Der Fahrer war ausgezeichnet.
Der Reiseleiter sprach zwar Deutsch, aber so unverständlich, dass praktisch nichts zu verstehen war. Auch wollte er eine eigenen Lohn. Ein Teil des Programms war ohne Reiseleitung und nur auf unseren nachtdrücklichen Wunsch erhältlich. Auch gab es wieder die obligatorische Einkaufstour in einer Steinschleiferei. Grausam.
I would give this excursion a 1 and that's a stretch! I'm actually surprised by the 5 reviews, now I've been through this myself, but maybe we were unlucky.
Let's start with the positive - the driver turned up on time and was efficient.
For everything else. This tour was hugely overpriced, you could organize this yourself in India for less than a quarter of the price and I would highly recommend doing this. It will probably be more enjoyable as well.
On the sights themselves.The Taj was obviously fantastic, but you don't need a guide. Although ours was entertaining and took some great photos you can read about the history in advance and there isn't much to point out, except the Taj itself and we were reminded by our tour guide within 5 minutes of meeting him, that he would be wanting a tip. Not exactly a great first impression! At the end of the tour of the Taj, he tried to put us off seeing anything else in Agra, I'm assuming so he could sneak off early and again pressured for a tip, claiming he hadn't been paid by Viator for 6 months, repeating myself, this isn't exactly what you want to hear, when you've paid out some serious money for this tour. Don't get me wrong, although I've been negative so far, we were always intending to give this guy a tip, but just be prepared for this for this kind of chat.
Despite our tour guides less than enthusiastic nature, we were eager to see the Fatehpur Sikri and cards on the table, I'm not even sure if the 'new' guide realized he worked for Viator, I was actually unsure about following him. Saying this, he shared alot of information about the site and it's worth a visit, if you haven't seen many other forts/palaces. We took the bus he recommended to get to the gate, which was a bargain 10 rupees and actually chose to walk back! The sun was shining and it was good to feel the buzz of the town, I would highly recommended doing this!
All in all - really not worth the money!
Driver service was fine...tour guide didn't provide a lot of info at the sight, tried to make me write a TripAdvisor review of him while we were in the Agra fort so beware of overly positive trip advisor reviews, tried to convince me not to go to Agra fort so he didn't have to spend more time showing me around we can just take a picture outside if you want which I would've hated to miss, and took me to 3 different tourist trap places where it's literally just a store and there is high pressure to buy something, even after I asked not to be taken to the 3rd after going to the first 2. Clearly he makes a commission off of sales at these places, and even asked me how much I spent at one of them. I know this is something tour guides do in India, but didn't expect it of a tour I paid 150 for. Also tried to refer me to a specific photographer to pay for photos inside the Taj Mahal. In the guide's defense, when I said I didn't want to buy photos, he was happy to take plenty of me on my phone. It was still a fun day, but I was overall a bit disappointed. The sites are amazing though, and you should definitely see them.
I contracted through Viator a tour from Jaipur to Agra. The day before the tour I arrived at Jaipur a beautiful city and a must-see experience at India, by the way and called unseenindia. During the call I learned that the tour to Agra was in jeopardy because there was a social protest by a caste, which was blocking the main connections between Jaipur and Agra bus, cars and train services. Later in the day, the luck seemed to change because the roads were announced to be opened, so the next day 15 minutes earlier, the driver came to my hotel to pick me up in a comfortable car in an excellent condition. We started our trip to Agra but just a fourth of the way there we found the road blocked again. Fortunately, my driver talked to the police and found an alternate road that was safe and feasible. So, off we went through this detour that went through small villages with a road that for a better part was in such unmaintained conditions that was reduced to gravel and deep potholes. Nevertheless, this part of the trip was for me better that if we had gone through the main road because I could see a little bit of the real rural India and it was amazing. Eventually, we drove around the road blockage and got back to main road and Agra. This wouldnt have been possible if it wasnt for the experience of the driver. It wasnt just the skill to negotiate the road in poor condition which for him I imagine was nothing because he has driven the famous roads of northern India, featured in the TV show Ice Road Truckers-Himalaya but the ability to talk to police and locals in their own dialect and mannerisms. In short, the tour could have easily not happened because the driver could have decided many times to turn around but instead he went well above and beyond his obligation and kept working on making the tour happen because, as he put it I had traveled all the way from USA to see the Taj Mahal and he didnt want me to be disappointed because of a social protest.