Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Portofino-and-Santa-Margherita-Italy by Tour Guide Sandra M. (Guide #16660)


Richard Wong

Australia
Rating

Tour: #246729, Live Genoa as a local: your private shore excursion (transportation included), Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 28/19

Sandra is a very patient guide who gave us a thorough tour of Genoa, mainly the old part of the city which is steeped in so much history. She was able to accommodate our particular needs and spoke in a clear and concise manner. We even experienced the best cappuccino in Genoa with her. We came away from the tour much more learned than when we began. A fascinating tour from a lady who is passionate about Genoa and it's history.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard, thank you for your review and the kind words. Unfortunately I am not so powerful to offer you a warmer weather. Hope you are enjoying your holiday and have a safe flight back home. Look forward meeting you again. All the best to you and you wife and a big hug to your daughters C. and P. Happy 2020! Sandra

John Lund

United States
Rating

Tour: #565477, All the local best in one shore excursion by van, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 12/19

Sandra was great. She provided an excellent tour and met all our expectations.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, thank you for your kind rating. Thank you for visiting our land in November. Despite all, we got it! I has been a pleasure to meet you, your wife and friends. Hope meeting you again to keep on discovering our land (wine tasting, not only in Tuscany!) Warm hug. Sandra

Jeff King

Westfield, MA, United States
Rating

Tour: 5 Terre in comfort for Jeff King family, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Date: Nov 7/19

We think so highly of Sandra, we book her as our guide every time we come to Italy! Our recent trip to 5 Terre was amazing - and Sandra planned all of it! With a bright smile and a big hug, she and her driver whisked us away to one of Italy's most beautiful, picturesque locations: 5 Terre, with its colorful mountainside villages and vineyards perched on the edge of the sea. Best of all, Sandra made us feel like we were seeing it all with a good friend at our side, not just a professional guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeff, Thank you for your kind review and for visiting us again. I loved see you back here and share the day. You know you will be always welcome. Nothing more I can say that you don't already know. Hope meeting you again, here or there! Big warm hug to all of you. Sandra

Barrie Ashurst

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #412521, The secret Italian Riviera private shore excursion in comfort, Portofino, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 23/19

Just excellent, there is no other way to describe this wonderful private tour - we were a party of three and were on a cruise that docked at Portofino for the day so time was limited but we all felt we got an insight of the area. Another plus of the tour was we had Sandra and a separate driver which is some much better than a guide / driver in one. A wonderful tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barrie, thank you for your kind review and for sharing your experience with other travelers. It was so pleasant for me having you all here, wrapping me with your kindness. Looking forward meeting you again. Wishing you all the best, please extend my warm hug to Ann and Paul. Sandra

David Turner

United States
Rating

Tour: #412521, The secret Italian Riviera private shore excursion in comfort, Portofino, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 5/19

Sandra is a wonderful guide. We were able to immerse ourselves in Liguria for a few unforgettable hours thanks to her and our driver Alex, who whisked us back to Portofino after a last-minute change in port of call for that day. Her tours are a delightful blend of history, geography, literature and cuisine. Lei e' davvero fantastica!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David and Kathy, Such a sweet couple, how lucky I was! Thank you for your kind words. Hope the memories of the Italian Riviera & Genoa will stay with you for long time. I really hope meeting you again. Big hug. Sandra

Cindy Fricke

United States
Rating

Tour: #246730, The secret Italian Riviera plus Portofino - Cindy Fricke, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 28/19

Sandra was a wonderful guide. She worked great with us on some special needs. We enjoyed all her knowledge of the area. She even took us to have some local coffee and local bread. We had a really fun day with Sandra. She was one of our favorite guides in Europe. We would highly recommend Sandra for anyone needing a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cindy! So happy to read your kind review! Thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers. And thank you for trusting me and for choosing a " green way" for a shore excursion by ferry and train. Such a pleasure for me it was, spending the day with you, your husband and friends. Please share with them a warm hug from the Italian Riviera. Hope meeting you soon. Regards. Sandra

Mark VandeVoorde

United States
Rating

Tour: #246062, Live Genoa as a local: your private walking tour, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 27/19

Sandra very knowledgable about her city and was wonderful company during our tour. Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, thank you for your kind review and rating. It has been a pleasure for me to meet you and your family. And you resisted the challange of visiting us on such a humid day! Please hug for me your " girls" Katryn and Danielle, I am waiting to know the "kangaroos"! Hope meeting you all soon. All the best. Sandra

Roxann Zitek

United States
Rating

Tour: #246730, The secret Italian Riviera private tour, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 24/19

