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Colombo City Walks

Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
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Mark cancelled our walking tour at the last minute due to rain. Likely the only opportunity in my... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
BEonVacation
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Connecticut
Columbo City Walks, Great fun very Informative & not spoilt by monsoon type rain...

We joined a small group booked through Celebrity cruises. We really enjoyed the day, seeing and... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2018
heather109
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Safety is our #1 priority along with exceptional customer service and an unforgettable experience with your host as you walk through the picturesque streets of Fort and the mayhem of Pettah. Its been almost 7 years now, since Mark Forbes - the brain-child behind Colombo City walks, started to share his love and knowledge, and enabling guests to spend an evening in beautiful colonial Colombo, submerged in the beauty within our city that just cannot be experienced whizzing through in a vehicle. Continuous research goes into the areas you will visit, and we truly believe, that we learn something new, everyday. When contacting us via phone or email, you will either speak with Mark or his wife Ruvi; we are a company that feel personalization is key, hence, have just three others Shenelle, Sri & Lakshmi who work with us.
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Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Mark cancelled our walking tour at the last minute due to rain. Likely the only opportunity in my life that I would have had to do this tour so it was a huge disappointment. To make it worse, it didn't even end up raining.More

Thank BEonVacation
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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

Dear Sir/Ma'am, We are so sorry we had to cancel your walk; And there are days that we do cancel the walks, just for it not to rain and there's really no way to work around that as none of the hosts live within a...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2018

We joined a small group booked through Celebrity cruises. We really enjoyed the day, seeing and experiencing this lovely city. It makes it so interesting to have someone explain the history to you and pointing out things you may miss if you are doing it...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

What a wonderful way to see the old parts of this City! With Mark's passion for preserving so much of these wonderful Colonial buildings, together with his photography background, I couldn't think of a better way for us to see this city than through his...More

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Reviewed April 12, 2018

We arrived with a pre-booked tour from the cruise liner not knowing what to expect but so glad we booked the Mark Forbes tour of Colombo. Ruvi his wife was our guide in a small group of 10 on an afternoon that looked like the...More

Thank 929Buzz
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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

LOVE the subject line :) Thank you so very much for this beautiful review. I am truly touched by your kind words. I loved my little group of 10! You lot were just fantastic and I kept wanting to cram in all I possibly could...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2018

We had a nice small group with our guide Shenelle. She was super enthusiastic and passionate about Colombo and it's history. Was a great way to get oriented to the city. We would have loved to cover more ground (mainly the fort and business area),...More

Thank biresonvalois
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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Many thanks for your helpful review. With regards to 'covering more ground' - would it be okay with you to elaborate on this point so that we can better our walk? This is a vital point and feel we could offer our guests more with...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

How lucky were we to have discovered Colombo City Walks and then to be taken on our walk by Mark Forbes himself. Mark is not only passionate about his city and its history but also a photographer as well. Photographers and artists always see things...More

Thank NewportAustralia
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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Thank you, sincerely, for capturing Mark and his enthusiasm for this area of our work with such fabulous writing. So glad you got to explore with him; and he absolutely loved your company. Best regards Ruvi

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Reviewed March 21, 2018

We spent the afternoon walking through Colombo led by Mark Forbes. He had a wealth of information on how Colombo had been rebuilt since the internal troubles ended. On our walk around the old town there were only 5 of us so it was easy...More

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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Dear David, Thanks ever so much for taking the time to leave Mark a review! Greatly appreciate it, and glad you enjoyed exploring with us, Ruvi

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour of Colombo on our last afternoon there. Shenelle's discussion of the history and insights into Colombo's near and longer-term history was both interesting and entertaining. The stops on the tour are also very good....can't recommend this...More

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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Dear Damon & Simone, Thank you so much for leaving this review for Shenelle! We appreciate it, and hope you will visit Sri Lanka for more. Best regards Ruvi

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

We had a fabulous visit of Colombo with Mark and Ruvi. The pace was fairly brisk, with plenty of water breaks and chances to stop in the shade. They obviously love their city and were gracious enough to share it with us. Our group toured...More

Thank CAWHenry
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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2018

THANK YOU! For this lovely review. I'm glad we managed to share our beautiful little city with you as a local; and yes! Glad we have understood our strengths (Mark is good at entertaining and I love keeping an eye on the "explorers") without quite...More

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Reviewed March 8, 2018

Shenelle gave us a fabulous and insightful tour of the Colombo Fort/ Dutch Hospital/ Pettah area. She was very knowledgeable, interesting, and passionate about the history of the Colombo Fort area, and led us through the old buildings, hotels, and shopping centers that have been...More

Thank Victoria P
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Ruvi B, Public Relations Manager at Colombo City Walks, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Dear Victoria, Glad this review is here now :) Thanks for this review for Shenelle. Greately appreciate it. Best regards Ruvi

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Chris v
February 6, 2017|
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Response from Ruvi B | Property representative |
Hi Chris, unfortunately not, as he is booked for an exclusive excursion 15th and 16th! Would that be the only day you are in town?
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Lsouthcottt
December 17, 2016|
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Response from Ruvi B | Property representative |
Hi Laura, Tours are scheduled on-demand, but as its the peak season, we are walking practically everyday, and meet at 3.30pm mostly. But if you require a morning walk, that can be arranged as well.
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harrisrj
October 21, 2016|
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Response from AMH-QVR | Reviewed this property |
We travelled from Negombo to Colombo by train. No problem at all. The commuter train took between 1-1.5 hours and cost 20p single. Great fun!
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