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“Fantastic Adventure”

Rockhoppers Private Tours
Ranked #4 of 323 Tours in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the City Telling Stories in Private Tours in 11 Languages! ENGLISH, GERMAN, RUSSIAN, SPANISH, ITALIAN, FINNISH, FRENCH, NORWEGIAN, MONGOLIAN, CHINESE and HUNGARIAN Walking Tours and Land Rover Tours: ROMAN EMPIRE, OTTOMAN TURKISH EMPIRE, JEWISH QUARTER, GYPSY VILLAGE, ART NOUVEAU, BUDAPEST IN THE COMMUNISM, DANUBE BEND. All these together are: the Multicultural Hungary - and its Wine
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

When I read the review from VL for a minute, I thought someone from my group wrote that review. It was spot on! We had such a fantastic time with Zoltan. I saw some of the less favorable reviews and Im sorry those folks didn’t have the same experience that we did.

There was 5 of us, we have traveled all over the world and that past few years we have hired a tour guide for our trips. It’s a great way to get the “real” experience.

We communicated with Zoltan via email prior to our visit. We defiantly wanted something more than the double decker bus (not that Im against them). We had two full days with Zoltan and we had a wonderful time. He has so much knowledge and he is willing to share his life story, which is incredible.

We got to see nooks and crannies of the city that we wouldn’t have found without Zoltan. There are the obvious sights but you can do those on your own. He will take you to just the right spot, at the right time to see all the lights of the city light up and every bridge sparkle. In the past out tours typically ended before 5, not with Zoltan. The 1st day when we toured Buda & Pest we were with him until he walked us to a restaurant for dinner, around 7. He arranged it for us. The 2nd trip with him we were home closer to 8, after having one of the best dinners I ever had, at a restaurant that he had his wedding reception.

We had such a great time and I would recommend him to anyone.

1  Thank Agnieszka751
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Zoltan was terrific! He gave us the perfect blend of the 'must see' and the 'off-the-beaten-path' views of Budapest. I appreciated his honest and complete perspective of the city. He took us to some amazing local places both in the city and outside of the main tourist area. We spent 2 full days with him and he went above and beyond both days to make our experience memorable, educational, and fun all at once. Zoltan has a great sense of humor and an amazing spirit. I would gladly tour with him again! His knowledge and experience provided us with an experience we would not have had otherwise. Thank you Zoltan for a wonderful experience of Budapest!

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Three of us toured with Zoltan for half a day. He is very knowledgeable and a very nice guy. We found him a bit hard to hear as he's rather soft spoken. He was not as outgoing and animated as our tour guides in Prague and Vienna but he took us to a great place for lunch that we really enjoyed.

Thank RRFairfax
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Touring Budapest with Zoltan is for those who wish to walk away with an in-depth understanding of various facets of life in Hungary, instead of being mere sight-seeing tourists ticking the city off of their "Have Been There" list. Zoltan is not your run-of-the-mill tour guide – previously a university professor who had traveled widely, including Mongolia and Tibet, as well as spending time in US. A visit to his website shows the heart he puts into making the experience an interesting and informative one even before the physical tour begins (though the website is being overhauled since we last visited it early in the year). We were lucky to have him guide us personally, as he mentioned adding staff to accommodate his growing business. He said he had tried being a guide for those readily available free tours and found it very uninspiring for a number of reasons but particularly the almost non-existent or superficial interactions. Thus, Zoltan would be the perfect choice if you are interested in engaging conversations, honest opinion of Hungarian politics and life in Hungary, enlightening info, interesting insights and tales on all that you see.

We signed on with Zoltan for four tours in three days: Buda side, Pest side, Danube Bend, and the Gypsy Village. The city tours involved a lot of walking, with frequent stops as Zoltan pointed out not just the major attractions but little easily-missed details and told us not just the key facts but interesting tidbits as well. We did take mass transit as needed, and for farther destinations, both Zoltan and his lovely wife, Judy, took us in their two Land Rovers in order to transport all 11 of us – a larger than ideal group size for Zoltan that he nevertheless accommodated well. Zoltan’s “negotiation skill” kicked into high gears when we arrived at the Basilica in Esztergom just as it was closing - a result of the ladies in the group having too good a time shopping in Szentendre - and the guard refused to allow us in. Not wanting us to miss the magnificent red marble room nor the mausoleum below, Zoltan worked his magic and got us in to see both. We were fairly certain that a “greener” tour guide like some of the others we had on the trip elsewhere would not have had the wherewithal to successfully negotiate our entry.

A final testament of Zoltan’s personalized service – I had indicated an interest in the music that accompanied the various tour details on his website, so he left a compilation CD for me at hotel concierge on the evening before our departure. It also included songs he played in his car during our drives,from jazz to gypsy music, to the hauntingly beautiful Bing Crosby 1930's rendition of “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime”. The CD is indicative of the level of thoughtful, attentive, and personalized service that many talk about but few can truly deliver. Having gotten to know Zoltan a little over the three days, I’m sure he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thank V L
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We had booked a 4 hour tour with Zoltan but in the end we cut it short to 3 hours as we preferred to rather explore on our own. Unfortunately there was no click between Zoltan and the 3 of us (mom and 2 teenage daughters). Zoltan was very knowledgeable but very much into little details and less into those things that would have been more interesting to us as tourists. The weather was cold and our slow pace did not help. He is a kind person but you have to state upfront very clearly what you want.

Thank Colemink
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