Hot destinations won’t surprise anyone: Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Kyoto, Rio and Istanbul top the list. ToursByLocals travelers continue to flock to these world-class cities along with the rest of the world, and they’re all wonderful places to explore off the beaten path with a local guide.
The question we wanted answered today was: which of our 1632 guides were the busiest in 2014? Below, we’re going to share the names of the 10 guides who booked the most tours this year; if you’re thinking of booking a tour with one of them in 2015, we’d advise you to book soon, as their calendars are already filling up quickly!
1. Tomislav in Dubrovnik
Moving into the number one spot (up from number five last year) is Tomislav, with 177 tours! His hometown of Dubrovnik was the location used in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, and Tom’s runaway success is partly driven by the wonderful tours he’s created for fans of the show. The other part of his success comes from his engaging personality and superb knowledge of all things Dubrovnik.
2. Jiri in Prague
Jiri was born and raised in Prague, and offers tours of the “golden city” and all throughout the Czech Republic. Travelers are always complimenting him on his vast knowledge – particularly of the history of Jewish Prague – and on his amazing energy. Heading to Prague? Don’t miss the chance to spend time with Jiri!
3. Dino in Rome
Dino gave 160 ToursByLocals tours of his beloved city of Rome in 2014. Dino has a PhD in Roman History, but his “lectures” around the city include gelato, Italian wine and his lively sense of humour. He wants his travelers to fall in love with Rome, just as he did many years ago.
4. Chizuko in Kyoto
Our Japanese guides were again very popular this year, especially in Kyoto: Chizuko alone delivered over 150 tours. She takes travelers on cultural tours of Kyoto, which sometimes include traditional tea ceremonies, visits to markets and even a cooking lesson at her own home.
5. Ken in Kyoto
Ken has homes in both Kyoto and the ancient city of Nara and leads tours around both areas. His interests are many: history, art, literature, Haiku, business, economy, anime, martial art, Ninja and bird watching. Travelers routinely praise his deep knowledge of local culture, and his eagerness to impart it during his tours.
6. David in Paris
David was our busiest guide in Paris this year (the most popular destination for ToursByLocals travelers.) He’s done everything from macaron-themed tours to organizing marriage proposals at the Eiffel Tower. Travelers love how he imparts local knowledge along with history, and the way he helps Paris come alive for them.
7. Geneviève in Paris
Geneviève has been a ToursByLocals guide since 2010 and has met travelers for over 400 tours of her city since then. Whether you’re with girlfriends, children or on a romantic getaway, Geneviève can show you parts of the city you’ve never seen – and will want to see again. Need more convincing? Just read what past travelers have said about her!
8. Eugenie in Paris
Eugenie has a passion for art and for Paris that is infectious. She has given almost 400 tours with ToursByLocals in the past three years, and her glowing traveler feedback is a testament to her superb guiding skills. She booked almost 120 tours this year, which in Paris means a lot of walking!
9. Mully in Bali
Mully has been a TBL guide for over 4 years, and amassed a wealth of glowing reviews. Travelers regularly speak about Mully’s in depth knowledge of all aspects of Balinese culture, and his warm and engaging personality. He’s eager to ensure his guests get a taste of the ‘real’ Bali, away from the cruise ships and tourist zones.
10. Sandra in Barcelona
Sandra’s travelers rave about how she “brings the city’s art and history to life.” And as a licensed guide in Barcelona, Sandra can not only take you on an in depth tour inside any museum: when you’re with her, you can skip the line! She’s been a guide with us since 2010, and we’re so happy to see her break the Top 10 this year!
Congratulations to these guides for all the work they’ve done with ToursByLocals in the past year (and years previous!) We’ve only listed here the ten guides who booked the most tours, and we’re compelled to add that they represent just a small handful of the wonderful, dedicated, and deeply knowledgeable people on our site.