Martin DohmSouth Africa
Wonderful experience!! Most interesting insights into Riga, its history, its architecture and intrigues. Olga is extremely knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Martin. Your vivid interest to Riga history and architecture made our day. I wish you a great travel and a lot of nice and interesting people.
Connie GoinsLoveland, OH, United States
This was a very nice tour. We saw so much in a short time. Although the ride to some of the places was long she really showed us a lot. During the ride it was nice to hear her life story and cultural differences. Overall very pleased with the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Connie, your review and reminding of tge summer tour is warm and sweet on these frosty winter days. Thank you so much, I was happy to do this tour for you.
Annemarie SalowskiUnited States
Olga was great. She spoke amazing fluent English. She was flexible in accommodating the wants needs and limitations of our party Her knowledge of the history and stories about Riga kept the day fun and enjoyable. I highly recommend Olga
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Annemarie, for appreciating my work for your group. And I`m glad that you`ve got bright impressions of Riga.
Annemarie SalowskiUnited States
This was terrific. It allowed us to see the most we could see
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again and it`s really great that with the transfer we could collect more places than on an ordinary tour. Have a good luck and great impressions of the Baltics.
Darryn WolffSan Francisco, CA, United States
Very informative. Really enjoyed our time with Olga. If ever back in Latvia I would have her as our tour guide again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Darryn. It were really great two days and I was happy to show you as much as it was possible.
Michael WalkerUnited States
Olga met our ship and off we went exploring the country side and then Rundale Palace. We enjoyed her so much as we toured the palace and the beautiful garden. If you are looking for a wonderful shore excursion this is a good one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael, thank you for highly appreciating our tour; Rundale - the palace and the garden - is a really amazing place and I`m happy you enjoyed the tour. My best regards to Anita and good luck to both of you.
Douglas EricksonUnited States
Olga was very passionate about her city/country and enjoyed telling us about it. We learned a lot about Riga and its culture. We saw many sights we never would have seen on our own or on a regular cruise ship excursion. We highly recommend ToursByLocals and Olga in particular.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Douglas and Carol, thank you for your warm words and recommending my tour to other travellers. I was happy to tell you about Riga and Latvia and to show the best of the place. And I wish you new trips and impressions.
Nessa WarnerUnited States
Olga was great, very knowledgeable and interesting. When we asked for an experience based tour she immediately took us to a cafe to try the local Balsam. She also amended the tour when our kids got tired.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Nessa. It`s so nice that you`ve appreciated our tour so high. I liked to to it for your family: you have great kids and you all asked my interesting questions. I wish you more joy and different travels in the life of your family.
Ron GoldkornUnited States
Our tour guide was Olga. She is a lovely,sweet lady but my wife and I were a little disappointed with the tour. I had made it clear to Olga (before meeting her) that we were mainly interested in seeing sites related to the history and present-day life of Jews in Riga. Unfortunately this was not how it turned out to be
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron, after having read your comment I felt completely knocked down as all the program was fulfilled; I worked for you as hard as I always do even giving more information as it was a special trip for you. I hope that the museums shown to you for visiting on your free time helped you. I am also ready to assist and help you in future understanding how important for you to have support here.
Alan ShlosbergUnited Kingdom
Olga was a wonderful, friendly guide, & we had a great time with her. She drove us right up to all the sites (I have difficulty walking), including a fantastic coffee shop with tasty cakes. Not only did we visit the best highlights of Riga, but she also added a tour around the market, that we had requested, with no calculation on her part of "her" time. Our group of 6 was delighted with her fluent English and interesting guiding. We heartily recommend Olga to others desiring an excellent guided tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alan, it 's so nice to get such great review on my tour. I remember your group with warmth:) And I am happy you liked sights and tastes of Riga.
Barger JeutterUnited States
Our tour with Olga was excellent. She is exceptionally knowledgable .... and she sprinkled her knowledge with extraordinary stories which gave us a true flavor of Latvia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barger, thank you so much for the review. I`m glad you liked the town and felt the spirit of it.
Adrian WhiteUnited States
Olga was extremely knowledgeable of the local area and was more than happy to answer the many questions I had for her! She was fun and very personable! This tour made my trip! :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Adrian, it was really pleasure to do this tour for you. Good luck to you.
