Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Barcelona Catalonia Spain by Tour Guide Mark W. (Guide #19952)


Bernie Gold

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Tour: #300428, All Girona Medieval & Jewish Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 8/18

Thank you Mark for a wonderful excursion from Barcelona to Figures and Girona. Your knowledge of the Dalí Museum was outstanding and it made it so much more interesting. Likewise your knowledge of the old city in Girona. You catered to our needs and would highly recommend you to anyone needing a guide in Barcelona.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Bernie, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was a pleaseure to show you Girona and its Jewish Quarter. All the best to you and to your familiy! Regards from Barcelona, Mark Planellas Witzsch

Bernie Gold

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Tour: Dali museum visit in Figueres, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
Date: Jul 8/18

Thank you Mark for a wonderful excursion from Barcelona to Figures and Girona. Your knowledge of the Dalí Museum was outstanding and it made it so much more interesting. Likewise your knowledge of the old city in Girona. You catered to our needs and would highly recommend you to anyone needing a guide in Barcelona.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Bernie, Thank you very much for your review! It was a pleasure to guide you through Dale's museum and show you a bit of Catalonia and Spain! Regards, Mark

Jenny Orser

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 28/18

Mark was fabulous. Prompt, knowledgeable, flexible with our group and a good conversationalist. Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jenny, Thank you so much for your review! Indeed, I had a great time with you too! All the best, Mark P. Witzsch

Erin Farnsworth

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 5/18

The tour with Mark was great. He covered so much in the four hours we had with him. He was extremely knowledgeable and spoke English well which made communication easy. Thank you Mark!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Erin, Thank you so much for the fast feedback. It was wonderful to show you the city. I'm glad you had a great time! All the best, Mark

Norman Brickman

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 28/18

Mark W was great. Could not ask for a more knowledgeable and helpful guide for Barcelona. Thank you to ToursByLocals for providing the service.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Norman, Thank you so much for your review! It was nice to show you the city. All the best, Mark

Pete Gaynor

United States
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Tour: #300656, Montserrat Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 20/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Pete, Thank you very much for your rating! Wishing you all the best, Mark

Susy Enenstein

United States
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Tour: #297108, Barcelona Jewish heritage Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 17/18

Secrets of Barcelona!!! Mark is an amazing and knowledgeable guide. This was the highlight of our trip. We learned so much about the Inquisition and the history of Barcelona and the people of the city. We saw the significance of the Jewish people in parts of the old Jewish quarter and the old gothic quarter that we would have missed had we not had Mark to show and explain.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Take care, Mark

Scott Herbert

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 16/18

Our family of five had a great time with Mark. We visited the Gaudi houses on Passieg de Gracias, Park Guell, and Sagrada Familia. He was an excellent guide, keeping all of us engaged. We learned so much on our visit and had a lot of fun. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Barcelona!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, thank you so much for your rating! I had a wonderful time with your family and it was nice to be able to show you Gaudi's main buildings. Thank you again and best regards from Barcelona, Mark P. Witzsch

Ronna Dishnica

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 14/18

We had an absolutely wonderful tour with Mark today and we rate him 5 (of 5) stars!! We visited Casa Battlo, Parc Guell, La Segrada Familia, and Casa Mila (La Pedrera), and Mark timed each visit perfectly. Not only was Mark very knowledgeable about the architecture but also about Gaudi's engineering and philosophy. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and highly recommend Mark as an outstanding tour guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronna, Thank you so much for your nice feedback! It was a pleasure to get the chance to show you Gaudi’s architecture. I am really happy that you enjoyed the visit to each of the buildings. Take care and best wishes, Mark

Joyce Calvin

United States
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Tour: #298630, Girona and Costa Brava Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 10/18

Mark is a wonderful guide! The tour was informative and fun and we all enjoyed every second of it! We want to thank Mark for helping us have a wonderful day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Joyce, Thank you very much for your nice comments! I enjoyed the day with you too! All the best, Mark

Dale Beck

Blacklick, OHIO, United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 9/18

Mark is a very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide, having guided tour groups for 16 years. He was flexible in meeting our needs. His explanation of the Gaudi houses and the Sagrada Familia was comprehensive and spirited. (Just as Gaudi's work is spirited.) He is a very caring person and helped us find taxis for our return to our hotel after the tour. He purchased "skip the line" tickets for the Sagrada and we reimbursed him at the end of the tour. This saved us time; Sagrada was sold out that day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Dale, Thank you so much for your comments! It is wonderful to know that you had a great time with me. It was a pleasure to show you Gaudi's work. All the best, Mark

