Be careful. Once you've taken a Context tour you'll be spoiled. Not only will you never want to use any other tour company, but you'll be very hesitant to visit any city where Context doesn't offer their services. It's that good.
I am such a fan of Context. There is no question that my experience in Berlin was greatly enhanced by our tours with Context. You do such a wonderful job of finding good people who really know their subject matter, and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. I will always do a tour with you if you offer them in any city to which I travel.
On both occasions when I've used Context, I've really appreciated the ease and speed of booking a tour. The entire process is also very well organized -- specifics about where to meet the guide, questions about the interests of the tour participants, etc. Eliminating this kind of confusion is very important in a foreign country where one may not be comfortable with the language.
We have enjoyed guides from Context Travel in Rome, Florence, Istanbul and now, Madrid. The ease of the process in requesting a guide is unparalleled. The deep knowledge and respect for the cultures revealed is of the highest quality. And the additional consideration of sustainability is very welcome.
From beginning to end, we felt the personal touch of Context. While the website was easy to use and very informative, having the personal email connection (to ask questions, and even to inform our guide when we were running late) created a stress free holiday tour. Flavie Thomas was a wonderful guide and engaged our daughter immediately. I could see the surprise and joy as my 5 year old realized this special tour of Montmartre was for her, not the grown-ups (though we loved it too!). We will tell everyone about our Context tour and look forward to future tours when we return!
This tour was the second I've taken through Context but the first where I needed to contact your customer service team. I emailed and got an extremely prompt reply with clear instructions. I love your small group sizes and the depth of information presented by the docents. I would wholeheartedly recommend Context to my friends and family. Any time I plan a trip, I check to see if Context is there. In fact, I am adding places to my travel list just because I found Context tours I want to take there.
This was truly a memorable day. Alex and Frank (our driver) were both consummate professionals. We were comfortable from the moment we met them both. We were so appreciative of Alex's collaborative approach--he took time when we met to gauge our levels of knowledge and how we wanted to approach the day. Alex's level of expertise is exceptional and his personal ties to this region made this a very special experience. He was charming and informative and we enjoyed every minute of our day with him. He transformed our visit to Normandy into a compelling living history lesson--we both learned more in one day than either of us learned in all our years in school! And, the way he and Frank worked together and coordinated our day enabled us to see more in one day than we ever could have fit in on our own. This was a tour we debated taking at great length because of the cost. However, we are so glad we did it--it was an amazing experience and a highlight of our trip!
Jirina was excellent! She is a walking encyclopedia of Prague and Czech history. She knew Prague like the back of her hand, showing us several quiet spots in a city that tourists are loving to death. She deviated slightly from a Prague history tour, but it added value. She threw in a little folklore and information about what makes Czech citizens tick. It helped with our understanding.
The broad array of walks and dates available as well as the addition of walks on request is an excellent service. The website is excellent, easy to use, and itineraries are readily accessible. The philosophy on the walks provides insights that would not otherwise be readily available. The docent expertise adds meaning and value to the experience.
Just wanted to let you know that we totally enjoyed Sophie Nellis' tour of Montmartre today. She did an excellent job of conveying a huge amount of fascinating information in a way that left us wanting to hear more! The time literally flew by and when we parted we felt like we were saying goodbye to a good friend. Sophie went out of her way to chat individually with each of the folks in the group and to make sure everyone got out of the tour what they needed, then to make sure folks were "pointed in the right direction" after the tour was over (including some suggestions on places to go and things to do). Context Travel was more than capably represented by this delightful young lady.
Unquestionably the best guided visit to an attraction we have ever had. What made it work best was our docent. His knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the tour made for a truly memorable experience.
This was just the tour we needed to begin our Italy tour. Nadia taught us what to look for in Renaissance and Gothic art. Our 11-year-old daughter was completely taken by the saints and how they are identified through their icons. The knowledge we acquired through our time with Nadia helped us better appreciate the art we experienced in other museums and churches throughout our two weeks in Italy.
Fantastic company to work with. Flexible, amazing docents, and very responsive. We changed plans 48 hours in advance of one of our tours and they accommodated us with a different tour that was perfect for our interests. Each of the docents could not have been nicer or more enthusiastic and really interested in our specific interests. I was very impressed that they ALL must have been briefed on our my son's interests (from my short email when booking) because they catered so nicely to his passions, keeping him engaged throughout the week.
Keith and I knew within five minutes of walking the streets that Istanbul is one of the most amazing cities we've ever visiting. And having your docent help us gain insight into the layers of complicated history of the region has been invaluable. We've loved the neighborhoods, the tram, the people, the food, the views, the water. And it was especially delightful for our kids. Thanks so much for that connection.
Allison is an expert in Renaissance portraiture (she has written two books about it), and this was a tour of the Met's Renaissance portrait exhibit, so naturally it was going to be amazing. And it was! She took my ten-year-old daughter and I through. We focused on women's portraits, their lives, their jewelry and clothing. Can't even begin to tell you how fun and interesting it was. Apparently Florence in the Renaissance was a materialistic, celebrity-crazed society, filled with red carpet events (weddings) and It Girls and clothing fads. Allison drew comparisons with Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian. My daughter just ate it up. We also learned how to tell portraits of married women from single and how to tell if a portrait was painted from life or from a death mask. It was really a spectacular tour. As my daughter said when we left, "Allison is soooo cool!"