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“Whirl Wind Tour of the South Shore”

Open Top Private Tours
Ranked #12 of 54 Tours in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: “Open Top Tours” provides visitors a unique and intimate way to enjoy Nova Scotia in 4 X 4 Jeeps. We do have a 6 pax Buick Enclave and acessc to 9, 14, and larger vehicles. We would love to take you on a day tour and excursion to visit local fishing villages, taste our amazing wines or simply relax on our spectacular beaches. Our guides are well versed and will share stories along the way. We are proud to offer you several tour options to suit your pleasure in all seasons. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure you should experience the beauty of Nova Scotia in one of our Open Top Jeeps !
Reviewed May 29, 2014

We had limited time to sight see during a business trip this weekend. Prince George Hotel made arrangements for us after another tour operator fell through. Mel from Open Top Private Tour took us to Peggy's Cove, Mahoney Bay, and Lunenburg, and the cemetery where the victims of the Titantic lay to rest. We had lunch and shopped in the towns. The jeep is a great way way to see NS since the back roads are not assessible to a large bus. We had a great time ! Mel is hospitable, humourous, and flexible. Give them a call when you are looking for a whirl wind tour in NS in a day. I would book a tour with Mel the next time I visit NS.

1  Thank melaneee2014
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"peggy's cove"
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"great tour"
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"halifax area"
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"cruise ship"
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"nova scotia"
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"beaten path"
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"great local place"
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"rhubarb restaurant"
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"personalized tour"
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"excellent trip"
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"big buses"
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"some great photos"
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"beautiful scenery"
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"super fun"
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"great insight"
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"lobster pound"
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"highlight of our trip"
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

I never actually used them for a your but we bumped into them a few times. Each time they gave a great place to go and see. I would suggest using them if you are new to the area and want a great local experience on what to enjoy in Nova Scotia.

2  Thank Mkilburn9
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

My wife and I and two kids were visiting Halifax for the day when we were blessed by running into Karl from Open Top Tours. Without pushing us at all, he only asked if he could help us, as we were walking on the boardwalk looking for the local visitor center. He pointed us in the right direction then just questioned us as to what we were looking to do. In the process of talking with him, we ended up building a five hour tour during which he drove us to some spectatcular coast fishing villages, including Peggy's Cove, along beautifully fall colored roads. The jeep he toured us in was clean, had terrific visability, and provided us with wonderful fresh air. This was the absolute perfect closure to our cruise. Karl provided just the right amount of information about the areas we visited and traveled past, and gave us whatever time we wanted without ever making us feel like we had to move on. If you are visiting Halifax on a cruise, we highly suggest you booking with Karl before arriving, or when leaving the ship, look for his jeeps which will probably be parked a short walk away from the cruise terminal. For the same price, or in some cases much cheaper than what the bus tours or taxi cab drivers were requesting, please look into hiring Karl or one of his staff for a great day outside of the city. Does Peggy exist? Ask Karl to take you to see Ivan, and then you can decide yourself. Karl, thank you for a wonderful closure to our trip.

1  Thank Gregg V
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We (a couple from California and a couple from Germany) were in Halifax
the first time off a Cruise Ship. By strolling along the Boardwalk we
bumped into Mel, representing Open Top Private Tours. After a short
discussion with him of what we could see, we went off in a Jeep. Mel
turned out to be a knowledgeable, patient and outgoing tour guide and an experienced
driver. On the way to and from Peggy's Cove, we visited a number of
interesting places.
We want to thank Mel for a splendid day!

2  Thank antonius_07
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We were on the fence about spending the money on this.... but finally decided we were tired of the other tours where we had to deal with all the other tourists on the bus, trolley or tour. We had the jeep to ourselves and were able to customize our day. Our cruise ship had a delay getting into port, and they adapted to our delay without any trouble. Our driver, Mel, was terrific. he made great suggestions on what to see, managed our time so we saw as much as possible. He made a great recommendation for a lunch stop. We enjoyed our day. Perfect, perect, perfect.

1  Thank Glen_and_Lisa
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