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Day Trip to Niagara Falls from New York (Bus & Flights Prices 2019)

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With around 3 160 tons of water rushing over them every second, the Niagara Falls are one of Earth’s greatest natural spectacles. The raw power and beauty of these three enormous waterfalls have made them arguably the best-known waterfalls in the world, and they are truly a sight to behold.

With these tours, all transport from your hotel in New York City to the waterfalls and back is taken care of. You’ll be shown around the falls and enjoy the ‘Maid of the mist’ voyage, or a thrilling ‘journey behind the falls’.

getting close to Niagara Falls

Getting close to Niagara Falls

Know before you book:

    • The Niagara Falls cruise operates weather permitting, which means schedules may change. If the cruise isn’t operating on the day of your tour, it will be substituted by the Journey Behind the Falls.
    • Other languages are available but not guaranteed
    • The tours cross over into Canada, so you will have to ensure that you have all the correct documentation required to do so (passport, visa, etc)
    • Hotel pick-ups are only available for hotels located between 23rd Street and 7fth Street
    • The provider isn’t liable or responsible for any flight cancellations or delays
    • Any additional costs incurred will be the passenger’s responsibility


Highlights:

    • Get right up close to the stunning Niagara Falls
    • See both the American and Canadian sides of the falls
    • ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride during the summer months (May – October) for incredible views from the mist
    • ‘Journey Behind the Falls’ in the winter months (November – April)
    • Hotel pick-up and transfers

Niagara Falls is a group of three enormous waterfalls that sit right on the international border between New York state and Ontario, Canada. The falls, which drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, reach an astounding height of 167 feet (51 meters) and combined, they form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America.

Six Million cubic feet of water falls relentlessly over the falls every minute, making for an incredible sensory experience. The falls are truly a wonder of nature.

Straddling the border between the US and Canada, these falls also happen to be just a short flight away from New York City. This makes it possible (and incredibly rewarding) to take a day trip from New York City to Niagara Falls.

maid of the mist boat

The tours allow for you to get right up close to the falls, either from the water by boat, or by slipping in behind the colossal walls of water for an incredible view from the inside. Your guide will pepper the tour with interesting facts and information as you absorb the thunderous gush of the falls.

Whether you choose the option that transports you via bus or the option of flying, the journey is certainly worth the reward. Keep reading for more information on Niagara Falls tours from New York.

If your tour of Niagara Falls takes place during the summer months (between May and October), you’ll get to take a ride up to the falls on the world-famous ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat.

Operating for over 150 years, the ‘Maid of the Mist’ cruise floats passengers right into the mystical mist that surrounds the roaring falls. The 30-minute cruise drifts you across the foaming waters to the basin of the Horseshoe Falls and the base of the American falls. Feel the cool mist on your skin as light dances through the spray and across the water.

If your tour falls in the winter months (between November and April), your guide will show you a different side of the falls as you embark on the ‘Journey Behind the Falls’. An elevator takes you down 125 feet before you emerge behind the waterfall.

boat with niagara falls in the background

New York, One Day Tour Prices 2019

The cost of a New York to Niagara Falls day trip is between $225 and $540 depending on whether you opt to travel from NYC to Niagara Falls by bus or by plane. In this post, we’ll explore both of these exciting Niagara Falls tour options.

Niagara Falls Opening Times

While the Niagara Falls are flowing and open for viewing 24/7, the tours discussed during this post take place at specific times throughout the day. You don’t need to worry about opening times, the tour provider will take care of all the timing.

Best Time To Go

The best time to visit Niagara falls is unarguably the summer months (between June and August). Summer is the busy season, but the warm temperatures make the cool, misty spray from the falls irresistible!

New York to Niagara Falls Tour Options

The Niagara Falls are accessible from New York City via bus or plane. Taking the plane is quicker and easier, but taking the bus is cheaper and offers a scenic journey through New York state. We’ll discuss and compare these New York to Niagara Falls tour packages below.

New York to Niagara Falls Bus Tour

This one-day tour to Niagara Falls from New York by bus is best suited for those who want to save some money and enjoy a scenic bus ride through New York state. It saves the hassle of driving across-state to see the falls and allows you to get some rest during the journey.

niagara falls boat trip

If you choose the New York to Niagara Falls bus tour, your journey will start in the small hours of the morning as you depart from New York City in a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi and entertainment. The bus ride offers spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains, and you’ll stop along the way for a snack.

The bus ride can vary in length, but will generally take around 7 – 8 hours. This tour will take around 19 hours from start to finish.

