William B.United States
It's hard to imagine a better guide than Jim D. He is well-educated, well-informed, thoroughly knowledgeable, extremely personable, cooperative, kind and patient. Born, raised and educated in Britain, he has an excellent command of E english. Having lived in Barcelona for many years, he knows the city intimately.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of those tours you want to extend indefinitely, so many interesting things to talk about. Thanks to both of you for such kind comments.
Tracy SagerUnited States
Jim was amazing! He met us at the port on time. Best guide for English visitors to Spain as he is from England. We had a great day touring with Jim. He had great knowledge...we learned so much. Highly recommended!
Derek P.United States
The winery and the Montserrat are must sees! Thanks Jim!!
Chris OehrleUnited States
Jim was a great guide and a gentleman of the world. The drive to Monserrat is about an hour each way, and we truly enjoyed talking with Jim the entire time. He is extremely knowledgeable and well read, and is — I think — a can't-miss guide. Thank you Jim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris, I'm so pleased you all enjoyed the day. I have a copy of the book on order! I'll let you know if has the effect we hope for. All the best, Jim
Lynne G.Tomball, TEXAS, United States
Joseph MacauUnited States
Joyce TakemoriUnited States
Jim was EXCELLENT! He is very knowledgeable, articulate, versatile and totally delightful! He was very detailed to allow us to maneuver what I wanted to see/do in the time frame allowed. Jim Douet is a SUPER FIVE-STARS! AND MORE!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joyce, I am very pleased you both enjoyed the morning as much as I did. I am practicing the Hawaian hand greeting! Jim
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Susan RederUnited States
JIm was fabulous! And very knowledgeable.. thank you!!!
Richard BellCalabasas, CALIFORNIA, United States
Terrific introduction to Barcelona. Jim sprinkled history, politics, current events and much more into our three hour tour. Very personable. He zipped us around to the key sites so we got up close to everything. Very good pacing for us. We strongly recommend Jim for any visitor. When we return to Barcelona, we hope Jim will be available again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dick and Bonnie, many thanks, I hope you will come back again, and with time to see inside the Sagrada Famila for sure. Jim
Deborah MatroUnited States
Jim was a wonderful guide. He was flexible, extremely knowledgeable, and a delight to be with. He made our visit to Barcelona excellent. There were 4 of us and we all agreed that we couldn't imagine having a better guide. He was the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: For me too, the most enjoyable way to show the city, with interested, informed companions. Many thanks.
Charles FiskeUnited States
Jim gave us an excellent introduction to the city of Barcelona: history, architecture and cultures, with flexible accommodation of our special interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A stimulating afternoon all round, many thanks.
Laura BlackUnited States
Rachel VaughnUnited States
Jim did a great job of showing us the sites of Barcelona. We had a custom tour with many special requests, and he was very accommodating of all our needs. We really appreciated his perspective on the city, and would highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rachel, I'm glad you all enjoyed the visit, and I hope you get in touch if you decide to come back.
Judith Vander SluisUnited States
Jim was super fantastic; personable, knowledgeable, great communication skills, and very accommodating. I'm tempted to sign up for another tour with him while I'm here in Barcelona. Thank you! Judy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Judy, Please do! It was a really fun morning. Jim
Dr. Jim WiseUnited States
Jim was very personable and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour very much.
Our Best of Barcelona tour with Jim was a five star experience (5 out of 5)He was flexible in planning the use of our time for touring and included many stops,unrushed and with great information.He was happy to answer our many questions and provide background historically. Ruth from Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Ruth, it was a most enjoyable afternoon, and give my best regard to Myra. Jim
Theodore HoskinsonUnited States
Jim was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He tailored the tour to our specific areas of interest. He was able to pack a lot into such a relatively small amount of time. His love of the history of Barcelona made our tour with him more meaningful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ted, I look forward to the return visit - its in my diary! Many thanks, Jim
Jim was a fantastic host. His thorough knowledge of the history and flavour of Barcelona was outstanding. We shared many laughs and would highly recommend Jim as an excellent guide. Jim was our first Tours By Locals guide - we have already booked our second guide and will ensure we keep this service handy for future travel plans.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Frances, It was a memorable tour, as you say lots of laughs and always interesting spending time with you. Yours, Jim
James MeadUnited States
Jim was a very knowledgable, friendly host for our introduction to Barcelona as he drove us around the highlights of the city. He was also fun and comfortable to be with while providing a historical overview which helped us navigate on our own for the coming days. There was not a question he could not answer about the city he loves. Thank you Jim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jim, it was a really enjoyable outing.
