“You’ve got to be crazy!” That was the reaction I got when I told friends I was going to be one of the chaperones taking thirty-two twelve-year olds to New York City for five days. It did seem a little daunting…the crowded streets of the city, the subway, etc. However, we quickly found out that Daniel had everything completely taken care of from the second we stepped off the plane. Every detail, every minute was planned perfectly. Daniel’s knowledge of New York City was extensive. His detailed and informative explanations of each of the sites we visited were fascinating. Each day came with its own thrill-from viewing the city from the top of the Empire State Building to watching the Tony winning play, “Wicked”. Dan’s outgoing personality was perfect for working with our kids. They loved him! The trip was a tremendous success. All of us not only learned about a wonderful city but also made a new friend.
Monte Cassino Middle School
A huge thank you for an amazing time in NYC. I am still amazed at how you managed to get all 65 of us in and out of the subways and to all the great places we saw while in New York. I don't know what was more impressive, your knowledge of the city, your obvious love of the city, or the fact that you knew all of our names before we left! I was very apprehensive bringing so many students to such a large city, but from the moment you met us in the lobby of the hotel I knew we were in good hands. The meals you arranged were fabulous as were all of the sight seeing activities. We had so much fun there is a group of adults here in Minnesota that is planning a couples’ trip to New York as soon as we can. All of us on the trip have a new admiration for this great city and a desire to come back and see it again soon. Thanks again Daniel. Your love of NY has infected all of us and two weeks later we are still talking about it. All the best for the future and hoping our paths cross soon.
Perham High School
Hello, I would like to tell you a little about Daniel Ellis. First of all, he is "The Best". I am the Senior Trip Sponsor for our High School and my first experience with Daniel as our tour guide was in May 2001. I had a total of 23 students and chaperones on that trip. This was our first time ever in NYC. Daniel made the trip so exciting for us. He is an enthusiastic, vivacious and animated young man. He seemed as excited as though he was seeing the sites for the first time along with us. When he met us at the airport we introduced ourselves and within a few minutes he knew everyone's names. He remembered all of our names throughout the trip. He found out our individual likes and dislikes and catered to those. He is VERY knowledgeable about NYC. He knew the history, trivia and current events. He kept us up on the days news since we had no time for TV. He would teach everyone NYC life, not just the tourist stuff but how to hail a cab, learn the streets and Broadway. He really made safety an issue, which I appreciated a lot. He helped us save money by shopping at quality places. The vendors knew him. He kept in touch even after the trip. I took a group of 26 back in 2002, 63 in 2003 and have been coming with a group every year since. Daniel has made my life so much easier because he takes care of everything from the airline tickets to the meals we eat. I recommend him to everyone if you are planning a trip to NYC. He will accommodate a small group as well as a large group. I feel like Daniel is part of my family. We were his first group that he had when he went out on his own. Thanks Daniel for making the trips sooooo much fun.
Senior Classes from Taylor County High School
Diana Driver, Nelson County High School
Going to New York City was a daunting task with my wife and three chil5dren ages 17, 16, and 13. I was fortunate to make contact with Daniel Ellis of Show me Tours and the most memorable vacation of a llifetime began!! Daniel arranged everything from our hotel, airport transfers, show tickets, tours and restaurants. What made this trip different was that Daniel made us feel at home in his city. We were part of Daniel's new family and he made us feel like we were part of the local scene. From eating from local street vendors to cheesecake at midnight in Times Square, it all seemed just right. We loved his energy, knowledge and obvious love of this most wonderful city. The trip was so well organized that even I became infatuated with the sights and the expertise of Daniel. We are already planning our next adventure with Daniel next year to explore more his most fascinating city!!
The Gawey Family
Our first trip to NYC was amazing thanks to Daniel Ellis of Show Me Tours. He made us “small town folk from Kansas” feel completely at ease with him leading the tour. We didn’t just look at sights, we “experienced” them thanks to Daniel’s extensive background knowledge. Daniel helped us save money, by taking us to quality souvenir shops and not allowing one of us to pay $20 for cheap sunglasses. Daniel was so kind to take us to his apartment, where the guys were able to watch the last minutes of an intense KU basketball game. The ladies experienced a bird’s eye view of the city from Daniel’s rooftop, the highlight for many of us. We saw so much in one day; this is a trip we will definitely remember for a lifetime. Before the day was over, we had a friend, one who was hard to say goodbye to. Yet we are sure we will be back and our new friend will show us an amazing time once again.
The Norcross/Bock Family
Cawker City, Kansas
"Daniel, thanks so much for showing us such a GREAT time in the City. Your knowledge of the history, events, and geography of New York made our visit there incredibly memorable and enjoyable. We especially appreciated your ability and willingness to custom taylor a tour for us based on our interests and needs. You and Show Me Tours are a world class operation. We will definitely book a tour with you again on our next visit to the Big Apple, and will tell all our friends about you. Again, thank you and KUDOS!!!"
Don & Susie