Marianne DegenkampAmsterdam, Netherlands
We had a wonderful day with Xavier, visiting a lot of historical sights in Navarra. Xavier was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and he offered us a well balanced and very interesting programme. We learned a lot about the history of Navarra and we would have missed a lot of information if we had done this on our own. We recommend this tour to everyone who wants to discover the historical sights around Pamplona. Thank you Xavier, you were great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marianne and Frank for this lovely review, but overall for such a beautiful day I spent with you both. You make everything so easy! Hope to meet you back in Amsterdam for a tour!! ;) Safe travels!
Roberta Salazar-HenryUnited States
A good tour to help you understand the history of the Navarra region. Javier knows his stuff. He is quite adept at engaging you in conversations about what you are viewing in order to make what could be boring historical information very fun to listen to. I would recommend this tour if you spend time in this area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias Roberta!! A pleasure having been with you around Navarra. Hope to see you soon and taste more wines with "Javier Bardem"! ;)
Roberta Salazar-HenryUnited States
Javier is very knowledgeable about every site he takes you to. He is punctual, personable, respectful and flexible if need be. His knowledge about the origin of names and town or village names is impressive. We enjoyed being in his company. I would recommend visitors to the Navarra region and definitely recommend hiring Javier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias Roberta!! A pleasure visiting YOUR valley with you!
Paul Byron RoacheUnited States
Javier was excellent! His friendly tour of the city was fun and gave us a great feel for the city. Then He walked my girlfriend through the entire running with the bulls course and detailed her on exactly how to minimize the risk of injury. Starting with his best advice..."Don't Run!" But I had tried that already, so here we were... He got me a terrific viewing spot and arranged for us to have dinner at one of the best restaurants I've ever been too.
Gerald A S.United States
If you can book a this tour with Javier, it is not to be missed. His knowledge of historical facts and places along with his thoughtfulness of a small group but a large difference in ages and experience, was greatly appreciated. He managed to give all of us insights that seemed to mean the most to each of us. Along with being our tour guide we enjoyed each and every minute with him. We came back with many memories of this tour and tons of photos. Thank you Javier for being our guide and mentor.
Barbara AleyUnited States
Javier was a gracious, informative guide on this exciting morning in Paloma! He got us to a great balcony to watch The Running of the Bulls, through very careful planning! Then he took us on a cultural trip through the town with a delicious snack at the end. Perfect! Thank you! I will definitely look for other Toursbylocal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great Barbara!! it was a lovely morning for me too. i am very glad that you enjoyed your tour with us... thank you!!
Juli RidgwayUnited States
Javier was great. He was a big help with the running with the bulls. Will definitely use ToursByLocals on every future trip!
Junko FunayamaUnited States
Javier is a very good guide with high level and a broad range of knowledge about Pamplona. He is of very cheerful personality and made the entire day of tour such a comfortable and enjoyable one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Arigato gozaimasu!! I need to say that the bottle of wine you gave me was fantastic, but even more having share such a fantastic day with you two!!! Hope you keep travelling and enjoying life!!! Javier
Gary GloverUnited States
Javier was an AMAZING guide! So full of information and experiences! Very funny guide, he took us through a 3 hour history and architecture tour of Pamplona and we finished up in a couple of different bistros with incredibly delicious Pintxos and drinks! great van and the overall tour was 5 Stars!! Javier is a great guide!
Jose FelipeUnited States
Javier was fantastic, not only extremely knowledgeable of the subject matter, but entertaining. We had a magical 10 hours immersed in medieval castles, monasteries and churches. A very well spent day. Highly recommend this guide and the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review Jose, but overall thanks for this amazing day. It was great travelling and touring with so nice people! Safe travels, and keep walking! ;)
Best tour guide we have ever had. He knows about everything ( places, history, food, sports, politics, jokes ) and explains it interestingly. He goes out of his way to solve any problems and is flexible to the group needs and wishes
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Robert, Everything is much easier when the group is so cool as yours!! Happy that you enjoyed your tour to Pamplona
Dan KawamotoUnited States
Javier was our guide for a city tour in Pamplona. He covered the history of the city and the area as well as current events. We covered all of the sites that were on our list and them some. Our walking tour was well designed and Javier was able to answer our questions within the context of our tour as well as provided us with commentary of places and people while we moved from one place to the next. I highly recommend a city tour with Javier. He is a born and raised Pamplonian and has seen the world.
Robert VarcoeUnited States
Javier was a great tour guide with local and specific knowledge of the region, but also was flexible enough to bend with the interests of the group.
