Gerald SiegelUnited States
Mathilde is an awesome, knowledgeable and friendly guide. She is a safe driver and a great companion to hang out and talk with about Lisbon and the surrounding area. She is quite flexible and will go out of her way to accommodate one's requirements. She makes history come alive. My wife and I give her the highest of recommendations!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gerry and Nancy, Thank you so much for your review. It means a lot! I'll meet you in New Jersey!! Or back in Lisbon... Hugs from Portugal Matilde
Charles E. Meadows, Jr.United States
Absolutely BRILLIANT!! I give this tour and tour guide (Matilde) my highest rating. In fact, in all the traveling I've done in the last 20 years, Matilde is the finest guide I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Her knowledge of Lisbon and Portugal's history, her passion for her heritage and culture and her willingness to adjust the itinerary to meet our specific interests was truly exceptional. She was also a very friendly and engaging person. Matilde is a credit to ToursByLocals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chuck! I just thought about you earlier today!! How nice to hear from you again! It was a pleasure to be with both of you! Big hugs for you and Mike Keep having fun Matilde
Miriam R.United States
Matilde gave us a memorable experience in Lisbon. She is very personable, knowledgeable and fluent in English. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Miriam, thank you so much! Have fun! Matilde
Jennifer Raisbeck-RoachUnited States
My husband and I enjoyed our tour with Matilde. She was so informative, easy to understand, generous with her advice. We learned so much from her about Lisbon and Portugal in just 5 hours. We both highly recommend a tour with Matilde. You won't regret it. ��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer and Andy, What a beautiful day with you! I'll have you and Molly (?) in my thoughts! Big hug Matilde
Daniel FeldsbergUnited States
Matilde was fantastic. We spend a fabulous day with her. She was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and patient. The day we spend with her was the highlight of out trip to Portugal. All her recommendations where of great us during our trip
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Daniel!! How nice to have news from you! YOU made my MONTH! Great great great pleasure to have met you! Gracias por todo y muchos abrazos desde Lisboa!
Kathleen HaasUnited States
Karen BursteinUnited States
Matilde was fabulous. She was knowledgeable, considerate, pleasant and cooperative. She was everything a tourist would hope for in a guide. Carlos, the driver was also wonderful. We will definitely want to use her again when we return to Lisbon.
Paul AtkinsonUnited Kingdom
Had a fabulous tour of Lisbon with Matilde. We were met on tie at St Jorge Castle and spent a great afternoon with Matilde learning about the history of Lisbon as well as Portugal's politics, culture and geography. One of the best tours we have had and would thoroughly recommend to anyone with similar interests. Many thanks Matilde
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Paul! Hope you had a nice trip back home! Come back soon Cheers Matilde
Judy WinstonUnited States
Matilde was a delight and knows how to show off her beautiful city. We enjoyed going to out of the way stops, the market, and divine pastry shops. Her knowledge of history and her perfect English made for a wonderful experience. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Judy for such kind words!
Matilda was absolutely wonderful. She has a great knowledge. empathetic to our need and request. We felt fortunate to have her as our tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Zisi!! You were wonderful!
Leanne R.Dallas, TX, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Uma! It was a great please to share experiences and knowledge with you! Have a great time in Portugal
Ryan GarciaUnited States
Wow what a fantastic time with Matilde. She was very responsive & flexible in coordinating the tour for my family. She arrived early to pick us up and right away we knew we were in good hands. She has a very nice car & the ride to Evora was a very pleasant drive. While at Evora, she was extremely knowledgeable about all the sites we visited & we truly enjoyed our day trip with her. Matilde is very organized, thoughtful, and a true professional who takes her job very seriously. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ryan, It's so easy to provide a good tour when we have guests as king and thoughtful as you and your girls! A huge hug from Lisbon and be happy!! Matilde
Joshua B.United States
Joshua B.United States
Matilde is simply a superb guide, and a great personality. Knowledgable and conversant about her subject and any tangential questions. You will have a spectacular experience with her. We learned about history, politics, historical figures and characters, geography and she mixed in personal stories pertinent to the locations we visited. She managed our schedule such that we go the most out of our time together. We later joined a 10 day group tour and we wished Matilde was still our guide.
Christine JacobsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello dear Christine! Thanks you so much for your time and for the review. Have a great trip in Portugal Matilde
Chris O.United States
Matilde was an excellent guide. Not only a true professional, but also interesting and enjoyable to be with. She was great with the kids, asking them questions and involving them. She was very knowledgeable about all the sites. She was also very organized, as she planned one walk up to the Castle and then smartly down and around pretty much the rest of the way. That is a trick if you know how hilly Lisbon is. She was extraordinarily helpful, and left us at a very good restaurant.
