Russell RutterUnited States
Alex Graeme guided us on a fine tour of Dartmoor and the Devon coast—including visits to sites related to Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles, tors & small towns, Totnes & Dartmouth, & the coast as far as Torcross & the scene of military tragedy. What made our tour with Alex G.so memorable was not only his extensive knowledge—which he wears lightly and shares effortlessly—but also that he became a friend whose enjoyment at showing us the places he knows and loves was always evident. What a treat.
William HoneyUnited States
This tour was the best! Alex was on time and so knowledgeable about the subject. Bad weather caused him to adjust our itinerary so that we all had a great time anyway. We feel we made a new friend! He made us so comfortable and made us feel so welcome. He is the best.
Lorna FredriksonUnited States
OUTSTANDING! Alex gave us an excellent day out in Devon. He was knowledge, hospitality, and flexibility were fantastic. One could not expect better service. He was also very helpful with accommodation and transportation recommendations. He really made our brief trip to Devon a cherished memory!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lorna for your kind response and words. It was a great pleasure to meet the three of you, and to show you around this lovely part of the World. I'll always be delighted to take you on further tours in future, should you so wish.
David A. H.Las Vegas, NV, United States
Alex G is the real deal. There are not enough positive superlatives in the English language to describe him. Alex has found that balance between being informative with just the right amount of data delivered at a pace that provides an opportunity to absorb the data yet not be overwhelmed. Alex is a very learned and proud Devonian/Cornwallian who genuinely wants the world to have an open appreciation for his country. His background is from a historical perspective which we thoroughly enjoyed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ever so much David. I'm absolutely bowled over by your words, and delighted that you had such an enjoyable time with me. I sincerely hope to see you both again at some stage in future! Very best wishes Alex
Patricia KosowiczUnited States
Alex was the perfect tour guide. He wanted to do whatever we asked him to undertake on the tour. He has extensive knowledge about Dartmoor and the surrounding areas, sites to see, places to eat and aims to please! Thanks for a fun and educational tour of Dartmoor!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the wonderful review Patty. It was a great pleasure to meet you, and to show you both around Dartmoor. I'm glad the day lived up to your expectations. Thank you, Alex
Cheng Hock ChiSingapore
Thanks to Alex, we had an excellent time in Devon. He was most informative, thoughtful and helpful all throughout our interaction online as well as on tour. He also provided the additional service of taking our photos with his own camera. Our expectations were certainly met with Alex going out of his way to see to our personal comfort and preferences. We particularly enjoyed his minutiae knowledge of local folklore and sharing interesting conversation topics with him over our meals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cheng Hock. It is very kind of you to say these nice things about the tour that I gave you, and I am happy that you enjoyed your day so much. I hope you enjoy the photos, and the rest of your time in England. Alex
Karol PiecuchUnited States
He was WONDERFUL! 5 stars He met us at the airport, on time, he is a very good driver, excellent, really. 5 stars He was a wizard on those narrow roads. He was a wealth of information. 5 stars He made everything so VERY interesting. 5 stars His knowledge of history was "Over the Top" 5 stars. Alex had great pub and restaurant suggestions. 5stars H knew his "Stuff!" 5 stars. Great sense of humor, we did a loot of smiling with him, 5 stars Alex carried ALL of our bags for us, some of the Inns had NO lift,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words Karol! You and the other ladies were 5 star guests, and such fun to be with. You reminded me of why I love what I do. 5 stars to all of you!!
Yuko PaleschUnited States
We had a wonderful 3-day tour of Cornwall (Minack Theatre, northern coast, Tintagel) and Devon (Dartmoor, Southern coast) with Alex. He knew the area very well and provided loads of interesting historical information. We had many fun conversations along the trips. Alex's service (e.g., courteous, considerate, always on time, offered water bottles, willing to be flexible with the itinerary, etc) and driving were impeccable. We very highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the lovely review. It was a great pleasure to show you both around, and to get to know you. My rating for the two of you would be 5 star as well, since you really were a joy to take on tour. You brought perfect weather with you as well, mist and drizzle for Dartmoor, and beautiful sunshine for the lovely coastal areas! Thank you, and I hope to see you again in future. Best wishes, Alex
Joel KesslerUnited States
Alex was personable, knowledgeable, easy and enjoyable to be around and chose a perfect itinerary for our expressed request. We would recommend him to anybody unconditionally. You will have a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your very kind response, Joel. It was a great pleasure to meet you both, and to show you around Devon. Many thanks, Alex
Beverly DePietropaoloUnited States
Alex was friendly, talkative, and very flexible regarding the tour. He ensured that we focused on things that we were interested in, and modified the timing of the tour as needed to accommodate. We very much enjoyed our day in Devon, a beautiful part of the UK. We particularly liked the opportunity to learn more about the life and the history of this area from someone with so much knowledge, and clear passion about the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ever so much for your kind review and words. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both, and would always be happy to meet you again to show you more of this lovely part of the UK.
