Puerto Vallarta City Tour Excursion Reviews

Take a guided tour of Puerto Vallarta to experience everything this beautiful city has to offer.
Great tour of the city with a funny and knowledgeable tour guide.
Great tour of the city with a funny and knowledgeable tour guide.
Great tour of the city with a funny and knowledgeable tour guide. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our tour guide gave us a local version of the city.
Our tour guide gave us a local version of the city. One stop was a tourist trap where they gave you a drink while you were in their overpriced shop for twentyfive minutes. Only 25 minutes at the Malecon for shopping.Nice air conditioned ... Read More
Our tour guide gave us a local version of the city. One stop was a tourist trap where they gave you a drink while you were in their overpriced shop for twentyfive minutes. Only 25 minutes at the Malecon for shopping.Nice air conditioned bus. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked the Top 10 Best of PV tour through Carnival.
Booked the Top 10 Best of PV tour through Carnival. I would've tried an external outfit, but it was Christmas Day and I didn't want to risk any difficulties. It was a decent tour for hitting up the main tourist attractions, esp ... Read More
Booked the Top 10 Best of PV tour through Carnival. I would've tried an external outfit, but it was Christmas Day and I didn't want to risk any difficulties. It was a decent tour for hitting up the main tourist attractions, esp for first-timers, and our tour guide, Andres, did give us a good account of PV's history. But half the tour felt like he was dragging us to his friends' shops-- first to the jewelry store and then to a tequila distillery in the mountains. The tequila tasting was fun (if a bit skimpy on the sample sizes) and we had the opportunity to purchase some delicious churros, but if you weren't interested in purchasing jewelry or tequila, then really only the first half of the tour would've been worth it. Still, not a bad introduction to the city highlights, and good to know that a lot of places, esp in the tourist areas, are open even on Christmas Day! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The city tour was okay.
The city tour was okay. Our tour guide gave us fresh corn tortillas to taste. Watch out for the prices on Cuale island.
The city tour was okay. Our tour guide gave us fresh corn tortillas to taste. Watch out for the prices on Cuale island. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Thiis is the worst cruise line sponsored tour I have ever been on.
Thiis is the worst cruise line sponsored tour I have ever been on. PVR100A We only saw 2 of the places listed on the shore excursion description, and the rest of the day we were the hostages of the tour operator ... taking us to his ... Read More
Thiis is the worst cruise line sponsored tour I have ever been on. PVR100A We only saw 2 of the places listed on the shore excursion description, and the rest of the day we were the hostages of the tour operator ... taking us to his friend's silver shop, to his friend's leather shop, to his friend's iguana for a photo, and then to his friend's restaurant, at which point we ditched the tour and took a cab at our expense back to the ship. None of which were on the excursion listing. Princess declined to refund our money and said that it was the decision of the third party shore excursion company they use. I was shocked by this. The shore excursion company decided we only should receive 20% of our fare back. We have petitioned to Princess to refund our full fare for this miserable day, and won't hear anything back for EIGHT weeks. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Avoid.
Avoid. Not much time to shop UNLESS you want to go to one jewelry store. The bathroom on the bus had no water, no soap, and no toilet paper. If you sat in the back, you didn't hear anything as the intercom didn't work.
Avoid. Not much time to shop UNLESS you want to go to one jewelry store. The bathroom on the bus had no water, no soap, and no toilet paper. If you sat in the back, you didn't hear anything as the intercom didn't work. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The highlights of PV are not impressive.
The highlights of PV are not impressive. The tequila tasting afterwards was a real amateur show and the optional lunch was very expensive, though very tasty.
The highlights of PV are not impressive. The tequila tasting afterwards was a real amateur show and the optional lunch was very expensive, though very tasty. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Thought it was more by bus.
Thought it was more by bus. Ended up with a lot of walking up hill in the heat!
Thought it was more by bus. Ended up with a lot of walking up hill in the heat! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Several stops with an entertaining guide.
