Dirk is an engaging guide. He has an amazing knowledge of all aspects of this city as well as the local region. We spent a large amount of time in the old town visiting local buildings & churches to understand the history of Salvador. Even though we were held up by traffic & subsequently ran over the tour time, Dirk did not rush us & was able to explain the influence of many cultures & religions in great detail
Victoria MartinUnited Kingdom
My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the Salvador historic tour with Dirk. He gave us an abundance of information and took us to very interesting sites. I didn't feel particularly well on the tour and Dirk made sure that we walked at a pace which was comfortable. We highly recommend this tour!! Thank you so much Dirk for everything.
John S.United States
Our tour with Dirk was outstanding. He developed a custom full-day tour for our cruise ship stop which may have left no stone unturned in the city of Salvador - which became much more memorable with Dirk's commentary. No one should hesitate booking a tour with Dirk - he has a great knowledge of the city and its history, sights and cultures.
Kenneth HayesUnited Kingdom
Shilpa ChughUnited States
Dirk is a wonderful gentleman. He was very patient and gave us a wonderful tour of Salvador. He knows the city really well, and never pushed us to do what we did not want to do. There is a lot of history to the city which he explained in detail. We took two tours with Dirk, and he customized them to suit our timings. Traveling in Brazil, with out knowing Portuguese can be a challenge, and with Dirk, we were at complete ease. I will highly recommend Dirk to anyone travelling to Salvador.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Shilpa, Thanks a lot for the nice review. I'm happy to read that you enjoyed the tours with me. I hope you got back safely in the USA. Thanks again and all the best for you and your family! Greetings from Salvador, Dirk.
Anne S.Claremont, CA, United States
Dirke knows his history and tells a good story. He was prompt and gave us much good information. His English is very good. Overall, there were small time-management problems so that the last part was a bit rushed. Very personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Anne, Thank you for your review. I was a little suprised that you gave my tour only a three star rate. I apologize if I did not fulfill all of your expectations. We started with the walking part of the tour, as you were in a hotel already in the Historical Center of Salvador, and I spent some more time there because you were very interested in the history and architecture of that old part of the city. Again, I'm sorry if that was not exactly what you wanted or expected. With kind regards, Dirk.
Jo C.United Kingdom
Dirk was recommended to us by friends who had booked a tour with him previously. Dirk's entry on the Tours by Locals website offers two tours, one to the Cidade Alta and the other to the Baixa district. I proposed some revision to Dirk's Cidade Baixa's tour, with the trip concluding at the Cathedral square in the upper town and this was agreed. Despite heavy traffic causing some delay, Dirk did not charge for the overrun. He was extremely charming and informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jo! Thanks a lot for the review. Happy to read that you all enjoyed the tour with me in Salvador. All the best for you! Greetings!
Lorraine CanterAuckland, New Zealand
Dirk was very friendly and gave us an excellent tour. He is very knowledgeable of his city.
Kate K.United States
We were in Salvador a few days before Carnival, so Dirk had to juggle a lot of traffic and crowds to show us around, but he handled it flawlessly. His knowledge of and love for Salvador are readily apparent. My mom and I were extremely pleased with the amount of the city he managed to show us in the time we had. In fact, he did such a good job showing off his city that I am trying to figure out how I can visit again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kate, Thanks a lot for this wonderful rating. By biggest happiness is that you enjoyed fully the tour and my city! Looking forward to see you back here in Salvador! All the best for you and your mother! Greetings, Dirk.
Outstanding. I have travelled extensively and taken many tours. Our day with Dirk in Salvador was by far the most rewarding. We chatted constantly throughout the day on many varied and interesting topics. He brought so many facts to the hugely varied and amazing sights of Salvador. He showed not just the cliche tourist bits but many off the beaten bits - we really saw some spectacular sights.. His enthusiasm for the city was clear and he really made our day truly memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Paul! I'm happy to read that you enjoyed the tour and my job as tour guide. All the best to you and you friend.
