Great way to begin our visit to Budapest, seeing the main sights in the city really helps you navigate your way. Melinda was terrific, on time, easy to talk to and knew the history of Budapest. Great afternoon.
Diane DeacyUnited States
(Part 2) Andrew is an exceptional driver....during our stay, Budapest was plagued with a visit from the Turkish president. The city was shut down for hours..trains, roads, bridges, etc. You could lose your mind! Despite it all, Andrew was calm, courteous to other drivers and somehow managed to help complete our 'bucket list' of things to see in Buda and Pest. Being handicapped, he assisted me constantly...parking nearby, close to curbs, etc. My husband and I are truly grateful to him. Diane & Jim
Diane DeacyUnited States
Melinda provided 2 half days of touring, info sharing and targeted the sights I selected, plus more! She personally selected sights to not only highlight Budapest but took my physical limitations into consideration.i could not have anticipated more. We experienced everyday life and key interest points. We cannot wait to return. We couldn’t be happier with her professional skills and expertise.
Mary RungeUnited States
Melinda was an excellent and engaging guide. She took us where I asked to go, as well as suggestions of her own. She impressed us with her knowledge of Hungarian and Austrian history. We had a great day with her in Budapest.
Desi BarrogaUnited States
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Douglas GibsonUnited States
Super awesome guide! Very knowledgeable and incredibly flexible with scheduling. We cherished her tour a great deal...and it made the rest of our time in Budapest so much more enjoyable.
Tom MasseyUnited States
the BEST guide EVER....extremely knowledgeable about sites AND history....WONDERFUL. Extremely pleasant personality and her English is great. Taking a car/small bus is the way to do this tour.
Elizabeth VillegasUnited States
Melinda's tour was perfect for our one day in Budapest prior to embarking on our cruise. Melinda listened to what we wanted to see (primarily areas not included in our ship tour the following day). She delivered a great tour of the Parliament buildings, Jewish Synagogue, beautiful views from the top of the old (Buda) city area. She gave us a thorough history of the area. Our van was very comfortable, the driver excellent. Wonderful tour of a beautiful city by a very knowledgeable guide!!
Dania SaavedraUnited States
Wonderful tour. Had a perfect day touring both Buda & Pest with Melinda. Very informative. Having both a driver and a guide made all the difference. Melinda got off with us and showed us all the sites around Budapest. Took us to a great cafe for some lunch and even a strudel at the Great Market. She also recommended nice places to eat and a river cruise so that we can experience Budapest by night. Highly recommend this tour and this guide.
Charissa KovinUnited States
One of the best tours we've ever taken! Melinda hired a professional driver who navigated the city perfectly. She was patient, passionate, knowledgeable, and highly engaging - we could tell she loved her city of Budapest. She gave us just the right amount of history and culture so much so that we fell in love with Budapest as well! We highly recommend Melinda!
Elliott Dale RiceUnited States
Melinda was a terrific guide. Very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to our interests.
Cindy SchmokerUnited States
Melinda was the best. She secured a wonder car for us to tour with. She was very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her!!!
Catherine DurhamUnited Kingdom
Melinda was informative, personable and punctual. The tour was catered to the needs of our group and we really enjoyed our morning spent with Melinda. I wish it could have been longer! Melinda made other recommendations for our stay in Budapest, which we explored later. Thoroughly recommended.
Margeau DyerUnited States
Do book Melinda when you tour Hungary! She is very knowledgeable and flexible. We spent 2 days with her, and when she saw that we really loved to visit state rooms in museums and castles, she altered the tour and took us to Goddollah, which ended up being one of the highlights! Melinda is a lovely, warm person who you will enjoy touring with--great with teenagers too!
Tadd BakerUnited States
Melinda and our driver did an excellent job! We learned so much about the city of Budapest and the history of Hungary! We were only in town for one day and Melinda outdid herself to make sure we saw all we could! Our driver was always there for us, ready to take us to the next venue. Melinda even helped in booking an evening cruise on the Danube! We very much enjoyed our day and will want to come back to Budapest in the spring or summer! Such a beautiful city! Thank you Melinda!
June BarnettUnited Kingdom
Melinda was an excellent guide during our tour of Budapest. Her English was fluently spoken and her knowledge of the history of Budapest was outstanding. She was also very prompt. Melinda was kind and courteous and allowed us to go around the tour at our own pace without feeling rushed. We had a lovely coffee stop also. We always use tours by locals and Melinda made this tour so enjoyable and is highly recommended. Tomas the driver was excellent and the quality of car was extremely clean and comfortable.
