Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in New-York-City by Tour Guide Michael D. (Guide #1596)


Marion Connelly

Australia
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Tour: #7314, A Private tour of Midtown, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 10/18

We had a great tour with Michael in New York. We learnt many interesting facts and found the tour very informative. We highly recommend touring NY with Michael.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marion. It was great fun spending time with you, Mark, Luke and Chris. Have a great time on the rest of your US trip and have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Beryl De Smedt

United Kingdom
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 5/18

Friendly and knowledgeable guide who was easy to get on with and very helpful. Made the tour enjoyable and would recommend.

Jacqueline Ludwig

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 29/18

Michael was an excellent source of knowledge. I enjoyed my private tour very much. Highlight of my New York experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jacqueline. Hope your visit to Peter Lugers worked out. Let me know when you're back in NYC!

Carol Lovelady

Union, KY, United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

If you want to see NYC- Michael is the guy to get your around and tell you the stories of his home town. What an excellent job he did on our day together. His knowledge and expertise allowed us to see more of the city than we have done in one day than we could have ever done on our own. He went above and beyond what we expected and we highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Carol. I had such a good time with you and your group. Hope the rest of your cruise went smoothly.

Jeff Keough

Canada
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 21/18

Michael was very knowledgeable and passionate about New York and it's rich history. We were happy with his stories and pace of the tour. He is a true New Yorker! Thank you Michael.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeff. I had a wonderful time showing you and your friends around NYC. Let me know when you plan to return. Michael

David Zona

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 4/18

Michael did a nice job adjusting to our special interest in Ellis Island and the history of my grandmother's immigration thru Ellis in 1921. Thank you and well done Michael.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure. Had such a great time with you all. Thanks for allowing me to share this important piece of history with you.

Randy Peretzman

United States
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 29/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Randy.

Rick Truman

United States
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Tour: #37972, A Private tour for Theater lovers. - Broadway Baby!, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 23/18

Michael was great! He was very knowledgeable, and he connected well with all of our participants. He paced the tour well so that everyone could keep up, and he personalized it to things that would interest our group.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Rick, Thanks so much for the kind words. It was great fun meeting your group and sharing some of the Broadway lore with them. Enjoy the rest of your stay and the wonderful line up of shows you're seeing. Michael D.

Mark Kelleher

Ireland
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 23/18

Michael is a fabulous guide for guests visiting New York, looked after our family as if we were his own family. Thanks Michael, appreciate your professional approach.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Have a wonderful cruise Mark! It was pleasure showing your family New York.

Shelley Richler

Canada
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 21/18

We spent 2 days touring with Michael and one day we went to the 9/11 Memorial. We all had our own memories of the day but it was especially interesting to hear it through the words of someone who lived through it. Absolutely recommend Michael as a guide if visiting New York.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Shelley. I had a wonderful time with you and your group.

Shelley Richler

Canada
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 20/18

Had a great day touring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Michael was especially nice and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Ellis Island and got us through the lines very efficiently. I would highly recomend Michael as a guide if you are visiting New York.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Shelley.

Roger Swenson

United States
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: May 10/18

This tour made our trip to New York. Michael's personal sharing of the 9/11 history, events and personal stories of that day was both educational and emotional. From the moment he met us at our hotel and guided us through the subway and streets of New York and his insight at each stop, it was a day our family will always remember. I cannot recommend him enough. He also guided us to an amazing lunch location before he left us too. The best way to see New York and the Memorial.

Roger Freidline

Midland, TX, United States
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 21/18

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Michael. After meeting us at our hotel, we rode the subway to start our tour. He offered a great deal of information about the 911 memorial and sites around the area. He also added a great deal to our understanding because he shared much of what he experienced on that day. For many of us, we have a shared memory of that fateful day and we truly appreciated what Michael added to our tour of the museum and memorial. I strongly recommend Michael for his tours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Roger, thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed the time we spent together. Please keep mean ind when you return to NYC. Michael D.

Darren G.

Australia
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Tour: #292074, Private Two Day City Tour., NYC, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 16/18

We decided to do our tour (2 days) via the subway as we wanted a true New York experience and that is what we got from Brian. We had the best hotdogs and papaya juice from the local hotdog store, waffles from the sidewalk, we visited places that you would not find on a normal tour. The little church at the 9/11 Memorial where the fireman would hang their shoes at the start of their shift some never to be reclaimed. This tour was exactly what we wanted so we could learn the history surrounding New York.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Darren, Thanks so much for your comments. I really enjoyed meeting you, your sister and son. I usually tell people that if they didn't like the tour they should refer to me as George, but since you gave me a Five Star review, I'll let the Brian pass. Thanks again, Michael D.

