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Halifax Titanic Historical Tours
Ranked #1 of 49 Tours in Halifax
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Halifax titanic historical tours. Specializing In memorable, affordable narrated four plus hour tours of historic halifax. See all that canada's "crown jewel city" has to offer. Halifax Titanic historical tours are designed to keep guests away from the cruise bus crowds. See the big sites without the big crowds. With halifax titanic historical tours. You will see titanic and Halifax explosion sites and hear all the stories and the miracle's of these two tragedies. See and hear about halifax's remarkable history in comfort chauffeur/guide. Professional, experienced, knowledgeable, fully licensed/insured with hrm and airport. Nova scotia tourism industry certified. Canada/ new england cruise ship pre arranged tours are welcomed. Immaculate vehicles. Complementary water and candies. Your comfort and enjoyment are paramount at halifax titanic tours.
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good points and bad points”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

We were in Halifax on 10/14/13 and discovered when we met our guide that our tour had been changed from an "SUV for 6" to a "limo for 8". We were originally a party of four and as a courtesy had agreed to share with a couple from another ship, for 6 total. But without our knowledge we were bumped up to a group of eight (BTW, this didn't lower our pp cost at all!) The limo was very crowded and uncomfortable for eight; there was only one forward facing seat for two (all the way in the back). The other seats faced sideways along the left side of the car, making it impossible for those passengers to see sites on both sides, or they faced the rear of the vehicle. Not good. There was another of Paul's guides there with a town car that could easily fit four, but there was confusion about who was with who so he took only two people, leaving our car overcrowded with 8 and his half-empty with 2. Paul had been there and knew of the confusion, but left with his group before all this was sorted out. I would have asked for another vehicle at that time but none of us realized exactly how uncomfortable it would be until we all crowded in and were underway. We met up with the town car at the first stop and I asked the other driver to take 2 of our passengers, which helped the crowding but not the side and rear views. Bottom line, the limo is NOT a good vehicle for tours.

The other problem is that our guide was not aware of our sailing time (3:30 pm). So we were very rushed at Fisherman's Cove, our last stop. In fact, when I mentioned our 3:30 deadline he thought I was mistaken and called his dispatcher to check. He then informed us that we needed to leave so we didn't have time to look around. Lunch took WAY too long (there didn't seem to be any sense of urgency on anyone's part to get us waited on) and all the drivers were served before the passengers, so we sat in the restaurant waiting for our food and then again for our check instead of getting to explore the village.

The upside is that our guide was courteous and informative and the sites were interesting. I would also like to mention that we were there on Thanksgiving Day, so our guides missed their holidays to take us on a tour, and that is probably why Paul was short a driver. I really would like to rate this tour as highly as most other people, but the vehicle used and the mismanaged time don't let me. If you book this tour, make sure you get the vehicle you agree to and that your guide knows how long you have in port. If I had not been on top of it we could have missed the ship, since we didn't know how long the drive was back from Fisherman's Cove. I almost always book independent tours, and they have always been very aware of ship departure times. So I assumed our guide would keep track as well, until lunch dragged on so long without concern on anyone's part.

Visited October 2013
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Paul M, Manager at Halifax Titanic Historical Tours, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank You..Susan G ..For Your Good Points and Bad Points Review of Your Day in Halifax and Fishermans Cove
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“The best option for shore excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

A few days before boarding our cruise ship, I phoned Paul (McNeil) to inquire about a Halifax Titanic Historical Tour. He was already fully booked for the day, however, would attempt to make arrangements for us. Paul has a great personality, very upbeat and eager to please.

He contacted me shortly thereafter to say he has booked one of his associates, Claudio Benigno, for our private tour. He, along with Claudio, would meet us with a sign with our name as soon as we disembarked the ship. He somewhat apologized for the cost of a private tour just for the two of us, as a group tour would be much more reasonable. Claudio's vehicle could accommodate four people, if we had someone to join us.

