Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Bristol-and-Bath-England by Tour Guide Mike R. (Guide #1049)


Marin Stanek

United States
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Tour: #241296, Ancient & Historic England, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 25/19

We reached out to Mike to customize a tour that included Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath and a beautiful drive through the small villages and to see the Cherwell Horse. He was exceedingly responsive to our requests and organized a trip that all of us: my husband, myself and our two boys 15 and 16 -- thought was the best part of our visit to England. Our day started out early, which was perfect to see Stonehenge before the tour buses. Our driver, Mark was fantastic -- prompt, safe and so courteous, thank you!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marin, thankyou for those kind words, much appreciated. You may remember I said I am now taking an extended break - your tour was a great way to finish. I will ensure Mark is also made aware of your comments. Best wishes to Matt, Eric & Jake. Mike

Amy Gensler

United States
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Tour: #241296, Amy's classic day trip to Stonehenge & Bath, Salisbury, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 23/19

Mike was fantastic. Great personality, wealth of knowledge, very organized and efficient. Never felt rushed and learned a ton of interesting facts/history. Highly recommend! Thanks Mike!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amy. Many thanks for submitting your review and for your very kind comments. I enjoyed the tour too! Enjoy the rest of your vacation, have a safe flight home to Colorado, and I hope you all have happy memories of our day together. Best wishes, Mike

Anne-Kathrine Knudsen

United Kingdom
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Tour: #248520, 70 for Bristol, Bristol, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 28/19

Thank you, Mike, for a very interesting tour of Bristol. The highlight was the suspension bridge, and also the history of Bristol as a port!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anne, many thanks for submitting your review, and for your kind comments about this 'birthday tour' for your brother. I enjoyed the day with you all, and sharing some of the city of Bristol with you. I hope you all had a fabulous dinner. Best wishes Mike

William E.

United States
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Tour: #241296, Southampton to Bath via Stonehenge & Avebury, Southampton, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 22/19

Excellent tour! Mike matched history details to our level of interest. Excelled at tour because he leveraged his son's knowledge of the region from his job as a ranger to find best little roads to see chalk horses. Very considerate of limited mobility constraints including options to do partial walk around Avebury site. Castle Combe was postcard perfect. Mike did not let rain impact Stonehenge tour. Driver Nathan was good and courteous. Sunday roast pub lunch excellent. Thanks, Mike and Nathan!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bill Thank for submitting your review, and for your kind comments. I will ensure they are passed on to Nathan. Nathan and I very much enjoyed the company of both you and Linda; you are 5* travelers and we wish you many more happy travels on your trip of a lifetime. Kindest regards, Mike.

Mark Boelkins

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 8/19

Mike provided us with a nice entertaining tour of Bath. He clearly knows the history of the community, and he appeared to be well recognized and respected by the locals we encountered on the tour. It was an enjoyable afternoon and we would choose him again as a guide if we go back to the area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mark Thanks for submitting a review and for your very kind comments. They are much appreciated. I am so glad you have happy memories of the tour. Mike

Joe Comeau

United States
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Tour: #245176, Katie's Combo, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 27/19

Mike was a treasure! As a Blue Badge Guide, he had extensive knowledge of the Cotswolds area and seemed to thoroughly enjoy sharing it with us. Mike picked several special small towns for us to visit that were picture perfect. At the end of the day we had a walking tour of Bath. Mike's years of police service in the city added so much to his commentary on the area. We had a really lovely day and would highly recommend Mike as a tour guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kate & Joe. Thanks for submitting a review and for your kind comments. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit to Highclere, and for that iconic photo - I am SO jealous! Best wishes Mike.

Angeline Williams

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 13/19

It doesn't get any better than this! Mike is an extremely personable and knowledgeable guide. We felt we had learned so much and made a new friend as well. He immediately was able to relate to our granddaughters (ages 10 and 13) as well as their parents and grandparents. We will remember Mike and Bath for a very long time. Many thanks from some very grateful American tourists!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for submitting your review, and for those kind comments. You have a delightful family and it was a pleasure to spend the time with you. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Dorset, and take happy memories home with you. Best wishes, Mike

Michael H.