Geraldine ScottUnited Kingdom
Olga was absolutely fantastic! Not only did she tailor the tour exactly to our requirements but she was patient, answering all of our many questions. She is extremely knowledgeable with a great sense of humour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Geraldine, for your comment. I was glad to open for you as much of Riga as it was possible. My best regards to all your lovely group.
Timothy LinHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Timothy.
Olga took us around Riga on day 1 and managed us with bad weather by driving us for the start then the walking tour when the weather improved. The second day we went to Rundale Palace and then to Sigulda! This was a huge day and we were all tired but very happy at the end! Olga gave us a great deal of information,her knowledge is very extensive and she was able to give us a really good taste of Latvia. Thankyou Olga from the group from Australia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rhonda, thank you for the comment and good memories of our two days in Riga and outside. Yesterday was a really tiring day but you all were so willing to see and know everything:) And thanks Heaven for such wonderful weather presented on the second day for long trip to Latvian nature. I wish you all a great travel and my best regards to your group.
Richard OppenheimerUnited States
Olga is a great guide. She met me at the airport. We pre-planned and agreed upon a custom tour of sites I was particularly interested in. Olga's English is very good, and she researched everyplace I wanted to visit, so we could take a very efficient route. Her knowledge of history is outstanding and was able to answer all of my questions. I definitely would use Olga again, and highly recommend her. She took me to more places than I had planned, and did not short change me on time, or rushed ever rushed me
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, this tour with you was very exciting and touching. Thank you for your great comment and the new experience I`ve got during our tour. I wish you good luck in your life and further researches.
Sandra HaulterUnited States
Loved our guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sandra. Best wishes to you:)
Rob LandgrenUnited States
WE had a very nice day in Riga. We were exhausted at the end of our 6 hour tour. WE felt that we saw every corner of the city and learned all about the art and architecture of the city. She was very knowledgeable about the area and the history. Thanky you Olga for helping us to appreciate your city a little more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rob, thank you for the great comment. I hope that you liked Riga and enjoyed every minute of being here:) Please say my best regards to all the members of your group and I wish you all good luck.
Arthur R EhscheidUnited States
Olga was incredibly knowledgeable, adaptable and humorous as she led our group thru a shifting day of needs and likes/dislikes. I enjoyed her ability to "roll with it" and keep us all entertained and informed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Arthur, for giving me a chance to enjoy the day with your group:) And even today it made me smile when I remembered Arthur`s "Let`s do" / "poyehali":) Good luck to you all:)
Helen AtkesonUnited States
Olga was a delightful guide and gave us a great walking tour of old Riga, the Art Deco district and its beautiful parks. She is extremely knowledgable and interesting as well as charming. We would highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Helen, for so highly appreciating our tour and for your interest to Riga and Latvia and questions about the past and present of our country. Have a good luck and the same brightness in your eyes as it was on that wonderful day:)
Patricia LintonLido Beach, NY, United States
Olga is brilliant and passionate which combines for a fabulous, exciting, informative, personal and entertaining tour of beautiful Riga. Her storytelling was exuberant and historically accurate. The drive stopped at all important places for photos. The long walk through Old Town and the Art Nouveau district was inspiring! The tour over delivered and we were very happy. Olga is fabulous. Thank you for such a delight we will remember for a long time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, thank you so much for these touching words. You were such a bright group with great sense of humor, feeling the smallest details of my stories and asking interesting questions. I wish you all to have a great trip and bright emotions.
Olga was a real gem of a guide. She knew a lot about the history of this great seaport with a very difficult and chequered past. That information made the 2.5 hour tour very informative and exciting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Abhijit Basu, thank you for appreciating our tour so nicely. The questions asked by your family showed such a great interest to our town and country that it was a real pleasure to answer and explain as much as I knew. My warmest regards to you all your family.
