyable day. The perfect weather and the modest crowds provided a perfect combination to experience most of what Toronto Island has to offer; the beaches, the village of cottage homes, the extensive bicycle roads and paths free of cars, sites of historic merit, the spectacular views of the Toronto skyline, the crossings of the Toronto Harbour by ferry boat, the greenery and flowers of the parkland setting, and more.

Briony Brown

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sep 30/12

We booked a tour with Barry to take us to the falls for the day. He was fantastic, it was exactly what we where looking for, he was informative friendly and very good company for us for the day. We could not have wished for a better guide for the day. Many thanks, Briony

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am delighted to have been of assistance in making your day in Niagara Falls both so memorable and enjoyable. There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment when the program can be shaped to meet your expectations while also dealing with time restraints imposed by your travel schedules.

Susan Morvell

Australia
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sep 15/12

Fantastic day. Barry was very knowledgable and very easy to get on with. Thoroughly recommend this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am pleased to hear that your day in Niagara Falls was both enjoyable and memorable given your very busy and demanding travel schedule across such an extensive area of Canada and the United States. You seemed to accomplish 2-days of site visits in just 1-day! Count-up the 8 separate stops: a winery, the mouth of the Niagara River, the charming town of Niagara-on-the Lake, the Floral Clock, the Hydro installations, a helicopter overview, Maid of the Mist boat ride, Table Rock terrace... Well done!

James M Jones

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Aug 31/12

We had arranged a tour by car of the Niagara Falls area because we reckoned that having someone local to show us around would be the stress and hassle free option. We definitely covered more ground with Barry as our guide, on our own we would have missed out on visiting a winery, the beautiful town of Niagara on the Lake, as well as the drive from there to the Falls themselves. I can't praise Barry enough and he should be first choice for anyone wanting a local guide to show them around.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: There are 3 perspectives on The Falls that provide visitors with a complete view of this natural spectacle. First, the panoramic overview look from a helicopter. Next, the exciting ride into the face of the thundering waters on the Maid of the Mist boat. Finally, the awe inspiring eye level position of standing directly on the brink of The Falls as the charging waters cascade from the precipice into the gorge. You did it all --- and much more --- and have wonderful photographs to preserve your memories.

Wendy Soares

Bermuda
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Aug 15/12

I would recommend highly the trip to Niagara Falls and our guide for the day, Barry. Barry arrived promptly at our hotel at 9am and returned us at 6pm. We managed to visit a vineyard, Niagara on the Lake, take a helicopter ride over the falls and a maid of the mist boat ride. Barry took the time to stop and let us walk around various areas near the falls to enjoy each unique view. Very knowledgeable and helpful, our many questions were answered. A splendid day out which exceeded expectations. Bravo!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: There are three key factors that are involved for a successful trip. All three considerations were in play for your excursion. First, your guide has to deliver a quality program. You are in agreement with my efforts. Secondly, pleasant weather conditions always enhance the day. Niagara usually scores highly in this category - and was perfect for your day. Thirdly, guests must wear their "game face". You brought enthusiasm, plenty of energy, an inquisitive outlook and an engaging personality. BRAVO for you!

Russell Smith

Australia
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Jun 5/12

Barry was extremely knowledgeable about all things related to our days trip and many things extraneous to the trip as well. He is a flexible guide and basically makes various suggestions and then lets you decide what your preferences are. He will spend as much or as little time with you as you desire. All in all, a great day was provided.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your encouraging comments. Your interest in a wide range of topics made our conversations interesting and relevant. That is one of the key factors in making these small private tours so popular and rewarding with our guests.

Kelly Stewart

United States
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: May 26/12

Barry was great. He was very flexible with doing what we wanted. We enjoyed our day with him very much and would not hesitate to recommend him to other tour takers.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. This type of feedback is reassuring to both the company and to me as your personal choice to be the local guide. It was a pleasure to be of service on your first visit to Canada.

Janet Boddington

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: May 20/12

Thoroughly knowledgeable guide who fulfilled our travel brief totally. Personable, punctual, thoughtful and proudly Canadian. His in depth narrative on Canada's history, geography, geology, and economy was second to none Thank you for a wonderful day Barry. We will never forget our experience of Niagara Falls from every perspective. Janet And Ken Boddington UK

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind remarks. I was delighted to show and discuss such a wide area of topics sparked by your own personal interests and involvement. You certainly took full advantage of the opportunities available on private tours that are obviously not possible with coach travel and the large groups of passengers.

Anna Young

Canada
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Tour: Toronto, Niagara Falls and Ottawa, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Apr 22/12

We are very happy with the school trip that Barry guided for us this April 2012. We wholeheartedly recommend Barry to anyone considering his tours. We have ZERO complaints, completely positive and will be approaching Barry in the future for our school "Toronto/Niagara/Ottawa" trips. The bus driver called MPO's office to say how professional Barry was as well and that he would do the trip all over again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: This six day trip in Southern Ontario really owes its success to three major factors: 1) The detailed and innovative program that was organized through the Education Travel Services of MPO. 2) The dedicated work and leadership of the 4 faculty members that spear headed this major project. 3) The interest and co-operation displayed by the 34 eager and lively student participants. It was a pleasure for me to assist along the way to compliment the efforts of all those involved from Calgary, Alberta.

Suzanne Allen

Australia
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Mar 24/12

I recently toured with Barry to Niagara Falls. Barry is the ultimate professional, considered, highly articulate and knowledgeable on local history. He's clearly interested in people of all kinds of backgrounds and is culturally sensitive. I had a fabulous tour which Barry modified to suit my time constraints. Barry provided just the right balance of "tour time" with all kinds of interesting facts & figures, and private time. I wholeheartedly recommend Barry to anyone considering his tours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am pleased that you have so positively and vividly recalled your trip with me to Niagara Falls. We were able to overcome your time restraints and hectic schedule while you were not deterred by some marginal weather conditions --- and the bottom line was a very enjoyable day with a host of memorable experiences. Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm culminating in this very special day for you.

Nicola Benstead

United Kingdom
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Feb 13/12

Apologies for the delay on this review. Barry was very responsive before our visit to Toronto, willing to be flexible in terms of start/end time and what we wanted to do/avoid. On time on the day, followed our agreed tour. Barry is very knowledgable and was easy to talk to. We went to Niagara on the lake and then on to Niagara Falls. Barry arranged a discount for us for the helicopter ride, which was great - we also stayed later to see the falls illuminated. A fab personalised tour with a lovely guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to be able to respond to your various personal requests. After all, that is our mission statement: "your tour...your way".

Carol Lucke

United States
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Oct 9/11

Barry is very Knowledgeable, easy to chat with and flexible. We had a wonderful time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The glorious weather and your interests and energy made for a very productive and memorable day. Thanks for the opportunity to arrange a day to meet your requests.

Vaidyanathan Shankar

India
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Tour: #5226, Walk the Heart of Downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 8/11

Barry is a remarkably patient and understanding guide. No doubt his teaching career has helped him to empathise with visitors of all nationalities better. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a delight to spend two days with your family. Your interest and energy was very evident and made it possible to accommodate so many points of interest at more than a superficial level!

Vaidyanathan Shankar

India
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Tour: Niagara Falls by Automobile, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Sep 7/11

Barry is a remarkably patient and understanding guide. No doubt his teaching career has helped him to empathise with visitors of all nationalities better. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to provide access to so many of the major attractions at Niagara Falls in your limited window of time. I am also pleased that we were able to explore other sites of specific interest to your group.