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 15/19

We've been on many tours over the years, some better than others, but this one was really bad. Mike made it clear that he didn't like Bath. He took us to an area that we had already seen and wanted to skip. He repeated stories. He made inappropriate comments, and the tour seemed all about him, not the city. He showed us where he has lived; where he slept on his job as a peace officer; where he met his wife; where he watched sex acts on the street. We couldn't wait for it to end, so we ended it early.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so sorry that this was your experience and I apologise unreservedly if I caused you or Mrs Hoffee offence. Travelers often tell me they enjoy the stories of my time as a police officer in Bath many years ago, and I regret very much that this was not to your liking. I also regret very much that you gained the impression that I do not like Bath. I like it very much and would not spend so much time in the city as a tour guide or in my personal time if this were not so. Once again, I apologise.

Jason Paul

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 11/19

Mike is as good as it gets. Book it...you will surely not be disappointed.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stacey, thanks for submitting your review and for your kind comments. They are much appreciated. I enjoyed the tour very much myself, you and Jason have 2 fine young sons to be proud of.

Barry Linsky

United States
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Tour: Bath Quickie Tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 10/19

Mike was knowledgeable and experienced, and somewhat limited by out 90 minute "quickie" tour duration -- but didn't a great sense of Bath from him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barry. I am sorry if this short tour did not meet your expectations. I am currently reviewing its content to see how it can be improved; if you have any suggestions I would be pleased to receive them. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your day trip to the city.

Chris Ziehr

United States
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Tour: #245176, Cotswolds Day Tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 20/19

Mike was professional yet personable, and was thoroughly knowledgeable of the area and its history. Nathan got us around safely in a timely fashion. Thanks to both for a truly memorable tour!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chris. Thanks for taking the time to submit your review, and for your kind comments. Nathan and I both enjoyed the company of you all and I will ensure he is made aware of your feedback. Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Mike

Sarah Polirer

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 12/19

Interesting tour. Knows the area well. Recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sarah. Thanks for taking the time to submit your review and for your kind comments in the review, and in your personal message which I have also received. It was a a pleasure to meet you both.

Rachel Cooper

Switzerland
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Tour: #248520, Rachel & Stephen's Tour of Bristol, Bristol, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 5/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking the time and trouble to submit your review. I take on board your comments about taking shelter and I am sorry if the weather on the day detracted from your enjoyment of the tour. I hope that your reunion on Saturday was full of nostalgia and fun. It was a pleasure to meet you both and thanks for asking me to share some of the city of Bristol with you.

Will Ris

United States
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Tour: #241296, Will's all day Bath & Stonehenge tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Feb 10/19

Mike is an energetic, knowledgeable guide who is very easy to spend a day with. He is flexible in accommodating ones preferences and pace.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Will, many thanks for submitting your review, and for your kind comments. I enjoyed the company of Nancy & yourself, and hope you have happy memories to take back home. Mike

Dawn Chan

Hong Kong
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Tour: #3257, Bristol - a private tour, Bristol, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 5/19

Evelyn Kenvin

United States
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Tour: #128655, Stonehenge and Salisbury, Southampton, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 29/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Evelyn, thanks for taking the time to submit a review. I enjoyed the 3 days with you and Art very much. Enjoy your chillout tomorrow & have a safe journey home. Happy Travels! Mike

Evelyn Kenvin

United States
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Tour: #245176, Cotswolds Day Tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 28/18

My husband and I spent a wonderful day with Mike touring the Cotswolds. He knows every corner of the area and took us to beautiful villages, sometimes away from the crowds. He is knowledgeable, considerate and fun to be with. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for submitting your review, and for the kind comments. Our driver Nathan and I both enjoyed the day with you.

Evelyn Kenvin

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 27/18

My husband and I were privileged to spend two and a half days touring the Bath area with Mike. He is knowledgeable, sensitive to his clients' preferences and fun to be with. Our tour of the Roman Baths and the city of Bath was wonderful. He thoroughly explained everything about the Baths - from its history to the way it worked. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was MY privilege to share some of the city with you both. Thanks for submitting the review and for your very kind comments. Mike

William Henderson

Wayne, PENNSYLVANIA, United States
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Tour: #3257, The Hendersons do the American Bristol tour, Bristol, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

William Henderson

Wayne, PENNSYLVANIA, United States
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Tour: #3225, The Hendersons do the Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 23/18

David West

United States
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Tour: #245176, Cotswolds Day Tour, Castle Combe, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 21/18

Lovely day and delicious Sunday Roast in the Cotswolds. Mike also added a cherry on top with an unscheduled, very personal tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge when we returned to Bristol.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for those kind comments. I am so glad you both enjoyed the day

Doyle Leabch

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 18/18

Mike, was the best guide that we have ever had. There were three of us in the group and Mike was engaged with each of us the whole time. On the way back to Winchester, all that we could talk about was how Mike had knew so much about Bath, didn't spend much time on Jane A (we were not interested), and had great stories and experiences in Bath. I would recommend him to everyone

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow guys, thank you so much for those kind comments. I was sorry you had such difficulty in getting to Bath but glad it all worked out in the end. Enjoy the rest of your stay in England, and have safe flights home.

