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“The worst tour we've ever had--get another guide or take another line”

Custom Tours By Clarice
Ranked #28 of 44 Tours in Santa Fe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The worst tour we've ever had--get another guide or take another line”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

I speak for about 5 or more people when I say this tour by Clarice herself (owner) was the worst, most useless we all have ever had. She talked about herself, the great economy and unemployment rate in SF; the price of real estate. Told us that Santa Fe was in the top three most expensive cities to live in. Just a flat out lie according to a check of the data. There was no discussion of the early days; the transition from Spanish control to European and its transition as part of the USA. How people lived in 1600s etc. I could go on and on. She stopped multiple times at the least interesting spots; created embarrassing traffic jams, and talked about how no one in Santa Fe honked. Great, but who cares? she drove fast through sections we all wanted to see in greater detail, like the famous art districts. Said at least 5 times that the 'Fathers' of the city said no building could be higher than 4 stories--higher than the cathedral. once is enough. Talked about the movie business, and how Robert Redford kissed her cheek and she didn't wash it for three days. WHO CARES!!!!! Full of ego, a blow hard, and a useless guide.

Visited June 2014
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very engaging guide”
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

I took this tour and was really impressed by our guide's knowledge of the area. He also engaged each passenger, finding out where they were from and then he incorporated that information into his narrative. The day after I took the tour I walked back to several places he mentioned.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Emigd
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Maryville, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Never showed up ”
Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

We arrived for a tour and waited in the cold. We had called earlier and the owner said she was in her way to pick up the tram and gave us her cell phone number. She never answered it nor the office number. What a waste of time! Very unprofessional.

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5 Thank goodsew
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new jersey
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“"Great way to see the city if you are in for a short visit"”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We had the pleasure of having Clarice as our guide. She is funny, she is warm, she is informative and added the right amount of spice to the tour to make it enjoyable and not boring. The one and only drawback is that it says that the tour lasts an hour and a half and it lasted just about an hour. Not a criticism, just a suggestion that they be accurate about the time. I understand that they take into account traffic and stopping at other Hotels but that should be on their time and not the ones paying for the tour.

Visited September 2013
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Thank bigglow
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Arvada, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Choose Loretta Tours”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

We chose to take a tram tour with Custom Tours By Clarice due to the pick up being in front of the Inn of the Governors. We used Loretto Tours last year and were disappointed that we didn't use their service again this year. The tour guide/tram driver with Clarice was less than informative, seeming to be attempting to waste time by telling us meaningless information or trivia about the area. The Loretto Tour we took last year drove us all over town, even stopping at the top of a hill to take in the view and really enlightening us on the history and the culture of Santa Fe. We will be reserving with Loretto Tours when we return to Santa Fe.

Visited June 2013
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4 Thank ehsincolo
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