Joan TuttleUnited States
We very much enjoyed our tour of Salvador, Brazil's upper city. Dirk was awaiting us as we disembarked. Right on time! He was an excellent guide who was very informative. He had an ease of manner which made us very comfortable. He guided us through the large crowd which we greatly appreciated. Lastly, he provided a complete tour of all of the cultural aspects of the city, both past and present. We would highly recommend him and some day would like working with him again We rate him 5 stars out of 5.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Joan, thank you very for your comment! It was a pleasure for to guide you in Salvador and I am very happy that you enjoyed it! Thanks again and all the best for you!
An excellent guide, knowledgeable, and flexible. We normally don't like organized tours, but Dirk customized everything to cater to what we wanted; more of what we like, less of what we don't! Also very helpful with a client with a wheelchair!
An excellent guide, knowledgable, and flexible. We normally don't like organized tours, but Dirk customized everything to cater to what we wanted; more of what we like, less of what we don't! Also very helpful with a client with a wheelchair!
Emilie SaezLyon, France
Thank you very much for this great day in Salvador! Dirk has been very professional and informative, he took the time to show us interesting quarters of the city and adapted the tour on our questions. We liked to visit the market and popular quarters we would probably never visit alone. He knows very well the city and its inhabitants, and gave us historical informations in French. His tour was one of the most important highlight of the journey, and we definitely recommend him. He deserves to succeed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Emilie. I'm really very happy that you fully enjoyed the tour you took with me! Thank you very much for your rating! All the best for you! Warm greetings from Salvador. Dirk Raymond.
Richard AltmanLos Angeles, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Richard! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour guided by me. All the best for you.
Victoria SchwatkaUnited States
Dirk arrived on time despite heavy traffic due to bad weather. His English is excellent, and his car was comfortable. The tour was well planned, and we got to see much more of Salvador than we had expected. He is very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the city which made the tour even more enjoyable. We highly recommend him for private tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your review Victoria! Glad you enjoyed the tour and had an unforgettable travel experience here in Salvador! Greetings, Dirk.
Dirk is very knowledgeable and has great familiarity with churches, architectural styles, and history. We had two 1/2 days with Dirk and he ensured we saw all the key sites of Salvador. We had let Dirk know our areas of interest and sites that did not interest us but he more or less stuck to his planned tour. Dirk is a good guide if you do not want input into your day's activities.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Peter, Thanks you for your feedback. I tried the best I can to adapt my tours to your preferences and I took you to several places where my "regular" tour does not go or gave more emphasis to the subjects of your interest. I think that you did not give me quick feedback during the tours, but I'll try to be more perspective with future clients. I'm sorry that I have forgot the stop at a supermarket as you had asked me, that was really a slip of mine. Greetings, Dirk Raymond.
Stephen WebsterUnited Kingdom
Great guide, very efficient and informative
Alexander Vescanoakville, ON, Canada
The transportation and guiding service provided by Dirk: flawless. The car used for the airport transfers and during the Salvador visit was in excellent condition and Dirk proved to be a very good and experienced driver. His knowledge of the city and all it's points of interest is well above expectations. He is 100% fluent in English, Portuguese and other languages. Dirk is a very personable person with excellent communication and people interacting skills. We recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Alex and Irma, Thanks a lot for your comment. I'm very glad that you really liked your stay in my city Salvador and me as your tour guide. I wish you the very best for the rest of your trip here in Brazil! I also enjoyed a lot the days I spent with you here. Friendly greetings, Dirk.
Dirk is a very knowledgeable tour guide. After a full-day tour, I feel I have a good understanding of the history and culture of Salvador. Thank you for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Catriona, I'm happy to read you enjoyed the tour and my explanations! Thanks for the rating! All the best! Dirk Raymond.
We had a wonderful custom made tour of the African side of Salvador and had a great time. Dirk was knowledgeable about the history and the spiritual beliefs common in the area. A great guy to spend the afternoon with as well...Dirk even went out to buy a child's car seat, especially for our son!