Barbara Alwin

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 7/18

Our group of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Barcelona with Mark. He was extremely knowledgeable and shared a great deal of interesting history and detail of the various sights we visited. He also had an appreciation for our interests, and managed the time we had with consideration of traffic and crowds. It was extremely helpful to have a driver, so that we could be dropped off to walk certain areas with Mark - who arranged for the driver to meet us later. Wonderful tour - we greatly enjoyed it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Barbara, Thank you so much for this wonderful review! It was a pleasure to show you Barcelona. I hope to see you again in the city. All the best, Mark P. Witzsch

Bruce Rosner

United States
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Tour: 07. The Jewish heritage and the Major Synagogue (3H) - Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
Date: May 3/18

Mark was a wonderful guide. He shared so much history and information about the Jewish heritage of Barcelona as well as other regions of Spain. His passion and personal interest in the topic were obvious. He made the streets of the Jewish quarter and gothic section of the city come alive.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Bruce, Beth, Thank you so much for your nice email! It was a pleasure to show you the Jewish Heritage in Barcelona. I am happy you liked it and that I had the opportunity to show it to you. Bes wishes, Thank you and regards, Mark P. Witzsch

Linda Bader

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 2/18

Very nice tour but we really wanted to see the insides of the Gaudi buildings

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. Indeed, I know you enjoyed the tour, as expressed to me repeatedly. Regarding inside visits, on March 24th I wrote the final itinerary and specification of the inside visits to you and you answered that "Your itinerary sounds fine" Having enjoyed the tour as we both know you did,and carrying out the itinerary as explicitly agreed upon, please understand the comment doesn't make justice for not including what wasn’t included. Anyways, thank you again and all the best Mark

James R.

United States
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Tour: #299206, Private Countryside Wine Tour by van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

This was the second tour with Mark -such an excellent guide - as the capstone to our two weeks in Spain. He developed an itinerary for exploring a bit of the nearby Penedes wine region based on our interests (small, distinctive and unique wineries). As with other wine tours in Europe, two wineries is about all you can do in a 6-hour time block. We enjoyed our visits and our time with Mark. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him as he is such a great guy and so knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello James, Thank you again for such a nice review! Personally, I enjoyed every minute with the two of you. It was a pleasure to show you the countryside today. Thank you and best wishes, Mark P. Witzsch

James R.

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 21/18

If you come to Barcelona you MUST learn about and take in the sites by Gaudi and THIS TOUR WITH MARK IS A MUST. We've taken 7 other TbyL tours during our two-weeks in Spain and even with all the great guides, MARK IS A STAND-Out, more like a 10-star guide. Not only did he book all the tickets and times ahead, he is so knowledgeable and his English is fantastic. We learned so much more than the cruise shippers roaming around aimlessly with headsets. TAKE THIS TOUR-could well be highlight of your trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, James! I am looking forward to show you Barcelona's countryside next Tuesday (second TBL tour). Best regards, Mark

Beth Miller

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 19/18

Where do I begin? Mark was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable of the history of all the stops we had during our 1/2 day tour of Barcelona. When we return we will definitely have him give us another tour of the city. He did a great job of covering a lot of ground and mixing up walking and driving to accommodate a beautiful day as well as a slow walking 85 year old mother.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Beth, I am so happy that you enjoyed the visit and that you could plan some of the activities we discussed during the tour! Best wishes, Mark p. Witzsch

Nathan W.

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 10/18

The best guide we've had. Very informative, in depth, and fun. He brought a lot of personal reflection and knowledge to the subject matter.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your generous words, Nathan! Best wishes from Barcelona, Mark P. Witzsch

Paul R

United States
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Tour: #298630, Girona and Costa Brava Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 21/18

I can tell you that each and every one of the guides provided was wonderful. They were knowledgeable, friendly, punctual, patient, and every other positive attribute one might think of. We are not newcomers to the use of private guides, we have used them extensively in Italy, France and London. We know what makes a great guide. All of your guides were not just good, they were great.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Paul, I had a wonderful time with you too. And thank you for your generous words. Best wishes, Mark P. Witzsch

