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Byways Tours

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Address: SN BX, Bermuda
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How did I get here? My claim to fame on this little Island . I am the...

How did I get here? My claim to fame on this little Island . I am the granddaughter of a Lighthouse Keeper. I come from a long line of Lighthouse Keepers (Gibbs Hill Lighthouse) and am a 6th generation Bermudian. My grandfather was the last of the last lighthouse keepers before Gibbs Hill went electronic, and I grew up in the house that is attached to lighthouse. My passion in my tours stems from the passion for the Island that I call home. I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to Bermuda and sharing our Island Magic.- Heidi

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"The Only Way to see Bermuda!"

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi....What can I say?...My mother, Sister, and I had such a wonderful time with you on our tour of Bermuda back on Sept. 22. The weather started out ok, but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New Zealand
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi....What can I say?...My mother, Sister, and I had such a wonderful time with you on our tour of Bermuda back on Sept. 22. The weather started out ok, but slowly turned to cold and rain, but the best thing was, that didn't matter at all. Each and every one of us on your tour that day, thoroughly... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Owner at Byways Tours, responded to this review

Mary, Thank you. It was indeed a day to battle the elements, but what made it easier was the group on the bus. It’s not easy when the weather turns against you, but everyone that day was absolutely amazing. Despite the proposals behind him, Tim says that he has managed to carry on with minimal counselling. AND I just knew... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of taking Heidi Cowen's Byways Tour while in Bermuda last week. The combination of her knowledge and expertise coupled with her delightful demeanor was well worth more than half a day of touring! We went all over the island in a very comfortable 8-person van, stopped for a local lunch, and had a joyous time poking... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Owner at Byways Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Vikki. Coming from a woman that has visited this Island 3,000 times, I consider this review an honour. More 

Leicester, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simply put... a wonderful tour. Our November 8th tour was windy, rainy and cold but we fit everything in. Heidi knows her stuff and it is nice to hear the enthusiasm/excitement in her voice as she shares both history and personal stories. Love that her tour is not "set in stone" and spur of the moment stops were made to... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Owner at Byways Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much ! So nice to spend a day with you both. One of the magical things about having a tour bus is the people that you meet. Folks that not only fall in love with the Island, but become friends along the way. Warm wishes coming your way from Buddy and I. More 

toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Heidi couldn't take me personally but she took great care to direct me to the highlights of the Island. I ended up in St. George solo due to a late cancellation by my travel buddy. It is winter season and tours are all winding down - but Heidi gave me a personal "To Go" list " and I was off... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Owner at Byways Tours, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the Island. I hope that one day our paths will cross in person. More 

Tisvildeleje, Denmark
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Heidi, you are a great representative for your Bermuda - and especially to see the Lighthouse where you spent your childhood was a nice experience. But - the minivan was awful reg. the A/C (very hot) and very stiff - and then you put 12 adult persons into it. I sat in the back together with another big guy, and... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Manager at Byways Tours, responded to this review

Agreed ! I don't usually put more than 10. There was admittedly an oversight on my booking for this day. I am getting a new bus for next season. The seats are larger, offering more head space, with the air-conditioning overhead. .... and I still won't book more than 10. Your feedback is appreciated. And I agree. Comfort is as... More 

Marco Island, FL
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Our day in Bermuda began with Heidi and her dog Buddy picking us up at Dockyard near our cruise ship. There were 12 of us booked on the tour so it was a very tight fit on the bus. We passed all the other buses stopped at the world's smallest drawbridge and headed for Gibb's lighthouse. Heidi has wonderful insight... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Manager at Byways Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this. Unfortunately, I am still trying to put the "green" into our landscape for visitors' eyes, but yesterday when I went out, for the first time I saw that there are new shoots on the branches. Soon everything will be coming back, and the roads will be lined with flowers once more. You came at... More 

Monterey County, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Yes, she is a former lighthouse keeper's daughter..yes she showed us out of the way places that other tours dont.... but her salty comments (e.g. " What 's with all the "rednecks and hillbillies" on the cruise ships this season ." " the bishop of Hamilton Anglican Church is "hot" " "The colors on that house makes it look like... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Owner at Byways Tours, responded to this review

Hi RuthAnne Things that make you go hmmm…. Proof that not everyone appreciates my quirky sense of humour. I must make a mental note of that. Usually everyone wants to sit in the front with Buddy and I. I thought that because you were by yourself, that you might enjoy having the spot. My error. This could have easily been... More 

Gainesville, Georgia
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66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Hiedie is the guide. She is the lighthouse keepers granddaughter. Her day long tour of Bermuda is a delight. You can not see all of Bermuda in a day! This tour hits all the highlights. From St. Georges to Dockyards Hiedie knows the local lore and history. The pace is a bit hurried but there is a lot to see.... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Owner at Byways Tours, responded to this review

This review gave me a good chuckle. Agreed ! It is impossible to see Bermuda in a day. I've been here forever, and I am still discovering new and hidden secrets. Hopefully we'll be sharing "Day 2" in the future ! More 

Pembroke, Massachusetts
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Heidi is so good. She loves her home and shares so many out of the way places. My sister compared Bermuda to Hawaii and like it better thanks to Heidi showing us the most awesome views of this lovely island. If you want history Heidi is your person. She answered every question we asked and gave us so many tips.... More 

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BermudaOnion2013, Owner at Byways Tours, responded to this review

What a wonderful review. Thank you ! I love the part that Bermuda beat Hawaii.... (baaah ! ) It was sad to see your ship leaving us early with the arrival of Nicole... but on hindsight ..that was a good idea. Hope your sail back was not too rough... And hopefully, you'll return to see some of those sights that... More 

Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Heidi provided a great overview of the island. Some stops were not where most tours went. She was able to customize our tour based on the needs/wants of our small group. Her van holds roughly 10-12 passengers - perfect size! I would highly recommend Byways Tours!

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