John VassarUnited States
Excellent private tour and care during our entire tour of the Douro Valley wineries !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so glad that you enjoyed your time, it was lovely to host you! Obrigada. All the best, Orquidea
Aimee FriedmanUnited States
Wonderful day! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and an absolute delight. She brought us to fabulous quintas where we learned about the wines and had a spectacular lunch. We highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure. I am glad that you had such a wonderful time! Muito obrigada.
A completely fantaskical tour-Super Go Guide. We can highly recommend the tour to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muito obrigada! I am glad that you got to experience the Douro valley.
Carole DoranMinneapolis, MN, United States
We thought we would be going to a small quinta, not one with tour buses & groups moving in & out. I didn't understand the rush to get there at 11:30; I did not know that groups were being slotted in. After a mass wine tasting, we were ushered into a fancy restaurant. We wanted lunch but not a fixed price menu of several courses. This was not expected. We asked if the price was included in the ($500) tour cost & the waiters seemed confused. No answers. Finally, we ordered some expensive appetizers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking the time to comment.Please recall in our emails,I specifically noted that the winery visit was to be paid on site, the exact price and what was included (gourmet lunch w/ wine pairing, tour & tasting). You even replied, "great, thank you so much!".It's unfortunate that this was confused as it seemed to have ruined this typically excellent experience. September is the busiest month therefore wineries are very full, unfortunately we can't control that but we do have to reserve the visit
Consummate professional from top to bottom. This woman is engaging, knowledgeable, and an absolute pleasure to have spent the day with. We loved every moment. Truly everything we've come to expect from ToursByLocals. And then some.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow, thank you for your kind words, it was my pleasure to host you to the gorgeous Douro Valley! All the best to you. Muito obrigada!
Alan LakomskiUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate you rating and booking! All the best, obrigada!
Marilyn CourtotWest Palm Beach, FL, United States
Orquidea is an excellent guide with what appears to be limitless information about her country, wine and cuisine. She is a great choice if you want a great tour of the Douro Valley and its wineries and is flexible when you need to make changes as we did due to our early ship departure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to host your here, thanks for booking with me! I appreciate your kind comments. Muito obrigada!
Orquídea is an efficient and professional guide. Her knowledge of wine and the Douro Valley is very good. The Douro Valley is a beautiful and underrated wine area. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Orquídea.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments, it was great to host you! Well said "underrated". Obrigada!
Martin VaughanCharlotte, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad that you enjoyed the beautiful Douro Valley! Take care.
Jan KruppUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muito obrigada!
William BathUnited States
Orquidea is a terrific guide. We were fortunate to be with her. She is knowledgeable and able to communicate her knowledge within the context of Portugal and its culture. We were with her for several of her tours in and around Porto, and recommend her highly. We learned so much...thanks to Orquidea, her communication skills, knowledge, and her sincere interest in helping us to appreciate where we were. She represents Portugal and Porto so well!! Easy to work with, and flexible in scheduling.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. It was wonderful to host you here and show you the best of the region. All the very best for 2019!
Another wonderful day touring the valley. Orquidea is very informative, pleasant and made the tour fun. Would recommend her to friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Obrigada for your rating, it was a pleasure!
Robert TuiderArlington, VA, United States
There is so much to see in the Douro Valley, but our tour guide Orquidea did a great job showing us what we could see in the one day that we had. Orquidea was flexible making adjustments per our request to see a particular type of winery. In short, a great day with a great tour guide!
John FossUnited States
Excellent wine tour of the Douro Valley. A great day with an excellent and knowledgeable guide. All ten of us enjoyed the wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to host you in the beautiful Douro Valley. All the best! Orquidea
Great guide, made everything possible when we asked her . Totally recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, it was great to host you! Gracias!!!