Sandra was very knowledgeable, interesting and clear about historical subjects and personable. I would absolutely recommend her to all that travel to Liguria area. We look forward to our next tour with Sandra. Thank you Sandra for a wonderful day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roxann and Dana, Such a pleasure knowing you in Santa Margherita. Too short time together! Lucky me to have curious travellers visiting us. Thank you very much for your stay in our land. Wishing you all the best I am looking forward meeting you again. Always welcome! xxx Sandra

Regina Morgan

United States
Rating

Tour: #258449, All the local best tour plus Sestri Levante and transfer to Genoa's airport for Regina Morgan, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 22/19

Sandra was a highlight of our trip. She put together a wonderful custom flexible tour of Genoa and the Italian Rivera. She is knowledgeable, personable energetic professional and enthusiastic. She is highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Regina, thank you very much for your kind review. So pleased to know you and so thankful you reminded me after long time. Adding Sestri Levante to this tour was a great idea and we had fun together, despite the rain. Hope you are keep on attending Italian cakes lessons in your country! Looking forward meeting you. Big hug

Thomas Reimers

United States
Rating

Tour: #246730, The secret Italian Riviera -Thomas Reimers private tour, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 10/19

Sandra gave us an amazing tour and made our time in the Italian Riviera very special.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thomas, thank you very much for you kind words. I remind with pleasure the time spent with Kristi and you. Look forward meeting you again I wish you all the best for a great new decade. Big hug. Sandra

Jeffrey Goldberg

United States
Rating

Tour: #246730, The secret Italian Riviera tour for Jeffrey Goldberg, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 5/19

superb; everything and more that you would want in a guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeffrey and Sherry, thank you! Too kind of you. But, as Marcel said, it's a shame this guide never been to NY! It has been a pleasure to share your day at the Italian Riviera with you . Now, be you the second part of the Golberg family I met in two years, I wait for the rest of the family! Really hope meet you all soon and wish you all the best. Big big hug to you and your dear wife. Please share it with Karen &co. Sandra

Nancy Burger

United States
Rating

Tour: #412521, The secret Italian Riviera shore excursion by private boat - Burger family, Portofino, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 19/18

Our ship docked at an alternate port which changed our plans. We notified our guide, Sandra, the night before and she rearranged our tour. We drove to Camogli and took our chartered boat ride around the coast. Camogli is a sight to behold and is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch and people watch. San Margherita and Rapallo are beautiful to view from the water. Thanks to Sandra, we did not have to cancel or venture too off our original plans. She went above and beyond to give us a day to remember.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nancy, thank you for your rating and review your tour. Yes, we got it!despite all odds, making our best to offer you a good day. I usually dont surrender with "it's not possible"! Sometimes I got it :)). I am pleased you appreciate it. All the best to you big family and especially your mother. Hope meeting you again in my land. Big hug. Sandra

Dennis Stick

Irvine, CA, United States
Rating

Tour: #258449, Splendid private shore excursion to the Italian Riviera plus Genoa, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 2/18

Lovely day traveling to Portofino to experience the beautiful city with it views and famous food.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dennis, Thank you for your rating and review. It had been a pleasure to welcome you and your friends in my land and with the best weather ever. All the best to Donna, Susan, Lorn and you! Hope meeting you back in Italy. Regards. Sandra

Jeffry Smith

United States
Rating

Tour: #246730, The secret Italian Riviera customised private tour for Smith Party, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 10/18

Sandra was a great source of information and was extremely flexible, giving us great options to enhance our experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeffry, Thank you for your review. It had been a pleasure sharing the day with you and your friends. We did a lot with all the possible transportation ways! Thank you for be so open to my suggestions. Hope your experience will be helpful for other travelers. Look forward meeting you again. Regards. Sandra

Bernard Fisher

United States
Rating

Tour: #246730, The secret Italian Riviera private tour plus Portofino for Fisher Party, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 2/18

Terrific, knowledgeable, helpful & guided us throughout the tour & made it pleasant and enjoyable

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bernie, thank you for your kind words. It has been a pleasure to stay with you and with the girls! You are definitely not " seniors " ! you did a lot and I hope you come back home with lots of memories. A big hug to all of you. Sandra

Bernard Fisher

United States
Rating

Tour: Simple 5 Terre from La Spezia - Fischer Party, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Date: Aug 31/18

Terrific, knowledgeable, helpful & guided us throughout the tour & made it pleasant and enjoyable

