Cheryl, Terry, Val and I thought that Darwin and his personalized Victoria tour exceeded our expectations. Darwin was amazing from greeting to drop off, showing us all the highlights we asked and more in a short window of daylight. I learned of routes, areas and detail and I have visited many times and even lived in Victoria for over a year. A personable, charming and great person to meet! Vehicle was comfortable, again first rate with couple of caring touches, water and walking stick for our dear friend!
Claudia DitullioUnited States
Darwin was great. We were enjoying a east coast/ west coast family reunion. Darwin was very flexible with planning our tour. I appreciated has quick responses to my questions Everyone aboard his very comfortable 14 passenger van enjoyed the highlight tour. We learned alot about Victoria in a short period of time. Thanks, Darwin, for a fun and educational 2 hours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Claudia, I am very happy to her that you all had a great time. It was my pleasure to be a part of your reunion. Thanks again for selecting me as your guide for your time here in Victoria. Take care! Darwin
Gerald S.United States
Excellent tour and great service! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Herakd, Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your tour. I enjoyed your spending our time together as well. Darwin
Robert MillweeUnited States
Darwin was awesome! When our cruise ship arrived, he was waiting there with his SUV. He took us around to see all the sights promised, as well as modifying the route to accommodate a change in needs. In addition to helping us with photos, Darwin also showed us a few souvenir shops and gave recommendations for a nice dinner at Il Terrazo. We highly recommend Darwin, and will use him again the next time we return to Victoria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert, Thank you so much for the kind feedback. I had a great time with you guys, and I am happy to hear you enjoyed the dinner recommendation. Thanks for choosing me as your guide for your visit here in Victoria. Darwin
Trevor PearsonSouth Africa
We had a lovely tour in a beautiful city just wish the ship had spent the day there as we would liked to have seen moe
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Trevor, Thanks for taking the time to rate your tour with me, and thank you for choosing as your guide for your short visit here in Victoria. If you ever decide to come back to Victoria I would love to show you more of our beautiful island. Take care! Darwin
Peter DrakeUnited States
Kevin Van WykUnited States
Very accommodating and knowledgeable, highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kevin, Thanks for the quick and kind feedback. I enjoyed my time with your group. Enjoy your travels! Darwin
Jan RamsayUnited Kingdom
Really good guide . Extended our tour by extra 30 minutes, loved the out of town section . Comfort and clean van, in time and water provided. A good impression on arrival and easy to communicate with by email. Thanks Jan and Sandy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jan, Thank you for the kind feedback. It was real pleasure spending some time with you all. All the best in your travels! Darwin
Lisa AlmeterUnited States
Fabulous tour! Darwin was waiting on the dock with a sign with our name when we arrived in port. He took our family of 6 right to his ultra clean new suburban and off we went! His knowledge and history of the city was great! He took us to points of interest all around the city and allowed us to get out and take pictures along the way. The personalized nature of this tour was outstanding! Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lisa, Tha k you so much for booking your tour with me, and thank you for all the kind feedback in your review. You have a wonderful family and I hope we all get to meet again one day. All the best! Darwin
Donna H.United States
Great tour. I would highly recommend this tour for first-time visitors to Victoria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Donna, Thanks for the recommendation and the kind review. It was a real pleasure spending the day with you all. All the best! Darwin
Barbara ButlerUnited States
A great evening tour of Victoria. Darwin was such a pro and knew more than we ever needed to know! Such a gentlemen. We recommend highly. Nice car too Darwin.
Diane MorehouseUnited States
This was the perfect tour for us, all the highlights of Victoria, great scenic views and getting a feel for the city. Darwin was very accomadating, knowlegable and kind. We appreciated the tour and will not hesitate to use Darwin's services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Diane, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a kind review. Your group was in great spirits considering your travel experience. It was a real pleasure spending the afternoon with you all. All the best and I hope we get to meet again one day! Darwin
Gerry KoocherChicago, IL, United States
Dawing is an excellent and accomodating tour guide. He tailored the visit to the time and other events we'd planned, and gave us an excellent sight-seeing tour for our day trip to Victoria. I strongly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gerry, Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide and for taking the time to leave a kind review. All the best in your travels! Darwin
Gene WeigelUnited States
Thanks for a wonderful time. Darwin and Sherri are great guides. Everything went as planned. Would highly recommend, highest rating!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gene, Thank you so much for reviewing our services, and thank you for including Cherrie in your review. We both had a wonderful afternoon showing you both our beautiful city. All the best in your travels! Darwin and Cherrie
Barb WoodringUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barb, Thank you for taking the time to review the tour. All the best! Darwin
Nancy ForemanDallas, TEXAS, United States
Darwin is a pleasant person and was knowledgeable about the area. We would have liked even more history and facts. He did a good job of customizing the trip for our group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nancy, Thanks for taking the time to review the tour. I am sorry if you weren't 100% satisfied. It is important for your feedback as well. I really encourage my guests to speak up if that cannot hear properly and let me know so I can fix the issue right away, so in this particular case I could if shut the fan off and suggested you all sit closer or ask me to turn up the sound system to an appropriate hearing level if you have any questions about our history I may have missed please ask. Thanks!