Amanda StClairUnited States
Highly recommend Douro valley and Orquidea. We were on a cruise and it is a great shore excursion. The scenery was spectacular, saw a local market, tasted white & red wine & Port. Enjoyed a gourmet meal overlooking vines. Simply spectacular.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Fabulous day! Thanks for allowing me to introduce you to the majestic Douro Valley! All the best, Orquidea
Umur AydoganUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, I appreciate it and your booking. Obrigada, Orquidea
Charles MillerDallas, TX, United States
Orquidea was a great host for our visit to Porto. Due to weather issues our arrival was late and we had to change our tour to a tour of Porto. She took us around the central area of town and then took us to a nice local restaurant across the river . We finished the day with a nice port tasting and tour at Churchill. I would highly recommend Orquidea for a fabulous day in Porto or the Douro Valley. Her knowledge of the history of Portugal and the region allowed us to still have a nice visit to Porto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments and review. It was wonderful to host you here and show you the best of Porto. I look forward to reuniting in the future! Kind regards, Obrigada! Orquidea
Jennifer HowardUnited States
We booked Orquídea to give us a quick tour of Porto, drive us to the Douro Valley and hit up a few tastings along the way. Her knowledge of the area and the vineyards was impeccable, and she was a true delight to spend the day with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments, it was a pleasure to host you and give you an insight to this beautiful area. All the best, Orquidea
Kim Starr-WickhamUnited Kingdom
Orquidea was so amazing! We had the most fantastic time and she arranged a perfect tour for us. I can't recommend this tour any higher. Thank you so much!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating and kind comments. It was a pleasure to host you all here to the amazing Douro Valley. Obrigada!
Kevin RuhUnited States
Orquídea was a wonderful guide! She was friendly, punctual, and a fountain of knowledge about Porto and the surrounding area, including the Douro Valley. We only stayed in Porto for 36 hours, and we hit the ground running with this tour. We used her for another the day we left. I would recommend her to anyone, regardless of the type of adventure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your kind comments, it was great to host you both here, showing you the best of the region, all in 36 hours, well done! Best wishes, Orquidea
Judith HodgsonYork, United Kingdom
This was our second day with Orquidea. She picked us up very promptly and it was a comfortable drive to Douro Valley tho it did take over 90mins from Porto. She clearly knows the area well and took us to some lovely viewpoints as well as a great Quinta with lovely restaurant and a good tasting . The weather meant that a river trip was off the agenda so we had another stop for tastings and olive oil / port buying. It's quite a long day but worth it for the scenery and the detail Orquidea supplies.
David H.United States
Orquidea works hard for you. My family of 6 love wines and wanted to spend the day learning about Douro wine varietals, not port. As Americans, we have little opportunity to taste your indigenous grapes. And so Orquidea was challenged to arrange a day's itinerary for some serious tastings. She succeeded by getting us into 3 wineries, one of which was a top-end, appointment-only vineyard. While she is not a wine expert herself, she doesn't need to be, as she most capably introduces you to the experts.
Mark GetzenUnited States
We scheduled Orquidea as our guide for a day trip to the Douro Valley. She showed up right on time. As we speak no Portuguese we were very happy that her English was so good. Early on she asked us for any special things we would like to do or see. When we told her we enjoy Port Wine, she changed her schedule to include an extra Quinta for tasting. When we arrived at the first estate, she arranged for our tasting to be outdoors on the balcony overlooking the Douro. Perfect. Book her if you can.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to host you in the Douro Valley, such a beautiful place to enjoy the history, culture and most importantly, port wine! All the best to you.
Orquidea was prompt and easy to communicate with by email. Her van was clean and comfortable. We had an amazing day in Douro Valley. She went out of her way to stop by an extra vineyard and also showus more local, authentic areas. We felt ccomfortable with her driving as she was very safe. Nothing but positive reviews!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words and rating, I appreciate it! I am so happy that you got to experience this beautiful region and wish you wonderful memories from here. It was a pleasure to host! All the best, Orquidea
Anthony PrevettUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the five star rating, I appreciate it and enjoyed hosting you here. All the best, Orquidea
Margaret EldredUnited States
Great car, very comfortable. Great guide, very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, had a lot of pride in his heritage. Would use him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review. This was a colleague of mine that hosted you here as I had a conflict in my schedule, I appreciate your flexibility with this. I am glad that you enjoyed your time here and got to experience the beautiful Douro Valley with Miguel, he is excellent! Many kind regards! Orquidea and Miguel
Vincent PenaUnited States
Had a wonderful time and a great tour with Orquidia. She spoke both Portuguese and English which helped facilitate our tour. She went above and beyond to make the tour even more memorable. We would definitely do another tour with her! She was amazing!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for touring with me. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and your lovely family showing you the beautiful Douro Valley, I enjoyed it a lot. All the best!