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“Great historic tour... entertaining!”

New Bern Tours & Convention
Ranked #3 of 13 Tours in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover three centuries of history and architectural beauty on a 90 minute comprehensive trolley tour of historic downtown New Bern. Relax while your professional New Bern Tours guide recounts fascinating details of this former royal capital and will leave you enchanted by the city's unique charm.
Reviewed October 1, 2012

The tour picked us up at the Doubletree. very convenient. The driver and tour guide were both top notch! This was one thing I really wanted to do while here. Learned lots about New Bern history, including why it's called the "city on wheels".... history of moving houses between lots for sometimes egotistical reasons. Fascinating history... Revolutionary War, Civil War, Pepsi, old churches, political leaders, etc. The tour guide is a local and made this very entertaining... he has a gift for bringing history to life. Loved it, loved it, loved it! At $16, a real bargain. Riders on the tour were from Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, Iowa, and I think Tennessee. Shows what a great appeal New Bern has and what a great vacation site this is!

3  Thank tlhjar
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We recently vacationed near Top Sail Beach, N.C. on the Atlantic Ocean and took a day trip to Historic New Bern, N.C. We visited the Visitor's Center first and got tickets ($16.00/adult) to tour the Palace and several other historical homes. The tour was excellent with a great Docent who could answer every question we had. Each individual historical home we toured also had excellent and knowledgeable Docents. The town of New Bern is lovely and is being well preserved. After we toured the palace/homes we had lunch at a Cafe' located right on the River at the Visitor's Center and it was a very, very good lunch with good service and they aimed to please. We ordered tuna fish salad and told our waitress we wanted to share it . It came with a side order and we chose mac and cheese. When she brought the lunch she had a HUGE amount of mac and cheese on two separate plates with the huge sandwich halves and a pickle spear on each plate as well. It was a full meal for two for the price of one! After lunch we got tickets for the town trolley tour . . . . it is a 90-minute tour and well worth every penny we paid . . . $15.00 each. The trolley made several stops where we could actually get off the trolley and the Guide explained the sites in great detail. It was a wonderful, wonderful tour and we saw things that we were able to go back to visit on our own after the tour ended, i.e. the National Cemetery, historic Mitchell's Hardware Store and the PEPSI COLA MUSEUM among others. I would HIGHLY recommend the trolley tour . . . maybe you'd want to do that first thing to get an idea of how to plan the rest of your day. The reason we did the Palace and Historical HOmes first was because the woman in the Visitor's Center told us a tour was just about to leave and we could still make it . . . . so we took her advice, which was fine too.
There are many, many great Seafood Restaurants in this River town . . . the trolley guide said he could not specify one being better than another . . . he said they are ALL EXCELLENT! If you start out early you should be able to do all that you'd want to do in New Bern in one day, but if you spend the night there I'm sure you could fill two days without a problem.

8  Thank Chefjudi45
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

In July, with temps at 100^, it was TOO HOT for this tour. The trolley has no A/C and does not go fast enough to create a breeze. But our guide made it very interesting and I would recommend it during decent weather. Staff was helpful and displayed concern about our group suffering in the heat.

Thank youngarmywife
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

This was a well done tour. New Bern is so quaint and historic it was nice to learn some of the particulars about the old structures and city history. Guide had a great delivery and length of tour was just right. Anyone visiting should consider this trolley tour to gain a full appreciation for just how special this community is.

4  Thank A_Real_Carolina_Girl
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

This trolley ride was the highlight of our visit to New Bern. Our guide was knowledgeable, witty and very eager to meet our needs as a group. When first boarding we were all asked what we wanted to enjoy and then the trip seemed to be tailored to those wishes.

The town is lovely and we learned a great deal about the history without it being a dry recitation but rather the town's history came alive. We had several stops along the way but no places for water or rest rooms - it is an hour and half long. One that I would recommend to visitors.

Thank bseashore
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