Mark WochnerUnited States
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.
Vanessa CampbellUnited States
We got amazing feedback from our group that attended the tour with Matijas. Very knowledgeable and clear. Will use again!
Courtney SylvesterUnited States
Suzanne FerrioUnited States
Enjoyed a lovely day with Matijas. Pula was wonderful as was Rovinj. Monakadonja is a hidden gem. The olive oil tasting was great, including the ability to taste some "just pressed" not in the bottle yet oil. Great day.
Nancy MorrisonUnited States
We had an 11 hour tour with Matijas and visited 3 historic towns leaving from Opatija. We greatly enjoyed the whole day. Matijas was a professional, knowledgeable and energetic guide who really knows the Istrian peninsula. We are very interested in history and in photography and he had a depth of knowledge that he readily shared throughout the tour and also identified good photo stops. We would definitely recommend him as a guide.
This was a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable tour with Matijas. We stayed in Rovinj for the 2 nights of the tour and covered first the southern then the central areas of the peninsula and on the last day drove via Grojnan Motuvun and Hum back to Zagreb. Matijas is passionate and his knowledge of the history of the area is vast. The Istrian peninsula is fascinating and very beautiful. We loved it and would not hesitate to recommend Matijas and Tours by Locals.
Steven WattsNoosaville, QLD, Australia
Matijas, was highly informative. He tailored the tour to our interests and introduced us to sights and history that we would never have seen/learned without his insights. A great day !
Thomas TantonUnited States
Very informative and enjoyable tour, very helpful on your first visit to this beautiful town. Highly recommended
Bruce BowdenUnited States
Comprehensive knowledge of Istrian history and culture. A very efficient tour of two spectacular hill towns and a lovely winery and olive oil producer. Delicious, truffle-filled lunch. We had two teenage boys with us and they thought Matijas was great too. Would not change a thing!
jACQUELYN MitchellUnited States
Matt was amazing. He pulled together a custom 2 day winery tour with less than one week's notice, no easy feat in Istria in August. Besides the itinerary he gave us a very informative and entertaining commentary on Istrian culture, history, and wine. Highly recommend.
Maria HishUnited States
We spent half a day in Pula with Mat. He showed us Pula Arena (there is only one Colosseum and it is in Rome) to be a living and breathing Roman amphitheater that still is a venue for many cultural events in Croatia. Tour of catacombs under the Arena was equally interesting and informative. Mat's tour included several parts of this historical city and highlighted the connection to the modern day. We would recommend Mat to anyone looking to tour Pula and learn about its past and present.
Christopher JoyceUnited States
Matijas was a terrific guide and we had a very enjoyable morning in Pula.
Eileen G.United States
Matijas picked us up in Slovenia and showed us his hometown of Rovinj. We then moved onto Porec. He was extremely knowledgeable about the entire area. Also, he adjusted the schedule to fit our needs. It was a great tour!
Andrea KahanUnited States
Our two day istria tour with Matijas was wonderful. He accommodated all our requests and was a wealth of information. He was flexible with the planning including a hike for us and lunch at a restaurant recommended by a friend. He was friendly and had a nice way about himself. Highly recommended!
Brian ThielUnited States
Matijas is tremendously knowledgeable on all aspects of Pula and Istrian peninsula sights and history. He ensured we saw the key sights of Pula and avoided crowds and other tours so he could best converse with us while still see the highlights. This was my third guided tour of Pula and his was by far the best. He encouraged our questions. He gave us the opportunity to tailor the selection of sights. As we finished the tour, he gave recommendations for local restaurants and other Pula towns to see.
Gigi ( Gregoria) MateoUnited States
Matt is a very knowledgeable tour guide He spent more than 36 hours with us including as our driver from Mostar ( Bosnia and Herzegovina), plitvice Lakes, Pula, Revinj, Opatija . He also took us and added 3 charming towns that wasn't on our list while we were in Istria Peninsula of Croatia . Beautiful towns Matt is very patient and gave us enough time to appreciate each places . The only thing I want for him to improve is how to take a decent picture ��
Robert WinerUnited States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.
Michael WiltUnited States
Michael WiltUnited States
Barry ShapiroUnited States
Matt is as good a guide as you can find. Thoroughly professional, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He tailored a tour for us and we were absolutely thrilled with our day. We told him what we were interested in, what we were not interested in and he listened and delivered. We could not have been more pleased. I recommend him without reservation.
