William LiebmanBethesda, MD, United States
Walda's expertise as an art historian made our tour of the Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum very special. Even my spouse who has two degrees in European history appreciated the extra insights Walda brought to understanding the fabulous art we saw.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is great to hear that you and your wife enjoyed my input during our tour, Bill! And for me it was great to have such interested art lovers around me who spent 6 hours in 2 museums with me. Thank you for the break with apple pie! Sincerely, Walda
Caroline W.United States
Walda is knowledgeable, kind, and easygoing... things that make her a great guide. We had a wonderful day at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. She was patient and worked with us to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a guide in Amsterdam!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow, Caroline! That was the fasted 5 star review ever; I’m still in the train home!!! Thank you for lunch and a full day in 2 museums; you were great listeners, jetlag or not. Enjoy the riviercruise, Walda
Judith NeimanUnited States
I love art ... my husband loves history. Walda covered both, providing us with an energetic, engaging discussion of the lives of Van Gough and Rembrandt, as well as details re: their unique styles of art. Everything was well planned, including finding a terrific restaurant for my many food allergies. Yet, she was willing to "detour" when we wanted to "add" a site! She's delightful, a joy to be with for the day! 100% recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Judy, good to know that you appreciate my expertise and flexibility. Thank you for your 100% recommendation! Sincerely, Walda
Michael McEllistremUnited States
Our tour with Walda was excellent. We spent a full day with her and really enjoyed the combination of her in-depth knowledge of art history and her thoughtful analysis of its impact on the culture of the Netherlands, both yesterday and today. She has a very nice way of presenting the personal stories of the artists and their influence on society, without getting too far down into the details. Lastly, and just as importantly if you are going to spend a day with someone, she is a very nice person.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: How wonderful to read your 5 star review, thank you very much! Hope to meet again one day, Michael, there's so much more I can show you! Warm regards, Walda
Tom MillerUnited States
Walda was amazing. Her expertise and passion about Amsterdam, its history, and its art kept my wife and I informed and entertained the entire tour. We're so glad we engaged her. We spent nearly three weeks in the region and our day with Walda was one of the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tom, you make me blush! What a great review! It was wonderful to show you and your lovely wife around in Amsterdam during our 6 hours tour. Please come back one day, Walda
Roger FreidlineMidland, TX, United States
Walda is an excellent guide! She guided us on a tour that included Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and walking tour back toward our hotel. Her English is excellent, the pace was just right and her knowledge about the masterpieces is extensive. I strongly recommend Walda.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure, Roger! Warm regards, Walda
Had a great time and we had one teenager and one child with us. Walda makes sure that her tours are interesting for everyone in the group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louise, thank you for your 5 star review for our two tours. It was fun showing you, your sister and the kids around in Amsterdam and in the countryside and it was great to enjoy museum treasures, windmills, fishermen villages, smoked eal, cheese and 'poffertjes' together. Hugs, Walda
Jane BrownUnited States
The tour was tailored specifically for us, and Walda was a wealth of knowledge. We were able to see and experience all that we had hoped. She is fantastic!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jane and Thom, it was a joy to spend the day with you in the Rembrandt House, the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum and great to do the private canal cruise on our own 1922 saloon boat with captain Walter. Too bad that your daughter couldn't join us. Thank you for the 5 star review and the coffee break with Holtkamp applepie! Enjoy your stay in Germany, Walda
Rosemarie PeelleUnited States
Canal cruise, Rembrandt House and walking tour under her expert guidance. Casual, friendly and accommodating to our requests and questions. She is an enthusiastic teacher of all things Dutch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosemarie, you were perfect students : ) Come back one day and I'll teach you some more! Kind regards, Walda
David GunningUnited States
Walda is very knowledgeable about both art and history. She gave us a wonderful tour of the major museums.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Five stars, thanks a lot, David! Regards, Walda
Leslie NorrisUnited States
Walda was one of the best guides we have had on our European journeys. She is a pleasure to be with and extremely knowledgeable of the history of the Netherlands. The tour never felt like we were just following the regular tourist traps at all. I highly recommend Walda.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the nice comments, Leslie! It was a pleasure being with you. I enjoyed it as much as you did! Hugs, Walda
Mary M.United States
It was a fantastic tour. Walda is extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and a pleasure to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mary and Cynthia! It was my pleasure! Walda
Michael CahillUnited States
Excellent Guide. Very well informed, and fun to be with!!! My wife and I had a spectacular day. We got exactly what we had hoped for. Walda is an absolute treasure, and she shared her knowledge and enthusiasm with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael, Thank you very much for taking the time to write reviews for our tours in September last year. Nobody has called me a treasure before, you flatter me! Just happy to hear that you got what you hoped for. It was my pleasure. Best wishes, Walda
Richard SteinbachWheeling, IL, United States
I'm sorry , only one word to describe Walda WOW .This woman really knows her art and will bring you to new levels of knowledge about art , its' painters , their historical reference and relationships. She is witty , charming , knowledgeable and a perfectionist about her craft . The only downside is we couldn't bring her with us to other cities on our trip. She knows EVERYTHING about Amsterdam , the Netherlands and all thing Dutch. Wonderful experiences.
