Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Rila-Bulgaria by Tour Guide Philip S. (Guide #1497)


Lisa Reiakvam

Norway
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Tour: #6117, Plovdiv and Bachkovo monastery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Jan 25/20

We had a very interesting day with Philip in Plovdiv and at a monastery on the way. He is very knowledgeable, talkative, service minded and reliable. He answered all our questions with great patience. We learned a lot about Bulgarian history and the current situation in Bulgaria. We were very pleased with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lisa and friends! It was a great pleasure, not just a job, having your merry company on this tour! I hope I will meet you again!! Warmest regards!!! Philip

Charissa Maniquez

United States
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Tour: Sofia and Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Date: Nov 28/19

Nelleke van Lindonk

Netherlands
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Tour: #5856, Sofia city tour, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Oct 18/19

We had great tour with our guide Philip. He spoke very good English and gave us a lot of information. Not only about buildings, but also about life in Sofia. That combination made the tour very interesting for the 5 of us. The tempo of the tour was good. We where all very happy and know a lot more about the history of Sofia and Bulgaria. Thanks a lot Philip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nelleke, Thank you very much for having you on the Sofia tour! Having your merry company was delightful and I am very grateful for the way you all appreciated my native city! Let me tak the opportunity to wish you Happy Christmass and a very healthy and prosperous New Year!!

Robyn Richard

Australia
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Tour: for Nature lovers, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Apr 13/19

Bit late submitting this review but we had a very interesting day thank you for taking us and being so informative from the 4 Aussies

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robyn, Having you on my tours was my great pleasure and not just a job - I met new friends from all the way in Australia, we exchanged a lot of inforamtion on out countries, natural sites and had fantastic time traveling! I wish you a Happy Christmass and a very healthy and prosperous New year! Good luck to you all!! Warmest wishes, Philip

Robyn Richard

Australia
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Tour: #6117, Plovdiv - ancient and modern, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Apr 11/19

Another great day with Philip we so enjoyed our trip to Plovdiv

Robyn Richard

Australia
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Tour: Sofia city full day, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Apr 10/19

Philip is fabulous he imparted so much history and knowledge he is a very safe driver and a lovely person we really enjoyed our city tour

Kristen Marsh

Canada
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Tour: Nature and History, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Mar 30/19

Philip was wonderful. Very responsive to my emails before the trip, and right on time picking us up. He even provided car seats for my kids. We had very interesting and engaging conversation during the car ride about Bulgarian history, food, culture etc. He was very accommodating and completely open to changing the itinerary to suit us. The sights he brought us to were beautiful and we really enjoyed ourselves. Philip was very friendly and generous, and were so glad we picked him as our guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kristen, It was so nice to have your family on this tour with me! It was my real pleasure showing you some little of the natural beauties of Bulgaria and even more I enjoyed having your questions on different matters on Bulgarian history and economy, on our recent past - Socialism, etc. I hope your journey in Europe has proven very interesting and that it was also nice for the children and you learned a lot about Eastetn Europe. Thank you once again for being on the tour with me! Warmest regards!

Joseph Stanley

United States
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Tour: #5856, Sofia city tour, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Feb 1/19

great tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir, It was my pleasure showing you around my native city! Thank you so much for booking my tour and I hope it has made you think on returning to Bulgaria! Warmest regards!!

Catherine Witherspoon

United States
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Tour: Surva Pernik Festival, Pernik, Bulgaria
Date: Jan 25/19

Outstanding! Philip is deeply knowledgeable about world history and Bulgarian culture and eager to learn from his guests as well. Our conversation was just as enjoyable as the tour itself. He's thoughtful, well prepared, and willing to work with each guest ahead of time to ensure the best possible experience. We had a great day with him. I'd book Philip any time for any destination in the Balkans. Be clear about what you want and he'll make it happen.

Leslie Wiltbank

Germany
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Tour: Sofia full day, Rila monastery and Boyana Church, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Oct 6/18

We toured with Philip and brought along our three, young children. Philip was very helpful with our children's needs, found us a great restaurant with a play area, and even had videos for us to watch in the van. He was knowledgeable and kind and we enjoyed our day. He was on time to pick us up and even provided water.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leslie, I would like to say big thank you for the tour you and the whole family had with me and to wish you a very Happy New Year - strong health and lots of fun and good luck! Warmest regards, Philip

Thomas Montgomery

United States
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Tour: Sofia city full day, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Sep 29/18

Excellent tour guide. Full day to cover Sofia and Boyana Church. We were shown quite a bit. It was a full day. Very pleasant person, full of information. Was very cooperative. Highly recommend

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir, Thank you so much for booking this tour! It was wonderful that I could show you my native city and to be able to introduce you to some of the local history as well as enjoy together the natural beauty of Vitosha mountain! Warmest regards, Philip

Julie Barthel

United States
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Tour: #39818, Belogradchik Rocks, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Sep 26/18

Everyone who visits Bulgaria should take this tour. Phillip loves his country and will share his knowledge with you. I loved this tour and our guide, Phillip was excellent. The north side of Bulgaria is a very special place to visit. Let Phillip show you this side of Bulgaria. Thanks, Phillip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie, It was so nice meeting you and thank you very much for nooking this tour with me! I wish you more and more journeys around the world and to always have wonderful memories! Thank you for the kind words on my tour and my country!

