Chicago Detours

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4.9 | 51 reviews

Chicago Detours

697 have dabbled | 51 reviews
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4.9 | 51 reviews
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Multiple Guides at Chicago Detours

Our Philosophy
We believe that the primary role of a tour guide is to educate, so we create an interactive group dynamic and share educational tools and new perspectives for you to connect with the architecture of Chicago.

We are committed to responsible travel, so our tour company uses green practices and immerse you in a truly local experience.

We know that history is best told with a creative approach, so we use different media, like historic quotes, old photographs, and documentary film clips, to stimulate your imagination and present various perspectives.

We believe that a city like Chicago is more than “highlights,” so we share forgotten stories about both famous city landmarks and lesser-known attractions.

We understand that business is about building community, so our tour company likes to connect with tour operators, conventions, destination management companies, non-profits, community groups, senior groups, universities, cultural organizations, and Chicago businesses.

We treat all our tour guests like a new friend, because we believe in the importance of hospitality, and we love when tour guests have chosen to tour Chicago with a small business.

ABOUT THIS TEACHER

Our Philosophy
We believe that the primary role of a tour guide is to educate, so we create an interactive group dynamic and share educational tools and new perspectives for you to connect with the architecture of Chicago.

We are committed to responsible travel, so our tour company uses green practices and immerse you in a truly local experience.

We know that history is best told with a creative approach, so we use different media, like historic quotes, old photographs, and documentary film clips, to stimulate your imagination and present various perspectives.

We believe that a city like Chicago is more than “highlights,” so we share forgotten stories about both famous city landmarks and lesser-known attractions.

We understand that business is about building community, so our tour company likes to connect with tour operators, conventions, destination management companies, non-profits, community groups, senior groups, universities, cultural organizations, and Chicago businesses.

We treat all our tour guests like a new friend, because we believe in the importance of hospitality, and we love when tour guests have chosen to tour Chicago with a small business.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

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    Lucy O.
    Reviewed on 06/24/19

    This was an a very informative, fun and engaging experience! I would highly recommend this tour!

    This was an a very informative, fun and engaging experience! I would highly recommend this tour!

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    Ashley K.
    Reviewed on 06/15/19

    This tour isnt what my friends and I expected. Per the description, it stated it was a historic pub crawl with an educational twist. We didnt go into any pubs during the tour. The tour guide walked very quickly ahead of the group and started stating facts before the group was all together. We couldn't hear her well.
    The appetizers consisted of a 1/4 burger, a bag of chips, and a roll with fondue poured on top. Not really what we were thinking when this tour cost $40. I am confused why you have to pay additional money for wine or beer.
    My group wouldn't recommend this. There are so many options in the city for tours and we feel the description is not true to what we did today.

    This tour isnt what my friends and I expected. Per the description, it stated it was a historic pub crawl with an educational twist. We didnt go into any pubs during the tour. The tour guide walked very quickly ahead of the group and started stating facts before the group was all together. We couldn't hear her well.
    The appetizers consisted of a 1/4 burger, a bag of chips, and a roll with fondue poured on top. Not really what we were thinking when this tour cost $40. I am confused why you have to pay additional money for wine or beer.
    My group wouldn't recommend this. There are so many options in the city for tours and we feel the description is not true to what we did today.

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    Liana B.
    Reviewed on 05/28/19

    The tour plus food samples were great! I highly recommend it to foodies or those who are just interested in learning about the Fulton Market/ Randolph area. Our tour guide Alex was very knowledgeable and fun! The only bummer was that we didn't get to sample a sandwich from JP Graziano's because they were closed for the holiday (just means that I need to go back), which Alex ended up treating us to beverage to make up for this.

    The tour plus food samples were great! I highly recommend it to foodies or those who are just interested in learning about the Fulton Market/ Randolph area. Our tour guide Alex was very knowledgeable and fun! The only bummer was that we didn't get to sample a sandwich from JP Graziano's because they were closed for the holiday (just means that I need to go back), which Alex ended up treating us to beverage to make up for this.

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    Nicole C.
    Reviewed on 04/21/19

    Our tour was very informative and a great mix of fun and educational.

    Our tour was very informative and a great mix of fun and educational.

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    Christopher L.
    Reviewed on 03/31/19

    What a great time! My friends and I are trying to be more “tourists in our own city” and this was the perfect fit! Very engaging and personal, had a wonderful time.

    What a great time! My friends and I are trying to be more “tourists in our own city” and this was the perfect fit! Very engaging and personal, had a wonderful time.

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    Kim G.
    Reviewed on 03/04/19

    Tons of fun learning more about Chicago architecture and the World's Fair! Will definitely be trying the other Detour tours when we have friends and family in town.

    Tons of fun learning more about Chicago architecture and the World's Fair! Will definitely be trying the other Detour tours when we have friends and family in town.

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    Kenneth H.
    Reviewed on 02/24/19

    Our tour guide, Elizabeth, did a fantastic job guiding us through the history of the city. Our tour was at-capacity but we had no trouble following along as we toured the Loop.

    Our tour guide, Elizabeth, did a fantastic job guiding us through the history of the city. Our tour was at-capacity but we had no trouble following along as we toured the Loop.

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    Molly H.
    Reviewed on 02/22/19

    Awesome experience!

    Awesome experience!

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    Sandy M.
    Reviewed on 02/19/19

    I love Chicago Detours! This was the second tour I've done with them, and they're so friendly and knowledgeable. We got to explore a fair bit of the loop, learn about a lot of the history, and just have a great time. I even got to learn things about the pedway, which was always a mystery to me. Highly recommend!

    I love Chicago Detours! This was the second tour I've done with them, and they're so friendly and knowledgeable. We got to explore a fair bit of the loop, learn about a lot of the history, and just have a great time. I even got to learn things about the pedway, which was always a mystery to me. Highly recommend!

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    Silvie K.
    Reviewed on 01/12/19

    Very informative and fun! We walked around and saw a variety of fun buldings!Guide was wonderful!

    Very informative and fun! We walked around and saw a variety of fun buldings!Guide was wonderful!

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    Kasia M.
    Reviewed on 01/08/19

    My girlfriends and I had so much fun! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and funny.

    My girlfriends and I had so much fun! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and funny.

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    Tanuj M.
    Reviewed on 12/30/18

    Ellen did a great job on the loop interior walking tour. It was a good mix of pure fact and Chicago folklore. It was a good compliment to the architecture boat cruise. I would recommend it to locals or tourists!

    Ellen did a great job on the loop interior walking tour. It was a good mix of pure fact and Chicago folklore. It was a good compliment to the architecture boat cruise. I would recommend it to locals or tourists!

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    Michele M.
    Reviewed on 12/17/18

    What a fun tour! I liked learning the history of things that have been hiding in plain sight for me, a lifelong Chicago girl. Amanda was friendly and personable and knowledgeable.

    What a fun tour! I liked learning the history of things that have been hiding in plain sight for me, a lifelong Chicago girl. Amanda was friendly and personable and knowledgeable.

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    Silvie K.
    Reviewed on 10/27/18

    Alex was ao knowlwdgeable and the tour was so informative and fun! Had an amazing time!

    Alex was ao knowlwdgeable and the tour was so informative and fun! Had an amazing time!

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    Rebecca R.
    Reviewed on 10/10/18

    It was a nice day - so it was fun to walk around and we visited a few cool places! There was more drinking that food -- perhaps you could charge a bit more and get a few more snacks. I felt light headed at the end of the tour.

    It was a nice day - so it was fun to walk around and we visited a few cool places! There was more drinking that food -- perhaps you could charge a bit more and get a few more snacks. I felt light headed at the end of the tour.

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    Debra T.
    Reviewed on 07/08/18

    Alex made the tour really fun! While we wanted to learn about the Fulton market, h included details and history that I had no idea was associated with the area.

    Alex made the tour really fun! While we wanted to learn about the Fulton market, h included details and history that I had no idea was associated with the area.

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    Mary H.
    Reviewed on 06/30/18

    This was such a fantastic tour and the perfect summer outing! I live in and am from Chicago, but I still learned so much on this tour. The stops were great, the beer was copious, and the Morgan our tour guide was just delightful.

