Richard BlairUnited States
Oh my goodness! Absolutely phenomenal! Mateja was an excellent guide! She was on time picking us up, and she took care of us the entire day. She was a wealth of knowledge about the area and was professional and friendly! The weather turned bad with snow and sleet, but she handled everything perfectly! I absolutely recommend her as a tour guide! This was well worth every euro we spent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, I was so honoured I had a chance to spend a day with you and your dear friends. I am very happy you decided to "sneak" into our country for a day. Hope, "the tasting" was good enough and you will come back. Wish you a great time in Mediterranean area, calm Atlantic ocean and warm Carribean sea! With love, Mateja
We love Mateja! We were a group of six adults and had a one day private excursion with her. She is a perfect tour/driver guide. We highly recommend her. She spoke English well and she had our needs met. We fell in love with Slovenia because of how she described it. We saw places we would not have discovered without her. She is an excellent driver and we felt so safe in her van. We would want to visit Slovenia again and take her as our guide. Thanks, Mateja for the wonderful time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Olga and friends, I am very greatful I had a chance to present to you a tiny part of Slovenia: unique limestone terrain -above and below. I thank you for allowing me to show you also the off the beaten track roads. I would be very honoured if you came back and meet me for even more of Slovenia. Wish a great time on your future tours and God bless you!
Jennifer StoskusUnited States
Mateja was such a fabulous guide! Her knowledge of the city, culture, and most importantly the food and wine were outstanding. She was very easy to speak with (flawless English) and kind. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and can't wait to come back to eat and drink our way through Ljubljana!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer and Chris, I am so happy I had a chance to present to you some typical Slovenian food and wines. I hope I managed to "tease" you enough to come back and enjoy even more of our Slovenia! Have fun in Bavaria, with love, mateja
Linda S.United States
This was our 2nd day with Mateja. We had a great day, walking 8 miles and seeing many interesting monuments, museums, and neighborhoods. We pestered Mateja with questions concerning Yugoslavia, WWI, WWII, how Slovenia became a country, and about the how the government is structured and representatives to Parliament selected. She answered them all, providing us with lots of historical and current information we were unaware of. Mateja is an excellent guide. We will engage her again if/when we return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda, thank you very much for your great review. First day I noticed, you are able to walk a lot and that gave us an opportunity to reach also places that usually we do not do in walking tours. In addition, your broad interest was drawing us from one attraction to the other and that gave us opportunity to open many different topics. I enjoyed all the time with you and I am very happy you gave me a chance to spend time with you and John while in Ljubljana. Would be very happy to be your local again!
Linda S.United States
This was the 1st of 2 days spent with Mateja exploring Ljubljana. In the AM we viewed "top" spots, e.g., the castle and market. We also requested and Mateja arranged a tour of the Seminary Library, a must see for us, and it was great. She introduced us to the amazing public works of architect and urban designer Josez Plecnik. In the afternoon, among other things, we visited the National and University Library he designed. We had a lunch of typical Slovenian food and drink. Mateja was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda and John, I am so happy I had a chance to be your local guide in Ljubljana! You are so well traveled, you have seen so many places in the world, that the time with you was realy very enjoyable!
Mateja is amazing. A wonderful tour with fully of clear explanations. She makes you love ljubljana. See you soon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear JOsep, thank you very much for your review. It means a lot to me. I know you are busy touring around, taking care of your business back at home and still having enough time for me. Our time in Ljubljana "was short and sweet". I am very happy your wife and you decided to take a tour with me. Such a pleasant couple! Wish you and your daughters many joyful tours all around the globe and hope to see you in Ljubljana again. With love, Mateja
Jaime NasajonUnited States
Mateja was the best! We loved our tour of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She drove a nice van and she was very knowledgeable. Mateja went out of her way to make our time very enjoyable. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jaime and friends, thank you very much for your lovely feedback. I am very happy you gave me a chance to present to you our part of the world. Of course I wanted you to get the best impressions of our country. Today' s stay was just a taste. Hope you will be back soon and enjoy the rest of the country as well. Wish you all a very joyful tour, take care, with love to all of you, mateja
Mateja was an amazing tour guide! She was telling really interesting and funny stories, managed to keep the interest of tired Erasmus students (which is not easy ;) ) and was super nice as a person as well. Definitely recommendable! :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennie, thank you very much for your kind review. I have enjoyed the time with your group od Erasmus group so much. They were lovely young people! Iam sure this is also the result of your attentive work and effort. If you will be back in Ljubljana , please do not hesitate to contact me! with love to all of you, mateja
