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“One of the Best Tours we've ever done!”

Authentic Java Tours
Ranked #1 of 42 Tours in Surabaya
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Owner description: Private, escorted ready-made or tailor-made tours for independent travellers. Our main focus is on the Indonesian province of East Java and Madura island. We do not do ‘open group’ tours of travelling strangers. The tour will just be for you. To provide the best experience we limit the number of participants to 1 to 4 people only. Those on our tours benefit from our authoritative and interesting commentary in English en route which will provide background, context and insights to understanding what they see and experience on the tour. All our tours are organized by us to ensure a quality experience, and with the assistance of local guides at the destinations. We also partner with local tourism sector providers for our hotel bookings, restaurant stops and transport to ensure that we contribute to the local economy in accordance with local regulations, and in keeping within our sustainable tourism model.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Our guide Greame was wonderful and had such vast knowledge of Surabaya. We booked this tour with him as were very impressed with his reviews on Trip Advisor. He has a very good website that explains a little about himself, and his tours. We were coming in for the day, and he was picking us up at the cruise ship terminal. He was certainly able to give us a great tour of China Town, Arab Quarter, House of Sampoerna, the working harbour, and so much more. I would have no hesitation in recommending Greame's services, as you can tell he loves what he is doing.

Thank snoopy647
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AuthenticJavaTours, Owner at Authentic Java Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2017

It was wonderful to read your review and to learn that you enjoyed the tour so much. It is very helpful feedback for us. Thank you! Best wishes, Graeme

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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Greame was able to accommodate me on very short notice for a Saturday tour of the historical sights of Surabaya. When you have someone as friendly and knowledgeable as him as your guide, the chaotic surface of this overwhelming city makes way for an understanding of the history that has shaped it and the culture that currently blooms in it. I was taken to all the mayor sights, as well as some important ones that I haven't read about anywhere on my internet searches and which I am sure are not even accessible to the general public. Graeme also went out of his way to accommodate my requests and adjusted his itinerary as the day went along to include things he thought I might find interesting. Thanks Greame for introducing me, not only to Surabaya, but to Indonesia as well.

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AuthenticJavaTours, Owner at Authentic Java Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate receiving your feedback on the tour you took with us. It is good to see that the tour met with your expectations. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

We had an excellent day with Graeme! We covered everything that we wanted to see in Surabaya--and then some. I don't write elaborate reviews. What I say here is, simply, I can recommend Graeme and his services unhesitatingly!

Thank George O
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AuthenticJavaTours, Owner at Authentic Java Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2017

Thanks for your review. We are so pleased to hear that our Old Surabaya Tour met with your expectations. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Graeme was able to take us to places that were not usually visited by tourists or public. He was very knowledgeable with Surabaya's history, cultural background, and made it very interesting. This tour is very local and authentic, and was one of the best tours and tour guides we had on our Indonesian trip, definitely recommend.

Thank ilikehawaii
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AuthenticJavaTours, Owner at Authentic Java Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

Thank you so much for the review. Your feedback is much appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed the tour.

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Reviewed 12 December 2016

We were two families travelling together with young teenaged kids and only one day to spare. Graeme customised an absolutely awesome day to suit our budgetary and time constraints, and it was packed with a myriad of activities that suited each one of us.

We visited Tanjung Perak harbour and watched several old teak schooners being loaded, we visited the old De Javasche Bank and learned all about it's chequered history, we wandered through parts of the city that I'm sure rarely see foreigners, and took in the sights, scents, and sounds of the traditional market. We stopped at the Red Bridge and learned about the events leading to the death of Brigadier Mallaby. We visited a 19th century Buddhist temple where we were treated to a fabulous puppetry display, then took a short tour through the Arab Quarter and its traditional souk.

From there we boarded a ferry to visit nearby Madura Island and enjoyed a delicious Madurese luncheon (in air conditioned comfort, which we really appreciated in the heat of the day!). After lunch, we visited 100+ year old lighthouse and marvelled at its construction, before continuing on to visit the amazing sandstone quarry and caves where the rich, red earth contrasts with the lush surrounding greenery to make for perfect photo opportunities.

Graeme has an incredible wealth of information about Java and all the places we visited, and he was very happy to share his knowledge and answer our many questions throughout the course of our day. He was equally happy to engage the children, too, which I really appreciated as it ensured their interest and attention was kept throughout the tour. While we packed a lot into our, we never felt rushed or hurried along.

All day we travelled in a very comfortable, fully air conditioned mini-van which Graeme had stocked with plenty of drinking water and a variety of snacks, and we all truly had a fabulous day.

My husband are I are keen to head back to Surabaya to do one of Graeme's interesting sounding furniture tours, as well as a foodie tour!

I HIGHLY recommend Authentic Java Tours!

Thank Belinda M
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AuthenticJavaTours, Owner at Authentic Java Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2016

Thank you so much for your detailed review. It is wonderful for us to know that you enjoyed the tour so much. We appreciate your recommendation.

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