Kathleen E.United States
Matilda was very professional, highly informed (erudite but delightful with it), and met all our expectations! Our day started with the tour of a wine estate which met a special request of ours to also view Lusitano horses - giving us a tour by the estate owner of his fields and stables and a tasting of his award-winning wines and then we were off to an in-depth tour of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Excellent guide - lovely day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathleen for your kindness! It's a pleasure to tour such erudite guests as you! Enjoy the rest of your trip Hugs Matilde
Bernadette HarbourUnited States
Excellent tour two referrals to Matilda for friends travelling in august
Jackie MyersUnited States
The best way to see Lisbon! Matilde was amazing. It was our first time to Lisbon. We opted for an all day, customized tour of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra. She is super knowledgeable of the areas and country so we received an intimate tour of the towns and all the amazing history! I would recommend Matilde for anyone who wants to be spoiled! She has all sorts of info, best kept secrets and can help with pulling some local strings if needed! Hands down a great experience!
Charles WaskiewiczUnited States
In short, Matilde is awesome. My wife and I have taken numerous private tours throughout Europe, and Matilde is in the top of the class. She is personable, knowledgeable, and attentive and focused to what interests the client. She then tailors the tour accordingly. I would highly recommend her.
Kenneth Turja TurjaUnited States
What a great tour and introduction to Lisbon! Matilde Mendes was outstanding! She was friendly, professional and her knowledge of the present and past history of Lisbon made this tour educational, interesting and enjoyable. Her driver, Luis, navigated the streets of Lisbon like Vasco da Gama navigated the seas, smoothly. We hated to say good-bye at the end of tour and wish we could have taken Matilde with us to guide us in our next ports of call. Five stars plus!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kenneth! Thank you so much for the kind words! They mean a lot! Really! Make sure you come back to Portugal! Hugs from Lisbon Matilde
Gen KronstadtUnited States
Matilda did an excellent job of showing most sites. Because it was a holiday all sites were not available.
It was an excellent tour and that the guide was both personable and very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Geoff! Thank you so much for your feedback, it means a lot! Have fun Matilde
Alison CUnited States
Spending the day with Matilde was absolutely delightful. She smoothly adjusted the itinerary and her descriptions to our interest in gardens, suggested Montserrat (which was not to be missed and the highlight of the day!), and drove beautifully. You will be in very good hands with her.
Rick JensenUnited States
Our tour to Sintra with Matilde was terrific. We cannot imagine how it might have been better. Matilde is exceedingly knowledgeable about seemingly everything In Portugal -- history, art, culture, architecture, and more. Not only that, she is expert on many other European countries as well and is able to bring a comparative and deeper perspective to any visit. Her English -- and French and Italian and more, are nigh on perfect. Most important, she is a lovely person to spend a day with! A great tour.
Karen ThissenUnited States
Mathilde was a superb tour guide - she knew her history and culture and had answers to all of our questions, and also showed us lots of special places we would never have found on our own. She added great recommendations for the rest of our trip as well. She was professional but very warm and tailored the tour to our preferences. Very happy we found her!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen and Em ! Have a blast!
Matilde was outstanding! Very personable as well as knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Sinatra and Cascais was fantastic!we also really enjoyed the views from Cabo da Roca as well. Would highly recommend Matilde for any tour in Portugal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joan! Thank you for your kind words! Hugs
When visiting a new city I always book a walking tour of the old town with a private guide at the beginning of my stay. In Lisbon I was fortunate to have Matilda M. as my guide. A private tour is really about going for a walk and having a conversation with someone you would consider new and instant friend. Although I had the most to learn, we learned from each other. Matilda is an absolute master at engaging a client's willingness and desire to learn about her city of Lisbon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cal : traveling is, more than ever, exchanging and sharing ideas! What a pleasure to have met you! Best of luck Matilde
Robert ZobelHillsboro Beach, FL, United States
Mathilde did a great job of guiding us during this walking tour. WARNING: to those who are looking to have a Jewish Heritage experience just know that there is very little evidence in Lisbon of a Jewish community. Visits to the 1902 synagogue must be arranged in advance and there are no visitations on Friday (the day we were in Lisbon). Lisbon has a tremendous historical significance for Jews leaving Europe during WWII but the remaining vestiges are few.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert, Thank you so much for your feedback! It was a pleasure to meet you both! Hugs Matilde
Michael McCluskeyUnited States
We had a great day with Matilda, and I would happily recommend her to anyone. I have taken dozens of private tours around the world, and she is one of the best. We did Lisbon to Sintra, which is a great over view of the area. Maybe do this tour on your first day, and go by yourself after that. Matilda can give you ideas on what to do. She is also a traveler, so plenty to talk about!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're the best! Thank you for such kind words! Be back Hugs