Drew JamesUnited States
Mateja was the perfect guide for our trip to Ljubljana. She greatly enriched our appreciation of the city's history, culture and people. Her knowledge is very impressive and she is an excellent communicator. This was our first trip to Slovenia and Mateja's well prepared tour made our trip so much more enjoyable and complete. We highly recommend her for your visit to the magical wonders of Ljubljana.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Drew and Celeste, I was honoured; I had a chance to spend a day with you in Ljubljana. I was so happy when you mentioned, you have some more time. That gave us a chance to get some of the "insider stories" which are usually not revealed. I was also happy you allowed yourself more time in the city by yourself. That was another treat that gave you a chance to plunge deeper in our everyday life. I thank you a lot for your enthusiasm and all the appreciation. Wish you lot of joyful tours! With love,
Eileen AustinUnited States
Wonderful, comprehensive walking tour! We enjoyed the commentary on art, history, architecture politics and food. Seeing the National Museum was a real treat, this museum is beautifully laid out and has very interesting exhibits. Mateja treated us to delicious food selections among restaurants and a small coffee shop. Take this tour if you want a special day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eileen, So glad to read your review! I am so happy to hear you have enjoyed the day we have spent together. For me it is a blessing when I have a chance as it was given by you! To spend a day with a traveler in Ljubljana, visiting together a National museum, visiting a castle, having a boat tour and in between tasting our specialities -that give us locals a chance to present our culture more in depth and I am sure that is something that tell a traveler a real story of the area. So thank you-HVALA!
Jay H.Orinda, CA, United States
Mateja gave us a lively, interesting, and thoroughly enjoyable tour. She is knowledgeable, informative, and very personable. It was a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jay, So glad I had a chance to spend the second day with you and Terry as well. It was a great pleasure to me to take you to our neighbouring country and to one of the cities that I like a lot - to Trieste. Thank you very much for choosing me;wish you plenty of enjoyable tours in the future, with love from Ljubljana, Mateja
Jay H.Orinda, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jay, Thank you very much for rating the tour in Ljubljana. I am very glad you have enjoyed our discovery of the Slovenian capital. We have done a lot: visited a National Museum, spend some time in our National and University Library and the most outside in the city strolling around. Thank you and Terry for a wonderful day!
Robert HammondUnited States
We could not have been happier with our guide~ She was excellent and very informative~ We had such a wonderful tour~ Thanks Mateja~!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, Thank you very much for your feedback, so glad to hear you have enjoyed our time together- I like to remebert it a lot! Wish you both a lot of joyful tours, with love from Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mateja
Nancy JonesUnited States
Mateja was terrific. I would give her a 5+++! She is professional, knowledgable, fun, easy going, flexible and could shift her tour based on my interests. I have given her name/toursbylocals to friends to use.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nancy, thank you very much for your lovely comment! I enjoyed every minute with you and I am glad you did as well. Thank you for recommandations!My love to all memebers of your family, God bless you!
Susan McFaddenUnited States
Mateja gave us a fabulous, thorough tour of her beautiful city. She's incredibly knowledgeable about geography, history, architecture, art, and culture, and the ways they are interconnected. We learned a lot and recommend spending a full day with her. She also made sure we got plenty of opportunities to sample the foods of Slovenia in various kinds of restaurants. She most certainly deserves a 5-star rating! She does other tours in the region and I'm sure they're wonderful, too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, So happy to read your nice comments! Our day was realy great and was so proud to host you and John in my beloved Ljubljana. Thank you very much, wish you plenty of joyful tours, and take care, with love, Mateja
Patrick GivensUnited States
This was our 1st tour and the guide for the tour had to cancel at the last moment. Tours by Locals was on it and within 24 hours had us settled with Mateja who was a gift. She could not do enough for us. In our large private auto my wife and I effortlessly saw Lake Bled and surrounding countryside and villages. Great way to travel. Pat
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pat, thank you very much for your comment. I have to admit, I was very lucky to had a chance to take you and Patricia to our Alpine Paradise! I enjoyed our day a lot and still now, 6 months later, when everything here is covered with a white snow I like to remember it a lot! Wish you both a lot of nice tours all around the world, with love from Ljubljana, Mateja
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're so pleased you enjoyed your time with Mateja, and we look forward to welcoming you on many more tours!