Paul R

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 20/18

I can tell you that each and every one of the guides provided was wonderful. They were knowledgeable, friendly, punctual, patient, and every other positive attribute one might think of. We are not newcomers to the use of private guides, we have used them extensively in Italy, France and London. We know what makes a great guide. All of your guides were not just good, they were great.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Paul, I had a wonderful time with you too. And thank you for your generous words. Best wishes, Mark P. Witzsch

Lori Marrone

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 19/18

Mark was great! I was traveling alone with my 3 boys (ages 16,13 and 9) Mark made the tour of Barcelona fun, interesting and age appropriate for all of us. His kind manner and knowledge kept 3 boys completely interested and wanting more. He is a great guide for families!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your generous words, Lori! It was a pleasure to show you Barcelona. Best wishes from Barcelona, Mark P. Witzsch

Jenna Reycraft

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 12/18

Mark is highly knowledgeable in the history of Barcelona! We learned so much from him on our tour. We highly recommend booking a tour with him. I know we learned so much more about the city than we would have on our own. It was awesome being able to relax and listen to the expert!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great words, Jenna! Best wishes, Mark P. Witzsch

Katherine McInnes

Australia
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Tour: #300974, Spanish Civil War Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jan 15/18

We had a wonderful tour with Mark, his knowledge regarding the Spanish Civil War is amazing. This is definitely a must do tour. Our daughter was amazed by the history leading up to, during and after the civil war and how that has affected Spain since then. We were all impressed by Mark's knowledge about the international volunteers, our daughter loved his stories about Orson Wells. Mark is obviously very passionate about Spain's history and could answer any questions we had regarding the civil war.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Katherine, Thank you so much for the great review! I’m glad you enjoyed the tours. I had a great time showing this special corner of Barcelona to you too! Cheers! Mark Planellas Witzsch, Licensed Guide

Katherine McInnes

Australia
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jan 14/18

We had a great tour with Mark, a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Mark was really friendly and easy to chat with. He was extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona's history and the surrounding areas. This tour was the perfect way to get to know Barcelona combing driving and walking, great for kids. We got to see many different part of Barcelona. I would highly recommend this tour as a first to do, you get a real orientation of the city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Katherine, Thank you so much for the great review! I’m glad you enjoyed the tours (and the chocolate!!!). I had a great time showing this special corner of Barcelona to you too! Cheers! Mark, Licensed Guide

Molli Abel

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 30/17

Mark was excellent! He was so full of information and tailored the tour to our interests. I would highly encourage you to book with him- he was fantastic!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Molli! Have a wonderful 2018! Regards, Mark P. W.

Ben Schmitt

United States
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Tour: #299206, Private Van Wine Tour in the countryside of Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 28/17

Easily the high point of our Barcelona trip. It is difficult to pick the best part of the tour. The drive? The winery tours? The wine tasting? The scenery? The history? Every aspect was beyond expectation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ben, Thank you so much for this great review! I can only say that I had a wonderful time with you and your family. It was a pleasure to show a bit of Barcelona and the countryside to you! All the best and take care, Mark P.

Ben Schmitt

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 26/17

Honest advice: Don't bother seeing the Gaudi sights without Mark. Certainly the venues are fantastic alone, but once you get to know a bit more history and significance of each location you will have a complete experience. Mark offers relevant history regarding these locations that really transforms the visit.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ben, Thank you so much for this great review! I can only say that I had a wonderful time with you and your family. It was a pleasure to show a bit of Barcelona and the countryside to you! All the best and take care, Mark P.

Ben Schmitt

United States
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Tour: #298631, Best Tapas Private Tour Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 24/17

Mark is an outstanding guide. The information and selection of venue really makes this tour outstanding.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ben, Thank you so much for this great review! I can only say that I had a wonderful time with you and your family. It was a pleasure to show a bit of Barcelona and the countryside to you! All the best and take care, Mark P.

Robyn Rosenbauer

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Nov 24/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Robyn, thanl you veru much for your rating! I wish you enjoyed your entire trip in Cataonia and Spain! Regards, Mark Planellas Witzsch

Gerald Weider

United States
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Tour: #297108, Barcelona Jewish heritage Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Nov 9/17

We had a great morning with Mark. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and a perfect person to be with to learn about the Jewish community of Barcelona. We highly recommend him to all

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gerald, thank you very much for your nice words. As you know, I had a great time with the two of you too! It was a pleasure to show you the Jewish Quarter and to explain a few things about my country. Regards, Mark Planellas-Witzsch

Kathleen Ito

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 25/17

Mark was knowledgeable and explained everything clearly and concisely. We had no trouble understanding all that he was showing us. He has an wonderful personality, made us very comfortable right away. Would ask for him again if we were to return to Barcelona.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review, Kathleen! Regards from Barcelona, Mark W.