Jerome FalkUnited States
Another wonderful Tours-by-Locals tour. We found this tour to be a very thorough exploration of Riga, and a lot of fun due to Olga's knowledgeable and good-humored guidance. Riga's art nouveau buildings are a knockout--many buildings that have been beautifully restored and just shine. This is a terrific city, and a great tour; and Olga was a wonderful companion and guide for our first day there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, dear Jerome and Nancy. It`s very kind of you to highly appreciate our tour. And the day with you showing around the city was really wonderful. I wish you many happy travels ahead:)
Lynn McNamaraUnited Kingdom
We all liked Olga, she was full of knowledge, I for one was amazed how she remembered everything, dates events etc! she was full of interesting little stories applicable to the things we were seeing. Thoroughly enjoyed our time with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Lynn and I`m happy that you had nice time here in Latvia. My best wishes to your friends:)
Lynn McNamaraUnited Kingdom
Olga was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour, the weather was not on our side, but we all made the most of it. The Fishing Museum was really interesting, and the Art work that changed with the lighting was fabulous. If the weather had been kinder a walk along the seashore would have been nice too, however, Olga took us to a nice restaurant where we dried out and warmed up with some Blackcurrant and Riga Black Balsam.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lynn for the good memories of that day, it was really great walking with you in Jurmala and enjoying our talks about ....whatever. And thank you for appreciating the both museums and our local Black magic drink:)
Joseph StanleyUnited States
Karen WamplerUnited States
Olga is amazing -- extremely knowledgable, friendly, flexible, and willing to adapt plan as day went on. She is enthusiastic and upbeat. A total pleasure. (and Riga is an amazing city!)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Shirley and Karen. It was a pleasure to spend that day with you showing around the town. And thank you Shirley for being so careful and attentive to your clients and telling me more about their wishes.
Lloyd AppelUnited States
Olga give my family and me a great tour of Riga last week. she picked us up at the pier and did a fantastic job of showing us the sights of the city. She was very informative and pleasant. My family really enjoyed her insights and stories and frankly, just chatting with her. I highly recommend her services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lloyd. Very nice to hear such warm words from you. My best regards to your family and special wishes of success to your boys.
Jill BauerFernandina Beach, FL, United States
If you have only one day in Riga, this is the perfect tour! Olga did a fantastic job of giving us insights into the history and culture, but her knowledge of the architecture was truly amazing. We covered all the highlights of the town in our five hour walk. We loved it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jill for appreciating our tour so high and for your interest in architecture, history and nowaday life. I enjoyed the way you were feeling Riga. Good luck to you and your family.
Sharon SmithUnited States
Olga's tour was great! She was so knowledgeable and shared so many wonderful sites of her city with us. We had a very complete and interesting tour of the old city, and we enjoyed the Art Nouveau District and the Forshadt and all her stories. She was undeniably knowledgeable (and very enthusiastic!) about her city. We learned a great deal about Riga and Latvia. I would recommend her services to anyone who really wants to see and learn about Riga.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sharon. To read your comment in the morning is a really nice start of the day:) Hope you`ll have this day (and many days ahead) very nice and bright. Thanks again:)
Judy C.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judy for high rating our tour and for your energy on that uneasy day of the festival.
Olga gave us a very interesting tour of old Riga and showed good knowledge of the town and its history. She was pleasant and helpfull and we can recommend her as a guide. 5 ladies from Trondheim
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dorothy, thank you for the feedback and nice words about the tour. I hope you and your friends liked Riga - my best wishes to you all:)
Olga was great with all her details and a sense of humour that fitted our group. I can warmly recommend her!
Lydia StricklandUnited States
Olga was extremely knowledgeable and led an excellent tour of Riga. She answered many questions beyond the scope of the tour, as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lydia, for the comment, I really enjoyed introducing our town to you:) I wish you to have great impressions of all your trip:)
Eduard KlikshteynUnited States
she is very good guide, she showed us all sightseeing spots in Riga. THank you Olga
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eduard, Thank you so much for the warm comment. It was so nice to do the tour with you. And I really enjoyed the talk with you after the tour. I wish you good luck, health and happiness in your life.
Our group of 7 thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism and knowledge of Olga - particularly her knowledge of the Art Nouveau District, a very interesting part of Riga that most tourists miss. Our tour was very extensive and Olga did an excellent job of keeping us on schedule. She was very attentive to our needs for rest and sustenance.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Gunnar for appreciating our tour and good luck to you:)
Elizabeth S.United States
Olga was a wonderful guide to the beautiful city of Riga. She picked us up promptly and gave us a short but comprehensive history of the city. Since she had a van, we were able to see Kipsala Island and other outlying areas of the city that we could not have seen otherwise. The Art Nouveau area came alive for us as Olga described the embellishments on many of the buildings. Olga's tour of the Old Town enabled us to understand Riga's rich heritage. And she did all of this in just four hours! Terrific!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elizabeth, thank you so much for the warmest review on our tour. I enjoyed doing it for you and your group and the questions that were much wider than the frames of our tour gave me another chance to search for new information - I like it, thank you:) My best wishes of health and happiness to all of you.