Deborah StraussUnited States
Alex is knowledgeable, flexible and easy to get along with. He knows the region well, the history, and is proud of his home territory. Especially Devon. He picks very enjoyable restaurants and pubs. knows some of the best in the region. He knows the intricate network of country lanes like the back of his hand and navigates them expertly.
George K. SchweitzerUnited States
Alex: Polite, knowledgeable, flexible, prompt, expert driver, comfortable vehicle, delivered exactly the experience we wanted (scenery, ancient ruins, quaint small churches, quiet little villages, contacts with the way of life of the people). Impossible to imagine anyone and any trip better. Recommend him without any reservations whatsoever to all who wish to take his wonder-filled tours.
Thomas Wagen SrUnited States
I have used this site for visits to Rio, Paris and Israel - Alex was head and shoulders above any tour guides (bearing in mind that the guides I used at previous locations were all very good). Alex has the demeanor of a guide: informative;concerned about meeting guest's needs and desires; and easily conversant in aspects of the tour as well as other topics. Alex not only arranged for me to see the sights that I had asked he plan for; he also to took me to other sights and arranged superb overnight lodging
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom for your very kind words. It was truly a pleasure to share the two days with you, and getting to know you, and I'm very happy that you enjoyed your time with me in Devon and Cornwall. Thank you once again. Best wishes, Alex
Carol DinkinsUnited States
Alex gave us an outstanding two-day tour of Devon and a remarkable amount of local history and color, with experiences we'd never have known to seek. He sent us a comprehensive summary of our trip with great photos. He did a lot of advance planning and tailored the trip exactly as we'd suggested. We plan to call upon him again and go further afield. He is a delightful, considerate guide and courteous driver, plus fun to be with. We recommend him without reservation.
Carole A CoureyUnited States
Excellent tour! Alex was prepared with an itinerary that built in flexibility and options. He was friendly, polite, knowledgeable, and a good companion for an all day tour. He timed everything well and kept an easy pace. We would definitely recommend him to friends and family who plan to visit Devon and Cornwall.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carole, Bob and Matt. I really enjoyed our day out, and was so glad that the sun came out for most of it! I hope I lived up to and exceeded your expectations, as I try to with every tour that I do.
Barbara LeeUnited States
My sister and I greatly enjoyed our tour of Devon with Alex. We were able to fit many wonderful sites into our itinerary like Totnes, Dartmouth, Torcross, Start Point, Bigbury, Dartmoor and much more. Alex made it all very enjoyable with his charming ways. He shared interesting information, took great photos for us, and went the extra mile in catering to our interests and providing for our comfort. When we return to Devon again, we will definitely be booking another tour with Alex!
I was impressed with the preparatory work Alex did on my family history prior to my arrival, including locating houses and churches of interest as well as people e.g. a local historian with a possible family link, and a church warden who kindly opened a church for me to view. Alex pre-planned the route for the day but was flexible in his timings allowing me to extend the day so that I could visit other villages of interest. I highly recommend Alex to anyone visiting Devon to seek their family roots.
Angel AngelowRancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States
Alex gave us an experience beyond anything we could have imagined. With deep knowledge of the territory and its history, he made it a pure joy for us and our two teens to discover his exciting part of the world. Can't wait to do it again!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The Angelow family made the delivery of my first tour through ToursByLocals an incredibly pleasurable experience. They were very receptive to the information that I gave them, and really appreciated the beauty, history, traditions and great food that Devon is so lucky to have in abundance. They are a really lovely family whose company I enjoyed thoroughly.