Several stops with an entertaining guide. We had a chance to tour the church, visit a restaurant from Night of the Iguana, a silver retailer (with drinks), a coffee and cigar shop, and a little time with the street hawkers.
Several stops with an entertaining guide. We had a chance to tour the church, visit a restaurant from Night of the Iguana, a silver retailer (with drinks), a coffee and cigar shop, and a little time with the street hawkers. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went to a tile making factory, and enjoyed our travels.
Went to a tile making factory, and enjoyed our travels.
Went to a tile making factory, and enjoyed our travels. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
1/2 day city tour including stops at Malecon,Tequila factory (with tasting) and opal jewellery shop.
1/2 day city tour including stops at Malecon,Tequila factory (with tasting) and opal jewellery shop. Two stops were missed out (shopping and cathedral) and although this tour was advertised with lunch included, we had to pay separately for ... Read More
1/2 day city tour including stops at Malecon,Tequila factory (with tasting) and opal jewellery shop. Two stops were missed out (shopping and cathedral) and although this tour was advertised with lunch included, we had to pay separately for our lunch. I took issue with excursion office regarding this and got a partial refund. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Best of Puerto Vallarta: Rafael (Rafa/Bruno Mars) was a charming tour guide, and he is ...
Best of Puerto Vallarta: Rafael (Rafa/Bruno Mars) was a charming tour guide, and he is enthusiastic about PV. We did see the Church, the Malecon, Old Town, and Elizabeth Taylor's home. There was also a stop to buy jewelry, and a ... Read More
Best of Puerto Vallarta: Rafael (Rafa/Bruno Mars) was a charming tour guide, and he is enthusiastic about PV. We did see the Church, the Malecon, Old Town, and Elizabeth Taylor's home. There was also a stop to buy jewelry, and a photo stop at a pretty restaurant overlooking the ocean. Then we drove quite a long way to the family-owned Tequila distillery where we bought lunch and then had a tequila tasting. The tequila was quite popular with our group, and there were many varieties to sample. However, the trip was supposed to be 5 hours, and we were about 2 hours later getting back to the ship than we expected. The road to the distillery was quite rough and quite long, and people were disconcerted by that. I wouldn't take this excursion again. If we return to PV, I'd just hang out at the Malecon and have lunch and drinks at one of the restaurants there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very nice tour of the city with a short walk along the Malecon and to a church.
Very nice tour of the city with a short walk along the Malecon and to a church. Saw a lot of resorts and visited the market. It was a very good tour unless you have difficulty walking.
Very nice tour of the city with a short walk along the Malecon and to a church. Saw a lot of resorts and visited the market. It was a very good tour unless you have difficulty walking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Tequila tasting and lunch views the best!
Tequila tasting and lunch views the best!
Tequila tasting and lunch views the best! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We had a walk through downtown visited a silver store, went to Tequila tasting and visited local ...
We had a walk through downtown visited a silver store, went to Tequila tasting and visited local neighborhoods. We would have liked more time for shopping.
We had a walk through downtown visited a silver store, went to Tequila tasting and visited local neighborhoods. We would have liked more time for shopping. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Easily the worst part of our cruise.
Easily the worst part of our cruise. Excursion started 11 - almost entirely hard sales tour to leather shop, jewellery story with almost nothing of the interesting city around us. Took us on a tequila tastin within an hour and then did not ... Read More
Easily the worst part of our cruise. Excursion started 11 - almost entirely hard sales tour to leather shop, jewellery story with almost nothing of the interesting city around us. Took us on a tequila tastin within an hour and then did not give us an opportunity to eat until 3 pm!!!! Many people very hungry and struggling to keep up - after all of that tour guide actually Soliciting tips after what he knew was a terrible excursion - took his hat and asked each group individually. Also I'm pretty sure I got food poisoning from the food which put a damper on the last two days of the cruise. I have No idea how these people remain in business. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We got in one of the taxis right off the ship and asked for a 2 hr tour (they were advertising 3.5 ...