    This was such a fantastic tour and the perfect summer outing! I live in and am from Chicago, but I still learned so much on this tour. The stops were great, the beer was copious, and the Morgan our tour guide was just delightful.

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    Tim R.
    Reviewed on 05/30/18

    This tour was full of really interesting details about the history and buildings of this neighborhood. I’ve been through the Fulton Market area before but I didn’t know very much about its history. Our tour guide Alex was full of knowledge and his enthusiasm was really contagious too. And of course the food was awesome! It was a really great way to get out and explore the city in a new way.

    This tour was full of really interesting details about the history and buildings of this neighborhood. I’ve been through the Fulton Market area before but I didn’t know very much about its history. Our tour guide Alex was full of knowledge and his enthusiasm was really contagious too. And of course the food was awesome! It was a really great way to get out and explore the city in a new way.

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    Jane L.
    Reviewed on 04/21/18

    The tour is very informative. I find some interesting facts about how Malls are built to attract shoppers.

    The tour is very informative. I find some interesting facts about how Malls are built to attract shoppers.

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    Elana K.
    Reviewed on 02/16/18

    We had the best time on this tour. We were looking to do something fun and different and get to know Chicago in a new way - this tour hit all the marks. Elizabeth is exactly the kind of tour guide I like - someone who knows a ton and whose excitement about the place you're in makes you more excited and connected to it too. This tour is a great way to spend an evening whether you've been here a while, just moved, or are only passing through! Enjoy!

    We had the best time on this tour. We were looking to do something fun and different and get to know Chicago in a new way - this tour hit all the marks. Elizabeth is exactly the kind of tour guide I like - someone who knows a ton and whose excitement about the place you're in makes you more excited and connected to it too. This tour is a great way to spend an evening whether you've been here a while, just moved, or are only passing through! Enjoy!

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    Kevin A.
    Reviewed on 01/09/18

    Great tour! Great guide! Very informative and fun stories!

    Great tour! Great guide! Very informative and fun stories!

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    Samantha M.
    Reviewed on 08/23/17

    I took this tour over a long weekend simply because I had some spare time, it was a great way to spend 2 hours! As a Chicago native and Chicago history buff, I'm always looking for new ways to learn and this is definitely a treat! Our group was small and Elizabeth, our guide, was great! She knew so much and moved quickly but efficiently to keep you interested! Chicago Detours will definitely be getting me on board again!

    I took this tour over a long weekend simply because I had some spare time, it was a great way to spend 2 hours! As a Chicago native and Chicago history buff, I'm always looking for new ways to learn and this is definitely a treat! Our group was small and Elizabeth, our guide, was great! She knew so much and moved quickly but efficiently to keep you interested! Chicago Detours will definitely be getting me on board again!

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    Ali M.
    Reviewed on 07/19/17

    This was a more enjoyable tour than I thought it might be - focused on architecture and design but also the fun behind the scenes stories of Chicago's mob life and restaurants, etc. There are many interesting facts provided and of course, the beverages make it all the better!! And you get to enjoy a little outdoor time! Make sure check forecast as you do walk from a few key places, but still relatively close together. A positive and memorable experience.

    This was a more enjoyable tour than I thought it might be - focused on architecture and design but also the fun behind the scenes stories of Chicago's mob life and restaurants, etc. There are many interesting facts provided and of course, the beverages make it all the better!! And you get to enjoy a little outdoor time! Make sure check forecast as you do walk from a few key places, but still relatively close together. A positive and memorable experience.

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    Karen M.
    Reviewed on 07/03/17

    Elizabeth was amazing and a great storyteller.

    Elizabeth was amazing and a great storyteller.

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    Sam M.
    Reviewed on 06/09/17

    This tour was sooo fun! I used to be a tour guide so I wasn't sure I would learn anything but I definitely did, and it was even super fun beyond that. We took it a while ago and now we love showing visitors around to all the fun little spots we discovered on this tour. Plus the food is delicious!

    This tour was sooo fun! I used to be a tour guide so I wasn't sure I would learn anything but I definitely did, and it was even super fun beyond that. We took it a while ago and now we love showing visitors around to all the fun little spots we discovered on this tour. Plus the food is delicious!