Howard KristolUnited States
Evelyn Jean BrezaCharleston, SC, United States
Riga was an absolute delight! Olga was a fabulous tour guide, who told marvelous stories about Riga's history and the city's famous buildings and their architects. She was also very helpful in finding us a fun lunch place - not too expensive - where our group of 7, including 5 children ages 12-24 enjoyed pizza! I liked the potato pancake with fresh salmon & sour cream!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Evelyn Jean, it`s great to get this feedback and to know you liked Riga and our local potato pancakes so much. My best wishes to your group and - come again:)
Amazing local knowledge made the place come alive. Olga's kindness towards us made us feel that she was a long lost friend. Our special thanks for the Jelgava part of the trip. It is not on the tourist trail and Olga had gone out of her way to make it memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Loraine, it`s very nice of you to give great review about our tour. I`m glad you liked Jelgava and happy that we were lucky to see a part of the festival. Thank you for the "snout":) And about the flower - it`s an ox-eye daisy; then in addition about the insect - two spot ladybird:)
A tour made special by her interesting way of bringing the places we visited to life. The stories and her way of delivering them made for a wonderful excursion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: "Sveiki=hello", Loraine, again and "paldies=thank you" very much for the comment. I hope your visit to the market was interesting for you and your mother. Send Rae my warmest greetings and I wish her to be healthy and the same active as I remember for many years ahead.
Olga is exactly what a Tours by Locals guide should be. We were so impressed!She's extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects, shows her experience, and yet maintains an interest and passion in her role as a guide. She was an excellent communicator and very understanding of our needs, including that of our 5 year old daughter travelling with us. We couldn't rate her too highly! We had a great day out and highly recommend Olga.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hilton, Jullienne and Anna, Thanks again for the great feedback. I was really happy to show you Sigulda (as I like this wonderful place), to meet your interests in history and nowadays of Latvia. Especially I was impressed by little princess Anna - she was so bright and patient during all the 7 hours of the tour:). I wish you a lot of happy travelings together and bright impressions in your life.
Suzanne MakeUnited Kingdom
Olga was superb. We all really enjoyed our tour around the old town of Riga. Not only did she tell us all about the history of the town, but she also advised us on places to eat and what else was worth seeing. She knew vast amounts about Riga's history and was not only interesting and informative but also very funny. Would DEFINITELY recommend. There were six of us and I think that for just over £10 each for a two and a half hour tour, it was extremely good value for money,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Suzanne, my warmest greetings to you and all your group, I hope you enjoyed the days in Riga and Christmas trees... Thank you for appreciating my tour, I also enjoyed the time with the great ladies and I am sending my best regards to them.
Olga was a very good quide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Torstein. Rather chilly weather on that day didn`t pamper you a lot, but at least that hot coffer warmed you a little:)
Nelson JoynerUnited States
My wife tripped on the cobblestone street. She suffered a deep gash above her eye. An ambulance was called. Olga was very helpful in dealing with the medical technicians. My wife and I appreciated Olga's concern and how she dealt with the situation. (Our relatives were able to continue with the tour.)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nelson, it`s a pity that all this happened on the first day of your stay in Riga and we couldn`t complete the tour & stories as it was planned with all of you, only for your relatives..... but I hope that they told you some of my stories that I was telling them on our way back to the hotel. I hope that Susanna will be ok soon and, please - no more falls! :) Great luck to you.
Barbara BrunoUnited States
Enthusiastic, punctual and knowledgeable describes Olga. Enjoyed her tour and highly recommend. Car was clean and comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara, thank you very much for the kind words. It was a bit more noise and rush in Riga than usual because of the festival but I was glad we could find good way to walk through it to see the best in Riga.
Gail BuckleyUnited States
Olga is passionate about the architecture of Riga. I loved that and appreciated her calling our attention to things we would not otherwise have noticed on the buildings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gail, thank you very much for appreciating my tour, it was a real pleasure to see great interest in your eyes and to answer your questions. And about those big windows in the church of St Jacob: the church didn`t pay taxes to Riga for those windows; the church was very powerful and independent and responsible for hospitals, universities, etc, which were necessary in medieval towns and for the states... My best regards to all your group.
