Joseph GallagherUnited States
He was EXCELLENT!!! We took a catamaran from Split to Hvar Town where we meet Matt and our driver. Our itinerary included a wonderful olive oil and brandy tasting event (6 flavored types) at one location. From there, we stopped to visit Napoleon's Fortress which was high on a steep hill -- the views from the fortress of Hvar City and the ocean below were just spectacular -- a WOW MOMENT!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! Thank you so much for your booking and for your feedback, Joseph!! :)
Cynthia BlankenshipUnited States
This was a wonderful tour. Matt was very knowledgable of this area and it was obvious how much he loves his country. My favorite part was the out of the way areas he took us to that provided breathtaking scenic views. Matt went out of his way to assist us by providing information and advice on other Croatia areas we plan to visit. I can highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cynthia, thank you for for such a wonderful review. I am so glad that you loved my beautiful island, and I wish you a great time in Istria and Slovenia! Feel free to message me if you would need any other recommendations for sightseeing of those areas! All the best! ;)
Julie FinnicumUnited States
Matt gave us a great tour of the Diocletian palace then surprised us with a hike to the top of Marjan for spectacular views of the palace and harbor. What a treat! He provided us with wonderful restaurant recommendations as well as other local information. He was flexible ( we were late getting to Split) which we were very grateful for. We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Julie! It was great meeting you and sharing with you those beautiful parts of my country! :)
Julie FinnicumUnited States
Matt was great! He made sure we saw all the high points of Krka and Sibenik, was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly is passionate about guiding. He gave us invaluable information for our trip on to Dubrovnik, messaging places to stop, restaurant suggestions, etc. couldn't have asked for more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie, thank you very much! I am so glad that you enjoyed your trips in Dalmatia! :)
Dolores GreenUnited States
Matt was a great guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly, humorous, a good command of the English language and took as much time as we needed to ensure we had a great day. Would highly recommend Matt for any tour. Our group of 7 had an amazing day with him on the Island of Hvar.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dolores, thank you for your great review! I had a great day on Hvar with you as well, and a great lunch, in a great company! And, yes, I hope that Mujo the mechanic managed to fix that flat tyre on your car, while we were having our tour with our vehicle! ;)
Maria WaltersUnited States
Matej is extremely knowledgeable, very patient and very respectful of our needs. We had a wonderful day with him and would never have enjoyed Split as much without him. I highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria, thank you very much! I enjoyed meeting your lovely family and I'm very happy that you were sooo eager to learn everything about my beautiful country!
We had tours with Matt for four days, and all were wonderful. I would definitely recommend taking the time to see Mostar. Matt was extremely knowledgeable, and also took care to create the trip in a way which accommodated all of the members of our group, including one person with mobility issues and also someone who is hearing impaired. Matt made sure that we saw lots of amazing views along the way and stops on the way back. Marima (our guide in Mostar), was also an amazing guide. Highly highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Devora, thank you for your booking and for the great company! I enjoyed myself learning new things about your country, customs and foods :)
We had tours with Matt for four days, and enjoyed every day fully! Matt was extremely knowledgeable, and also took care to create the trip in a way which accommodated all of the members of our group, including one person with mobility issues and also someone who is hearing impaired. Trogir was especially lovely--highly recommended! It was a beautiful and enriching experience for everyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Devora, thank you for your booking and for the great company! I enjoyed myself learning new things about your country, customs and foods :)
Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, we weren't able to see Brac but Matt took every effort to make up for it by providing a very thorough and exciting tour of Hvar. Matt was extremely knowledgeable, and also took care to create the trip in a way which accommodated all of the members of our group, including one person with mobility issues and also someone who is hearing impaired. It was a beautiful and enriching experience for everyone!
We had tours with Matt for four days, this was the first and a great way to start the week. Matt was extremely knowledgeable, and also took care to create the trip in a way which accommodated all of the members of our group, including one person with mobility issues and also someone who is hearing impaired. It was a beautiful and enriching experience for everyone!
Lisa S.United States
Matt was incredibly knowledgeable with interesting facts and stories to share. He discussed the difficult history of the area impartiality to give us as clear of an understanding as possible. He showed concern for one in our group who had some physical limitations while still ensuring that she was able to participate fully. Matt organized other parts of our trip for us and checked in to make sure everything went well. He was a pleasure to spend time with, and a true professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for taking the tour and taking the time to leave a review. Bosnia is an amazing, fascinating and a very complex place and I am glad that we've managed to bring it a bit closer to you. Have a great rest of the trip!