Jan RyallUnited Kingdom
Matilde was an excellent guide. She showed us the city at our pace, showing us major landmarks and 'hidden gems'. She also helped us plan the rest of our stay in Lisbon and ensured that we understood the public transport system, restaurants, and local customs. Her English is excellent and she has a lively sense of humour. Altogether an excellent guide and a very nice lady.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jan! Thank you so much for your feedback. I hope you had a great time in Lisbon! Hugs
Dennis BurkeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dennis! It was a pleasure to tour you! Be in touch Hugs
Rebecca JohnstonUnited States
Our group is sitting in The Wine Cellar where we ended our day talking about what a great tour we just finished with Matilde M. It was fun, informative, and oh so Yummy!!! Matilda was flexible, friendly, and funny. She showed us insider views and tastes of Lisbon. We were a group of 8 and all agree she is wonderful. This was the best introduction to the real Lisbon history and cuisine. Both the tour and the guide are excellent. I recommend both.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Becca! Hugs and enjoy it
Ron SmileyPowell, OHIO, United States
What a wonderful day with extremely personable Matilde - you won't be disappointed! She met us at our hotel for a 4 hour tour, exactly as described. It was the perfect tour - listening to Matilde lovingly describe the history of her city - and stopping along the way to taste the delicacies of Portugal. It was a great tour for 4 seniors, a wonderfully-paced walk with the right amount of stops to enjoy the sights & food of Lisbon. If you are choosing between guides, PICK Matilde -- she is really THE BEST!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ron!! Now I'm blushing... Ahahaha Hugs from Lisbon and thanks for the kind words! Matilde
Sharon YoergUnited States
Rick RichmanLos Angeles, CA, United States
Matilda was spectacular-- personable, articulate, extremely knowledgeable, with extraordinarily good English. Just wonderful. 5 stars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello dear Rick, how are you? Thank you so much for your feedback it's always great to have it! It was a pleasure to be with you! I'm just wondering if you made a mistake when clicking on the stars... It comes up as 2* rating when you wrote five starts... I'm sorry for asking but that will impact my average for sure! Thank you for your time! Looking forward to hearing back from you! Hugs from Lisbon Matilde
Thomas BourgaultUnited States
Matilda provided an awesome tour. Her knowledge of Lisbon and the history of Portugal is amazing. And, having a driver made us feel like celebrities as we were whisked from site to site. Anyone visiting Lisbon should take this tour to experience the history and culture of this beautiful city. Thanks Matilda for a great experience. tom & linda
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tom and Linda!! Thank you for your rating! Such kind words... Hugs from Lisbon Matilde
Robert KullerUnited States
Matilde gave us an excellent tour. She was knowledgeable, funny, spoke English perfectly and was a joy to be around. I would highly recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert!! It was a pleasure to introduce you to my city! Have a great trip. Matilde
Jaimo AhnUnited States
She was fabulous!
We met up with Matilde on our first day in Lisbon... we would recommend that you plan your Lisbon trip this way. We spent about 5 hours with Matilde, learning all about the history and culture of Portugal/Lisbon. Matilde is incredibly knowledgeable and made for an outstanding guide. She toured us around (on foot) showcasing interesting insights about the castles, churches, squares and all of the history. You will have the BEST orientation with Matilde. She gave us an incredible introduction to Lisbon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Neal! Thank you for such kind words! Great great pleasure to have been with you! Hugs Matilde
Matilde was an excellent guide. The tour was a great history lesson about the Jews and how they lived for centuries under different rule in the country. We did get to visit the only remaining synagogue as well. In addition, we toured the local neighborhoods and got a broader education and appreciation for Lisbon in general--a great starting point from which we based our next few days of exploring the city. The walking itself was easy--minor hills and all over charming streets and plazas. Recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mike! How are you? Sara told me she had a great time with you too! How wonderful! Thank you and hope to see you soon! . Hugs from Lisbon
Kathleen FrankovicUnited States
Mathilde was wonderful. I saw her Jewish heritage tour, and asked if she hike include elements of her food tour as well. She was extremely cooperative, knowledgeable and friendly. I understand much more than I would otherwise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathy! It was a pleasure to meet you! See you soon Matilde
Albert WeissbergYonkers, NY, United States
Thank you Maltilde for this excellent tour of Lisbon. Maltilde was very warm and personable. She was very knowledgeable and explained the roots of Jewish history in Lisbon. She was able to pace walking tour to our level. Again thank you Maltilde, the tour was awesome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Albert! Happy to hear from you! I hope you had a great holiday and are back home with your batteries recharged! Hugs from Lisbon and hope to see you soon Matilde
Inna KissenUnited States
Matilde has a deep knowledge and interest in history of Jews in Portugal. Great tour guide for those who are interested in the subject.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Inna!! Have a great time in Madeira!
