Tim SantanaUnited States
Dominick is a wonderful guide! We spent the morning learning about the history and architecture of the French Quarter, including our hotel, and the afternoon seeing the rest of the city and learning about the reality of Hurricane Katrina's effect on the city. Dominick is very knowledgeable about the city and kept it interesting and informative. I would highly recommend him as a guide to anyone visiting the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am delighted that you were happy with our time together. I hope you also enjoyed the city itself and were treated in a friendly manner by everyone you met while here. Thanks for selecting me to be your guide and New Orleans as your destination. Dominick
Helene SaponaroUnited States
Dominick not only gave me the history of New Orleans he made it fun and exciting. He held the interest of my 14 year old son so that in itself says it all. When I come back to New Orleans I will definitely call upon Dominick again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind words. It was a delight meeting all of you. It is always a pleasure touring with families. I hope your entire time here was fun and informative. Come back and see us. Dominick
Janice Hongobellevue, WA, United States
Our group of 4 had a thoroughly enjoyable and informative full day tour. His van affords easy access and comfort. We enjoyed a tasty lunch at a local shop in the garden district. His attention to detail, history and local rebuilding following "Katrina" captures your attention. Small group touring outweighs the cost rather than trailing along in a massive group, not being able to hear host, or playing the waiting game for stragglers. You won't be disappointed on tour with Dominic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so happy that you enjoyed our time together. I hope you had fun, but also learned something about New Orleans, my hometown. I also hope that your entire trip to New Orleans was filled with friendly people, good food and something cold to drink. Hope to see you again...maybe during Mari Gras! Thanks, Dominick
Dominick was fantastic for our tour around New Orleans even with trying circumstances from the weather. He was very flexible with how the day was structured & the pace of the day was just right. His knowledge of the area is second to none as he was able to answer everything as well as providing suggestions on things to do & places to eat. Would gladly use again & hope we can catch up again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind words. I am glad your New Orleans visit was great. I hope all of your US stops met or exceeded your expectations. Hopefully we’ll see you again maybe for Mardi Gras. My health is better but it has been a difficult period. Thanks for your patience with it. Dominick
Victor Gonzalez QuinteroUnited States
Great tour ! Domick was an amazing guide who made this visit very enjoyable...he is so passionate of his city tha transmits a great feeling during the tour . He is very knowledgeable....history , culture , food .... I highly recommend his tour .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking the time to send in a review. I am happy that you were happy! Thanks for visiting New Orleans. I hope you now have a better understanding of our history, culture and people. Hope to see you again. Dominick
Royce AlsopUnited States
Dominick was a very professional guide. I've used many private guides with Tours by Locals, as well as independently and he is definitely one of the best. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you had another good experience with a Tours By Locals guide! Thanks for selecting me to be your guide and New Orleans as a destination. I hope to see you again. Dominick
Graham StarlingUnited Kingdom
Dominick was an excellent Guide, very knowledgeable and a great person to be with. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we had with him and came away feeling like we had an insight and experience of how the real people of New Orleans live.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind words. I hope you enjoyed your time in New Orleans I sure enjoyed talking with you both Should you want to attend Mardi Gras let me know 6-9 months in advance Hope you have a great visit out West Hope to see you again Dominick
Donna StovallUnited States
Dominick was very knowledgeable about New Orleans & it's rich history. He shared his information in an easy enjoyable way that kept our interest throughout the day. Great tour we all enjoyed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am delighted you and your group enjoyed the tour particularly the history portion for it helped everyone understand the unique character and attraction of the place. Thanks for visiting my home town. I am glad you enjoyed your time here. Dominick
Oleg VoloshinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for you choosing New Orleans as your destination. I hope the city left a good impression and I hope to see you again. Dominick
Maryann KolbUnited States
Look no further for the BEST guide in New Orleans! We have used guides all over the World; Dominick rates in the top 1% in terms of professionalism, knowledge and overall experience. He truly loves his home city and you will too after your experience. Dominick opened our eyes to the beautiful architecture, culture, food and rebirth of New Orleans. His in depth knowledge, engaging factual stories regarding the history taught us so much more than we knew or perceived. Plus he is a fine human being.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for the kind words. I am happy that I exposed you to a new side of New Orleans, a much more cultured and sophisticated one. I appreciate the fact that you all engaged and took an active part in discussions for it made for an overall better time together. Thanks for trying the various foods... it seems as though most of our choices were a hit. Hopefully I will see for Mardi Gras one day! Dominick
