Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Lisbon-Portugal by Tour Guide João L. (Guide #22620)


John Prusakowski

Canada
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 20/18

Fabulous tour. One of our best ever. João was personable, humorous and very accommodating. Everything was well planned in order that we could have the most enjoyable tour without feeling rushed. Lunch with the menu recommendations suggested by João was outstanding!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr John, thanks so much for your wonderful review. I really love our day! Your wife and friends were amazing! Thanks so much for everything and when i i have the porche key handle i will send to Mr Michel, obrigado

Jean Palamar

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 15/18

We have recently returned from Lisbon, and one of the highlights of our visit was our all day tour with Joao!! He was such a fantastic guide and we learned so much about Portugal, Lisbon and the areas we visited on our day tour. His depth of knowledge about the history and architecture was impressive, as was his sense of humor! He also took us to a wonderful lunch spot by the sea, and we had delicious shellfish and rice for lunch, along with a taste of "green wine". We would hire him again!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear M. Jean, i don't have words to thank you for your wonderful review, and specially the honor i had to meet you, your amazing husband :) All the best and stay safe João

Ellen Portnoy

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 14/18

We had a lovely day with him. He picked us up at our cruise ship and then off to Sintra and Pena Palace. So beautiful and interesting. Walking around the grounds was a bit of an uphill walk, but well worth it. After we visited the city of Sintra, the shops, we ate lunch at a delightful seafood restaurant on the beach, we drove to Cascais. He was such a wonderful guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Hellen and Doctor Jay No words to express my gratitude to you. It was really an amazing day with wonderful views. Thank you for being so curious and communicative. Was a day i will not forgey, im really fortunate that you loved it. All the best, obrigado João

John Buhr

Newtown, PA, United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Oct 7/18

João led us on a very exciting afternoon tour of Sintra, The Pena Palace, and Quinta da Regaleira. His enthusiasm for the beautiful area was infectious. He knows the area very well, and was able to show us many things we would never have uncovered on our own. João has great guide qualities as he is quite knowledgeable, engaging, interactive, and able to accommodate travel constraints. We spent a beautiful afternoon with João and recommend him highly as a tour guide in the Lisbon area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr John, thanks so much for this wonderful review. Im so glad that i met such an amazing couple!! I hope to have the honor to tour you again, all the best, João

George Hofmann

United States
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Tour: #382636, Magic Lisbon Private Tour- Shore Excursion, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 29/18

We just finished our second day with João We did Lisbon 1/2 day yesterday and Sintra and beach towns today. Great tour, knows the best w ay to avoid crowds and personalizes to your direction. Highly suggest and recommend João

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. George It was a great honor to meet you and have the pleasure to take you around the most beautiful spots i know in Lisbon and Sintra. Stay safe and I hope to see you again and tour you again... Best regards and all the best!!! João Ps. So much thanks for the book :) special

George Hofmann

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 28/18

Can't find a more knowledgeable, great personality than Joan, meaning John

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Mr. George! Im glad you enjoy the afternoon in Lisbon and i promise an exciting tour tomorrow in Sintra... Many thanks for the wonderfull review :)

Lori Walsh

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 25/18

We are a group of 8 women and João showed us the best of Sintra. We all had a great time. We ate well, saw amazing sights, and learned lots. He's an absolute pleasure! Thank you João!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear M. Lori Thanks so much for your wonderful review! I really loved our day, it was fantastic have the opportunity to share my Sintra with you. Best regards have an wonderful week here, João

Edward Hoehn

United States
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Tour: #394842, Magic Sintra Half Day Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 22/18

Had a great 5 hour tour with Joao. He met all our expectations and requests for our tour and then some. He was very informative and soon felt as though it was a personal friend instead of a tour guide showing us the ins and outs of his Country. I highly recommend Joao as your local tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Edward Thanks so much for your wonderful review. Was a really great day and wonderful opportunity you gave me to share my country with you. All the best

April Kitchens

United States
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Tour: #381872, Arrábida Mountain with Wine and Ocean Tour!, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 17/18

WOW, another stellar day spent with an amazing guide. Joao is the best..... and his passion to share his country with you is obvious the moment he meets you. We toured two fabulous wineries, one that encompassed its' own art gallery, and what a treasure that was, and the other having produced wines for 7 generations. Lunch with traditional Portuguese treats and more wine.... it doesn't get any better than that! Thank you, friend, for another fabulous, memorable day!! Felicidades~

