We would recommend Maria strongly. Excellent guide !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you once again, Jan and Inez for this warm response: I am a great lover of Finnish Design and Architecture so these types of specialized tours are always very pleasurable. You already knew a lot before taking my tour, but I hope that you are both now a little wiser:) Thank you also for the lovely post-tour lunch with great conversation. Warm regards to you and your family in Belgium! Kind regards, Maria
Kris CrawfordUnited States
Maria is a wonderful tour guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Helsinki. She took us to see many great sites and was sensitive to our needs and desires.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Team Crawford. It was an absolute pleasure to share my hometown with you all. Thank you for your own insight and thoughts on the many subjects that we covered during the course of our morning walk. Regards to Colorado and Alabama from sunny Helsinki !
Jason W.Los Angeles, CA, United States
I can not say enough good things about Maria. She is a true professional and provided a phenominal and personalized tour of Helsinki. She not only showed me the sites but provided a fully immersive experience by sharing details of cuisine, art, crafts, local goods and more. She was simply excellent and I would recommend her to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jason, Thank you for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to walk around Helsinki and share my beautiful home city with you. On ToursByLocals my aim is always to create (within the standard tour framework) a personalised experience with attention to each guests individual interests. I am happy that on this occasion I suceeded so well. Thank you once more and sunny regards to California! Maria
David SteinbergUnited States
Maria is a British reared, Canary Island vacationed, Finnish Guide. She took us on a 4 hour walking town of Helsinki. She was facile with facts and projected her enthusiasm for her beloved city of Helsinki. Helsinki is a nice break from medieval port cities and less crowded than Saint Petersburg or Tallin. Maria shared interesting Finnish facts regarding its tenuous relationship with Russia and why it's EU but not a NATO country. She is easy to understand and quite bubbly and humorous. Great day!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the lovely feedback. I try to pack my tours with deep knowledge, but delivered in an easily-digestible and informal manner, and never forgetting to include a good dose of humour. Learning should always be be fun, and I always try to remember this when delivering my tours. It was a pleasure to be your guide and I am happy that enjoyed Helsinki and my company. I wish you all the best and regards to Las Vegas !
Sheryl ManningUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sheryl and Steve, It was a enormous pleasure to be your guide in Helsinki on this beautiful and sunny summer's day. I enjoyed, as much as you both did, our walk and conversations about Helsinki , Finland and everything else we cared to talk about. Glad that you loved Helsinki, so do I ! All the best and regards to Oregon, USA and Steve ( Madden!). Kind Regards, Maria
Richard HargreavesUnited Kingdom
Excellent - relaxed but informative and enthusiastic!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard, I am happy that you enjoyed your tour with me.Regards to England.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Francesco ! It was a pleasure to show you around Helsinki and join you for dinner at the beautiful Saaristo Island restaurant - All the best and regards to Italy . ps) Hope Storyville was enjoyable.
Sally StewartUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lee. I am happy to see that you enjoyed the tour. All the best Maria
Our group of 24 was on a 4 day trip to Stockholm and Helsinki. On the end of their tour they were still talking about Maria. That much good impression Maria left on them on this 4 hour walking tour. On this 4 hours we saw all main attractions + some interesting places that someone would never take us there. But mostly we have learn a lot about life and way of living in Finnland. Maria is fun, positive person and we will sure book her again ! Thank you Maria for unforgetable moments.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Damjan Thanks for such a lovely review. You were also a fabulous group and I very much enjoyed our' walking and talking '. Glad that I inspired so many of you and thanks for booking TBL. All rhe best. Maria :)
Pamela CampbellUnited States
We had just the most lovely time with Maria. She is both welcoming and accommodating so we enjoyed every moment in Helsinki. Thank you, Maria!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you , Pamela for such lovely feedback. I too enjoyed my time with your group. Al the best ! Maria
Maria took the six of us on a 4-hour tour of Helsinki. She met us at the cruise ship and timed it well to cover all the highlights, allowing sufficient opportunities to rest, and worked in our special requests as well (to see the Jewish sites). She is bright and interesting, and shared many insights from her perspective as a long-term resident who grew up elsewhere. She also showed us how easy it is to get around the city via public transportation. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you , Daniel. I am happy that you and the rest of your group enjoyed my tour. Regards to Jerusalem and Israel.
Gary B.New Orleans, LA, United States
Knowledgable and very pleasant. Made sure we moved at the pace we were comfortable with. Everyone in my group of 6 was quite happy with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the feedback ,Gary. I am very happy that your group enjoyed my services and that Tours By Locals once again fulfilled your expectations. Thank you also for the interesting anecdotes about your home town, New Orleans. Kind regards to all. Maria
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the feedback, Jakub ! It was a pleasure to show your group around Helsinki. Hope you all enjoyed Kuopio and I hope that you all had a safe return trip to Poland :=)
Timo SkyttaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, Timo. I enjoyed showing your international team around Helsinki.
Vicki BeanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Vickie. I am happy that I delivered a tour that elicited such a nice feeling of satisfaction. This is what I always aim to do. Kind regards, Maria:-)
Ann GurneeUnited States
Maria was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend her as a tour guide. She was so personable and could easily answer all of our questions. In an effort to provide constructive feedback, the one area that was of concern was that it seemed that she spoke mostly to just one member of the group. She focused all of her answers to him and talked almost exclusively with him. We were all quite confused by this.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ann, Thank you for your evaluation. I'm glad that you enjoyed my tour enough to recommend my services onwards. Your constructive feedback is very valuable. In guide school we are always reminded never to focus our attention on a single member of the group but this sometimes inadvertantly happens for example when one person asks large amounts of questions. Your observation is a useful reminder of a very important point that I will definitely pay extra attention to on my future tours. Kind regards,Maria:
Patricia PickfordUnited States
Maria was a treasure of information for us about Helsinki. Her tour covers it all, at a brisk pace, but with stops along the way and tram rides across town too. Warm, friendly and her interest is giving you the best tour of her beautiful city. If you can book a tour with Maria...do it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback , Patricia ! I really think that I have one of the best jobs in the world as a Helsinki guide: Every day I meet fascinating people from all over the world , I get to share my beautiful home town with them , and on top of that I have great fun doing it! Beat that for job satisfaction :=)
Jimmy HylandUnited States
Maria was an excellent guide, she was pleasant, professional and her English was very good. She was sensitive to the groups needs and made the walking tour a very pleasant experience for all. I would highly recommend her services, and I look forward to having her again upon my return to Helsinki.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jimmy, Thank you for the feedback. I really enjoyed working with your group and answering all the fascinating questions they asked me as we walked around the city. I always aim to take the needs of each guest into account and adapt the tour content and pace accordingly so that everyone is left with an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Welcome back !
Jimmy HylandUnited States
Pleasant, enthusiastic, a great ambassador for the city of Helsinki. I would highly recommend Maria's services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jimmy ! It was my pleasure to accompany your group around my home town and share all aspects of it with everyone. Now you are all experts! I really enjoy working as a guide and like to think that my enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge help to make my tours memorable.