Shirley StaplesUnited States
We had a wonderful, 7 hr citywide walking/driving tour, including a terrific lunch at a special spot. Dominick is warm and engaging - and a consummate professional who organizes everything perfectly to meet his travelers' wishes. He reveals NOLA as only a native can, lovingly sharing its history, architecture, culture and cuisine; Katrina and Mardi Gras; what it's like to grow up in NOLA; and more. We felt entertained, informed, and cared for like friends. We very highly recommed touring with Dominick!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You all made the tours what they were. You were attentive, flexible and engaged. You guys would be a good Mardi Gras group! We could avoid the raunchy side of Mardi Gras and go right to the elegance and sophisticated side with private reviewing stand seats, tickets to private events, scheduled dinners and a Mardi Gras ball in tuxedoes and long dresses? If that remotely interests you we need 6 months notice to commit to tickets when made available. Thanks, Dominick
This tour is a wonderful way to see New Orleans. A well paced and informative walk through the French Quarter followed by a fascinating drive through different areas of New Orleans. A great way to see this beautiful city. Dominic is a fantastic guide - patient (we had our seven-month old with us), professional, knowledgeable and passionate about his city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to "show you my hometown". Hopefully New Orleans was at her best for you! Isabelle was beautiful and a pleasure to have on the tour. Thanks for selecting me to be your guide and for choosing New Orleans as a destination on your trip to the USA. Come back and see us. Dominick
Hite L.United States
Great tour. Dominick presented his city as only a native could.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I hope your overall visit to New Orleans was both enjoyable and informative. It was a pleasure to have you on tour. I hope to see you again. Dominick
Chris DeetzUnited States
Outstanding tour. Dominick is very knowledgeable, pleasant, and interesting. We will very impressed with the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking the time to submit reviews. It doers help other visitors make a guide selection. Hopefully your entire stay in New Orleans met your overall expectations. Thanks for visiting my hometown. As you know now, every visitor helps this city continue to recover from Katrina. Dominick
Kenneth PfannstielUnited States
Dominick was awesome! He knows so much about New Orleans and clearly loves the city and enriching others with his knowledge. He made our visit one to remember and now I have a different prospective on the city's past, present, & future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to meet you both and show you my hometown. It was even more special that you chose New Orleans as a place to celebrate a birthday. I might have mentioned it but about 40% of the visitors I tour with are here to celebrate a birthday! I do hope you come back and if so, I hope to see you again. Thanks, Dominick
Tom T.United States
We are an active mid 60's couple who wanted a private city-wide tour of New Orleans, both walking and riding. We had seen Dominick's name on so many reviews that were all 5 star rated. He was born and raised in NO and spent his career in city planning and has such a breadth of knowledge of the history, geography, politics and culture of the area. He presents it all in a way that is easy to understand and extremely interesting, leaving us with a real appreciation for both he and NO. Youll enjoy Dominick!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy that your trip to New Orleans and our tour was enjoyable. It is an added pleasure for me as a guide when visitors like you pay attention and ask good questions. You enabled our tour to be conversational instead of presentational and that always makes for a person tour. I hope you visit us again. Thanks, Dominick
Wayne RedmanUnited States
There were 5 of us on our private tour with Dominick and he gave us the perfect tour for our group. We felt we had the best possible tour of New Orleans available to the public..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so glad that you had a good tour. Please ask Jim for the name of infinity again for my son...he'll know what you mean. I'd like to give him (my son) the term and let him look it up... Thanks for selecting me to be your guide and for choosing New Orleans as your destination. Please tell everyone you know that New Orleans is up and running. I hope to see you again. Dominick
Susan GrowUnited States
Dominick was great! He is very personable and extremely knowledgable about New Orleans and its history. We highly recommend him! We were a family of five adults in New Orleans to celebrate a 60th birthday and we booked this tour as our first day - it was perfect way to get everyone oriented and we had a delightful time with Dominick as our guide. Plus, he gave us additional recommendations for our remaining time in New Orleans. You will be very pleased with Dominick as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind words. I am happy that the tour met your expectations and I hope you learned something about the city, its people, history and culture. It was also fun bumping into you at Mayfield's...had no plan to be there but was simply doing what a visitor asked to do! Hope you enjoyed the music and venue too. Once again, happy birthday to the birthday girl; I hope she collected a lot of bills! Hope to see you again. Dominick
Erika KaplanUnited States
