Allen SheldonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Allen for your kind tour rating. It was a pleasure to guide your group and I am very happy that we were able to include a visit to the synagogue as part of the program. Regards to you all in the USA. Kind Regards, Maria ---------------
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Doreen for your rating. It was a great pleasure to host your group in Helsinki last week. Regards to Canada!
Lita SmallUnited States
Maria was wonderful! She made our tour both fun and informative. She speaks perfect English, is very enthusiastic, and showed us all of the places of interest in Helsinki. We not only received a nice overview of the city but also a real sense of how people there live. It was a joy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lita for your generous and warm appraisal of my guide services: I enjoyed sharing my home town with your group as much as you enjoyed having it shown to you! Thank you also for sharing with me a little piece of your own lives back home in the USA. I hope that you all enjoy the Finnish chocolate as you sail to onto your next cruise destination in Stockholm. Warning : Its so good you will have to come back to Finland for more:=)
Patricia DonohueUnited States
Maria was a fabulous guide — knowledgeable as well as entertaining. She brought us to all the prominent highlights of Helsinki while providing key points on each. In addition we were given time to explore Heldinki's wonderful outdoor markets. All in all, one of the best tours we've had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Patricia for your kind feedback. It was a pleasure to guide your lovely group of wonderfully curious travellers. I am happy to hear that my hometown left you with such a good feeling. Regards to Boston USA!
Charles DoyleTexas City, TX, United States
Maria was outstanding and in particular the way she handled our special needs.... we had a party of 6 and two handicapped... my son is confined to a wheelchair and cannot stand or walk and my wife uses a wheelchair due to limited walking requirements. Maria handled our needs to perfection and gave us a beautiful tour of Helsinki in a handicapped van that wasperfect in every way. If you are traveling to Helsinki, don't miss giving Maria a call for one of her fantastic tours��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Charles for your kind feedback. I am very happy that I was able to offer your group the tour that fitted your specific needs. My job as a guide enables me to meet so many interesting people from across the globe and your lovely family was one of them. Thank you for your time with me in Helsinki. I was honored to have guided you all. Regards to USA.
Robert TunmireUnited States
Maria was a great guide and fun to tour with . She is very knowledgeable and full of energy !! Robert & Kitty
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert and Kitty, Thank you for the lovely feedback. I too enjoyed the time with your group; having curious and connected clients such as yourself is wonderfully rewarding for any guide and I especially value this. I wish you all well and regards to Texas USA and NSW Australia !!!!
Heather SieversUnited States
We have used Tours by Locals all over the world & have never been disappointed. Maria was the most incredible guide we've ever had. The 1st thing she did when we met was provide us w/ wifi! Traveling w/ 2 boys (11 & 14) this was a godsend! Sofia was professional & catered to our needs. We wanted to see things off the beaten path of Helsinki & that is exactly what we did. In addition to popular spots, we visited a local grocery store, flea market & some shops that we would not had known of. THE BEST!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Heather ! I am really happy to read that you and the rest of your group enjoyed my tour. I try hard to fulful the needs of the modern traveller and nowadays this absolutely includes providing a wifi hotspot ( off my phone ) throughout the tour. I think all guides should do this. The places we visited off the beaten track were thanks also to your own initiative so I cannot take all the credit. Enjoy the flea market treasures you found and regards to California ! All the best, Maria
maria is so vibrant and so dynamic. she is very bubbly and shared helsinki in a very interesting way. we truly enjoyed her company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Maria for the lovely feedback. I also very much enjoyed the company of your group. Regards to Manila and the Philippines !!!
Maria was extremely knowledgeable, fluent in English, in 5 hours she gave us a private tour of all the major areas in Helsinki Highly recommended
Julie FotosUnited States
Wow! what a treasure for your company. Extremely knowledgeable about Finland and spoke fluent English.She oozed pride when she took us to the Olympic Tower(what a spectacular view of the city),Sibelius Monument,Esplanade Park,Market Square, the War Museum and an area one can get a better view of Suomenlinna(Sea Fortress). Before the end of our time with her,she told us places to visit on our own.She informed our next tour guide,Maarit,that George wanted a special Finnish entree.Maarit found it,yummy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie,Lorraine and George: Glad you enjoyed the tour. I agree, the Olympic Stadium is fabulous -its often the first place I take my TV and journalist groups so that they can get their first general overview of the city. The War Museum is one of my favourite museums so I also enjoyed taking you there. Glad that Maarit was able to make use of my tip and find George a restaurant serving the Meat and Macaroni casserole of his childhood that he so remembered.Best wishes to all!
Lucio de BastianiItaly
Very professional and friendly guide Huge culture and open mind Strongly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lucio, thank you for your recommendation. Glad to see that you enjoyed the tour. I too enjoyed our discussions covering so many different topics. Regards:)