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“Outstanding tour ”

Michael the German Pirate
Ranked #6 of 58 Tours in Valparaiso
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tailor-made private tours in Valparaiso and its surrounds off the beaten path and at your own pace.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Michael did a tour for us from Valparaiso to Santiago. It was an amazing day! We saw some sights in Valparaiso, a beautiful Pacific beach before having lunch in a gorgeous fishing town. The food was excellent and with Michael’s extensive knowledge we got there at just the right time for a seafront table. Michael also showed us some local areas with gave us a feel for how people lived. We then headed to a couple of vineyards where we had a few different wines without paying the tasting prices. The best part of the tour is that it’s all completely tailor made and personalised so at all points we had choices on what we wanted to do. We would highly recommend this as a tour and a way to really see some more of Chile.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We were flying into Santiago in order to catch a cruise ship out of Valparaiso. Our flight was a red-eye arriving in the morning and we wanted a tour from the airport to our hotel. Michael was recommended to us and it turned out exactly as we would have liked! Three wine stops in Casablanca along with a quick tour an lunch in Vina del Mar before arriving at our hotel. Michael is very knowledgeable about most things and we had a great time.
One additional note... there was a horrible accident on the highway from Valparaiso to Santiago and Michael was still able to get a driver to us with a minimum wait, turning what might have been a real problem into no big deal! Highly recommended.

Thank zhellings
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Even though our flight had arrived early Michael was waiting for us at the Santiago airport for our tour/transfer to Valparaiso. We drove through the beautiful Casa Blanca Valley and stopped at 3 different wineries and a fabulous wine and local produce store. The country side was magnificent. We then headed to a sleepy little fishing village on the coast were we had a delightful lunch overlooking the ocean. Michael then dropped us off at our hotel in Valparaiso.

The following day Michael's colleague/friend Oliver met us for a day long walking tour of Valparaiso. Over the ensuing 7 and a half hours Oliver took us on a well paced stroll through the streets of this fascinating town. What Oliver didn't know about Valparaiso wasn't worth knowing and everywhere we went we bumped in to people that he knew.

What sets Michael and Oliver's tour apart from the usual windscreen tour is their remarkable ability to impart knowledge not only about the thing you are looking at, but also the culture, educational system, health system, history and the culture of Chile more broadly. This is all done in a most entertaining, casual and interactive way. We learned more about Chile and its people in these 2 days than we learned from all of our previous research and the other week that we spent in the country combined.

An added bonus was that we learned how to confidently use the local public transport system, especially the bus system, which we exploited the following day. Michael and Oliver also informed us of a far easier way to transfer to our hotel in Santiago which we did with great ease. Thanks you Michael and Oliver for the best tour that we have ever experienced!

Thank NauticalDreamer3010
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

If you are thinking of visiting Valparaíso, do yourself a favour and contact Michael to organise a personalised walking tour. He is a fountain of information about the city, its history, architecture and business. He can share many historical pictures, which give added depth to his explanations of why and how the buildings were constructed.He will tailor the walk to your interests and abilities. Michael picked us up from the airport then, after taking us to our hotel, suggested that we nap for a couple of hours (after an all night flight), than start the tour. Very kind and accommodating. During our day with him, Michael pointed out many interesting features of the city for us to explore independently and also some pointers on where not to go. A very satisfactory day and excellent value!

Thank Bodhimind
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

My mother and I took a tour of Valparaiso with Michael after finding out about him online. I rarely do organised sightseeing but made the booking as I was traveling with my 78 year old mother. Michael’s tour was just perfect. We got to see so much of Valparaiso by spending over 6 hours walking with Michael. He gave us options regularly and filled the time with interesting facts about the city - past and present. I could not recommend Michael highly enough. We had an amazing day in Valparaiso!

Thank Kirsten B
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