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City Sightseeing Toronto
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Locally operated. Globally Connected. Hop on one of our open top Double Decker buses to see all the amazing sights that Toronto has to offer, get postcard views of the Toronto skyline as you enjoy a free boat cruise with your city tour ticket (May - October) or come with us on our Niagara Falls Day Tour to hear the roar of one of the natural wonders of the world! We hope to see you soon!
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Good way to see the sights of Toronto. Free cruise to the islands included not to be missed as it offers unparalleled views of the city.

Thank wiganwarriorsfan
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

I wanted to get see all major attractions and get overview of the city of Toronto.
I thought this would be the best way to go. I booked online and got 10% off and the total came up to $35.
I believe walk in tour cost lot more (be aware that Canadian taxes are very high, the base price may look low sometimes but if you add taxes it will come up to lot more).
I first took the boat tour (around 1PM) and it was good. It was about 45 minutes. They went around the Toronto islands, got some great views of Toronto and some narration about the city, which was useful. The boat tour alone cost about $15. In contrast the ferry cost $7 roundtrip but they go just go to one island and you still get good views of the city (Toronto islands are also just great).
I boarded the bus tour near the Harbour centre at the stop #17. You will have to wait good amount of time for the bus and with all the constructions going on in Toronto due to Pan American games 2015 is little worse.
I sat on the top. It was really hard to hear what the guide was saying most of the time. The only thing I heard was about the fire that destroyed most of the city.
The seats are little bit on smaller side but not too bad.
They stopped the bus at Dundee's place (stop #1) for about 30 min for the guide change. They also had some credit card machine issue for a walk in passenger at one of the stops, which took a while (Please come with cash if you are boarding in stops other than #17, the office).
They also have a mandatory 15 min stop at the CN Tower.
It was really fun to sit on the top and go throw the low clearance bridges.
Overall the tour was ok. I learned few new info. I wish they gave us a headset or have a better speaker in the top of the bus. The bus went thru many neighborhood and all the stops as mentioned in their map.
This is what I would suggest.
If you are driving, park the car next to stop #17 (which is also close to CN tower). There are plenty of parking spaces near by. Don't park at Radisson, where the office is located. It's little expensive and the all day parking is only until 6PM (I think) but its closed garage compared to other open parking lots.
Depending on the time, take the first thing available (boat stop #17 or bus). If you are on the bus, stay on the bus for the full round trip (about 2 hours) so that you would see & hear all places, don't have to wait for the bus, don't have to search for that good seat.
If you going to sit in the lower deck I don't think this tour would be any good. You have to be on the top to get the nice view.
Mark down the stops you want to get off and see.
After you complete the loop, get off the places where you would really want to see (to me it was Casa Loma and CN tower).
The good thing is that the ticket is valid for 3 days and you can get on and off any time (the last bus leaves around 5PM but the boat ticket is valid for only 1 time).
The staff was friendly.
Overall the tour was ok, worth doing one time. I think the price is right (with online discount).
Again don't have too much expectation. This is just a boat & bus tour with some narration.

6  Thank SkyHighTravelLover
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We bought the Combo ticket (for the Niagara Falls tour the first day, and the City sightseeing tour which includes a boat tour - $36 for 2 tickets). the Niagara Falls tour was fine. The next day we got on the City Sightseeing tour bus around 10:30. The guide on the bus suggested we take the tour boat in the morning since it was less crowded then, and we got off the bus near the marina. There we were met by another guide to lead us to the boat. It was 10:45. We were told that we had to wait until 11:15 to board boat, while the tour starts at 11:45. That meant that we had to wait for a whole hour with nothing else to do there since everything was closed, instead of continuing the city tour and getting off later. The bus guide somehow forgot to mention this.
We were very disappointed because we lost too much time.
A warning: do not rush to get the combo ticket (they are also offered at the hotel) .
Make sure you get all the details you need on the tours you plan to take.
We complained at the City Sightseeing office but the staff were not very nice.
Sorry.

1  Thank Kukiline
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Toronto's down area offers the best pleasures when explored at a walking pace, be it the commercial streets of Queen (charming) to the busy Yonge or the multi-cultural neighborhoods along Bloor, what makes it most interesting would be the many private gardens encountered off the beaten.

Yours to discover at a leisure pace, these beautiful gardens offers as many different sights and flower variety as you'll have energy to keep-on pacing along.

Enjoy this beautiful grace at your own pace early morning when the light is at its best for some impromptu photography!

Thank vladebay
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Terrible experience ! In short:

We bought the tickets for 3 persons at the hotel and walked over to Eaton Center to get a bus. A lengthy queue awaited us at 11.30am today. We ended up waiting for over 1 hour during which 2 buses arrived, both already almost full, not taking on enough waiting guests.

We started engaging the staff on duty there to obtain more information on the bus frequency. The 2 staffers in yellow shirts were indifferent, hiding behind official language and small print in the brochure. The buses would come every 25 minutes. Boarding is on a first come first served basis and no, there are no refunds unless we call the office. No apology, no sympathy, no empathy.

These staffers there either couldn't care less or were completely overwhelmed as numerous waiting passengers started to complain. Instead they continued accepting more paying guests, processing credit card receipts.

The 3rd bus after around 75 minutes of waiting time did have space but filled up and more with the folks waiting behind us. So we sat downstairs in a permanently over crowded bus. All the standing room was taken too. At the CN tower the driver seemingly insisted on their 15 minutes break with a bus full of passengers waiting, the motor constantly running, releasing exhaust fumes into the lower cabin.

The on board announcements were well done by a young student and in some ways he saved the day. But bottom line is to avoid this trip all together, particularly on busy weekends. We heard that they have only 5 buses running. Internal communication between their dispatch center and the on board staff happens via mobile phone if at all. A complete disconnect communication wise and from an organizational point of view.

A real pity as Toronto is a fantastic city.

1  Thank peter c
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