What we liked: An affordable way to visit the Niagara falls from New York!

Get picked up from your NYC hotel

Comfortable bus ride across state to the Niagara Falls

Explore the falls

Enjoy a scenic bus ride back to your hotel in New York

Have a restful sleep after a big day

INCLUDES:
  • Round-trip bus transfers from New York City
  • Guided bus tour of Niagara Falls
  • Boat tour (if option selected)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Comfortable bus journey with Wi-Fi and entertainment

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • Flights
  • Lunch

Click the button below to find out more about this New York to Niagara Falls Bus Tour.

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NYC to Niagara Falls Flight

This day trip to Niagara Falls from NYC includes airplane transport and is best suited for those who wish to travel quickly and efficiently between New York City and Niagara Falls. This option will save valuable holiday time and minimize stress.

Following a pick-up from your New York City hotel, you’ll be shuttled to the airport and board a flight bound for Upstate New York. The one-hour flight is scenic, so try to get a window seat and look out across the striking American landscape!niagara falls from plane

Once you arrive, you’ll board a bus for a guided tour of both the American and Canadian sides of the falls. The tour is informative and offers stunning views of the falls from multiple angles. After you’ve experienced the earth-shattering power of the falls, you’ll move back to dry land for a comfortable buffet lunch with stellar views.

The entire tour will take around 14 hours from pick-up to drop-off.

 

What we liked: The fastest and easiest way to explore Niagara Falls from New York City!

Get picked up from your NYC hotel

Take a quick and easy flight across New York State

Get picked up from the airport and transfered to the f

alls

Explore the falls

Fly back to NYC

Have a restful sleep after a big day

INCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (only for hotels located between 23rd Street and 75th Street)
  • Buffet lunch over-looking the falls
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Maid of the Mist tickets (between May and October)
  • Journey behind the falls (between November and April)
  • Guided bus tour of the falls

EXCLUDES:
  • Dinner, breakfast, and snacks
  • Hotel pick-up from any hotels that are not located between 23rd Street and 75th street, Manhattan
  • Gratuity
  • Souvenirs

Click below to find out more about this tour and book your tickets! Be sure to book well in advance, as this Niagara Falls day trip from New York sells out quickly.

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8Expert Score
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Location
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Value for Money
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Convenience
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Fun
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Level of Activity
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PROS
  • An easy and time-efficient way to see the incredible Niagara Falls from New York
  • Get right up close to the waterfalls
  • The guided tour offers interesting information and stunning vantage points
CONS
  • The travel time for the bus option can be a bit long
  • The traveling can be excessive if you struggle with long journeys
  • It can be a long day, some people may get tired

Specification: Day Trip to Niagara Falls from New York (Bus & Flights Prices 2019)

Accessibility

Not Specified

Duration

14 hours for the flight option, 19 hours for the bus option

Inclusions

Maid of the Mist OR Journey Behind the Falls, Transport from New York to Niagara Falls and back

Exclusions

Souvenirs, Gratuities

Meals

Buffet lunch (flight option only)

Pick-up

Hotel pick-up and drop-off (flight option only)

Suitable for

Families, Couples

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  1. Anonymous

    What a tour, very very long but it is what we expected, we saw other option and this one was the cheapest one and no regrets. Some frineds took the tour by flight last year and told us was very tiring, this one you are able to sleep or watch a movie the whole way. Highly Recommended.

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  2. Anonymous

    Super cool! Highly recommended.

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  3. Anonymous

    I was so happy to confirm that this was the best option among the other tours that take you through the pain of airports. The bus was really comfortable and we actually spent more time enjoying the amazing scenery of the Niagara Falls than the other guys that flew in. A great bang for your buck!

