Rating shud be 5 stars - don't know why it rated 1? Laura was exceptional and v pleasant. Fluent English speaking n most sympathetic to our need to remember family who were murdered in Riga by the Nazis. Knowledge was excellent and deliver3d in a delightful manner. Laura made excellent company. The vehicle used to ferry us around was clean n very comfortable.
Edward T.Hong Kong
I have a nice half-day tour with Laura at Rundale Palace, arguably the Versailles of the Baltic states. The stunning architecture, fascinating decoration, picturesque garden and the interesting history amazes me a lot. In fact, this is my 5th day with Laura, who is absolutely phenomenal. She posses all qualities of a perfect tour guide, lively, friendly, responsible, dedicated, knowledgeable...can't find words enough to describe her. After spending a few days with Laura, I miss her as much as I miss Riga.
Edward T.Hong Kong
A vacation in Riga can't be perfect without booking Laura's tour. I booked her for a few days but I only wish I could spend more time with her. On this day, we visited Turaida Castle and Sigulda Castle located in Gauja National Park, approximately one hour's drive from Riga. Thanks to her detailed yet entertaining and lively explanation, I learned a lot about the Livonian Order in the medieval times. The scenery in the national park is also absolutely amazing. All credit to Laura.
Edward T.Hong Kong
I spent a nice weekend with Laura in Jurmala, a chaming, laid-back town characterized with beautiful beaches, stunning pine tree forest and picturesque wooden houses. On our way back, she brought me to a famous local market. I thoroughly enjoyed the the tour. Laura is an exceptional guide, her tours are informative, inspiring, interesting and entertaining. Most importantly, she guides with a true heart and treats her visitors as friends. Do not hesitate to contact her if you plan to visit Latvia.
Edward T.Hong Kong
I can't be happier to have Laura, this lovely and charming young lady, to show me around during my short stay in Riga. She loves her country very much. She has a deep passion in her guiding job and wants to share everything she knows with visitors. Don't hesitate to contact Laura, no matter you are looking for a classic tour or something off-the-beaten-path. Unreservedly recommend her!
Edward T.Hong Kong
Laura is the perfect tour guide! I wish she could guide me wherever I travel in the world! She possess all the attributes of a top quality guide. She is not just professional, but also knowledgable, dedicated, charismatic and cheerful. Laura is a very patient and responsive tour guide. Laura listens and cares about her visitors, she is very attentive to details and customize plans according to all their needs, interests and preferences. Can't praise her highly enough!
Srikanth BalasubramaniyanUnited Kingdom
One of the best decisions I made in Riga was to book this tour. I was given the option to tailor it to suit my needs. Laura was very knowledgeable in the local history and gave some very nice little snippets of information along the way, which made things all the more interesting. The whole experience was very relaxed, no clock-watching and felt like spending an afternoon with a long time friend. Definitely recommend and will certainly do a different leg of this tour, if I'm in Riga next time. Thanks!
John OdonnellUnited States
We used a lot of TOURS BY LOCALS guides on our recent trip... All were good but Laura was the very best! She knows Riga well and was very informative about the town. We also learned a lot about life in Riga and Latvia/ now and in the past....
Gary JunghansUnited States
Laura P. was our favorite of 5 tour guides we had on this trip. She showed us some great countryside touring and was very knowledgeable.
Peter JenksUnited Kingdom
Our tour of Riga in Spanish with Laura was fantastic. We discovered Riga as an elegant and friendly city. Laura was very helpful with the history of Latvia and Riga as well as with their culture. She let us feel that we were her only concern that day, from the cruise arrival until she found a taxi for us to get back to the ship. She suggested a restaurant with Latvian cuisine and it was very good. In a few words, Riga was a nice surprise and we feel that we owe that to Laura.
Derek EngelbrechtSouth Africa
Kate PixleyUnited States
Laura was the absolute highlight of our trip to the Baltic! She is so engaging and intelligent; she really knew how to 'read' our group, and smoothly adapted her tour to our pace and interests. She was so flexible and accommodating; picking us up by car at our docking location when it was re-located, shifting gears and extending our tour to accommodate special interests. What a great resource!
Laura is an amazing professional, I really recommended her, she knows a lot and takes you to beautiful places in Riga. It was a wonderful time with her.
We enjoyed our tour of Riga with Laura. She was so informative and enthusiastic about her city. She had answers for all our questions and she spoke beautiful English so was easy to understand. We would highly recommend her guiding services.
Saul MirskyUnited States
The guide, Laura was exceptionally accomodating. Knowing the town a little we modified the route and she was very knowledgeable in additional items that were modified. She had deep interest in history, politics, people, etc. making the tour a deep excursion helping to understand connections between events, tour items, people etc. Thank you very much, Laura.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Saul, Thank you for the kind words! It was very nice meeting you.
Joan JarvisUnited States
Laura had great energy and was very enthusiastic. She was a wealth of information about both the city of Riga , the country and it's history. We could have spent many hours with her.
