Barbara LevasseurUnited States
Allan WolpowitzColorado, 80304, United States
What a great tour! We spent two days with Pepe, a very pleasant and friendly man. Fantastically knowledgeable, interesting, knew his subject inside and out and left us with wonderful memories of Toledo - knew things about the Inquisition, the Jews of Spain, the jews of Toledo - that no-one else anywhere seems to know. He is a wealth of information and is an incredibly valuable resource. Would use him again and again and again, no question! PS. he is also a Scuba Diver - they are special people!!!!! :)
Linda BehmoirasUnited States
We had a fabulous day of touring Toledo with Pepe. He is knowledgeable, friendly, warm and full of amazing information. He was very patient with us and answered all of our questions about Judaism in Toledo. We had a very special day with him. He picked us up from Madrid and took us all over Toledo. He had access and knowledge of places that were hidden and that most tour guides would not know about. I will highly recommend Pepe to my friends visiting Madrid and Toledo in the future. FIVE STARS!!!!!
Bonnie CowanRockville, MARYLAND, United States
Pepe provided a tour for us, as Jews, of Jewish Toledo, that may just be one of the most thoughtful and provocative "travel experiences" of our decades of travel. His personal curiosity and amassed knowledge of this topic was imparted well beyond visiting "cites listed". To transmit a "history", much of which continues to be marked by "hiding", into something that we could physically see, touch and integrate in a few hours of touring was remarkable. He is a gem. We have already referred others.
Lenny MandelUnited States
Pepe is incredible. His knowledge is amazing, but the way he imparts that knowledge makes the tours come alive. He is a fabulous asset and you should be very proud that he represents tours by locals.
As Israelis and Jews looking to learn about our history and heritage, Pepe had made the day perfect and memorable. He is knowledgeable and passionate and at the same time accommodating to our needs. I highly recommend him - you will learn a lot, and experience many great moments in this historical jewel that is ancient Toledo. Thanks, Pepe.
Debbie AppletonUnited States
Margeau DyerUnited States
I had an amazing tour with Pepe and learned so much, because Pepe makes history exciting and cool. He provided excellent information in response to my many questions, and when we took a break to eat lunch, Pepe selected a delicious place to eat off the beaten path. He informed me in advance that he would not haggle with shop owners for me, but he helped to smooth the transactions, ensuring I understood the terms of the deal. I highly recommend Pepe and his fascinating tour to Toledo from Madrid.
Pete GaynorUnited States
William GlasgowUnited States
Going through the Jewish quarter of Toledo with Pepe is like taking the best history class you ever experienced. A thousand years of history flies by as you walk the narrow streets (built two horses wide). Toledo has so much to offer and Pepe makes sure you get to experience it all in a manageable way. Whether Christian or Jewish hearing the history from a Jewish perspective provides such greater understanding to world events past and present.
Sandor RosenfieldEncino, CALIFORNIA, United States
How fortunate my wife and I were to have the services of Pepe as our personal tour guide and driver to the Jewish Quarter in Toledo from Madrid. Pepe is a very warm, caring, and personable individual with an extensive knowledge in the area of his expertise and this was but one of them. We can never thank Pepe enough for the efforts he put forth to make this trip a once in a lifetime experience which we will never forget. With much thanks Pepe, Perhaps our paths with meet again....We hope so
Elaine KleinUnited States
Pepe is a fabulous guide and a fountain of knowledge about his country. We truly enjoyed his company and knowledge and highly recommend him. When we return to Madrid, we will certainly use his services again! Thank you Pepe!
Sheila PuopoloUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip/tour to Toledo with Pepe. So disappointed when it ended. He was professional, knowledgable & enthusiastic. His English was superb and he had an extremely engaging sense of humor. He covered 3000 years of history in a clear and concise way. Never a dull moment with Pepe!
Jonathan KassoffUnited States
My wife and I spent the day with Pepe in Toledo and it was easily the best day of our entire trip. We could not have had a better guide and loved Pepe's enthusiasm and authenticity. We were so happy that we could focus the tour on the areas that we were more interested in and had such a great connection. Pepe was able to really bring history to life as we walked the city and were able to see not only the major sites that most people would see but also areas that most people would miss. Thank you Pepe!!
Kimberly EversonUnited States
Pepe is an outstanding, friendly, well informed guide and we had a terrific day with him in Toledo. We have used ToursByLocals many, many times and Pepe was certainly among the best of our guides. Thanks Pepe for a great day. :-)
Mark ZumbachUnited States
Pepe did a great job of conveying the christian, islamic and jewish history of Toledo in an interesting and relatable manner.
Debra LangUnited States
Pepe could not have been more accommodating or knowledgeable. So personable and easy to spend the day with. Not only did he give a great tour, he went out of his way help us get to the train station for our ride to Barcelona. We would have gladly taken him with us if his schedule would have allowed! I highly recommend requesting Pepi if you want a fabulous day in Madrid or Toledo.
Pepe was fabulous. What a great 2 days we had. History lessons and delicious food
Donna LundyUnited States
Pepe is an outstanding guide; he has a wealth of info about everything and presents just the right amount in an enthusiastic manner. He obviously loves what he does. He planned a perfect day trip to Toledo and only wish we had more time to go on another tour with him!!!