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    Arianna B.
    Reviewed on 05/08/17

    Alex is a fantastic and very informative tour guide! The stories and sights were fascinating and left much to reflect upon! I would highly recommend this tour!

    Alex is a fantastic and very informative tour guide! The stories and sights were fascinating and left much to reflect upon! I would highly recommend this tour!

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    Zane T.
    Reviewed on 04/09/17

    Great tour highly informational even for locals

    Great tour highly informational even for locals

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    Gale B.
    Reviewed on 04/04/17

    Great time! The guide was fantastic. We went to the Cultural Center and a church within a skyscraper, two hidden gems downtown that I didn't even know existed! Highly recommend.

    Great time! The guide was fantastic. We went to the Cultural Center and a church within a skyscraper, two hidden gems downtown that I didn't even know existed! Highly recommend.

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    Melissa M.
    Reviewed on 03/27/17

    This was a fun and informative tour. Learned lots of new facts and it made for a good time despite the rain. Nice alternative to the usual date night.

    This was a fun and informative tour. Learned lots of new facts and it made for a good time despite the rain. Nice alternative to the usual date night.

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    Brittany W.
    Reviewed on 03/13/17

    We had a wonderful time on this tour!! Our guide, Elizabeth, was fantastic in every way. Not only was she knowledgeable about the historical aspects of our tour, we threw her questions about Chicago history in general and she caught them all. She also did a wonderful job navigating our XL group through the streets of Chicago, and she elegantly handled a run-in with a heckler. I will definitely recommend this tour to friends and look for other Chicago Detours to attend!

    We had a wonderful time on this tour!! Our guide, Elizabeth, was fantastic in every way. Not only was she knowledgeable about the historical aspects of our tour, we threw her questions about Chicago history in general and she caught them all. She also did a wonderful job navigating our XL group through the streets of Chicago, and she elegantly handled a run-in with a heckler. I will definitely recommend this tour to friends and look for other Chicago Detours to attend!

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    Maris B.
    Reviewed on 02/16/17

    I had a great time on this tour. I learned a lot of things about Chicago even though I live here as well as about the World's Fair and the lasting impacts. I will definitely do another tour with this group but there is a fair amount of walking so I'd sign up when the weather isn't subzero.

    I had a great time on this tour. I learned a lot of things about Chicago even though I live here as well as about the World's Fair and the lasting impacts. I will definitely do another tour with this group but there is a fair amount of walking so I'd sign up when the weather isn't subzero.

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    Kate M.
    Reviewed on 02/15/17

    This was a lot of fun! Really enjoyed what we learned as well as all the team play.

    This was a lot of fun! Really enjoyed what we learned as well as all the team play.

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    Miriam G.
    Reviewed on 02/06/17

    Do it a warmer day because you do spend a lot of time outside. Even if you're a local, you'll learn some interesting things you never knew about Chicago history.

    Do it a warmer day because you do spend a lot of time outside. Even if you're a local, you'll learn some interesting things you never knew about Chicago history.

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    Cheryl B.
    Reviewed on 02/01/17

    This tour was awesome!! Alex knocks it out of the park! You are transformed to different time periods while touring hidden gems throughout the Loop. Alex was not only able to provide historical context about each spot but also included not-so-well-know facts and tidbits about each stop. I am completely hooked on Chicago Detours now. I can't wait to do another tour with them!

    This tour was awesome!! Alex knocks it out of the park! You are transformed to different time periods while touring hidden gems throughout the Loop. Alex was not only able to provide historical context about each spot but also included not-so-well-know facts and tidbits about each stop. I am completely hooked on Chicago Detours now. I can't wait to do another tour with them!

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    Katie R.
    Reviewed on 01/28/17

    Tour was so awesome and fun. We were all local chicagoans but really enjoyed learning new things about the fair. Super fun games too.

    Tour was so awesome and fun. We were all local chicagoans but really enjoyed learning new things about the fair. Super fun games too.

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    Jaime P.
    Reviewed on 12/31/16

    Elizabeth did a great job showing us around the loop, the tour was fun and informative!

    Elizabeth did a great job showing us around the loop, the tour was fun and informative!

