We would recommend Maria strongly. Excellent guide !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you once again, Jan and Inez for this warm response: I am a great lover of Finnish Design and Architecture so these types of specialized tours are always very pleasurable. You already knew a lot before taking my tour, but I hope that you are both now a little wiser:) Thank you also for the lovely post-tour lunch with great conversation. Warm regards to you and your family in Belgium! Kind regards, Maria
Very knowledgeable guide, very adaptive: she delvers an excellent tour. Nice interaction !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jan and Inez for your kind feedback. It was a pleasure guiding you both as well as sharing mutual snippets of our everyday lives. Warm Regards to Belgium! Maria
Allen SheldonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Allen for your kind tour rating. It was a pleasure to guide your group and I am very happy that we were able to include a visit to the synagogue as part of the program. Regards to you all in the USA. Kind Regards, Maria ---------------
Krista McIntyreUnited States
Maria was excellent! This tour introduced our family to Helsinki through the design and architecture that makes the city special. Maria showed us exterior and interior examples of famous designers' works while sharing with us the significant historic and cultural highlights. Maria was warm and easy to spend the day with. Highly recommend her and this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Krista for your kind feedback. It was my pleasure to be your guide and share the architectural heritage of my hometown with you all. Architecture and design is one of my passions so these tours are always extra special. Regards to USA!!!!
Kenneth LevyUnited States
My entire group of 30 family members agreed that this was the best tour we had on our Baltic Cruise. Maria was knowledgable, a great story teller and a very pleasant individual. I would highly recommend her to anyone want a great tour in Finland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kenneth for your very generous feedback. It was a pleasure to serve your group on such a hot and beautiful day. Happy to hear that you all enjoyed my tour and the day's program. Kind regards to all! Maria
Ronald WoodruffWILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Maria was wonderful. Punctual and honestly energetic. The extent of her knowledge and experiences was superb. She tailored our tour just as we had requested, and it was a very specific request. Our day with Maria was a real pleasure, very informative and just down right fun. We were so lucky to find her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ronald, Thank you for your kind feedback. It was my great pleasure to guide your group. One of my specializations as a guide is in the field of architecture so I was equally excited to share my knowledge with you on all on this lovely day. Warm regards to North Carolina! Maria
Maria was phenomenal! She was so kind, funny, informative, patient, efficient...much more. We had a big group and she accomodated us well. We liked the fact that she wanted to know more about us to ensure we had a great and valuable experience. Appreciated her in all ways. I wish her the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeffrey, Thank you for your very kind evaluation. I am very happy to hear that your family group enjoyed our program together. It was my pleasure to serve to the best of my ability and to share my beautiful part of the world with such interested and curious guests. Regards to you all spread across UTAH and ZURICH! Kind regards, Maria
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Doreen for your rating. It was a great pleasure to host your group in Helsinki last week. Regards to Canada!
Lita SmallUnited States
Maria was wonderful! She made our tour both fun and informative. She speaks perfect English, is very enthusiastic, and showed us all of the places of interest in Helsinki. We not only received a nice overview of the city but also a real sense of how people there live. It was a joy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lita for your generous and warm appraisal of my guide services: I enjoyed sharing my home town with your group as much as you enjoyed having it shown to you! Thank you also for sharing with me a little piece of your own lives back home in the USA. I hope that you all enjoy the Finnish chocolate as you sail to onto your next cruise destination in Stockholm. Warning : Its so good you will have to come back to Finland for more:=)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Susan for your kind review. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Kind Regards, Maria
Patricia DonohueUnited States
Maria was a fabulous guide — knowledgeable as well as entertaining. She brought us to all the prominent highlights of Helsinki while providing key points on each. In addition we were given time to explore Heldinki's wonderful outdoor markets. All in all, one of the best tours we've had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Patricia for your kind feedback. It was a pleasure to guide your lovely group of wonderfully curious travellers. I am happy to hear that my hometown left you with such a good feeling. Regards to Boston USA!
