This was my second day with Lola so I already knew I had an excellent guide. There was one other guest on the tour and the 3 of us had a lovely, fun day. Whilst the Urban Adventure tours take you to the main sightseeing spots, the fact that they also take you wandering around the areas where the local go makes it particularly interesting. I did this tour on a Sunday, so we were able to see Cariocas at leisure. I really enjoyed wandering around the Olympic Boulevard area and along the water’s edge in Urca where lots of people were enjoying their day off with their family and friends - and joining in! And Lola took us to all the best spots for the views from Sugarloaf.
The small group enabled easy conversations through which Lola filled in general information about Rio and the people who live there. She was also really helpful giving me information and advice about getting to somewhere I was going the following day.
I really enjoyed the day and very much appreciated having Lola as a guide.
Ms. Sarah S., Rio de Janeiro, 21 Sep 2018
Monte was a great tour guide. Very informative and showed that he loves his job. The stop at the Lincoln Memorial was great. Enjoyed sitting on the steps at night. Would have liked to had a stop at the Jefferson Memorial where we could have walked up to the monument.
Mr. Sarah W., Washington, D.C., 21 Sep 2018
Olga was a great guide, catered effectively to everyone's questions and personalities
Ms. Pam G., Moscow, 21 Sep 2018
I did this tour about an hour after I arrived in Rio and was a bit anxious because I knew this was going to be just me and the guide and wasn’t sure how comfortable that would be. I really needn’t have worried, I had a lovely afternoon with Renata and a fabulous introduction to Rio. I felt I was being shown around by a friend. The tour takes you to outlets which sell stuff made in Brazil, interesting quirky places that I enjoyed visiting whether or not I wanted to buy anything. And along the way I got to ride on the Metro and to wander around Santa Teresa and see the fabulous street art. What’s not to like?! And as for my concerns about being on my own with a guide, it was an added bonus to be to chat one to one with Renata; what better way to learn about Rio and its culture than a real conversation with a local?
Because it was a public holiday the market area was closed and Renata was cautious about safety as we visited a particular shop in that area that was staying open for us. This was the first stop and at the time I felt a little surprised the tour had been scheduled for a public holiday. By the end of the tour I was very glad it had because it was the only time I could do it and I certainly wouldn’t have missed it.
I’d highly recommend this tour and Renata as a guide and companion.
Ms. Sarah S., Rio de Janeiro, 20 Sep 2018
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!! Everything was truly top-of-the line and amazing. We did at least two different tours each day on our 10-day trip to Madrid. And although all were enjoyable, this Urban Adventures tour was by far the very best. The tour guide Andrea truly knows everything about Madrid's history and culture. She was nothing short of amazing in more ways than one. On our initial night of this 5-hour tapas tour, our daughter unfortunately was dehydrated from accumulated actives and fainted. However, the tour guide Andrea was quick to effectively handle this situation in a calm, efficient, professional and compassionate manner. She rapidly had the local EMT/ambulance there in under five minutes. She stayed by our side and translated for us while the kind medical team examined our daughter (for free!). Once our daughter was cleared and felt strong enough to return to hotel for hydration and rest, Andrea's manager Cecilia promptly called us to see how she could be of help. She kindly rescheduled the tour for us on another day at no additional charge, and even connected us with her tour counter-part in Barcelona (Alicia), who guided us on a day trip there. It is very comforting and reassuring to know that you can have the right help if an emergency occurs while vacationing in a foreign country. So, for this and the remarkable tapas/history tour I say a great big "THANK YOU" to both tour guide Andrea and Urban Adventures manager Cecilia!!! (Honestly a dynamic duo!)They are truly amazing, kind and professional people. Both my husband and our 24 year-old daughter enjoy this tour to the fullest also! I highly recommend and believe you will love it! Not only will you enjoy the delicious tastings, and rich culture expose, but you can rest assured you'll be safe and well cared for. Absolutely a five plus stars out of five. I would give this tour ten stars if allowed. Thank you. Grace L.