Charles ParkeUnited States
Our tour was from 10:30 AM to 4 PM. We became very tired and it was hard to enjoy the last couple of hours since we had no lunch. It would be a much better tour if it was 5 hours with a lunch break. We did learn a lot about Latvia, the city of Riga, and the Russian influence. Olga was especially knowledgable of the architecture for the buildings and we really enjoyed that.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charles, thank you for your review and the recommendation to change the tour to a shorter one and add a lunch break. I was happy to do this tour for your group - so interested and open-hearted people, and I wish you all good luck and a lot of bright tours ahead.
Michael ShehadiUnited States
Olga is terrific - we had a wonderful afternoon in Riga with her. She is engaging, very knowledgeable, thorough and a pleasure to be with. Highly recommend. Aly & Michael
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Aly and Michael for your nice feedback. It was a great day despite the town was overcrowded but I hope you enjoyed Riga celebration and your trip is going on well.
Stephanie AhlbergUnited States
Olga was very well informed and had lots of interesting information. Well worth it. I highly recommend her and tours by locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephanie and Tom, thank you very much for your comment on my tour and for a pleasure of my evening research about Jacob`s Barracks
Rachel NajarUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Rachel. It was great pleasure to work with your group.
John (Jack) McNameeUnited States
Olga-a superb tour guide knowledgeable about Latvia. My wife is handicap & uses a wheelchair & Olga adapted the tour to suit our needs to see much more the we would have on a normal ship tour. We traveled first to Jurmala and visited the beach area famous locations on the way. The tour was much more than a windshield tour! We then returned to Riga touring the sites & enjoyed a Latvian lunch. The afternoon was topped off with stops & visits to the Art Deco area of Riga. Olga- very knowledge about Latvia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, thank you for appreciating my tour and warm comment on it. I was glad to change a part of the tour for your group for a great opportunity to go for lunch in Lido so you could not only see the town and listen to stories of it but feel and taste it as well. I wish you all good luck and great impressions of the life.
Douglas EricksonUnited States
Olga was very passionate about her city/country and enjoyed telling us about it. We learned a lot about Riga and its culture. We saw many sights we never would have seen on our own or on a regular cruise ship excursion. We highly recommend ToursByLocals and Olga in particular.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Douglas and Carol, thank you for your warm words and recommending my tour to other travellers. I was happy to tell you about Riga and Latvia and to show the best of the place. And I wish you new trips and impressions.
Nessa WarnerUnited States
Olga was great, very knowledgeable and interesting. When we asked for an experience based tour she immediately took us to a cafe to try the local Balsam. She also amended the tour when our kids got tired.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Nessa. It`s so nice that you`ve appreciated our tour so high. I liked to to it for your family: you have great kids and you all asked my interesting questions. I wish you more joy and different travels in the life of your family.
Ron GoldkornUnited States
Our tour guide was Olga. She is a lovely,sweet lady but my wife and I were a little disappointed with the tour. I had made it clear to Olga (before meeting her) that we were mainly interested in seeing sites related to the history and present-day life of Jews in Riga. Unfortunately this was not how it turned out to be
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron, after having read your comment I felt completely knocked down as all the program was fulfilled; I worked for you as hard as I always do even giving more information as it was a special trip for you. I hope that the museums shown to you for visiting on your free time helped you. I am also ready to assist and help you in future understanding how important for you to have support here.
Alan ShlosbergUnited Kingdom
Olga was a wonderful, friendly guide, & we had a great time with her. She drove us right up to all the sites (I have difficulty walking), including a fantastic coffee shop with tasty cakes. Not only did we visit the best highlights of Riga, but she also added a tour around the market, that we had requested, with no calculation on her part of "her" time. Our group of 6 was delighted with her fluent English and interesting guiding. We heartily recommend Olga to others desiring an excellent guided tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alan, it 's so nice to get such great review on my tour. I remember your group with warmth:) And I am happy you liked sights and tastes of Riga.
Sandra HaulterUnited States
Loved our guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sandra. Best wishes to you:)
Patricia LintonLido Beach, NY, United States
Olga is brilliant and passionate which combines for a fabulous, exciting, informative, personal and entertaining tour of beautiful Riga. Her storytelling was exuberant and historically accurate. The drive stopped at all important places for photos. The long walk through Old Town and the Art Nouveau district was inspiring! The tour over delivered and we were very happy. Olga is fabulous. Thank you for such a delight we will remember for a long time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, thank you so much for these touching words. You were such a bright group with great sense of humor, feeling the smallest details of my stories and asking interesting questions. I wish you all to have a great trip and bright emotions.