Marty StittUnited States
Maria did a wonderful job. We really enjoyed our day in Helsinki. Thank you Maria!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure, Marty to serve you and your wonderful group. In spite of the inclement weather we had a lovely day. Regards to the USA!!!!
James KleinUnited States
Maria made our one day cruise ship visit to Helsinki very enjoyable. She was prompt; very energetic; very friendly; and extremely knowledgeable. She took us all around and provided a great overview of the history of Helsinki. She spoke fluent English and answered all of our questions. I would strongly recommend taking any of Maria's tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, James for your kind review. I am very happy to hear that you all enjoyed my tour. It was a pleasure to guide your group! Regards to USA!
Charles DoyleTexas City, TX, United States
Maria was outstanding and in particular the way she handled our special needs.... we had a party of 6 and two handicapped... my son is confined to a wheelchair and cannot stand or walk and my wife uses a wheelchair due to limited walking requirements. Maria handled our needs to perfection and gave us a beautiful tour of Helsinki in a handicapped van that wasperfect in every way. If you are traveling to Helsinki, don't miss giving Maria a call for one of her fantastic tours��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Charles for your kind feedback. I am very happy that I was able to offer your group the tour that fitted your specific needs. My job as a guide enables me to meet so many interesting people from across the globe and your lovely family was one of them. Thank you for your time with me in Helsinki. I was honored to have guided you all. Regards to USA.
Guy VanDellUnited States
Excellent experience, Maria has a great personality and we were able to learn a lot about Helsinki history in a short period of time, you can't go wrong with this tour. I just wish I had more time to spend there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Guy for your lovely feedback. As usual it was a pleasure hosting such connected and intellectually curious guests. Regards to USA!!
Lori DunaiskyDix Hills, NY, United States
We had a wonderful morning touring with Maria in Helsinki. Maria was delightful to spend the day with and showed us everything Helsinki had to offer. I would highly recommend her if you are in Helsinki. You will walk a lot though it was an almost 7 mile day fo us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lori Thank you for your kind feedback. Happy to hear that you enjoyed my Helsinki Heartbeat Tram Tour. I also enjoyed sharing my home town wiith you. Regards to USA! Maria
Kathleen FrankovicUnited States
The walking and tram riding tour was great. We opted to see the Sibelius Monument, so we had a lovely walk through a park, on a beautiful summer's day. Maria shared her extensive knowledge of the city, and we have hopes of returning there (and touring with Maria again) soon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathleen and Hal, Thank you for the lovely feedback. I also enjoyed our tour and the impromptu visit to the Sibelius Park. That is the great thing about the private tour : it can be adjusted on the spot to suit the exact needs of the moment. I hope you had a great two days in Stockholm following the Helsinki visit. Regards to Hawaii!!!!
Roben G.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Roben and Fred. It was my pleasure to guide you around my home town. I hope you also enjoy the rest of your time in Helsinki. The weather is certainly marvellous for it. All the best and regards to California !
Sherry CampbellUnited States
We were greeted by a wonderfully friendly smile! Maria took us on the local tram and showed us things we likely would have never found on our own! She was very knowledgable of the history of Helsinki as well as current day living there. She was very interested in all of our questions and answered them without hesitation. She was very willing to accommodate us in any way she could. She would frequently ask during the walk if everyone was ok and did we need anything. What a warm and friendly visit!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Sherry! Thank you for your warm feedback. It was my pleasure to share my hometown with you all and I am very happy that you all had such an enjoyable day. Hope the great weather continued for the remainder of your vacation.. Regards to the USA!!!!
Robert TunmireUnited States
Maria was a great guide and fun to tour with . She is very knowledgeable and full of energy !! Robert & Kitty
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert and Kitty, Thank you for the lovely feedback. I too enjoyed the time with your group; having curious and connected clients such as yourself is wonderfully rewarding for any guide and I especially value this. I wish you all well and regards to Texas USA and NSW Australia !!!!
