George OverendUnited States
My two grandsons and I were with Bill for two days, during a very busy tourist time in NYC. We couldn't have been more pleased! He tailor-made a tour for us and covered all the areas that we requested, including the usual "five -star" sites, plus special neighborhoods which make New York so special. We have had such good experiences with TBL guides that I am reluctant to say any one is "the best." But, to be clear, Bill is in the top echelon. We recommend him without hesitation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much George! You were fantastic guests to have - treating you to my crowded city was as much fun for me as you say it was for you. Thanks very much! Bill
Samuel SantiagoUnited States
Very flexible and accommodating . Help us find a church and restaurant nearby for lunch. Thanks for your patience with our group . Enjoyed it and was surprised to see the new things/stuff going in Lower Manhattan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Excellent! I'm so glad you were happy with the Church of the Transfiguration - and even I enjoyed your favorite restaurant for lunch: Hop Kee! I hope, even if you're all from so far away, that you can come again and see more of my favorite city! Yours in tours, Bill
We (8 seniors) did the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Our guide was Bill. Excellent & knowledgeable tour guide. But most of all, Bill was so pleasant and patient with all of us. Commendable to the Nth degree and I assured him to expect us when we return next year.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Jorge! I enjoyed being with all of you as well. I look forward to seeing you all again! Yours in tours, Bill
Mark AckermanUnited States
Bill was our guide for our first visit to NYC. Bill was professional, knowledgeable & very personal. He was able to introduce us to New York & show us the city in a way we could never manage ourselves. I would give Bill six stars if they were available .... Highly Recommend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I enjoyed your company too - I’m always happy when newcomers like you take to the city so enthusiastically. Please come again!
Rebecca DeWittUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I’m glad your group enjoyed my city!
Betti SternbergUnited States
Bill was a friendly and informative guide. He willingly fulfilled all of our special requests. The tour exceeded our expectations. Bill picked us up at JFK and dropped us off at the cruise port. In between we had a beautiful and thorough tour of Brooklyn.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Betti! I thoroughly enjoyed taking you through our own Second City (that’s my nickname for Brooklyn! No one else’s!) I especially enjoyed Barbara’s stories too! Come again! Bill
Joseph LaurelUnited States
Our tour guide / street teacher Bill, plus our driver for the day were both great . The ability to deliver a knowledgeable , yet thoughtful and intriguing tour for my family ( children included )was done very well . Add in the ability to share a wealth of info with us while moving through the bustling NYC streets safely was well appreciated. If I had more time to explore NYC further , Bill would definitely be the man to turn to or even recommend for friends and family alike.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Joseph! I enjoyed guiding you all around my city - and I would love to have another opportunity. I had fun too!
Emanuel DaleUnited States
I had a great two days with Bill. He is so knowledgeable of the history of New York. We walked most of the time and many things that are not on the general list things to see for tourists. Bill is an excellent guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It was a delight to introduce you to all that is my city - which for you must have seemed a dizzying affair! Please come back and see us in the winter!
Michelle KloosUnited States
Our "Street Teacher" was great! Bill is knowledgeable of New York. Certain areas in our tour are held emotionally and he doesn't hide it. We enjoyed our time with Bill and look forward to returning-there is still so much left to see. Additionally, our original tour date was on a rainy day. Bill showed up and offered us to reschedule! What a great idea, so we rescheduled! Again, Bill showed up on time! Had we trudged out on our original date, I would have been soaked and chilled, even under umbrellas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're quite welcome - and I'm happy we could work around the weather to have such a nice day to walk the city together. All my best to you all - and I'd love to see you again here in New York! Bill
Susan S.United States
Bill was a great guide, very knowledgeable and clear. I would recommend him highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Sue! We did have a great time on a beautiful day.
Andrea WilliamsTrinidad and Tobago
My family and I had a wonderful time out with Bill for a couple of hours around NYC. The scenery was beautiful and Bill really knows the city and carried us to capture some of our most beautiful moments in NYC. Thank you Bill for a wonderful evening out! If you want pleasant company and someone who is knowledgeable about NYC, I highly recommend Bill because he is an excellent tour guide :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lissa! I enjoyed introducing you to my home - Come again! Yours in tours, Bill
Delia PeshoUnited States
Our guide was efficient in showing us various sites. Was disappointed that we never saw the Statue of Liberty. We hired an additional tour accomplish this after we were finished with Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Delia, I'm sorry we couldn't fit a sighting of the Statue of Liberty into your tour - I wish I had included that as we drove around last Wednesday. I am very sorry. But I'm happy that you did enjoy the rest of your tour - for we did do a lot of walking! I wish you all the very best of the season - and a very Happy New Year! Sincerely yours, Bill
Natasha IppolitoUnited States
Excellent personalized tour of Brooklyn; Bill created a curated selection of Brooklyn neighborhoods and special sites that interested me; I was impressed with his taste! I did not have a lot of time, but I saw plenty of spots that I will definitely return to, and now I know how best to get to them! There is nothing better than a "Tour by Local"!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Natasha! I'm happy I could give you a day you enjoyed - and Brooklyn has so much! Come again!
