Sharon BlalockUnited States
The six of us had a fantastic time with John! John exceeded our expectations. We saw everything we wanting to see, plus so much more! John was professional, informative, kind, cordial, and well mannered. We really enjoyed our day and that is in large part because of John. Please pass along our sincerest thanks to him. John represented your company in an outstanding manner. We can't say enough kind things about him. Because of our experience with John, we will continue to use Tours by Locals. Sharon
John was our Tours by Locals Guide when our recent cruise stopped at Manila, Philippines. John met us right at the ship, which was most helpful with such a complex dock and passenger departure area. We had an excellent day with John: he was organized (not easy in the Manila traffic), very knowledgable, co-operative and was very pleasant company. We would highly recommend him to any other visitors.
Jason BergadoUnited States
John was a wonderful tour guide. Including the driver as well. Both wonderful and beautiful human beings. We opted for a city tour on our first day in Manila. We wanted to know how locals celebrated Christmas and John took us around time to see the malls, the Christmas lights, and various notable spots. His knowledge of Filipino history and every part of the city we visited was a great educational experience as well. Looking forward to a trip with John again in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jason, Mabuhay! It was an honor meeting you and your beautiful and kind family! Thank you! Also, It was indeed fun and memorable showing you and your family around Manila. I already miss you all! See you again!
Paul DenenfeldUnited States
John was excellent. Great tour of Manila in all its semi-controlled chaos. Roasted whole pigs, cockfights on a Sunday afternoon, cathedrals, mausoleums, a Sunday morning market visit for food, great history of the country, and navigating the terrible traffic. Totally enjoyed the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I could have make it better Paul! I have to blame the traffic! :) You are great! Thanks for helping make our Sunday great!
Charles LavariniUnited States
Great tour he added more than we knew to ask for. Very friendly and interesting person. We think he is exceptional.
Mohammed AlmujahedSaudi Arabia
It was a perfect day for me, John really knows what he's doing, He cares about his clients and I really recommend him for everyone, it was an awesome trip:)
Bruce WymanUnited States
John gave four of us an all day tour of Manila and he was superb. The van was spacious and very clean and the driver was also excellent. They also mapped out a plan to minimize traffic and get us to the airport in plenty of time.
Marilyn PerlynUnited States
Had a fabulous tour!! Highest recommendation!! Our guide was exceptional!!!
Norberto TodtenkopfUnited States
Very accommodating and at all times, above and beyond my expectations. Very friendly and easy going. Will use again on my next trip to beautiful Philippines. P.S. All Filipinos are friendly and helpful as the rest of the world should be (except when driving ) :-) Compared to other guides in the world...7/5 Norbert
Robert MurtaghUnited States
My niece was visiting the Philippines and she had some time to take a day tour of Manila. We scheduled a tour with John to take my sister around Manila while she was waiting for her connecting flight. She had an amazing time and was able to visit sights that she would not have been able to otherwise see. John made sure that my niece was feeling comfortable and took good care of her while she was travelling through a country that she was not familiar. Thank you John. Until next the next time we meet!
Ann Chipman HowellUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour to the Taal Volcano with John Elton and his knowledge about typhoons, earthquakes etc., for his flexibility to let us get the photos when and where we wanted, for a wonderful meal in the hotel restaurant near the volcano and for the opportunity to get to know John on the personal level. A pleasant surprise for this tour was a visit to the Puzzle Museum. This personalized approach is just what we wanted out of a vacation.
Ivan Ho Ket ChengMalaysia
Everything went great! John is not only a tour guide but also a good friend to be. My friend Caven miss the plane and only arrived second day John willing to offer a ride at airport early morning 6 am and wait us for 2 hours for breakfast. John spare extra time with us even after the official hour and we had a great time at Jazz Pub for a beer session. John is a responsible, friendly, patient and knowledgeable tour guide, not forget to mention he is a good photographer! John has everything u want!!!
Gigi M.United States
I highly recommend this tour. John Elton is one of the most kind-hearted, caring, knowledgeable, fun and professional person we have ever met. I do a lot of traveling with my 79-year old mom, who uses a wheelchair, and I can honestly say that John is instrumental in making this our best vacation EVER. He adjusted the tour schedule and his schedule accordingly to meet our needs. Whatever we asked for...we got! Thank you, John, from me and Lola, for everything. We miss you so much. God bless you.
Our tour of Manila was absolutely amazing! John was extremely knowledgable and delivered a truly unique and personal experience, showcasing the many different sides of this amazing city. We spent 2 days together, ending with a fantastic group dinner with himself, his sister and his niece! The real highlight was our tour of the North Cemetery that allowed us to meet the people that live within its walls. It's not somewhere often visited but a place I would highly recommend. Overall a 5 star experience!
Pathom S.Talad Phrapradaeng Samutprakarn, Thailand
The tour is good. Can visit many unseen places. Hope to have more time.