Frances D.Minneapolis, MINNESOTA, United States
This was a wonderful tour that fully met our needs! It is a treat after a few days in the hustle and bustle of Salvador to come to this smaller, historic área with calmer lifestyle. Dirk is fully professional and knows more details about the área than most people. When my students asked about details of the Slave era he impressed me with his deep knowledge of the history. He is fun, hás lived in Bahia long enough to know it completely, yet can compare and contrast from his European roots as well. Go!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Frances, you are great!
Marty MartinezUnited States
This was the second tour with Dirk. We had a great time and he was well informed about the places we visited. The restaurant he chose added to the tour experience by introducing us to a variety of Bahian dishes. I would recommend anyone comming to Salvador to take the Reconcavo tour. We had a full experience of the Reconcavo área.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Marty, I'm happy to read you enjoyed very much the tour. Thanks a lot for the positive comment. Have a safe trip back to the US. Greetings, Dirk.
David WernerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David, all the best for you and your family!
Marty MartinezUnited States
Our guide was verry knowledgable about the tour sites. He was also very helpful in pointing out places we could go on our own. We have another tour with him and we are looking forward to having him guide us again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi marty and Liz, Thanks for the comment! You were great company too! Greetings, Dirk.
David NelsonUnited States
Dirk was prompt,knowledgeable,easygoing (with 6children), adaptable, clever in solving problems, helpful. He made us love Salvador ----highly recommend. Nelson family from Detroit, Chicago, and L. A.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David. I happy to read you enjoyed the tours in and around Salvador. It was my pleasure to have met you great family. All the best for all of you. Greetings, Dirk.
Inspite of the guide being belgian, his knowledge of the history and culture was at the level of a local. At the end of the day I would recommend him to any of my friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review Henriqueta! I wish you good luck here in Brazil! Greetings from Salvador, dirk.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Paul and Patricia! Thank you for the review! I'm very glad that you liked the tour with me! I would like to remind and ask you to send my the picture you made of me with the singer Margarteh Menezes! Many thanks once more! Greetings, Dirk.
Geoffrey DaileyUnited Kingdom
A fantastic day from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble and we were never rushed. If you are visting Salvador and want a guide "Go with Dirk".
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Geoffrey! I also enjoyed your company!
Martha K.United States
Dirk drove us on a brief tour of Salvador - from the Atlantic side to the Baia side - to help us get our bearings before going up to Pelourinho, the historic district of Salvador and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to begin our walking tour. His obvious love of the city, his encyclopedic knowledge of the area's history, and his warm personality made our time with him both delightful and highly educational. My husband and I recommend him highly.
Friendly, professional and excellent local knowledge. A thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you Dirk.
A most interesting and enjoyable introduction to Salvador and its historic area. Dirk has an in depth knowledge of the location. A great morning.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your review. I'm happy to read that you had a great time here in Salvador! The best for the both of you! Dirk.
Philip FreedmanUnited States
Dirk was great. Very knowledgeable, English excellent, made our tour most enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Philip! I'm happy to read that you enjoyed the tour! Greetings from Salvador, Dirk.
Iva Ivanovska HolderUnited States
Dirk is an exceptional tour guide! He is extremely knowledgeable, interesting, and very friendly. We had a very limited time in Salvador, yet managed to see a lot and get a feel for the city. And also learn a lot! Who needs an encyclopedia, when you've got Dirk! I would highly recommend Dirk if you are ever in need of a tour guide in Salvador. Thank you, Dirk, for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the rating Iva and I'm happy to read that you enjoyed the tour! Friendly greetings, Dirk.
Robert EkedahlBoise, ID, United States
Friendly and informed particularly about architecture. Driving part of our tour was difficult because of the traffic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ver much for your comment mr. Ekedahl. Hope you enjoyed the whole trip here in Brazil. Friendly greetings, Dirk.
