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“Excellent Tour With One Caveat”
Review of AO Tours Austin

AO Tours Austin
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$25.00*
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Austin and Texas Hill Country Small-Group Tour
Ranked #22 of 101 Tours in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: AO Tours (Austin Overtures Sightseeing) Provides Tour Service - 22 times per week - Our signature tour "Austin + Hill Country in 90 Minutes" presents a showcase of the spectacular Austin urban scene,which highlights its unique and popular shopping districts, live music scene, rich history, outdoor life-style, local arts, culture, and a peek at the Hill Country's vistas and lakes.
Reviewed March 11, 2013

The tour lasts 90 minutes with no stops. There are multiple daily departures. We took the first tour on a Saturday morning with two vans operated. The tour is comprehensive and well done with a combination of live and recorded narration. You may buy tickets on Sixth Street at the Visitor Center. A lavatory is available at the Center.

My one complaint is that their vans are wrapped and that includes the windows. Besides the advertising benefit, perhaps it reduces heat during hot summers although that's speculation on my part. I think the wrapping diminishes your viewing pleasure and the taking of pictures. Apparently this doesn't bother others as this isn't cited in the other Trip Advisor reviews. If you're lucky, try for the front seat next to the driver and you won't have the problem. The wrapping issue is the only reason I rate this a 4 instead of a 5. Hope this is helpful.

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

This is an efficient way to find your way around Austin whilst learning about the history & geology of the area. The guides drive comfortable, 12 passenger vans (good visibility), and occasionally use a taped narration, but mostly provide a interesting commentary about the route highlights. No stops, several slow drive-bys and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. It's a great idea for first-time visitors to Austin; reservations can be made online or by phone; discounts available; the vans leave from 6th street ( but i think the vans will pick up passengers from at least one downtown hotel); coupons available for restaurants & attractions but no high pressure; tips appreciated by the guide but again no high pressure. Thanks to Rocky for an entertaining tour!

Thank canadianlindy
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Our drive Rocky, was superb! Very knowledgable, friendly, and humorous. Great tour for the time/value.

Highly recommend taking this tour when in Austin. Hit all the highlights and nice perspective as to where things are located in the area.

Don't miss!

Thank Jerry P
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

I took this tour with tour guide Chris. He was fantastic. The tour runs 90 minutes and spans Austin's downtown and surrounding hill country. Chris provided great insight and history and covered many bases in the short tour. This is really ideal if you don't have a vehicle to get around and want to see Austin, or if you're looking for something to briefly introduce you with areas of interest so you can investigate them later. Highly recommended and you get a nice slip at the end which grants you discounts to participating businesses.

Thank Sam S
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

The tour was great! So much information covered. The tour covered a lot of sites around the city. Everyone was friendly and helpful! I definitely recommend this tour.

Thank cypressLou
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