Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Victoria-Canada by Tour Guide Mark E. (Guide #11448)


Chuck Denny

United States
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Tour: #269812, Victoria Step On Guide, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada    view tour
Date: Jun 25/18

Mark offers a unique Victoria tour experience beyond what others provide, by showing us not only the usual city sights but expanding the tour to include urban walks to really get a feel of the place.

Paul Liu

United States
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Tour: #123149, Walking Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada    view tour
Date: Dec 22/17

Great tour! Very informative. Mark adapted the tour to our needs as a larger group with an infant.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much; your party was delightful!

Jill Bauer

Fernandina Beach, FL, United States
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Tour: #123149, Walking Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada    view tour
Date: Aug 30/17

Mark gave us an outstanding walking tour. He customized the tour to our interests which allowed us to see beautiful gardens, lovely architecture and take in about 10 miles worth of the city. It was a lovely day and Mark provided excellent commentary all along the tour. The Government House gardens were stunning. We did not have time to go into the castle nearby, but we did get to see the outside. Mark gave us the history behind everything we saw, so we feel we know much more about Victoria now.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jill and David were delightful visitors to an ever changing and forever constant Victoria. Their questions were excellent and their interest and appreciation were genuinely sincere. A real pleasure!

Edward G.

United States
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Tour: #123149, Walking Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada    view tour
Date: May 27/17

Mark was warm, courteous flexible considerate and most of all, informative!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The Goodmans were ideal clients. Walking around Victoria allowed us to immediately warm up, discover common platforms and share the experience. Indeed, they contribute to my -happiness-quality of life!

Irwin Press

United States
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Aug 25/16

Mark is a great asset for TBL. He's professional, knowledgeable and personable. He adjusted the itinerary and time to meet our needs. Couldn't be better.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a million!

Don Martin

United States
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Aug 18/16

Mark was great. We had a tour of Victoria along the way, and a history lesson. He also recommended some restaurants. Mark is a heck of a nice guy. Knows a ton about the area. Knows a ton about the Gardens too. I absolutely recommend Mark and this tour. Lots of bang for your buck, and so much better than any bus tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Meeting great people like you is the best part of my work!

Cassondra Harder

United States
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Aug 6/16

Mark's tour is the perfect option for those looking for a personal and private tour experience away from the buses and mega-groups. We just took his Butchart Gardens and city tour while docked from our cruise ship and it was the highlight of our trip. Mark's car is comfortable and great for viewing the sights. We also appreciated the insightful knowledge and conversation he provided. We had a great time- thanks, Mark!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cassondra! You and your mom were great company! All the best!

Stuart Hoskin

United States
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Tour: Signature hike, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Aug 3/16

Met us at Fisherman's Wharf as planned. Mark was very much a people person that adapted to a tour that we wanted from driving to local city attractions to taking us off the regular path and giving us a taste of the real Victoria and Vancouver Island. Made us feel very welcome and was a joy to spend the afternoon with. Only concern was the company policy of debiting my credit card for amount due before the service was given.

Rosita Cohen

Mexico
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jul 14/16

Christy Vincent

United States
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jul 7/16

Janna Lawrence

Canada
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Tour: Signature hike, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jun 30/16

Amazing tour and a very good introduction to Victoria and Vancouver Island! Couldn't have asked for better weather. Mark was very patient with me whenever I wanted to stop and look at the view, take pictures, scramble over rocks, or climb up a tree. Very very friendly and informative. Thanks again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Janna!

Elizabeth Renner

United States
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jun 26/16

Mark was a great tour guide - insightful and familiar with the history of the city and the geography. We had a great day with him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to meet you and show you around!

Nancy Stults

United States
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jun 16/16

We had a great tour with Mark! We were a family of 4 with 2 adult children and we fit very comfortably in his car. He took us to great look out points, gave us interesting background information on Victoria and guided us through the amazing Butchart Gardens. He dropped us off downtown and gave us tips on what to see there. We left some personal items in his car which he promptly brought back to us. Much better, more personal and less expensive than a cruise ship tour on a bus with 75 other people!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A lovely, pleasant and intelligent family!

Beverly Havens

United States
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Tour: Wine Tasting, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jun 10/16

My 2 cousins and I enjoyed our private Victoria tour with Mark. His knowledge was impressive. He was very personable. I would highly recommend Mark.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The pleasure was mine!

Dennis Lorio

Geismar, LA, United States
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Tour: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jun 2/16

Mark was extremely knowledgeable about Victoria and very kind and humble. He was very flexible to meet any requests of the guests. Very informitive.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much...great to meet you!