Mary GerlachUnited States
This is NOT a rating for Laura as she had to cancel our long booked tour but provided a marvelous substitute in GULA, an art history student. We saw all we wanted to and don't know how Laura might have been. The cancelation notice from Laura came as we left for airport but she found a substitution and all was wonderful.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Gary DeitschUnited States
Laura, was so eager to please. A very nice young lady. Could not have chosen a better guide Would only choose her.
Juliette DavisUnited States
Absolutely excellent!!!! We cannot say enough great things about her. She was incredibly knowledgeable and professional. She tailored the tour to our needs. Her depth of knowledge was extensive and she conveyed all information in a very engaging manner. Our 5 hour tour whizzed by! She even helped us with dinner reservations and took us to the pharmacy when I was feeling ill. We cannot recommend her enough!
Lorraine LauUnited States
Laura is a fantastic guide. Very knowledgeable, pleasant & effective. Just a terrific guide that gave our group a most memorable & enjoyable visit. Highly recommend you experience Riga with Laura as your guide.
Robert BriscoeChicago, IL, United States
Laura was the best guide we've had the privilege to work with in designing a tour to meet our interests and needs. She was prompt in her responses and made suggestions which made the most of our limited time. Her English is a high standard and her knowledge and contacts at Rundale Palace allowed us to meet one of the individuals working on the restoration. We were a party of 4 and she was sensitive to the interests of each person. We would highly recommend Laura for tours in Latvia.
Lisa GionetUnited States
Can not say enough good things about Laura's tour. We had such a great time with her and learned so much about Riga. She helped us find items that we needed to purchase and showed us how the people of Riga lived. Highly recommended
We came to Riga on a very cold weekend. Laura couldn't make it because of illness. She arranged a very good replacement. Edgars showed us all we need to see of this beautiful city. And the good thing was, he brought a warm car with him! What can we say, 5 star definitely and we will come back to Riga when temperatures are above freezing point :-) Thanks Laura and Edgars!!!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are glad to hear you had a great time with Edgars. In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Tran LeUnited States
Very nice and pleasant and full of details on life in Riga. I would have liked for her to show me Rundale as well but education comes first. Like the service and smaller group and do not mind paying for it. Will use this service again.
Penny N.United States
A WONDERFUL tour! We want to thank Laura for such an enjoyable day! Laura meet us at the pier exactly as planned. She was so knowledgeable, interesting, and charming. She made history and architecture come alive. We would rate Laura as one of the best tour guides we had on our 18 day cruise. My husband and I would be happy to recommend Laura to any of her future clients.
friendly, professional, cheerful, very informative, punctual, very flexible and answered all of our questions no matter what the topic. It was our pleasure to have Laura as our guide !
Debra ShawUnited Kingdom
Laura was an excellent guide; she really knows and loves her city and could answer all of our questions. We loved our tour with her and would thoroughly recommend her.
Jess RifkindUnited States
We spent an absolutely fabulous day with Laura during our recent stop over in Riga. She is very knowledgeable about her city and her explanations were thorough; giving us a good insight in to what we were seeing. When she found out about our interest in music, she let us know about an organ recital that was taking place; so off we went together for a wonderful unplanned half hour concert. We never felt like we were on a "tour". It felt like a day spent strolling a beautiful city with a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leigh, How nice of you! Once again - I absolutely enjoyed your company. Music is a universal language indeed. Good luck to both of you! Laura
Shivesh R.United States
Excellent, knowledgeable, and personable. Highly recommended
Valdis VitolsUnited States
We were a group of 10 people, which included four children (ages 10 through 14). Laura has excellent command of the English language. She was very good at keeping the young engaged.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Labdien, Valdi! Man bija liels prieks pavadīt dienu ar Jūsu jauko, dzīvespriecīgo ģimeni. Dodiet ziņu, ja atkal plānojat apciemot Rīgu. Ar sveicieniem, Laura
John NavarettaUnited States
tour and guide was excellent
We had a wonderful time in Tallin. Edgars is very professional and nice. Thank you so much!! From James Liu Taiwan
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're glad you enjoyed your tour with Edgars. As Laura was not availabe, Mr. Liu asked Laura to find him a replacement guide.
Anthony HynesWANNIASSA, ACT, Australia
I cannot believe that we only paid about 100.00 AUD for this tour. Laura, our guide, gave us a thorough back-grounding in Riga's historical development; the various architectural styles evident in the city's beautiful streetscapes; and many of the monuments and historical buildings of Riga. We'll never forget Riga or our beautiful, knowledgeable and friendly guide. She really enjoys her work and it shows. We have never felt so welcome in a city where we don't know a word of the language. Thank you Laura.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tony, how could I possibly not enjoy what I do working with people like yourself? Thank you for your kind words.
Nancy MuirheadUnited States
Laura was an exceptional tour guide. Her English was perfect and she gave us a detailed and fascinating history of the city. She was flexible and creative and easily adapted the tour to suit our requests. We have traveled around the world and would rate Laura as one of the best tour guides we have ever had! Thank you so much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nancy, it was a very interesting tour and a wonderful day for me as well. Thank you for your kindness and all the best! Laura