Review by Travis Lindenbaum and Tom Smith from Austin, Texas
My husband and I like to travel to relax and restore our spirits. We each have stressful jobs, he is an emergency room doctor and I am a self-employed artist. When we travel we avoid stress by choosing to use a professional company like Toto Tours.
Tour companies provide full-time guides who are familiar with the culture, history, cuisine, and infrastructure of the country. It is comforting to know that from the moment we are met at the airport to the time we are returned to the airport we have someone knowledgeable at our side. If problems arise there is someone available with the skills to deal with them.
For example, when we traveled in India we were confronted with a nation-wide transportation strike. We worried that we would be stuck hundreds of miles away from the airport and might miss our return flight. We thought we might have to hire a private car and leave the tour early. Our guide told us to relax, as long as we stayed with the tour he was responsible and he would get us there on time. He did.
When we visited Peru, we were trapped at Machu Picchu by a landslide blocking the only route out. Our guide told us to go enjoy the morning while he dealt with the problem. As other tourists were hysterically negotiating to depart, we enjoyed another morning of sight-seeing. Then we were escorted around the anxious mobs and onto the only train back to Cusco. An experienced guide can rescue a vacation.
One does not need a disaster to appreciate the helpfulness of a full-time guide. On our recent tour to Mexico, our guide Eric was a delightful companion and guide. When we visited the Frida Kahlo Museum the lines of visitors stretched both ways around the block. Eric made a phone call, and we were promptly ushered through. After visiting the Pyramids of Teotihuacan we enjoyed lunch at the home of a local chef, a friend of Eric’s, rather than at one of the tourist traps that surround the site. Eric knew what we should see and where we should stop along the way. He provided a running commentary that informed and entertained us.
Travel to foreign lands with Toto Tours assures that someone is there to open doors for us, take us places we would not see on our own, and solve problems whenever they arise. Toto allows us to relax and experience the delights, without the worry and hassle.