Melanie Witte

United States
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Tour: Ultimate Victoria, Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Date: May 27/16

Mark personalized the tour for us by it with a walk through downtown, a tour of the Legislative building, the tea room and Empress hotel, and Inner Harbor. Very smartly devised loop! We then explored the beautiful gardens of the Government House of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Mark pointed out many plants and trees along the walks and drives. We visited several hidden vista points that no tourist would ever find, and finished in a cozy pub. Well thought-out tour, super-nice guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You guys were great!

Linda K.

United States
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Tour: Signature hike, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: May 21/16

This tour was an absolute highlight of our trip up the Pacific Coast! I gave Mark a general idea of our interests in advance and he mapped out a day that suited us perfectly! Mark has a terrific, engaging personality and we felt like we were spending the day visiting a friend who had just moved away and was introducing us to his new home. He couldn't have been more flexible about making sure we saw what we wanted, adapting as we went. I wish I had room to say more positive things-highly recommend!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The pleasure was mine!

Celeste Sanchez

United States
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Tour: Explore Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Nov 9/15

Mark provided the most interesting and satisfying tour I have ever experienced! He catered to all my initial wishes but took it further and provided the perfect tour. I wanted to see the major attractions but also see Natural settings and he seamlessly combined these two requests. His impeccable knowledge of Victoria and his sensibilities added to the wonderful experience, I wholeheartily recommend him to anyone wanting a special and unique tour of Victoria. Thanks again Mark, had a unforgettable time!

Janie Schwartz

United States
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Tour: Where the wind takes us..., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jul 18/15

Mark was warm, friendly and extremely knowledgable about Victoria. He took us to fantastic sights and was so thoughtful. One of our best tours!

Ivy Edmonds-Hess

United States
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Tour: The "cruise" hike, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: May 14/15

Having been to Victoria many times, we were looking for some thing to do away from all the tourists. I contacted Mark and he was super responsive. We worked out a tour that we could squeeze in as part of our short cruise ship stay. We are part of two hiking groups at home. Mark made us feel welcome and it was like going out with our local club friends. We got to chat about a lot of interesting aspects of life in Victoria. He even stuck it out for almost an hour while we tried to get off the ship.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ivy and Rich were delightful guests!

Gunter B.

United Kingdom
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Tour: Explore Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Mar 6/15

We had the most wonderful visit of Victoria and want it to say thank you so much to Mark, our guide, for organizing such a great tour for us. There were three different nationalities in our group -Germans, Canadian and Spanish and he was just great for us all and very professional. Next year we will explore some other parts of BC and hopefully with the same guide. We had a great time in Victoria and that was because you really made it happen. You did a great job, Mark.

Mike Levitt

United States
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Tour: #123149, The Garden of a Princess, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada    view tour
Date: Sep 14/14

great tour we had been to Victoria before and wanted something different Mark came through with a day filled with beautiful sites and special places we did not even know existed in Victoria BC We would hope you choose him for your next tour. Thank you Mark from Seal Beach California

Patrick Oconnor

United States
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Tour: Customized tour for Patrick Oconnor., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Aug 28/14

FANTASTIC guide and great tour!!! Mark was terrific. He customized our tour to meet our needs. We (4) took a day trip from the San Juan Islands and wanted to explore Victoria and the local area. We walked off the ferry and he was waiting for us - so stress free! Mark crafted a simple but comprehensive tour - we started with vistas at Mount Douglas, then a nice lunch at a local marina, then finished with the Victoria sites. Mark is organized, friendly, and fun! Good times! We highly recommend Mark.

Merrill O.

Chicago, IL, United States
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Tour: lone traveler, for Merrill and friend, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jul 28/14

Mark was great...he completely customized our tour to what we wanted it to be. Friendly, knowledgeable, engaging. A beautiful day in Victoria!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The only unsettled matter, ha ha, is that the beer we actually drank was called Dark Matter!

Aurelie Croiziers

France
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Tour: oak bay signature hike, Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Jun 14/14

I had a wonderful time with Mark. When in a new place, I love to be guided by a friend. Mark became my new friend and we went for a walk along Oak Bay. Mark knows unfrequented paths, which offer stunning landscapes. All my senses were awakened: the view of course, but also hearing birds singing, the water, the smell, the fragrant flowers! Mark was very open minded, responding to my numerous questions about the area. We passed no tourists, while the downtown streets are stuffed. I highly recommend Mark!