I was very happy with the experience we had with Filip as our guide. He went out of his way to accommodate our large group as we toured the Flanders Fields areas. He made sure we saw the landmarks we requested and made very good suggestions about some places of which we weren't aware. He is very knowledgeable and well spoken. He even made a group reservation at a local restaurant, T Ganzeke in Ypres, which was a very good choice. I would definitely hire Filip again. Thank You Filip.
Nelson ThomasUnited States
Great tour. Very lively informative and knowledgeable. Totally worth it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nelson, I had a great morning with you both. Enjoy Ieper. And Paris!
The tour was very well planned with excellent knowledge of a very specific event 100 years ago. The guide was very helpful without being overbearing. I would highly recommend him to others. My family was very impressed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, it was an honor (and a pleasure) guiding you and your family through the fields where your grandfather fought in the mud. And I'm sure he was watching when your family stood together at the Canadian monument while you were reading out of the diary of his commanding officer.
Richard FirthUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Richard, for an enjoyable morning. It's always pleasant to have a good conversation with intelligent people. You both were lovely.
Robin H.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Robin. I enjoyed it myself very much!
Stephen PateUnited States
Everything about this tour was top-notch Filip clearly loves WW1 history and spent time before The tour preparing for an Yser front tour for an American. He added extra stops, explained Flemish history and Even discussed Bruges with my wife. I highly recommend him. Because he loves history He is a good guide for those who truly love history. .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephen, thank you for your nice review. It's true that I love history, but the knowledge that you have is mind blowing. Two things I will never forget: the Ostend Manifesto and the fact that we walked through a trench in the same muddy condition as the Belgians had to endure during WWI. Thank you for this day.
Filip was an outstanding tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Bruge and showed us many wonderful sites. He is also knowledgeable about much regional history and could easily answer our questions. He also made great recommendations for restaurants. He was very accommodating. Highly recommend Filip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Leslie. I had a great time myself!
Joseph ElmassianUnited States
We were picked up at cruise ship. Filip was our guide. He was extremely nice and helpful. Being a native of Bruges and having long experience as tour guide was extremely helpful. He knew every nook and cranny. He knew the history of everything. He knew all the good chocolate shops and eateries. Filip was very accommodating, he has a large Mercedes minivan which was very comfortable. There were five of us, and everyone agreed he deserves highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joseph, I had a great day myself with your nice family. It was a privilege working for you, your daughters and your wife.
Craig ParrishUnited States
Filip is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and made our experience in Bruges very pleasant. Filip was waiting for us when we got off our ship and was very efficient in moving us around Bruges so that we got to see everything without ever felling either crowded or rushed which was no small feat. I would highly recommend Filip to anyone as I would Tours by Locals as this is our 4th tour we have taken with this company and all have ben conducted by professional and polite guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Craig!
Theresa SheffieldUnited States
Filip was terrific! He customized our tour to meet everyone's needs. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Theresa, for your kind response. It was a pleasure guiding your group.
Aleksandra KazhokinUnited States
Filip is an amazing guide! He's very knowledgeable, fluent in English, and very accommodating. He made our tour of Bruges exciting and fun for the whole family. Thank you so much, Filip!
Kelly TraverUnited States
Great guide who showed us all the highlights and taught us a lot
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kelly. You have a great family!
Kelly TraverUnited States
Highly recommend the bike ride to Damme to see the countryside- just gorgeous!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Kelly, I'm glad I could show you this beautiful part of Belgium. It's one of my favorite tours!
In the short time we had available Filip did a great job of showing us around part of bruge
Barbara GentilellaUnited Kingdom
Wonderful informative and friendly relaxed tour by Filip. Very enjoyable and set us up for our few days in Bruges and getting about by ourselves. Would recommend Thank you Barbara & Sue
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure, Barbara!
Filip was a great host. He is very knowledgeable and interesting. He skipped over the things we weren't really interested in and concentrated on what WE wanted. He showed us good eating places and the best chocolate factory, Pralinette! Highly recommend getting Filip to show you around Brugges.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was fun guiding you and your group!
Barbara PlotnickUnited States
Filip is a very delightful and knowledgeable guide. We mixed a little driving with a lot of walking and Filip shared the interesting background and stories of the beautiful area. Even stopped for "frites" at a local hangout on the way back to the ship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Barbara, it was a pleasure to walk your group around Bruges. And thank your friend for that picture of me and my wife! It had over 100 likes on facebook after day 1.