Shelley Robbins

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath tour, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

Mike was fabulous. We were about 10 minutes late because we had a hard time finding parking and Mike took it all in stride. We immediately began the tour and he was a wealth of information but didn't go on and on with details of names and dates that were unimportant to the story of where we were. With Mike's history as a police officer for 30 years, he was able to tell us additional fun stories which helped bring Bath to life.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Shelley, thank you for taking the time to submit a review, and for your kind comments. I hope that you and Reed enjoy the rest of your stay in the UK and have a safe flight home.

Lee Decker

United States
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Tour: #248520, The Deckers in Bristol, Bristol, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 4/18

A half day on Bristol was highlighted by a visit to the SS Great Briton, a walk around city center and a visit to the suspension bridge. Mike was knowledgeable and had lots of interesting stories about the people and places of Bristol.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking the time to submit a review, and for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to share some of Bristol's heritage with you. Enjoy York, and have a safe voyage home.

Lee Decker

United States
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Tour: #3225, The Best of Bath for the Deckers, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 3/18

Mike gave us a comprehensive tour of Bath with a strong emphasis on the Roman aspects and Jane Austin, per our request. He was knowledgeable and personable and we enjoyed the day we spent with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was great to meet such 'young at heart' people, and I enjoyed sharing some of the city with you both. Thanks for the kind comments and for taking the time to submit a review.

Renee Vollerthum

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Tour: Renee Westward Bound, Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 22/18

Mike is an excellent tour guide. He's friendly & knowledgeable about Bristol & Bath. Per my request, we visited Marlborough, Blaise Castle House museum & St. Mary's Redcliffe church in Bristol. Inside the church, he showed me the "American" room & I found a needlepoint pillow for my home state of Maryland. At his suggestion, I purchased my lunch at the church cafe. Delicious! Along the way, Mike added additional stops & interesting facts. I highly recommend Mike. Memorable trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Renee. Thank you so much for the 5* review & for your kind comments. Your wishlist of places to visit was unusual but made the tour even more interesting than usual for me, and you were the perfect guest. Happy memories all round. Mike.

Kay Pryer

United States
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Tour: #245176, Cotswolds Day Tour, Castle Combe, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 11/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kay, thanks for taking the time to submit your review. It is much appreciated. Happy travels, and happy memories! Mike

David Smit

durban, KZN, South Africa
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Tour: #3225, Tour of Bath for David Smit, Bath, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 10/18

Definitely take the day off with Mike to Bath. His experience was priceless. I had an incredible day and highly recommend this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, thanks for your kind comments and for taking the trouble to submit the review. It is much appreciated.

David Smit

durban, KZN, South Africa
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Tour: #3257, Bristol - a private tour for David Smit, Bristol, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 9/18

Sorry to respond so late. Mike was passionate, knowledgeable and answered all my questions. We travelled at a good pace and I believe his recommendations were spot on.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, nice to hear from you again. I remember our time together very well, we had a lot of fun. Thanks for submitting such a kind review.

Mindi Snoparsky

United States
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Tour: #3257, Mindi's Bath and Bristol daytrip, Bristol, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 29/18

Due to a limited amount of time, Mike was able to give an excellent tour of both Bath and Bristol in one day. His knowledge of both places- ancient and modern- was invaluable for history buffs like my family and myself. Train travel between - and in- the two sites and even the quick deli lunch were easy with Mike's leadership. You didn't have to worry about being unfamiliar about logistics -you could just enjoy the tours. I would book another tour with Mike!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mindi Many thanks taking the time to submit a review and for your kind comments, they are much appreciated. Yes, we did pack a lot in to the day, but what fun we had! I enjoyed your company very much and I hope you also enjoyed Liverpool. Best wishes, Mike.