Melanie MattinaUnited States
Darwin's awesome! We travelled with my 80+ yr old in-laws, one in wheelchair & it was not problem for Darwin. He stowed the wheelchair & off we went in his luxury van. He was willing to stop for photo-ops (if it was safe to pull over). Sometimes he slowed down enough so I could get shots out the window if traffic was behind us & nowhere to pull over. He even offered to take photos of us & made a pit stop when my mother-in-law needed a restroom break. We hired him an extra hr so we could shop after.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Melanie, Thanks you so much for the feedback. I am happy to hear you had a great experience. You have a wonderful family. I hope to see you all again one day. Darwin
Barbara BocianUnited States
We all had a wonderful interesting tour that made us feel we had all learned so much about Victoria in such a short few hours. It made us all feel like planning a vacation in Victoria at another time. Thanks to Darwin for providing this experience for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara, Thank you for the feedback and the kind review. I would love the opportunity to share more time with you guys showing you more of our beautiful island. All the best! Darwin
Howard BravermanFt LAUDERDALE, FL, United States
Darwin is a great guide and knowledgeable about Victoria. Due to our crruises short stop in Victoria, I booked the short highlights of Victoria ( 2 hrs), for our family of 11, with 5 kids. The van was spacious and New. Darwin was right on time and accommodated us very well., and handled the young kids well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Howard, Thank you for the kind review, and for visiting our beautiful city. You have a wonderful family and I hope to see you all again one day. Darwin
Jennifer MartinUnited States
Darwin was an excellent tour guide - on time meeting us directly when we got off the ship, very knowledgeable about Victoria, accommodating our requests and overall very friendly and respectful. His associate, Cherrie, was the same. Wonderful experience in Victoria and would highly recommend Darwin or Cherrie for your driver!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jennifer, Thank you very much for the kind review, Cherrie and myself really enjoyed your company. We felt honoured to be a part of your birthday celebration and nature was on your side adding special highlights on your tour. All the best! Darwin
I did a tour of Victoria with Darwin, and I couldn't have chosen a better guide - he knows everything about the city, and it's obvious how much he loves it! Thanks again. :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Katia, Thank you so much for leaving a very kind review. I had a great time as well, and it was a real pleasure getting to know you and learning about your travels. I do hope we get to meet again one day. All the best! Darwin
Hope BanicUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Hope, Thank you for booking your tour with me, and for taking the time to rate the tour. All the best! Darwin
The guide is knowledgeable about the city and the first half of the tour went well but after that it dragged, The guide, Darwin, kept taking a lot of unnecessary pictures at Craigdarroch Castle, wasting time. We also made a stop to feed seals at a marina which I found a waste of time We might have been able to cover Butchart Gardens if we hadn't gone to feed seals and visit the castle. We also didn't see any of the university campuses. Not worth the $272 price.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Reid, Thanks for taking the time to review the tour. I am a shocked at the review as this is the tour you booked knowing the sites that you wanted to see, when asked if you wanted to stop and visit specific sites like the castle and the seals you said yes, and you to enjoy it. If you did not want to spend time there it is expected of the customer to speak up and say so.. When I asked about the Butchart Gardens you said you were going there a few days .if you had asked me to take you there I would of.
