Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Washington-DC by Tour Guide James E. (Guide #3076)


Karen Nelin

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 25/19

James made our tour so enjoyable! 5 STARS! He created a tour based off our conversation of what we wanted to see for the day. He was so knowledgeable on the history of DC and maneuvered us around the city with ease. We would definitely do a tour again with him! Thanks James!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen, thank you for your favorable response. I am so glad you and Rick enjoyed our tour. Best, Jim

James Martinelli

United States
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Tour: Anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: May 1/18

Jim is an excellent tour guide. He has tremendous knowledge of American history and was very sensitive to the amount of details we wanted to hear. He was extremely flexible in our day's schedule and we were successful in seeing everything we wanted to on our trip to DC.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jim, thanks so much for your favorable review. I am glad you were able to be here as a tourist in DC rather than being here on work as you have been in the past. Please come back, there are many more sites to visit ! Best, Jim

Carolyn Bjornson

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

Jim was authoritative, informative, and upbeat. The perfect combination to tour high school students around DC

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Carolyn, thank you for the favorable comments and rating. Your students were very impressive and personable. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Best, Jim

Jim Walker

United States
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Tour: Washington Central City 3 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Feb 8/18

James' assistance in planning, his knowledge of Washington, DC and his presentation to the student group were all outstanding!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, thanks for your favorable comments. And, I hope your team does well in the US! Best, Jim

Stuart Kenny

Australia
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Tour: Anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Oct 5/17

The City Tour by Toursbylocal was first class with our guide James being knowledgeable, informative and engaging. My wife and I had a single day in Washington to see the main monuments and places of political and historical importance ,we could not have done better. Our tour instructions were brief but James understood our needs and walked and talked and drove us around Washington with ease and satisfied our thirst for knowledge and desire to fit in as much as we could in the time provided. Thank you Jame

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Stuart, thank you for your most complimentary review. I too enjoyed our tour, and you and Faye were delightful and inquisitive. I hope you enjoy the remainder of your U. S. tour and take many fond memories back to Australia. Best, Jim

Devyn Damore

Mohnton, PA, United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Aug 17/17

Had a great tour with James, very knowledgable and frieldly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Devyn, I too enjoyed our tour. I hope you enjoyed Ford Theatre and found a good dinner spot. Thanks, Jim

David Beames

Australia
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 20/17

The vehicle was totally inadequate to transport four adults. The whole trip was very uncomfortable for all concerned. When originally booked we were informed that driver had a mercedes, which we obviously incorrectly assumed would be a larger model than the one that was used. Also having to pay the parking meter ourselves when we had paid a large amount up front for the day. We did not get to visit the places that we had requested with earlier correspondance. Numerous requests to go to Arlington made.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David, thank you again for the nice note & book. But, I regret you didn't enjoy the tour. As for my 4 door Mercedes 350E, it is the second largest Mercedes sedan & advertised to seat 5 people comfortably. As for the parking fees, it is stated that customer pays the approximately $5 fees, & actually I paid one of the fees. As for Arlington, we discussed the history in length but decided not to visit due to the excessive uphill walking. Jim

Michael McComb

United States
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Tour: #35465, Washington Central City 4 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 16/17

James is very congenial and knowledgeable. Our main issue with the tour was his car - it does not comfortably seat four passengers as well as himself. We were also not fully satisfied with his handling of our request for very little walking. In retrospect, we should have had him hire a driver and van so that he could spend full-time with us. I have to admit I never thought of it, but I wish he would have asked if we would consider it. It would have been worth the additional cost.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael, Thanks for commenting that I am "congenial and knowledgeable". However, I am disappointed that you found my car uncomfortable and that there was too much walking. As for my car, the web site states that it is a 4 door Mercedes sedan. However, I should also state that it is a model 350E which is not the very largest of the Mercedes sedans. As for the walking, the Washington sites require much walking as it is impossible to park close by. In retrospect, we should have had a separate driver and van.

Gary Groce

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Jul 13/17

James was very knowledgeable and thorough. Enjoyed his company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I did too. Best, Jim

Rick Higgins

United States
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Tour: #222383, Mount Vernon, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

Donna McElroy

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 4/17

Thanks so much. We had a wonderful day. James is very courteous and knowledgeable. He worked very hard to make sure we saw what we wanted.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Donna, I hope you guys weren't too tired! Thanks for your kind response. Best, Jim

Janet Colley

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: May 26/17

James was wonderful, he listened to what our interest were and designed a tour just for us. Even gave us some dining ideas for the evening and what to do with a few hours the next morning. Delightful person and look forward to coming back to tour with him again when we return.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Janet, Glad you enjoyed the tour. Hope you do come back to DC, a lot still to see. Best, Jim

Adam Schaaf

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: May 20/17

We had a great time with Jim. He picked us up and took us around Mount Vernon and other sites. He was very knowledgable and would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Adam, glad you enjoyed the tour and I appreciate the favorable feedback. Best, Jim

Todd Randolph

United States
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Tour: #128586, Arlington Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 13/17

Another fantastic tour with Jim. His unassuming demeanor and genuine interest in sharing his knowledge resulted in a terrific tour. Thanks Jim!