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear all Once again you are being far to genorous to me. You know that you're a very special couple. Only special people can give me just an amazing review after all :) Thanks for the amazing lunch with presunto and cheese :) You're really amazing!!!! All the best and muito obrigado, lots of love to all :) João

April Kitchens

United States
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Tour: #412776, Fátima Tour- One of greatest Santuarys in the World, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 14/18

5 Stars is not enough.... we did a half-day tour to Fatima and there is not a better guide on the planet than Joao. He is friendly, incredibly brilliant, and has a deep passion for his country and his desire to share it with you! From the church to the candle sanctuary and places in-between, we hit the high spots. His knowledge and love of Fatima is found in his heart and it was truly a pleasure to tour with him. Thank you for a most memorable experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs April and Mr Hiluard No words to describe how much I loved our 2 day tour. You're too kind to give just an amazing review. I really hope to see you again, all the best and love from Portugal

Dennis van der Maas

New Zealand
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Tour: #394842, Sintra and Lisbon Full Day Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Sep 6/18

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Cynthia Amling

United States
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Tour: #394842, Magic Sintra Half Day Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Aug 29/18

Cynthia Amling

United States
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Tour: #382636, Magic Lisbon Private Tour- Shore Excursion, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Aug 28/18

There are just not enough superlatives to describe our experience with João. Fabulous, fantastic, amazing, incredible. I could go on and on. We were with João for 2 days, one for a tour of Lisbon and one for a tour of Sintra. His friendliness and enthusiasm made our first visit to Portugal very memorable. We now consider him a friend. We simply loved every minute of our experience with him. Highly recommend!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear M. Cynthia and Susie No words once again to tell you how much i love to meet you and your sister. People like you give energy and motivation to keep on sharing my country with traveller's that really want a local experience. It was probably one of besttttt tours in my all life! Why? Because you sisters are amazing beautiful with an heart of universe size. Thanks so much for all, specially lunchs, breakfast and the biggest tip in my carreer... Records after records, so im calling Guinness to award you

Kate Brown

United States
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Tour: Lisbon 3 Hours Private Lisbon Stopover tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
Date: Aug 8/18

Joao was an incredible guide. He took us around the city and we saw gorgeous views, historical sights, ate delicious treats. It was so much easier and more fun than fumbling with our guidebooks and trying to do it all on our own. We saw ALL of Lisbon and wished we'd done this tour on our first day in town to get all the inside scoop from a local. Can't recommend TBL more highly. Best, Kate Brown

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Kate, thanks so much for your wonderful review. It was really an honor to have the opportunity to share my Lisbon with you and your husband. I hope to have the chance to tour you again, big hugs, João

David McCarron

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Aug 5/18

My wife and I had a great day touring Lisbon and the surrounding area with Joao (we called him John) on Aug 5th 2018.   Joao was born and raised in Lisbon so he knew all the fun, local places to visit and do.  You visit a restaurant, he knew the manager and waitress by first name, therefore we had great service and the best table. Joao spent one year as an exchange student in the US so he spoke fluent English (better than mine).  One of our best days ever, on a scale of 1-10, we gave him a 12. 

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr David, It was an huge honor to be your guide in Portugal. You were an amazing guests and the day was wonderful. Thanks so much for your outstanding review, you are really nice! All the best and i hope to do more tours to you in the future... Best regards João L.

Laurie Arnold

United States
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Tour: #381872, Arrábida Mountain with Wine and Ocean Tour!, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jul 23/18

João was a tremendous tour guide. He was fun, entertaining, attentive to our every need, and extremely knowledgeable. Our day was fantastic, exploring places we would not have found on our own, making it one of the most memorable experiences on our vacation. We certainly will return to Portugal and schedule a tour with João.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Laurie and Allan Was such a great honor to have the chance to take you on tour. Thanks so much for the wonderfull review, i really love our day. All the best and see you one of these days Best regards João

Sushil Bhardwaj

United States
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Tour: #406248, Porto- Full Day Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jul 1/18