Lisa S.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a great review, Lisa!
The wine tasting was an excellent choice. The drive through the countryside was amazing. The lunch stop was perfect. A beautiful island to return to.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Karen. You were a great company and it was such a perfect and enjoyable day :)
The tour around the old town was very informative. We expected more from the sights of the Lower Cetina Canyon. The lunch was excellent. The tour was well planned. Matt also provided us with some general info and great restaurant options which we tried and we're very happy with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your booking, Karen. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tour, the Old town & your lunch. Regarding the lower Cetina canyon, we explored the backroads & the authentic Poljica villages, we hiked to the most beautiful canyon viewpoints & the coronation church, we stopped by the canyon town Omis, we drove the canyon road and also had a canyon boat ride & canyon restaurant visit. Wish you had told me that you were interested in exploring more of the canyon, I would be happy to show you more!
An excellent full day private tour with Matej seeing the best of Hvar. Matej had a special passion for Hvar as his family had roots from 1480 on this Island. Friendly, accommodating and very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Draga Anita, hvala puno na tako lijepom reviewu!! Me too had a great time with you and your friends on Hvar! I hope you would enjoy and have a lot of fun during the rest of your stay in Croatia! All the best! Matt
Susan CainUnited States
Matt did an excellent job of showing us Split. We felt that we covered the palace very well and received a great deal of insider information. We hiked up Marjan Hill and had a great conversation over a beer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, it has been a real pleasure to feel your sincere interest about my country and its history and present. I was so happy to extend the tour for you and have a conversation over a beer at the Marjan Hill :)
Patricia BellonUnited States
Matt is an excellent tour guide -- very well informed on Croatia and it's history. When booking, I asked Matt to do some family history as my grandfather was born in a small village north of Split. Prior to my arrival in Croatia, Matt was actually able to find a first cousin. We went to my grandfathers village and were able to meet some relatives and visit the family cemetery which was a wealth of information. Matt is very flexible and will structure your tour to meet your interests. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, thank you very much! It was a pleasure to meet you and to assist you in tracing your relatives in the beautiful village of Zaton. All the best! ;)
Katie MoroUnited States
Matej was a great guide. He communicated well before the trip so we were prepared with what we needed to bring on the boat. During the trip, he made us feel comfortable and welcome. He also helped us with a wine tasting reservation for the next day and gave us other recommendations for places to go in Hvar. I would highly recommend a tour with Matej!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Katie, it was wonderful to be a guide to you and your husband. You are such great people and after our day that we spent together, I can only wish to have on my tours more people like you. Thank you for your booking, and I would love to meet you again, in Croatia - or in New Orleans :)
Debra CarrionUnited States
Matej was great in explaining everything about Split. He kept the teenagers interested (not easy to do in 90 degree heat) and was very engaging. He answered all our questions and was very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Debra, this is great to hear! Both you and your teenagers were sooo interested and enthusiastic and I truly enjoyed the tour with you. Thank you!
Mark McCauleyUnited States
Excellent knowledge. We had limited time and the tour was customized. Learned a lot and was very enjoyable. Top scenic location.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your wonderful feedback, Mark. We spent a great day together and it was a great experience sharing the beauties of the Plitvice park with you. Thank you for your booking and all the best!
Great tour - highly recommend! It was great to see the whole island vs just Hvar Town. The drive along the coastal highway allowed for breathtaking views. Visit to Jelsa, StariGrad and 'LittleVenice' were very enjoyable. We also fit in a swim in one of the beautiful bays! Matt was a very good guide, spoke English fluently and was full of knowledge. If you want to see the island this is a great way to do it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lina! It was my pleasure :)
Susan WarneckeUnited States
Matej was not the actual guide for this fishing trip, but he was one that made it possible for my husband to go on this fishing adventure. Although my husband unfortunately did not catch any fish he did have an enjoyable day out on the water. I guess that is why it is called fishing and not catching. Thanks again for making this trip possible. Susan Warnecke
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, thank you for your bookings and for your review. Well, yes, with those fish you never know... :) However, if you would be coming to Croatia again, I would definitely suggest trying a late-afternoon / evening fishing tour - we have had quite much success in that period recently!
