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“NYC to Washington D.C.”

Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York
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US$320.00*
and up
2-Day Niagara Falls Tour from New York by Bus
Ranked #209 of 651 Tours in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: America's premier Mini Tour Company, founded in 1999 Empire Vacations created touring with a new and unique perspective. Offering mini tours for travelers who want to see the famous and interesting sights in the USA without the commitment of a lengthy bus tour. Enjoy visiting one or two different destinations without having to pack your bag or check out of your hotel. We offer you Day trips or multi day trips never longer than 5 days with guaranteed departures year round. Our tours are guided by live guides in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German.Our tours depart from New York, Los Angeles or Las Vegas on a daily or weekly basis.
Reviewed 28 September 2013

My mom and I saw the Empire Vacations brochure at a local NYC attraction and thought it would be an amazing option. Since we weren't sure when we'd return to that part of the country, we leapt at the opportunity to take a day tour to Washington D.C. The brochure stated that the tour would end during the early evening hours. Only after we boarded he bus were we informed we may not arrive in NYC until 9PM or later. While we understand that our bus drivers and tour guides cannot control traffic, this information should be clearly stated in the brochure.

Also, our tour guide made the tour less enjoyable by calling certain sites disappointing and insinuating that we, as tourists, had no concern for 'regular' people as if we are not regular people ourselves. He was also misinformed when it came to some of the details of several sites, including the Lincoln Memorial. He made inappropriate jokes, which no one laughed at, and spoke down to people on a few occasions.

On a good note, we did enjoy all the sites. We would have even opted for more time at the memorials rather than going to Madame Tussaud's since there is a wax museum in New York City.

Clear information pertaining to the timing of the tour and a well trained tour guide would have made the overall experience much better, and would have resulted in a higher rating.

We cannot recommend this tour as it is right now.

Best of luck in improving your services!

Thank C M
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EmpireVacationsInc, Owner at Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2015

Thanks for the feedback and on that particular day traffic was heavier than normal making for a longer than normal day. We take to heart your comments about the guide and will make sure that your concerns are passed along so that we can do better.

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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Really good experience, tour guides were excellent and plenty to see and do. We probably had the worse rain you could get on a day out, but fortunately it was dry whilst in Philadelphia and held off long enough for the tour of the Amish farm.

The tour guide walked us around parts of the old city and talked about the history and made it very interesting. Michael, the tour guide is probably one of the best guides I have ever listened to. It was a very long day and Michael had plenty of stories to keep us occupied on the coach while traveling.

Trip leaves at 7am, I recommend that you arrive at the stop early and get breakfast nearby to take on the coach with you. It's a couple of hours before you can purchase anything to eat.

I would definitely recommend this day out.

Thank Jo S
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EmpireVacationsInc, Owner at Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2015

Thanks for the feedback as it helps to know what we did well. Cheers!

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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Philadelphia & Amish Country Day trip from NYC run by EMPIRE VACATIONS.
Meet at 125 Park Ave 7am. no board to suggest there was a tour going finally at 7.30 woman with clipboard started taking names. Tour guide gave half information e.g. "oh that happened in 17 something what was I saying oh it doesn't matter" little knowledge of history everything was referred to Romeo & Juliet, or Rocky. Politically incorrect when referring to the Jewish Museum. Too much time waiting around in Philadelphia for the bus/ very little time with the Amish advertised a cart ride and get to know the Amish, our driver when we quizzed him said do I have a beard I'm not Amish. Told not to use the toilet on the bus, probably a good idea toilet filthy, seat broken and no wash facilities .TOTAL UNPROFESSIONAL SHAM hope everyone reading this review doesn't book with this tour company

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EmpireVacationsInc, Owner at Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2015

Thanks for your comments. We are taken back by the comments above as they do not seem to fit the experience of other guests on the same tour. We take the experience of our guests very seriously and we invite you to write us an email and let us know more about the issues you experienced.

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