Cheryl CrockerUnited States
We had a great tour with Darwin. He made great use of the limited time we had and was knowledgeable of the area and sights. Very prompt and courteous and waiting for us at pick up. The SUV was very nice as well. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cheryl, Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind review. I felt very lucky to have had your group book at the last minute, I had a really good time with your group All the best! Darwin
Gloria H.United States
Darwin was wonderful. Our tour was exactly what we wanted. He even let me stop and buy a hockey shirt for my grandson. He was knowledgeable and pleasant. Would definitely recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gloria, Thanks you so much for the kind review. I had a really great time with you on our tour. I hope you come back to see more of our beautiful island. I hope the Grandson loves his jersey! All the best! Darwin
Kin Yan YungHong Kong
Darwin is very nice tour guide! He let us know about Victoria very much! The van is clean and it is comfortable for a big traveling group! My family love this tour so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kin, Thanks you very much for the kind review, I had a really nice time with your family. Thanks for visiting our beautiful city. Darwin
Joe JarvisUnited States
excellent, Darwin was spot on. His knowledge of the area and personality made the time fly by. After seeing the beauty of Alaska my granddaughters (13 and 14) were taken in by the tour of Victoria. The said this tour was the highlight of the cruise. Could have saved a ton of money. The tour was well laid out and the Kodak moments that Darwin knew exactly where they were left us with a lifetime of memories. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joe, Thanks you so much, I am so happy to hear that you were left with a great memory. I hope we all get to meet again one day. Take care! Darwin
Betsy DavisUnited States
Darwin went out of his way to accommodate us and give us the exact tour we wanted. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. This was a wonderful way to see the beauty of Victoria. ThanK YoU Darwin !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Betsy, Thank you so much, we had a wonderful day together it was set at a really nice pace. All the best! Darwin
Sandra BroadstreetUnited States
Darwin was an excellent tour guide and we enjoyed our tour of Victoria with him very much. He is very knowledgeable and personable and always asking if there is anything he can do to make our tour better. The 2 hour tour of Victoria is comprehensive in nature and well worth the time and cost.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sandra, Thanks for taking the time to leave some great feedback, it was a real pleasure getting to know your group as well. Thanks! Darwin
Carol LoveladyUnion, KY, United States
Excellent service with a wealth of knowledge about the area. Great job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carol, Thank you for the kind reviews, I had such a wonderful time with your group over the two days. You all left me with some great memories as well. Thanks you so much! Darwin
Yvette ArddsUnited States
Darwin was the best!! He gave an excellent tour packed with many details about Victoria's rich history, ghost stories,and a terrific sense of humour. Not your average tour guide. He also makes sure you are able to stop and take lots of pictures. You will definitely be left with wanting to see and experience much more of Victoria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Yvette, thanks for taking the time to leave a kind review, my experience with you was equally as memorable, I had a really good time laughing and enjoying the day with you. All the best in your travels and I really hope to meet you again some day. Darwin
Trilok PatelUnited States
Darwin was prompt and accommodative to a very large group with a totally different cultural background as a step on guide. I had not worked with Darwin before but, I established contact with him via Tours by Local. He responded to my questions promptly and tailored the tour to meet the time constraints I had. At no point, I felt that I had not worked with him earlier.He has tremendous amount of experience and if he is available, I would highly recommend him for guided tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Trilok, My job was made easy as I was working with an experienced agent as well as experienced and friendly guides that organized our groups.I am looking forward to working with all of you again in the future! Darwin
Robert QuistSalt Lake City, UTAH, United States
Missey SackettUnited States
Darwin was a wonderful guide. He not only provided a history of the area, but gave us some ghost tales. He was considerate of our needs. I would highly recommend Darwin and this tour. Tours By Locals is fortunate to have him. We have used Tours By Locals several times and have always been pleased.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Missey, I hope you come back to see more of the island sometime. All the best! Darwin
Karen HassanUnited States
We had booked the tour with Darwin when our cruise ship decided to dock at Victoria at 530,which kept us from doing Buchart.We decided to leave it all in Darwin's hands.He showed us more of Victoria than we dreamed we would see,peppering it with stories of the past as well as the present,and showing us neighborhoods & Lt Gov's gardens that we would not have ever seen.All 5 of us agreed that it was one of the best excursions we'd ever been on! On time,personable,knowledgeable,flexible,polite - the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much you guys,I am happy to hear I was able to leave you with a great impression of Victoria. All the Best! Darwin
Leilani RedosendoUnited States
Darwin is an excellent tour guide. Our group of 35 rated him as 5 star, No question about it. Thank you very much for a positive experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Leilani, Thanks you for the 5 star review,you ladies were the highlite of my summer and I thank you for the awsome memory! Darwin
Diana BakerUnited States
We were very impressed with our tour guide, Darwin. He is very sociable and knowledgeable. He was on time picking us up and even extended the two hour tour we scheduled. Darwin took us to several popular places, allowed us to stop and take as many pictures as we wanted, and gave us some interesting history about Victoria. If you are looking for a reliable, knowledgeable, and friendly guide, Darwin is your man! We would definitely recommend Darwin! Mahalo from the Bakers!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Daina, Thanks for taking the time to write a very kind review.I had a blast with you guys you were all in good spirits and it made my job easy. Thanks for choosing my tour! Darwin
Marilyn AveyUnited States
Darwin was fantastic. He was at the sea plane terminal to pick us up and gave us a deluxe 3 hour tour. I would recommend him to anyone for their tour. He dropped us at the restaurant where we had lunch reservations and we hated to see him go. Definitely a 5 star tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marilyn, Thank you for the very kind review,my job is really easy and fun when I meet great clients such as yourselves.You were both great adventure seekers and you really made it a fun day. I hope to see you again! Darwin