Today we went on a fabulous tour with Ilze to Ventspils via Kuldiga, Talsi and Sabile. Ilze was very knowledgeable on the area and gave us great information about where we were going through. We stopped at a weaving workshop to see true artisans at work and were we could purchase their products. We had a great time travelling some back roads and getting the winter picture postcard pictures. We can't thank Ilze enough for coming up with this itinerary for us. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Miranda and your Family, Thank you very much for such nice ratings. I was glad to show you the West part of Latvia today and Riga in December. Thank you very much also for such nice and interesting photos taken in you country. I hope,you will have lots of winter pictures from my country and people will see them in your exhibitions. You are great! With my best wishes Ilze Guide
We had a really awesone tour with Ilse around Riga. We were able to personalise it to accommodate all members of our family, including a 14 and 19 year old. Ilse was very knowledgeable about Riga and its history and very helpful when visiting shops and the Central Market. We would highly recommend Ilse for a tour, if we suggested something different to do on the day, or if Ilse thought there was an event that we might like to attend, she was very happy to change the tour schedule to do it.
Roger GoodliffUnited Kingdom
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We enjoyed the guided tour with Ilze a lot. Ilze is a very experienced guide with great routine. She gave us a private tour of old town Riga and the greater surrounding, had various tipps on hand for the rest of our stay and gave us a good insight of the Latvian culture and its people. We happily recommend tours with Ilze for any German speaking group!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Geehrte Frau Annika Wild! Ich freue mich;dass es Ihnen gefallen hat und Sie die Zeit genossen haben. Mit meinen besten Wuenschen-Ilse
J.a KutlickUnited States
Ilze was friendly and entertaining. She also was very flexible and we truly enjoyed the market food sampling and her explanations. we loved her Letton accent ;-) Would definitely recommend Ilze
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating! I am glad to hear,that you could enjoy this tour. With my best wishes Ilze
Dala SondorsUnited States
Ilze was an amazing tour guide! She was very knowledge about the history of Riga and Latvia. We had a large family group, and everyone was learned something new. She shared stories about the buildings and monuments, but also had some personal anecdotes that made the tour more special. If you want an authentic, Latvian experience - you need to take a tour with Ilze!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dala! Mīļś paldies! Thank you very much for your rating. I hope,you and your family had a nice time in Latvija. Our Song and Dance Celebration was also great -maybe you could see it in internet. With my best wishes Ilze Your Guide
Ein ganz grosses Dankeschön an Ilze Karlsone. Es war ein perfekter Tag mit ihr zusammen und sie spricht perfektes Deutsch und fuhr mich mit ihrem Auto umher, wie auch zu Fuss in der Altstadt. Ein unvergesslicher Tag für mich - einfach perfekt. Daniel Pfenninger, Schweiz
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Geehrter Herr Daniel Pfenninger, Vielen lieben Dank fuer so eine nette Bewertung und fuer die guten Worte. Ich hoffe, dass Sie Lettland und Riga in einer guten Erinnerung behalten werden und Ihre Photos werden auch wunderschoen. Mit meinen besten Wuenschen - Ilse
Sarah CortUnited Kingdom
Ilze was punctual, polite, professional and very knowledgable. A great way to see the city and the wider surrounding area. Loved it thank you. Sarah Cort
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sarah , Thank you very much ! I was glad to show you my town .With my best Easter wishes - Ilze
Tineke van BuulNetherlands
We had booked the half day trip of Riga. Ilze turned out to be very knowledgeable and told us lots of interesting facts. We had requested for some lesser known spots to be included in the itenerary. She even took us to a monument that is painful part of her country's history and was good enough to give us the story behind it. It was an enjoyable outing, Ilze's English is quite good. Only drawback is that her car cannot accomodate 4 adults in comfort, though she advertises it as such.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs. Tineke van Buul, Thank you for your rating ! I am sorry about my car , that you did not feel so comfortable - when people are booking , they have an information , what kind of car it is. Thank you for your comment , I will make more photos of the car to help people to make the right decision if they will be interested to book such a tour for 4 persons in the future. With my best wishes Ilze Guide
Roy WiggansUnited States
Ilze and her driver gave us a wonderful and very complete tour of Riga. They were both very accommodating to our disabled adult son and even greeted us with Latvian candy when we started our tour. Would highly recommend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much , dear Mr. Roy Wiggans ! Riga is like a beautiful lady and I am glad , that you could enjoy our tour ! With my best regards for all of you Ilze
Linda AllenUnited States
Ilza was wonderful. Promptly communicated with me and accomdated my requests. The tour was perfect to see the many facets of Riga. Loved her positive and energetic personality.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ladies, thank you very much for such a nice rating! With my best wishes Ilze
John McFaddenUnited States
Ilze did a phenomenal job of showing Riga to us! Even though the boat was forced to park outside of the normal port, she drove the extra 20 minutes and got us with a smile on her face! That smile never left her face as she shared her passion for her lovely city. I would definitely recommend Ilze and this tour for anyone and would book her again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for such a nice rating! I was glad to show you my beautiful town Riga. With my best regards from Riga Ilze- your guide