Richard BeckermanUnited States
Knowledgable and friendly. Was a good tour. Her accent made it a little difficult to understand everything she said.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, Thank you for your comments and thank you also for bringing my accent up - I am working on making my speech clearer. I tackle making my accent more slight as a challenge:) To my future guests: Please feel free to ask me if I said something and you did not understand - I`m always glad to repeat or explain what I meant. I definitely want you to enjoy Riga and my tours, so nothing is impossible:) Thanks again, Richard, and good luck to you and your group.
Nancy RuedebuschUnited States
Olga was extremely knowledgeable but she was totally unaware of the clients desires. She accomplished her job with disregard for our needs. She ordered us around like children and barked at us if we were looking the wrong way....not a pleasant way to see the lovely city of Riga....it was definitely the low point of our 17 day trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's the first time in my life when I read such crushing things about me. I thought I worked in the same way as with others trying to do my best for Nancy's group, trying to save their energy on the route, choosing the best way of showing the sights. If I was to rate our tour it could be given 4.5 or at least 4 stars (as I finished the tour 15 min later than planned but still on time to dinner) but in no case 1 star and not in such a cruel way. I can`t believe this is true - maybe it's some mistake?
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken with Olga about this review and she is shocked and at a loss to explain it. She said when she left them at the port they gave complements and thanked her sincerely and warmly. We've attempted to contact the traveler for further details, but without success.
The tour has been very instructive and enjoyable at the same time. Olga knows very well the history background and many legends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Laura, for the comment. I still remember our tour in the noise and music of the city festival. I wish you also great success in your tours.
Ivetta KrolUnited States
We were very lucky to have Olga B as our tour guid. She gave us very interesting tour of old Riga with the history and legends and even garlic ice-cream.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ivetta, thank you for the comment and good words. I hope you liked Riga and your stay in Jurmala was wonderful. And thank you for a new point of view on garlic ice-cream tasting: in a take-away cup - one for the group...:) good luck to you and your family.
Kim LaudenslagerUnited States
I toured with Olga and she was fabulous. I am a travel agent and have used 'Tours by Locals' numerous times. I have never been disappointed but Olga topped our expectations. She was very prompt in returning my emails BEFORE our trip and was waiting for us when we departed the ship. There were three of us in my group and she customized the tour to our interests. Her English easy to understand. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch together yet still had plenty of time to see all the sights. I highly recommend Olga.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kim, thank you for the comment, it was pleasure to read it and remember your group`s lively interest in architecture and history of Riga, customs, traditions and life style here in Latvia. And thank you for interesting questions which motivated me to do more researches in history:) Good luck to you and my best regards to Greg and Brian
Evelyn SilversteinUnited States
Olga met us promptly and gave us (six people) a comprehensive walking tour of old Riga. She included the Synagogue as a special request and was friendly and very willing to answer all our questions. Her English was very good and we all enjoyed our day in Riga. I would recommend Olga to others without hesitation! Evelyn Silverstein, traveling with Oceania's ship, Nautica in June, 2012.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Evelyn, thank you for giving such a good comment on my tour. Yes I tried to do my best for your group would keep brightest emotions of your visit to Riga. Good luck to you and your mates.
We were exceptionally satisfied with that tour. This was a great service provided by Olga despite the hard weather conditions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nikolay, thank you for these kind words and thanks to your group being so patient on such a rainy day. I wish you many bright days and emotions in your life and my best regards to your family and friends.
Rosemary GreenlawUnited Kingdom
Olga was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic; her tour was comprehensive and gave an extremely good overview of a city we had very little time to see. Like your other guides, she was very helpful to a couple of partially disabled tourists. It was a good tour and I would have no hesitation recommending Olga to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosemary, thank you very much for these warm words. It was also my pleasure to give this tour and introduce Riga to you and I`m really glad you liked Riga as I do.
Vitaly TetruashvilyUnited States
Olga was a very professional tour guide in Latvia. She greeted us, took us to all of the greatest spots, and was very knowledgable, answering any questions we had for her. We highly recommend Olga for all future tourists interested in visiting Riga. She made our trip there wonderful
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vitaly, thank you so much for appreciating my work highly. It was a pleasure to tell you about our history and to show you our amazing architecture, to tell about nowadays life of Riga and Latvia. I also wish you and your family good luck and great success to your children wherever they are.