Taiya ShevelevUnited States
Had a fantastic tour with Maria in Helsinki and Porvoo. As an added bonus, had an opportunity to visit the manor house. Highly recommend Maria as guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Taiya for your kind feedback. I am gald that you both enjoyed the day's program. The Haikko Manor house is always a big hit with guests and I try to include it whenever possible in my Helsinki-Porvoo tour as today. Regards to Chicago!
Kris CrawfordUnited States
Maria is a wonderful tour guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Helsinki. She took us to see many great sites and was sensitive to our needs and desires.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Team Crawford. It was an absolute pleasure to share my hometown with you all. Thank you for your own insight and thoughts on the many subjects that we covered during the course of our morning walk. Regards to Colorado and Alabama from sunny Helsinki !
Darryn WolffSan Francisco, CA, United States
Maria was amazing! She's enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about history. She kept us on schedule and she was flexible when we needed extra time. Definitely the guide to use in Helsinki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Darryn, Thank you for the constructive feedback. It goes without saying that I always take into account the needs of my guests on the tour day itself and flex wherever needed. No schedule should be written in stone, it should always be possible to adjust as needed, just as we did today. All the best and regards to sunny California . Kind Regards, Maria
Jason W.Los Angeles, CA, United States
I can not say enough good things about Maria. She is a true professional and provided a phenominal and personalized tour of Helsinki. She not only showed me the sites but provided a fully immersive experience by sharing details of cuisine, art, crafts, local goods and more. She was simply excellent and I would recommend her to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jason, Thank you for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to walk around Helsinki and share my beautiful home city with you. On ToursByLocals my aim is always to create (within the standard tour framework) a personalised experience with attention to each guests individual interests. I am happy that on this occasion I suceeded so well. Thank you once more and sunny regards to California! Maria
David SteinbergUnited States
Maria is a British reared, Canary Island vacationed, Finnish Guide. She took us on a 4 hour walking town of Helsinki. She was facile with facts and projected her enthusiasm for her beloved city of Helsinki. Helsinki is a nice break from medieval port cities and less crowded than Saint Petersburg or Tallin. Maria shared interesting Finnish facts regarding its tenuous relationship with Russia and why it's EU but not a NATO country. She is easy to understand and quite bubbly and humorous. Great day!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the lovely feedback. I try to pack my tours with deep knowledge, but delivered in an easily-digestible and informal manner, and never forgetting to include a good dose of humour. Learning should always be be fun, and I always try to remember this when delivering my tours. It was a pleasure to be your guide and I am happy that enjoyed Helsinki and my company. I wish you all the best and regards to Las Vegas !
Sheryl ManningUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sheryl and Steve, It was a enormous pleasure to be your guide in Helsinki on this beautiful and sunny summer's day. I enjoyed, as much as you both did, our walk and conversations about Helsinki , Finland and everything else we cared to talk about. Glad that you loved Helsinki, so do I ! All the best and regards to Oregon, USA and Steve ( Madden!). Kind Regards, Maria
She gave different perspectives to Finnish design. Suitable for both Finns and foreigners. Very energetic, enthusiastic, seems that she enjoys her work. Thanks you, we had a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sophia, thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure to guide your group. Kind regards, Maria.
Richard HargreavesUnited Kingdom
Excellent - relaxed but informative and enthusiastic!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard, I am happy that you enjoyed your tour with me.Regards to England.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Francesco ! It was a pleasure to show you around Helsinki and join you for dinner at the beautiful Saaristo Island restaurant - All the best and regards to Italy . ps) Hope Storyville was enjoyable.
John McFaddenUnited States
Maria was AMAZING! Although a citizen of Finland for decades, her previous life in England gave her a command of English better than mine! Her passion for Finland shines through in her tour and made us want to move there! Porvoo was stunning and Helsinki beautiful, made even more so by the flow and tales told by Maria! I would definitely book Maria again if ever blessed to go back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much, John. I really enjoyed the tour with your group also. It was womderful discussing so many topics under the sun. It was my pleasure to serve. Mission accomplished !