Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Tbilisi-Georgia by Tour Guide Ia M. (Guide #21755)


Elizabeth Carpenter

United States
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Tour: Custom tour in Georgia for Elizabeth Carpenter, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Oct 27/19

Ia is an exceptionally professional and accommodating guide. Her in-depth knowledge of the complexities of Georgian history are impressive. She was able to readily adapt our tour to our specific requests. Each day of the tour was thoughtfully arranged, combining our interests with the remarkable sites of Georgia

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Betsy and Mark for your feedback, I had such a nice time during these 8 days guiding you. You're very attentive, kind and respectful. I really hope to see you again! Warm regards, Ia

Ruth K.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #354677, Two days custom tour in Georgia for Ruth Keys, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jul 23/19

I was looking for ideas for 2 days before joining a tour of Georgia. Ia came up trumps. Not only did she take into account ideas I had but she also came up with great ideas of her own. I had a wonderful start to my trip to Georgia. Ia and Sam who did all the driving were both good company and I felt I had made new friends at the end of my two days. I was quite sad to be saying goodbye. I highly recommend her. Don't just look at her suggested tours but start a chat with her. You won't be disappointed

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ruth for your warm words, I appreciate your feedback. I'm glad that this trip was a good start of your holiday in Georgia and I also felt like I made the new friend in the end of two days touring together. Best wishes and warm regards, Ia.

Mohammad Sajadi

United States
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jun 10/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mohammad for your feedback, it was nice to meet you and your sons. Hope to see you again in the future!

Barend Gevers Deynoot

Netherlands
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jun 9/19

6 Guys from Holland. Ia is very friendly and interesting. Thank you a lot for the elaborate tour and the easy going attitude!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Barend for your feedback, you and your friends are a lot of fun and I very much enjoyed guiding you! I'm sure you will have a great continuation of the trip.

Paul Gehlar

Salem, OR, United States
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Tour: #315767, Walking Tour in Tbilisi for Paul Gehlar, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jun 6/19

I enjoyed a marvelous day with Ia learning so much about Tbilisi and Georgia. History, religion, food, wine and so much more! It was a very enjoyable day, far beyond my expectations. You won't believe how much there is to see and do in Tbilisi. Ia will show you everything you want to see, answer all your questions and entertain you with stories as well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul for your feedback, it was my pleasure to spend a lovely day with you and your friend Salome. Hope to see you again in the future!

Craig Puffenberger

Roxbury, CT, United States
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Tour: #360441, Explore ancient cave city: Day trip to Shida Kartli region, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Mar 12/19

Ia was amazing. My son and I had a fantastic tour that consisted of visiting the cave city, seeing Gori and the Stalin Museum, having a wonderful lunch at a local winery and stopping numerous times to see churches and monasteries along the way. I can't believe we saw so much in one trip. She and her driver were extremely knowledgeable plus they were just fun and vey easy going, giving us a real experience of life in Georgia. I recommend her highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Craig for the great feedback. I'm so glad that you and your son enjoyed the tour. It was a pleasure to guide you and Alex's knowledge about literally everything was very impressive! Hope you had a nice trip in Armenia as well. Kind regards, Ia

Ian Johnston

United Kingdom
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Dec 2/18

Ia was a delightful guide as she showed us around the greatest hits of Tbilisi. She was warm and engaging as well as very knowledgeable about her beautiful city. She gave us a great insight into the history and culture of Georgia as well as answering our many questions as we went along through the day. She wasn't clock watching at all; the tour was at our pace. Her English is very good. Book her! you won't regret it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ian. I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour, I also had fun guiding you and your friend Srini. Hope you will come back in Georgia to visit rest of the country. Kind regards, Ia

Farhad Bagheri

Hungary
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Aug 28/18

We were 2 people that booked the tour at the last second and she accepted it without any problems. We had an amazing time, we were truly amazed how we were able to visit so many places in just 4 hours. She is very kind and her English is perfect, she explained everything in detail and always answered all of our questions. By the end of the tour she even recommended many restaurants with traditional food and many other places that we could visit. If in Tbilisi, this is a must have tour. Thank you

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Farhad and Ahmed for your feedback, I enjoyed a lot guiding you in Tbilisi and I hope that rest of your trip was a lot of fun! Best wishes, Ia

Lawrence Casper

United States
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Tour: #318744, Georgian Wine Region - Kakheti (Full day private tour), Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Aug 27/18

Excellent tour guide: My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Tbilisi and Eastern Georgia. The visit was made special by our guide Ia. She is personable, informative and was flexible with the schedule. She is articulate and engaging with a superb grasp of Georgian culture and history. I cannot say enough good things about Ia and the tour she provided. We give our highest recommendation for Ia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Larry & Cathy for such a great feedback, I'm so glad that the tour was memorable for you. It was very interesting for me too to guide you and talk with you about various topics. Hope to see you again! Best wishes and warm regards, Ia

