Stephanie S.United States
I was very excited to find this site instead of the larger tour site we usually use. I really liked being able to message Laila before I booked & she was very responsive. It felt like she was a friend of the family that came to show us around her beautiful city. Although she had an organized tour all planned out for us, she was completely flexible when we spotted an ice sled we couldn't resist. Even my teenagers (15 and 17) still talk about what a fun time we have. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephanie..You know..thank you so much for this wonderful review. Once again I must say, your family is unforgetable, I often think of you all. I wish you all the best, be well all of you!
Sheila SmithermanUnited States
Laila was lovely. We were so lucky to have her show us the city of Helsinki! She really tailored the tour to the ages of our four children so that there would be something interesting for each of them (Stockmann's toy department for the younger two and the bakery for the older two), as well as for my husband and me--Sibelius Park (WOW! beautiful!), Temppeliaukio Church (built into the rock--fascinating architecture and acoustics), Senate Square. We enjoyed the history and the knowledge she imparted.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sheila, Thank you so much for your kind reviews! Send all my regards to your lovely family.Your kids are amazing, so talented and bright, I was really impressed how much they know about so many things. I wish you all the best, be well and have a good new year!
Michael BellUnited States
Laila was great—we would definitely recommend her. She is, indeed, a local with over 25 years experience in the travel and tourism industry. She knows her country, is personable, drives safely, speaks English (and other language) fluently, is adaptable, and possesses a sense of humor. Lastly, her SUV was clean and comfortable. Our four hour tour flew by and we would recommend Laila for this and any other tours that she leads.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael and Bill, It was truly great to spend this time with you, you are great people and I am so happy for your kind reviews! I wish you a happy new year and a lot of happiness and sunshine for this year!
Laila is a kind and knowledgeable lady, full of pride and information to share with you about Helsinki. We had younger children in our group, and she was careful to balance the time and interests for all of us. We would wholeheartedly recommend exploring with Laila, a wonderful experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Donna for your kind words, it feels good to hear that you enjoyed it in spite of the quite cold weather. You have truly a love family and friend, I wish you all the best in your forward tour, be well and take care. I will defenitely read about Tanzania!
Laila was not only a very well informed and helpful guide, but she went out of her way to meet us on arrival and organise transfers for us and even arranged a booking for dinner at a nice finnish restaurant. My whole family and accompanying friends enjoyed the tour and all the arrangements very much. Everything went like clockwork and it was a very fruitful day. We were glad to have done this tour and her recommendations. Though this has been my 3rd trip to Helsinki she has made it the most memorable one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words. This means a lot to me. You have been travelling around the world and have seen so much with your family, I truly appreciate your reviews!
Laila was simply awesome - right from the moment we booked the tour till she gave us a goodbye hug - she just blew us away with her insights on Helsinki. She kept into mind that my senior father couldn't walk a whole lot but also managed to just about show us everything we should see in the 3 hours we had. She has an abundance of knowledge on the local history buildings and events... I would recommend her in a heartbeat ! so full of life !! Loved the tour experience with Laila - HIGHLY RECOMMEND
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vinnie, Thank you so much for your amazing review! It is always so nice for the guide to make a tour and feel that these people are so interested in this city, like you were! That lifts the spirit. Be well both of you, hopefully you will come back some day! Thank you Vinnie.
Laila is the best!!! She made our wishes come true with a big surprise!!! She is a great guide but she became our friend as well!!! We will come back again in Helsinki and we will meet her again for sure!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Penny and Manolis, You are so nice people and I already miss you. Meeting people like you is such a bonus in life. Take care of each other, be well and I am so sure that we will meet again!
Laila was great!!!!! She was very fluent and informative and a very pleasant person!!!! We had a great day and we look forward to see her again!
The Helsinki city tour with Laila was wonderful. Laila is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Helsinki. She is also very warm, friendly and considerate with my father's mobility limitations, which really helped him to experience Helsinki much more than with a standard tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel so priviledged to do a work that I love and meeting people like your parents makes this even better! I wish you all good times with sun and light, it is raining here in Helsinki ��. Be well all of you and send my warmest regards to Gloria and William!
