Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Washington DC by Tour Guide James E. (Guide #3076)


James Martinelli

United States
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Tour: #67944, Anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: May 1/18

Jim is an excellent tour guide. He has tremendous knowledge of American history and was very sensitive to the amount of details we wanted to hear. He was extremely flexible in our day's schedule and we were successful in seeing everything we wanted to on our trip to DC.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jim, thanks so much for your favorable review. I am glad you were able to be here as a tourist in DC rather than being here on work as you have been in the past. Please come back, there are many more sites to visit ! Best, Jim

Carolyn Bjornson

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

Jim was authoritative, informative, and upbeat. The perfect combination to tour high school students around DC

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Carolyn, thank you for the favorable comments and rating. Your students were very impressive and personable. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Best, Jim

Jim Walker

United States
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Tour: #19060, Washington Central City 3 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 8/18

James' assistance in planning, his knowledge of Washington, DC and his presentation to the student group were all outstanding!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, thanks for your favorable comments. And, I hope your team does well in the US! Best, Jim

Stuart Kenny

Australia
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Tour: #67944, Anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 5/17

The City Tour by Toursbylocal was first class with our guide James being knowledgeable, informative and engaging. My wife and I had a single day in Washington to see the main monuments and places of political and historical importance ,we could not have done better. Our tour instructions were brief but James understood our needs and walked and talked and drove us around Washington with ease and satisfied our thirst for knowledge and desire to fit in as much as we could in the time provided. Thank you Jame

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stuart, thank you for your most complimentary review. I too enjoyed our tour, and you and Faye were delightful and inquisitive. I hope you enjoy the remainder of your U. S. tour and take many fond memories back to Australia. Best, Jim

Devyn Damore

Mohnton, PA, United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Aug 17/17

Had a great tour with James, very knowledgable and frieldly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Devyn, I too enjoyed our tour. I hope you enjoyed Ford Theatre and found a good dinner spot. Thanks, Jim

David Beames

Australia
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 20/17

The vehicle was totally inadequate to transport four adults. The whole trip was very uncomfortable for all concerned. When originally booked we were informed that driver had a mercedes, which we obviously incorrectly assumed would be a larger model than the one that was used. Also having to pay the parking meter ourselves when we had paid a large amount up front for the day. We did not get to visit the places that we had requested with earlier correspondance. Numerous requests to go to Arlington made.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David, thank you again for the nice note & book. But, I regret you didn't enjoy the tour. As for my 4 door Mercedes 350E, it is the second largest Mercedes sedan & advertised to seat 5 people comfortably. As for the parking fees, it is stated that customer pays the approximately $5 fees, & actually I paid one of the fees. As for Arlington, we discussed the history in length but decided not to visit due to the excessive uphill walking. Jim

Michael McComb

United States
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Tour: #35465, Washington Central City 4 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 16/17

James is very congenial and knowledgeable. Our main issue with the tour was his car - it does not comfortably seat four passengers as well as himself. We were also not fully satisfied with his handling of our request for very little walking. In retrospect, we should have had him hire a driver and van so that he could spend full-time with us. I have to admit I never thought of it, but I wish he would have asked if we would consider it. It would have been worth the additional cost.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael, Thanks for commenting that I am "congenial and knowledgeable". However, I am disappointed that you found my car uncomfortable and that there was too much walking. As for my car, the web site states that it is a 4 door Mercedes sedan. However, I should also state that it is a model 350E which is not the very largest of the Mercedes sedans. As for the walking, the Washington sites require much walking as it is impossible to park close by. In retrospect, we should have had a separate driver and van.

Gary Groce

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Jul 13/17

James was very knowledgeable and thorough. Enjoyed his company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I did too. Best, Jim

Rick Higgins

United States
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Tour: #222383, Mount Vernon, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

Donna McElroy

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 4/17

Thanks so much. We had a wonderful day. James is very courteous and knowledgeable. He worked very hard to make sure we saw what we wanted.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Donna, I hope you guys weren't too tired! Thanks for your kind response. Best, Jim

Janet Colley

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: May 26/17

James was wonderful, he listened to what our interest were and designed a tour just for us. Even gave us some dining ideas for the evening and what to do with a few hours the next morning. Delightful person and look forward to coming back to tour with him again when we return.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Janet, Glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope you do come back to DC, a lot still to see. Best, Jim

Adam Schaaf

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: May 20/17

We had a great time with Jim. He picked us up and took us around Mount Vernon and other sites. He was very knowledgable and would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Adam, glad you enjoyed the tour and I appreciate the favorable feedback. Best, Jim

Todd Randolph

United States
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Tour: #128586, Arlington Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 13/17

Another fantastic tour with Jim. His unassuming demeanor and genuine interest in sharing his knowledge resulted in a terrific tour. Thanks Jim!