Daniel Capurro

United Kingdom
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Aug 22/18

Ia is a wonderful guide and great company. She knows Tbilisi and Georgia inside out and is very knowledgeable on a range of topics. She is also incredibly friendly and during our tour she made us feel welcome and at ease. Ia was generous with her local's insights and took us to an excellent restaurant. We can't recommend her enough as a guide for your trip to Georgia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Daniel and Zoe, I had a lot of fun guiding you and I'm glad you also enjoyed our conversations and walking in the streets of old Tbilisi. Hope to see you again in Georgia! Best wishes, Ia

Alessandra Realacci

Italy
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi for Alessandra Realacci, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jul 10/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alessandra, it was nice to meet you and your husband. Kind regards, Ia

Jo Goossens

Belgium
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Tour: 4 days tour in Georgia for Jo Goossens, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Jun 29/18

I booked Ia not knowing how she would be, but with one concern and that is preparing a program that would suit my son, nine years old. It must have culture, culinary experience, entertainment for kids, extreme sports and above all a nice holiday. Ia did all that. We went to the cinema (hard to find a theater program, as they are all written in Georgina). We did rafting, paragliding, visit all the highlights of Georgia, … I'm Belgian, so she arranged a driver for our car into the city that speaks French! +

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jo and Briek! It was a special tour with awesome people, I'm really glad I got to know you.

John S.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #318744, Georgian Wine Region - Kakheti (Full day private tour), Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jun 11/18

On the outward journey through the glorious scenery of the Kakheti region we stopped for locally produced sweets , bread and cheese, and were able to see the bread being made in the traditional way. Then beautiful Bodbe convent, lovely Signagi (with lunch in the winery), and the impressive Chavchavadze house (with another winetasting). The return route took in the broad vistas from the Gombori Pass. Culture, countryside, tradition, food and drink - another perfect day with Ia and driver Sam.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot John for another great review! Meeting people like you makes this job so interesting. Best wishes, Ia

John S.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #318448, Ancient capital Mtskheta and winery, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jun 9/18

Ia tailored the day exactly to our interests. First came the ancient monasteries of Jvari and Mtskheta and the superb vistas of the valley and the Caucasus beyond. Then two different wineries, Guramishvilis and Iago, both outstanding in their own way, both in beautiful locations and giving a fascinating glimpse into traditional production methods. Tastings at both were accompanied by delicious local food. Once again it was the delightful company of Ia and and driver Sam which made the day perfect.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John and Jeannette for the great review! The day was really perfect with nice weather, broad vistas, delicious food and your company!

John S.

United Kingdom
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Tour: Research about Lydia Yavorskaya and sightseeing in Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Jun 7/18

We needed help with research in the Georgian archives, and Ia could not have been better. She guided us through the many complex forms required, and we found everything we had hoped for. Not only was the research successful, it was fun! Between research sessions Ia took us to beautiful areas of Tbilisi and introduced us to authentic Georgian home cooking. Best of all was the time we spent chatting and laughing with Ia and driver Sam - that will probably be our most enduring and treasured memory.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John for your kind words! I'm glad that I managed to help you with the research and we also had a lots of fun touring with you!

Toril Fjørtoft

Norway
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: May 27/18

Excellent guide!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Toril, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you and your friends again in Georgia!

David Kellner

United States
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Mar 21/18

Ia was a wonderful guide. She is very well informed, highly personable and flexible enough to create a tour that precisely met our needs. Ask her to take you to the restaurant with the superb lobio (bean stew). It's awesome, as was our day spent walking the streets of Tbilisi with Ia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David for your review. It was a pleasure guiding you and your wonderful family. I enjoyed our tour a lot!

Biju Joseph

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #354677, Kazbegi - Full day tour to Greater Caucasus Mountains, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Feb 14/18

In February 2018 I visited Kazbegi and Gadauri with IA. The drive through the greater Caucasus region on the scenic military highway was really wonderful . We had a really nice snow experience in the mountains and in Gadauri ski resort. On the way we visited historical Ananuri Fortress and had great Georgian food in nice restaurant @ stepantsminda . Ia knows all most everything about the Georgian history and place and she is professional, friendly and make you feel at home. Thank you Ia and Sam

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Biju for your review, It was a pleasure guiding you.

Biju Joseph

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #318744, Georgian Wine Region - Kakheti (Full day private tour), Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Feb 13/18

I spend a lovely day in Kakheti with Ia. We visited all the important place in this area like St.Nino's moanastery, Sighnaghi ,a local winery called Okro's family cellar and tasted different types wine and of course had Chacha Ia knows all the right peoples in all these place and her knowledge about historical places are really commentable. We had experienced some true geogian hospitality in the top of the mountain which was really amazing. Thank you Ia and Sam for the wonderful day.............

