General: My husband and I had a blast on this tour. It's about 2 hours long, and the bus was packed pretty tight with people so prepare to get cozy with a few strangers. The bus stops about halfway through the tour for a bathroom break. There are different comedic guides, probably depending on time and day. Anyone of age is allowed to bring a closed alcoholic beverage if they wish, with bottle opener provided.
Pros: Our guide Augusta Wind was hilarious, sharp, and kept the entertainment and information going the whole trip. She is the witty, tactless southern aunt I wish I had. Never a dull moment, and everyone from the front to the back of the bus was laughing, and occasionally included in some good-natured ribbing. If you love southern "charm" and crude (but not too offensive) humor, you will love her, and this tour. Bonus surprise in store if it's your birthday!
There are some, shall we say, supporting characters that you will run into along the way, as the bus pauses in a few locations for more in-depth "learning".
Cons: The halfway break was only 10 minutes, which felt a little short. The bus parked behind a bar downtown, where we were told to head if we needed to use the restroom. It had just 2 stalls each for men and women, which on a busy Saturday afternoon made for a bit of a line. The bar itself was also pretty packed. More than just a restroom break, we were encouraged to grab a closed container drink from the bar to bring on the bus if we wished. Many fellow passengers were unable to both take a wiz and grab a brew, due to time constraints. My husband and I were only able to do so with him staying lined up at the bar and ordering for us both while I took care of business.
The tour is more of a moving comedy show than a classroom dynamic. Yes, it is a tour, and you will learn a bit about Asheville's history, just don't expect to be raising your hand and asking a bunch of questions. In fact, the guide may very well call on YOU once or twice with a bit of trivia. This is only a con if you expect differently, which at least one past reviewer seemed to.
Summary: Overall, it'd be hard to find a way to spend a couple hours in Asheville that is equally as entertaining in several ways. Unless you are particularly sensitive, sheltered, religious or otherwise uptight, just do it!