Rita MillweeUnited States
This is an excellent tour and we had a most wonderful guide in Stefka. We were able to go to a working dairy/cheese farm where most all bought the most delicious cheeses and the staff was very accommodating. We drove to Giethoorn where we had a delightful lunch on the canal before taking a boat tour through the canals to see the homes. It would've been most beautiful in the summer but was still a joy to see the houses and learn the history and a short stop at a windmill. Stefka is a great driver in rain
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are all lovely positive ladies! It was a pleasure to show you the country.
Neil KaplanUnited States
Stefka listened to our thoughts and wishes and put together a great full-day experience in the Dutch countryside. Giethoorn is a village that no one should miss when traveling to the Netherlands. The intimacy, quaintness and feel of the village were only heightened by Stefka's knowledge and passion for the village and her country. Then going to Muiderslot and Muiden Castle was the perfect way to end a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neil. I enjoyed our conversations. You are a lovely couple and it was my pleasure to show you my country.
What a fantastic tour it could not have been better. Stefka was very knowledgeable about everything and did a fabulous job of planning the perfect tour for us exactly what we were looking for outside of the city of Amsterdam. She took us to Delft to see the making of the pottery then on to see some working windmills and final stop a beautiful Castle. If I am ever in the city again I will again engage her to see some different sights.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nicolette! Hope to see you again some day. Enjoy traveling!
Neil KaplanUnited States
If you want to see, experience and taste The Netherlands outside of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, then you need to spend time with Stefka. Her intimate knowledge of her country, its history and its people is unsurpassed. This isn't anything like a commercialized clogs and cheese tour. There is a working farm, real Dutch wooden shoe craftsman and real windmill all mixed with intimate Dutch towns. If you want to learn about the Netherlands and get a taste of the country this is the tour for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review, Neil. I enjoyed taking you and Janet to these typical Dutch sights which I love to visit myself :)
Tina LeeUnited States
Stefka was a great tour guide, very informative and personable. Although the weather was not ideal, the tour and walk was pleasant and comforting. I visit Amsterdam often for work, and will definitely contact her when in town again for more adventures!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tina! Enjoyed meeting you. Love to show you some other areas of the country on another occasion.
Roberta SkiddsUnited States
It was fabulous! Picked up on time in AMS then drove to the farm. My husband had never been up close to a cow before and he petted and feed the cow. Then had a cheese making demo and a clog demo. Oh and then we shopped and they shipped which made life easy. She picked a perfect little town for lunch and then a tour of the windmill. We learned so much today and the tour was worth every penny. We arrived at our hotel in Brussels refreshed and ready to go. Thank you for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow your fast ;) Thank you for this wonderful review. The town we had lunch was ‘Woudrichem’. Have a great time in Brussels and keep enjoying your travels. Will check out your blog!
Susie YoungUnited States
I would book with Stefka again in a heartbeat! She immediately made us feel welcome and at home in her country. Stefka created a very personalized tour for us, having done her research well. We were wishing we could have have booked another day with her, but she was already booked during the rest of our time in the Netherlands. Our day with Stefka couldn't have been more perfect!
David StokesUnited States
Stefka took us to Delft and Rotterdam for the day and everything was perfect. She recommended various places to see and let us decide on the specifics. Her car was spotless, we began and ended the day on-time and she was a very fun person to spend the day with. Thank you Stefka! Dave and Laurie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your welcome! Loved meeting you.
Brenda HarrisUnited States
Stefka was AMAZING! She went out of her way to make our day wonderful. I cannot thank her enough for all she did to make my husband's day at a Harley Davidson store. The trip to Belgium was fantastic with so much history and beauty. Her knowledge is infinite. Her demeanor is exactly what we love in a guide. You cannot go wrong with her as your guide. Simply a wonderful day along with some wonderful Belgium waffles! Thanks so much for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Brenda, it was my pleasure!
Nicole LuoseyUnited States
Stefka was an awesome tour guide and really loved our tour! Each place she took us to really gave us an appreciation for the many aspects of the country. One major highlight was the visit to the windmill and having a truly amazing piece of apple pie! Thank you so much for everything and highly recommend any tour she offers!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nicole. I enjoyed meeting you!
Julie TobakUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Karla D.Asheville, NC, United States
We spent a glorious day in the countryside with Stefka. She arranged a visit to a farm (complete with 1.5 day old calves and tiny chicks!). Our grandson got to make a wooden shoe. We sampled delicious cheese and saw how it was made. We toured a beautiful old pumping station and climbed to the top of an old windmill. Stefka even got on stilts with our grandson. Everything was perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So lovely to meet you and showing you the country!
Marie G LudwigUnited Kingdom
Stefka, in the Netherlands, gave us great historical and social background to the places we visited and answered all our many questions very thoroughly. She took us to wonderful restaurants for marvellous lunches. Amazingly, she located our relatives which enabled us to meet them in a very special reunion. I would definitely request her services again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marie, it was lovely meeting you finally :) Happy to hear you had such a good time in the Netherlands and my services contributed to that. Say hello to all your sisters for me.
Nancy TaftUnited States
A wonderful day exploring real Dutch life outside the city of Amsterdam. Stefka assembled the perfect combination of history, culture, and good food and wine for our full day adventure. She picked us up at our hotel in Amsterdam, and drove us to the countryside, taking the time to find an operational windmill open on Sunday. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would highly recommend this tour and Stefka to others wanting to sample life outside the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy, it was lovely meeting you and showing you some lesser visited parts of the country! Enjoy the wines!