I would give Dominick a 5. We wanted to see and hear a little bit of everything so he personalized the tour for us. He was extremely knowledgeable and even gave us extra time, as we were a bit hampered by a heavy rain storm. It was a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind review. I am glad you were happy with your tour and I hope your overall trip to New Orleans was filled with fun, food and new insights. Please come see us again and tell all your friends that we are ready to welcome them! Dominick
Robert J. KeanUnited States
Dominic's knowledge of the history of the French Quarter and the New Orleans area in general is intricate and encyclopedic. His very insightful manner of discussion on the variety of unique factors making up and impacting the community greatly added to the experience. No question went unanswered on our extended but well paced multi-hour tour throughout the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for appreciating the knowledge base...ever tour I learn something new either because of advance preparation or because of new questions that cause me to think of things differently or force me to additional research. You all were adroitly and maybe we'll see you for mardi gras one year! Thanks again. Dominick
Joe KunkelUnited States
Dominick did a fantastic job! We had a group of 8 adults including 2 people with some mobility issues. Dominick was very accommodating and adjusted the tour on the fly when we needed to. He is very knowledgeable and has a number of support materials that he shares to make it easier to understand how New Orleans was developed and evolved over time. He has a passion for the city and it shows. Our group agreed that our entire trip was significantly better because we started it with a tour from Dominick.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really appreciate the kind sentiments. I am glad your overall trip went well and that our time together was enjoyable and informative. You all were also adaptive with regard to our plan and mobility limits and that made everything easy. I hope the city left a good impression and I hope to see you again. Thanks, Dominick
Dominick is an excellent tour guide. He is focused, well prepared and very courteous. He customized our day to address our different interests and questions. He introduced us to New Orleans - both the history and the culture. We saw the city through the eyes of a third generation resident who clearly loves his city - both her strengths and her challenges. We learned about the progress being made after Katrina and the positive future ahead. I would highly recommend him if you enjoy learning.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad that you enjoyed our time together. I am also glad that the weather cooperated during your stay. Hopefully the city left a positive impression, enough for you to visit again. Thanks for making New Orleans your warm weather destination. Dominick
Steve MotterUnited States
Dominick was AWESOME! He took the time to understand what we'd like to see, added lots of special surprises - even took the time to order (and hand deliver) a Birthday Cake from a local bakery to help celebrate our daughter's birthday. He's super knowledgeable on NOLA sites - we learned a ton and saw plenty. Would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I hope Sami had a great birthday It is always a pleasure to tour with families particularly on special occasions I hope your tour met you expectations Thanks for your coordinating efforts to keep the surprise in place Hope to see you again Dominick
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for selecting me to be your guide. I hope your time in New Orleans was enjoyable and I hope to see you again. Thanks, Dominick
We were a group of 6 and our first time in New Orleans. We spend the day with Dominick and it was a pleasure! We had a morning tour of the French Quarter where we were impressed with the historical information of this area delivered by Dominick. It was a relaxed morning where we stopped for a drink. Dominick became another member of our family, not a tour guide. We had lunch at Tableau where the food was delicious and then we had our afternoon tour learning so much of post Katrina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Again, it was a delight to show you my hometown. I do hope that now you have a taste of it, you'll come back again. We have so many reasons to come back: Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival, the French Quarter Festival, etc.. The city's recovery is due in part to people like you who have come here, bringing much needed revenue that helps us rebuild. Thanks for choosing to make New Orleans your destination. Dominick
Andrew DargleUnited Kingdom
We did a custom tour with Dominick consisting of the French Quarter and the Barataria Preserve (a swamp with walking trails 25 mins from New Orleans). Dominick had scouted out the trails prior to us arriving. Dominick was enthusiastic and positive about the progress made by his home town since Katrina. Dominick adapted the tour to include the Garden District on the way back into the city. Dominick was also helpful with restaurant suggestions (where the locals eat great food for less).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you enjoyed your tour into the swamp! We probably did just miss something important/dangerous but the park rangers still won't admit what we "missed". Luck was on our side with alligators and rain! Thanks for visiting New Orleans. Dominick
Barbara PietrangeloUnited States
Fabulous tour! Dominick was great to work with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad to tour worked out despite the weather! I hope your time in New Orleans was informative and enjoyable. Hope to see you again.