Susan WarneckeUnited States
Matej, was the most attentive of all the tour guides. Weeks ahead I had inquired about fishing guides for my husband . . . and he came through. Then he emailed me if I would be interested in a Michelin Star restaurant for lunch. How did he know I am a total foodie. I texted him from our cruise ship and asked if I could bring two other ladies on the tour. He was more than accommodating. We saw the beautiful Krka Park and waterfalls, and enjoyed that exquisite lunch! Thanks! Susan Warnecke
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed your company and I loved sharing with you one of my favorite national parks and my favorite restaurant in the area. I am so glad that you loved them too ;)
Roya NathanUnited States
AMAZING!!!! I highly recommend ToursByLocals. Our tour guide Matt was great. He picked us up on time and showed us all the places that we wanted to visit. We had no issues understanding him. He is fluent in English. He was very sweet to my 10 year old son. He had bought him a cap as a present. He was very knowledgeable about everything. Split is a beautiful city so if you want to have a great experience sightseeing, then look no further Matt is your guy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Nathan! :) I will remember your lovely family and your tour, and shopping for the Croatian jerseys on the day of the World Cup Finals for my entire life :) Stay in touch, I will definitely love to hear recommendations from you - I do wish to visit your beautiful country and its incredibly friendly people :)
Matej was waiting for us when we arrived and was very knowledgeable throughout the 2hr walking tour of Split. He adjusted the tour according to what we had already seen and was very helpful in making recommendations for the remainder of our time in Split and in Croatia. I would highly recommend Matej as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Emma :) Have a great time in Plitvice and Istria and feel free to contact me, if you would need any more travel tips! Cheers
Robert HesselUnited States
Matt was a fantastic guide for our day. He was polite, knowledgeable, had a great sense of tour and was not busy looking at the clock. He wanted to make sure we took all the sights in and even added some surprises because we were having such a good time. The lunch on the River was something everyone should experience. Thanks again Matt.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Robert and Stacy! It was such a wonderful day! Have a great rafting trip and enjoy Macedonia ���� :)
Jane BrownUnited States
Matt gave us a fabulous tour of the island of Hvar today, exceeding our expectations. He is extremely knowledgeable and personable and it was the most enjoyable tour we've had here in Croatia. He went out of his way to show us an insiders view of Hvar and ensure we experienced the excellent food and wine of the area. The vineyard he selected is excellent and we bought several bottles. Matt is very flexible and tailored the tour to our tastes. We hope to use him again, if our schedules line up, for Vis.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your booking and for your beautiful feedback, Jane. This was such an enjoyable day! And, see you in Vis in a couple of days, if Zephyrus and Poseidon would be merciful to us :)
Robert E. MitchellHenderson, KY, United States
We had a great day with Matt in Split and Trogir Croatia. He did an incredible job helping us design a custom tour for our day in Croatia. He was friendly, informative and great to be around. We had a great time and truly loved Trogir.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Robert! :)
Peter PortneyUnited States
We hired Matej for the 'Breathtaking Island Hvar' tour. We started in Hvar, and then toured the island, with stops at the Napolean fort for a Hvar Town panorama; lavender fields; Vrboska (where he arranged an excellent wine tasting); Jelsa (where we had a delicious lunch on the waterfront at Artichoke); and then Stari Grad. Matej's great knowledge of the island, its culture and history, as well as his enthusiasm in sharing all of this with us made for an absolutely wonderful day. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Peter, thank you so much for your feedback. I had myself such an excellent time with you as well!! Those were really great wine tastings :)
Adrian FieldingUnited Kingdom
We had Matt as our guide in Dubrovnik and at the end of the tour arranged to book him for our tour in Split 2 days later as he had been such a great guide, knowledgeable,spoke very good English,was very personable I would recommend Matt as a guide to anyone,very good tours and fantastic knowledge and very pleasant and personable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words, Adrian! I enjoyed touring with you and your friends both in Hvar and Split area! I am glad that, thanks to your group, we had a chance to arrange the 1st brandy tasting in Split :)
Natalie EgnotUnited States
Our tour with Matej was excellent and the perfect introduction to Split! Not only did he provide us with a thorough history of Split, but gave us great tips regarding where to eat and what to see during our remaining time in the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vielen Dank / Thank you so much, Natalie! I hope you enjoyed your TBL Dubrovnik tour as well!
