Ginny SmithUnited States
We were so fortunate to have Marianne as our personal tour guide. She arrived on time, full of energy and filled with love for her beloved Amsterdam. We grew to love Amsterdam because Marianne loves Amsterdam as she took us to see her favorite places. She explained the unique culture and history at every turn. Her knowledge of art greatly enhanced our visits to both the Rijks and Van Gogh Museums. We will be using ToursBy Locals whenever we travel! We wish Marianne could be our guide in every city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ginny, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of my tour with you last September. It was good to feel your enthusiasm and interest in life in Amsterdam. I wish you lots of other wonderful trips and would love to meet you again!
Kenneth LounsberyUnited States
I had a wonderful morning with Marianne. She is so well informed and articulate. I got a wonderful feeling for the "shape" of the City and saw many things I had not enjoyed our a previous walking tour. Thanks to Marianne, I was not hit by a single bicyclist! I recommend her very very highly. While I am older person, I am sure she would be equally suitable for families with children. Wonderful and engaging!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful reference! You were an ideal and very interested visitor, and I loved to do this walking tour with you! Would love to see you and your husband again!
Cathy MatlackUnited States
Marianne was excellent! She was flexible and catered the tour to our interest and time schedule. She was knowledgeable about all aspects of Amsterdam history, culture and current events. All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with her. She felt like a good friend by the end of the day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cathy for your 5 stars! I felt the same like you when I came home after our tour. I am sure that you are going to have a wonderful river cruise and will enjoy the rest of your trip! You know there remains a lot to be seen in Amsterdam, so do come again!
Cathie MannHouston, TX, United States
Our May tour with Marianne was amazing. Her knowledge about the art in the museum, the City itself was very informative and the special stories she told were wonderful. She dealt with the rain with such charm and we kept on with our tour. She guided us carefully to avoid problems with the bikes and to give us good advice about other places to see on our own. We would highly recommend her. She is delightful and has a wonderful way of explaining things and handled all of our questions!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cathy! I hope you have enjoyed the rest of your European tour. You were very good in accepting the Dutch rain as part of our charm and I am glad you had a great time!
Richard RiebelUnited States
Marianne was our guide to the museums contains the Dutch Masters. On our way to Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum she walked us through different neighborhoods. Her knowledge of the historical development of Amsterdam was excellent and entertaining. The world may have been made by God but Amsterdam was made be the ingenious Dutch. Her historical and linear presentation of the works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh added greatly to our understanding of these ground breaking artists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for appreciation! I think we had a wonderful mornig, we were so lucky with the wheather! I have enjoyed spending this Saturday morning with you and I hope the rest of your stay will be as good as the start! Kind regards, Marianne
Michael SchiessPawleys Island, SC, United States
Marianne was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. We toured both the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum on the same day. While that my seem like a lot, Marianne made it quite enjoyable. Her plan was to not try and see everything. Instead, she provided the historical perspective on the artist and time period. With this context in mind, she explained individual paintings in a way that offered a roadmap to how Rembrandt and Van Gogh created their masterpieces. We learned a lot and had a truly great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael for this wonderful rating. I enjoyed the company and the interest of you and your family and hope you Will enjoy the rest of your chritsmas holidays. Come again to see the rest!
Juris SarinsUnited States
Marianne was very friendly, professional, accommodating and knowledgeable. Her information spanned both the cultural and artistic sides of the tour, given in a manner to allow us to delve deeper into subjects that we had a specific interest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Juris, I am glad my tour has given you the possibility to enjoy art and history in Amsterdam. Hope you will come back!
Virginia S.United States
Marianne is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Rijksmuseum as well as the art she showed us. She customized the tour to our interests and the time we had available. We came away with a great appreciation for Dutch art. I highly recommend her tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Virginia for your 5 stars! I am glad you appreciated my introduction to Dutch art of the 17th century. I hope you have enjoyed the sailing and cycling as well. Come again to see the rest of the city!
Maxine HenningUnited States
Marianne came to our hotel and guided us on our first day in Amsterdam. Great overview of the city and just enough of the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum. She is very knowledgeable and personable. A great way to start a trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maxine, I hope you have enjoyed the rest of your trip just as much as the start in Amsterdam!
Emily ShoreUnited States
Marianne was excellent. She showed us the paintings of importance by Vermeer and Rembrandt and explained them very well. She gave us a wonderful walking guide of the area. I highly recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Emily! I am glad you and your family have enjoyed my tour and the masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum. I wish you a really nice time in Stockholm and London!
Marie-Louise RamsdaleUnited States
Marianne was very pleasant and easy to have as a guide. She showed us quite a few unexpected things along the way. She was fine with adapting the schedule to accommodate our stops. She was well able to answer our questions. We would use her again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marie-Louise, and enjoy your trip to France! See you again in Amsterdam, so much more to see!
Mary Louise WilsonUnited States
Marianne was a terrific guide for our introduction to Rembrandt. She gave us background information that greatly enhanced our viewing experience. We liked her a lot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, I have really enjoyed spending these two days with you! I hope you will just as much enjoy the other days of your Amsterdam experience! Hope to meet you again!
Stephanie RasleyEdina, MN, United States
Thank you, Marianne, for being our "mom" during our first two days in Amsterdam! We enjoyed walking the canals with you and learning the history of the city before viewing the art at Rijksmuseum. We loved your enthusiasm, and you answered all of our questions. Your passion for and knowledge of the art really came through. Great job and we feel so luck to have had you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Stepanie, I was happy to introduce you to our wonderful city and giving the 17th century masterpieces their context in local history. It was hard not to be enthusiastic with your family! I am glad you have enjoyed your long holiday in Amsterdam, hope to see you again! Marianne
Olivier R.United Kingdom
We much enjoyed our tour with Marianne. She gave us a very nice guided tour of the Rijksmuseum full of interesting information. She clearly knew a lot about the selected artworks. Her knowledge of Amsterdam is excellent and she is very good company. We had a thoroughly enjoyable morning.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. I really enjoyed showing you the highlights of the Rijksmuseum and doing this city walk with you on that wonderful morning!