Richard KatzUnited States
Jay is an excellent informative guide. From the minute he met us for the entire duration of the tour he was 100 percent focused on us , our experience and making sure we understood the history associated with our tour. We felt extremely comfortable and relaxed ... making this tour a true highlight . We would absolutely recommend Jay ! Rich & Katie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rich and Katie, thank you so much for your very kind review. I also had a great time with you both, and the fact that you were very entertaining, as well as very interested in the history behind the places we visited, made it an ever greater pleasure for me (my 5 stars for you:-). Have a great time in Prague and Berlin (I am still waiting to hear if the dance gig In Berlin will have public access, I have my fingers crossed), and a safe trip back home.
Brett BiggsUnited States
We enjoyed our day with Jay. We had a family of four and spent the whole day on tour. Jay is very knowledgeable and friendly. He's American but has lived in Munich for many years and seems "local". He was very flexible with what we wanted to do but made several recommendations. We walked around Fussen near the castle and Obberemagau on the way back which we highly recommend. It was a very good tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Brett for your very kind words. I had a great day with you and your family. Please give my best to your lovely wife and daughters. Have a great time on the Arctic circle, and a safe trip home!
Sharon SchearUnited States
Absolutely outstanding tour. Jay is a great guide and made the entire day enjoyable. Well Done !!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sharon. You all were great fun, and it was truly my pleasure. Please give everyone my best, and I hope your trip home was easy and fast.
Andrew DayUnited States
Jay did a great job for us on our tour of Neuschwanstein! He was very informative and since he grew up in Houston, he is a native English speaker. We were definitely glad we booked Jay because the "official" English tour guide at the castle had a very heavy accent, didn't talk very loudly (even with the wireless radios) and really seemed like she didn't want to be there at all. Fortunately, Jay was able to fill in with much more history, color, and interesting facts. He also takes great photos!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Drew. Yes, our castle guide was a bit lackluster, which is actually very unusual. I enjoyed our day together, and as far as photos go, with subjects as charming as your two lovely daughters, it is easy to take good shots! Please give them both my best, and I hope the rest of your trip was fun and your journey home easy.
Elizabeth HitchcockUnited States
He was great-- Took some fun pictures of us that he sent later, would definitely recommend to friends and family!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Liz, thank you so much for your kind words! I had a great time with you and your lovely family. Your children were a pleasure to be around, and you and your husband were very fun and gracious people. It was indeed my pleasure to have had you all as my guests. Please give my warmest regards to everyone! Jay
Jennifer FelixUnited States
Let me just start off by saying how amazing Jay was! This tour was worth every penny! Jay was so knowledgable and so flexible, and although he was our tour guide, he really just "fit" right in with the dynamics of my friend Pam and I. But we specifically traveled to Germany to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle as we are BIG Disneyland fans and this castle definitely didn't disappoint. We even traveled the autobahn -:) and much more! I would highly recommend Jay as a tour guide, he is amazing!!! Jennifer
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for the very kind - and very appreciated - review. It was a lot of fun being with you two, and I thank you both for the great photography pointers and tips! Please give my best to Pam, and my new desktop background is one of the photos I took of the mountains and lake using your tips!!
George S.Boca Raton, FL, United States
Jay did a tremendous job in providing a tour of Nuremberg prior to driving us to Munich. The tour was well planned and he did his homework on what was open and what was not. Jay had numerous interesting stories of his time as an American living in Germany the past 30 years and working as a local musician and guide. I would recommend Jay for those wishing to see the sites (walking and by car) in Nuremberg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi George, thank you so much for your great review. I had a lot of fun with you both, and was happy to spend a great day with you in Nuremberg. I hope the rest of the trip was fun, and the journey home safe and short:-)
Carol TinsleyUnited States
Jay was a delight to work with. He is originally from US so his English is perfect. He really was on a mission to give us an amazing day. He went out of his way to make sure we saw as much as we possibly could. We went to Fussen, Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau, and Linderhof. Along the way we picked up a Bavarian picnic. He was very caring and helpful in trying to locate an item I had left on the train the day before and gave us many suggestions for dinner that night. It was a perfect, perfect day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carol, thank you so much for your very kind words. I also had a great time with both of you. It was a great day, and thank you again for letting me show you around my new home.
Maurizio MirabelliUnited States
Our guide Jay was punctual and was a wealth of information. He was very flexible with our itinerary before and after the castle tour. He also brought a camera to take photos of the sites and the participants (to email to us). He took us through a quaint town called Füssen which has beautiful scenery with a lovely bridge entering this 700 year old town. We would recommend Jay highly and without reservation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, Murray! You, your lovely wife, and fellow travellers were a pleasure to be with. I had a great time with all of you. Enjoy Italy and your Audi tour, and have a safe and pleasant journey back home.
