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Mexican Riviera
Includes: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Pichilingue/La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Topolobampo & Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico

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#1
4,043 Posts
Joined May 2005
Has anyone been on a tour with Rudy from Tour by Van recently? We booked our tour with him but won't be in Acapulco until October. We were wondering what your experience was like.....so we know what to expect. Plus, we're just looking forward to our visit!

I'm specifically asking about Tour by Van, not any other tour companies or people in Acapulco. We're already booked with him and are not looking to switch.

Thanks!
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Sunny AZ
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Joined Mar 2004
I would be interested as well. He is on our "list" I am collecting for tour guides when we cruise out of Acapulco in 2011.
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Sunny AZ
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Joined Mar 2004
Originally posted by gumballz
Sunny AZ Girl, I'll definitely post a review about him when I return. I take a lot of pictures too, so I'll try to get some pics that will go along with my review.
Thank you. There is a good chance we will be switching our Sapphire cruise scheduled for April to the Radiance in February if I can get the time off of work. If so, we will be visiting Acapulco at that time, too. I will be contacting him early if that works out. I am sure others have toured with him on this board. Anxious to hear reviews.
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Brilliance of the Seas ~ September 1, 2018 ~ Trans-Atlantic Amsterdam to Tampa!


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Mediterranean - Booked! 10/07/17
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#5
WALES united kingdom
107 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Coral Princess - Ft Lauderdale > Acapulco 2009:
REF :- 2 nights stay in Acapulco post cruise:
At first i was apprehensive about booking an independant tour on line ,having first read some reviews and contacting different operaters in Acapulco we ( wife + myself from the UK, + another couple from the USA also CC members ) decided to book a post cruise tour of Acapulco with a company by the name of TOUR BY VAN. I contacted the company by email and corresponded with a gentleman by the name of Rudy Fregoso. He always replied swifty to my questions + concerns and even sent me a copy of his tour operatives licence + insurance. we had transfers from the terminal to our hotel built in our holiday cost with Princess Cruises which we decided not to take as having corresponded with Rudy before leaving the UK we decided to go straight on a tour after disembarking ( not to waste time as we were only in Acapulco for 2 nights ). Rudy assured us that our luggage woul be perfectly safe and that it would be supervised at all times WHICH IT WAS! If we wanted he was prepared to take us to our hotel. True to his word Rudy was waiting for us to disembark at the port, he speaks excellent english and what he doesn`t know about Acapulco probably isn`t worth knowing about. During the tour we stopped for lunch at a typical mexican restaurant ( El Zoritto great food which Rudy recommended ) At no time did he pressure us into anything not even the choice of the restaurant, as he says you decide it`s your tour he will give suggestions if you require but he won`t take you to his friends shop etc ( you know what i mean ! ) The transport he provided was very clean with air con and he also provides compimentary drinks.He took us on a wonderful tour of Acapulco our particular tour lasted approx 7hrs with no hidden or extra costs and you PAY FOR AT THE END OF THE TOUR ,he took us to places we hadn`t discussed in our itinary which we found to be a pleasant and interesting suprise. If you wanted Rudy will tailor make a tour to your requirements.Rudy is very proud of his country and his city Acapulco and is a very informative guide,curtious and can`t do enough for you.I would highly recommend his services and i would definately use his services again no question. In my opinion you cannot go wrong!!!
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#6
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Joined May 2005
goldfi8h, thanks for the review. It's always reassuring to hear positive reviews of a company you've booked. I'm glad you had a nice time!

lovepokercruising, thanks for the info.
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#8
Sunny San Diego
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Joined Apr 2009
Has anybody else besides goldfi8h been on a tour with this company?

I've seen many posts by goldfi8h speaking very highly of Rudy, but I don't think I've actually found anybody else who has already been on a tour with them.
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#9
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Joined May 2005
MaiTaiMary, there have been other people posting about using Tour By Van, but some of those threads have been deleted for various reasons. Hopefully they'll see this thread and come back and post their experiences again.
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#10
194 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
We have a tour with Rudy from Tour by Van in Acapulco setup for next month. Has anyone had recent experience with Rudy's company? He has been very accomodating with arranging our group. Thanks!
#11
4,043 Posts
Joined May 2005
Hi CruiserDoc,

I posted something similar recently as well. We have a tour set up with Rudy next month and we're really looking forward to it. When is your tour? Ours isn't until the very end of the month, so you'll probably be back with a review before I am.

I can tell you that my experience via emails has been very nice. He's quick to answer my questions and seems to be very friendly!

Have fun and let us know how it went!
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#12
194 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
We are excited about our upcoming tour with Rudy and Tour by Van! He has been very accomodating for our group. I look forward to our visit to Acapulco, and you can be sure, I will check in after our tour for comments!! Those of us who value Cruise Critic as a resource for our travel needs depend upon accurate, honest & objective, first-hand experience.
#13
Rio Rico, AZ
871 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
We, too, have a tour booked with Rudy in early December and in our experience, the way to judge a good tour is by the way the tour operator communicates with you prior to the tour. Every time we have booked a private tour like this online and have had the very positive and friendly, accomodating correspondence with the operator such as we've had with Rudy, the tour has turned out to be wonderful.

I'm not worried, and I agree with you, op - Cruiserdoc. Nothing wrong with doing your homework, booking, and then checking with others who have done the tour. Sometimes you have to get something booked or you're out of luck. I'll be watching this thread to see reviews. Like you all have said, it's go and then pay, so what's to lose!?
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#14
Missouri via Portland OR
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Joined Feb 2005
Does anyone one have a website?

Thanks.
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#15
4,043 Posts
Joined May 2005
Originally posted by KenMo
Does anyone one have a website?

Thanks.
tour by van dot com
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#16
Rio Rico, AZ
871 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Cruisingholly, thanks so much for your review on Rudy and Tour by Van! Really appreciated. Can you tell us more about the ruins? We are using him in Dec. and had thought to do a city tour, but maybe this would be more interesting.

Thanks again. Glad to hear it went well for you.
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#17
4,043 Posts
Joined May 2005
Cruisingholly, thanks for telling us about your experience with Tour by Van! We'll be touring with them next week. We won't be heading out to Tehuacalco, but I'm sure what we have planned will be just as nice.

Was it hot & humid when you were there?
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#18
WALES united kingdom
107 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
No need to worry you`ll have a wonderful tour with this company. I agree with the comments made by D&N LUV 2 TRAVEL. Enjoy your vacation have a great time.
#19
Arlington, WA
121 Posts
Joined Nov 2006
Originally posted by gumballz
I'll be touring with Rudy from Tour by Van next week! I know there are quite a few people wondering different things about him and/or his tours. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to find out while I'm there? I'm not going to grill the man, but I'll be happy to observe things (within reason, of course).
Gumballz,

Tell Rudy that "Wildrob" will see him in 5 weeks!! Cant wait!! Woohoo!!!
#20
Cary, NC
42 Posts
Joined May 2006
Our group of 4 toured with Rudy a couple weeks ago (cliff divers, city tour, Shotover Jet boat) and were very pleased. He was extremely flexible, informative, and made sure everyone had a good time. I would definitely recommend him.

Kevin