Susan RosenbaumUnited States
We went on our second tour with Pepe driving to Toledo from Madrid. I highly recommend Pepe, especially if you are Jewish. As a Jewish tour guide, Pepe brings a personal perspective to the rich Jewish culture of Toledo. He showed us off the beaten path artifacts and shared interesting facts of the history. The city is beautiful and Pepe gave us wonderful views to see the different sights. We shared a delicious lunch with him and thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Nehama DresnerUnited States
Pepe was the perfect guide! He is warm & friendly, extremely knowledgeable & passionate about his Topic. He was on time, car was great, lunch choice was excellent I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Beatriz YanovichUnited States
We had a magnificent day. We were picked up on time from our hotel, and while we drove to our chosen location, we learned a lot about the history of the city and what we were going to see. There was never any rush and we could choose to see or skip sites. Pepe's knowledge of the Jewish world when Toledo was at its best is vast and if he does not know something, he will not invent an answer. I'd go on a tour again with him any time.
Neil MarkowitzUnited States
Pepe gives a fantastic overview of the lost world of Jewish Toledo. He is knowledgeable and energetic for his topic and we were extremely pleased with our time. Our teens were captivated with his enthusiasm and easy way of engaging our small group. Highly recommend spending time in Toledo with Pepe if the topic of the Jewish world is of interest.
Eve BirnbaumUnited States
Excellent, informative, well researched. And we enjoyed spending time with Pepe - very engaging and charming. We were very very happy with the tour.
David BlumenfeldUnited States
Pepe gave us a great tour of the Toledo Jewish Quarter. He started with a summary of European and Mediterranean history over the past two millennia to provide context to the Reconquista and the Inquisition, and then moved on to the role that the Jews played in society in general and in Toledo in particular. We thoroughly enjoyed how he blended his general historical knowledge with his particular knowledge of Toledo. His passion for history is evident and made the tour as fun as it was educational.
Yuly LipsitsUnited States
If I could give Mr. Pepe 7 stars, I would certainly do that. Our tour to Toledo was unforgettable and I highly recommend everybody traveling to Madrid and Toledo not to look anybody, but Pepe.
Janis PeiserUnited States
Pepe's Jewish tour of Toledo was fantastic. It was like a history lesson and a tour rolled into one. He was so knowledgeable of all of the facts. It was very special that he was able to share little known facts and take us to places that were off the beaten path. I would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
Sherie KoopersmithUnited States
Great tour; great tour guide. Interesting and informative. Enjoyable to be with. Well paced tour. Really knows his stuff. We've traveled extensively and often use private guides, and Pepe was definitely one of our favorites. Recommend highly.
Barbara PlotnickUnited States
This was everything expected and more. Pepe knows the history, the issues, and is passionate about the subject. He is both factual and personal of his perspective on Jewish life in Spain, historically, currently and has a view of what the future should hold. Add this to the beauty of Toledo, and the incredible role of Jewry in its history makes the tour a must for those with any interest in the issue. Thanks Pepe....you are great!
Our day with Pepe in Toledo was fantastic. He picked us up in Madrid on-time and drove us (safely and nice car) to Toledo, all the while explaining the background of Spanish history. Well organized walking tour, at good pace. Accommodated breaks with our baby. Explanations were thorough and interesting. Great lunch spot as well. Would recommend him for Toledo or his other tours of Madrid or Wine Tasting (he's a sommelier as well!). Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dean, was a pleasure!
Nate BennettUnited States
My wife and I have used Tours by Locals perhaps 8 times in four cities. We keep using them because the experiences have been quite solid. This tour by Pepe was by far the best. He is a very knowledgeable and interesting guy. He had done a TON of research on Toledo and was able to point out many, many small details. He had lots of images loaded on a tablet he brought that depicted various events - you could really "see" history that took place hundreds of years ago on the spot where you stood.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nate! I had a great time with you both! Enjoy Spain adn don´t forget to taste the Iberian ham at its best!.
Jan BergerUnited States
Pepe was a very knowledgable, engaging and enjoyable guide. His knowledge of Jewish history made Toledo come alive. He also picked a great spot for lunch. I would highly recommend using his services
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jan! I also had enjoyed your companion and interest for the content.
Frances WeismanUnited States
This was a beautiful excursion from Madrid and Pepe made it easy and fun. He is knowledgeable about his city and we had a wonderful time. There was time for snacks and shopping as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Frances, I´m happy that the customized path I´ve arranged for your movement limitations was a success and you´ve enjoyed your visit to Toledo.
John KaufmanUnited States
After a great tour with Pepe in Madrid, we did a full day tour with him to Toledo. What an incredible experience for me and my family (including my 13 and 17 year old kids). I never would have been able to do justice to this magnificent place without the thorough knowledge and insights provided by Pepe - everything from the history of the Jewish quarter to the context and meaning of one of El Greco's famous masterpieces (even captivated my kids!). Also took us to some great off the beaten path places.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John, I really appreciate your opinion and I´m happy that my "off the beaten path" type of tours filled your expectations and got your young kids interested in history and art. It is always a challenge!