Joao was warm, welcoming and professional: a true Tours by Locals Gem! The day trip to Porto from Lisbon was made even more memorable by an unplanned visit to Fatima just as a celebratory mass was beginning followed by a side trip to Coimbra. Lunch at an Italian restaurant follwed by a walk down Porto's streets to the Douro river, the spectacular Arabian Room at the Bousa, ending with a scenic walk on the pedestrian bridege over the river to Gaia and a Porto wine tasting riverside made for a perfect day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Doctor, Was an enourm pleasure to meet and had the opportunity to share my country with you. Fátima, Coimbra and Porto were fantastic! Because your company and conversation were just amazing. Thank you to share so much knowledge with me. All the best João

Dace Pickens

United States
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Tour: #381872, Arrábida Mountain with Wine and Ocean Tour!, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jun 30/18

Best tour guide EVER! Magical day in Portugal. Highly Highly recommend Joao. It felt like he became part of our extended family. THANK YOU for a great tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear M. Dace Thanks so much for your wonderful review. Was really an amazing day and thank you so much for the opportunity you gave me to share my country with you. All the best, obrigado

Dace Pickens

United States
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Tour: #381871, Explore the Beach around Lisbon (Troia and Comporta), Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jun 28/18

Joao designed this tour at my request and it was PERFECT -- start to finish. I have been on many TBL tours -- all over the world -- and Joao is by far my Favorite guide to-date. He is pleasant; well-informed; and has a great sense of humor. He clearly put a lot of planning into the day. The beach was fantastic and the local restaurant where we had lunch was superb - from the sardines to the sangria. We had the place to ourselves. I couldn't ask for a better day in Portugal. Obrigada Joao!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Dace I don't have words to describe that day. It was for sure one of my best day tours in my life. You are special person! Your review is to good to be true, im honor for that. Thanks so much. Muito obrigado, i really want to have another opportunity to share the rest of Portugal to you and family. Alll the besttttt João

Julia Martin

United States
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Tour: #394842, Magic Sintra Half Day Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jun 15/18

Joao was wonderfully welcoming, knowledgeable and entertaining! We truly had a wonderful experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julia Thanks so much for your review. Was a huge pleasure to have the opportunity to share my country with you and your beautiful family. Best regards João L.

Andrea Cook

United States
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Tour: #382636, Magic Lisbon Private Tour- Shore Excursion, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Jun 7/18

Joao was a great way to start out our 14 day trip through Europe. He has a great , very welcoming personality. He made us feel like we were part of his family! We got a great feel for Lisbon, a wealth of local information, visited some beautiful sites, and a great out of the way authentic place to eat for lunch. Joao was on time, he delivered on all that he said,and while we had several tours with other guides throughout Europe, no one topped Joao's personality. Thanks, Joao for such an awesome time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrea, Thanks so much for your wonderful review. I'm so honored to had the chance to take on tour I'm my beloved Lisboa. Was a memorable day and I will not forget, even the rain day was funny. I wish you all the best, obrigado João

Gregory P.

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: May 21/18

Joao was terrific. He is tremendously knowledgeable about Lisbon and its history. He did a great job of planning our tour, and once at a site he was great at moving us through crowded conditions so that our waits were minimal. He knows all the short cuts and "back doors". All in all a great job and a delightful day, he has a great personality and was fun to spend the day with. Would highly recommend him to anyone considering a tour of Lisbon.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sir Gregory Patterson Thanks so much for your wonderful review. It was a great honor to have the opportunity to share part of my country with you and your friends. It was really a great day and your will to visit even if you just arrived here yesterday, was outstanding. Hope to see you again and I do wish you all the besttttt!!! Big hugs and kisses to everyone. Thanks so much again for your kind words to me. João L.

Linda Trummer-Napolitano

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: May 7/18

I would definitely recommend Joao L. and ToursByLocals. First, Joao was incredibly responsive to all e mails prior to the tour, second he customized the tour for us and accommodated my request to see three palaces- Sintra Pena Palace, the Regalaria gardens, the Queluz Palace, then he took us on a brief stop to Belem on the way back to our hotel. He was very knowledgeable about the palaces and about Lisbon. He told us the best entrance to buy tickets to the Jeronimos monastery and this saved hours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Linda Thanks so much for the wonderfull review. It was a really honor to have the chance to guide you and your awesome husband and friends. I hope to have the chance to guide you again. All the best, muito obrigado João

Frances Daniel

United States
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Tour: #382636, Magic Lisbon Private Tour- Full Afternoon Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 26/18