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    Amelie V.
    Reviewed on 12/18/16

    Elizabeth did a great job giving us insight into architectural trends and cultural forces shaping Chicago's cityscape. She kept our attention throughout the tour and we enjoyed it very much. The iPads added an extra dimension to the information presented. I would recommend this tour to a friend, and already have to the Macy's employee who asked about it. Nice job!

    Elizabeth did a great job giving us insight into architectural trends and cultural forces shaping Chicago's cityscape. She kept our attention throughout the tour and we enjoyed it very much. The iPads added an extra dimension to the information presented. I would recommend this tour to a friend, and already have to the Macy's employee who asked about it. Nice job!

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    Robyn S.
    Reviewed on 10/03/16

    I wasn't aware that the class would be with Chicago Detours, so when I was first at the hotel I didn't know where to find the group. Once I figured that out, the tour was great! Very informative and fun, even for a Chicagoan. Would definitely recommend to others!

    I wasn't aware that the class would be with Chicago Detours, so when I was first at the hotel I didn't know where to find the group. Once I figured that out, the tour was great! Very informative and fun, even for a Chicagoan. Would definitely recommend to others!

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    Sarah C.
    Reviewed on 08/15/16

    Great class! As promised, you do get to see a lot of places in Chicago that otherwise you would miss. (And I should know, as I live here!) The teacher Alex knows his stuff - so be prepared to come with questions. The gist of it? I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the 1893 World's Fair. It's worth the money and the time.

    Great class! As promised, you do get to see a lot of places in Chicago that otherwise you would miss. (And I should know, as I live here!) The teacher Alex knows his stuff - so be prepared to come with questions. The gist of it? I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the 1893 World's Fair. It's worth the money and the time.

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    Jennifer B.
    Reviewed on 08/08/16

    This was a great tour! neat trivia and fun games along the way, not to mention the snacks and drinks! Even as a local, I visited places I had never been in before. I highly recommend this one! Also Elizabeth was a great guide!

    This was a great tour! neat trivia and fun games along the way, not to mention the snacks and drinks! Even as a local, I visited places I had never been in before. I highly recommend this one! Also Elizabeth was a great guide!

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    Rachel C.
    Reviewed on 08/02/16

    So much fun and very informative. The guide was entertaining and well-prepared. Though not so much about the fair itself, I learned lots about the World's Fair from a different perspective.

    So much fun and very informative. The guide was entertaining and well-prepared. Though not so much about the fair itself, I learned lots about the World's Fair from a different perspective.

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    Susan K.
    Reviewed on 07/25/16

    This was a great tour! Fun and educational! I would highly recommend to locals and out of towers alike.

    This was a great tour! Fun and educational! I would highly recommend to locals and out of towers alike.

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    Kimberly M.
    Reviewed on 07/16/16

    Informative and entertaining with great food and a great guide

    Informative and entertaining with great food and a great guide

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    Hill R.
    Reviewed on 07/04/16

    Interesting tour loaded with fun facts and likely places you've never seen whether you're a local or just visiting! Bring your walking shoes.

    Interesting tour loaded with fun facts and likely places you've never seen whether you're a local or just visiting! Bring your walking shoes.

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    Kateland G.
    Reviewed on 05/31/16

    This was such a fun way to be a tourist in my own city! :) I think whether you are out of town or a lifelong Chicagoan, you could have a great time and learn something from this class! It was fun, interactive, entertaining, and I learned some really cool stories about some Chicago staples (and a couple off the path places). I'm not the typical history buff who wants to learn the details and facts and years, but I do love hearing stories. While Elizabeth did know the facts, she also told them in an engaging way. :) I would definitely recommend checking this out!

    This was such a fun way to be a tourist in my own city! :) I think whether you are out of town or a lifelong Chicagoan, you could have a great time and learn something from this class! It was fun, interactive, entertaining, and I learned some really cool stories about some Chicago staples (and a couple off the path places). I'm not the typical history buff who wants to learn the details and facts and years, but I do love hearing stories. While Elizabeth did know the facts, she also told them in an engaging way. :) I would definitely recommend checking this out!

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    Maeve R.
    Reviewed on 05/08/16

    This was an excellent tour for tourists and locals alike.

    This was an excellent tour for tourists and locals alike.

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