Charles SwansonUnited States
Dirk was great in showing us around. Spoke English well. Car was clean and air conditioned.
Urs von WartburgSwitzerland
An other excellent day, giving us a lot of insight on the culture and history of areas around Salvador. A long day - Dirk really goes the extra mile to ensure that we get the most out of the tour!
Urs von WartburgSwitzerland
Excellent day! Dirk seems to know everything about the history of Salvador and has a very pleasant way of sharing it!
Urs von WartburgSwitzerland
On time and great support in re-finding our lost luggage. During the transfer from airport to hotel we already enjoyed our first little sightseeing tour and got an excellent briefing on the history of Salvador!
Victoria ColombattoUnited States
Dirk was a wonderful guide! He was on time picking us up and extremely warm and friendly. I love history and Dirk knew his history of the city, which was wonderful. He gave us a guided tour that enabled us to come away from the City of Salvador feeling that we had learned everything there was to know. I would highly recommend Dirk as a guide - you will love him!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Victoria, Thanks a lot for your review. I hope you are enjoying your holidays in Brazil! Friendly greetings, Dirk.
David WernerUnited States
Informative, knowledgeable and personable. Excellent tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you mr. Werner. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay here in Salvador. Greetings to you all! Dirk.
Paul PeltsUnited States
I simply cannot imagine coming to Salvador and not taking a tour with Dirk. His knowledge of the history of Salvador and Brazil was simply amazing. When the weather was less than optimal, he quickly and flexibly changed the order of things on our tour around and that worked beautifully for us. Great tour, Dirk--thank you for showing us "your" Salvador!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Paul, for your feedback and I'm really glad you had a great time and tour here in Salvador!
Tucker AdamsUnited States
Great guide, very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating!
Tucker AdamsUnited States
Great guide, very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much! Be my guest, always!
Teri MillerUnited States
Dirk was the most competent and thorough guide that we had from Tours by Locals. I cannot say enough good things about him. He was very organized, extremely articulate and extremely knowledgeable. He presented himself in a timely manner & was very professional. He was the best guide in South America that you recommend. He's an example for you to follow if you want a successful business. You can rate him A+++ in our opinion, and we have been around the world numerous times.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Teri! It was my pleasure to have guided you! Best regards!
Lynne Morinpointe claire, QC - QUEBEC, Canada
We took a tour with Dirk in February, he gave us great explanation of the City. Brought us shopping for local paintings and a real plus was that he spoke french!! We would definitely take him again as a tour guide. Would also take again this cie, Tours by local we did the same in Rio and we only have a positive experience with both tours. Thanks again
In Salvador Dirk gave us detailed information on the history and historical features of Salvador. Despite a little morning rain, he got us to all the sights. we particularly enjoyed the historic district. Highly recommend his services.
a fine man....good information given ...very helpfful...made salvador a great experience for our group of 6 senior citizens.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Neeta, I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay here and my guiding work! Happiness to all of you!
Dirk is an exceptional guide and highly recommended. He is a veritable font of information and gives access to people and places that would otherwise be inaccessible, practically speaking. He is flexible, discrete and knowledgeable.
Dirk is an exceptional guide and highly recommended. He is a veritable font of information and gives access to people and places that would otherwise be inaccessible, practically speaking. He is flexible, discrete and knowledgeable. His passion for Salvador and environs is palpable.
First of all Dirk is very knowledgeable, easy going (he clearly knows the subject in depth). Dirk knows many locals which tells me that he is known and well received in the community. We felt no pressure on going to specific shops or restaurants with him. His recommendations were good, including a country restaurant with great and food magnificent views overlooking the valley almost as we see in the movies. From there we got many insights of the local society and how they live.We'd strongly recommend Dirk
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr. Schulman! I also enjoyed a lot being your guide. Greetings also to Mrs. Schulman/Hirsh.
Valerie WallaceUnited Kingdom
Thank you for all your help