Elaine Hastings

United Kingdom
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 10/17

Michael was a super guide. We have never taken a private tour before and it was the perfect way to take the 9/11 tour. We learned and saw so much more than if we had walked on our own. Michael brought each of the memorials to life and we felt honoured to see hidden and almost forgotten statues. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and memories with us.

Andrew Chung

United States
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 3/17

It is VERY informative... You learn so much about 9/11. It is definitely something to visit (at least once) when you visit New York City.

Andrew Chung

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 2/17

I have been to New York so many times, but this time my friend and I got to learn so much about the history of this great city thanks to Michael, a New Yorker born and raised. Hope to have Michael guide us through New York again focusing on other tours he offers on this site.

Lance Williams

United States
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 25/17

Michael is a knowledgeable and passionate native NewYorker and guide to NYC. We spent 4 hours with him at the 09/11 Memorial and walked away from the tour more knowledgeable about 09/11, the memorial, museum and NYC in general. I highly recommend Michael for his knowledge, passion and easy going manner.

Jacquie Talbot

United Kingdom
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 4/17

Brilliant tour by a knowledgeable guide who is clearly enthusiastic about his home city Thank you Michael

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jacquie. Hope you enjoyed the fireworks!

Jeff Graebert

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Area, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 2/17

Michael is great! I would give him 5 stars!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeff. I had a wonderful time with you and your family. Say hello to Howston for me.

Katie Shanks

Australia
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: May 27/17

Michael was great!! He organised the tour around what we wanted to see and was very helpful in explaining the transport around New York. Very knowledgeable on many topics would highly recommend him to anyone visiting this amazing city!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Katie.

John Horan

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 22/17

Michael was perfect for our family, connecting with our mid-20's children, my wife and me. We all agreed that we made the right choice to have a private guide and Michael made the learning experience a true pleasure. We would not hesitate to sign up for any of Michael's NYC tours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert. Loved every minute of it. Michael D.

Jean Athas

United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 21/17

Michael had an incredible amount of information and showed us many things that we would have overlooked or would not have understood their significance. They were no longer just parks or buildings but had stories and histories. He left us confident we could navigate this city on our own. His tour will be one of our top high lights to this amazing city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jean. It was such a pleasure to show you around the city and teach you and the girls to navigate the subway. Enjoy "The Lion King."

Rosemary Pedretti

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 21/17

Guide perfect. Really fun and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend him. Name was Michael.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rosemary. I enjoyed sharing this wonderful monument with you. Please let me know when you are in town next.

Scott Russell

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 22/16

Our tour guide, Michael, was GREAT. He met us at the hotel and expertly guided us to Battery Park. The entire way he was giving us tips as well as pointing out interesting bits of history. He got us to the Statue of Liberty and gave such a wonderful talk that we found ourselves surrounded by other tourist not in our group. He even would lay down on the ground to get us great pictures. I cannot recommend the company and Michael strongly enough. You will not regret the extra money spent on a guide. Thanks

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Scott, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was such a pleasure showing the city to your family and friends. I hope you'll let me know when your coming back this way. Michael D

Cathy Bialy

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 1/16

My family and I have used Tours by Locals for previous trips, which is why I reached out to find a NYC guide to take my two 'millenial" sons to see the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Museum. Michael gave them an excellent tour. He was an encyclopedia of NYC history yet was able to convey it in a way which appealed to two guys in their 20's. Hire Michael!!! It will be money well spent. Cathy from Chicago

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cathy, Thank you so much. Your sons were terrific and we had a great time. Keep me in mind whenever you or your family or friends are coming to NY. In addition to the tours published here I also do customized tours. Michael

Donna Paul

Culver City, CA, United States
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Tour: #25792, Private Tour of 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 13/16

Took me a while to write this review but finally got around to it. Michael is a great tour guide. Prompt, personable and knowledgeable. This has to be one of the most difficult tours to guide and Michael does it with skill and grace. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Donna, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to share this tour with you.

Lenore Eskow

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 8/16

Everything about Michael was perfect!!! There were 28 people on the tour and everyone felt the same

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lenore, This was a wonderful group and I had a great time sharing my love of this incredibly historic site with them. Keep me in mind for future outings. Michael

Helen Williams

Australia
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 19/16

Raphael R.

United States
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Tour: #25787, Private Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 24/16

Michael was great. Timely. knowledgeable and beyond. Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Rafi. It was pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife again and share some of NYC with your grand daughter. Hope you'll keep me in mind for your next visit.

Harriet Weber

United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 23/15

We loved our tour with Michael! He was so well-versed on the lower Manhattan area, including the financial district, architecture and early settlement chronology! We not only learned, but he encouraged us to look up and SEE what was around us of beauty and history! The best part was his sharing concerning 9/11 and taking us around the memorial area. We will never forget it - it was a moving experience! Thank you!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Harriet. I had a wonderful time with your group. Please let me know when you are back in NYC.