Eloise ClappUnited States
John was the BEST! We had the best time with him. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met and was so knowledgeable about the Philippines. We had such an amazing time with him and he went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time, he even picked us up from the airport and took us out one night to meet his friend and show us around. A huge thank you to John for everything, he truly made our trip an amazing one :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! you deserve the best Eloise! you and your husband are indeed a cool and lovely couple! Thank you for allowing me and toursbylocals make your trip memorable! looking forward to seeing you again!:)
William ForbesUnited States
This tour could not have been better. If that sounds trite, I'm sorry but it's my honest assessment. John met me at the airport and got me to my hotel, despite the fact I had a late arrival into Manila. While planning this tour, I made a last minute request for a change in my itinerary. While this couldn't have been easy, John didn't miss a beat. By the time I arrived, all of my requests had been met. I would recommend John to anyone who wants a friendly, professional tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maraming salamat (thank you so much) Sir Bill! You've always been kind and good person. Not only did I enjoy the tour with you but I've learned a lot of life lessons from you! it's an honor and joy meeting you and showing you around my country. thank you! see you soon!
Jean Claude BourqueUnited States
John was fantastic. We would recommend him to anyone, including our friends, who would go to Manilla.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Salamat po JC! Our Manila and countryside excursion would have not been wonderful and memorable without your (and your wife and friends') cool, kind and wonderful appreciation of our place and people! salamat (thank you)! it's a great honor to meet you all and show you around! see you soon!:)
Cory GashHouston, TX, United States
After a bit of confusion in meeting, John Elton and my family had a wonderful day. They started at the American cemetary, which was very moving for my mother, who lived through this period and had people she loved who fought in the war. Then they drove to Tagatay and had a lovely lunch overlooking the volcano. They visited a local market and had a great view of Manila from the apartment of John Elton's sister. A great day and John Elton was friendly and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ms. Cory for that kind remarks! It was your beautiful and kind family that made the whole trip fun and memorable! It's a pleasure and great joy to meet your family and show them around my place! I hope that you visit us again soon and stay longer in the Philippines.:)
We had a very good tour with John. He is very friendly and experienced - we saw many different places and learned a lot about history, culture and the current situation of Manila and the Philippines. I recommend John for your tour in Manila!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jorg! It was a great Manila adventure with you and your friends! I did not even notice the time passing by as I enjoyed and learned from you as well, especially your expertise in photography. it was fun taking pictures of the places we visited! Thank you! I hope you'll visit us again soon!
John is a FABULOUS guide!! I travelled to Manila, after a beach stay, as a single dad with my three "tween-age" kids; who are 11, 13 and 15. John's attention to all of us as a group, and to each of us individually, was outstanding! We spent two days with John and our driver, Romey (sp?) - day one spent in Manila and day two spent in the countryside in the Tagaytay region. Our time was informal, leisurely but also highly informative. We learned much of the Philippines history. We already miss John!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maraming salamat (thank you so much) Tim! You've shown so much care and love to your children and even us,you are a great dad to your children and a great friend to us! It was an honor and joy spending time with you and your family here in my place! thank you really for your kindness! we miss you and your kids a lot! see you soon!:)
Gek Kin WeeMalaysia
It was a short and enjoyable trip made possible by John who is a very good, friendly, very accomodating and a very knowledgeable guide. I think everybody should experience tours by locals to appreciate what they can offer which is totally different from the usual tours. On this trip, we decided where we want go, how long we visit and stay a place of interest etc which is totally different from the usual tour. Everybody should try what Tours by Locals have to offer . Thank you John.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my dear friends! It was an honor meeting your family and showing you around Manila and some parts of my country! I hope to meet your kind and lovely family and have an adventure travel in other parts of the Philippines again soon! Thank you (salamat po:)!
Zack HawleyUnited States
I am sure I had a unique experience in Manila with John. I saw the sites and more. I met wonderful people and enjoyed my time very much. I am really pleased with my tour and guide. I recommend this tour for anyone who wants a real taste of Manila. Thanks John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maraming salamat (thank you so much) Zack! I'm glad you had a unique and wonderful experience in Manila! Likewise, we learned and had a lot of fun exploring with you! You will surely be missed! Come and visit the Philippines again! Thank you!
John Paul MacdonaldSaint Hubert, QUEBEC, Canada
Our visit with John was excellent. We wanted an authentic tour and he delivered. From Tagatay to Taal in Batanga to Manilla's nightlife, we felt we got a fine sampling of the Philippines. We also very much enjoyed John's kind and relaxed demeanor; we really felt like we were on vacation; no rushing around, just a relaxed, extremely informative tour. Thanks also go out to his two colleagues, Wes and Romy, who made the trip complete with their knowledge and flexibility.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kindness John Paul! It was a pleasure and honor to meet you and your wife. Thank you for allowing me to show you around some of the great places in my country. I'm really glad you enjoyed your vacation in the Philippines! We're looking forward to seeing you again with your family and friends. Again, thank you so much!
Very nice arranged, a lot of information, very good guide, kwowledgable, intelligent would shurely advice him for excursions in Manila
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maraming salamat (thank you very much) for your kindness! It was a great and fun travel experience with you! We and the Philippines will surely miss you! Come and visit us again!
Hanini Ibrahim AliMalaysia
After years of traveling & experiencing New Year in many countries, I must honestly say this was the most AMAZING ever. John Elton is the most fun, down to earth & knowledgeable guide in the local scene. He went all out (even after tour hours) advising me what to do, where to eat & shops. It was exciting to be able to celebrate New Year the local way. He should be charging more on his tour services. You want truly local experience; John Elton is the best of the best! Hanini - Dec, 2011/ Jan, 2012
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ms.Hanini! It's an honor to serve you and show you some of the beautiful places in and around Manila! You deserve the best! There's more to see and experience here, come and visit us again! Mabuhay!