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  4. Anonymous

    This tour was disgraceful. The 3 stars is for the falls themselves – well worth going to see. We were told to be at the arranged meeting point 10-15 minutes before 4am. The bus didn’t turn up until after 4am and by the time we left we were already 30-40 mins behind. Once we finally got there 12.30pm – much later than was supposed to be most of us were dropped at the food court and told to be back in an hour and NOT to be late. Our guide and about a dozen passangers were going to a pre planned buffet, of which the rest of us knew nothing about. The guide was late getting back from lunch and told us to hurry, don’t stop to take pictures because we can do that in our free time. What a joke. The Maid In The Mist boat ride is a MUST. It was amazing, stunning and well worth doing. The rest of the afternoon was so rushed that we walked from the boat tour to Goat Island in less than 30 mins. The guide told us the history as we walked. If you stopped to take pictures they kept going and missed most of what he said. We were then told to get back on the bus for home. I, and others, expected to stop for something to eat and rest room break. No, we went straight through until 11.30pm when the driver looked for somewhere to stop. We stopped at Walmart and were told just use the restroom don’t go into Walmart for any shopping. Mind you we hadn’t eaten since lunch. Absolutely disgraceful!! It was so rushed it wasn’t funny. I read all the reviews and picked this on the basis of those reviews. Either we just picked the wrong day to go or the reviews are not accurate. The bus seats were very uncomfortable – especially having to sit for so long on the way back. There were no movies. The WiFi worked ok but I couldn’t play anything to watch – it just kept telling me to re try. The Falls are amazing and I’m glad I got to see them. The rest I am not happy with.

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  5. Anonymous

    Wonderful experience. I have visited NY many times, and never thought about experiencing Niagara Falls in one day. When some friends recommended us this tour, we decided to go for it, and we are pleased we did it. The round trip it’s very comfortable, and the time spent in Niagara was great. We really recommend the boat experience in summer time. 100 recommended.

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  6. Anonymous

    I’m actually not even sure if some of the reviews for this trip are real. It was disgraceful. The pick-up time was 4am but we didn’t get on the road until at least 30mins later. By the time we got to the falls it was lunch time. Half the tour who were Spanish speaking had a buffet lunch and the rest of us were told to get lunch and meet back NO LATER than a certain time. Then the guide and the buffet group were 15 to 20mins later. We then walked to the falls but weren’t allowed to look at them or take photos as we could do that in our free time 5mins or so it turned out to be later. Then we went on the Maid of the Mist – this was amazing and is 90 of the two stars I have given. I absolutely recommend it. Our guide then took us on a short walk with a bit of information and history. He had to repeat everything as it was a double language tour, which meant it took 60mins to hear 30mins of info. We then had about 5mins to use the bathroom, buy souvenirs, and take photos. This was not nearly enough time. If the lunch group wasn’t so late we would have had ample time. We travelled from Australia and will likely never get to experience this again – it was very upsetting that we didn’t get the few minutes needed to take a couple of photos and enjoy the falls. We then got back on the bus around 4pm and drove…and drove…and drove. We stopped around 11pm for a bathroom break – no one told us we wouldn’t be stopping for dinner, or even a bottle of water. We finally got back to the city after midnight. There were so many ways this tour could have been improved. Communication is the main one. If wrist bands or stickers were given for the various optional parts lunch and boat ride we wouldn’t have to have our names ticked off three times. If snacks were provided we wouldn’t have had to skip dinner. The bus could have played movies on the 7hr drive – even documentaries about the falls, so the guide didn’t have to regurgitate Wikipedia. The two stars are for the falls alone, which I’m glad to have seen. The tour itself deserves negative stars. I’ve never been so disgusted or disappointed to have spent money on a tour before.

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  7. Anonymous

    Everything went wrong on this trip. I booked and opted the boattrip for my 50th birthday but received an e-mail in wich I was asked by AmigoTours if we were able to reschedule to the 20th instead. I answered the mail several times but didn’t get any confirmation. The hotel receptionist called the office and got an answering machine…. We were supposed to get on the bus at 4am but it was late and the driver waited for something or someone until just before 5 am. 15 minutes after we finally drove of we heard an alarm suggesting the doors didn’t close properly. It took 20 minutes to silence it. We arrived in Niagara Falls 12.30pm, it’s there where our guide Nancy from over the falls tours got on the bus. Instead of taking us to the falls, she took us to the casino to have lunch for an hour. 2pm we made it to the falls and our voucher turned out to be WORTHLESS, because AmigoTours apparently hadn’t paid the park our money for entering the park and the boat. AmigoTours is NOT known to them…. So we had to buy 2 new tickets at the entrance, the manager was called to assist, he spoke to AmigoTours on my phone and meanwhile our tourguide Nancy was nowhere to be found, she claims to have counted her group….but it turns out she was already on the boat with all the other people on the tour without us 2 because we were still at the entrance trying to get our ticket. The Falls were great, the boattrip was awesome but AmigoTours and Nancy from over the falls tours were worthless and useless.

