Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Jamsa-Finland by Tour Guide Maarit L. (Guide #5075)


Ronald Newton

United Kingdom
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Tour: Love Helsinki Tour, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Sep 20/18

Maarit was an excellent guide. She understands her city of Helsinki very well and her knowledge of Finland in general. Our group of 10 were all very impressed with the city and Maarit.

Karen Denker

United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Aug 24/18

Albert Fenech

Australia
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Tour: #227083, Helsinki Highlights City Sightseeing 3 hrs. Easy. Panoramic., Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jul 22/18

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.

Donald B.

Hilton Head Island, SC, United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jul 3/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Don, for your kind words. It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance and I'm really glad you liked Helsinki.

Amelia Hollberg

Salt Lake City, UT, United States
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Tour: #227083, Helsinki Highlights City Tour 3 hrs 30 min. Easy. Panoramic., Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jun 16/18

Maarit was an excellent guide for our family! We had two people in wheelchairs, and she was great at working out a tour that fit our needs. She was also very knowledgeable about each of the places that we visited.

Laurie Becht

United States
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Tour: #82567, Architecture and Design Tour in Helsinki. Local Culture, All Day Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: May 19/18

This was my second tour with Maarit, the first being the City tour. On this tour we went outside the city to visit Hvittraesk museum and Tarraspaa Atelier. We also enjoyed a boat cruise around the islands which I had requested. Maarit is well versed in art and architecture as well as many other subjects and is a good companion. Highly recommended!

Laurie Becht

United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: May 18/18

Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and tailored tour to my interests. (Much appreciated.). Also provided a lot of information on what to do on my own. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, dear Laurie! It was a pleasure to meet you. Looking forward to our day tomorrow.

Susan Doshier

United States
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Tour: Discover Helsinki and Porvoo 6-hours tour, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: May 17/18

We enjoyed a fabulous day with Maarit! She was so knowledgable and willing to change around the tour to meet our wishes. I would definitely recommend her to anyone traveling to Helsinki.

Suzanne Whitlock

United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: May 7/18

Enjoyed our day with Maarit. There is something special about discovering a city with a fifth generation local. She is knowledgeable, friendly and comical. Next time, sauna. (Smile.)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Suzanne & hello to everyone Thank you so much I'm happy that you enjoyed your day with me. Next time, sauna. Definately :)

Brenda Sabey

United States
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Tour: #108608, Helsinki Highlights, Private sightseeing with a true local guide, starting and ending at the airport, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Apr 15/18

Maarit was excellent. She was willing to work with us to plan just the right itinerary and was flexible when we needed to make adjustments. She was so personable and her narrative of what we were seeing was very engaging. Can't imagine a better tour guide or person!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thak you so much, dear Brenda. It was a pleasure to meet you.

Norma Eleanor Sy

United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Sept 25, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Sep 25/17

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.

Joe Henderson

United States
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Tour: #56007, Aug 30; Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Aug 30/17

What a wonderful tour with Maarit! She was very knowledgeable on the history of Helsinki and enjoyable to be around. We loved lunch at a favorite place of hers and the market in Helsinki where we took the time to sit and have coffee. I would highly recommend this tour with Maarit.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Joe! It was a pleasure meeting you, too.

Sandra Dunglison

Australia
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Tour: Helsinki City Tour on a Tram, black cab to drive around in the afternoon, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Jul 11/17

Maarit was a very knowledgable and pleasant guide to be with. Her plan for our day tour was well thought out and we had a most enjoyable day seeing the sights of Helsinki with her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to show you around my beautiful hometpown and I'm always glad to meet people who are interested in architecture. Hvittrask is definately our national treasure. Thank you for letting me take you there!

Katrina Parks

Colorado Springs, CO, United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jul 7/17

Maarit was a wonderful tour guide- We all (teenagers to grandparents) enjoyed learning about her beautiful country and Finnish traditions. I would recommend Maarit to any friends and family traveling to Finland.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Katrina! It was a pleasure to meet your family.

Barbara P.

United States
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Tour: #108608, City Tour, Helsinki Highlights with a true local guide, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jun 18/17

Maarit is knowledgeable and matter of fact. Gave us a good understanding of Helsinki. She was able to make our tour to the Church of the Rock very efficient by knowing when and where to be at the correct time. Saved us tons of wasted time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Barbara. I'm glad that you liked your stay in Helsinki.

Timothy A Hickey

Cincinnati, OHIO, United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jun 16/17

Maarit was an excellent guide. She has an impeccable command of the English language and tremendous knowledge about Porvoo and Helsinki. She has a great personality and she made our tour memorable. 5 Stars.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Tim, for your kind words! It was a pleasure to meet you.