Vernon GiangUnited States
Matilde created a day trip around Lisbon for my wife and I. It included the towns of Obidos, Alcobaca, and Tomar. The trip was a perfect blend of architecture, history, and food. Matilde was able to guide us through the sights while avoiding the large tour groups that can overwhelm the experience. Her knowledge of world history, religion, and food was impressive. We would definitely recommend Matilde.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joy and Vernon! What a great pleasure it was to be with you! The best of my job is to tour people like you! Lots of love from Lisbon Matilde
Vernon GiangUnited States
Matilde was a wonderful guide. She created a customized tour of Lisbon that included plenty of local history, drinks, and small bites. She has a wide breadth of knowledge over many topics that she delivers in flawless English. She could easily pass for a native English speaker. The amount of walking was perfect for our physical level. We would highly recommend Matilde.
Matilde was an exceptional guide! She was punctual, professional and extremely knowledgeable, but most importantly, she was a lot of fun to be with. Both my husband and I appreciated that she tailored the tour based on our interests; no part of the itinerary was set in stone and it made the day very pleasant. She drove us in her comfortable, spotless car and the day just flew by. I have used guides in many different countries, and I would say that Matilde was definitely one of the very best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Huuuuugs!!!
Carolyn DavisUnited States
Very knowledgable Excellent English. Fun , sincere, and charming. Great background of Lisbon. Highlight of ou stay there
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carolyn! So good to hear from you! Thank you for your review and hope to see you in the future! Hugs from Lisbon Matilde
Pearl NagelUnited States
Matilde brought history to life. Knowledgeable charming and totally intune with our expectations. Matilde is beyond 5 star.So treat yourself to an amazing experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Pearl! So nice to hear such kind words from you! It was MY pleasure to share all those information with you!! Hugs from Lisbon Matilde M.
Bill LaRosaUnited States
Marilyn ZagorinUnited States
Matilde was absolutely terrific. Astute, knowledgeable and entertaining from beginning to end. We not only enjoyed being with her as a professional we would enjoy just being with her as a friend.
Andrea TierceUnited States
Matilde and the driver Pedro were great. They accommodated my mother not being very mobile very well. We saw everything on the list to see. It was a very good tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrea! It was a pleasure to be with you! I just had a tour with Colonial and Jeff and Don were on my bus :) Have fun in Portugal Warmest Regards
Alan BullingtonUnited States
My wife and I used Matilde three days in a row. We hit the "jack pot"!!! Charming, knowledgeable, entertaining and fun to be around. She is the perfect choice for a small group tour guide.
Alan BullingtonUnited States
Matilde is great. You will NOT be disappointed if you use Matilde as your guide.
Alan BullingtonUnited States
Matilde is fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable. Charming with an outgoing personality. Perfect English. A pleasure to be around.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear Alan! Miss you
Chris RodenjizerUnited States
We are so glad we booked this tour for our first full day in Lisbon. Matilde, our guide, gave us a great overview and foundation to the history of Lisbon - political, social, and gastronomical. Walking around the city with her was like hanging out with a good friend with a Masters Degree in all things Portugese. Food stops along the way were ones only locals would know about. Exactly what we hoped for. Saying goodbye to Matilde was tough, but sweet, too, as will probably see her again.
Prof S J JoostePotchefstroom, ZA - SÜDAFRIKA, South Africa
Sondra JackowitzUnited States
We took this tour with Matilde, She has a great knowledge of the Jewish History and Jewish sites in Lisbon. She is very personable and was able to answer all of our questions regarding both Jewish and General History. I would greatly recommend her services.
Knowledgeable and great to guide our student group
Denise SangsterUnited States
Matilde was such a delight to guide me through the best of the Lisbon food tour! She was charming, knowledgeable, funny, and accommodating. Truly a pleasure to hear her "share" her home town with me. Absolute bargain and worth every Euro! Highlight recommend her and this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Denise! It was great!!
Ellen FitzgeraldUnited States
Ms. Mendez was punctual, and very well versed in historical and popular information. She addressed all of our questions and showed us sights that we would not have seen without her. She included individualized information about shopping and cuisine specific to our requests. Matilde kept us moving while maintaining a casual an unrushed feeling. She is a great guide and we would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you to both of you! I had a great time, honestly!
Eliezer BasseUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating! It was a pleasure to meet and tour you. Best regards