Lucille HinniganUnited Kingdom
Filip took time to listen to what we wanted out of the tour, and we got a real flavour for Brugge, even in just 3 hours. It is a beautiful city and we were blessed with wonderful weather too. Filip obviously loves his home town and that shone through. Thank you, it made our trip feel very special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lucille. It was a very pleasant day with you and your friends!
Filip was unable to take our tour due to injury but arranged for another very competent guide, Anny, to lead us. Anny was energetic, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about her city. We were able to make our way back to many of the sights that she showed to us, for further exploration.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cheryl, I'm happy that Anny gave you a good tour. I know her for so long that I knew she was a good replacement for me after my sudden operation. I will tell her what you wrote, it will give her great pleasure!
Natalie YahnkeMinneapolis, MN, United States
We had an excellent walking tour of Bruges; such a charming city and we learned a lot about it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Natalie!
Melinda S.United States
What a great day! We saw things we would never have found on our own - such as the OLD barn that was used to hold tax collections (produce, etc.) for the church. Filip is very knowledgeable about the history and culture of this beautiful country. We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Waw, Melinda, great that you remember such detail. It sure was a lovely day!
Patricia PattisonUnited States
We were so fortunate to have Filip share the day with us! He was so knowledgeable and answered questions before we even thought to ask them. Our experience was richer because of him. Thanks Tours by Locals--we'll use you again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Patti, for the nice review. You were very brave to come over that day, considering how cold it was! I hope you could warm up during your lunch.
Jacqueline WhyteUnited States
Filip is very knowledgeable and helpful. We had a wonderful tour of both Bruges and Ghent. Then he suggested dropping us at a closer train station than the one we booked, which was easier to maneuver and gave us a little more time for our tour. Well done!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your open mind & eagerness to learn was a real treat. I enjoyed the interaction very very much. Thank you for that. And thank you for sharing your experience with the world.
Scott HansenUnited States
An amazing day! Philip was punctual, knowledgeable, and gracious. He was so flexible with our tour. We changed our focus and added some WWI sights. Philip accomodated our requests and led us on a very informative tour. His historical, and general knowledge made our day's tour one of the best we've ever had. If you have the option of touring with Philip, don't miss the opportunity!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Scott & Scotty, What a great day I had. It was such a pleasure to drive and walk with 2 people who enjoyed my city and the historical area of WWI so much. Scott, I was happy you brought your wife back to the place you fell in love with many years ago. And I know, Scotty, that the stories you will tell of WWI to your class will be spiced now with the description of the many sites you saw. Love, Filip.
Janet EstoupUnited States
Great tour and guide. Can't wait to return!!!
Filip went above and beyond his duty as a guide. He was very passionate about the tour and gave us a great experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Charles. It was a pleasure!
Paulette MarcoulidesUnited States
What a fantastic guide we had!!! Felip was everything a guide should be and much more. You could instantly tell he loved Ireland and it made us enjoy it more. Wish he could have gone with us all around Ireland! We have fantastic memories with Felip.
Connie SowaUnited States
Filip was a pure delight, extremely knowledgable about everything. Filip was very proud of his country and shared his personal experiences with us, this made the tour very special. FANTASTIC job.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Connie, that is very sweet. I had a lovely day myself. Send my regards to your friends!
John SpringmanUnited States
Filip is a professional guide and was born in Bruges, so having him all to myself for a 3 hour tour was a real treat. I recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John! I'm glad you enjoyed my city.
Jim BoudUnited States
Filip was fun to be with. He is very knowledgeable not only about the local sites but about the entire history of Europe. He is a kind and good hearted person and easy to be with. You cannot go wrong with Filip he is a rage gem. Oh that all tour guides were like him! He would not try and hurry you and in answering your questions he would engage you in a sincere and meaningful conversation. Jim and Linda Boud, Salt Lake City, Utah
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Jim & Linda. Thank you for your kind words! Remember you drove the bikes in Bruges on the hottest day of the year (Temperature reached 90!). I'm glad you have good memories of your visit. Send my regards from Bruges to the Viking Crew!
Julie LitoffUnited States
Filip gave us a great tour. We started with 2 grumpy teenagers and finished with 2 happy kids who had enjoyed their tour and learned something. I highly recommend Filip for a Bruges or elsewhere in Belgium tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Julie, your idea of using bicycles helped a lot! Thank you for the nice comment.