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“Absolutely Amazing!”
Review of Alipal Tours

Alipal Tours
Ranked #208 of 731 Tours in London
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Owner description: Private day tours to top UK tourist sites or bespoke day tours to your particular requirements in my luxury air-conditioned Toyota mini van.I am a fully qualified and experienced Blue Badge Guide and member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. I know your vacations are important to you and I tailor make your tours to make sure you get 3 times the pleasure! The pleasure of anticipation, experience and reminiscing!
Reviewed September 14, 2013

London was the final leg of our two week trip to Europe with our kids (ages 7, 11 and 12). What an amazing end to a fabulous vacation thanks to Alipal Tours! We were all mesmerized by Ali's passion and knowledge. Her enthusiasm is truly infectious! It was a fun filled, educational day that flew by. The kids were disappointed we couldn't spend more time with Ali!

Ali (Alipal Tours) is truly one of London's gems!

Thank JWnyc888
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We STRONGLY recommend Alipal Tours!!

Ali truly helped to make our trip to London rich, meaningful and very memorable!

Before arriving London, I had a number of great email exchanges with Ali sorting out what we wanted to see and what she recommended for our group, so when we met we had a nice plan and were ready to get going!

Ali spent a good 8 hours with us and at the end of the day we definitely knew that we had seen and learned so much more with her than we could have on our own!. She was warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, thorough and timely, making sure we had enough time to enjoy the sights, but also moving us along to see more. Being a Blue Badge Guide (a grueling 2 year process to attain!), she was able to jump the queue in some of the attractions, which saved time and allowed for more sights to be seen!! She recommended the best picture spots and was helpful in taking group photos. When sharing the history of a place, she always made sure we were in an intimate setting, aside from other groups, so we could focus on listening. She was considerate of other tour guides and groups (some were not as considerate and it could be distracting!). She made recommendations and sent information to us for things we could do on our own for the next day.

It was great to experience London with a native who was extremely well versed in the history, sights and current affairs of the city. Added to her professional abilities, Ali was a very nice and fun person to spend the day with. It was obvious she loves what she does.

We plan to return to London and when we do, we definitely will contact Ali – we recommend you do the same!!

Thank mbboening
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

WOW...Ali was sensational...she truly has a gift with people and really knows how to deliver London's history in a knowledgeable and fun manner. We felt like we were with an old friend! We told her we wanted to experience as much of London as we could in a day and within a few minutes she had a plan and we were off. While walking to Westminster Abbey we saw the horses training outside of Buckingham Palace. We took some great pictures with Big Ben in the background and then we toured Westminster Abbey (avoiding the incredibly long lines) while Ali told us all the stories of this great church. We strolled around St. James Park before Ali led us to the perfect "front row" spot to watch the Horse Guard Parade prior to the Changing of the Guard. We saw the Houses of Parliament and #10 Downing Street. We saw St. Paul's Cathedral on our way to the Tower of London and we stopped at a quaint Old English Pub for lunch. The Tower of London was fascinating. Between the crown jewels; the prison and executioner's block and all the "bloody history" Ali had our full attention. We saw the Tower Bridge, which of course I referred to as the London Bridge and Ali pointed out several buildings in the London skyline. Ali suggested the "London Eye" and gave us some names of restaurants for that evening. It was a most enjoyable day...very relaxing and we saw everything we wanted to. We will most definitely use Ali on future visits. She truly is the best Blue Badge out there!
The Mann Family

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Ali (Alipal Tours) is a delightful host and extraordinarily well-informed guide. My husband and I went with two 18-year olds (a neice and nephew) and all with diverse interestes. We "saw the town", got great advice on how to navigate on the days she wouldn't be with us and also got excellent and in-depth tours of both Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. She has a huge command of history, knows the sites well and could steer us in and out of the crowds, expedited ticket purchases, and made allowances for some physical limitations among us. Really worth it!! alipaltours@gmail.com. We visited June 2013.

Thank Stephanie C
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Ali was just great. She is a Blue Badge guide which means she has passed a tough training course. If you are in England, Blue Badge guides are the certified guides for the country. I went with my family which included 2 teenage daughters. She gave us great information, fun anecdotes, plus off the path sights that you would not normally get to see. We got to skip many of the lines, plus she is a driver so she carted us around in her van. She new all the places to get refreshments and meals that were not crowded, but had excellent food and service. She really related well to everyone in my family. We used her for a tour of the highlights of London, plus a tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford University. She is fun, delightful, informative, and professional. I would use her again without any reservation. Simply stated - she is the best. Brian

Thank Brian E
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