Jorge Manuel Rodriguez-larrainUnited States
Our family and I enjoyed an amazing private tour to Braga, hosted by Ricardo. He picked us up from our hotel in a luxury new van, which accommodated our family of 6 very well. Throughout the near 9 hours of the tour Ricardo gave us an extremely interesting description of Braga and Portugal, including details on history, architecture and funny anecdotes. During lunch he took us to a great restaurant when we enjoyed delicious Portuguese food and wine. I highly recommend this tour. Obrigado Ricardo...!!!
Robert LaneUnited States
Ricardo was wonderful, and the tour of Coimbra was exactly what we were looking for. Ricardo adapted on the fly as we needed, and he continued to check in with us for any requests. He provided an insightful and entertaining commentary on our drive to Lisbon. I would gladly request Ricardo the next time we are in Portugal.
Diane MorganUnited States
This tour was perfect!! Ricardo was very informative and made this a memorable day. He was terrific.
Lisa VoigtUnited States
We had a great day exploring Braga and Guimaraes with Ricardo. He was completely flexible with regards to the agenda and was accommodating when he knew I had an injury. He also is exceedingly polite and gracious. After spending some years working in high-end British hotels, he hasn't lost any of the charm needed for that type of role. We highly recommend him as a guide.
James NettoUnited States
Ricardo is the Best guide We ever had!!!
Ricardo was extremely knowledgeable about the wines in the Duoro and gave us an excellent background and history on our drive from Porto to Pinhao. His attention to details was great and his choices for wineries and lunch exceeded our expectations. Many thanks.
Lisa Burnham,United States
Great guide very accommodating and his history lessons were outstanding. English is awesome as well. He listened and provided exactly the experience we were all hoping for on our trip. He was the highlight of our visit!
Lisa Burnham,United States
Ricardo was awesome, we took the whole family and everyone thought he was the best! We learned so much more about the history of Portugal because of Ricardo. Best guide i have every used. Thanks
Carlos GomesUnited States
Excellent The best Next time I will request Ricardo again Hopefully he is available. The entire family enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you very much Carlos Gomes
Just an amazing day. Ricardo could not have been a more accommodating guide. Unbelievable how knowledgeable, gracious, patient and polite he was. We loved every minute with him. He is a wonderful person and we would use him again and again. Highly recommended.
From the moment we met Ricardo we felt we were in good hands. He was very professional, with a bright smile, firm handshake and great attitude. The Pasteis da Nata he produced when we stopped to admire the view was a sweet touch. Quinta do Foz was educational and wines were delicious! A stunning river cruise and finally an excellent gourmet lunch to wrap things off. All along the way we learnt many interesting facts about the history and general life in Portugal. Highly recommend this tour with Ricardo!
Our trip to the Duorro Valley was one of my family's favourite events in Portugal. The trip was so well organized and Ricardo is so knowledgeable and professional. He knew we wanted to go to another tasting initially so he organized one over lunch. The setting was breathtaking and the food was amazing. We will never forget the day we spent with Ricardo! I highly recommend him as a tour guide.
Pamela PriceUnited States
Ricardo is energetic, informative, and a great guide. We learned so much about Portugal's history. His pride in the region is evident. He included extra "specials" that made our day even more fun. I highly recommend touring with Ricardo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pamela. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. It was a great pleasure to spend all day with you (family and friends) and sharing the Portuguese culture. You are always very welcomed to Porto and Portugal. Please keep in touch. All the best, Ricardo
Arthur FoleyUnited States
Ricardo was a perfect guide. Knowledgeable about history and architecture, enthused about his subject matter, great English proficiency, warm and engaging personality, interested in other people, attentive to needs, truly a gem of a human being, also a very good driver and provides a great lunch. This is the way to see Braga and Guimares. We learned much and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Arthur Foley. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. It was a great pleasure to spend all day with you and your wife and sharing the Portuguese culture. You are always very welcomed to Porto and Portugal. Please keep in touch. All the best, Ricardo
Alex NovielliUnited States
Today, we discovered one of Portugal's hidden gems and his name is Ricardo. Ricardo was our guide for a Duoro Valley private tour. His exuberance and love of his country was matched by his professionalism and extensive knowledge of the wine making process and historical significance of the sites visited. His communication skills are flawless and we found him completely engaged for the entire 10 hours we were with him. We've used Tours By Locals several times and find Ricardo to be one of the best!