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bernie, thank you for the kind review. We did it, despite rain and rough sea, you check 5 terre off your bucket list. Don't forget: I am waiting for you in a Genoa's tour next time! Take care of you. Sandra

Norman Klein

United States
Rating

Tour: #258449, All the local best from Portofino - extended version for Norman Klein, Portofino, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 24/18

Sandra put together a great day of touring. We walked through Portofino and then drove through coastal towns to Genova. We visited the Jewish Cemetery, Synagogue, city highlights, and medieval parts of town. We had a lovely lunch and then drove back to Portofino with a stop in Santa Margherita, a coastal town close to Portofino. Sandra was very knowledgeable and organized and provided a great experience. We would not hesitate to recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Norman, thank you for your kind review. It will be helpful for other travelers. At the beginning the tour was looking like "Mission Impossible" without Tom Cruise but we got it! Thank you for your curiosity and for trusting me. Great day. Big hug to Barbara. Waiting for the rest of the family! All the best. Sandra

Susan Warnecke

United States
Rating

Tour: #258449, All the local best in one shore excursion (transportation included), Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 23/18

Sandra was very knowledgeable and professional. I loved that she took us to the top of Genoa first to point out the highlights and then we went down to the town to explore further. Our road trip to Portofino was wonderful and the lunch we shared was a delight. Everything was timed perfectly. I would recommend Sandra for anyone wanting to explore Genoa and the surrounding areas. Thanks! Susan Warnecke

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan, Thank you very much for your rewiew. How pleasant has been the day with you and Matt! You will be always welcome in our land. I wish you to come back in the future. Don't forget to send me news from you as I hope meeting you in your country! May be a zodiac signs meeting! Big warm hug.

Barbara Morrison

United States
Rating

Tour: #246729, Live Genoa as a local: your private shore excursion (transportation included), Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 2/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara, It had been a pleasure for me meeting you and your husband. Hope you will be the new promoter of our land. To next time! Regards Sandra

Carol Ann Hayes

United States
Rating

Tour: Luxury design stores and historical popular shops in Genoa, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Date: May 29/18

We went to several older small shops for gelato, chocolate, tea & china used on cruise ships back in the early 20th century. We also went to several palazzos which were beautiful. Quite a different look at Genoa - totally enjoyable and absorbing. Sandra helped me find an antique map of Chiavari area not daunted by the lack of maps in several of the shops we initially tried. Sandra also helped me to get on the train to Milan airport which was most helpful. Genoa is a wonderful city - and so is Sandra!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carol, thank you for your review. It has been a pleasure knowing you and spending together these experiences. Local guides are lucky when they meet you! You has been so full of energy to leave Genoa in the late afternoon to go to Milan. It will be very useful for other travellers to know: planning some days in our land on your own and live unique moments is possible!! Hope meeting you in the future. A warm hug. Sandra

Carol Ann Hayes

United States
Rating

Tour: Go back to the roots - Private tour for Mrs Hayes, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Date: May 28/18

Sandra arranged a driver to take us to the town where my relatives emigrated from back in the 1870's. She had contacted the local parish church and arranged a meeting with the pastor and copies of baptismal records. She made the experience come alive for me with many suggestions and good detective work as we tried to follow up on my family. We went to the cemetery and a small town near by where there might be some relatives. Sandra went above and beyond for this day for me - and I greatly appreciated it

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carol, thank you for your review. It will be very useful for many others travellers with Italian origins. You know it has been a pleasure for me to share with you this experience. Take care of you !

David Aronberg

United States
Rating

Tour: #246729, Live Genoa as a local: your private shore excursion (transportation included), Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 1/18

Sandra was wonderful, knowledgeable, patient, answered all of our questions and was a fantastic guide for our family. We had a great experience and recommend her highly!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, thank you for for review. It had been a pleasure to spent Easter's day with your family. A big hug to the beautiful girls! Wishing you all the best. Regards. Sandra

Jeff King

Westfield, MA, United States
Rating

Tour: #258449, All the local best in one shore excursion for King Party, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Feb 11/18

It is my pleasure to give my highest recommendation to Sandra. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and pleasant. But, more than that, she brings with her a warmth of personality that makes one feel like they are spending the day with a good friend. Furthermore, Sandra was very perceptive and sensitive to our needs -- be it tasting local cuisine, getting the best photograph, or finding the most memorable sights. One thing's for sure: The next time I'm in Italy, Sandra is my first call!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeff, thank you so much. Your words are making me very pleased. TBL guides are working at their best for giving the travelers the best experience. But definately I have been very lucky when you booked my tour because you have been the perfect guests! Take care of you and a big hug to Kathy and Jordan. Waiting for the visit of the rest of the family! Sandra