Jeannie Odom

United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 18/15

Mike was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgable of the city and gave us tons of information. He was very prompt and met us at our hotel a few minutes early. He was very easy to talk to and I would highly recommend him!

Carole Coats

United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City - Private tour., New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 28/15

This is the second time we've used Mike while visiting nyc. Our group (4) spent 3 days with him and had a great time visiting Broadway, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and we even walked across the Brooklyn Bridge! He even found a great chocolate shop for us! I would definitely book him again whenever we go to nyc; he is a wealth of knowledge anout the city. Thanks,Mike, for another great tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Always wonderful to see you Carole. Thank you for the kind words. I had a wonderful time sharing the city with your family. Hope to see you again soon. Michael

Nathan Campbell

United States
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Tour: #25787, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 9/15

We were pleased with Michael's flexibility and forethought. He met us in NJ and stayed with us until we got off the ferry in Battery Park. His knowledge was very helpful and both adult and high school students alike commented about how their experience was enhanced by his tour and commentary. We will definitely seek him out again.

Kevin Powers

United States
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Tour: #25787, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 20/14

Michael is incredibly knowledgeable and is a gifted communicator. His Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tours were full of energy and insights we otherwise would not have enjoyed. While a New Yorker through-and-through (and his family in NY go back generations), he is a very nice man and has a wonderful sense of humor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kevin, Wonderful meeting you. Loved sharing this city with you. Please look me up when you are back this way.

Raphael R.

United States
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Tour: #25787, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 13/14

We spent a day and half with Michael in NY. He is very knowledgeable and he knows NY and it's little secrets as well. We had a great time together.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of the most enjoyable "jobs" I ever had. Thank you for letting me share NYC with you. Hope to see you again.

Raphael R.

United States
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Tour: #25792, 9/11 Memorial World Trade Center and Museum tour, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 12/14

Michael is great.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The admiration is mutual. I had a wonderful time with you and your family. Hope to see you again here in NYC.

Francene Dale

United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: May 9/14

I recently used Tours by Locals for a trip to NYC. Our tour guide, Michael D., was totally awesome! He was so personable and educational. He has a wealth of knowledge that made our trip extra nice. I would highly recommend a tour guide -- it saves a ton of time and you walk away knowing more about the history of NYC than you did coming in. Very professional and well worth the money! If I could give a 7 star rating, then I would! F Dale.

Mary Gund

United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 17/14

Great day! Lots of terrific stories and history. We would have Michael take us around the city any time. Thanks!

Carole Coats

United States
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Tour: #6446, Your City, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Oct 25/13

This is my 3rd time using Tours by Locals guides and they just keep getting better and better! This time we were in New York City and Mike showed us around from the Bronx (Botanical Gardens and Poe's cottage) to the Statue of Liberty and the 911 Memorial Site. We loved Mike, not just because he was so knowledgeable about all things New York, but because he was charming, kind and introduced us to a great restaurant-SaraBeth's on Amsterdam Ave.! Thanks for everything, Mike!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carole and Tom,Thanks so much for your kind words. I had a terrific time showing you around the city. Please keep me in mind the next time you visit. Michael

Kim Bird

United States
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Tour: #6446, 9/11Memorial/Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 30/13

Michael was a great guide!! He is very knowledgeable and had connections that made our tour so much better!! The kids LOVED the water taxi and the crew!! We will definately use Michael again when we return to NYC!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kim, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. Look forward to sharing more of NYC with you on your return. Michael D.

Anthony Nemecek

United Kingdom
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Tour: #6446, Your City, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 28/12

Friendly, knowledgable and professional. Had a great, personalised tour and with limited time, was much appreciated. Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Anthony. It was a pleasure to share my home town with you and Lucy. Please keep in my mind on return visits.

Sabine Vermassen

Bever, Belgium
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Tour: #6446, Your City, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 15/11

Michael was perfect on time, very friendly and knew a lot of New York. In 4 hours we have seen the most important monuments of NY and my two sons of 17 and 16 were very pleased with his histories of NY. It was the perfect introduction to this wonderful city. Thanks

Eve Waller

Canada
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Tour: #6446, Your City, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 5/11

Mike was a great tour guide, knew everything there is to know about New York and lot's of stories. He is a real gentleman, took into consideration that one of our party could not walk too well, and thought of ways to get to places without too much walking. He gave us lots of tips for things for us to do on our own and to get discount tickets, etc. He was great, would recommend him to anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eve. It wa spleasure meting you and sharing the city with your party. I hope you'll keep me in mind when you visit NYC again.

Andrew Parissis

Australia
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Tour: #6446, Your City, private, New York City, New York, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 24/10

Michael knows New York. He set up an incredible tour for us after I had given him a list of places we wanted to see. More importantly he is a really nice and friendly person. Thanks Michael !!!