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Friends of Dave Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Friends of Dave Tours is a high quality tour service that provides exciting day tours in Warnemünde to visiting cruise guests. We are very proud of our consistent high ratings and we consider our tour customers our friends. There is nothing better than sharing people's vacations and creating long lasting memories together.
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Dave's deep roots and experience in the travel industry are evident in the organization of his day tour of Warnemunde, Wismar & Schwerin Castle. US ex-pat Dave is an engaging extrovert with a strong affection and detailed knowledge of the area. He's a skilled storyteller, drawing his guests in with humor and heartfelt stories moving between contemporary life & regional history. The van is clean and in great shape, the driver engaged, head-sets in good order and the day well paced with a lot of content and activity. Great lunch at the Wismar Brauhaus, varied choices offered. Overall, an exceptional experience.

Thank norah50
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We highly enjoyed our tour with Dave. He definitely lived up to his reputation. He was interesting and entertaining.

Thank MBNO
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Dave's tour

We did the tour with Dave that included Warnemunde, Wismar and Schwerin. Dave is a knowledgeable historian who shared a huge amount of detail with us during the day. The bus was comfortable, the lunch and afternoon tea stops were really good and the places we visited were full of history and interest.

On the whole it was an interesting day but we did struggle a bit with the amount of information Dave gave us. We know others loved this but for us we got a bit overwhelmed with non stop talking. Basically Dave didn't stop talking from the moment he met us to when we said goodbye. For us it was exacerbated by the fact that on the way home in the bus we were regaled by stories about his personal life, several partners and his dogs. At the end of a tiring day we found this unnecessary when we would have appreciated some peace and quiet. We note a previous reviewer who suggests that if you don't like the sound of Dave then don't book. We agree but it's a pity that Dave can't attempt to make his style a little more inclusive.

4  Thank Credo505
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FoDTours, Owner at Friends of Dave Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2014

Sorry you didn't like your day due to the sound of my voice or the amount of information given.

I use personalized headsets so that you can adjust the volume, or indeed, turn me off. There is no need to listen if you don't want to or if you choose to sleep on the bus. While walking through the towns, I tell stories and histories and answer the myriad questions. That's the tour. Again, it is possible to turn off the headsets if commentary is not desired.

As for personal stories, the name of the company is Friends of Dave Tours and guests ask personal questions like "Why did you come to Germany?" "Are you married?" "What is life in Germany like?" etc. As my website and reviews suggest, I will always extend myself and treat people as friends, which means that I will answer questions honestly and in an open fashion. I only have 1 partner and 2 dogs and was married once. I will never deny their existence if asked. Why would I? There are impersonal, cookie cutter tours out there that simply say... "This is the Rathaus, this is the oldest house in town" etc. without context and whose guides make no attempt to bond with their guests... but mine is not one of those.

Even so, sorry you didn't enjoy your day.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Definitely count us among the Friends of Dave. Simply put,Dave is the best tour guide we have ever had. He took us through Warnemunde out to Wisar and Schwerin but it was nothing like the tours we would have gotten from our ship. He not only knows the history and geography of the area but made everything really interesting/ A great tour and we were sorry when it ended. We would recommend Dave to anyone. IN fact we did just that when we got back to our ship. We also are looking forward to a tour with Dave on the AMAriver cruises. r in

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Eight of us spent the day with Andreas exploring Warnemunde and Rostock. Instead of taking the cruise ship tour and spending 6 hours on the bus to and from Berlin, we had an amazing day seeing how the people in these two towns live, eating their food, and experiencing how life was in East Germany through Andreas. This is by far the best option in this port, and don't miss it! You won't be disappointed. Many thanks to Andreas!

Thank Carolyn375
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