Deborah Tapley

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 21/17

Mark was great and really knew his topic. We traveled all over Barcelona including the Olympic Stadium, The Market, Las Ramblas, The Gothic quarter. He was interesting, entertaining and we would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Deborah, Thank you for your nice review! I am glad that you had a good time with me! Take care, Mark Planellas-Witzsch, Official Licensed Guide 2592, Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalonia, Spain

Cary Cheifetz

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 19/17

Mark was an outstanding tour guide giving the right amount of information and not giving information overload. In spite of rain he found plenty to show us and keep us dry.

Alex Rauzman

Spain
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 18/17

He was prompt, punctual & very knowledgeable about both locations. He was able to tell us all about the history & folk tales about them all the time remaining courteous & attentive to any and all questions that we had. We were there at the time of the vote for secession from Spain and he addressed all the issues involved both historically,impartially and contemporarily . I would recommend him as a tour guide who wishes to get the best of a trip to to Barcelona Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the feedback and nice words, Alex! Best regards, Mark Planellas-Witzsch, Licensed guide.

Alex Rauzman

Spain
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Tour: #300428, All Girona Medieval & Jewish Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 17/17

He was prompt, punctual and very knowledgeable about both locations. He was able to tell us all about the history and folk tales about them all the time remaining courteous and attentive to any and all questions that we had. We were there at the time of the vote for secession from Spain and he addressed all the issues involved both historically,impartially and contemporarily . I would recommend him as a tour guide to anyone wishing to get the best of a trip to Barcelona Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the feedback, Alex! Best regards, Mark Planellas-Witzsch, Licensed guide.

Stan Obrochta

United States
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Tour: #298644, Barcelona's Top Highlights Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 10/17

Mark was a fountain of knowledge, and a gentleman to boot! Don't hesitate to book, you won't regret it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Stan. It was a pleasure to show you Barcelona. Have a wonderful time in Spain! Mark Planellas Witzsch, Official Licensed Guide 2592.

Regine Hallet

Belgium
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Tour: #300649, Private Tour for Regine, 40 people, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 7/17

Very nice tour with Mark and his colleagues for our whole group, starting with the Sagrada Familia. Mark was very flexible and organized the tour taking our wishes into account, and everybody enjoyed the tour thanks to the very friendly and knowledgeable guides!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Régine, Thank you very much for your wonderful comments! It was a pleasure to make this large venue a big success! Take care, Mark Planellas-Witzsch, Official Licensed Guide 2592, Generalitat de Catalunya.

Debra Lang

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 2/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.

David B.

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 24/17

Very good tour, Mark is very knowledgeable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, David! It was a pleasure to show you the city! Regards from Barcelona, Mark Planellas Witzsch, Official Licensed Guide, Generalitat de Catalunya, number 2592

Laura Ross

United States
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Tour: #308163, Barcelona Winetasting & Gothic Quarter Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 22/17

My family and I had a fantastic time on the Gothic Quarter and wine tasting tour with Mark. He was very responsive to my scheduling questions beforehand and customized the tour to suit our needs and exceed our expectations. He was very informative, friendly, and professional! I would recommend a tour with Mark for anyone traveling to Barcelona! Moltes grácies Mark!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Laura! Moltes gràcies! You have a wonderful family and it was a plaesure to show Barcelona to them! Fins aviat, Marc Planellas Witzsch, Official Licensed guide, Generalitat de Catalunya, number 2592

Tom Stegmann

United States
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Tour: #299206, Private Van Wine Tour in the countryside of Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 15/17

Perfect day with Mark P! We've used TBL all over Europe with consistently good results. Mark was no exception. We went on an all-day wine tour in the countryside around Barcelona. Mark picked excellent wineries to visit and a fantastic place for lunch. His knowledge of wine and architecture (and passion for each) made it a fun and educational outing. Mark's english was perfect (better than ours occasionally..) and he made sure all members of our group were included. Great experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Tom! It was a great day, indeed. Take care and again, thank you!

Jay Cohen

Tiburon, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #300428, All Girona Medieval & Jewish Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 12/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jay! Regards from Barcelona! Mark Planellas-Witzsch, Official guide.

Jay Cohen

Tiburon, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 10/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you and regards from Barcelona! Mark Planellas-Witzsch, Official Barcelona guide.

