Randall NishimiUnited States
Darwin was great in all aspects. Very accommodating, very professional, very knowledgeable. He was able to customize our time in Victoria "on the fly". His suggestion for a winery visit and lunch was especially on point. Beautifully clean and spacious small motor coach with a great audio system, seated our group of 8 with plenty of room to spare. Large enough to be comfortable, but small enough to go places the larger coaches cannot get into.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Randall, Thank you very much for the kind detailed review. I had a wonderful time with your group. You guys were open to some fun and you flexibility with the schedule made out for a great day. I hope we all get to meet again one day! Darwin
Roger ClarkUnited States
He was very good and would use him again in Victoria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Roger, Thanks very much for taking the time to rate the tour. We had a lots of fun with the both of you, we enjoyed your stories. All the best! Darwin and Cherrie
Eileen H.United States
Our family group of 12 spent a great evening with Darwin in large comfortable vehicles and great commentary. We only had a few hours to see Victoria and having a private tour enabled us to maximize our time. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Eileen, Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind review. You had a great group and you were all very pleasant to be with. All the best in your travels! Darwin
Premalatha MurthyUnited States
Our tour guide Darwin picked us on time, he took us on back roads to Buchart Gardens, Explained what to see and what to do, Took us to local Red Barn sandwich shop. Went an extra mile to show us the city, took great pictures. We had an amazing time. Though I had paid through credit card to the company, I forgot and paid again. He came back and told me already I had paid and returned my money. I really appreciate the honesty and the service. Thank you Darwin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Premalatha, Thank you so much for leaving a detailed review, and all the kind words. It was a real pleasure spending the day with your family. All the best in your travels, I hope we all meet again one day! Darwin
Judy M.United States
Awesome tour. Had been to Victoria on cruises a couple of other times and did walking tours and ship excursion.....there is no comparison. We saw more of Victoria that we had imagined and Darwin was an excellent guide. Had great suggestions and took us places we never could have seen on a ship excursion. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judy, Thank you so much for taking the time to rate your tour. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. I hope to see you on the island again to see more of its beauty. All the best! Darwin
Brian AllenUnited States
Excellent tour. We hit everything mentioned and more. Was very flexible with our requests. Very knowledgeable about the entire area. The best tour we've ever had. We'll happily use this tour company again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brian, Thank you so much for the kind review. It was a really pleasure spending a couple of days with you both showing your our beautiful city. It was fun listening to you stories about your travels. We hope to meet you both again one day showing you more of our beautiful island. All the best! Darwin and Cherrie
Charles KrempUnited States
This tour exceeded all our expectations. Darwin was extremely knowledgeable and personable. After only a few minutes, he seemed like an old friend. His van was very comfortable and spacious. There is no way we could have learned so much about Victoria without his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Charles, I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. My time with your group and yourself was equally as pleasant. I do hope we all get to meet again one day. All the best! Darwin
Anida WishnietskyUnited States
Darwin gave a fantastic tour! He was available ahead of time, the vehicle was big and roomy and he was knowledgeable about everything. We could not have been happier!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anida, Thank you so much, I am really happy to hear everything went well. All the best! Darwin
Excellent tour with Darwin. Great day in Victoria
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Eileen, Thank you for taking the time to review the tour. All the best to all of you. Darwin
William LeakeUnited States
We got exactly what we wanted and had a great time with Darwin. He was extremely flexible on what we wanted to do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi William, Thank you for a great review. I am happy to hear I was able to deliver all you requests. Darwin
Bryan HollingsheadUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bryan!
David R.Purchase, NY, United States
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Great tour - lots of info from Darwin. Comfortable vehicle water supplied - all round a lovely day made even better by the beautiful sunny day. Thank you Darwin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Isobel for leaving a kind review and choosing me as your guide. All the best! Darwin
Evie F.United States
Thank you Darwin for a memorable tour around Victoria! We enjoyed the variety of local sites on the tour and the anecdotal local history of the different places. Having our own personal tour guide helped my mom and me have a greater appreciation of the city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Evie, Thanks you so much for the feedback and the generous rating. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your tour. I hope to see you both again one day. Darwin
Darwin was great, he was early and showed us exactly what we wanted to see and more. I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone. Thank you Darwin for a great tour and everyone in our party of 12 had a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kim, Thank you so much for the feedback. You guys were awesome and I will remember my time with you guys for a very long time. All the best in your travels! Darwin
Ramona VasquezUnited States
Darwin was punctual, very accommodating and knowledgeable about the sites and history of VIctoria. He first took us to Butchart Gardens. During the drive he shared points of interest and the history of Victoria. He was very personable and offered to take lots of pictures of us and was very conscience of our truncated timeline, scurrying us around Victoria safely and managing to show us nearly everything including Craigdarroch Castle and Beacon Hill Park/Totem. We highly recommend Darwin!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ramona, Thank you so much for the kind review. My day was just as enjoyable with you 3 ladies. All the best! Darwin
Susan BrigdenUnited States
Darwin was terrific, offering to take our pictures at every site, being incredibly flexible in taking us places that he thought might be of interest. I would highly recommend him for a tour of Victoria. We were cruise ship passengers, and having him as our guide for the afternoon was so much nicer than being on and off a bus with 40 other people!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan, Thank you for taking the time to write a kind review. I am happy to hear that I was able to cover all your interests, and thank you for the recommendation. All the best! Darwin
Randy LarsonUnited States
We had a lovely day in Victoria, thanks to Darwin. He was a wonderful tour guide and we enjoyed exploring the beautiful area and learning so much about Victoria. He went out of his way to accommodate our party and make sure our needs were met. Thanks, Darwin!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Randy, Thank you very much for visiting our beautiful city, and for the kind review, it's always a pleasure to drive a wonderful group of people like yourselves. All the best! Darwin
Diane ProvencioUnited States
You simply can't go wrong booking a tour with Darwin. He is a total professional; knowledgeable, accommodating and personable. He provided the perfect custom tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Diane, Thank you so much for the kind recommendation. I had a really nice time with your group. I hope we all get to meet again one day. All the best! Darwin
Joanne SellnerUnited States
Darwin was exceptionally knowledgeable and thoughtful. Our family of five had a wonderful day touring Victoria. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joanne, Thanks for taking the time to review my tour and for the recommendation.You have wonderful family. Darwin
Wilma BuckmanUnited States
Great tour. Darwin was so helpful with my handicapped husband and really went over and above to accommodate the 10 people on the tour. Thanks again for showing us the beautiful city of Victoria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Wilma, you had a wonderful group of people, I really enjoyed my time with them. I hope you come back to see more of the island in the future. Take care! Darwin
Karen GanovskyUnited States
Awesome tour. Darwin was wonderful. Informative, knowledgeable, and very accommodating for our large group of 9. Had a beautiful day in Victoria, BC. Highly recommend Darwin for anyone interested in the history of Victoria and for seeing the local sights.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kare, Thanks you so much for the recommendation, I had a wonderful time with your group. Enjoy the rest of you summer! Darwin
Diane LawrenceUnited States
Very pleasant guide. Was very willing to adjust to requests. Was entertaining to kids with ghost stories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Diane, Thanks for taking the time to rate the tour. You have a great family. Darwin
Philip WenerUnited States
One of the best tour guides I have every found.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Philip, Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind review. It was a real pleasure to spend the day with your family. Take care and have fun in your travels! Darwin
Barb WengerUnited States
Darwin was amazing! He met the Victoria Clipper Ferry and whisked us off to the Castle. His commentary on the way to Butchart Gardens was so interesting. We took a different way back to Victoria and toured the estate homes along the water. Fed the seals and otters at the Yacht Club. We saw so much more of the area than we could have on our own. Darwin also helped me with recommendations on where to visit and eat when we went up toward Cowichian Bay. A great guide! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barb, Thanks for the kind review, I'm happy to hear things went well on your trip. I hope to see you all again in the future. Darwin
Darwin was a great guide. We were very satisfied with the tour and would definitely recommend him.
Alice BabajianUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alice!
Lois BeardUnited States
Darwin was punctual, knowledgable and very personable. Everyone in our group enjoyed the day, largely because of Darwin's recommended schedule, his flexibility and his interesting information. With only one full day to show our friends Victoria, this was the way to go.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lois, Thanks for taking the time to write a kind review,I had a wonderful time with your group,thanks for choosing me as your guide. All the best in your travels! Darwin
Jay McTaggartUnited States
Darwin is very knowledgeable about Victoria. He did a wonderful job maximizing our time with him, no moment was wasted. He was accommodating and even added a few extras because we had extra time. Darwin was professional and friendly. He made frequent stops for photos. The vehicle was nice and clean even though it apparently has been used on a wine tour earlier in the day and was covered in mud.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jay, Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind review.You guys were excellent adventure seekers,we managed to see a bit more due to your eagerness to explore and we had a great night. I hope to see you back in the Pacifi NW again one day, Thanks! Darwin
Carol McBrideUnited States
Darwin was absolutely GREAT! There were six of us in our group and each one of us thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Victoria along with history and other interesting facts about the city. Darwin has a great personality and patience to deal with the six senior citizens. We would highly recommend him and this tour if visiting Victoria and only have a day to do so. He was more than willing to be flexible and fulfill any special requests. Each of us appreciated his professionalism and his concern for his clients
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carol, Thank you for the kind review,you had an amazing group and I had à great time with you guys. All the best in your future travels and thanks for coming out and enjoyimg our beautiful city. Darwin
Loretta LeskoUnited States
This was one of our best tours of our trip ! Darwin was awesome !!Not only was he knowledgeable on all of Victoria he very kind and considerate, he made sure we got to see the city at night with time for shopping !! I was concerned because this tour was booked through our cruise ship and we had a change in arrival time. Darwin was well aware of the change before I even sent it to him and made adjustments to be sure we did not miss anything !! He is a true professional ! Victoria was simply beautiful !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Loretta, Thank you very much for the kind review,I am happy to hear I left you with a great impression of Victoria.You had a wonderful group and I look forward to you all coming back for another trip to the island one day. All the best! Darwin
Ellen HarrisonUnited States
Darwin was a great guide. He took us everywhere we had asked to go plus some other sights he thought we would enjoy seeing, which we did. He was very accommodating about stopping so I could take pictures, or going back to some places later in the day after it stopped raining. The vehicle was quite nice and we felt very safe in it and with him driving us. Darwin is very personable and shared many stories with us about his life in Victoria and in general about it. We had an awesome day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ellen, thank you for the feedback.I am happy to hear that I was able to leave you with a nice impression of Victoria and myself.I will look forward to meeting you again in the future. Darwin
Darwin was prompt, professional and so knowledgeable! We had a last minute change of plan and he accommodated us amazingly well. He was so courteous, funny and very comfortable to be around. I had traveled with elderly parents and he was amazing with them too. Very engaging ! He knows so much about Victoria and area. Some great spots to see on his tour. Highly recommended and I look forward to booking my next tour with him very soon! Thanks so ,ugh for making a great memory with my folks !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sherri, Thanks for taking the time to write a very kind review,if was a real pleasure to spend the day with your family,all the best and I hope to so you again soon! Darwin
John FloodUnited States
Darwin was a perfect guide for our family visiting Victoria off a cruise ship. He was very professional, personable and attentive to our preferences. The SUV was immaculate inside and out. Darwin knows the island like the back of his hand. We explored the essentials at our own pace (more relaxed on the 23rd day of our holiday). Darwin explained history, geography and architecture with ease. Darwin was the best guide and river of our vacation. I would hire him again if we return to Victoria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, Thank you very much for the kind words and recommendation.I really had a good time with you guys, and I would love to see you back on the Island one day. All the best in your future travels! Darwin
Anthony BrickmanUnited States
We had a beautiful full day tour of Victoria on Thursday July9th including the Butchart Gardens. The weather was great. Darwin, our driver guide met us on the ferry dock with an immaculate SUV and gave us a full tour including some sites off the beaten track. He displayed a wealth of deep personal knowledge. He also showed flexibility in accommodating our requests. This was our first experience with tours by locals and if all of your tours meet this standard we will certainly be repeat clients.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anthony, Thanks for choosing on of my tours,you had a wonderful group and very easy to be with. I am happy to hear that I represented Tours By Locals at its best,I certainly aim to be the best tour guide in Victoria offering everyone the best experience. All the best in your travels! Darwin
Sandy TordoffUnited States
Our cruise stopped in Victoria for a day. We wanted to maximize our exposure and our knowledge of Victoria ~ a lovely city. Darwin did a great, fun job. He was there on time to pick us up and gave us a thorough and interesting tour of Victoria. We even took the opportunity to tour Buchart Gardens. Loved it. We would certainly recommend Darwin! He also gives adventure tours for the adventure seekers. Go for it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sandy, Thanks very much for the kind words and booking your tour with me. You guys were great and I look forward to meeting you again one day? Thanks! Darwin
Christine Skarpohl GregoryUnited States
Darwin toured 10 of us around Victoria, BC. He was courteous, helpful, humorous, respectful, and we all enjoyed his knowledge of the area. He was on time, watched the time, and all were comfortable and happy with our tour. With 3 elderly persons in our group, he was helpful and patient with the walkers and wheelchairs. I would highly recommend Darwin for a guide! He is defiantly a 5 of 5 star rating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Christine, Thanks for taking the time to write a nice review,I had fun with your group it's not often I walk the gardens but it felt great that night assisting with the chairs.Its always a pleasure to see people's reactions when they enter new areas of the gardens. Thanks for choosing me as your guide and I really hope to see you all again one day! Darwin
Doreen KahnUnited States
Darwin was an excellent guide. He was on time, friendly and very knowledgeable. Our whole group really enjoyed our tour. We only wish we had more time in Victoria. We would highly recommend a tour with Darwin. We would definitely book a tour with him again. Thank you Darwin for a fun evening.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Doreen, Thank you so much for the kind words,I am so happy I was able to leave you with fond memories of Victoria.I would love to see you come back and enjoy more of Vancouver Island. Have a great simmer! Darwin
John PowellUnited States
A fantastic and comprehnsive tour by Darwin. He took us to the Gardens and various other places, while being 100% flexible in our changed schedule. We loved Victoria so much after Darwin's tour, we plan to come back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the feedback,I am glad you Had à great time.You guys were a great group I hope you come back to see more of the island.
Debbie SteinertUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Debbie!
Lisa VaughanUnited States
Darwin was catered to a group of 28 people that I organized off a Princess cruise. He was responsive and provided many options for our tour (city tour, Butchart, Hatley Castle, Fort Rodd/Lighthouse). We had a mixed group of folks ranging from 20-85 and various degrees of mobility and Darwin handled it all with a flexible and accommodating attitude. I couldn't have asked for a better day in Victoria and all of us were delighted with his service. Thank you Darwin you earned each one of those five stars!