Five stars aren't enough!!! Joao took 5 strangers on a "magical" day in gorgeous Lisbon & turned us into 6 friends. From vistas overlooking the City & River, to cathedrals, to Pasteis de Belem (OMG!), to tile museum, to quaint dinner in Alfama with fado, we had the perfect 8 hr day in this city, wanting more time than cruise stop allowed. Joao showed off Lisbon with pride and incredible knowledge. When I come back (& I will) to Portugal, Joao will be my guide again! The single BEST travel day of my life!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear M. Frances Daniel First of all I don't have words to thank you just amazing review. Was such a great afternoon I had with you and your friends. Was more than perfect! Why? Because your request was unique, so were the solutions for run it smoothly. And with luckily, we had one of the best tours of my life. I will never forget it, really. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share my Lisbon with you and your beautiful friends. I hope to see you again só we can repeat everything again :)

Ann Day

United States
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Tour: #382636, Magic Lisbon Private Tour- Half Day Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 25/18

We only had a half day with João and asked to see some high points and, most importantly, show us the "feel" of Lisbon. He was perfect! He was fun, flexible, knowledgeable, helpful and a great companion. He also knows where all the best local food is! You will not find a more enjoyable guide anywhere!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Ann and Sir Joe Thanks so much for for your wonderful review. I really really enjoyed our day and off course you. I'm happy you had a sense of local Lisbon and local taste. Hope to have the privilege to tour you again. Big kiss and big hugs João

Bruce Rosner

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Apr 20/18

Fun filled, enjoyable day! The time passed so quickly. Learned so much about Lisbon and Portugal in general in addition to Sintra which was the main focus of our tour! Great personality - attentive, enthusiastic and very excited to share his knowledge. Would refer Joao to anyone we know who is planning to visit this area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Bruce and Mrs Beth Thanks so much for your great review. I really appreciate to share my country with you. Hope to see you again, Best regards and all the best João

Taras Lutskiv

Ukraine
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Tour: Lisbon and Sintra One Day Private Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
Date: Apr 1/18

Angie T.

Malaysia
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Tour: Nazaré - Fátima and Porto Full Day Tour, Porto, Porto, Portugal
Date: Dec 28/17

We did a 2 day tour with Joao after a few on line discussions; he was of the opinion that we could do Porto although it would mean a second day tour of 12 hours! true to his words, he did well! We truely enjoyed the Porto leg of the tour. To those who would like to see as much as possible what Portugal has to offer, you will never regret going with Joao! Have a word with him and you get to know a friend in Portugal and then, travel like a local! Obrigado Joao!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Angie Tong I would like to express my gratitude for your wonderful review and the time you spent writing it. It was for sure a great time I spent with you and your great family. Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my country with you. I do hope to see you again and take you to other great spots in Portugal. Thanks so much, muito obrigado, João

Angie T.

Malaysia
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Tour: #381871, Lisbon and Sintra Full Day Tour, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Dec 27/17

We are a family of 4 adults and had wanted to see as much of Portugal as we possibly can. It is indeed a fortunate decision that I made after going through all the reviews and chose Joao; he was a great "friend" of ours after this trip as he took great pains in deciding all the routes that a local would for his "friends" to enjoy his beautiful country. We had great food and went around like a local. I would definitely recommend Joao for all his knowledge, thoughtfulness and excellent skill in driving.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Angie Tong I would like to express my gratitude for your wonderful review and the time you spent writing it. It was for sure a great time I spent with you and your great family. Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my country with you. I do hope to see you again and take you to other great spots in Portugal. Thanks so much, muito obrigado, João

Lee Stockwell

United States
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Tour: #381871, Sintra Fairy Tail Private Tour - Palaces and Castle with an Ocean View!, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Nov 3/17

João is the best!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs. Lee and Mr. Winston Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my beautifull Sintra with you. I was delighted to show you around and so glad to learn so much more with all your experience. Hope to see you again in order to take you again on some different tours around Portugal. Best regards, João

Lee Stockwell

United States
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Tour: #382636, Magic Lisbon Private Tour- Shore Excursions, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal    view tour
Date: Nov 2/17

If you are looking for an articulate, engaged and engaging guide, look no further! João gives you both the highlights of Portugal along with unknown and untrampled spots. He is as knowledgeable and charming as they come.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Lee and Mr. Winston, Thanks so much for your kind review. I will never forget this two days tour because you re such a great couple and the best company I could have. Thanks for sharing with me so much of your experience. I do hope to have the chance to tour you again with Tbl. Have a save journey with lots of fun :))) Best regards from your Portuguese new friend, João