Virginia K.United States
We had a wonderful day in Albania visiting Butrint, the Blue Eye, Lekursi Castle and several other stops. I was able to buy honey and fruit from a sweet woman at a roadside stand; it was a highlight for sure. Edvin loves his country and has a great passion for sharing it with visitors. We recommend him highly! He brought pastries for us but I forgot about them - I'm still sad I didn't try them!
Linda KendallUnited States
Eddy was very knowledgeable in the history of Albania. We had a great time with him.
Christopher MarshUnited Kingdom
We were pushed for time but wanted to see the fort, blue eye & Butrint. We told Edvin this before hand & he was great at organising and communicating. On the trip he made sure we saw everything with enough time to get to our ferry, without the tour feeling rushed. He was full of knowledge & was able to answer all of our questions, not just about the places we visited but about Albania in general, it's history, politics, etc. It was a great first taste of Albania. Highly recommend Edvin!!
Tom MesserHattiesburg, MS, United States
Edvin gave the four of us a great day in Albania. From hilltop views of the sea from a ruined castle to the Blue Eye spring and on to-our favorite- the amazing excavations at Butrint. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about Butrint pointing out the changes which the different civilizations added from Greek to Roman and Venetian. It is one of the best excavated cities of this age that we have seen. Edvin helped us get so much in by bringing us delicious Albanian snacks which we shared for lunch. Excellent
Edvin was a wonderful host and guide. We left with great memories from our tour , and a true appreciation of the gems within Sarandë. I would definitely recommend seeing Sarandë in this way.
Kathryn VogelUnited States
Edvin was a great tour guide. He took us four different places and gave wonderful commentary on ancient history as well as current history. We knew nothing about Albania and now we feel very well acquainted with it. Eddie was great and would highly recommend his as a guide.
Simon FooteUnited Kingdom
Edi gave a fantastic tour taking in Bektashi temple explaining fully Sufi religion, we were then taken to Buttrint for 3 hour guided tour of the complete site ,it was fantastic; we thought as good as Pompeii and Edi's knowledge of the site and its history and development was great , other tourists sought his advice whilst there. From there we drove to the Blue Eye , fantastic blue pool we tasted the waters and then Leferkesi Castle for the views. First rate tour ,guide, vehicle and snacks
Eran Farbstein OzIsrael
Edwin is a true professional. He feels and live his country and give wide and sufficient information and personal perspective about beautiful and amazing character. Edwin knows how to "read" his client according to his preferences and his situation (like mine, traveling with 2 young kids). He took care of us and helped planning the tour well in advance, answered all my questions and doubts, looked after us for every single thing and didn't leave us till he was sure we were pleased and enjoyed his country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Eran, I believe that the highlight of the tour were Tomer and Shy, they deserve all the stars especially that little bandit!! You are welcomed my friend!!
Gayle WennUnited States
Edvin and his driver Made our day a great one! We did so much all in one day. We did so much it is hard to choose my favorite spot—- the Blue Eye is a must see and also the Lekuresi Castle. I would highly Recommend Edvin and if I had the opportunity to go back, I would have Edvin takes us to have lunch at the Blue Eye in one of their huts on the water- magical place! Thank you, Edvin for making our day memorable! Barry and Gayle Wenn Summer of 2018
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Gayle, I am glad that you left Albania , my country ,with the best of impressions . This gives me to understand that my mission is accomplished successfully and it is always a pleasure to accompany people like you and Barry . You are always welcomed and thanks again Gayle.
Nilar Andrea Chit TunUnited States
A well scheduled tour with a great guide. Edi was very easy going and a very nice host for the day. I really enjoyed his explanations and history at Butrint and the cultural explanations throughout the day. Even as a solo traveler he was able to customize a tour for me which I am grateful. Fully recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Nilar, you are welcomed .I had a nice day in your company too. It was a very nice exchange of information from your part and your beautiful country too. I really learned a lot also. All the Best to you Nilar .