Dave Fermaglich

United States
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Tour: #300974, Spanish Civil War Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 9/17

Mark was a wonderful guide. We were looking to gain a real understanding of this very important part of Spain's history and Mark did not disappoint us! Aside from just talking, Mark had a folder with maps and other info. He answered our questions and gave us more information than we anticipated regarding not just the Civil War but Spanish culture as well. We highly recommend Mark for this tour and any other tours that he gives.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, I enjoy showing the Civil War related parts of medieval Barcelona to you! It was a pleasure to meet you! Regards, Mark Planellas Witzsch, Licensed Barcelona Guide.

Noah (Dr.) Chivian

West Orange, NJ, United States
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Tour: #297108, Barcelona Jewish heritage Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 7/17

A wonderful experience with a knowledgeable guide who was sensitive to the history of the Jewish people in Spain through the ages. Our visit to the oldest synagogue in Barcelona, Sinagoga Major de Barcelona, was the highlight. Our guide, Mark,was warmly greeted by the resident docent who accepted us as friends. He was as familiar with the synagogue as he was the Sagrada Familia. A worthwhile way to start our trip to Spain.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Noah, Thank you so much for another wonderful review. I had a great time with you and it was a treat to be able to show you our Jewish heritage, past and present in Barcelona! Thank you very much and regards, Mark P. Witzsch

Noah (Dr.) Chivian

West Orange, NJ, United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 7/17

Mark served as our welcoming ambassador to Spain and our pre-cruise tour of Barcelona guide. We combined the Best of Barcelona in the morning with an afternoon Jewish Heritage tour. His English and auto were flawless. He has a passion for history, the sites and making sure he accommodated our every need. It was a very positive experience and I would highly recommend Mark for a Barcelona first timer and a seasoned Spain traveler.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Noah, Thank you so much for your nice review! I am happy to hear from you again, I had a wonderful time with your group too! It was a pleasure to show you the Jewish Heritage and Barcelona! I would be very happy to see you again in Barcelona. All the best, Mark P. Witzsch

Frances Shirley

United States
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Tour: Gothic Quarter Tour with Amazing Boat Ride, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
Date: Aug 23/17

Was a great tour. Mark was a great guide and very knowledgeable. Love Barcelona. Will have to go back and spent more time in this wonderful city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Frances. I am looking forward to your next trip to Barcelona! Take care!

Frank Gibson

Canada
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 17/17

It was a very informative tour and Mark was a very personable and knowledgable guide. We had a wonderful tour of Barcelona and highly recommend it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Frank. Take care, Mark Planellas Witzsch

Sara Wolf

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 17/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sara, I am glad that you enjoyed your time with Ernesto and I. It was a pleasure to show you Barcelona! Thank you and regards, Mark

Tamara Sweeney

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 23/17

Mark was a wonderful guide! He was very entertaining and informative. He was also very flexible and accommodating to our schedule and helped us get with the subway at the end of the tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Tamara!

Dorothy Small

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 17/17

Mark was an amazing tour guide. His wealth of knowledge and passion for what he did was truly awesome!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dorothy, Thank you very much! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it so much! It was a pleasure to show you the city... Take care and regards from Barcelona, Mark Planellas-Witzsch

Nicole Altshuler

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 13/17

Mark was a perfect tour guide! He is so incredibly knowledgable, professional, and friendly! My family and I learned so much about Gaudi and the history of Barcelona...could not imagine doing tour on our own. Thank you Mark!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Nicole; it was a pleasure to show you a bit of Gaudi's world! Cheers, Mark P

Ashley Meeks

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 30/17

We had a WONDERFUL experience with Mark. All communication was timely. We had no problem meeting up before the tour. His knowledge of Gaudi was unbelievable and even our three teenagers were engaged by all of his historical facts and interpretations of Gaudi's work. I highly recommend Mark. His tour was a fantastic way to start our trip to Spain.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ashley. I had a wonderful time with you too! Enjoy your Spain trip! Regards, Mark

Mark Tamagni

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 28/17

Mark was a walking fountain of historical knowledge and not just about Barcelona. If you only have a day in the city, this tour is worth every penny. We saw so much more of Barcelona than we normally could have and came away with a deep and appreciative understanding of not only its history but its importance in the world today. Our tour with Mark left us realizing that we have to come back and discover more of this amazing city... Take the van tour over walking, you will not regret it. Mark is EXCELLENT!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, What a wonderful review :-), thank you so much! I had a great time with you too! Take care! Cheers, Mark Planellas-Witzsch

