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“Very enthusiastic guide!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of ABC Tour

ABC Tour
Santa Marta 11 | Playa Ancha, Valparaiso, Chile (Formerly ABC TOUR E.I.R.L. )
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Owner description: ABC Tour will provide you with a personal driver guide, for personalized tours in Valparaiso and its region. City-tours, Wine tours, hikes, transfers and more in comfortable vehicles... Spanish, French or English spoken.
Burlingame, California
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“Very enthusiastic guide!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We had arranged with Vivian, the owner of ABC Tours, via email to pick us up from our cruise ship in Valparaiso and take us on tours over two days there and in Santiago. He was waiting for us outside the port building when we were able to get off the ship, just as we had arranged. He then drove us around Valparaiso so could see views from several hilltops. Later we walked up and down the hills of the old part of the city and took an ascensor/funicular, so we felt we had a great introduction to this colorful city. He then drove us to Vina del Mar where we had lunch in a favorite restaurant of the locals. On the way to Santiago, we stopped at a winery in the Casablanca Valley.

On the second day, Vivian picked us up at our hotel in Santiago and we drove to the Maipo Valley where we visited two wineries and had a great lunch in a typical country restaurant.
We would highly recommend using Vivian. He is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and helped us plan our “independent” days in Santiago. We found his prices competitive – even cheaper than we could have arranged through the cruise ship’s transfer service – and we got to see and do exactly what we wanted.

Visited January 2013
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  • French first
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English first
Houston, TX
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Vivian is great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Vivian picked us up as scheduled after we disembarked from our ship in Valparaiso. We had arranged a tour and transfer to Santiago for dinner and airport drop off. Vivian is french and loves where he is and what he is doing. He speaks very good english. Unfortunently for us, it was raining...like really raining...like this was the sixth or so day of rain that we had been in! We did not want to see rain, but that was the way it was, not Vivian's fault. He drove us around Valparaiso showing us the town and we rode the old venicular tram up to the top of a look out, then around Vin de Mar pointing out all the sights, the flower clock, etc. Then we were off to the wine country to see Casa Del Bosque for a tasting and tour which was excellent! We wanted to stay for lunch but since the rain was coming down all those with outside seats could not be accomodated so Vivian suggested Botha Restaurant. EXCELLENT choice and a lot of fun with a very warming fire. Then off to Emiliana winery for another tasting which was very nice. The tour of Santiago was killed due to the traffic situation due to the rain, very sad. We had a great dinner, saw a bit of Santiago from the car stuckin traffic, and it was off to the airport. We highly recommend Vivian!

Visited December 2012
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“Professional and Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We spent two nights at La Casona after arriving from the states. You can read about our entire trip to Chile under my trip report. We were undecided about what were going to do after our overnight flight, knowing that we wanted to keep busy so we wouldn't fall asleep. So, just a few days before we left, I started browsing the web and found Vivian of ABC Tours. We booked him for a private half-day tour. He picked us up at La Casona and drove us to Valparaiso, took us around the city (both driving and walking), and drove us back.

He was young, cute, and very knowledgable. His English was good and he spoke Spanish with everyone in town, so don't let the fact that he is French dissuade you from booking with him. He was a good conversationalist and he really knew a lot about this part of Chile. He customized the tour to our needs. I would use him again for another local tour.

Visited December 2012
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“ABC Tour Valparaiso Gets an "A"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

At the tail end of a South American cruise we had a few days to explore the areas around Valparaiso and Santiago and were fortunate enough to work with Vivian Prouteau (ABC Tour Valparaiso). We were hoping to have a few day-trips to local national parks for some light hiking and bird watching. Vivian's arrangments for us were perfect! The first day we visited La Campana National Park...the second day we visited Cajon del Maipo on the Andes Cordillera (east of Santiago); two totally different habitats. These were two of the best days of our month long trip. Vivian's email communications prior to meeting were timely. Vivian picked us up at our B&B right on time. His English is very good. His car is spacious. He is interesting. His lunches are yummy. His prices are very fair. He also got us to the airport right on time. Thank you, Vivian, for everything. We could not have asked for a better ending to our trip! Bobbie & Jim

Visited December 2012
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Basel, Switzerland
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“Outstanding private tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Vivian made everything great!
On a tight schedule he gave us a very good perspective of Santiago. We couldn't have made this on our own, and feel thankful for having made the choice to go with ABC Tour.

Visited July 2012
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