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  8. Anonymous

    This tour was disgraceful. The Falls are well worth going to see, they are magnificent BUT Amigo Tours OMG an absolute joke. They immediately ask does anyone speak any language other than Spanish Yes English – OK but they continue to speak the whole entire time in spanish Dont know why they bothered asking!! Seats were uncomfortable and no movies on board We arrived at Niagara Falls and stopped in the town. The tour guide told everyone to get off the coach and go find somewhere to eat. then said he and about a dozen passengers were going to a pre planned buffet, of which the rest of us knew nothing about. I asked him to check if ours names were on the list because we went sure what we paid for He didn’t even look and said no they are not, when i said you didn’t even check our names he said i know because the only names on the list are spanish sounding names. Then i told them we didn’t know anything about the buffet but could we go too he said ok get back on the bus. Some of the other passengers didn’t know what was going on and were left just standing on the footpath. So unorganised!!. Buffet was fabulous though so much food and so reasonable recommend eating there. The Maid In The Mist boat ride is a MUST. It was amazing, stunning and well worth doing. The rest of the afternoon was so rushed that we walked from the boat tour to Goat Island in less than 30 mins. The guide told us the history as we walked mostly in spanish unless we asked him sorry what was that? If you stopped to take pictures they kept going and missed most of what he said. Everyone was in the souvenir shop so we went to the bathroom and came out and everyone was gone so we had to run to keep up. We left to return to New York so late because they kept doing head counts 3-4 times then realised 2 passengers were actually no shows in the morning. The driver flew on the motorway the whole way home No stopping we actually feared for our lives as he was driving erratically and too fast. He drove the whole way straight to New York and we arrived back around 11.30pm . . Absolutely disgraceful!! It was so rushed it wasn’t funny. The Falls are amazing and I’m glad I got to see them but unless you speak Spanish i wouldn’t recommend going with Amigo Tours

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  9. Anonymous

    The falls are beautiful and once you are there and have time to walk around the drive is totally worth it. I do want to point out when booking the tour the description mentioned that this was a Bilingual tour it fails to mention that the primary language is Spanish. Once we got to Niagara Falls the tour guide was great and did accommodate both languages. The drive is extremely long 8 hours each way and the movie that was played on a way back was in Spanish. Please update the details of the tour to make it clear that the tour will primary be conducted in Spanish so folks are fully aware before booking.

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  10. Anonymous

    The attraction itself was so fabulous, better than my expectation. We went when the most ride was not operating due to the ice still around. We were pleased we didn’t go at peak season as the crowds would make it less appealing. The bus ride was long, as expected, stops were enough, people were great, crossing the border and back through customs was an ordeal and not very friendly. Lot of confusion with who is staying on USA side and who is not, majority is Spanish speaking but a lot of languages were covered. Well worth the trip.

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  11. Anonymous

    Very Very disappointed with this tour not worth the money a waste of my time and a wasted day

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  12. Anonymous

    This tour overall was great, it had snowed overnight so there was fresh white snow everywhere and it looked beautiful! Some recommendations, would be nice to get a mock itinerary of whats going to happen on the day, you kind of go into it blind with only a pick up time, nothing else. Why did we stop at a souvenir shop for 25 minutes, would of been better to have more time at the falls. The view from lunch was great, food was ok. Tour guide Edwardo was good, very knowledgeable and didn’t leave anyone behind even if they were running 25mins late from the time he told us to meet. Our plane was delayed 4h on the way back to NYC but that wasn’t the tours fault, just bad weather in NYC. Definitely recommend if you are short on time and want to see Niagara falls. We would of stayed overnight in Niagara if we did it again.

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  13. Anonymous

    This was breathtaking ……on one of the coldest days Niagara Falls had seen for some time, the falls were frozen when we visited in December winter The tour was very well arranged when you consider catching planes and buses were required to get us to the falls and back again It was a long day, our hotel pick up was 5:45am and we were back at the hotel at about 9:00pm, but well worth it

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  14. Anonymous

    This was breathtaking…we visited Niagara Falls on one of the coldest days it has seen for some time. The tour was arranged very very well, when you consider the transport involved planes and buses, and hotels etc. Our day started at 5:45am and we got back to the hotel that night at about 9:00pm, so a very long day but very worth it. This is just one of those things that you just HAVE to do.

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  15. Anonymous

    A great tour, a great day.

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  16. Anonymous

    I can’t even put into words how special this day was! My husband and I enjoyed every minute of this experience and would LOVE to do this again!

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  17. Anonymous

    Amazing waterfall.

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  18. Anonymous

    It was an amazing tour. Highly recommended.

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  19. Anonymous

    Great experience – the Falls are breathtaking – well worth the trip.

