I booked Ia not knowing how she would be, but with one concern and that is preparing a program that would suit my son, nine years old. It must have culture, culinary experience, entertainment for kids, extreme sports and above all a nice holiday. Ia did all that. We went to the cinema (hard to find a theater program, as they are all written in Georgina). We did rafting, paragliding, visit all the highlights of Georgia, … I'm Belgian, so she arranged a driver for our car into the city that speaks French! +
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jo and Briek! It was a special tour with awesome people, I'm really glad I got to know you.
John S.United Kingdom
On the outward journey through the glorious scenery of the Kakheti region we stopped for locally produced sweets , bread and cheese, and were able to see the bread being made in the traditional way. Then beautiful Bodbe convent, lovely Signagi (with lunch in the winery), and the impressive Chavchavadze house (with another winetasting). The return route took in the broad vistas from the Gombori Pass. Culture, countryside, tradition, food and drink - another perfect day with Ia and driver Sam.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot John for another great review! Meeting people like you makes this job so interesting. Best wishes, Ia
John S.United Kingdom
Ia tailored the day exactly to our interests. First came the ancient monasteries of Jvari and Mtskheta and the superb vistas of the valley and the Caucasus beyond. Then two different wineries, Guramishvilis and Iago, both outstanding in their own way, both in beautiful locations and giving a fascinating glimpse into traditional production methods. Tastings at both were accompanied by delicious local food. Once again it was the delightful company of Ia and and driver Sam which made the day perfect.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John and Jeannette for the great review! The day was really perfect with nice weather, broad vistas, delicious food and your company!
John S.United Kingdom
We needed help with research in the Georgian archives, and Ia could not have been better. She guided us through the many complex forms required, and we found everything we had hoped for. Not only was the research successful, it was fun! Between research sessions Ia took us to beautiful areas of Tbilisi and introduced us to authentic Georgian home cooking. Best of all was the time we spent chatting and laughing with Ia and driver Sam - that will probably be our most enduring and treasured memory.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John for your kind words! I'm glad that I managed to help you with the research and we also had a lots of fun touring with you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Toril, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you and your friends again in Georgia!
David KellnerUnited States
Ia was a wonderful guide. She is very well informed, highly personable and flexible enough to create a tour that precisely met our needs. Ask her to take you to the restaurant with the superb lobio (bean stew). It's awesome, as was our day spent walking the streets of Tbilisi with Ia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David for your review. It was a pleasure guiding you and your wonderful family. I enjoyed our tour a lot!
Biju JosephUnited Arab Emirates
In February 2018 I visited Kazbegi and Gadauri with IA. The drive through the greater Caucasus region on the scenic military highway was really wonderful . We had a really nice snow experience in the mountains and in Gadauri ski resort. On the way we visited historical Ananuri Fortress and had great Georgian food in nice restaurant @ stepantsminda . Ia knows all most everything about the Georgian history and place and she is professional, friendly and make you feel at home. Thank you Ia and Sam
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Biju for your review, It was a pleasure guiding you.
Biju JosephUnited Arab Emirates
I spend a lovely day in Kakheti with Ia. We visited all the important place in this area like St.Nino's moanastery, Sighnaghi ,a local winery called Okro's family cellar and tasted different types wine and of course had Chacha Ia knows all the right peoples in all these place and her knowledge about historical places are really commentable. We had experienced some true geogian hospitality in the top of the mountain which was really amazing. Thank you Ia and Sam for the wonderful day.............
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Biju, we had a great day too and enjoyed guiding you. Hope to see you back soon.
We really enjoy our tour. And we thank to Ia who really guide us to tour around, see beautiful views around Tbilisi and other part of Georgia. We really had a great time and most memorable experience. Until next time. Thank you very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joylyn, It was a pleasure guiding you. You're always welcome to come back to Georgia!
Michael McEwenUnited States
We spent a lovely day touring the Kakheti region with Ia. She was very personable and her knowledge about Georgian history and culture gave us additional insight into the places we visited. I liked that we were allowed to take things in at our own pace so we never felt rushed. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael for your kind words, It was a pleasure guiding you and your lovely wife, plus it was a beautiful day with perfect weather. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Georgia and hope you come back again!
Ignatius TharakanUnited Arab Emirates
Tour conducted by Ia through toursbylocals indeed contributed to making our trip to Georgia a memorable one. Beautiful place, a must visit place, so much of different landscapes, churches and history to see and learn. Ia was a fantastic guide making sure that we got to visit all the places we wanted to, eat the famous dishes Georgia is known for and ensuring our trip was very comfortable from the start to the end. Madloba, madloba, madloba
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ignatius for your good review, I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. Best wishes to you and your family.
Liane SandreyNew Zealand
Ia was knowledgable, personable and a delight. She put together a tour that matched our interests perfectly. We had a fantastic day in Tblisi with the perfect mix of time sightseeing and time in cafes. Ia had great recommendations when it came to where to eat as well. She was flexible to our demands. We really enjoyed our day in her company. Recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Liane. I had a great day with you and girls :) Really hope to see you sometime soon
It was outstanding tour, Ia is one of the best tourist guides I have ever met, I enjoyed every single place that we have visited from the amazing nature to the old city and she was telling the history of each place like you literally live at that age, we had fun in different places, she planned it very well and we enjoyed a lot, and special thanks for Samuel as he added a unique taste to the tour which I loved it, and when I visit Georgia again of course I will take it with them.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ahmed for your kind words. It started as just a tour, but we became good friends in a short while. It was a pleasure guiding you!
Ia and Samuel were an excellent team, with them my wife and I discover the beauties of Tbilisi, Stepasminda, Kakheti and Kutaisi; not only places and history but people and the real Georgian life. They are caring, honest patient and helpful. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Jose, we also really enjoyed the tour. Hope you have a good continuation of your trip.
Our Guide, Ia, is a very professional, competent guide and a charming person. Highly recommendable!!! The walk with her through the old Tiflis was very impressive, the view on the town from the fortress on the hill unforgettable! Ia provided us with historical, cultural and practical informations, very helpful for our further trip. He turned out trip into a real adventure and made us wish to come back and to Know better this fascinating country
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Agnieszka, it was a pleasure for me to guide you. Hope your further trip was exciting.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Aug 17 (KMcK) Changed to 5 star as per customer request.
Nedaa Salamah (ne- Aleisa)Kuwait
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neda, I enjoyed guiding you and your friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Are, it was a great day:)
It was an amazing tour from start to finish. Our guide, Ia, was so professional and she knows alot about the history of the places we visited. It was a very informative trip, we learned many new things as well as enjoyed the magnificent scenes of nature. Ia also introduced us to Georgian music and explained many things about the Georgian culture and language. In addition to being very informative and helpful, Ia was also funny and joyful. We recommend Ia to anyone looking for a memorable tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Abdou. It was a great day full of fun with you and your friends!
Thanx Ia for a memorable wonderful tour with my family .she has a charming personality and very broad knowledge and she is well committed to her profession.i will recommend her to all my friends .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ashok for kind words. Looking forward to see you and your family again!
Pradeep SahuUnited Arab Emirates
Beautiful and young girl but filled with abundant knowledge of history. Explains so well before taking us to show the things around. Friendly and was adaptive based on our requirement. I wish she can be my guide whichever country I go. I will recommend her name to my friends and families whoever visits Georgia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the kind words Pradeep, it was a pleasure to guide you and your family.
Turki AlTurkiSaudi Arabia
The tour guide, Ia, is an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the historical places we visited. She is an open book that can read all the history behind all the main sightseeing places, old churches, and historical cities.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Turki. It was nice having you