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Has anyone been on a tour with Rudy from Tour by Van recently? We booked our tour with him but won't be in Acapulco until October. We were wondering what your experience was like.....so we know what to expect. Plus, we're just looking forward to our visit! :)

 

I'm specifically asking about Tour by Van, not any other tour companies or people in Acapulco. We're already booked with him and are not looking to switch.

 

Thanks!

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Please post the e-mail contacts for the different Tours and "Must see places" in Acapulco.

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Sunny AZ Girl, I'll definitely post a review about him when I return. I take a lot of pictures too, so I'll try to get some pics that will go along with my review.

Thank you. There is a good chance we will be switching our Sapphire cruise scheduled for April to the Radiance in February if I can get the time off of work. If so, we will be visiting Acapulco at that time, too. I will be contacting him early if that works out. I am sure others have toured with him on this board. Anxious to hear reviews.:)

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Coral Princess - Ft Lauderdale > Acapulco 2009:

REF :- 2 nights stay in Acapulco post cruise:

At first i was apprehensive about booking an independant tour on line ,having first read some reviews and contacting different operaters in Acapulco we ( wife + myself from the UK, + another couple from the USA also CC members ) decided to book a post cruise tour of Acapulco with a company by the name of TOUR BY VAN. I contacted the company by email and corresponded with a gentleman by the name of Rudy Fregoso. He always replied swifty to my questions + concerns and even sent me a copy of his tour operatives licence + insurance. we had transfers from the terminal to our hotel built in our holiday cost with Princess Cruises which we decided not to take as having corresponded with Rudy before leaving the UK we decided to go straight on a tour after disembarking ( not to waste time as we were only in Acapulco for 2 nights ). Rudy assured us that our luggage woul be perfectly safe and that it would be supervised at all times WHICH IT WAS! If we wanted he was prepared to take us to our hotel. True to his word Rudy was waiting for us to disembark at the port, he speaks excellent english and what he doesn`t know about Acapulco probably isn`t worth knowing about. During the tour we stopped for lunch at a typical mexican restaurant ( El Zoritto great food which Rudy recommended ) At no time did he pressure us into anything not even the choice of the restaurant, as he says you decide it`s your tour he will give suggestions if you require but he won`t take you to his friends shop etc ( you know what i mean ! ) The transport he provided was very clean with air con and he also provides compimentary drinks.He took us on a wonderful tour of Acapulco our particular tour lasted approx 7hrs with no hidden or extra costs and you PAY FOR AT THE END OF THE TOUR ,he took us to places we hadn`t discussed in our itinary which we found to be a pleasant and interesting suprise. If you wanted Rudy will tailor make a tour to your requirements.Rudy is very proud of his country and his city Acapulco and is a very informative guide,curtious and can`t do enough for you.I would highly recommend his services and i would definately use his services again no question. In my opinion you cannot go wrong!!!

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goldfi8h, thanks for the review. It's always reassuring to hear positive reviews of a company you've booked. I'm glad you had a nice time!

 

lovepokercruising, thanks for the info.

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gumballz, It`s a pleasure.

 

gargoyle 999, Thanks very much.

 

Have a great vacation, regards goldfi8h.

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Has anybody else besides goldfi8h been on a tour with this company?

 

I've seen many posts by goldfi8h speaking very highly of Rudy, but I don't think I've actually found anybody else who has already been on a tour with them.

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MaiTaiMary, there have been other people posting about using Tour By Van, but some of those threads have been deleted for various reasons. Hopefully they'll see this thread and come back and post their experiences again. :)

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We have a tour with Rudy from Tour by Van in Acapulco setup for next month. Has anyone had recent experience with Rudy's company? He has been very accomodating with arranging our group. Thanks!

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Hi CruiserDoc,

 

I posted something similar recently as well. We have a tour set up with Rudy next month and we're really looking forward to it. When is your tour? Ours isn't until the very end of the month, so you'll probably be back with a review before I am. :)

 

I can tell you that my experience via emails has been very nice. He's quick to answer my questions and seems to be very friendly!

 

Have fun and let us know how it went!

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We are excited about our upcoming tour with Rudy and Tour by Van! He has been very accomodating for our group. I look forward to our visit to Acapulco, and you can be sure, I will check in after our tour for comments!! Those of us who value Cruise Critic as a resource for our travel needs depend upon accurate, honest & objective, first-hand experience.

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We, too, have a tour booked with Rudy in early December and in our experience, the way to judge a good tour is by the way the tour operator communicates with you prior to the tour. Every time we have booked a private tour like this online and have had the very positive and friendly, accomodating correspondence with the operator such as we've had with Rudy, the tour has turned out to be wonderful.