Anthony PiccianoUnited States
Ilse is a wonderful guide who is extremely knowledgable about all aspects of art nouveau buildings in Riga as well as the rest of her fabulous city. She taught us a lot about Riga and the history of Latvia. If you ever visit this beautiful city, a tour with this terrific lady is a must! Thank you Ilse for sharing your knowledge with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Anthony Picciano, thank you very much for your rating! I was glad to show you my town , one of the most beautiful parts of Riga.With my best wishes - Ilze
Jennifer ThayerUnited States
This was a great choice for seeing Riga on limited time. It was a spur of the moment trip and we only had the 4 or so hours while our ship was docked. A perfect way to learn as much as possible about a new location. We had 2 teenage boys along and they both learned also. It's also great to know you have someone who knows their way around to get you back where you need to be.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer , I was glad to show you my beautiful town Riga and I hope, you will remember Latvia and Riga and will have a wish to visit us an other time to see more from our country. With my best greetings for all your family - Ilze -Guide
Latif KhalilUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Latif Khalil, thank you very much for the rating ! With best regards Ilze
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Mieszczak, thank you for your rating. I was glad to show you my country. With my best wishes Ilze Guide
Very well informed about Riga, its history and architecture. Ilze has an anecdote for most places and some funny, some brutal. She presents in a nice and friendly way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating. I hope, you had a good relax in our country, in our Riga. With best regards Ilze
Ilze is a very friendly and well informed Guide, we had a very nice Tour with her and appreciate to recommend her warmly to all visitors of Riga! Thanks to Ilze and our best wishes!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sabine und Your Family, thank you very much for your nice rating.I was glad to show you a piece of my green Latvia. With my best wishes Ilze
Renee KlassUnited States
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide - highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vielen lieben DAnk fuer Ihre nette Bewertung !
David FahsUnited States
Ilze braved the frigid cold temperatures to give us a great tour. Despite the cold temperatures being too much for our daughter to do the entire tour, Ilze still gave a great tour of Old Riga. She is very knowledgeable with a story for every part of the city. Perhaps February isn't the best time to do a Riga by-foot tour, but Ilze also does by-car tours for small groups if needed. I would definitely recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for such a nice comment ! You are welcome back to Riga in summer ! With my best wishes Ilze
Lucille S.Northbrook, IL, United States
Ilze was fun and very accommodating. We saw a lot with her car. The Jewish sites were good; the stop for coffee and windmill pastry was fun. Ilze made the day enjoyable! Interesting to hear her talk about herself.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for such a nice rating!
Eileen G.United States
Ilze was a wonderful tour guide! We saw all of Old Town Riga and the beautiful parks!Ilze was very knowledgeable and even told us personal stories of her life during the Soviet years - very interesting. You can tell that she loves her job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs. Eileen Gelke ! Thank you very much for such a nice rating !
Vicki BeanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs.Vicki Bean ! Thank you for such a nice rating!
Donna R.United States
Ilze was delightful, very knowledgeable, and extremely accomodating!!! We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with her and would not hesitate to recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
Donna R.United States
Ilze was an excellent guide---very knowledgeable with wonderful stories and insight into into the Latvian people, history, and culture. Very good English!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Donna! Thank you very much for such a nice comment!
Daniel LiebschutzUnited States
Ilze was the most wonderful guide - nothing was too much trouble for her. Her car and driving skills were good, her knowledge of Latvia excellent, she spoke several languages well and went out of her way to make our holiday a memorable one. Thank you Ilze and if we ever get back to Latvia I will be asking you to be our guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Waltraut and dear Robert ! Thank you very much for your comment!Latvia is also your country, you are welcome every time !
Ilze was punctual, friendly and extremely helpful
Emily McLaughlinUnited States
Absolutely an excellent tour! Ilze was very knowledgeable about Latvia and Jurmula. She showed up on time and even contacted the hotel beforehand. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her and would recommend her to anyone visiting Latvia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, dear Emily !
Clifford HayesUnited Kingdom
Ilze was very flexible and took in her stride our need to change the date and our desire to have a 10 minute coffee break. She was knowledgeable, patient and the tour progressed at just the right pace. We would be very happy to tour with Ilze again; indeed, we would probably ask specifically for her
Ilze was very proud of her city and her background knowledge was exceptional. We all could have used a few less facts and figures. There was some confusion regarding the van taking us back to the boat after 4 p.m. in light of the rain.
Robert YoungOrlando, FL, United States
a very gracious host; very knowledgeable; a delight
Daniel RomanchkSterling, VA, United States
Very good tour, but seemed a little scripted. When we asked questions, they were sometimes skipped over and the tour continued. All in all though, would definitely recommend this tour.