Larry BurlesonUnited States
The man may be from Houston, but he knows Munich/Germany :) We loved Jay. He pulled out all the stops to make our day incredible. He accommodated us as every stage. From working through all the logistics to tour day adjustments to ensuring we transitioned safely back to our hotel. Being with Jay felt like being with family. He is a special guy. On this trip we are well bought in to ToursByLocal's guides and Jay performance led the way in making us lifetime customers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Larry. Thank you so much for you very kind words. I am a very lucky guy - and guide - because of people like you. (and Rain, Dennis and Cat). You were all a lot of fun, and a wonderful group of people, and it was an honor to be able to spend the day with y'all. Please give my warmest regards to all, and thank you for a wonderful day.
Debra PatriquinUnited States
Jay was an amazing tour guide. He took our small family of four on a private adventure. The trip was tailored to our needs. He took the time to get to know us and wanted to make certain that he was providing us with a customized historical walking trip of Munich. We would have never have known which important sights were best to see and we would not have learned about all of the history of this beautiful town if we were to have done this trip on our own. I would highly recommend Jay and his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Debbie, I had a great day with you and you wonderful family. Your children were a delight, and you and Doug were so relaxed, and so much fun. It was definitely my pleasure!
Heather PtasznikUnited States
We booked Jay for a full day tour based upon the good reviews he had, that he was an entertainer and also had a teenage daughter like us. He was the right choice. Personable, knowledgeable, flexible, and friendly. We felt like we had a full experience and Never felt rushed. We appreciate jay spending his day with us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Heather. Thank you so much for your very kind words. I had a great day with you, Anthony, London and Kendal! Thank you for choosing me. It was not only an honor to show you all around, it was a great pleasure!!!
Todd WoodsUnited States
Jay did an outstanding job taking us to the castles and showing and telling us all the neat details of the area. He did a great job documenting our tour by taking pictures noticing the things we were talking about and taking pictures of those as well. He definitely puts the client needs in the forefront and does what he can to take care of them. Jay is certainly the only one I would book as a tour guide the next time I'm in Munich. Thanks a million Jay for all you did for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Todd and Christy, Thank you so much for your very kind words! I can only say that you both were such gracious and kind people. Thank you for letting me show you around here!! Have a great "B-B-O-B" adventure, and a safe journey home!
Michael Nanglechalfont, PA, United States
This is the second time we have used ToursByLocals. I can now say with experience that Jay is the Gold Standard for this company. He brought to the tour the 3 items we were looking for in a guide which were background knowledge, great communication skills and most importantly the flexibility in the tour we were looking for. Going beyond the normal tour guide he had water in the car and took pictures all day of our family eliminating the burden of constantly getting your camera out. Incredible experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael. You words are beyond kind. Not only did I have a wonderful day with you, but I appreciated the closeness, and love, that is obviously in abundance in your lovely family. It was an honor for me to be your guide.
Mark GoetzUnited States
Jay was fun, prepared and generous. We could not have been better served.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the kind words, Mark. I had a great time with you and your group. Please give them all my best. The weather looks like it will be smiling on you all for your bike touring. Have a safe and fun journey.
Kerry SimsUnited States
Jay is an outstanding tour guide who helped make the comparison between American and German so much easier. He did an outstanding job of adapting our tour to our specific interests. If it wasn't for a few remnants of his Texas drawl I would have thought he was German for sure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kerry. I must say that the day with you, Suzie, Scott and ...ahem... "Aloha" :-) was a pleasure for me. You all were a load of fun, and I was honored to be your guide in Munich! Thank you for letting me be a part of you trip here!
Jay was the best guide ever! He was kind and accommodating to any requests we had. Our children who are 13 and 11 wanted to take him with us to Berlin to do our tour there! Lol Thanks Jay you were everything we were looking for in a guide. If we are ever back in Bavaria we will definitely contact you for another tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Eleesha. I had a great 2 days with you and your lovely family. I wish you a great world trip, and give my best to Nigel, Fletcher, Annabelle and Nellie!!! You all were very fun to be with.
Robert CohenourUnited States
Jay was very pleasant, prepared and attentive and designed his tour around our needs with a 14 year old and one of us who had gone to school at the Univ. of Munich to visit special sites. He also arranged a great local lunch right off Marienplatz. He is originally from the USA so his English is impeccable. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, Bob. I enjoyed meeting you and your family, and spending the day with you. I also enjoyed hearing of your time in Munich, and your memories of how it was when you were here. Please give my regards to the rest of your fellow travellers, and please get in touch if you are ever back this way again.
