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“A great way to start a Philly visit”
Review of DeTours Urban Excursions - CLOSED

DeTours Urban Excursions
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Owner description: Best Segway Tours of Philadelphia
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We saw the Tripadvisor reviews for this tour and decided to try it. Sadly, the weather this morning was absolutely horrendous. It was raining really hard and we were afraid our tour would not work out. We were pleasantly surprised. The handed out ponchos and the tour leader just "made it work." After a while, the weather was really an afterthought. Our tour was excellent. It was a totally unique way to explore the city. This is what I would call a "lite" tour. You do not go into buildings or explore areas in depth. It is not intended to be THAT kind of tour.

Lisa was out guide, and she was excellent. She was passionate about the City and the things that it has done well. She gave us some excellent information on the city, its history, the things that make it special. She pointed out the sights that we would need to explore in more detail, later.

We were all first time Segway riders. There was a very good training session, but really, we very quickly discovered that the Segway is REALLY easy to ride and it was a great experience for all of us. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and were very glad we did it. This was not a cheap outing. There are cheaper tours. There may also be cheaper tours where you see more of the city. But there is something unique about seeing the city in this way. You get to see areas you might miss on the buses, and you can cover a lot more ground than you could on foot. It was also just really fun.


Thank attyjpf
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Enjoyed a great tour with Mike! Best way to see the city up close!
It's easier than you think :). Enjoyed the small group attention. Make it
A special thing to do on your trip.

Thank davidwarren1968
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

The 3 hour Segway Tour of Philadelphia with DeTours is definitely the best way to see the top attractions in the city! I've lived in Philadelphia for 4 years and I still learned so much about the sights that we saw. The tour guides were personable, outgoing and really knew intimate details of the city that any tourist would find interesting. During the tour, you stop multiple times to check out famous parts of the city and take a quick break. We got a 10-15 minute break at the Art Museum and we stopped at an adorable cafe for lunch that served delicious food. DeTours did an amazing job making sure we understood how to ride the Segways. Safety was a top priority for them. The route loops through the entire city and takes you along part of the Schuylkill River. This is definitely the best way to see a lot of awesome Philadelphia sites in one day!

Thank Devon K
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

The absolute best part of this tour is the fact that is covers most of the city. DeTours has done an excellent job of giving you a "bird's eye" view of the city, with information about locations you may want to visit later. Because of this, I believe the tour should be the first thing you do when you are visiting Philly, so you can plan out the rest of your trip.

Our tour guide was informative and friendly, and the cafe you visit in the middle of the tour has delicious food.

As someone who's been living in the city for a few months now, I was happy to see new parts of the city and learn more about the landmarks I pass by every day.

Thank Thomas C
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Took the 1 1/2 hour tour. This was our first time and we had a fun time. Our disappointment was the lack of communication from Dan. We spent lot of time on the public streets dodging cars. He didn't have a headset so he could only speak at the few stops. He only knew basic history facts that we could read on the signs ourselves. So if just riding around town is your thing then this is a great tour. We observed our companies with headsets and earphones at many other locations in Philly.

Thank Kmnb2012
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aminata06, Owner at DeTours Urban Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2013

Thank you for your feedback, we are constantly trying to improve our tours.

Every tour is different and your observations about our choice to not use headsets is correct. It is our professional opinion that it is too dangerous in Philadelphia for each guest to wear a head set. Rather paying full attention to the environment while riding is necessary not being distracted by what is being said. This is why we only have the opportunity to point out items when we stop, which is 13 stops in 1.5 hours (which is every 7 min). We highly recommend the folks in Gettysburg Segway Tour they use head sets and it's perfectly safe in the, low traffic no pedestrian, National Park.

We are not a history tour. Rather a tour of Philadelphia, which offers basic fun facts, stories and antidotes about history, pop culture, current events and other uniquely Philly items. Our most comprehensive tour is the 3-hour tour that does offer more content with each stop and more ground covered.

If you are looking for something totally out of the box we suggest our Cheesesteak tour. This tour is much more of a ride through South Philly with stops for food and light trivia.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Philadelphia!


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