Jerald BackUnited States
Dominick did a wonderful job on explaining the history of the French Quarters, without him we would have missed a lot, we feel we found a new friend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for being so receptive to the volume of historic details we covered in 4 days! Hopefully the information was enjoyable, logical and meaningful. Come back and see us some day. Dominick
Sheila MooreUnited States
Dominick was a real treat. Being born and raised here and raising his family here he knows all the local history. And where to get beignets without standing in long lines! My seven year old daughter was both entertained and enthralled by the stories of the women who created the New Orleans that we know. There is so much here beyond the French quarter that I never would have known or seen that is not in the guide books.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the nice comments. It is always great to see an extended family traveling together. It was a pleasure to show you New Orleans through my eyes. It is a wonderful place for children as well as adults. Thanks for visiting New Orleans. Please tell your friends that we are indeed "open for business" and in recovery from Katrina.
Richard ThiesUnited States
very enjoyable and informative tour in every respect. I only wish it could have been longer. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and the nature of the tour (a couple of restaurant visits) allowed us time to really get to talk to him and ask questions which were on our minds.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad that everyone enjoyed our food tasting. You have to be commended to trying new things. It always makes things better when visitors try and like new things. You guys were a delight to be with. I hope your overall time in New Orleans was great. Thanks for visiting New Orleans.
Barbara BannisterUnited States
What to do if you're visiting New Orleans? Book a tour with Dominick. We learned so much more than we could have reading guide books for this amazing city. Dominick was knowledgable about the history and culture, the best places to have a beignet or a po boy, and his patience while managing French Quarter traffic was astounding. We appreciated his advice for activities before and after our tour. It made our time in New Orleans much more than it would have been - a GREAT tour from a GREAT tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am delighted that you had a great trip to New Orleans and tour. Clearly you were receptive and flexible and that made it easy to conduct a fun tour. Please come back to see us. Dominick
Jacki KollUnited States
We enjoyed every minute of our tour with Dominick.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Every minute! Wow. I was able to be at my best because you were on time, asked good questions and were flexible, making easy to take care of you. You also were clearly listening and engaged and that made my job that much easier. I hope your overall trip to New Orleans was fun and met your expectations. Thanks for the kind words. I hope to see you again in the future.
Cynthia PlattUnited States
Dominick is a marvelous tour guide. He is a wealth of knowledge and loves his city! He was very flexible and structured our tour to meet our physical needs. We had a delightful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kinds words. You were a delight to be with. I hope you understand New Orleans and its people better now. Hope to see you again.
Michelle NasifogluUnited States
This was our first time with Tours by Locals and can assure you that it was completely worth the cost. Our guides name was Dominick and he was a joy to be with for our walking and driving tour. We learned a lot about the city and was given wonderful referrals for restaurants during our visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and share my city with you. I hope your experience here will encourage you to continue work on that bucket list! I hope to see you again some day.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're so happy you had a great first experience with us! We look forward to connecting you with more excellent guides like Dominick on your future travels.