Melinda was just superb! We were a group of 6 business professionals from Australia visiting Budapest for the first time, with almost no prior knowledge of the city or history of Hungary. Melinda's tour covered most major sites, add her deep knowledge and friendly relatable way of describing history continued to attract our team's attention. We enjoyed so much we are still talking about it a week later. The luxury (optional) minivan we requested was tidy, comfortable, I can even recommend it to executives
Paul DeresUnited States
Melinda has a great knowledge of Budapest and Hungry. She spend a lot of time making sure that we totally understood the complex history of Budapest and Hungry, including its recent history and the path to independence. She has a relaxed way about her which allows you to really enjoy touring with her. Melinda has a terrific sense of humor and provided excellent recommendations for our hotel and dinner. We highly recommend Melinda to anyone want to experience the wonders of Budapest.
Lisa MaxwellUnited States
The private tour with Melinda was fantastic! It was first class all the way.?We felt like we really discovered the highlights of Budapest. She had a wonderful driver and great coach to take us around. Her knowledge about the history and all of sights was amazing! I would highly recommend Melinda and this tour to everyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful day in Budapest!
Carol KetoverBOCA RATON, FL, United States
Melinda was fabulous. Our last visit to Budapest was in 1981. The city was sad, shabby and full of Soviet military. Today, the city is alive and vibrant with happy people. Melinda presented the best of Budapest and left us happy for the city and very pleased with her expertise and rapport. She is five star!
Garry AdelUnited States
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Carol FeinbergUnited States
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Angelina BinghamWhittier, CA, United States
Melinda met us at our Hotel with her driver Danny. The Mercedes van was very comfortable and Danny was a great driver. This tour was at the end of a Danube RiverCruise which we enjoyed. Since we had already had a day trip in Budapest, Melinda customized our tour to enhance our Budapest experience. The specific tour of "Buda" was superb - beautiful and informative. As a former English Lit teacher, Melinda was a great communicator; terrific history and politic info. Highly recommend Melinda!
Judith CaffentzisUnited States
M, was amazing. Very easy and very knowledge. Looking forward to touring with her again.
Mark PidgeonUnited States
We were in Budapest for a day and Melinda was great. She picked us up in a Mercedes Van and had a driver. She knows her stuff. Would recommend.
Susan WakefieldUnited Kingdom
Excellent. I am a professional Tourist Guide in London. Melinda spoke beautiful English, was both Historically and Artistically well informed bringing Budapest alive for a most enjoyable tour. We would fully recommend her to anyone seeking a tour of this fascinating city. Local Guides and Tours By Locals are truly lucky to have her on their books. Thank you.
Cheryl AdkinsUnited States
Very knowledgeable and helpful.
Jennifer SweezerUnited States
Melinda was a very energetic, fun, and knowledgeable guide. We did a three hour drive tour, and spent an hour on foot. I was concerned that the our limited time in Budapest was not going to allow us to see the city, but Melinda made sure that we saw everything that we wanted to, then made recommendations for sites on our own time. One person in our group has a very hard time with accents and is very hard of hearing to boot, so I was concerned he wouldn't understand, but that wasn't the case.
Dianne UrquhartUnited Kingdom
Melinda communicated in advance so we felt comfortable with the arrangements, everything was exactly as promised and we all had a wonderful tour of Budapest. The car and driver were great, Melinda varied the itinerary to suit us and was extremely knowledgeable and insightful into life in and monuments of Budapest.I would have no hesitation in recommending her. Dianne Urquhart
Kelly GowinUnited States
Melinda made our tour of Budapest feel intimate and like we were traveling with a friend. We had a wonderful day that exactly fit everything we had requested for our day. Her knowledge of history and significant monuments was superb! We couldn't have been more thrilled and grateful to have made a new friend in Budapest!
Chad GlanzerUnited States
Had a great tour with Melinda. She was great for our family. Had very professional transportation for us. Melinda had a great knowledge of the city and customized the tour perfectly for us.
Paul WingeUnited States
Melinda and her driver met us at our hotel and after we loaded our bags in the van we were off for a four hour tour of Budapest. Having a driver meant Melinda could show us more sites in less time. We covered a lot of stops and saw a wide variety of places during our time with her. Melinda's knowledge of history really brings the sites to life. Being able to ask questions and discuss topics makes her tours so much more infomative than large group tours. We so enjoyed our time with her.
Jacek RzucidloUnited States
The tour was very well prepared and coordinated.
Luigi (Lou) LosorelliUnited States
Melinda was absolutely terrific! We only had one day to see Budapest. She organized the time to take advantage of every minute. As promised, she was waiting for our party of five as soon as we arrived at the train station. She was extremely knowledgeable and gave us just the right amount of history. We had a great time and we could not think of having anyone else give us the tour!