Sharon SmithUnited States
Olga's tour was great! She was so knowledgeable and shared so many wonderful sites of her city with us. We had a very complete and interesting tour of the old city, and we enjoyed the Art Nouveau District and the Forshadt and all her stories. She was undeniably knowledgeable (and very enthusiastic!) about her city. We learned a great deal about Riga and Latvia. I would recommend her services to anyone who really wants to see and learn about Riga.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sharon. To read your comment in the morning is a really nice start of the day:) Hope you`ll have this day (and many days ahead) very nice and bright. Thanks again:)
Judy C.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judy for high rating our tour and for your energy on that uneasy day of the festival.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Gunnar for appreciating our tour and good luck to you:)
Elizabeth S.United States
Olga was a wonderful guide to the beautiful city of Riga. She picked us up promptly and gave us a short but comprehensive history of the city. Since she had a van, we were able to see Kipsala Island and other outlying areas of the city that we could not have seen otherwise. The Art Nouveau area came alive for us as Olga described the embellishments on many of the buildings. Olga's tour of the Old Town enabled us to understand Riga's rich heritage. And she did all of this in just four hours! Terrific!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elizabeth, thank you so much for the warmest review on our tour. I enjoyed doing it for you and your group and the questions that were much wider than the frames of our tour gave me another chance to search for new information - I like it, thank you:) My best wishes of health and happiness to all of you.
Howard KristolUnited States
Evelyn Jean BrezaCharleston, SC, United States
Riga was an absolute delight! Olga was a fabulous tour guide, who told marvelous stories about Riga's history and the city's famous buildings and their architects. She was also very helpful in finding us a fun lunch place - not too expensive - where our group of 7, including 5 children ages 12-24 enjoyed pizza! I liked the potato pancake with fresh salmon & sour cream!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Evelyn Jean, it`s great to get this feedback and to know you liked Riga and our local potato pancakes so much. My best wishes to your group and - come again:)
Barbara BrunoUnited States
Enthusiastic, punctual and knowledgeable describes Olga. Enjoyed her tour and highly recommend. Car was clean and comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara, thank you very much for the kind words. It was a bit more noise and rush in Riga than usual because of the festival but I was glad we could find good way to walk through it to see the best in Riga.
Gail BuckleyUnited States
Olga is passionate about the architecture of Riga. I loved that and appreciated her calling our attention to things we would not otherwise have noticed on the buildings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gail, thank you very much for appreciating my tour, it was a real pleasure to see great interest in your eyes and to answer your questions. And about those big windows in the church of St Jacob: the church didn`t pay taxes to Riga for those windows; the church was very powerful and independent and responsible for hospitals, universities, etc, which were necessary in medieval towns and for the states... My best regards to all your group.
Nancy RuedebuschUnited States
Olga was extremely knowledgeable but she was totally unaware of the clients desires. She accomplished her job with disregard for our needs. She ordered us around like children and barked at us if we were looking the wrong way....not a pleasant way to see the lovely city of Riga....it was definitely the low point of our 17 day trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's the first time in my life when I read such crushing things about me. I thought I worked in the same way as with others trying to do my best for Nancy's group, trying to save their energy on the route, choosing the best way of showing the sights. If I was to rate our tour it could be given 4.5 or at least 4 stars (as I finished the tour 15 min later than planned but still on time to dinner) but in no case 1 star and not in such a cruel way. I can`t believe this is true - maybe it's some mistake?
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken with Olga about this review and she is shocked and at a loss to explain it. She said when she left them at the port they gave complements and thanked her sincerely and warmly. We've attempted to contact the traveler for further details, but without success.
Kim LaudenslagerUnited States
I toured with Olga and she was fabulous. I am a travel agent and have used 'Tours by Locals' numerous times. I have never been disappointed but Olga topped our expectations. She was very prompt in returning my emails BEFORE our trip and was waiting for us when we departed the ship. There were three of us in my group and she customized the tour to our interests. Her English easy to understand. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch together yet still had plenty of time to see all the sights. I highly recommend Olga.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kim, thank you for the comment, it was pleasure to read it and remember your group`s lively interest in architecture and history of Riga, customs, traditions and life style here in Latvia. And thank you for interesting questions which motivated me to do more researches in history:) Good luck to you and my best regards to Greg and Brian
We were exceptionally satisfied with that tour. This was a great service provided by Olga despite the hard weather conditions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nikolay, thank you for these kind words and thanks to your group being so patient on such a rainy day. I wish you many bright days and emotions in your life and my best regards to your family and friends.
Rosemary GreenlawUnited Kingdom
Olga was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic; her tour was comprehensive and gave an extremely good overview of a city we had very little time to see. Like your other guides, she was very helpful to a couple of partially disabled tourists. It was a good tour and I would have no hesitation recommending Olga to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosemary, thank you very much for these warm words. It was also my pleasure to give this tour and introduce Riga to you and I`m really glad you liked Riga as I do.
Vitaly TetruashvilyUnited States
Olga was a very professional tour guide in Latvia. She greeted us, took us to all of the greatest spots, and was very knowledgable, answering any questions we had for her. We highly recommend Olga for all future tourists interested in visiting Riga. She made our trip there wonderful
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vitaly, thank you so much for appreciating my work highly. It was a pleasure to tell you about our history and to show you our amazing architecture, to tell about nowadays life of Riga and Latvia. I also wish you and your family good luck and great success to your children wherever they are.