 

I'm not worried, and I agree with you, op - Cruiserdoc. Nothing wrong with doing your homework, booking, and then checking with others who have done the tour. Sometimes you have to get something booked or you're out of luck. I'll be watching this thread to see reviews. Like you all have said, it's go and then pay, so what's to lose!?

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Cruisingholly, thanks so much for your review on Rudy and Tour by Van! Really appreciated. Can you tell us more about the ruins? We are using him in Dec. and had thought to do a city tour, but maybe this would be more interesting.

 

Thanks again. Glad to hear it went well for you.

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Cruisingholly, thanks for telling us about your experience with Tour by Van! We'll be touring with them next week. We won't be heading out to Tehuacalco, but I'm sure what we have planned will be just as nice. :)

 

Was it hot & humid when you were there?

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No need to worry you`ll have a wonderful tour with this company. I agree with the comments made by D&N LUV 2 TRAVEL. Enjoy your vacation have a great time.

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I'll be touring with Rudy from Tour by Van next week! I know there are quite a few people wondering different things about him and/or his tours. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to find out while I'm there? I'm not going to grill the man, but I'll be happy to observe things (within reason, of course).

 

Gumballz,

 

Tell Rudy that "Wildrob" will see him in 5 weeks!! Cant wait!! Woohoo!!!

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Our group of 4 toured with Rudy a couple weeks ago (cliff divers, city tour, Shotover Jet boat) and were very pleased. He was extremely flexible, informative, and made sure everyone had a good time. I would definitely recommend him.

 

Kevin

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Wildrob, consider it done! I've made a note & will pass it on!

 

Kevin, good to hear! Glad you had a good time!

 

:)

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I'll be touring with Rudy from Tour by Van next week! I know there are quite a few people wondering different things about him and/or his tours. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to find out while I'm there? I'm not going to grill the man, but I'll be happy to observe things (within reason, of course).

 

Just have a wonderful time in Acapulco and tell Rudy we're looking forward to see him in March! I'll look for your "review" when you get back. Have a wonderful cruise!!

 

Karen

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Unhappily I had to cancel my February cruise which would have taken me to Acapulco where I would have seen Rudy. I was heading up a large group tour there and had to hand it over to someone else. However, I must say Rudy was so gracious and accommodating to me & our group. I am looking forward to meeting him in April of 2011 when I will planning on finally making it to Acapulco!:cool:

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We just returned from the Millennium and 8 of us took Rudy's tour (*********.com). We had a wonderful day with Rudy. His van is very nice and air conditioned. His English is excellent and he went out of his way to make our day in Acapulco special. I would highly recommend him.

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We have just returned from our 16 day cruise on celebrity to panama. We had a group of 6 people and wanted to try and arrange our own tours. We did not like the idea of being on a bus with several people trying to see the city. I will not go into all the sites we were able to visit, but there was no sitting and waiting for people. We quickly went to many locations ,stops for pictures, and a great insite to the city. We did not just drive by the big hotels, we saw the back streets and how so many of the people live. It was very impacting. We were with miguel, who is a history teacher in high school. He told us so much about this area and took very good are of us. I would reccomend this tour group to everyone. They will provide a comfortable ,very safe, fun tour, and you will want to come back again.

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Like most of you know, we toured with Rudy from Tour by Van last week while we were in Acapulco. Let me just start by saying we had a wonderful time! Rudy was right where he told us he would be with a sign that had our names on it. We said our 'hellos' and we were off to his van. The van was a large Ford Econoline type van. It seemed to be newer, however I don't know what year. The seats were in excellent condition, the interior was spotless, the A/C was cold and it was a smooth quiet ride. Because so many people on CC have questions about Tour by Van, I did a little extra looking around so I could let CC people know a little more than I usually write about. I watched his speed while we drove around and he kept it at a very reasonable pace. I didn't notice speed limit signs, so I cannot say whether or not he was within the speed limit, but based on motion, we were within a safe limit. The van had a full tank of gas and the temperature gauge was in a low position. He used his signals and respected all street signs & lights. At no time did he put us at any risk of being in danger.

 

Rudy went over the places we had asked to see and inquired as to if there was anyplace else we'd like to visit on our tour. As we drove around the city and from place to place, Rudy told us different things about the history of the city and pointed out historical landmarks. We stopped at a few and drove by a few. The tour was exactly what we had asked for. He didn't try to get us to go shopping, stop at anyone's house, eat at anyone's restaurant, etc. He had a full cooler of cold soft drinks & water (we didn't want beer, but the offer was there) and he asked a few times if we wanted to stop for a bathroom break.