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Biju, we had a great day too and enjoyed guiding you. Hope to see you back soon.

Joylyn Jalandoni

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Tour: 6 Days Private tour in Georgia for Joylyn Jalandoni, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Feb 3/18

We really enjoy our tour. And we thank to Ia who really guide us to tour around, see beautiful views around Tbilisi and other part of Georgia. We really had a great time and most memorable experience. Until next time. Thank you very much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joylyn, It was a pleasure guiding you. You're always welcome to come back to Georgia!

Michael McEwen

United States
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Tour: #318744, Georgian Wine Region - Kakheti (Full day private tour), Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Oct 21/17

We spent a lovely day touring the Kakheti region with Ia. She was very personable and her knowledge about Georgian history and culture gave us additional insight into the places we visited. I liked that we were allowed to take things in at our own pace so we never felt rushed. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael for your kind words, It was a pleasure guiding you and your lovely wife, plus it was a beautiful day with perfect weather. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Georgia and hope you come back again!

Ignatius Tharakan

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: Three days Private tour in Georgia for Leena Mathew, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Oct 18/17

Tour conducted by Ia through toursbylocals indeed contributed to making our trip to Georgia a memorable one. Beautiful place, a must visit place, so much of different landscapes, churches and history to see and learn. Ia was a fantastic guide making sure that we got to visit all the places we wanted to, eat the famous dishes Georgia is known for and ensuring our trip was very comfortable from the start to the end. Madloba, madloba, madloba

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ignatius for your good review, I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. Best wishes to you and your family.

Liane Sandrey

New Zealand
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Tour: #315767, Walking Tour in Tbilisi for Liane Sandre, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Sep 21/17

Ia was knowledgable, personable and a delight. She put together a tour that matched our interests perfectly. We had a fantastic day in Tblisi with the perfect mix of time sightseeing and time in cafes. Ia had great recommendations when it came to where to eat as well. She was flexible to our demands. We really enjoyed our day in her company. Recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Liane. I had a great day with you and girls :) Really hope to see you sometime soon

Ahmed Kamal

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Tour: 5 Days private tour in Georgia for Ahmed Kamal Part 2, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Sep 17/17

It was outstanding tour, Ia is one of the best tourist guides I have ever met, I enjoyed every single place that we have visited from the amazing nature to the old city and she was telling the history of each place like you literally live at that age, we had fun in different places, she planned it very well and we enjoyed a lot, and special thanks for Samuel as he added a unique taste to the tour which I loved it, and when I visit Georgia again of course I will take it with them.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ahmed for your kind words. It started as just a tour, but we became good friends in a short while. It was a pleasure guiding you!

Ahmed Kamal

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Tour: 5 Days private tour in Georgia for Ahmed Kamal Part 1, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Sep 14/17

Jose Breton

Panama
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Tour: 8 Days Private tour for Jose Breton in Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Aug 24/17

Ia and Samuel were an excellent team, with them my wife and I discover the beauties of Tbilisi, Stepasminda, Kakheti and Kutaisi; not only places and history but people and the real Georgian life. They are caring, honest patient and helpful. Thanks

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Jose, we also really enjoyed the tour. Hope you have a good continuation of your trip.

Agnieszka Kacprzak

Poland
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Tour: #315767, Half day Walking Tour in Old Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Aug 4/17

Our Guide, Ia, is a very professional, competent guide and a charming person. Highly recommendable!!! The walk with her through the old Tiflis was very impressive, the view on the town from the fortress on the hill unforgettable! Ia provided us with historical, cultural and practical informations, very helpful for our further trip. He turned out trip into a real adventure and made us wish to come back and to Know better this fascinating country

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Agnieszka, it was a pleasure for me to guide you. Hope your further trip was exciting.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Aug 17 (KMcK) Changed to 5 star as per customer request.

Nedaa Salamah (ne- Aleisa)

Kuwait
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Tour: #315767, 4 Days Private Tour in Georgia for Neda Salamah, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jul 31/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neda, I enjoyed guiding you and your friends.

Are Bratland

Norway
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Tour: #318448, Ancient capital Mtskheta and winery for Are Bratland, Tbilisi, Georgia    view tour
Date: Jul 21/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Are, it was a great day:)

Abdo Abboud

Lebanon
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Tour: Full day Private tour to Kazbegi for Abdou Abboud, Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Jul 19/17

It was an amazing tour from start to finish. Our guide, Ia, was so professional and she knows alot about the history of the places we visited. It was a very informative trip, we learned many new things as well as enjoyed the magnificent scenes of nature. Ia also introduced us to Georgian music and explained many things about the Georgian culture and language. In addition to being very informative and helpful, Ia was also funny and joyful. We recommend Ia to anyone looking for a memorable tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Abdou. It was a great day full of fun with you and your friends!


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