G. Timothy LeeUnited States
Paul YatesUnited States
We were four seniors and Jim was perfect for our 1/2 day tour of Barcelona. Picked up at our hotel and took his suggestions. Monjuic for amazing views of the city, a quick look in the art museum, through the historic district and onto the Monjuic park for more views, to 1992 Olympic stadium and other monuments and buildings erected for the1888 Worlds Fair. Walk around outside of Park Guell for photos, a visit to El Born ruins, look in St Mary's by the sea. Drop off at Sagrada Familia for pm tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul and Lesley, Ada and Pete, I'm very glad you all enjoyed the tour, which was a lot of fun for me, too. Jim
Arnold VanceUnited States
Jim is an excellent tour guide and we enjoyed our time with him very much. He was very knowledgeable about Barcelona and educated us with history, politics, languages and the development of the city. He also a sense of humor and engaged us the whole trip. We recommend him very highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Arnie and Ginger, It was a most enjoyable morning and I'm delighted you had a good time. Enjoy the rest of your trip, Jim
Mary MalloyUnited States
Jim D. is a charming, knowledgeable, accommodating guide. We enjoyed our tour of Barcelona by car covering most major sites while sparing my husband's problem knees. Jim offered amusing comments along with the Important historical framework of this beautiful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary, that's very sweet, I also really enjoyed the afternoon with you.
Anthony CollinsUnited States
Very friendly , knowledgeable, and had a great time. A bit disappointing not able to enter Gaudi church or park. However, this was not the guide's fault but due to too much to see in such a short period of time. If travelers wish to enter church and park probably best to go online before trip and purchase tickets to skip the long lines. We did this for Picasso Museum. Jim was excellent and kept us entertained by showing us so many beautiful sites of Barcelona! I would highly recommend using him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a really enjoyable morning. I should have added Vázquez Montalbán to the Barcelona authors, so long as you like whodunnits. Jim
Keith MainlandBoulder, CO, United States
Great and personable guide. Very knowledgeable and also prepared to customize the tour as we needed. Biggest issue was that we couldn't hear all the information at times 5/5
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Keith, it was good fun taking the group round the city. Jim
Megan MorrisUnited States
Jim was very hospitable on my 3-hour overview tour and knowledgeable of Barcelona. He was easy going and flexible with where and what I wanted to do on the tour. We walked around the popular parts of Barcelona and drove around the city. I highly recommend Jim for a tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Megan, it was a lovely spending the morning with you. Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Kari BurkeUnited States
Jim was an excellent and knowledge guide... we really enjoyed our tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kari, great. so did I, a delightful morning with all four of you.
Rosemary TsohnUnited States
Tour guide came to pick us in an extremely dirty car, Not worried about the outside but the inside was so dirty my husband told him he left his breakfast on the chair, he just tried to brush the dirt from the chair. I was very very disappointed!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosemary, I was mortified to find I hadn't checked over the car before collecting you from the terminal, and sad that it spoiled what I had thought was an enjoyable tour.
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Susan T.United States
Thank you Jim for an excellant tour of Barcelona. It wasn't Jim's fault that the date that our cruise was in Barcelon was a "Holiday" and everything we visitied was extremely crowded. In spite of this, we had a great tour and learned a lot about the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sue, thanks for your generous and helpful comments, and I hope you'll come back again. Jim
Karim LalaniUnited States
Jim is an excellent guide. He showed up at the hotel before time, was very professional and courteous, and helped us make the most of our time in Barcelona by showing us the highlights of the city up close. He is well versed in the history and culture of the region and a native English and fluent Spanish speaker. We were very pleased with our experience and would highly recommend Jim to anyone visiting Barcelone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much,Karim, I hope you both return soon.