John PetersdorfUnited States
A wonderful day with jay with the appropriate mix of history, culture, anecdotes and food. Really engaged very well with teenagers and recognized when their interest was flagging and things needed to change up
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John! I had a wonderful day with you and your lovely family. I hope the rest of your trip is fun, and give my kindest regards to everyone.
Terry FryUnited States
This was our second tour with Jay and it was a larger group. He showed us things in Munich that the tour books did not have. Our group enjoyed his personality and flexibility as well as his knowledge of Munich and Bavarian/ German history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Terry. You are so very kind to leave such a nice review. It was a fun day with you and your friends. Spending the day with such a group of nice people was the icing on the cake for me. I knew you and your lovely wife were great people, but your friends were obviously cut from the same cloth. Thanks again!
Terry FryUnited States
Jay was great, perfect mix of history, facts and personal insight. He tailored the tour to meet our interests and went out of the way to make it a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, Terry. It was a pleasure spending my day with you and Sue. I was honored that you chose me to be your guide, and hope to greet you both in Bavaria again someday!
Jay was a really wonderful guide who was very considerate about his guests. He was very knowledgeable about the tour and did his best to make things comfortable for us. He was a caring guide because although he didn't have to, he even brought some water bottles in his backpack as we took the hike up the castle in case we would need it. He went the extra mile and our family really appreciate him. If we ever go back to Munich and need another tour, we would definitely choose Jay.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Wendy. I appreciate your very kind words. Spending the day with you and your lovely family was a pleasure for me indeed! I hope the rest of your trip is great, and I have put in an order for good weather, but, as we have seen, my orders for good weather do not always get filled :-). Have a safe trip back home, and give Nixon and the kids my best wishes.
John CooleyUnited States
We have never been disappointed with ToursByLocals guides. Jay was no exception. His spirit and kindness are amazing. He is an expat who speaks excellent German. He was a treat to talk to. He kind of gets us quirky (at times) Americans. Great tour of Neuschwanstein and Oberammergau. Very nice and flexible. Pleasant ride there and back. We would absolutely recommend him. We had a small group of 3 from Nashville, TN. You will not be disappointed. Jay will see to this.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John. Your words are very kind and moving. You all were warm and kind people, and I can honestly say that the pleasure was all mine! Please give my warmest regards to Alan and Jo, and thanks again for your great company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your positive review. I had a great time with your group, and I hope to greet you again if you are ever back in Munich. I hope the rest of the trip is as fun as the Munich trip was!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Virgil, I was very pleased to have made your acquaintance. You were all very kind, and a very fun group of people! It would be my pleasure to be able to meet you again. Have a safe trip home, and please give my regards to the entire group! All the best, Jay
Jenifer BrownUnited States
Jay did a very nice job giving us - a family of four - a full day tour. He did a great orienting us to the city (which became useful later when we were on our own). He mixed it up with history and culture. Very professional!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jenifer, Thank you so much for your kind words. I had a great time with you, and I hope your trip home was easy and uneventful. If you, or anyone in your family, ever comes back to Munich, it would be my pleasure to have the opportunity to show you more of this lovely city.
Shirley PowellUnited States
Spent a delightful day with Jay seeing and learning about Munich. We covered a lot of ground in a few hours. He was full service, giving me advice on restaurants and getting around the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words Shirley. It was a pleasure showing you around Munich, and spending the day with you. I hope the rest of your trip is successful and fun.
Michael AntonishakUnited States
Jay was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very accommodating. He made sure I saw what I wanted to see had a very memorable tour of Ludwig's castle and childhood home. When I am back in Munich I will be scheduling more tours with Jay and ToursByLocals.com.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael. You were a very pleasant guest, and it would be my pleasure to show you more of Munich and its beautiful surroundings. I know you didn't have a lot of time, but I hope the rest of your visit was fun, and the trip home was easy and stress free. (And I hope the cigars made it back with you).
Ned GarmoeUnited States
Jay was excellent. Very good communication prior to meeting. Tour was very informative and enjoyable. We learned much about Munich and it's history. We highly recommend Jay.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Ned. It was my pleasure to meet you and your family, and spend the afternoon with you all in Munich. I hope the rest of your trip is fun, and have a great new year!!
David ZientekUnited States
Very enjoyable excursion to see Neuschwanstein castle and Oberammergau. Jay was a great source of information, not only about the castle and town, but also had great insights into Munich and the surrounding area. He was very flexible working with us on our itinerary with changing weather conditions. Highly recommended tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks you so much for your kind words, David. I had a wonderful day with you and your lovely family, and I am honored that you chose me to show you this beautiful area. I hope you all enjoyed the rest of your travels, and I wish you a happy new year!