This tour of Atlanta was one of the best guided tours we have ever taken. The Guide which I believe is a owner of the tour company was so full of information, that he was talking to us most of the 5 hour tour.There was a separate driver, which allowed our guide more time to concentrate on informing the people in the tour. At the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Park we had lots of time to learn about the man and his positive influence on the integration process. The National Park has guides who could answer individual's questions. But, our guide had some details that the Park guide didn't. Our guide had extensive knowledge on any subject about Atlanta and it's history. The guide had to spend a lot of time continually digging into details that he knew people would like to hear about during his tours. We got out of the bus 3 times, as I remember. They were at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Park, CNN building for lunch and for a walking tour on a paved path through a renewed part of Atlanta. On this walk the guide filled us in on more about Atlanta, it's history and it's people. To reiterate, this was one of the best guided tours we've ever had.
At first I was disappointed that the tour bus was not available and we were given a van for 11 people to tour Atlanta however the driver Corey and our tour guide Ron were excellent. They showed all the sites surrounding MLK including his final resting place, we walked on the Beltline, we visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the CNN building, the area that has the Mansions, and the downtown area. Ron was a very interesting tour guide and was very informative. He even played the harmonica very affective for certain sites we were at. I found this tour well worth the money.
My boyfriend and I took the Atlanta Bus Tour and there was nothing about it that we didn't love. Our tour guide, Don, was awesome. He was entertaining and knowledgeable. Filled every moment with some interesting tidbit. Even sang and played the harmonica. Wear comfy shoes..a lot of walking.
For the price I was disappointed with this tour. Whenever I visit a new city I always do a tour to learn about it. This tour of Atlanta didn't give me any general history or interesting facts. It focused heavily on Martin Luther King and the majority of time was spend in and around the various MLK sites. The bus seating arrangements were not assigned so people were constantly changing seats with every stop. The tour itself just drove around, at a high rate of speed, while the tour guide was talking about various things of little interest. Trouble is, we had no idea what he was talking about because the bus moved so fast. The tour didn't really cover any of the history of Atlanta. It seems we just drove around various suburbs with the tour guide pointing out which hospital he was born at and which elementary school his sisters went to. The last hour was spent driving around the expensive suburbs. This would be a good tour if you want to learn a lot of MLK. Other than that, I cannot recommend it.
This tour was better than I expected. Though I didn't make it there on time, my mother and I met the group at the Martin Luther King Visitor Center and experienced Don as our guide. He was very lively, informative and passionate about this subject matter which is important as a guide. We spent a hour or so at the Center and at Ebenezer Baptist Church and then we moved onwards to little neighborhoods Entenmann?? Piedmont Saw the old Sears Roebuck warehouse transform into a bohemian mall. Then afterwards to CNN building for lunch which I had to pay for and tour of Buckhead neighborhood. I will say it was more than I could ever conjure up if I did my research in finding stuff to do. Don and the driver forgot his name were nice at the very end and returned my mother and I back to MLK Center to get my rental car. They were worth the tour cost and more if you can afford to give.
Best tour ever!!!! Guide Don and Driver Cory were VERY knowledgeable about everything sharing many personal stories of some of the areas. The were most helpful and accommodating to all of us including the lady in the cart. So much information to absorb we will probably take this tour again when we are able to return to Atlanta.