Jimmy NguyenUnited States
Ricardo made our journey from Porto to Lisbon via visiting the two cities of Aveiro & Óbidos an Amazing experience. Traveling as a family of three, with our daughter being 7, Ricardo recommended Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. She really enjoyed the boat ride tour of Aveiro. And Óbidos, the old ancient city built within a wall. We got to walk along the high walls and thru the old cobblestone city. Ricardo was an Amazing Guide, Accommodating, Flexible, Friendly, and Very Knowledgeable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lovely Family De Lima-Nguyen. It was a great day. I loved to meet you and to drive you from the North to Lisbon stopping in some places. Thank you very much for being such a nice people. Next trip to Portugal, please contact me. I will have all the pleasure host you. Let me take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year and all the best for all of you from my heart. Kindest regards, Ricardo O.
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Kathryn EsquivelMill Valley, CA, United States
Ricardo was prompt and considerate. I had one plan for our tour, but Ricardo suggested something he felt my husband and I might enjoy more. He was absolutely right. We had a beautiful drive from Porto to Lisbon and on the way stopped in Óbidos and Aveiro. Beautiful towns. We had a great trip
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathryn. It was a great pleasure to drive you from the North to South stopping in Aveiro and Obidos. It was also a great honour for me to meet so knowledge and kind people as you. All the best. Kindest regards
Ashley FacchiniUnited States
What an incredible experience!! This tour was one of the highlights of our trip and Ricardo was absolutely fantastic! He went above and beyond to personalize the tour and make sure we were maximizing our time in the Douro Valley. We can't say enough about how much we appreciated Ricardo and how much fun we had. We would HIGHLY recommend this tour. Ricardo even sent us photos afterwards that were taken on his nice camera. Excellent tour and excellent guide! Thank you!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ashley, You are welcome! It was a great pleasure to guide your lovely group. You are amazing :) it was amazing to meet you. All you need from Portugal please do not hesitate to contact me. All of you got a friend in Portugal :) Also, thank you very much for the recommendations. I hope you had a safe travel back to US. Warm regards, Ricardo O.
Jesse BassUnited States
Ricardo did an excellent job arranging our transport from Lisbon to Porto. We stopped in two towns along the way (Obidos & Aveiro). It was a fantastic way to see a bit more of the country while making our way to Porto. Ricardo was very informative along the way and very accommodating. This was our first time using toursbylocals and we were extremely happy with the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jesse Bass, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a great pleasure to show you part of the countryside of Portugal. I would like to wish you a very nice Journey. Kindest regards, Ricardo O.
The sites visited (Aveiro and Batalha) were wonderful (despite bad weather). Our guide was not as informative as we had expected from our previous experience with ToursByLocals.
Charles AndersonUnited States
Four of us disembarked in Porto from a Viking Cruise of the Douro Valley. We had a number of hours before our flights, so we contacted our Vacation Specialist, who helped to connect us with ToursByLocals in Porto. Our tour guide, Ricardo, spoke excellent English. Prior to final arrangements, there was some back-and-forth questioning concerning our interests. We established a tour of a winery in the "vinho verde" region somewhat north of Porto. Ricardo used a per
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Everyone, It was a great pleasure to share such a perfect day with you. Anderson's family and friends are amazing! Thank you very much for this lovely day. I hope to host you again for another "Wine Venture" in Portugal. Kindest regards, Ricardo O.