Susan JohnsonUnited States
Walda was wonderful. Not only was it a bonus to have skip the line tickets at the Van Gogh & Rijk museums, but it was great having an art historian take us through the museums to be able to point out all the nuisances within the paintings that we may not have noticed. Plus, we didn't need to get an audio guide which can't answer questions. She was so knowledgable and allowed us to move at our own pace through the museums. Her passion for the artwork, artists, and the city made our tour one of a kind.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Susan! Thanks for your listening ear. I was happy to answer all your questions and it was nice talking to you about Art, Amsterdam and Anything else over (ice) coffee. I hope you will find the Dutch family roots in Rotterdam tomorrow. Good luck, Walda
Amy B.United States
Walda is an excellent guide. Her wealth of knowledge made our tour very enjoyable. Her help and kindness in helping us tour with a mobility scooter was greatly appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce and Amy, Wow! Your review came as fast as your mobile scooter, thank you! It was my pleasure showing you the Kinderdijk windmills, older neighbourhoods in Rotterdam (like the 1930's - De Stijl - Kiefhoek), Delfshaven, Euromast and modern skyline in city center. Thank you for the poffertjes (typical Dutch specialty) and drink in the Market Hall! Nest time I hope to show you Amsterdam. Sincerely, Walda
Benjamin DrosmanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your 5 star rating! Enjoy your cruise! Walda
Elissa AlveyUnited States
Walda was amazing! We had a varied group from a 9 year old to older adults and she made sure all of us were happy, educated, informed, and entertained. She was very responsive to emails and personal requests. Everything was seamless and we bypassed lines at the major museums. We can't wait to book her again next time we're in the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Elissa, I was prepared for quite a challenge, you theme park lovers, but everything went smooth and easy! Glad that everyone liked the museums. It was my pleasure to take you inside without waiting in line and that you were interested in the information I offered. Let's do it again one time! High five, Walda
Martin KannUnited States
Walda was wonderful, as a person and tour guide, and especially supplying her knowledge of the paintings in the Van Gogh Museum and Reijksmuseum. Her getting "front of the line" tickets for these museums and getting a "timed" tick for the Anne Frank house saved much time and made for pleasant visits. The canal boat cruise was great, also. Wanda is a warm, wonderful person who will go out of the way to help everyone enjoy their time with on the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your 5 star ratings, Marty! Sincerely, Walda
Walda was a very knowledgeable guide. She showed me around the great art collections of Amsterdam with enthusiasm & made the whole tour very interesting. She showed me the most important works. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her & would recommend her to anyone visiting the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosie, Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review. I really loved meeting you - it was like a day with an old friend. So glad you enjoyed the museums! Thanks for the drink in the bar afterwards. It was lovely talking to you. All the best, Walda
Clare CarterUnited States
This was such a fabulous tour. Walda is extreamly knowledgable and a wonderful storyteller. She made my understanding of the art richer. Plus she's an appealing, friendly person.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Clare! Happy to hear that you like my (true!) stories. Best, Walda
Dini Eapen KurienIndia
Hello, I availed the services of toursbylocals.com for my Netherlands trip on 10th and 11th of April 2016. Our guide was Walda. She was very prompt at her arrival and the itenary as per my request. She was ready to modify the travel as per the request. Her knowledge about the history of the place is commendable. I wouldn't have known so much about the paintings in the Museums if she were not there to explain.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you liked my tours, Sapna! Best, Walda
Camille MillsUnited States
I had the fortunate opportunity to have Walda B as my tour guide for a fantastic day of seeing the best art museaums in Amsterdam. Walda was early to our appointed meeting place (which was the lobby of my hotel). I found her to be extremely friendly and so very knowledgeable. we had one on one quality time and toured at my pace. Walda showed true enthusiasm and was open to do what i wanted to see and how. We had a lovely lunch together and got to know each other. I would love to return ASAP
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Better late than never, Camille! What a wonderful review, thank you very much! I hope to see you again too ASAP. Big hug, Walda
John MathewUnited States
Walda provided a very informative and hospitable tour. Having a private guide let us discover many things that we would otherwise have missed. Walda was friendly and helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a rainy day; a perfect day to wonder around in the museums. It felt great to show you all the museum treasures, John and Stephen! Thanks for lunch! Walda
Pike AloianUnited States
"We booked Walda for a 6-hour museum tour and it was great. We planned what we wanted to do in advance and created a very manageable agenda with Walda's help. Walda met us on time and as scheduled - no surprises. In the museums Walda provided informative commentary and guided us through the exhibits, responding to all of our questions. The tour was exactly what we were looking for. Based on our experience, I would look forward to booking with Tours by Locals again in the future. Pike Aloian
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pike, thank you for your 5star rating! We had a long but lovely time and we were able to see it all! Hope to meet again, Walda
Dianne MortonUnited States
I'm a HUGE fan of art history; specifically the majestic Dutch Golden Age paintings of the 17th & 18th centuries. Though my husband appreciates art, he is not nearly as interested. After evaluating information and reviews, I chose Walda (brilliant & VERY friendly art historian) as our guide. We had THE MOST AMAZING day walking through Amsterdam; visiting 3 museums & lunch at a fabulous restaurant all while learning amazing information regarding the rich history of the Dutch. THANK YOU, WALDA!!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dianne, It is so good to hear that you enjoyed Amsterdam! Thank you for your detailed private comment (only visible by toursbylocals staff and me), you are very, very kind. Did your son win some of his lacrosse matches? Best, Walda
Mary GarvelinkUnited States
Walda is a wonderful guide. We have visited Amsterdam 9 times over almost 40 years and the information and insight Walda provided was so educational and our tour was the highlight of our 2015 visit. We highly recommend taking a tour with Walda.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your 5 star rating, Mary! Hope you will visit Amsterdam for the 10th time one day! There's a lot more to show you. Best, Walda
Robert FrishmanUnited States
This was our second full day with Walda, and we continued to be entirely satisfied with her. She drove us in her own car to The Hague and Delft where we toured with her able assistance.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Bob and Jeanne! I had a lovely time with you in Amsterdam, The Hague and Delft and it was wonderful to visit with you all interesting (non-touristic!) museums, monuments, canal houses and lunch adresses in Holland! My view on clocks will never be the same again. Best, Walda