Julie Barthel

United States
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Tour: Nature and History, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Sep 25/18

An amazing tour. Phillip is a very knowledgeable guide. The north side of Bulgaria is a very special place to visit. I highly recommend Phillip as a guide.

Ji Park

South Korea
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Tour: #39889, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Sep 23/18

Philip is a great guy to tour with, my wife and I very much enjoyed our tour. He is knowledgeable, very attentive and kind. I highly recommend him. Thank you for your service again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Park, It was my pleasure having you with me touring to Veliko Turnovo! I am grateful for our multidirectional conversations and sharing our opinions on some history of the world and of course Bulgarian! Warmest regards, Philip

Benjamin Brown

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Tour: Skopje, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Sep 1/18

Philip gave as an outstanding tour of Skopje. He has a remarkable understanding of the complicated Balkan histories and has a great ability to translate the detail to your level of interest. It is a LONG drive, but he kept it lively and had a few informative videos he shared on the car's entertainment center. An excellent day and we'd highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ben, Thank you very much for booking this tour with me - I was very glad to introduce some local history and show you around Skopje! Meeting travelers like you is always a great pleasure and sharing my experience and knowledge is as if my self am doing some travel! All the best in your journeys in life and around the world!

David Baird

Christchurch, CANTERBURY, New Zealand
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Tour: Guide and/or drive, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: May 6/18

Philip picked me up from the airport and then I enjoyed a 6 hour tour around the centre of Sofia. He have me lots of information on the history of the country/town. We were able to tailor the sites and durations at these acoording to my interests. He then dropped me back to the airport for my onward flight.

Robert Barnes

United States
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Tour: #5856, Sofia city tour, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Mar 31/18

Our tour with Philip was perfect! He met us exactly at the prescribed time, driving a nice clean Toyota minivan. He took us to a lot of great sights in Sofia, providing an abundance of historical information as we toured. Had a nice lunch at a great restaurant he selected. We enjoyed his company. We have taken many tours in many countries, but he stands out among the best we have experienced. Thanks Philip for a great time in Sofia!

Nick T.

London, United Kingdom
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Tour: Skopje, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Jan 30/18

Philip was an excellent guide for our day trip from Sofia to Skopje. He is very friendly and knowledgeable and shared some fascinating details of both countries with us. The time in Skopje was well structured to give us a great taste of the city and he shared some traditional Bulgarian music with us on the journey home. We had a great day and I thoroughly recommend Philip if you're looking for a guide in Bulgaria!

Sandra Gonzales

Brazil
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Tour: Guide and/or drive, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Jan 26/18

My daughter and I visited Skopje and Thessaloniki with the tour guide Philip. Both tours were really amazing, Philip is a very nice guy, so intelligent, patient, an excellent guide, very professional, he is extremely knowledgable about all places that we have visited with him. I higly recommend him to anyone. I have already booked some guided tours in other countries and to be honest Philip was the best. He made us a great surprise, he showed us the Osogovo Monastery, an amazing place! Thanks from Brazil!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sandra, I would like to say big thank you for the tour you and your daughter had with me and to wish you a very Happy New Year - strong health and lots of fun and good luck! Warmest regards, Philip

Sandra Gonzales

Brazil
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Tour: Skopje, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Jan 25/18

My daughter and I visited Skopje and Thessaloniki with the tour guide Philip. Both tours were really amazing, Philip is a very nice guy, so intelligent, patient, an excellent guide, very professional, he is extremely knowledgable about all places that we have visited with him. I higly recommend him to anyone. I have already booked some guided tours in other countries and to be honest Philip was the best. He made us a great surprise, he showed us the Osogovo Monastery, an amazing place! Thanks from Brazil!

Katherine Ann Vroom Lank

Canada
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Tour: Rila Monastery and Boyana church, Rila, Bulgaria
Date: Sep 19/17

Philip was an outstanding tour guide. He arrived on time, was extremely knowledgeable about Bulgaria and the two sites - Rila Monastery and Boyana Church - we visited, was an excellent driver, had a great sense of humour and answered all our questions patiently and well. He also speaks excellent English. Our group of six would highly recommend him to other travellers.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Katherine, Thank you for taking a tour with me and having such a nice comment on my tourguiding for you and your friends! Hopefully I managed to present my country in a way that will make you come back and visit more places, discovering even more about our historical heritage, our culture and our traditions! Thank you again and hope that you had a nice boat trip!

Cassie Mignault

United States
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Tour: #39818, Belogradchik Rocks, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: May 11/17

Philip was personable, professional, gave us a myriad of different topics and information in a casual and enjoyable manner. Was like spending time with a friend... appreciated his time and efforts. Would certainly recommend using him for a listed or customized tour.

Alexa U.