Nancye StarnesUnited States
We enjoyed getting out of the city of Amsterdam, at Stefka's suggestion. She is very pleasant, full of information on all sorts of topics, has a sense of humor, and is an excellent driver. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and look forward to booking her on our next trip through Amsterdam.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Loved showing you the Dutch country side! Enjoy your cruise and hope to see you another time.
Madeline R.Chicago, ILLINOIS, United States
Stefka was wonderful. We had some special requests, liking finding some addresses where some of our group once lived, a well as making the day meaningful for all - ages 7-77. Our desire was to see the sites of The Hague and give the children meaningful experiences. She provided us with options for everything - climbing a windmill, options to try some traditional childhood games, a Delft factory, Madurodam, as well as the International Court of Justice. Couldn't have been better. Thanks, Stefka.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure to show your family Delft and The Hague.
Marcia FinnUnited States
Stefka's itinerary was the highlight of our two weeks in the Netherlands and Germany. Everything was perfectly organized - maps, cold water, iPad with You Tube video. She was very confident and outgoing. She would speak to others easily and this "opened the door" for additional opportunities. The tour was more than expected and we were delighted with the results. Thank you again for this opportunity. I learned so much more about my family and I hope to share all of this information with my larger family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marcia! Glad I could contribute in the search to your family.
Robert RabinowitzUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Stefka. She picked us up at the Rotterdam train station. Our first stop was to a small Delftware factory. We walked around Delft as she told us about the history of the city. We stopped for lunch at a fish market from the 1300s. In The Hague we went to the Mauritshuis and the the Peace Palace. Stefka gave us history and information the entire day; she's a wonderful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure!
Mary WissinkSeal Beach, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the 5-stars Mary! It was fun exploring your Dutch family history together and meet your relatives.
Royce AlsopDallas, TX, United States
We enjoyed our day very much! Stefka is very pleasant, enjoyable and well informed. Her vehicle is perfect for touring. We would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your Royce! I enjoyed showing you and Linda Giethoorn and Muiderslot castle.
Bridget OuimetUnited States
Professional, informative, friendly and fun! Would do it again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bridget! Have a great time exploring Amsterdam and Ireland.
Stefka helped make April 23, 2019 a day my 2 friends and I will never forget. Between the working farm where Gouda and wooden shoes are made, the tulips fields, windmills, the scenic Dutch countryside, and Keukenhof, the day could not have been better! Stefka also answered are many questions about Dutch history, flora and fauna without hesitation. She is a most knowledgeable and excellent guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christine! Loved meeting you al and show you around.
Debra G.United States
You want Stefka for your guide. She is highly professional, personable, and extremely knowledgeable about The Netherlands. She went above and beyond to make our tour comfortable and entertaining. Our party of 6 learned so much and we always felt like we were with a savvy guide whose company was very pleasant. She provided bottled water which was great as the tour day was bright and sunny and almost approaching "hot". The lunch stop was a big surprise in the area of the sand dunes on the North Sea.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words Debra! It was a pleasure to show your party the country side and tulips. You are all wonderful people and would love to be your guide on another Holland Private Tour.
John McRaneyUnited States
Stefka could not have been better. She was flexible to meet our needs and led us on a wonderful tour of the Netherlands north of Amsterdam where we saw all the flowers my wife wanted to see, gave us the flavor of the area, took us on back roads and small towns. We rate her a 10 on a scale of 1 to 5.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John, it was a pleasure to show you the flowers and my country. Enjoy your cruise!
Brenda BarrUnited States
Stefka is an amazing resource of information as well as a fun person to spend the day with! We had a terrific time in Geithoorn as well as the drive along the way. Stefka suggested great places to stop for photos and had so much knowledge of the area, she was able to answer all our questions about Holland, tulips, restaurants- everything! My only regret is not hiring Stefka for a full 3 day tour, as she is a delight and I know it would be spectacular! I'm definitely recommending her to family and friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this heart warming review Brenda. I was so sorry to hear you missed the flower floats the previous day. Happy to be able to adjust the itinerary so you could still see them in Haarlem before going to Giethoorn. It was lovely to spend the day with you.
Penny PalmerUnited States
Perfect Tour! Stefka did an amazing job and took us to places we would not have found on our own. Tulips in the morning, lunch at the beach, windmills, cows and cheese in the afternoon. Well worth the cost!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Penny, my pleasure!
Lindsay GilstrapUnited States
My tour guide throughout the Netherlands and Belgium was Stefka and she is amazing! She is very professional and knowledgeable about all the areas we visited. We went to Brugge and Brussels in Belgium and we visited some traditional Netherlands scenery. All of it was lovely and Stefka answered all my questions quickly. She speaks excellent English. I would highly recommend Stefka and Tours By Locals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure Lindsay. Loved showing you Netherlands and Belgium as my new friend!
Kelly HudsonUnited States
Stefka, was just wonderful. Even though this was not a normal tour for her you would not have known it. We learned so much about Ghouda and the surrounding area. She took us to out of the way places to learn about custom made chocolates and see how things were made at a local bakery. The tour of the cathedral was spectacular and not to be missed. Our day was just perfect. Stefka was so personable and made our trip to Ghouda one we won’t forget.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thnx!
Martin Battaglio JrUnited States
We had a great time with Stefka. We have two elementary aged children and she did a great job tailoring the tour to keep them engaged as we toured a farm to see how they make clogs and cheese, toured Delft, and toured The Hague including a walk on the beach in The Hague.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was lovely to meet you all!
Samuel RijfkogelUnited States
Stefka went above and beyond to make this one of the most memorable days for my family. She made connections and discovered so many details into my family's past and set up an opportunity to visit with family I never knew. Thank you doesn't seem enough when you've realized a moment long awaited for. She's amazing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Happy to be able to have arranged it for you. It was a lovely day and I could tell how much it meant.