Todd Randolph

United States
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Tour: #67929, Historic Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 10/17

First time visiting Georgetown, and the guided tour with Jim provided us with a unique "locals" experience. Jim's approach and local's perspective resulted in a memorable experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Todd, Glad you enjoyed the tour. Best, Jim

Inge Christie

Canada
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Apr 7/17

Jim is a very knowledgeable asset to the team of tour guides and able to customize the tour to the clients needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Inge, thanks again . Hope you and Bill enjoyed the rest of your trip. Best, Jim

Inge Christie

Canada
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 6/17

Jim is a very made the tour very interesting, stating many facts and customizing the tour to your interests.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Inge, Thanks, enjoyed our tour too. I always enjoy giving tours to our Canadian friends! Best, Jim

Sara Denton

United States
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Tour: #128586, Arlington Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 15/17

Everything went well, appreciate all the historical information and the ability to change plans at the last minute because of the inclement weather. Thank you

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sara, Thank you for your nice response. Best, Jim

Jamie Ryan

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 14/16

Awesome tour and tour guide! Very knowledgeable and customized tour to our interests. Enjoyed our 6 hour tour, saw plenty, learned lots! Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jamie, thank you for your kind comments. Glad you & Paul enjoyed the tour. Hope you enjoyed Nora's! Best, Jim

Chris Tossell

Canada
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Tour: #67944, Anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 1/16

We needed to get an orientation/overview of Washington sites focused on art & architecture in order to select a few for more detailed viewing the next couple of days. James was excellent and there was an added plus, he got us into the US Supreme Court to hear (a few minutes) of oral submissions. A remarkable experience! Another unexpected wow moment, the Tudor House in Georgetown. We would both highly recommend James, he is very knowledgeable and with a boundless source of historical facts.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chris, thank you for your kind remarks. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your DC trip including dinner at Nora's. Best, Jim

Richard Stern

Switzerland
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Tour: #222383, MountVernon, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 27/16

James did a terrific job of showing us the Washington state. His knowledge was impressive and delivered in an interesting and engaging fashion. He found time to bring our son into the picture. A day more than well-spent, and just perfect. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Richard, thank you for your nice comments. I too enjoyed our tour. Best, Jim

James Mungo

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Jul 26/16

Excellent guide. Adapted to our suggestions.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jim, thanks for your nice comments. I too enjoyed our tour in spite of the heat. Hope your granddaughters enjoyed DC. Best, Jim Everett

Catherine Huber

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: May 21/16

My family totally enjoyed our monuments tour with James. He was well spoken and knowledgeable throughout. In addition, he conducted our tour on a totally rainy day without hesitation!

Allen R Baker

hidden hills, 91302, United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: May 5/16

A really bright and knowledgeable tour guide. Did exactly what we asked for not just a pre-designed tour. would recommend this tour guide for anyone who wants to see what they want to see.

Ray Head

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: May 1/16

James was an outstanding guide. Since two of our party of four had walking issues the fact he has a car was a huge plus for us. In addition to having to deal with people with ambulatory issues the weather was not good at all. However, Jim's in depth knowledge of where to go and what to see under those circumstances was invaluable. It truly was like seeing DC and Georgetown with an old friend who had lived there for years. We highly recommend Jim. Try as you might you won't find a better guide.