We located Paul and Claudio as soon as we left the ship, directly across the street. After a very friendly and professional "meet & greet", we hopped into Claudio's extremely clean Lincoln towncar, and were on our way for a four hour tour. Claudio quizzed us about what sort of things we would prefer to see and/or visit, along with a few suggestions. He then took over from that point, and continuously engaged us in conversation, primarily history and interesting stories about Halifax and Nova Scotia, but also current events, both local and world-wide (very tactfully). We visited the Titanic Grave Site (all to ourselves), as well as other places, stepping out of the car to take pictures and discuss the significance of each location. We ended the tour (meeting up with Paul's group and another towncar driver) at a wonderful little seafood restaurant (Wharf's Restaurant) across the harbor in a small fishing community (Fisherman's Cove) in Eastern Passage (lunch not included). After a cup of fish chowder, a great lobster roll, and a local brewed beer (can't remember name), we said farewell to Paul and Claudio dropped us at the door of the cruise ship terminal.

We agreed this was much preferred to the option(s) for ship's shore excursions. They know where to go before any tour buses take over popular sites, can take you to only the site for which you have an interest, and skip completely the madness at Peggy's Cove with hundreds, if not thousands, of cruise ship tourists. The cost for the tour was $260, and with tip we paid Claudio $300. A rather pricey option for two persons, but with four persons in the vehicle, the cost would have been $75 each, very competitive with the price of the ship's shore excursions. If you have a larger group, Paul has larger vehicles to accommodate small groups, and at a even lower cost.

Visited October 2013
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Paul M, Manager at Halifax Titanic Historical Tours, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank You..Butchhall..For Your Best Option Review of Tour of Halifax and Fishermans Cove...Happy to Hear You had a Great Day and Lunch with Claudio..My Guys Know ALL the Big Sites and the Times to be at the Big Sites to Avoid the Crowds
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“Used Paul's Service Twice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

June 2013 on a 14 Day HAL cruise to New England and Canada, we made 2 stops in Halifax, and on both we used Paul's services. Both days the service was excellent, Paul was waiting for us just off the pier, not a 3 minute walk from the ship. One trip we had 6 folks so he drove a large SUV and the other trip was just 4 of us so he brought a town car. Both vehicles were clean and comfortable and he provided water and fresh muffins his wife baked. The tour of Halifax Historical is fascinating, and Paul's knowledge of the Titanic and the history of the Halifax Explosion is extensive, and he does a great job of educating travelers in an entertaining way. The other tour of the island is not as educational but a relaxing day visiting many scenic locations around the island, with a neat stop at lobster shop where we saw a17 Lb. lobster, and a blue lobster, really interesting stuff to a land lubber. Book early as Paul is well regarded and fills his tours early.

Visited June 2013
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Paul M, Manager at Halifax Titanic Historical Tours, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank You..MikeD4134..For The Twice is So Nice Review of Your Tours ..Glad to Hear You a Couple of Fascinating Days to Explore ALL that Halifax and Nova Scotia ..Has to Offer
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“Extremely pleased!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

6 of us booked with Paul who met us at the pier as planned. We didn't fit comfortably into the vehicle he was using that day, so Paul arranged for us to be with Dave, who it turns out had trained Paul years back. Great tour and we loved Dave and his vast knowledge! We met up with Paul (who had a group of 4 with him) at several locations (Public Gardens, Citadel, Titanic Grave Site, and at the restaurant in a fishing village by Dartmouth). So we got the best of both tour guides! I highly recommend this tour.

Visited October 2013
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Paul M, Manager at Halifax Titanic Historical Tours, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank You ..Laura L..For Taking the Time to Write a Extremely Pleasing Review of Your Groups Tour Of Halifax ..With My Mentor ..Dave...Our Tours are Timed Out to Avoid the Large Bus Crowds..See the Big Sites ..Without the Big Crowds..
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“Loved the city!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Our group of four thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Halifax. I had no idea that Halifax was so beautiful and had so many historical buildings. Paul did a fantastic job of showing off his city and spreading his enthusiasm for the city he loves. .....and the fishing village and lobster roll were exceptional!

Visited October 2013
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Paul M, Manager at Halifax Titanic Historical Tours, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank You..Peggy R..For Posting a Fantasic Review of Your Tour..Loved the Fact You Enjoyed Exploring Halifax and Fishermans Cove.."Home of the Best Lobster Rolls on the Planet"
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