 

Rudy himself was very pleasant. He speaks English very well and his accent is fun to listen to. It's not so strong that we had trouble understanding him, though. He was extremely respectful towards literally everyone he saw. He opened doors for us and took photos of us with our cameras. The photos turned out great! We felt safe the whole time we were with him and would not hesitate to book with his company again. I rate his tour a 10 out of 10. I have nothing bad or negative to say about it at all........except maybe that we wish we could have stayed a few days instead of only a few hours! :)

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

 

Here's a pic of the van we toured in. It was clean and in good condition.

 

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Rudy talking & pointing things out as we drive to our next destination.

 

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Rudy at Los Flamingos, you can see that he wears his license around his neck (and I looked.....it's not expired).

 

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For those of you interested, I just posted a review about Tour by Van on another thread. I couldn't post it on this one, since I started the thread. I needed to follow CC rules in order to keep it on the boards. :)

 

The thread the review is under is titled: 'Tour by Van tours of Acapulco'

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GUMBALLZ.....Thank you so much for posting your review of the tour with Rudy in Acapulco. I was already feeling really good about booking with him for our trip there in March, but after reading your excellent review, I am even more excited. This is exactly what we wanted and I know we'll have a great time on our tour of ACA w/Rudy. Thanks again for taking the time to post back about it, and I hope all of your cruise was excellent!

 

Karen

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You're very welcome. :)

 

Wildrob & Karen, I passed on your messages to Rudy.....and gave him little post it notes with the messages as well. He was happy to 'hear' from you both and said he's looking forward to meeting you.

 

Sunny AZ, I'm sad for you that you have to wait so long......but, at least you have something else to look forward to. A great tour in a city full of history!

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You're very welcome. :)

 

Wildrob & Karen, I passed on your messages to Rudy.....and gave him little post it notes with the messages as well. He was happy to 'hear' from you both and said he's looking forward to meeting you.

 

Sunny AZ, I'm sad for you that you have to wait so long......but, at least you have something else to look forward to. A great tour in a city full of history!

 

gumballz,

 

Thank you for relaying the messages for us, and for the report back about your tour. Now I am so pumped for our trip. Unlike Sunny AZ, i will see him in 3 weeks!! I will also post my experience here when our group of 18 gets back.

 

Robert

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gumballz,

 

Thank you for relaying the messages for us, and for the report back about your tour. Now I am so pumped for our trip. Unlike Sunny AZ, i will see him in 3 weeks!! I will also post my experience here when our group of 18 gets back.

 

Robert

OK - quit rubbing it in!!!! I was scheduled to go on his tour in February, but had to switch cruises.:( So it's 2011 for us now!

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Like most of you know, we toured with Rudy from Tour by Van last week while we were in Acapulco.

 

Thanks for the review! We'll be using them 3 weeks from Monday! :) Though we won't be with Rudy, it will be one of his partners. I'll be posting how that goes although I expect we'll have a great time.

 

I have a couple questions. About how long did the tour last and was there an extra charge for the drinks?

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You're very welcome. :)

 

!

 

 

Much Thanks Gumballz, great details of your time with Rudy. I will be with him in February with the big group that Sunny AZ Girl (Ginny) was doing. Sorry Ginny that you are not able to come with us!

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Though we won't be with Rudy, it will be one of his partners.

 

Gargoyle999, It looks like we are on the same cruise. Rudy will be with us as well as another one of his guys as we will have 18 people.

 

Robert

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OK - quit rubbing it in!!!! I was scheduled to go on his tour in February, but had to switch cruises.:( So it's 2011 for us now!

 

Sorry Ginny, didnt mean to rub it in:(. Although I am very happy its me going soon!:D Hey, 2011 is just around the corner!! :eek:

 

Robert

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Gargoyle999, It looks like we are on the same cruise. Rudy will be with us as well as another one of his guys as we will have 18 people.

 

18 more days! :D

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Thank you everyone for posting what you have experienced with Rudy. I am in the process of booking a trip with him on 6 January. I am so excited and can't wait. Unfortunetely Rudy is booked with another tour so we will be getting another one of his drivers, but I am sure we will have the same success as the rest of you. 58 days and counting. :D

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For anyone with concerns, I just arranged a tour of Acapulco for 6 of us last week while we were in port and Rudy was absolutely as good as promised. If only there were a "Rudy" in all ports. He was on time, his van was in great condition and I feel like I learned more from him than I would have seen in 4 or 5 tours with someone else. He provided drinks, and truly was open to adapting the tour to what we wanted to see and do. I couldn't have been happier. His in person communication is every bit as good and thorough as his emails - I can say I wholeheartedly recommend him.

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