Peter DeMarzo

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 16/17

Excellent tour. Mark was very informed and personable, and kept us on schedule. We enjoyed the tour very much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Peter, Thank you very much for your feedback! I had a great time with your family too! Take care! Cheers, Mark Planellas Witzsch

David DeVictor

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 15/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for submitting the rating, David! I had a great time with all of you too! Take care and enjoy Barcelona! Regards, Mark Planellas Witzsch

Mary Maloy

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 13/17

This was one of the best decisions we made on our stay in Barcelona. Why fight the crowds, listen via a taped ear phone and try to follow you Rick Steve's guide. Mark was excellent at customizing our Gaudi tour and we learned so much in 4 hours it was well worth a few Euros more. We highly recommend Mark if you want a personal, in-depth, well spoken and very knowledgeable tour guide. Our girls (20 & 23) thought mom and dad did excellent securing this tour! That isn't easy to say!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your comments, Mary. I had a wonderful time with all of you too! Take care and best regards from Barcelona, Mark Planellas-Witzsch

Neil Markowitz

United States
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Tour: #300649, Package 9, 10 & 11 of June, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 9/17

Mark is a guide's guide! He is so full of engaging knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject, it was an absolute pleasure to spend three days with him getting to know Barcelona. I could not recommend anyone more, with his background, good humor and ability to strongly connect with everyone in the group he is a 'must book' guide with this tour company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Neil, Thank you for the great review! It was a pleasure to share the time in Barcelona with you. All best for you and your family! Take care, Mark Planellas Witzsch

Melanie McKnight

United States
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Tour: #300649, Best of Barcelona Private Tour by Van, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 7/17

Mark is an excellent tour guide. He tailored our tour to our needs and our family , ensuring our family saw the key attractions. He was knowledgeable about every sight and had great recommendations about what to see and do with our children.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Melanie, Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad that your family enjoyed the tour. I had a great time showing the city to your family. Best regards, Mark.

Suzanne Richardson

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 19/17

Our Gaudi tour with Mark was tops. Not being Gaudi fans, we learned to appreciate his work. Book Mark. He's good.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your rating, Suzanne! It was a pleasure to show you Gaudi's main buildings. Regards, Mark P. Witzsch

Judith Zwickl

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: May 5/17

Mark's tour of Barcelona Gaudi buildings was wonderful. He knew the architecture and the history and had interesting stories about the people as well. He was very personable and able to answer all of our questions. He even suggested a restaurant in the area we wanted that had great food which we thoroughly enjoyed. I would happliy book another tour with Mark again

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judith, Thank you very much for your feedback. I'm glad that you had a wonderful time in Barcelona. Best regards, Mark Planellas-Witzsch

Danielle Åkesson

Sweden
Rating

Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 21/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, Danielle!!! Cheers, Mark

Sarann Kraushaar

United States
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Tour: #297108, Barcelona Jewish heritage Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 15/17

Incredible tour! Mark is like a charming, walking encyclopedia - absolutely fascinating!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Sarann! It was a true pleasure to show you our great Jewish heritage. Regards from Barcelona!

Anne Reizer

United States
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Tour: #297107, Best of Gaudi Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 8/17

Mark was exceptional- he had all the background knowledge that we wanted for the Gaudi projects. His attention to time kept us from feeling rushed at any part of the tour. Besides Gaudi, he also informed us to Catalonian history which was interesting. I recommend him fully as a guide. Anne R.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Anne, Thank you so much for the rating! I had a wonderful time with you too. Best regards from Barcelona, Mark

Tami Lehman-Wilzig

Israel
Rating

Tour: #297108, Barcelona Jewish heritage Private Tour, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 7/17

Mark is an excellent tour guide. His knowledge of Jewish history, heritage and ritual is impressive. He provided us with a fascinating tour of Jewish Barcelona and clarified the difference between Catalan Jews and Castilian Jews of Sfarad. Plus he provided eye opening information on when the Jews of Barcelona actually fled the city. I had already taken a Jewish Barcelona tour around 10 years ago. Mark's was far superior.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Tami. It was a pleasure to provide my best knowledge on this subject to your group. I am happy that you enjoyed it so much. I feel that the Jewish heritage in Barcelona is my own, as this community constitutes an essential pillar of our history. Thank you and best regards, Mark Planellas-Witzsch