Steven LynnUnited States
We saw everything we wanted to see and Melinda was wonderful. It was a perfect choice for a half day tour of Budapest.
Stan BowersUnited States
Melinda delivered a very informative tour around the city under adverse conditions(fog everywhere). She filled our day with interesting sights and responded to our suggestions as to what we wanted to see. Would highly recommend her for a visitor to Budapest.
Paul TeoPetaling Jaya, SELANGOR, Malaysia
Melinda is a very knowledgeable guide. She's patient, flexible, friendly, accommodating and helpful. Highly recommended!
Maureen McCarthy-Weinstein WeinsteinUnited States
A pleasure to be with, knowledgeable and open to suggestions. We would definitely book with the next time..
Joseph MicatrottoUnited States
Melinda was absolutely the best tour guide we have ever had and we travel the world regularly. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and energy is only exceeded by her love of her country and her fantastic knowledge. The hours with her made my wife and I put Budapest on top of our travels this year. In fact every American traveling to Europe should put this magnificent city on top of their lists. It is second to no world capital and deserves the accolades that we also give to Melinda!
Don ThompsonUnited States
Melinda did a great job of customizing our tour to our unique requests. Her English is first rate, and she is very knowledgeable about the city and history of the country. The van was very comfortable and the driver was also very accommodating .
Larry LeberUnited States
John KopczynskiUnited States
Melinda is a great tour guide and very knowledgeable about the history of Budapest and Hungary in general. She was flexible when I needed to push the tour start time 1 hour later and arrived at our hotel right on time. I really enjoyed our coffee break in the New York Cafe (she knows the "secret" way to avoid lines!) and also the orientation walk through the Great Market Hall was a highlight. Her English is excellent; I would not hesitate to use her services while in Budapest. Thanks, Melinda!
Tom LangUnited States
Very pleasant and agreeable and a good driver and car.
Stacey LawlerUnited States
Melinda provided a warm welcome for our Budapest visit. Budapest was our river cruise embarkation city and she truly helped us maximize our short time visiting. She was a font of knowledge and very keen to sensing our interests and tailoring our tour to those interests. Thank you!!!
Christopher BornUnited States
Melinda was friendly, knowledgable, and patient. She went out of her way to provide the four of us with an outstanding tour; she arranged for a van that was immaculate and had the driver drop us and pick us up close to the sites. We could not have asked for a better experience. We had already had a couple of short tours through Tauck, so Melinda showed us some of the less visited sights. She is so personable and tuned in to the group's interests. Please thank her for us! HIGHLY recommended!
David ElwoodUnited States
Melinda was awesome. She tailored the tour just for me. I had found some out of the way places and she knew everything about them. I told I wanted the best photo spots and she knew exactly where to go. Fantastic tour and definitely worth going with Melinda.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David, I hope one day I will be able to take as beautiful pics as you did :-)
Ed KoplosUnited States
We had a handicapped individual in our group. I noted it when I made the reservation and again when I met Melinda. Both she and the driver went out of their way to make things as easy as possible. The tour was great, I told her we were taking a tour the next day as part of our cruise and she tailored our tour so we would see things they would not show us in a larger group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ed, I hope you had a wonderful holiday :)
Clair CarlsonUnited States
Melinda was great!! Very informative and efficient with our time with her. She explained the history of Hungary in a way that was interesting and with a sense of humor. Thanks, Melinda Ray Carlson
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!! I hope that you managed to take some more great photos finally in the sunset :)
Yvonne CarrollUnited States
Melinda is an adorable guide. We added four more people to our tour and she was most accommodating. She had hired a car and wonderful driver to take us around. Ask her to see the Bumble bee building. Someone else had told us about it and it was quite a sight. One of our fellow passengers was nicknamed Bee so it really was nice for her to see. Melinda is knowledgeable about Budapest and spends a lot of her time educating herself with other guides. The studying shows in her tours.
Charles NunanUnited States
Great guide great tour
Kendall SimonUnited States
Melinda was fabulous! Her knowledge of English is exceptional, as is her knowledge of Budapest and Hungarian history. Melinda frequently checked with us to be sure we were getting the tour we expected. We were, and more! We told her it was our first time in Budapest, and she took us to the sites that helped us get an orientation to the city. She showed us how to navigate the transit system, and recommended things to do and see for the rest of the day. We followed her advice and had a great visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ken and Beth, thank you, time went by very fast on our tour, you were a great company! :)