Linda S.United States
Great guide who adjusted the tour to accommodate what we had seen on previous tour. As requested we visited local neighborhoods and saw Art Deco buildings, the Orthodox Cathedral, saw embassies, rode the trolley, and experienced the city on foot. It was a lovely tour with an excellent guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Linda and John, Thank you for the kind words! Just a fantastic day with you. I felt so happy the rest of the day because I was a bit worried that you had already experienced so much in Helsinki and I am happy to know that I did take you to the right places, local areas that you have not yet seen. Be well both of you, it was so nice to meet you and I wish you both a lot of light, happiness and many adventures to be in the future. Take care, warmest regards, Laila
Peter CutfieldNew Zealand
Laila was a wonderful guide and we had great fun together. We are grateful to her for her knowledge and the way she expertly guided us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was so nice to meet you all. Be well, regards to all!
Jennifer B.Huntsville, ALABAMA, United States
Laila was spectacular! She was very knowledgeable about Helsinki and Finnish culture. We visited a wonderful restaurant for lunch. She was like a long-lost sister. Thank you, Laila, for a wonderful visit to Helsinki.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kiitos Jennifer! It was an amazing day and I am still touched by your knowledge about Finland and I learned myself so much about the Finnish imigrants in US. Soul sisters indeed!
Trish LassartUnited States
Laila was the most welcoming and wonderful guide. She kindly emailed me about the upcoming heat wave in Helsinki so we would come prepared. She is so enthusiast about Finland. Her depth of knowledge and history is outstanding. What a lovely person and we were a group of four and everyone raved about her tour. I would reccommend her for any tour. Trish from San Francisco
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Trish, I felt privileged to be chosen to be your guide in Helsinki! I wish you all the best and be well, you all elegant ladies and the young man!
Andrew B.Princeton, NEW JERSEY, United States
Laila's irrepressible enthusiasm for Helsinki, Porvoo and Finland, in general added a whole new dimension to an already highly enjoyable tour. Porvoo, one of the oldest towns in Finland, is definitely worth the trip out of Helsinki. And Helsinki, itself, is a beautiful city that Laila expertly demonstrates. If you can get Petro as your driver, by all means do so. He complements Laila perfectly. But Laila, with her thoughtful insights on Finnish culture, society and Helsinki's beautiful places, is the star
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Warm regards from Petro as well! Thank you for your kind words. I wish you and Ann all the best and truly hope that you come back one day!
David CrowellEugene, OR, United States
Our family had a great tour with Laila. She was knowledgeable and friendly. She was open to our desires to spend more or less time at any place. One of the things I most liked about her was she understood that sometimes we needed a break from hearing more tour information and were ready some quiet time between sights. All in all, I would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David for your kind words and the review. Your review also taught me that it is important to have the brakes between all information and talking. I wish you and your family all the best!
Marcelo DamicoUnited States
Laila was an absolute delight to work with prior to our arrival in Helsinki. She made sure we were on schedule and that we fully understood the meeting location, which she described perfectly coming off of our cruise ship. She really worked hard to understand our goals for the trip, and since I have two little girls ages 10/8, she hit a home run with our hike to a nearby island a short 15 minute ferry ride. After our hike, we walked and shopped as Laila gracefully explained the main points of the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marcelo! It was such a delight to spend the day with you and your absolutely beautiful and fun family. Whenever you need help and guidance for visiting Finland again, you know where to find me! Best regards to your ladies!
This was an excellent way to orient and learn about the history and culture of Helsinki. Laila was a thoughtful guide who is passionate about her country. She was responsive to our requests and nothing was a bother! Laila came with maps, restaurant options, tram information and more. I would not hesitate recommending her to show you her city. Jane
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jane, it was truly a good day with you! Now I hope that you will see the Northern lights in Lapland and enjoy your stay the fullest. Hopefully you come back some day to enjoy Finland in summer as well. All Best wishes!
Michelle GaudetUnited States
Laila is an EXCEPTIONAL guide. We spent a lovely day in Helsinki with her. She went out of her way to make our tour fun and informative for all members of our group (ages ranging from 5-70)!! She is so kind and warm hearted she felt more like family then someone we had just met. Her love of Finland and was conveyed with the information and stories she shared and she made our day lots of fun. The hours we spent together flew by and it was hard to say good bye.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michelle, Thank you so much for your kind words. You have an exceptionally fine family and it was a truly nice day. I wish you all a year full of light, joy and happiness!