It was truly delightful to be guided by Mateja!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leila, thank you very much for your comment. I am very happy I had a chance to present to you and your friendly group our town together with our specialities! All the best, Mateja
Alvin PesachowitzUnited States
Mateja provided an excellent tour. She was very knowledgeable about Ljubljana and provide insights about the capital. The market place was interesting and she also provided a good snack of local sausage and bread along with a type of strudel and a great cake for desert it was delicious. Trieste was very interesting including the connection to James Joyce and the tour of the city. Mateja tour even overcame the rain. Fun was had by all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alvin, thank you very much for your oppinion, it means a lot to me. I am glad you all have enjoyed the tour and got Ljubljana and Trieste in nice memories. With love,Mateja
Very fun and informative
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Richard for your comment. I am very glad, you had fun.I am happy I had a chance to spend a day in Ljubljana with Francis and you. I know it was not easy to come back home because of the accident that happened, however I hope you and your colleagues managed to get to a new situation. Wish to Francis and you many happy returns, with love from Ljubljana, Mateja
Mary-Ann MaquetUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Mateja. She was very knowledgeable and interesting. She guided us through Ljubljana and Trieste. She set up a lunch for us and had the restaurant to prepare an apple streudel for us that was not on the menu! She was very flexible and personable. We highly recommend her.
Patricia HawsUnited States
She is such a nice person and a great guide. I highly recommend her to everyone. She knows so much about Ljubljana ans Slovenia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia,thank you very much for your opinion. I have enjoyed very much in your ladies company , like to remember you all! Wish you a lot of joyful trips! With love from Ljubljana, Mateja
Hermine HarmanUnited States
I enjoyed this tour very much and would recommend it. Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha Hermine! Grazie per la tua opinione! I am very happy I had a chance to spend some time with you and Andy in charming Trieste! Wish you a lot of success with your Italian, buon divertimento in Italia, with love, Mateja
Mateja was an excellent guide. Extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of her country and history. Very enthusiastic and kept the pace up to maximize our time. We would all highly recommend her. She also has a great sense of humor and is very personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Denise, thank you very much for your kind comment! I am very happy I had a chance to present to you and your joyfull party our part of Europe. I hope, this was not the last visit to my homecountry. Wish you all a lot of pleasant moments on your cruise and many happy returns, with love from Slovenia, Mateja
Amy A.United States
If there was a sixth star, it would go to Mateja. We were fortunate enough in one day to see the "BEST of Ljubljana" by the BEST guide in Ljubljana. Mateja has in-depth insight along with rich historical and cultural perspectives on the city and Slovenia that she is able to convey captivatingly with an incredible command of the English language. She customized and personalized our tour right to the end with a surprise cake, a song in Slovenian, and a gift for my husband's birthday. Mateja is the BEST!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Amy, thank you very much for your nice comments! It was a blessing for me, to present our city and Slovenia to you on your husband's birthday! Hope, I will have a chance to meet your family as well! Many happy returns, with love, Mateja
Our party of 7 enjoyed a wonderful day with Mateja in Trieste, following the trail of James Joyce. We would not have found the streets and buildings of interest to us without her and she is a very thoughtful and kind guide. Highly recommended in beautiful Slovenia or Italy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Simon, thank you very much for your great comments! With Mitja we enjoyed a day with your lovely family a lot. If you need any other help/information for your future travels to our part of Europe do not hesitate to contact me! With love to all of you, Mateja
My tour with Mateja yesterday from Ljubljana to Rovinj, stopping at predjama castle and the scokjan caves would garner nothing less than a 5 out of 5. Although it wasn't cheap, we were very satisfied with the entire day including her generosity of time, flexibility and attentiveness, explanations and overall professionalism, with warmth Gail Bass Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gail, thank you for your expressed opinion and all nice words, wish you both a lot of enjoying tours in the future, warm regards to both of you, Mateja
Donna MagesUnited States
Fabulous tour! As an amateur student of architecture, it was a treat for me to spend time looking at buildings, spaces, details, materials, furnishings, city planning and the ideas, concepts and architectural vocabulary that sprang from the amazing mind of Joze Plecnik. Mateja brought all of this alive with her interest and enthusiasm. She is well schooled in all things Plecnik & Ljubljana. She is a delightful person to spend time with, well educated and well traveled. Don't miss this tour or any of hers!
Danelle VeldsmanUnited Kingdom
Although I thought the tour was pricy to start off with (given there are free tours of the city available), I enjoyed every minute with Mateja. Her knowledge of not only Ljubljana but also Slovenia was excellent. She was friendly and warm and patient with me and my camera :) Money well spent and I would recommend her and Tours by Locals to anyone. danelle
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Danelle, I was great I had a chance to present to you Ljubljana and Slovenia. I enjoyed every minute we have spent together. Wish you great time in Europe and when you will be back in Ljubljana, hope you will have enough time for a coffee-my turn! Best regards, Mateja