Paul NarracottUnited Kingdom
This was a marvellous and informative day for me and my family. Edi was a great host and took care of the whole group of 7. We had a pensioner and a pregnant mother with us and Edi made sure all were included and look after appropriately. We visited all the relevant sites and the timings were just right. I asked for time at a nice restaurant, and not to be rushed like on the usual coach trips. Edi took us to a beach side restaurant called Korali where the meal was of a high standard, but very reasonable
Carla ColacitoUnited States
I was the family hero for booking Edvin as our guide in Sarande! We wanted to visit Butrint and Lëkurësi Castle, but I mentioned to him that we also enjoy meeting people and learning about their culture and lifestyle. Based on that, he arranged for us to visit his grandma's home in the countryside, which was the highlight of our day. Edvin accommodated our every request and I'm certain that no one on our ship experienced Albania the way we did...with a very knowledgeable and congenial new friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Carla for making me for a day a part of your wonderful family!! All the best for you all!!
Sen DevadathanUnited Kingdom
When I contacted Eddy, he promised to make the Sarande shore excursion the highlight of our trip. Eddy is very knowledgeable about the country and Sarande. He proudly promoted his country, patiently took us to all the lovely sights in this picturesque town. Needless to say the visit to Blue eye was the high point of our week long trip. Delighted to have you as our local guide. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sen, thank you very much for your nice words , I wish to you and your friends many happy returns of your special occasion, it was my honor to be your guide and represent you a beautiful piece of our country and our people. Please Sen tell to your friends that this tour will also be the highlight of my season too!! I learned a lot!! All the best to you all!! Edi.
Michelle NesterUnited States
Edvin was fantastic. We saw the archaeological side of Albania along with the amazing culture. Our family (including a 13 year old boy) really enjoyed our time in Sarande and with Edvin. I would recommend Edvin to anyone going to Albania. We wouldn't have enjoyed ourselves half as much without our tour. Thank you again for making it a wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michelle for your kind words. I also enjoyed the time I spent with you and your perfect family and I wish you all the best especially to your very smart and strong boy ,who I am sure makes you proud every single day. I hope he becomes a very good engineer and all his dreams come true.
Our guide Resi spoke Spanish very well and was very friendly. We delayed getting to the meeting point and she waited for us. The places we visited were good and she followed our rhythm and adapted the itinerary to our liking. I do not put 5 stars just because the bus had very dirty windows and did not allow us to see the landscape well. The rest was very good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am very glad that you liked our service Maria.That is the most important matter for us. Regarding that one glass that you refer I would not call it dirty , the bus windows have two glass layers and sometimes air enters in between them what creates occasionally little visibility problems . We focus more on the drivers skills, cleanliness of the bus and its overall generic conditions when we rent .We shall be more careful when renting buses next time and check this detail more thoroughly .
Richard GitelsonUnited States
Edwin was an excellent host and made our visit to Albania very special. We learned so much from Edvin about this beautiful country. Highly recommend the visit to Butrint. Love that Edvin made a few short stops along the way to give us the flavor of this country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard!! Who knew that you would like so much Albania..I had a very nice time with you and your friends too. Now that you have seen and enjoyed your first visit here you may plan for a longer stop next time. As I told you its not only the places that make this country beautiful , its us, the people that make it even better. All the Best to you and Lawrence and your wives and you are welcomed anytime.
Lorraine KlueberUnited States
Our group of 10 people ages one to 82 needed a small private tour as a large bus tour would have been very expensive and would move at a too fast pace. Edi our guide, his driver and Johanna his assistant planned our day so that we visited the sights when the many tour busses were elsewhere. In our photos we are the only people! We didn't know it was a tender port so we were late off the bus. Edi had lunch waiting for us on the bus. A super day! Thank you!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lorraine.It was a true pleasure for me to answer to all of your questions and to provide you with insight in different historical eras of these places and nations. I am so pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your first time in Albania, hopefully beyond your expectations .. I wish you to have many more great tours and even better guides than I was. You are always welcomed. All the Best to your 10 stars family, Edi!!
Mary-Lou G.United States
"Edi" impressed me from the start with his thoughtful, articulate, gracious, & helpful response to my initial online inquiry! I knew my husband, 2 friends, & I would have a fabulous tour with him on our port call. Edi--a savvy top-rate driver/guide--shared so much with us in a short time: his in-depth knowledge of Albanian history, politics, culture; Sarande's hilltop fortress, the amazing forest with the "Blue Eye," Butrint's extensive Roman remains, & Edi's kind offerings of local snacks, water, & maps.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Professor thank you very much, it can not get sweeter than that!! I was very honored to spent that day with you and your husband and I wish all the best to both of you for being such perfect human beings above everything else!! You are welcomed.