Alyssa KroppUnited States
Bill, our tour guide, was exceptional. He really captured the history of Midtown and explained unique details to our international group. He was witty and gave the group some good laughs. Our tour saw the cathedral, the large skyscrapers of midtown, Grand Central, and Bryant Park, ending with Times Sq. While this is easy to do yourself, Bill provided details we otherwise wouldn't have known and company that was superb. Would definitely hire again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I'm very glad I could give you such a good time in such a short time. Call me anytime - your group was charming!
Clarice BarreletUnited States
Excellent! I could have given Bill G an excellent rating before the tour even began. Now that we did the tour, I can give him an excellent PLUS! Bill was responsive and helpful as I worked out the details with him before I even booked. He researched and explained the options. I was confident that we would be in good hands and that he would meet us as planned and that there would not be any problems, and even if there were some bad surprises, Bill would handle it. He didn't disappoint! Great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I'd love to treat you all again for another day or two in my city - all of you!
Diane DeiblerUnited States
We were very happy with our tour with Bill. He was very flexible with our schedule. Bill took us all over New York and has a vast knowledge of the city and its history. I would certainly recommend him. We wanted to especially see the 9/11 memorial where we walked around and he shared information on several people who were killed that day. It was nice to be able to contact him by phone when our schedule was changed the day of our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Diane. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed your day with me - I'm very gratified. Thank you again!
David TysonBolton, LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
I thought Bill provided us with an excellent tour of a lot of the lesser known areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn. We had previously spent 5 days in Manhattan and covered all the main sights south of Central Park but Bill took us to some really interesting areas that we would never have found for ourselves. He then delivered us bang on time at Newark airport. He was knowledgeable, informative and above all friendly. I would highly recommend Bill to any visitor to NYC
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, David! I felt privileged to have such travelers as you with me!
Michele McMahonUnited States
Bill was an excellent tour guide and we had an awesome time. He knew his information and made it very interesting for us. Despite the pouring down rain!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! At least I had you to and through Central Park before any rain fell - and I'm very happy you were able to see the 9/11 Memorial without too much wetness interfering. Thank you - and come again!
Elizabeth NickersonUnited States
Bill introduced us to parts of the City that showed a more intimate side of New York after a start in Midtown. I especially enjoyed the neighborhoods around Union Square and Washington Square Park where a large, vibrant Farmers Market was held. Bill was terrific at being flexible and keeping things interesting for our two 15 year olds including a stop at Macy's and a school one daughter is considering for college. Bill's knowledge and love of NYC is infectious! Thank you! Liz Nickerson & Bill Hamilton
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Liz! I'm so glad you enjoyed your day in the City. The walk we did was the best way to become comfortable with New York - Midtown, Times Square, and the walk back to the East Side and then to the Village! Thanks for the opportunity to share it all with you! Yours in tours, Bill
Wynnell SchrenkNaples, FL, United States
Fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable and passionate. Really knows history of the city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Wynnell! I enjoyed meeting you all and taking you downtown - you were a delight for a tour that morning. I trust you enjoyed your days in the city - and will come back soon!
Bill was very knowledgeable about the history and architecture of East Village and Greenwich. We are keen walkers and he covered a great distance but at an enjoyable pace. Provided a variety of experiences - art galleries, park concerts, fashion shops, great coffee shops (best coffee we have tasted in the US),and quirky restaurants. We ended up running a bit over time as we asked so many questions. Good value for the money. Only two of us on this tour so was pricey but worth it for this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your comments! I'm very glad I could provide an enjoyable experience - more than just a "tour." And that coffee! I love sharing what I feel are "my" discoveries!
We were completely staisfied Was a great job he did for us Thanks a lot
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I completely enjoyed my time with the Vromans! Of course, the good weather was a great help. From lower Manhattan to Central Park, and through SoHo and Greenwich Village - and Sunday morning at St. Thomas - and more! Thank you!
Janice S.United States
Bill knows all about New York and can answer any question. But unlike many other tour guides that overwhelm you with the details and facts, Bill had a knack for sharing the information in a very interesting way and for adding unique touches to the tour. These "surprises" made the tour more enjoyable and memorable. We all agreed that the tour was excellent and that Bill made our last day in New York very special. I highly recommend Bill to anyone interested in an exceptional tour of New York City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I enjoyed taking your family around the city - especially through that most unusual October snowstorm - which must have added something special to your memory bank! Do come again - we have better weather ahead. Thanks again, Bill
Bill gave us a superb presentation of NYC and everyone enjoyed the unique character of the tour in spite of being exchausted from walking...even for some active seniors! Being church people we found that Bill was not always that familiar with the traditions and unique expression relected in some church buildings. He might want to polish his presentation here. But he deserves 5*
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ralph! I'm sorry I'm not familiar with many church traditions, and "unique expressions," as you say - but how are they "relected" in a church? I can't find a definition of that word. Please help! Thanks again for your company, and I look forward to seeing you and your group again - and I will know more about certain of those traditions. Thanks for the suggestion. Yours in tours, Bill
Carolyn CaukwellNew Zealand
What an introducation to New York! Bill took us out and gave us a glimpse of some of the gems that only locals know. But our experience started well before our arrival - Bill suggested some background reading, which just enhanced our experience. To have such a tailor made, personal introduction to New York was a special treat. As a travel consultant, I shall most certainly recommend this to my clients.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carolyn! I enjoyed our brief time together too - and I hope you enjoyed your luncheon at Tom's Restaurant!