Larry KravitzUnited States
My family had the opportunity to tour Barcelona with Jim. It was a very enjoyable experience. Jim was very flexible in attending to some special needs of our family and was great in sharing the history of Barcelona as we strolled through the city. His amiable and easy going style allowed us to feel as if we were touring the city with someone we had known for while, and not someone we had just met that day. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Larry, it was a great couple of days with the three of you - make sure you come back for study abroad in barcelona. Meet the family next time. Till then, Jim
Karen ShulmanUnited States
Prudence HolmesUnited States
Great tour. Jim knows so much about Barcelona and took me many places I couldn't have seen otherwise. I highly recommend his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a fun morning, great to show a pro around!
Duane HuckellUnited States
Excellent day with Jim. Very informative. I have restricted mobility, but Jim made sure I was taken care of throughout the day. Being able to arrange our day to suit our requirements was great, as we have been to Barcelona before, and could visit areas we had not seen, rather than just doing the usual "once around the tourist sites".
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a very enjoyable day, and I am so pleased it was what you wanted.
Lewis GutersonUnited States
Tour was excellent. Our guide, Jim, extremly knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. Next time in Barcelona I would seek him out. Thank you for connecting us up wit Jim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Lewis, it was a lovely morning and I hope the rest of your holiday went well.
Harold Zvi MillerIsrael
We gave Jim quite a challenge: we engaged him to pick us up,with our luggage,from our hotel, plan an 8 hour tour which 2 eighty year old+ clients could undertake and enjoy, pick them up, with their luggage, from their hotel, and then deliver us and our luggage to the airport. He was kind, attentive, and knowledgeable, and we praise him highly. He brightened our last day in glorious Barcelona.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Zvi, it was a privilege and a pleasure to spend the day with you both, I wish there was still the opportunity to talk with you about so many interesting things and enjoy your company for more time. Best wishes and many more travels.
Kay RiceUnited States
Extremely pleasant experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: And for me too, many thanks.
Sheryl CiullaUnited States
Jim was an excellent tour guide! He customized our tour when he met us to cover sites that we had not previously seen. We appreciated his flexibility. Jim was very easy to understand as he is British. We highly recommend Jim for a tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sheryl, I hope the Eiffel supper lived up to expectations.
Ron CornishUnited States
Jim was an awesome guide and we had a great time. He went above and beyond for us. Highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Ron, glad you enjoyed the day and got home safely.
Barbara MoranGreen Valley, AZ, United States
Jim is a great guide! Did just what we agreed to which was to have us see sites outside Barcelona. Wish he could have been our guide for the entire time we were there.
Bertha BarrazaUnited States
James was on time to pick me up. He verified with me the plan for the day and allowed me to make choices. Overall, he is knowledgeable in the subject and with the geographical area. In addition, he demonstrated to be friendly, easy going and attentive. Without any reservations, I recommend James as a tour guide in Barcelona.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Bertha, we had a lovely morning exploring the city.
Sue LevinUnited States
Jim is knowledgeable, easy going, prompt and fun. We enjoyed our three different days of touring with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We laughed a lot, I enjoyed the whole trip.
William G.Royal Oaks, CALIFORNIA, United States
Great walking tour, especially as an intro to Barcelona. Jim knows his architecture. He was very good at pointing out where we might want to spend more time, and in understanding our interests. Not only did he thoroughly introduce us to Guadi, but we never would have known, e.g., about the Roman city underneath the cathedral (with its 4th century winery), without his guidance. Great tour. Great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a lovely morning, sunny and bright, and we talked about everything under the sun.
Linda S.United States
We enjoyed an informative tour with Jim, during which we got to see important buildings and to learn the importance of various events to Barcelona's history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda.
Leanne ReiterDallas, TX, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Leanne.
We spent a wonderful day touring with Jim. He is friendly, knowledgable, & an excellent driver. He helped us make the best use of our time to see sights we had not seen on a previous visit. We wish we had booked him for two days. A great guy & we would highly recommend him. Thanks, Jim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dennis, did have a very enjoyable day out, saw lots of the country outside the city as well as the top of Montserrat. Jim
Charles ColeOakland, CA, United States
Jim did a good job making our diverse group happy touring Barcelona. We got a good mix of historic and contemporary with excellent commentary along the way.
Tricia FoxUnited States
Great information, good listener in regards to our interests, native English speaker, flexible when we needed it. You cannot choose better!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tricia, it was a fun morning and I'm delighted you enjoyed yourselves. Jim
Bryan GerstelUnited States
One could not find a more informative, cordial and accommodating guide..anyone going to Barcelona will enjoy his custom tour and his vast knowledge of the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Bryan, I hope the rest of your holiday is as much fun as the morning in Barcelona. Jim
Lynn FishUnited States
Jim was very informed and a pleasure to spend the day with. We enjoyed Montserrat as well as lunch with Jim.