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  20. Anonymous

    A truly memorable trip fully professional and well organised from start to finish. The lunch was tasty and plentiful. Plenty of time for photo opportunities. Would fully recommend this trip. Safe to say my husband had a truly memorable birthday. The whole trip ran so smoothly from early pick up at 3.30 am to our pick up at Buffalo airport to our flights and pick up from JFK to return to our hotel. Our flight home was 3pm so got back to our hotel by 5pm. Early enough to enjoy our evening. Thanks to our guide and driver Martha

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  21. Anonymous

    A easy way to get to the Niagara Falls with a tour guide introducing.

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  22. Anonymous

    They didn’t inform us that we can go to the canada side if we have a visa. We get there at 1:30 but it should be 11:30 like what is said in the itinerary. The tour guide also leaves us at the ny side and accompany those who will go to the canada side. They said that the bus will be back at 4pm and so are we so we only have 2 hours and 30 mins to roam around. When we came back at 4 to the meeting place the bus wasn’t there and they only got there at 5:30. It was not a bad experience but it doesnt meet our expectations and the tour wasn’t worth the price. It seems like we just book a bus transfer not a tour.

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  23. Anonymous

    Great service, long time to take bus but overall is good!

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  24. Anonymous

    Thank you for raising your concern to us. Kindly note that it’s stated “When you are taking the Behind the Falls Tour or Boat Tour with Canadian side only, you will travel into Canada. Please bring your passport, valid visa, and any documentation necessary for entering Canada”. Your understanding will be much appreciated.

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  25. Anonymous

    It was not stated in the Klook description page that: 1. the tour will cover the canadian side of the falls 2. the tour will be given to those who has the canadian visa or can enter the canada without visa requirement For those who cannot enter canada, they will leave you at the niagara park. So, no tour guide at all at the USA side, so it was actually only transportation covered not the tour!!! The tour guide name Ricardo told us to be ready at the pick up place at 3 pm, but HE WAS LATE!!! We have been picked up by 5 pm!!! So many stops during our way back, so we arrived at 1.30 am! NOT RECOMMENDED!!!

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  26. Anonymous

    overall great service and experience. pick up and drop off location was convenient. coach was comfortable and it would stop by for breaks every 3 to 4 hours. i would recommend 1 or 2 nights stay over at Nigara falls as distance one way was close to 8 hours. not worth while to travel 16 hours on coach for an hour view

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  27. Anonymous

    Quick and easy booking! Confirmation was sent within the same day, with the necessary information about meetup. Coach is comfortable for a long journey

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  28. Anonymous

    Amazing to be here, one of the wonders of earth. Will never regret visiting this place, so nice and serene. A must visit to experience the greatness of this place. The only setback is the travelling time, quite long but worth enduring.

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  29. Anonymous

    While the place was good but crowded due to holiday season. I would prefer and all inclusive package.I had to pay for the boat which is the highlight and wasn’t included in the package. I had issue with the booking that post confirmation I received a msg from the operator saying they cannot accomodate me and had to reschedule.

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  30. Anonymous

    It is worth the penny. Just sad that I was not able to obtain a Canadian visa so I only got to see the US side of the falls. Kudos to the driver and the lady tour guide for such a good trip.

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  31. Anonymous

    It was a great trip. They have a tour guide that is nice and very helpful about the facts of niagara falls.

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  32. Anonymous

    overall great service and experience. pick up and drop off location was convenient. coach was comfortable and it would stop by for breaks every 3 to 4 hours. i would recommend 1 or 2 nights stay over at Nigara falls as distance one way was close to 8 hours. not worth while to travel 16 hours on coach for an hour view

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  33. Barbara – Australia

    Absolutely amazing Great tour guides great bus drivers great trip excellent food great tour all round

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  34. Shannon – South Africa

    An awesome experience Even though the bus ride was long, it was well worth it, as the experience was awesome even from the American side, as we did not have a visa to gain access from the Canadian side.

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  35. Eliad – Israel

    Amizing trip Well organized

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  36. Meilan – United States

    The tour guide Fernando seemed to be overwhelmed by our group of 42 peoples due to his old age. He speaks too soft I could not hear a thing, maybe with an accent I’m not sure. Therefore we were pretty much walking around on our own. But he is a nice old man. I could tell he did genuinely try his best. Half of the people did not even tip him. I still left him $20 tips because being old isn’t his fault. My husband and I enjoyed the magnificent view of the falls. The boat ride was exciting.

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