Adrian FieldingUnited Kingdom
Matt our guide met us on time at the agreed location and was a great embassador for his country with a huge knowledge of facts He was informative and great company I would recommend Matt as a guide to anyone and will definitely recommend to friends and family at home if visiting Croatia He ensured we had the time on our interests not just the planned itinerary
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Adrian! I enjoyed touring with you and exploring some new places and wineries together :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias, Daniela! It was a great tour with your colleagues in Split! ;)
Terrific guide! Extremely knowledgeable with brilliant English and unbelievably caring, as I have mobility issues this was clearly evident. I have been in the industry for over 50 years and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone. He made my day and everyone in the group such a joy and because of that we learnt so much. Great Job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. Your positive energy, great sense of humor and all the interesting conversations we have had, made touring with you so enjoyable! All the best; Matt
Fal ModiUnited States
My husband and I, along with another couple just returned from an amazing trip to Croatia. Matt was a replacement guide since the original guide stopped working. We were very lucky to have had Matt show us around Split. He is very knowledgable and recommended adding a few things to make the tour better, like beginning in Salona. He also gave us great recommendations for gelato and dinner. We would definitely recommend Matt for a wonderful tour of Split.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Namaste, and thank you very much, Fal. I had a great time with you and your family as well! Regards; Matt
Maria J WrightUnited States
Mat was great and we thoroughly enjoyed both Trogir and Split! Highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria, thank you so much for your interest in my city and my country, and for your kind review too.
Leslie MichaelsCarmichael, CA, United States
Knowledgable, enthusiastic, well-organized, accommodated our special requests. Laughed at my jokes and made a few himself. Honest responses to my serious questions. He clearly enjoyed showing us his country including it's Islands, history, food & wine. Highly recommended to create a personnel tour. added benefit of provided personnel driver
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Leslie! It was a real pleasure meeting you. I truly admired you how incredibly well you prepared yourself for this trip. Hope to meet you again and have some more wine tastings together! ;)
the only thing to comment on was that when travelling by mini van the people sitting behind the driver,tour guide are unable to hear the commentary.Maybe a microphone,headset would be beneficial.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jill, thank you for being such wonderful guests - I enjoyed our tour very much! And that you for your microphone suggestion - I will get it for the future tours!
Al RuckriegelUnited States
Matt was a nice tour guide and was very knowledgeable. We wanted to do a nice tour of Split. The only thing we wanted to do was have lunch on our own - which we did do, but Matt wanted us to do with him. We finally convinced him that we preferred to do a n hour on our own and do our own lunch then continue the tour. Thanks, Al and Dave
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment, Al and Dave. I am glad you found me very knowledgeable. Regarding the lunch, most of the clients prefer that we all have lunch together, as they consider it an opportunity for learning more about the local cuisine and the wines. That is the reason why I also asked you if you wanted that we had lunch together. I am really sorry you found it such a negative and offensive thing. Thank you for your booking once again and wish you all the best! Matt
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: While most travellers appreciate sharing a meal with their guide, we asked Matt to make sure and check in with the group regarding their expectations in this regard.
Matej was an excellent tour guide, he was knowledgable and was able to adapt the tour to meet our needs on the day as it was extremely hot and with our 80 yr old father with us we did not want to do too much walking. Matej provided us with an excellent lunch recommendation in Split.
Christel BengoaUnited States
Matej exceeded our expectations! He was wery instructive, accomodating, responsable and deferential. He gave us recommendations of fine restaurants that were not in the tourist areas. We recommend him 100%.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Christel! I am glad you enjoyed my country. I am hoping to visit your part of the world one day too! :)
Karen FullerWASAGA BEACH, ON, Canada
We had a wonderful day with Matej in Trogir and Split - both beautiful cities. He was very responsive to what we wanted to do, took us to an incredible local restaurant for lunch and whetted our appetites for returning to Split (we were there for a day on a cruise) because there is so much to do in the area.He is young, fun and very knowledgable - I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Karen! I enjoyed touring with you and I'm glad you loved my favorite restaurant in Split :)
Matt is an outstandingly knowledgeable, kind and very reliable guide who provided us with a number of insights of Croatian culture, history and nature during the four days we toured with him. Thanks very much indeed!
Tammy CauseyUnited States
Matt was very knowledgeable and very accommodating with the wheelchair.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind reply. I am glad that you were pleased with the tour and that we managed to see the gallery and the old town. It was my pleasure to assist you with the wheelchair.
Warren JanowitzUnited States
Excellent guide. Good english and knowledgable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nice to hear from you! Thank you for your feedback. It was my pleasure showing you around!