Gary LoveUnited States
Matijas is simply the best ever. We have used guides for 30 years and Matijas was as good as anyone. We did the three day tour of the Istrian peninsula. Learned history, culture, architure, religion, truffles, olive oil, wine, the people and much more. A shear joyful time. On the business side, Matijas was professional and punctual. It was a pleasure and worth the time and cost. You won't be sorry for using Matijas for any of his tours. Gary and Candace Love Dallas, Texas September 2017
We rate him a 5 on all areas. He was extremely knowledgeable and invited questions at any point in time. Matijas was informed about history, culture, architecture and added humour to make his accounts interesting. He asked what we were interested in hearing about. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide for Pula. He made our one-day stay thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks, Jane and Frank Troller
John CaridiUnited States
Robert RiechmannUnited States
Great guide! The city of Pula was amazing with the amphitheater and other Roman monuments. Highly reccomended. At my request he took us to a restaurant in a small village between Roving and Pula. I had a risotto with black truffles dish which was delicious(and only $15.00)
Jillian SingletonUnited States
Matijas is an exceptional guide. Not only did he accept my booking on the day of but he showed me everything there was to see. His explanations were descriptive and interesting. He made sure that everything was to my liking. He even took the time to find out about my interests so that he could cater the tour to my preferences. Absolutely fabulous experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, I am very glad you have enjoyed the tour! All the best and have a great time!
Pauline DinnauerUnited States
Matt was a fantastic tour guide! Our group of 8 people thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour in beautiful Rovinj! Matt helped us with shopping and dining recommendations and even made dinner reservations for us at Puntulina, our favorite restaurant we experienced during our 10 day European tour. Thank you Matt!!!
John RoseUnited States
Our tour of Rovinj and Porec with Matijas was one of the best tours we have ever had. Matijas has wide experience in this part of the world and is so knowledgeable about everything we were interested in. He is also witty and just enjoyable to be with, and also unhurried (not watching his watch to see when our tour was supposed to end but actually keeping us an hour longer than our booked tour). He is a real find!
Matijas was an excellent guide, providing a tailored itinerary and taking us to a mix of wineries and other areas we wanted to see. He was very knowledgable on the area and its history. I would highly recommend him for a driving tour or any sort of tour, whether it is a small group or a large group.
Tereza LvovaUnited Kingdom
We enjoyed our tour with Matijas and felt we got more out of Pula on his guided tour than just wondering about on our own.
Jane WalshUnited States
Our thanks go to Matijas for a great tour. Well done and highly recommended!
Susan BrownClearwater, FL, United States
Iva B.United States
Iva B.United States
Matijas did a superb job for my group of 10. He has so much insider's knowledge since he is from Rovinj. He helped me with the additional aspects of our visit in Rovinj. He not only suggested a restaurant for us in Rovinj, but contacted the owners on my behalf to make a reservation, explore options for set menu, etc. Same for our dinner and wine tasting in Bale. He found an option to rent an accordion for one of my guests. No request was too big, we really enjoyed meeting him and highly recommend him.
Martha Rosas acostaMexico
Love Rovinji. And Matijas Gave us the tour on the Croatian tuscany. Beautiful places, the views where amazing. Matijas was very helpful When we lost our ferry to Venice.
Mark T.Carmichael, CA, United States
Good tour. Matijas was very knowledgeable. Took us to a great little place for lunch with the "locals" that we really enjoyed. When one in our party got sick mid-morning, he arranged for alternative transportation back to ship while rest of us continued. Pretty area. Pleasant day. BTW, this review is for tour that took place in August '16.
Pike BarberUnited States
This was an awesome trip as our guide Matijas was very knowledgeable and fun. He took us to some great sites, gave us plenty of education and made sure we were fed well. I can definitely say that by traveling with Matijas that after 8 hours we all felt like locals!!!
Very knowledgeable and interesting. Recommended some restaurants to go to.
Gary FlaxUnited States
Matijas did a wonderful job and is one of the most knowledgeable guides Ive ever had. Great job
Robert DuvalUnited States
"Mat" was a force of nature! His love of his home and country was evident in every aspect of the tour. We took a 9 hr tour of the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. I now know the entire history of that area going back to the bronze age! Gorgeous country! To say that he was enthusiastic was an understatement. Highly recommended!
Nancy DeFordUnited States
I asked for scenery, history, culture, food and wine -- and I got all that and more. Matijas was prompt, interesting, well-informed and very kind. A great spokesperson for his Istrian territory.
Bj MacatuladNew Zealand
Our full-day Food & Wine Tour with Matijas was the probably the highlight of our 10-day trip to Croatia. Matijas created a tour that incorporated all our interests (food and more food), plus more (walks through the hilltop towns,achitecture, gorgeous scenery). We spent close to 10 hours with him but the hours simply flew by because we were having so much fun. You can instantly feel Matijas' passion for Istria and we are very grateful that he shared with us al the my reasons to love Istria. Priceless!
