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“Private tour of Cartagena”

Claudia Vidal - Private Tour Guide
Ranked #43 of 128 Tours in Cartagena
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

Claudia was terrific. We had a delayed start due to confusion about the meeting point but otherwise the tour was excellent. Claudia had a wealth of knowledge of Cartagena and gave us an overview tour of the old and new cities. She had a good, careful driver so was not distracted by traffic or finding somewhere to park.
I would thoroughly recommend her.

2  Thank Jill L
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Reviewed 9 January 2016

We booked a private tour directly with Claudia many months in advance of the date, and assumed the tour would be with her, however when we arrived at the dock, she briefly greeted us, not even able to look directly at us, and made a hurried introduction to our "tour guide" a very old man named Willie whose command of English was basic at best. First stop was to the fort, where we stayed about two minutes. He mumbled something about the history, but we actually learned more from another tour guide with a large group there. Then Willie took us to the 'craft market' but we didn't want to go inside, thinking we were going to get a tour. We followed him through some deserted streets, walking at the pace of a tortoise behind him, all the time he didn't say anything, other than to point out a wall painting of some slave, again mumbled so we couldn't understand. No water was provided in the van, so we asked to be able to buy some, and he did that for us, as well as taking us to fruit vendors and an empanada vendor.
At no time did we learn anything, never went in a building except when he tried to take us to the emerald"museum" which is just a jewellery store. That was it, 3 hours total waste of time and money. So much for the architectural custom tour of Cartegena!
Claudia Vidal's website is slick, but if you want her for a tour guide make sure you get it in writing. I would not recommend using her, very unprofessional outfit.

9  Thank xenabelle
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Reviewed 8 January 2016

My wife and I decided to take a private tour when cruising to Cartagena instead of purchasing the onboard tour and it was the right decision.

We'd never taken a tour that only included the two of us with guide and driver and it was much better and close to the price of the cruise tour. We reviewed this tour on Trip Advisor before contacting Claudia and booking with her.

Claudia took us on a 4 hour tour. The real highlight for us was driving to and walking through the old city where we were able to drive where the typical tour bus couldn't go.

What we also liked was the flexibility when going to other major areas of interest because we could wait until the large tours left the area so we could really see the site and listen to Claudia's commentary.

She suggested the main areas with a concentration on walking through the old city and it was a great tour. One that we would recommend to anyone that wants to see Cartagena without the rush and crowds of the tours provided by the cruise line.

Claudia speaks excellent English and knows her history and her way around the city. We learned a lot.

2  Thank Barry W
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

Claudia's tour company is reliable and professional. Claudia could not do the tour herself that day but Arturro was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. our driver Gustuv was excellent at navigating the traffic of Cartegena.I am in a wheelchair and am able to transfer into a car. I had emailed Claudia in advance and she set up the tour for myself and my husband. We had run into an old friend on the trip and they accommodated him even though the car was small for all of us. It would have been fine if we didn't bring an extra person so the fault was ours. The only downside was the congested traffic in Cartegena due to many cruise ships. Arturro quickly made the correct decision to go the opposite direction of the tour buses which gave us a better view from the monestary.. All in all I would trust this tour company.

1  Thank soos395
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

Claudia has an extensive knowledge of local history and a speaks perfect English.
We were a group of twelve from a Princess Cruise, and had a comprehensive four- hour tour of Cartagena.
Having a van with a driver enabled us to be dropped at one place and picked up at another, very useful on hot days and a tight cruise schedule

1  Thank Tomtom12
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