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Sandbanks52 wrote a review Jul 2019
Kingston, Canada22 contributions2 helpful votes
A great way to start your trip in St. John's. The guide, Michael Boyle, is filled with stories and historical anecdotes. From the Government Building to the Jelly Bean Row Houses, he leads the group up and down the narrow, hilly streets of St. John's.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from MICHAEL B, Manager at Boyle Tours
Responded 04 Jul 2019
First of all many thanks for taking time to review our historical walking tour. Our walking tour is a fantastic way to get to know the history and culture of this place we all call home. Thanks for coming on out tour. Michael Boyle Boyletours.com
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Pat S wrote a review Oct 2018
Cork Ireland25 contributions15 helpful votes
My wife and I booked a walking tour with Michael Boyle. We chose it because he was highly rated on many websites including Tripadvisor. Whenever we visit a city for the first time, we always try to go on a walking tour. It gives us a feel for the city and its way of life. We found that it is very difficult for a tour guide to pitch his/her talk at the right level. Everyone in attendance want something different from the tour. Some tour guides go deeply into the history of the city, citing many battles and baffling us with dates, great for historians, but not for us as a first introduction to the city. Others move along at a frantic pace, briefly pointing out various landmarks Of course many pitch it at the right level for us. Michael Doyle falls into this category and he does it in a very entertaining way. I could go on to describe the way in which he makes it entertaining but that would spoil the show for you. Pros Right amount of detail (for us) Great knowledge of his city Highly entertaining with a quirky sense of humor Perfect timing Looks the part with his top hat etc Cons Wished the tour went on for longer.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from MICHAEL B, Owner at Boyle Tours
Responded 09 Oct 2018
First of all PAT S. Thanks for taking time to make such insightful comments on the immense value of all historical walking tours and of course- on my own tour of St Johns.Indeed you hit the nail on the head and it is a balancing act in that today many people on the tour are looking for a unique interesting and enjoyable experiences. Recorded history is in the archives - our tours are not your old boring history classes at High school or University.In a way we are seminar on the street. Thanks for your great observations and readers will see that personal service is something we aim at For example -we are really keen to keep all tours to a maximum of twenty five people and that means booking ahead is really very important. And you are correct the tour could be a bit longer. Indeed we are looking at adding one more stop for next year.For example it will be the 100th anniversary of the first Trans Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in June 1919.We will cover that on the tour. Thanks again so much for your comments. Michael B
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jay y wrote a review Aug 2018
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We started off by showing up a few minutes late and instead of taking off he added a little historical story for the group and waited for us,,such a gentlemen. Couldn’t get enough we could have listened to him for hours, he provides historical facts with colourful deleivery and little known insights.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from MICHAEL B, Owner at Boyle Tours
Responded 09 Oct 2018
YES I am a little late with my response Jayy. I do remember this tour very well because you joined us at the first official stop.History must be exiting and come alive and all our guides are keen to show this to our guests.We aim at service for all our guests and because of parking issue we understand and if we get a heads up then we can be on the look out for you.You called the hotline and i knew you would catch up with us at the first stop. THANKS for your comments .
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coco057toronto wrote a review Jul 2018
Toronto, Canada116 contributions73 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed Boyle’s walking tour of St John’s. Michael is as colourful as the houses of St Johns. He is charming and knowledgeable about the stories and history of St John’s. He reenacts historical moments with great flare leaving us with lasting memories. The tour group was small and the whole experience was wonderful. We highly recommend this tour
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from MICHAEL B, Owner at Boyle Tours
Responded 02 Jul 2018
Our July 1 Memorial Day/Canada Day evening walk is a always special one. Many thanks coco57 for taking the time to provide such positive feed back. We had a small group but a very interactive and super interested group. I really enjoyed your observations and questions. A new feature of the tour was the special statute in Bannerman Park to remember the soldiers coming home from the war. I appreciate your amazing comments but I am merely the guide and as you say our historic city is the main character with the colourful houses.I am happy to help provide enjoyable cultural and historical experiences.. THANKS BOYLE HISTORIC WALKING TOUR St.Johns NL
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Cammy137 wrote a review Jun 2018
8 contributions4 helpful votes
We booked a tour with Michael somewhat last minute near the end of our two week trip around Newfoundland, and we are so happy we did! It was a drizzly day but our entire group had an excellent time and didn’t even notice the weather. Michael knows a ton about the city, and can deliver an excellent dramatic re-enactment. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the history of St John’s and see some of its most colourful side streets!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from MICHAEL B, Owner at Boyle Tours
Responded 18 Jun 2018
YES First of all thanks Cammy137 for taking time to provide such insightful comments on our tour last week.My tours are small,customized and interactive.This means -of of course history must "come alive ' on my tour. And as you say it was a drizzly day but folks like you come to Newfoundland for cultural and historical experiences. Thank you again. Michael B
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