Bernita Mirisola

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Apr 25/16

James gave another wonderful tour! It was a full day of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home and James was quite knowledgeable on the historic residence, including artifacts in the home. He is well informed on the historical background of the period which made it all that much more interesting to tour with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice comments. It was a pleasure giving you the tour as you too are quite knowledgeable about Mount Vernon and especially about George Washington! Best, Jim

Bernita Mirisola

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 6/16

Touring DC was an amazing experience for our party of 2 thanks to James E. He is so knowledgeable about the history of each site that it seemed as if we ourselves had gone back in time during the tour. We loved the fun facts and the ease with which James handled our many questions. All of the major sites were accessed as we were touring in his comfortable vehicle. Surely we saw 3 days of sites in 1 day and had so much fun doing it! I've already booked a 2nd tour. Thanks James.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I too enjoyed the tour with you & Deborah. I look forward to our next tour in a month. Best, Jim

Jennifer Angers

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Feb 11/16

James was AWESOME! He is intelligent, articulate and made our private tour an outstanding experience! He was perfect for my ten year old son and I! I would highly recommend James whether it's a family or group of friends. Last a quote from my 10 year old, "amazing"!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind comments & Matthew's too! Glad you both enjoyed the tour. Hope you enjoyed Mount Vernon & Matthew got to a basketball game! Best, Jim

Ammar Askari

Washington, DC, United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 18/15

James tailored our tours to our needs and brought his personal car to accommodate my old father. He was kind, knowledgable, and very accommodating.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your complimentary response. I too enjoyed showing your father around. Best, Jim

Christine Falder

United Kingdom
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Tour: #67929, Historic Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 6/15

Christine Falder

United Kingdom
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 5/15

Christine Falder

United Kingdom
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Tour: #67929, Historic Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 3/15

Christine Falder

United Kingdom
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 2/15

Kay G.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 21/15

We had a very comprehensive and enjoyable private 3 day tour with James and saw everything that was on our list. James was very knowledgeable and knows an amazing amount about the history of the memorials etc. We thoroughly enjoyed our tours and left Washington quite tired, with sore feet but full of information about what we'd seen.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kay, thank you for your kind comments. I too enjoyed being with you and Rodney. Best, Jim

Ken Jones

Costa Rica
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Oct 16/15

James was excellent. He led our entire family with two small kids for two great days! Very informative. I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ken, I too enjoyed our tour . Your family was great, interested in the sites & in the history of Washington. Best, Jim

Ken Jones

Costa Rica
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Oct 15/15

James was excellent. He led our entire family with two small kids for two great days! Very informative. I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ken, It was a pleasure. Your children are personable; funny; well mannered; curious & certainly well educated. Best, Jim

Bruce R.

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 13/15

Jim provided me and my wife a wonderful 6-hour tour of Washington, D.C. His knowledge, enthusiasm and helpfulness were fantastic. Jim did everything he could to make our tour a memorable one. Thanks again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bruce, I too enjoyed our tour. Thanks for your nice response! Best, Jim

Joseph (Joe) Collins

United States
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Tour: #35465, Washington Central City 4 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 12/15

Really enjoyed our tour. Jim was very knowledgeable and pleasant and really tried to focus on what we were interested in. Loo,

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joe. I too enjoyed being with you. Best, Jim

Nancy Boevers

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Sep 15/15

Jim was a delight. Putting up with 4 senior citizens is not a easy task, but Jim did it with a smile. We all enjoyed the experience, and felt special. My two older sisters could not have seen all the things we got to see without this service. Thank you all for a great time. Jim have a wonderful trip. Nancy

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad you and your sisters enjoyed the tour. Best, Jim

Nancy Boevers

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Sep 14/15

Jim was a delight. Putting up with 4 senior citizens is not a easy task, but Jim did it with a smile. We all enjoyed the experience, and felt special. My two older sisters could not have seen all the things we got to see without this service. Thank you all for a great time. Jim have a wonderful trip. Nancy

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your trip. Best , Jim

Shannon B.

Canada
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Tour: #35465, Washington Central City 4 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 1/15

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour on the 1st day of our 1st visit to DC. Jim is very knowledgeable about the area and really made an effort to tailor the tour to suit our interests. A great way to be introduced to this great city - thanks! We'd highly recommend this tour and this guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice comments. I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your trip and got to visit all the sites we discussed. Best, Jim

Mary Wissink

Seal Beach, CA, United States
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Tour: #128586, Arlington Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 19/15

James was very knowledgeable and anxious to satisfy our tour of Arlington. We would not have had as great of time without him as a guide. We stopped by the Pentagon and saw the memorial which was very interesting.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary, Thank you for your nice comments. It was a real pleasure being with the 2 of you. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation in Aruba. Best, Jim

Thomas H.