We got in one of the taxis right off the ship and asked for a 2 hr tour (they were advertising 3.5 hr tours). The driver said it would cost $30 per hr for the both of us. He took us to Malecon Beach/waterfront area and pulled over so we ... Read More
We got in one of the taxis right off the ship and asked for a 2 hr tour (they were advertising 3.5 hr tours). The driver said it would cost $30 per hr for the both of us. He took us to Malecon Beach/waterfront area and pulled over so we could get out and take a photo. Then he headed downtown through stop and go terrible traffic. Finally he pulled over next to a certain shop and said something about needing to check in with his taxi and asked us to come with him. It was a tourist trap shop where the salespeople pounce on you. Ugh. Next he drove us up a hill to the "Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta" and pulled over at the top so we could get out and take a photo. But there was a little vendor's tent right there (he's obviously in cahoots with them) and they pounced on us and pressured us to buy a wooden turtle. I felt disillusioned by this time since I could tell this wasn't going to be the sightseeing tour I'd hoped for but was going to be a drop-them-off-at-the-tourist-traps tour. After that we went to a flea market, then to the Catholic church and then we asked him to take us back to the ship as we were coming up on 2 hrs. I didn't feel like we got to see many sights and I certainly didn't appreciate being dropped off at those shops. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Tequila Tasting at an organic distillery, amazing food, and views at the famous El Set Resturant, ...
Tequila Tasting at an organic distillery, amazing food, and views at the famous El Set Resturant, and a history on the city from our passionate tour guide Santa.
Tequila Tasting at an organic distillery, amazing food, and views at the famous El Set Resturant, and a history on the city from our passionate tour guide Santa. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I walked off the ship and found another couple that wanted a city tour.
I walked off the ship and found another couple that wanted a city tour. We asked around and got a 3.5 hour tour in an air conditioned van for $25 each. The man spoke perfect English and had great insights into the city. We even stopped ... Read More
I walked off the ship and found another couple that wanted a city tour. We asked around and got a 3.5 hour tour in an air conditioned van for $25 each. The man spoke perfect English and had great insights into the city. We even stopped for a tequila tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A little disappointed because I really wanted to see the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe.
A little disappointed because I really wanted to see the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe. However, the week we were there was the festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe and we were unable to visit the church due to respect and crowds. The ... Read More
A little disappointed because I really wanted to see the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe. However, the week we were there was the festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe and we were unable to visit the church due to respect and crowds. The rest of the tour was enjoyable though. Perhaps this tour shouldn’t be offered this week or it should be made clear that the church will not be included during this week. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Too much time pushing the jewelry at the cruiseline-approved store....
Too much time pushing the jewelry at the cruiseline-approved store.... but the tequileria was fun
Too much time pushing the jewelry at the cruiseline-approved store.... but the tequileria was fun Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
City highlights, neighborhood, newer hotels and local shopping.
City highlights, neighborhood, newer hotels and local shopping.
City highlights, neighborhood, newer hotels and local shopping. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Hired an English-speaking driver who showed us much of the city and Banderas Bay over 7 hours.
Hired an English-speaking driver who showed us much of the city and Banderas Bay over 7 hours. Very beautiful city.
Hired an English-speaking driver who showed us much of the city and Banderas Bay over 7 hours. Very beautiful city. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Too many churches, bad restaurant for lunch, not good Mexican food, almost no alcohol in drinks,
Too many churches, bad restaurant for lunch, not good Mexican food, almost no alcohol in drinks,
Too many churches, bad restaurant for lunch, not good Mexican food, almost no alcohol in drinks, Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
went to square and saw the Our Lady of Guadalupe church, and then city area.
went to square and saw the Our Lady of Guadalupe church, and then city area. Also Malecon. Bad traffic everywhere. got a little lost trying to keep up with group. Not much to see there. Lots of stairs everywhere, hard for limited ... Read More
went to square and saw the Our Lady of Guadalupe church, and then city area. Also Malecon. Bad traffic everywhere. got a little lost trying to keep up with group. Not much to see there. Lots of stairs everywhere, hard for limited mobility. Brought us to lovely restaurant but I sprained my knee on stairs. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises