Jenny OrserUnited States
Mark was fabulous. Prompt, knowledgeable, flexible with our group and a good conversationalist. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jenny, Thank you so much for your review! Indeed, I had a great time with you too! All the best, Mark P. Witzsch
Scott HerbertUnited States
Our family of five had a great time with Mark. We visited the Gaudi houses on Passieg de Gracias, Park Guell, and Sagrada Familia. He was an excellent guide, keeping all of us engaged. We learned so much on our visit and had a lot of fun. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Barcelona!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, thank you so much for your rating! I had a wonderful time with your family and it was nice to be able to show you Gaudi's main buildings. Thank you again and best regards from Barcelona, Mark P. Witzsch
Ronna DishnicaUnited States
We had an absolutely wonderful tour with Mark today and we rate him 5 (of 5) stars!! We visited Casa Battlo, Parc Guell, La Segrada Familia, and Casa Mila (La Pedrera), and Mark timed each visit perfectly. Not only was Mark very knowledgeable about the architecture but also about Gaudi's engineering and philosophy. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and highly recommend Mark as an outstanding tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronna, Thank you so much for your nice feedback! It was a pleasure to get the chance to show you Gaudi’s architecture. I am really happy that you enjoyed the visit to each of the buildings. Take care and best wishes, Mark
Dale BeckBlacklick, OHIO, United States
Mark is a very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide, having guided tour groups for 16 years. He was flexible in meeting our needs. His explanation of the Gaudi houses and the Sagrada Familia was comprehensive and spirited. (Just as Gaudi's work is spirited.) He is a very caring person and helped us find taxis for our return to our hotel after the tour. He purchased "skip the line" tickets for the Sagrada and we reimbursed him at the end of the tour. This saved us time; Sagrada was sold out that day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Dale, Thank you so much for your comments! It is wonderful to know that you had a great time with me. It was a pleasure to show you Gaudi's work. All the best, Mark
Linda BaderUnited States
Very nice tour but we really wanted to see the insides of the Gaudi buildings
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. Indeed, I know you enjoyed the tour, as expressed to me repeatedly. Regarding inside visits, on March 24th I wrote the final itinerary and specification of the inside visits to you and you answered that "Your itinerary sounds fine" Having enjoyed the tour as we both know you did,and carrying out the itinerary as explicitly agreed upon, please understand the comment doesn't make justice for not including what wasn’t included. Anyways, thank you again and all the best Mark
James R.United States
If you come to Barcelona you MUST learn about and take in the sites by Gaudi and THIS TOUR WITH MARK IS A MUST. We've taken 7 other TbyL tours during our two-weeks in Spain and even with all the great guides, MARK IS A STAND-Out, more like a 10-star guide. Not only did he book all the tickets and times ahead, he is so knowledgeable and his English is fantastic. We learned so much more than the cruise shippers roaming around aimlessly with headsets. TAKE THIS TOUR-could well be highlight of your trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, James! I am looking forward to show you Barcelona's countryside next Tuesday (second TBL tour). Best regards, Mark
Nathan W.United States
The best guide we've had. Very informative, in depth, and fun. He brought a lot of personal reflection and knowledge to the subject matter.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your generous words, Nathan! Best wishes from Barcelona, Mark P. Witzsch
Ben SchmittUnited States
Honest advice: Don't bother seeing the Gaudi sights without Mark. Certainly the venues are fantastic alone, but once you get to know a bit more history and significance of each location you will have a complete experience. Mark offers relevant history regarding these locations that really transforms the visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ben, Thank you so much for this great review! I can only say that I had a wonderful time with you and your family. It was a pleasure to show a bit of Barcelona and the countryside to you! All the best and take care, Mark P.
Kathleen ItoUnited States
Mark was knowledgeable and explained everything clearly and concisely. We had no trouble understanding all that he was showing us. He has an wonderful personality, made us very comfortable right away. Would ask for him again if we were to return to Barcelona.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review, Kathleen! Regards from Barcelona, Mark W.
Debra LangUnited States
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Jay CohenTiburon, CALIFORNIA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you and regards from Barcelona! Mark Planellas-Witzsch, Official Barcelona guide.
Tamara SweeneyUnited States
Mark was a wonderful guide! He was very entertaining and informative. He was also very flexible and accommodating to our schedule and helped us get with the subway at the end of the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Tamara!
Nicole AltshulerUnited States
Mark was a perfect tour guide! He is so incredibly knowledgable, professional, and friendly! My family and I learned so much about Gaudi and the history of Barcelona...could not imagine doing tour on our own. Thank you Mark!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Nicole; it was a pleasure to show you a bit of Gaudi's world! Cheers, Mark P
Ashley MeeksUnited States
We had a WONDERFUL experience with Mark. All communication was timely. We had no problem meeting up before the tour. His knowledge of Gaudi was unbelievable and even our three teenagers were engaged by all of his historical facts and interpretations of Gaudi's work. I highly recommend Mark. His tour was a fantastic way to start our trip to Spain.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ashley. I had a wonderful time with you too! Enjoy your Spain trip! Regards, Mark
Peter DeMarzoUnited States
Excellent tour. Mark was very informed and personable, and kept us on schedule. We enjoyed the tour very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Peter, Thank you very much for your feedback! I had a great time with your family too! Take care! Cheers, Mark Planellas Witzsch
David DeVictorUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for submitting the rating, David! I had a great time with all of you too! Take care and enjoy Barcelona! Regards, Mark Planellas Witzsch
Mary MaloyUnited States
This was one of the best decisions we made on our stay in Barcelona. Why fight the crowds, listen via a taped ear phone and try to follow you Rick Steve's guide. Mark was excellent at customizing our Gaudi tour and we learned so much in 4 hours it was well worth a few Euros more. We highly recommend Mark if you want a personal, in-depth, well spoken and very knowledgeable tour guide. Our girls (20 & 23) thought mom and dad did excellent securing this tour! That isn't easy to say!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your comments, Mary. I had a wonderful time with all of you too! Take care and best regards from Barcelona, Mark Planellas-Witzsch
Suzanne RichardsonUnited States
Our Gaudi tour with Mark was tops. Not being Gaudi fans, we learned to appreciate his work. Book Mark. He's good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your rating, Suzanne! It was a pleasure to show you Gaudi's main buildings. Regards, Mark P. Witzsch
Judith ZwicklUnited States
Mark's tour of Barcelona Gaudi buildings was wonderful. He knew the architecture and the history and had interesting stories about the people as well. He was very personable and able to answer all of our questions. He even suggested a restaurant in the area we wanted that had great food which we thoroughly enjoyed. I would happliy book another tour with Mark again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judith, Thank you very much for your feedback. I'm glad that you had a wonderful time in Barcelona. Best regards, Mark Planellas-Witzsch
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, Danielle!!! Cheers, Mark
Anne ReizerUnited States
Mark was exceptional- he had all the background knowledge that we wanted for the Gaudi projects. His attention to time kept us from feeling rushed at any part of the tour. Besides Gaudi, he also informed us to Catalonian history which was interesting. I recommend him fully as a guide. Anne R.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Anne, Thank you so much for the rating! I had a wonderful time with you too. Best regards from Barcelona, Mark