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 1/15

Excellent 6 hour tour designed to suit my wife, 6 year old grandson, and my needs and wishes. James fed us an abundance of historical information in a very organized manner, modified to reach our grandson. We found him very personable and his commentary informative and educational. During a break for lunch at Pot Belly Sandwiches (13th & E Streets), James gave us a self-guided list of must sees for the next two days. A most enjoyable tour experience. Highly recommended. TEHIII, South Carolina

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice comments. It was a pleasure being with the 3 of you. And, I hope your Grandson fully recovers, he is quite a trooper! Best, Jim

Andy Willits

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 25/15

Robert Berry

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 18/14

We were recently shown the sights of Washington D.C. by your guide James. He was so knowledgable! Of course, we saw the most famous sites but it was the little known facts that were so interesting. He was most accommodating to our needs and is flexible in his schedule. We would highly recommend James and give him a five star rating.

Susan Wenger

United States
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Tour: #67944, anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 29/14

James was excellent! Would highly recommend him to anyone.

Lauren Sartwell

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: May 2/14

We really enjoyed our afternoon monuments tour with Jim. He is a wealth of knowledge and was patient with my 7 year old with tired feet from walking. Jim clearly loves DC and really knows his stuff. We will definitely track him down again if we are back in town!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind comments!

Laura Cohen

United States
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Tour: #67929, Historic Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 1/14

Jim gave our family (4 of us including a 10 & 6 year old) a tour of Old Georgetown. He was punctual (even early) & took care to try to keep it interesting to the kids. Our kids are maybe more interested & "tolerant" than some, but they really enjoyed the tour and talked about it for the rest of the day & both kids said they told their friends/teacher about it when they returned to school. He's knowledgable, friendly, pleasant & clearly had a love for the area & history that came through. Great tour/time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! Hope you enjoyed the remainder of your trip. Best, Jim

Teresa Grigsby

United States
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Tour: #67944, anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 25/14

Jim was a great guide! He was very knowledgeable and informative, but even more important, he was helpful and kind. Jim helped us navigate city traffic, assisted with my mother's wheelchair, obtained tour tickets when we were short on time, and generally made our entire visit less stressful, so that we could really enjoy our trip. I heartily endorse Jim, especially for travelers who plan to drive in the city, and those who are traveling with older companions or with ones who need extra assistance.

Teresa Grigsby

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 24/14

Jim was the perfect guide to help me manage a DC trip for my elderly parents and son. Informative and helpful, he also provided insider information that reduced my stress level as the driver and leader of our group. You will not regret hiring Jim to help make your trip interesting, fun, and worry-free.

Teresa Grigsby

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 23/14

Jim did a great job. I could not have managed without him! Washington is a difficult place to drive, but Jim got us everywhere we needed to go. Jim helped my elderly parents with a wheelchair, and me with navigating, all the while providing interesting commentary and insights. You won't regret retaining Jim!

Chris Gauger

United States
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Tour: #67944, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 12/13

James was very knowledgeable and clearly interested in his subject. He asked about our interests and tailored the tour accordingly. I'm so glad he included the FDR memorial, it was very moving. We kept a lively pace, but he was willing to move at whatever speed we wanted. Hope we didn't wear him out!

Eadie Sharron

United States
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Tour: #35465, Washington Central City 3 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 15/13

James was very considerate of my physical limitations. He added a great deal to the enjoyment of the tour. The FDR Memorial and James' interest in the period gave me a better sense of what the Roosevelt administration faced during the 1930's.

John Smead

United States
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Tour: #19060, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 5/12

we did a bit of a switch and jim took us around the white house and then to georgetown and to the capitol grounds. it was a great day. he had lots of good stories. found us a great lunch site. would use him again in a heartbeat and recommend him to others

Allison Simon

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 4/11

My husband and I had a phenomenal time with James. He is knowledgeable, insightful, patient, flexible and very personable. A private tour offers the chance to go at your pace, ask tons of questions and really enjoy the time without the hassle and strict time schedule of a large group. But the guide that takes you makes all the difference. Not only would I recommend James to individuals, couples and families...the next time we are in DC we will ask him to take us out again on a different tour.