Jennifer Thayer

United States
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Tour: #82567, Art & Architecture Tour in Helsinki and Countryside, Local Culture, Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: May 26/17

My husband, I, and 2 teenage boys had one day in Helsinki. This was a great way to find and see everything we wanted to. Maarit was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We also enjoyed learning a bit about Finnish culture. It was nice to also have a driver so we could just worry about seeing things, not driving.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jennifer, It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. Please say Hi from me to your boys, very nice young gentlemen :) Have a great summer!

Janie Tipton

United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Sep 4/16

The guide did an excellent job of relating the historical events and the Porvoo area. I enjoyed the beauty of the Rock Church and the Cathedral. I will recommend Maarit to anyone as a guide.

Travis Lowe

United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights Tour and Porvoo Old Town, Half Day Shore Excursion, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Sep 3/16

Victoria Fernalld

United States
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Tour: #227083, Helsinki Highlights City Sightseeing 3 hrs - New Tour!, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Sep 1/16

Maarit was incredibly knowledgable and very friendly! She was prompt to pick us up at desired location and even spent extra time with us getting lunch and taking us to a specific location to be dropped off. She even tailored parts of our tour specifically towards things we would be interested in. Overall, a great tour and quick overview of Helsinki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, dear Victoria! It was a pleasure meeting you.

Serge Gagnon

Canada
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Tour: #227083, Helsinki Highlights City Sightseeing 3 hrs - New Tour!, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Aug 21/16

Great personality, very professional, great tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It was a pleasure to introduce my city to you. Enjoy your stay in Helsinki!

Wendy B.

Canada
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Tour: #82567, Art & Architecture Tour in Helsinki and Countryside, Porvoo, Ainola and Local Culture,, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jul 8/16

this was the best tour I ever had anywhere in the world. Maarit was knowledgeable about everything and she was able to personalize the country for me.We covered a lot of ground and it is a day I will always remember.

Larry Wolfe

United States
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Tour: #227083, Helsinki Highlights City Sightseeing 3 hrs - New Tour!, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jun 3/16

The best! Informative, intelligent, accommodating and funny! Maarit had it all.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Debra! It was a pleasure meeting you :)

Patty Villeggiante

United States
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Tour: Helsinki City Tour and Porvoo Old Town, 6 hours tour, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: May 9/16

had a great tour with maarit and it was great and she even took us to a great local winery and a great restaurant. she is a must and I would use her again. she is very funny and makes for a great day and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patty! Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and I'm looking forward to meeting you again in Helsinki :)

Kate Gerard

Hahndorf, SA, Australia
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Tour: #108608, Helsinki Highlights Tour with a true local guide (in a minivan), Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Mar 23/16

Maarit is a wonderful guide and I really enjoyed spending time with her will she shared with me her beautiful city, Helsinki. What a great place to live, with beautiful buildings as well as fabulous surroundings. I can highly recommend this tour. Thank you Maarit.

Maria Alonso

United States
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Tour: Helsinki and Old Town Porvoo, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Sep 8/15

Maarit was a very good guide for this tour, very well informed, and took us to all the places that we had asked, Old town Provo was very nice, very picturesque.

Douglas Reed

United States
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Tour: Sightseeing Helsinki on foot, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Aug 28/15

Maarit in Helsinki was kind and a great conversationalist. We learned what a Finish lifestyle was like. The weather conditions in Helsinki were rainy and we used public transportation to a fault --riding around town without much substance. The transit infastructure is impressive. She did have a recent ankle injury.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Unfortunately the weather was horrible which makes the scenery very dull. Thak you for your kind words.

Beatrice Heinze

Beverly, MA, United States
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Tour: Round Trip in Finland with Bea and Frank, Jamsa New, Länsi-Suomen, Finland
Date: Aug 11/15

Outstanding! Greatly exceeded my expectations! I am a Finnish/American who was searching for my roots. My guide took me into the remote forests of the Lake Lands, to places with addresses I gave her from over 100 years ago. My guide did much research to locate the tiny forest hamlets and farms that are no longer on the maps. She made contacts to open my church and museums that were closed, and got English speaking docents. She booked the perfect hostel that provided the total Finnish experience.

Beatrice Heinze

Beverly, MA, United States
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Tour: #108608, Hanko Day Trip on 10th August, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Aug 10/15

FANTASTIC! My Tours by Locals guide took me to the port of Hanko on a custom tour. My grandparents had sailed to America from Hanko over 100 years ago. My guide arranged for a tri-lingual Hanko Historian to give me the complete story. She had keys to open the historic buildings and walked us through as if we were walking with my grandparents.....the hotel, innoculation building, ticket office, bank, docks. She had the museum open just for us. We saw the emigrants monument, and so much more. A++!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bea, for your kind words. It was a pleasure to take you around and I agree that the Hanko guide was fantastic and the Emmigrant Tour couldn't have been better!