Jean C.United States
Enjoyed the tour thoroughly. The history came 'alive' with Javier's narrative. The 1st tour guide who made sure we were comfortable - a stool to get on the van, umbrellas and extra jackets! Will surely have Javier again in the future!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great!!! So glad that you enjoyed your experience in Pamplona and Navarre with me!!! Keep travelling and enjoying!! Have a nice trip to Barcelona!!!
Javier was our guide for our tour of Pamplona and we had a fabulous time. His passion and knowledge of the Festival of St Fermín was awesome. We went from the start to the bullring and almost felt we were in the run!! Thoroughly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for tour comment, Martin. I also enjoyed the tour. Everything is easier when there is such a good atmosphere in the group... Whenever you want, I will be here with the festival!!!! But not too run!!! ;) Keep enjoying your European tour!! Regards to everyone
Javier is a great guide! We were so fortunate to have him lead us through the history and charm of Pamplona! He went out of his way to be helpful and to explain everything. We highly recommend Javier to one and all. He is so very nice too!
Javier was right on time and he was very courteous and attentive all the time. He guided us through our request of just 1 and ½ hour with plenty to see and observe in the city. He gave us tips for good restaurants and 'pinxos' and we had an overall very pleasant experience walking and getting to know Pamplona a little bit. Highly recommended. Enjoy your trip.
Liliana PetrovaUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Javier! He is an excellent guide who makes you feel the spirit of the city. He goes above and beyond and offers great hospitality. We would take other tours with him if we had more time.
Oleg VinsonUnited States
Very attentive and accommodating guide I've ever had the pleasure to work with. All logistics including bull fighting tickets were arranged prior to my visit. So that all I had to do is enjoy my day. And enjoy it I did! Thank you Javier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad that you were happy with the service provided, but overall, Happy that you enjoyed your days in Pamplona. Thank you very much Javier
Kim McCullochUnited States
This was the favorite tour of our trip! Javier was such an excellent guide! We loved walking the streets of Pamplona with a local who has run with the bulls in the past! He picked out a great place for us to have lunch which we all enjoyed. We didn't feel rushed, in fact he went above and beyond and stayed later than planned. I would highly recommend this tour and tour guide to anyone!
Susan LairUnited States
Our custom tour with Javier was awesome! We were a group of cousins who wished to explore the area where our grandparents had lived. Javier designed a tour to their villages and the surrounding Basque area. He also took us to some of the local sites in the Old Town in Pamplona, the Irati Forest, Ujue Church, the Olite Royal Palace, the Natural Gorges of Lumbier and Arbayun, and the Monestery of Leyre. He then transferred us to Bilbao, making a stop in Gernika to see the Peace Museum. The best guide ever!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to spend 4 days with you and your group. You were so energetic, so happy people... that everything flowed. Thank you very much for making my job so easy and gratifying.
Rebecca WinterscheidtUnited States
Amy DunckelmannUnited States
Amy DunckelmannUnited States
Knowledgeable, personable, friendly. Wonderful guide with infectious love of Spanish history. ,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review Amy. It was a pleasure to run away from Running of the Bulls Festival with you to visit some of our local History
Allison DeinesUnited States
Javier is a fantastic guide. The tour was awesome but he helped us with so much more. He got us tickets for the rejoneo and a balcony in Pamplona for the running of the bulls. In addition, he helped my newbie brother know everything he needs to know to run! I couldn't recommend Javier more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure to show you Pamplona and to help you with tickets. Hope to show the city in the future to the rest of the family!
Ronald WilliamsBoulder, COLORADO, United States
One of the best tours ever- Out of the normal tourist areas for foreigners, and worth every euro. I highly recommend this tour and this guide.
Mathy MezeyUnited States
An outstanding tour exceeding our expectations. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic with good sense of humor. If you are looking for a guide in Pamplona, choose Javier. Mathy Mezey
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for such a lovely review. It was my pleasure!!! Everything is easier when my guests are so enthusiastic as you were. Thanks.
Michael B.United States
Renee TeichUnited States
Great guide -- one of the best we used in 40 years of travel. Intense day, great Van, great and safe driver, interesting stories and history, knowledgeable, very personable Highly recommended..
We had a great day with Javier! Our once in a lifetime experience at The Running of the Bulls was made so much more special because of his personal enthusiasm and love of the town of Pamplona and the festival. He was great at gearing the tour to our needs and so informative about facts about the area and festival.A perfect day and the highlight of our trip! Would highly recommend!!!