Candy BagleyUnited States
Our guide was helpful and easy to understand. We enjoyed out tour and had a great lunch at a local restaurant. It was just what we had hoped for. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy to read your review. Thank you so much! It was delight to show you my city and my area and to share with you one of my favorite restaurants!
Matej was a very well qualified guide. His English is very good. The only downside was that Matej has his program and words fixed. Difficult to ask questions outside the square.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: During our tour we discussed all kinds of issues you asked about(from ancient Roman/Greek history to political systems,the economy,cuisine,cars...even botanics).After the tour you told me you were very pleased with the tour.In 12 years working as a guide and more than 1000 clients,I've never received this type of feedback.Since you posted your feedback 60days after the tour,I believe you mixed me with some other guide from some other cruise ship port.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your feedback. Matt was shocked with the review. He has a very good track record with us. His support manager is working with him on that issue.
Wesley SorensenUnited States
We were 10 seniors from USA in various stages of health. Matej met all our needs and planned activities that enable all of us to have a wonderful time. He arranged a week of tours and exceeded our expectations. We have traveled the world for several years and Matej rates at the top of our list for tour guides. Our trip was in Sept. 2012 and we begin communicating with Matej several months earlier and he suggested sights and literature to work with us to plan an itinerary. Thank you "Tours by locals".
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for booking all those tours! It was a true pleasure to meet you and I will be happy to visit you in Texas - in 2013 hopefully!
Jerrold SegalUnited States
Matej proved to be extremely professional, well informed and very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the areas we toured. By consulting with him via email in advance we were able to customize our two days with him so that we got to see and do exactly what we wanted to and he made our time with him in Croatia truly memorable and well spent. I would say that a bit too much emphasis was given to having a full meal at lunchtime whereas we'd been happier with a quick sandwich, but kudos to Matej!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is great to hear from you! Thank you for your review and thank you so much for the CDs, they play very often in my car! All the best!
We were very happy with the tour. Excactly what we expected. Tahnk you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! All the best! M.
Kenneth G.United States
Excellent, personable, knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for great feedback! Matt
Mark SebastianUnited States
I would give Matej 6 stars!!!! We took a cruise and one port of call was Split. My wife's grandfather emigrated from a small town an hour from Split in 1911. We had a few old written records was all. After several email correspondences, Matej went out of his way to make phone calls and found & arranged for my wife to meet many relatives she did not know even existed. No doubt they were her relations, as her grandfather visited there in the 1970s and they still had his photos of his visit. Many thanks!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. Hope to see you in Croatia again! All the best. M.
Harlie LesniakUnited States
Matej was not our tour guide, but the woman he chose as his replacement - Helen was fantastic! She was very personable, knowledgeable, and accommodating to our varied interests. She went 'above and beyond' to show us fabulous sites and easily engaged us in the entire experience. WE ADORE HELEN!!!
Martin S.United States
We were supposed to have Matej as a guide who would provide a vehicle suitable for 4 persons and a wheelchair. Instead, without any advance notice, we got Marja who did not have a car of sufficient size. We only saw Split, the trip to Trojir would have been uncomfortable. We wound up having a brief tour of just Split. We could have taken a tour with any of the guides at the port for a quarter of the price!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am sorry .That day I had an emergency.A few days ahead I called your cell and it was out of reach so I texted & emailed.In order to try to make it up for my absence,I paid for your entrance fees.As per the rental vehicle,as soon I got advised about wheelchair,I also paid myself for an upgrade to the largest upper medium size car available. And just to make things clear, Port guide' tours for 1/4price are 1.5hour long shared walking tours with 15-30 people & do not include Trogir nor any vehicle.
Jane SchwartzUnited States
Unfortunately, Matej had some sort of a last minute emergency so we did not have a tour with him. He did send a replacement guide, a young woman named Nadia who was charming, obviously enthusiastic about her city of Split and knowlegeable about the history of the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and would suggest the Tours by locals contract with her for the Split area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jane, I am very sorry I was unable to be your guide personally. I am glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope to meet you in Croatia some other time. All the best!
Robert H.United States
Matej is very pleasant, informative and makes every effort to insure a first rate tour. This tour as well as general information provided by Matej made our trip to Croatia fantastic. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great meeting you, Robert. Thank you for your booking and I am happy you enjoyed your tour! Best regards. M.