Todd Randolph

United States
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Tour: #67929, Historic Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 10/17

First time visiting Georgetown, and the guided tour with Jim provided us with a unique "locals" experience. Jim's approach and local's perspective resulted in a memorable experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Todd, Glad you enjoyed the tour. Best, Jim

Inge Christie

Canada
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Apr 7/17

Jim is a very knowledgeable asset to the team of tour guides and able to customize the tour to the clients needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Inge, thanks again . Hope you and Bill enjoyed the rest of your trip. Best, Jim

Inge Christie

Canada
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 6/17

Jim is a very made the tour very interesting, stating many facts and customizing the tour to your interests.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Inge, Thanks, enjoyed our tour too. I always enjoy giving tours to our Canadian friends! Best, Jim

Sara Denton

United States
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Tour: #128586, Arlington Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 15/17

Everything went well, appreciate all the historical information and the ability to change plans at the last minute because of the inclement weather. Thank you

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sara, Thank you for your nice response. Best, Jim

Jamie Voorhies

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 14/16

Awesome tour and tour guide! Very knowledgeable and customized tour to our interests. Enjoyed our 6 hour tour, saw plenty, learned lots! Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jamie, thank you for your kind comments. Glad you & Paul enjoyed the tour. Hope you enjoyed Nora's! Best, Jim

Chris Tossell

Canada
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Tour: Anywhere in DC !, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Nov 1/16

We needed to get an orientation/overview of Washington sites focused on art & architecture in order to select a few for more detailed viewing the next couple of days. James was excellent and there was an added plus, he got us into the US Supreme Court to hear (a few minutes) of oral submissions. A remarkable experience! Another unexpected wow moment, the Tudor House in Georgetown. We would both highly recommend James, he is very knowledgeable and with a boundless source of historical facts.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chris, thank you for your kind remarks. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your DC trip including dinner at Nora's. Best, Jim

Richard Stern

Switzerland
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Tour: #222383, MountVernon, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Jul 27/16

James did a terrific job of showing us the Washington state. His knowledge was impressive and delivered in an interesting and engaging fashion. He found time to bring our son into the picture. A day more than well-spent, and just perfect. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Richard, thank you for your nice comments. I too enjoyed our tour. Best, Jim

James Mungo

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Jul 26/16

Excellent guide. Adapted to our suggestions.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jim, thanks for your nice comments. I too enjoyed our tour in spite of the heat. Hope your granddaughters enjoyed DC. Best, Jim Everett

Catherine Huber

United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: May 21/16

My family totally enjoyed our monuments tour with James. He was well spoken and knowledgeable throughout. In addition, he conducted our tour on a totally rainy day without hesitation!

Allen R Baker

hidden hills, 91302, United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: May 5/16

A really bright and knowledgeable tour guide. Did exactly what we asked for not just a pre-designed tour. would recommend this tour guide for anyone who wants to see what they want to see.

Ray Head

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: May 1/16

James was an outstanding guide. Since two of our party of four had walking issues the fact he has a car was a huge plus for us. In addition to having to deal with people with ambulatory issues the weather was not good at all. However, Jim's in depth knowledge of where to go and what to see under those circumstances was invaluable. It truly was like seeing DC and Georgetown with an old friend who had lived there for years. We highly recommend Jim. Try as you might you won't find a better guide.

Bernita M.

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Apr 25/16

James gave another wonderful tour! It was a full day of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home and James was quite knowledgeable on the historic residence, including artifacts in the home. He is well informed on the historical background of the period which made it all that much more interesting to tour with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice comments. It was a pleasure giving you the tour as you too are quite knowledgeable about Mount Vernon and especially about George Washington! Best, Jim

Bernita M.

United States
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Tour: #42616, Washington Central City 6 hour Tour, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 6/16

Touring DC was an amazing experience for our party of 2 thanks to James E. He is so knowledgeable about the history of each site that it seemed as if we ourselves had gone back in time during the tour. We loved the fun facts and the ease with which James handled our many questions. All of the major sites were accessed as we were touring in his comfortable vehicle. Surely we saw 3 days of sites in 1 day and had so much fun doing it! I've already booked a 2nd tour. Thanks James.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I too enjoyed the tour with you & Deborah. I look forward to our next tour in a month. Best, Jim

Jennifer Angers

United States
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Tour: Your tour choice, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date: Feb 11/16

James was AWESOME! He is intelligent, articulate and made our private tour an outstanding experience! He was perfect for my ten year old son and I! I would highly recommend James whether it's a family or group of friends. Last a quote from my 10 year old, "amazing"!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind comments & Matthew's too! Glad you both enjoyed the tour. Hope you enjoyed Mount Vernon & Matthew got to a basketball game! Best, Jim

Ammar Askari

Washington, DC, United States
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Tour: #19059, Washington Monuments and Memorials, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 18/15

James tailored our tours to our needs and brought his personal car to accommodate my old father. He was kind, knowledgable, and very accommodating.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your complimentary response. I too enjoyed showing your father around. Best, Jim

Christine Falder

United Kingdom
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Tour: #67929, Historic Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 6/15