We booked this tour several months in advance, and all went quite well. My group was greeted with flower leis and a big smile from the tour guides; we we picked up on time, saw all that was on the agenda, and returned on time. We could not have asked for a better arrangement and tour program. Highly recommended.
San Francisco , California
We took this tour as a shore excursion from the Cochin cruise port. There were only 12 in our group on a minibus for the ride out to the backwaters. It was a scenic and interesting ride through the villages and countryside to the houseboat. The houseboat cruise gave us an up-close look at the daily life along the backwaters. We saw fishermen, women washing clothes in the river, construction and renovations in progress, children playing, and people going through their day. The food provided was tasty and the houseboat was very well maintained. On our way back to the port we stopped to see the Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church in Cochin. Our guide was excellent and we very much enjoyed our day.
A group of 12 of us booked Carnival Tours for our visit in Cochin when our ship RCCL Ovation of the Seas docked on June 1 and June 2. The booking process is smooth. Peter answered all my questions and was good in accommodating our flip flop changes of the number of people in the group. On the day of our tour, Cresbin (our tour guide) and Baisll (our tour driver) met us at the port. We were driven to Kerala for the back water cruise. Along the way, Cresbin give us some information on the culture of the country. The house boat cruise in the back water was fantastic. We had excellent Indian cuisine on board of the boat. The cool breeze made it quite pleasant in a hot weather environment. The next day we had the city tour of Cochin. Cresbin took us to a laundry plant where we saw how the local people does laundry for the public. It's quite and experience. A few of us in the group were quite happy shopping and bargaining. Cresbin was quite patient with us. Would definitely recommend this tour company to anyone visiting Cochin. The only suggestion we have is for Cresbin to get a portable microphone, especially for a tour group of seniors. Keep up the good work and your smile, Cresbin. You made our tour a pleasant one.
Carnival Tours did a great Job on June 01&02: Good meeting Point, very well organized, excellent tour guides on both days: friendly, helpful, good information
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. From initial booking, disembarkation at cruise terminal, right through the tour, this was first class organisation. A small group of 14 with tour guide and driver initially in a very comfortable bus to the Backwaters. The transfer to the houseboat was seamless and the 3 hours spent cruising very slowly through the backwaters and villages was fantastic. This insight in to local life as it is was fascinating and very informative. In addition the lunch provided on board was fantastic
This was an excellent tour and we really enjoyed it. We were with a small private group and Peter picked us up from the cruise port. We drove for a while and it was a comfortable drive in a comfortable airconditioned van. Then we transferred to the houseboat which was lovely. There was some lovely furniture in the covered back part and there were 2 bedrooms on board both with ensuites. There were 2 people who cooked a very nice meal for us and we really enjoyed it.
Reviewed 7 November 2015
We were a group of 6 seniors who engaged Carnival tours for a two day tour in Cochin (Kochi). Our pre-tour communication with Peter Dalgleish was very good. His replies to our emails - questions & concerns - in the planning phase of the tour were prompt. He met us at the port with our guide, Tommy and our driver.
We chose Carnival Tours based on the reviews we had seen on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. We booked the combination tour of Cochin and Kerala backwaters, and it was superb. As everyone on Trip Advisor has noted, Peter is excellent at responding to questions you may have and staying in touch with you prior to your arrival. And not only was he there to greet us and introduce us to our guide and driver, but he was waiting for us upon our return, despite the fact that we were very late, having been caught in traffic on the return trip. He even had a farewell gift for us as a memento of our tour. The tour itself was excellent and was the highlight of the time we spent in India. Our guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable. And the afternoon spent on the houseboat was wonderfully relaxing. I would highly recommend Carnival Tours to anyone visiting Kerala.
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