Jane MannUnited Kingdom
Jennifer KokalariUnited States
I was pleased with the tour we received from Edvin. We had a full day personalized tour for 4 adults and 2 children. I would say the time allotment could have been better since we were starting to see ruins 30 minutes before sunset and returned to the car well after sunset. Had to use cellphone flashlights to get by. Next time I will make sure that everyone will have their own seat as it was very uncomfortable having 4 people in back of a minivan. Van meant for 7 (we had 6 adult plus driver and guide)
Lori DaniellUnited States
WOW!! What an amazing experience with Edvin!! We couldn't thank him enough for the experience we had in Albania. What a surprise to discover the many wonders of this beautiful place, from mountains, valley's, seaside and the Blue Eye. By far the BEST sunset view from our entire trip was in Albania overlooking the port and our cruise ship. Please book with Edvin, he will give you an experience in Albania you will never forget!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lori&Michelle and of course your husbands for all your kindness and positivism. For me, it was a true privilege and true joy to meet you and to spend the day with you . This day that we spent together will also remain in my most pleasant memories. I wish to you all the best and many many more journeys to have in the future with new and exciting destinations to see!! And of course you are always welcome in Albania!!
Extremely kind, enlightened us about his culture with a lot of heart. Even a year later, we remember our time in Albania, although very short, with a lot of happiness.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Emmanuel , thank you for your nice words , it is very nice that people remember you a year later after we spent only six hours together. All the best to you and your family !!
Misty JenningsUnited States
This was a wonderful day! Edvin was a great tour guide. We learned so much about Albania from him. My son and I could not have asked for better. We loved all the places we visited. We started with the Gjirokastor Castle which is both interesting and beautiful. Next we walked through the streets a little to get to the 2 houses these were also very informative. Then the blue eye was great with a special stop before. Edvin kept my son interested the whole time which is hard with a teenager.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Misty thank you very much for your kind words, I really hope you enjoyed your day in Albania as you got to see two of the most visited towns of my country. Met is a great kid and while growing up to be a real man soon enough you shall be proud of him as he becomes an architect or whichever of his dreams he choses to follow. I just downloaded the antivirus he suggested me . Misty I also enjoyed your company , I wish you all the best and you are welcome in Albania always.
Edvin made our visit to Sarande just perfect. He arrived on time, offered us a choice of car for our tour and provided cold bottled water and a lovely pastry! We hadn't even left town and already we had a great start to the day! Edvin spoke excellent English, he was knowledgeable and informative. We really couldn't have asked for a more wonderful day. Thank you Edvin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bernadette thank you very much for your kind words and your review. I really enjoyed the time i spend with you and Alan and your friends cause your very positive attitude made everything easier for me. I hope you really liked your tour in Saranda and still consider the possibility to come again in here this time for a longer period of time. I shall be here to arrange everything in here for you this time as my friends. All the best to you and Alan!!
Bjorn Hove JensenDenmark
If you go to Sarande and want to explore beautiful countryside with an extremely friendly, professional and competent local guide who speaks excellent english/german/italian, don't hesitate book a tour with Edvin. He's extremely responsive, communicative, precise. First class trekking in the mountains of southern Albania combined with a visit and fantastic local dinner with his family. Great people with hospitality second to none! Next time we go to Albania, a tour with Edvin will be first on the list.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is always a privilege for us to accompany while discovering our share of the land of the eagles such a loving family as yours Susanne , we shall always be here for you!! You are always welcome ,thank you for everything, God bless your family!!
I would give this tour ten stars if possible because Edvin gave us a wonderful day that included all of the places that we hoped to see and more. He is extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture and a joy to spend the day with. In addition to guided tours of Butrint and the Blue Eye, he took us to an ancient monastery with an interesting history and magnificent views. Thank you Edvin and thank you Tours By Locals for the great service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve. Thank you very much for your positive comments. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the time we got to spent together.A person like you deserves all the stars that a human being can be . I wish all the best to you and also to Peter and his wonderful sister.