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Martha's Vineyard Sightseeing

Oak Bluffs, MA, USA
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About Martha's Vineyard Sightseeing
Established in 1987, a family run business. We provide a 2 1/2 hour tour of the entire island, including a 30 minute stop at the Gay Head cliffs and lighthouse. Tickets can be purchased at our ticket booth across from the historical landmark the Flying Horses carousel. We also cater to any wedding party/events via trolley or bus. See you on the tour!
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Carole B wrote a review Sep 2021
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If you go to the M Vineyard, don’t take this tour. We didn’t book anything ahead of time & we saw this kiosk advertising tours of the island. It was only $35 but it was the bus ride from hell. It was on a bus with no air conditioning that had to be 50 yrs old from the looks of the gear shift & the shabby outside appearance. We wanted to turn around & get our money back once we saw the crowd piling on to it. With the wind blowing in our faces, we flew through the countryside at speeds that felt like 55mph. The guide was Anthony, who was very personable but he’s from Jamaica & it hard to understand what he was saying. Between the ride & his endless droning, I had a terrible headache. There was little to no history to speak of & he mostly of his life & encounters w tourists. Terrible trip.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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PatTheBossTM wrote a review Aug 2021
South Chelmsford, Massachusetts15 contributions
First time to Martha's Vineyard, took the bus tour. It's a 30 year old school bus with a retrofitted PA system. It was really uncomfortable and I did not particularly enjoy the stories told by the bus driver, which ranged from personal finance advice, movie trivia both related and unrelated to the island, and the driver's hate of cyclists. I ended up reading about this island on my phone during the ride, and plugged my ears with earbuds because the blaring PA system was...uncomfortable and just became agitating after a couple hours. Got great views of a lot of trees, roads, and traffic, with a 15 minute stop at the cliffs. Next time I'll take the city bus or rent a car to the cliffs, and relax and listen to a podcast to learn the actual history of the island on my own time.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Sophie S. wrote a review Aug 2021
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For our first time visiting Martha’s Vineyard, we figured a tour would be a great way to see the island. I booked tickets for the 1-3:30pm Sunday tour, which would include a tour of the six island towns and a 30 minute stop at the Aquinnah Cliffs. The wireless audio headset advertised on the website was not working properly so our tour guide had someone come on to try to fix it before we started the tour. He would test it, and we would hear only static or feedback from the microphone. This went on for 10 minutes, with the engine running and no AC on as the tour guide asked if we could hear. Others on the bus were getting upset and told the tour guide to just start driving because it was so hot. For the next hour of the drive from 1:10-2:10, the audio randomly went in and out so we only heard half of what he said. When we got to Aquinnah, he said it was 2:10 and we would need to be back on board at 2:30. 20 minutes instead of the 30 minutes listed when we purchased the tickets was barely enough to take some pictures and walk through one of the shops. We thought this was unfortunate but we figured he needed to make up for the ten minutes lost at the start of the tour when he was figuring out the audio issues. We all piled back on to the bus but instead of leaving, our guide talked for more than 10 minutes- retelling some of the history he had told while driving that we only half heard and some additional facts related to Moby Dick. I would have preferred to have the option to use that time to go to the bathroom, get something to eat, or to explore the other shops. People were grumbling about how hot it was on the bus (no AC, engine of the bus was off because he was talking without the microphone, windows open with no breeze). Finally, one woman asked him if he could start driving and continue with the tour because it was so hot. From Aquinnah to Oak Bluffs, the tour guide did not say a single word. Instead of a tour, it was just an hour long hot bus ride. My husband then realized that we were not even following the map route posted at the front of the bus that would have taken us through all six island towns. We were taking much of the same route back that we had taken to the cliffs, which meant that we never even drove through Edgar Town. The tour certainly did not live up to the caliber listed on the website. It was a disappointment and felt incomplete. Although I am glad to have had the 20 minutes to visit the Aquinnah Cliffs and purchase some souvenirs from the local community, the rest of the tour felt like a big waste of time and money.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Stanleymaxwell wrote a review Sep 2020
Williamsville, New York407 contributions186 helpful votes
My husband and I took this tour immediately following Labor Day, leaving from Oak Bluffs. At that time, there was limited service, and tours were reduced to twice daily. We took the ferry from Cape Cod, and it is important to coordinate your schedule times, as ferry service to and from Oak Bluffs is also limited. Just make sure to do your homework in advance! The reviews for this tour seem to be all over the place, and that surprised me, as we thoroughly enjoyed it. To visit Martha's Vineyard, and not see the entire island is a waste. Our informed driver was Anthony, and he gave a constant commentary over the course of the 2 1/2 hour tour. We learned so much about the history of the island, past and present. A stop was made at the scenic cliffs and lighthouse. Following our tour, Anthony pointed us in the direction of the famous gingerbread cottages. This area is worthy of a stroll. There is a nice main street for shopping. We were disappointed that the tour did not include a stop in the delightful Edgartown. I would recommend taking a local bus to that town if you have the time, as the architecture seemed most interesting. Looking back, we should have allowed time to explore that on our own. All in all, we had a lovely day on the island, and would like to return for a longer stay in the future.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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southchinasea wrote a review Aug 2020
NYC36 contributions51 helpful votes
Turned out to be time well spent, and very enjoyable. We took a daytrip out to Martha's Vineyard on a Monday hoping it would be less crowded than usual, especially given the ongoing pandemic. Also, we are VERY safety conscious and keep our distance from everyone, and wear proper masks at ALL times. And use hand sanitizer whenever necessary. Being a very hot day we didn't want to bike or walk around, so on a whim decided to take an island tour to kill time before the return ferry. We had seen some airconditioned black Sprinter vans owned by other companies, but this company looked cheap and cheerful and we have no problem sitting in a rattly old former schoolbus. As you may read in some of these other reviews here on TripAdvisor, most of the time you're passing through a tree-covered landscape with occasional cute little towns or bays full of sailboats, so arguably you could almost be anywhere on the Cape, but we got a half-hour at the Lighthouse to stop and stretch our legs. Our driver (I didn't write down his name unfortunately but he was older with a short white beard) was safe, cheerful, and extremely knowledgeable with a great head for facts, and he clearly relished his job - which makes a big difference. He pointed out the various houses, historical events, and landmarks and other things that make MV a special place. So at the end of it, we both felt that through this tour we really had seen all the island had to offer, as compared to just plunking down on a beach next to the ferry dock, frying ourselves in the sun on bikes, or cruising the gift shops all day and really not seeing anything. The former schoolbus might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but the windows were wide open so it was well-ventilated (important in this time of COVID) and it was big enough so that everyone could sit far enough apart. And we saw exactly the same things everyone on a more expensive tour would have seen, and of course the driver's personality makes all the difference - just wish I could remember his name!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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