Joseph LimanskyUnited States
Very personable and knowledgeable, Jim knows his subject and showed sights that we had not seen before. Very accommodating and speaks English fluently
Elissa BuieUnited States
Our tour with Jim was PERFECT. It was exactly what we were looking for. We saw a LOT of the city of Barcelona in order to get our bearings for the rest of our week there. Jim knows the city really well and we totally enjoyed the history aspect of how he shared the city with us. Jim is a really nice guy and enjoyable to be with and he really gave us a great grounding for a great trip to a great city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Elissa, it was a lovely morning, I hope the rest of the week went as well for you both. Jim
Jim had let us know that we could do some of, or most of, the tour by car and this was wonderful. He met us at our hotel. He was exceptionally knowledgeable and we learned much more than expected. Jim routed us to places we had not seen as we had been to Barcelona before. It all worked out really well and he left us downtown at a great spot for lunch, from which we could get back to the hotel without getting lost. A great visit!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Robert, it was a lovely morning exploring the city with you both and discussing all manner of subjects, very enriching. Enjoy your travels, Jim
Steven LevinUnited States
Excellent tour and Jim is an excellent tour guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the best of the Catalan with Jim. Jim is very knowledgeable and is a very pleasant person. We got to drive around Barcelona and see a tremendous overview of the city. It was a great complementary tour to a separate walking tour we took of old Barcelona. Would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Steve, it was a great morning. Hope we can meet up in Tottenham, North London, one day. Jim
Julie MonctonUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour with Jim. The sights were beautiful and interesting, but the real gem is Jim. He is filled with knowledge about Barcelona's history and all of the current issues. We found him informative, funny, kind, and a wonderful host. Although our tour covered areas outside of Barcelona, we wish had been able to have him tour us around the city. Can't say enough good things about him - fantastic experience! We'll definitely look him up the next time we return to Barcelona.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Julie, it was a memorable day. I hope you found the book shop you wanted in London. See you next time you come by Catalonia, maybe we'll be independent by then.
Margot KnightUnited States
Magical morning with Jim as we got a behind the scenes look at the streets and architecture of Barcelona. He was so knowledgable about so much and freely shared info about life in Barcelona.
Cindi SobelUnited States
We hired Jim for a three day comprehensive tour of Barcelona and the region in general. He is an informed, long- term resident of Barcelona and had all the information we could possibly use up his sleeve(s)!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a great three days, saw everything, discussed everything, and laughed a lot.
Jim is a wealth of knowledge and provided us with a great understanding of the local culture and incredible architechure in Barcelona. He was very accommodating to our schedule and able to work changes in on the fly. We would defiantly hire him the next time we're in town and very highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a lovely morning exchanging our experiences and stories, it would be great to do it again.
A lovely, enthusiastic well informed guide! We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 hours this morning
I had only a few hours to spare in the city of Barcelona , Jim was my guide. He was excellent . Full of knowledge and enthusiasm to share combined with a laid back easy going disposition . In a hectic city he offered a safe passage through all the hustle and bustle and allowed the beauty of the city to be revealed at ease I would highly recommend him ,and I will definitely request him again the next time I'm in the intriguing city of Barcelona.
It was an excellent walking tour of Barcelona. We got a perfect overview of the city. James made the tour fun and very interesting. We can highly recommend him!!! Thank you James for this amazing tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Katja, hope the wedding was a big success. J
David SampleSt Augustine, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, United States
Jim was an excellent tour guide. He has an easy personality and a lot of background knowledge about the history of Barcelona and the sites we saw. He asked us what we were interested in and then customized a tour. We covered a lot of ground in 4 hours. We really enjoyed his thorough knowledge of the city, thee arts and the architecture. Would highly recommend!
Jean KenneyUnited States
Do NOT visit Barcelona without touring with this guy. He is engaging, entertaining, knowledgeable and cool. There were 8 in our group and he connected well with all of us. It was like hanging out with Gaudi. He knows history, architecture, politics and the culture of Barcelona. He's a charming Brit who makes you feel like a local.