Switzerland
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Tour: Nature and History, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Mar 20/17

We had a great day with Philip seeing more of Bulgaria's natural wonders! Philip is incredibly knowledgeable about Bulgarian history and very open and easy to talk to about current affairs in the country. We loved seeing Krushuna Falls and Devetashka Cave so much that we opted to go instead to Saeva Dupka cave rather than the Troyan Monastery. Philip was also willing to help us arrange an airport taxi for very early in the morning later in the week, which was greatly appreciated & beyond our expectations!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alexa, It was my pleasure to show some of my country natural sites and to be able to introduce you in brief the Bulgarian history! It is always nice when customers like yourselves are real travelers and are ready to explore and to find even more than initially planned! Thank you once again and feel welcome back again to Bulgaria!!

Joyce Assad

Germany
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Tour: #6117, Plovdiv - ancient and modern, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Feb 18/17

Philip is a person who enjoys traveling, and therefore, he DOES understand what a traveler and a tourist would like to hear, sense and experience. He has an 'eye' to people and their personalities, and accordingly, he tailors his behaviour and tours. He is like a mine of diamonds … you have to dig, to get the diamonds out. So, please ASK him anything .. you will be amazed with his vast knowledge, and friendly personality. As for the sites we visited, it deserved every bit of our time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joyce, by my understanding travel is for people who feel the nesesity to enrich their knowledge, to be dynamic and adaptable while bearing their own identity and learning about other cultures making the connections between them. I chose my profession hoping that I will meet people with wide open eyes and mind to appreciate anything they see - just like yourselves and this is my biggest reward! Thank you for the very kind words and the recommendation! You know you have a friend in Bulgaria!

Karina Beyer

Germany
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Tour: #39818, Belogradchik Rocks, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Oct 30/16

Fantastic tour with an excellent tour guide. Thank you! Philip knows a lot about the country and its sites and shares his information with you whenever he can. I learned a lot and had very much fun. Throughout the whole day it got never boring. Personally he's a very friendly and kind guy and made me (as a single traveling woman) feel very comfortable. Additionally he takes good pictures to memorize your trip. I would book a tour with Philip again any time. Highly recommended!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karina, It was extremely nice having the chance to show you the Magura cave and the Belogradchik Rocks ;) ! It is always a pleasure to introduce my country to travelers who are appreciative and even more - eventually we become friends! Thank you for the very kind words - it was a great pleasure traveling with you!!

Adi Hirsh

Israel
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Tour: Sofia city full day, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Sep 23/16

I woyld like to share my appreciation and thankfulness to Philip. Philp has guide my family and myself for 2 days and was very proffentional and demostrated an impressive knowledge in Sofia and Bulgaria's History, Geography and Archeology. Philp's kindness, dedication and passion for his work are outstanding and remarkable. He speaks English fluently and very easy to understand. During these amazing 2 days it felt like Philip was a part of my family. I recommend on Philip with all my heart!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Adi and the whole family - I was feeling quite privileged to become in a way part of your very special visit and for me it couldn't be better - the combination of working and meeting nice and positive people, interested in my native Sofia is what makes me love my profession! Thank you so much!!

Andy Adams

Arlington, VIRGINIA, United States
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Tour: Guide and/or drive, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Sep 13/16

You will enjoy your time with Philip. He knows the sights and the history. Take advantage and engage him in conversations about the conflicts over the centuries in the Balkans. I brought my amplifier so we could hear a guide talking in front seat. He had his own demonstrating his experience and drive to do the best. Our guide from Romania brought us to the border, and Philip picked us up. This is best method to get from country to country. Philip designed and conducted a tour to our desires. YES!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andy and Liz, traveling in Bulgaria with you was more than a job for me - I had in my car nice and smart people, very much appreciative of all that Bulgaria can offer to a traveler and I greatly enjoyed providing my services to you! Thank you for the nice comments - this means a lot to me!

Sara Pocreau

France
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Tour: Nature and History, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: Jul 14/16

Wonderful day trip. Landscapes are fantastic like fairy tales. Nature is beautiful. Our guide Philip was great. He gave us lots of explications about the places where we went, it was very interesting. He gave us enough time to take some pictures and to enjoy. Lots of thanks to Philip for this wonderful day trip, we realley enjoyed it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sara, I need to thank you for booking with me and for the nice company - it is always best to provide a tour to nice people, then traveling is a real pleasure!

Christina Klenotic

United States
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Tour: #5856, Sofia city tour, Sofia, Bulgaria    view tour
Date: Jul 11/16

Wonderful tour! Thank you so much for being accommodating! Great tour for both experienced and inexperienced travelers.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christina, thank you so much for booking with me! I am glad you enjoyed your very special visit to Bulgaria and it was a pleasure meeting your family!!!

Janja Lalich

United States
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Tour: Sofia full day, Rila monastery and Boyana Church, Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: May 23/16

Philip is an excellent guide. Completely professional, exceptionally knowledgeable, attentive, and with a good sense of humor. I recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janja, Thank you for the very kind words - I am happy when my customers are happy! Hopefully you will come back to Bulgaria and have even a longer tour and more experience here!