Malcolm Lemer

Australia
Rating

Tour: #246062, Live Genoa as a local: a private walking tour for Lemer family, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 3/18

Sandra is a wonderful guide and knows Genoa very well, including it's history from Roman times to current. She kept our teenage sons interested and engaged. We would highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Malcom. It has been a pleasure to guide you in my city. Lucky me to meet teenage guys so nice! Best wishes for the year to Ethan and Mathew plus Sarah and you! Sandra

Larry (or Lawrence) Verdugo

United States
Rating

Tour: #246729, Live Genoa as a local plus "Lanterna" visit: private shore excursion for Verdugo Party, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 26/17

I and my friends found Sandra to a very friendly, warm and communicative guide. She proved to be a good advocate and worked to maximize our access to sites normally closed on the day we had--Sunday. Sandra's approach suggested her strong affection for Genoa. We enjoyed her company very much and commend her skills.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Larry, Thank you very much for your review. You and your lovely friends know how much I appreciated your company. A pleasure for we guides is meeting curious travelers as you all are. Hope you remind your genoeses days when you open the precious sweet boxes! A big hug to you all and Merry Christmas Sandra

Jeff Hudson

United States
Rating

Tour: #246062, Live Genoa as a local: your private walking tour, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 21/17

Meeting at the railroad station was easy and it was a great place to start the tour. The city unfolds from there through its various historic "eras." Sandra's comments were insightful and she elaborated in areas that connected with our interests. In no way could we have seen this complex city and understood it as we did without this helpful guide. It was a fun morning.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeff, thank you for rating the tour! Your words are very important: a tour by public transportation could be easy done and appreciated with a local guide. Future travelers will trust you because TBL reviews are done ONLY by somebody who really experienced it! I am pleased you enjoy your stay in Genoa. A big hug to Margaret and you too, wishing you all the best. Arrivederci! Sandra

Phillip D.

United States
Rating

Tour: #246730, The secret Italian Riviera private tour customized for Phillip Davis Party, Portofino, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 12/17

What a pleasure Sandra was! Working with us to design our tour as we meandered through the Italian Riviera. Sitting on the shore line of Portofino sipping Limoncella spritzers & eating fresh focaccia & cheese bread ... what a day! It did help that the weather was spectacular & the traffic was light ... but this only added to our overall satisfaction. We never felt that we were being held to the tour time limit. Sandra took us to places that were not scheduled adding to the relaxed day. Book this tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Phillip, Thank you very much for your kind review. It had been really a day to remember...last minute ship re-positioning and the weather at our side! I am really felt blessed by all that help by my land and the nice party you are. Wishing all the best to all of you and lots of new tours in the future. Hope to see you back in Italy soon. My special arrivederci to the three sisters... and gentlemen too! Sandra

Mikhail Potapov

Moscow, Russia
Rating

Tour: #258449, All the local best private tour for Mr Potapov plus transfers airport/hotel, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 7/17

I strongly recommend Sandra to guide you thru Genoa and its neighborhood

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mikhail, it has been a pleasure for me to guide you and your son. Thank you very much for the review and thank you for your choice: you transformed a simple transfer from airport to hotel in an occasion of a tour in Genoa and Riviera. Mind the Italian sun, cap, sunscreen, sunglasses...and enjoy it! Hope to see you in the future! Regards. Sandra

Terri Ludwick-Garonzik

United States
Rating

Tour: #246062, Live Genoa as a local: private walking tour for Terri Garonzik, Genoa, Liguria, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 24/17

Sandra was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable of Genova and it's history. I appreciated that she spoke English very well. Highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Terri! I am very pleased to read you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for the quick review and rating. Very kind of you! Hope your are enjoying your time in these days and I am look forward seeing you in two days for the second tour at the Riviera. It has to be beyond your expectations ! Arrivederci! Sandra

Johanne Eshaya

Canada
Rating

Tour: The secret Italian Riviera plus San Fruttuoso bay, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Date: Jun 27/17

Sandra is a fantastic guide. She is very knowledgeable (her english is excellent), interesting, energetic, flexible and kind. We spent a wonderful day exploring the Italian riviera with her and our chauffeur and we definitely recommend her services to everybody!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Johanne, so pleased to read you! Thank you for your review and rating, very kind of you. I remember you all with pleasure and I am only sorry for the short time spent together. You are so serene and sweet and the stories of your husband so interesting! Hope to see you soon in our land: I order the cleanest, warmest, calm sea water for Richard and you! Regards. Sandra


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