Edward T.

Hong Kong
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Tour: Jean Sibelius, Finnish National Composer, 150th Anniversary, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Aug 1/15

Maarit is definitely a 5-star tour guide. She has a deep passion for her country. She is dedicated, sincere, friendly and attentive to details. Please contact Maarit for a guided tour, no matter it is a classic city tour or off-the-beaten-track one! Can't praise her highly enough!

Eric Nelson

United States
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Tour: Sightseeing Helsinki on foot, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Jul 24/15

Our tour with Maarit was short but packed with some really fun things for the family. She started us with a tour a video game museum which was the highlight of our trip for our youngest son. We visited a few of the classic tourist spots like the rock church and the market and ended our tour with a trip to the ice bar-winter wonderland where the family was able to ride on a sled pulled by huskies and play in the snow. It was a fun day and a nice glimpse of Helsinki.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Eric! It was a pleasure meeting your family in Helsinki! I'm glad to hear you had a good time :)

Patricia Moore

United States
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Tour: Sightseeing Helsinki on foot, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: May 17/15

Very knowledgeable. She was wiling and capable to Taylor her experience to our interests .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Pat & Don! It was a pleasure meeting you.

Evelyn Jean Breza

Charleston, SC, United States
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Tour: #98905, Culinary and Culture, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: Jul 14/14

We enjoyed this tour very much! Although Maarit was sick and unable to be our guide, she arranged to have Anna, a colleague, conduct our tour. We were pleased to be using the public transportation system - it felt as if we were really Helsinki city-dwellers! Anna took very good care of us, making sure that we saw the important sights as well as enjoying some of Helsinki's good food!

Lawrence Davis

United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights and Porvoo Old Town, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: May 23/14

Maarit went over the top to be helpful when our luggage did not arrive. additionally she provided a first rate tour. She is highly recommended.

Lawrence Davis

United States
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Tour: #98905, Culinary and Culture, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: May 22/14

Andy Royce

98115, WA, United States
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Tour: #56007, Helsinki Highlights and Porvoo Old Town, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland    view tour
Date: May 16/14

We were a group of 13 on a private tour of Helsinki and were very pleased with Maarit and her knowledge of the city and culture of Finland. The group was mostly retire teachers and professional so it was important to get into the history of the area and learn from a local...we were very pleased with the half day at Porvoo and finished with a stroll through the central part of Helsinki. Good Value

Phil Barth

United States
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Tour: Sightseeing Helsinki, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Sep 11/13

Maarit was great. Very knowledgeable, and great personality. The right amount of flexibility so that we could best know Helsinki, which included lunch at an 80 year old resturant serving Finish food and culture. Maarit is a great person for your team

Julie Fotos

United States
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Tour: Helsinki visit National Museum, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Aug 27/13

Maarit was extremely personable.She went out of her way to make us welcome to Helsinki. She met us at the hotel thus began a beautiful adventure. First stop was The Church in the Rock.At each place we visited she told us the history about it and added some anecdotes.She took us to places George wanted to see that his Finnish grandparents always talked about. General Mannerheim grave sight and statue,railroad station and The National Museum of Finland. We met as strangers but left as friends.She's a gem!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It was lovely to meet with such a charming couple and a pleasure to be your quide!

Lana Victoria M.

United States
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Tour: Helsinki and Countryside, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: May 25/13

Maarit is a delightful Finnish lady with numerous stories about life in Finland. She met us on time at the cruise ship and spent 7 hours showing us around. She designed our tour according to my directions .....some city sights plus a ride in the countryside . She arranged a stop at a Finnish composer's home which was a lovely stop to view gardens and home. Maarit was knowledgeable about Finnish history and culture with wit and humor! Great Job!

Mary Gale

United States
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Tour: Sightseeing Helsinki, Helsinki, Etelä-Suomen, Finland
Date: Aug 16/12

Maarit and her son (our driver) were waiting on the dock when we got off our ship. Our tour from start to finish was personal, thorough and fun. Maarit showed us the area in a much more comprehensive yet relaxed way than we could have gotten with a bus tour and we certainly learned more than we could have on our own. In addition to the sights we expected to see like the Helsinki Cathedral and the Rock Church, she took us into the Olympic stadium, the City Hall and a beautiful shop to see local design.