Sherry MerrowUnited States
Tom DraegerUnited States
We had two tours with Matijas and both were very nice. Quite informative and he really knew his history! This is another guide we highly recommend.
Wayne YoshigaiUnited States
Matijas shared his wealth of knowledge of his Istrian home on our day tour of Rovinj, Porec and Groznjan. We enjoyed his company and appreciated his local insights of restaurants (oysters in Lim Fjord), olive oil and wine. Thanks Matijas for helping us to experience this unique part of Croatia from a local's perspective.
Crystal TeterColumbus, OH, United States
EXCELLENT! Matijas have great history and background on the towns that we visited, as well as sites along the way wow driving. Really fantastic tour. We learned much about Istria's history, and got to see some incredibly beautiful scenery.
Andrew VerbUnited States
We are so happy we hired Matt for a tour of Istria. Although we booked him at the last minute, he was super professional and organized. He is passionate about the area and had a nice sense of humor. I would highly recommend him to others.
Marijas is extremely professional and knowledgeable in all areas. His customer focus ensures that you are enjoying the time. Although he is very serious regarding his profession, his sense of humor and story telling enriches the exchange. He is able to gauge your interests, is flexible, and steady in character. Whatever your personal interests is, he ensures your goals are met. Because of him, I fell in love with Istria. If you book a tour with him, you are sure to have a wonderful experience.
Dorothy (Dottie) StoneUnited States
Matt was very helpful right from the time we first contacted him by e-mail. He provided options for meeting him, sent detailed directions, and even changed the date of our tour when we requested it. As a guide, he is both friendly and knowledgeable, and was very good about adjusting the tour based on our interests and capabilities. In just 3 hours, we were able to learn about Pula's rich history, as well as understand much more about the Istrian Peninsula and its people. Well worth the money!
Matijas was good fun and very efficient with our time. We managed to do many things in the day without feeling rushed, but an excellent variety of the best sights in Rovinj! Thanks Matty! Bruce and Jill
Heidi ThomasUnited States
Matt made it easy for us to enjoy the hilltowns as he drove the side roads we would not have known. His descrption of the countryside was so interesting. He knew the best place to go for a wonderful local lunch. I loved having the personal attention of a private tour with Matt. He offered us additional information about Croatia to make our trip even better. Thanks Matt.
Heidi ThomasUnited States
Matt's experience and knowledge of Rovinj made this a great tour. It truly was a tour with a local as we passed many people he knew. His description of the town and its history were very informative. He was very willing to help us with any questions we had. As it turned out we loved Rovinj enough to stay longer, which pleased Matt. He was very helpful to us with arranging for travel out of Rovinj also. We could not have done this without his help. Thank you!!
Carlisle AlbertsonFort Smith, AR, United States
Matt is a fabulous tour guide and very knowledgable about the area of Istria. He grew up in Rovinj and still lives in the Old City area. He specializes in custom tours. Tell him what you want - he will make it happen. He did for us and it was fantastic! Carlisle and Chris Albertson U.S.A.
Gail ParkhillUnited States
This was a very informative tour. Matijas was very helpful to us. We would highly recommend him.
Ronald BensonUnited States
Kept the tour interesting and informative. Very knowledgeable.
Kathy BudgeUnited States
Matijas is a wonderful tour guide! He was very flexible and accomodating to our wishes. When he found out that I love truffles, he took us to a local festival where I was able to see the coveted white truffles and we were able to taste many locally made foods and wines. We visited several very beautiful, small villages and also had a delicious lunch at a restaurant that Matijas had arranged for us. Matijas is very knowledgeable about the area and his english is excellent! Highly recommended!!
Laura WeisnerUnited States
Excellent guide for the Basilica. Went above and beyond to be helpful. Spoke English well. Friendly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thx :) it was great for me to have such great guests, all the best!
Laura WeisnerUnited States
We enjoyed all of Pula with Matt. He gave excellent history and descriptions of ruins and monuments. We enjoyed his tour very much.
Very informative on local history, great tour mixed with a bit of fun. The tour of hill towns of istria is recommended
Karen FullerWASAGA BEACH, ON, Canada
Matijas is a well seasoned, knowledgable guide and we spent a wonderful day with him touring the hill towns of Istria. We were so glad to take this tour - we were on a cruise and dislike the large, crowded excursions offered by the ship - this tour got us into the countryside of Croatia. The hilltop towns were quiet, with few tourists and breathtakingly beautiful. We sampled local foods, olive oil and wine and wandered through charming villages. Matijas will adapt the tour to meet your personal needs.
very informative Matijas was very knowlegable able to answer all our questions about Pula. good pace for walking tour, saw a number of things off the regular streets which you would not know about. Would look for Matijas if in the area again.