Elizabeth BurkhartUnited States
Our game of thrones tour of Dubrovnik with Tomislav was fantastic! He took us to so many filming sites and was very knowledgeable about both the show and the city of Dubrovnik. We would definitely recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Liz, Thank you! My tours are always arranged to be a cocktail of facts and fiction so both camps can learn something - the GOT fans can get interested in Dubrovnik's fascinating history, while the history buffs can also get hooked on the Game of Thrones. Best regards, Tom
Charles ParkeUnited States
Tom is a great tour guide. He is a wealth of knowledge and has a nice friendly way of presenting information. He was great for my group of 6 people ages 70 to 76.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charles, I always make sure that the tour pace as well as the content is adapted to all the group members and I'm really glad to see that you appreciated the tour. I hope that the rest of the cruise was as enjoyable as our tour in Dubrovnik Tom
Judy K.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Judy! Tom
Karen Burgess-KohnUnited States
I don't know how we could have negotiated the Old Town without Tom's knowledge as he led us through some short cuts thus avoiding the crowds. We were only in town for the day our ship was docked so there wasn't much time to see a lot. He arranged for Robert pick us up and take us for a drive out of the city and then return us to a meeting place outside the Old Town. Both men really made the day so enjoyable for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen, Thank you so much for this kind review. What can I add except that the genuine local tour guide really makes a difference. I hope that the rest of the cruising holiday worked out fine and as smoothly as our tour in Dubrovnik. Best regards, Tom
Clay ClinesmithNew Orleans, LOUISIANA, United States
We asked Tom to give us a mix of GOT and history tour and he delivered to our group of 7 adults. He had many visual aids for explaining GOT scenes including special effects. Our GOT fans were delighted and he answered all their questions. The rest of us also found it very interesting and certainly enjoyed the historical facts of Dubrovnik. Lots of steps and lots of walking to get to the most beautiful overlooks. Awesome!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Clay, You're right, Dubrovnik requires a lot of walking and climbing, but the magnificent vistas make up for the effort. And the the proper commentary from the right guide also contributes to the experience ;-) Give my regards to the rest of the family. Tom
Tomislav takes you on journey to discover Dubrovnik, Kings Landing and beyond. For GoT fans this is a must tour and you will see the TV show filming locations from many perspectives. But it is not just that! With Tomislav you get to live the show, be in the moment and also learn about the history, culture and lifestyles that make Dubrovnik the Jewel of the Adriatic. Tom even offered us some tips for our continuing travels and he was spot on with those too. Take this tour or you will seriously miss out!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ian, I have no words, but big THANK YOU! I am so happy to see that I assisted in making a memorable holiday for you and Tanya. Best regards, Tom
Joanna San JuanUnited States
Tom is knowledgeable, helpful and professional. He arrived on time and ended the tour on time, and covered the most interesting spots in Dubrovnik. We were his third group for the day but he was still full of energy. He entertained all our questions and even made recommendations on what to do/where to shop after our tour. He even took us to a souvenir shop and let us take pictures on the Iron Throne for free! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joanna, A genuine local tour guide has his ways of persuasion :-) Anyway, I am happy to see that you appreciated my skills and that Dubrovnik made more impression on you aside from the Game of Thrones element. The S8 is just around the corner so I hope that watching the show will remind you of the good times from Dubrovnik. Valar Morghulis;-) Tom
Paula TrickettUnited States
This was a fabulous tour! Tomas was a superb host and gave us a thoroughly wonderful tour. He was able to keep us ahead of the large tour groups so that we pretty much had each location to ourselves. He knew many behind the scenes facts about GOT and even had pictures of scenes from the show to compare to the scenes we were looking at. I don't know how this tour could have possibly been any better than it was. I highly recommend Tomis and his GOT tour of Dubrovnik!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paula, Thank you so much for this kind review! The number of the Game of Thrones themed tours of Dubrovnik has exponentially increased in last few years so I'm really happy to see that you appreciate the difference. I hope that watching the upcoming season 8 will remind you of the good times in King's Landing, ahem Dubrovnik ;-) Best regards or better yet Valar Morghulis ;-) Tom
Diane KaplanUnited States
Tom is knowledgeable, personable, flexibility. Perfect guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Diane! I would just like to add that you made a perfect company for a "perfect" guide :-) Best regards, Tom
Elida KauffmanUnited States
Tom is an ideal guide. He is incredibly knowledgable about the history and culture of Dubrovnik. We loved the tour and would wholeheartedly recommend it to visitors of the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elida and Daniel, I am happy that you enjoyed Dubrovnik and my little contribution to the overall understanding of its history was appreciated. I hope that you also enjoyed the remainder of your Croatian holiday. Best regards, Tom
Tomislav is a knowledgeable and talented guide. In addition to his extensive knowledge of Croatia, Tom is extremely personable, adaptable and generous. He tailored the tour to our specific interests (we were a group of six well-traveled individuals), and we had an absolutely amazing time in Dubrovnik. We highly recommend Tomislav.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Agnes, Thank you. It was my pleasure to arrange a day trip for you and your friends and I hope that we'll have the time to meet up again in your future travels. Happy trails! Tom
Wayne WolfeUnited States
Tom was great! He met us a the cruise ship terminal, escorted us all around the city in an air-conditioned van taking us to locations and view we would never have found on our own. Once in the old town he escorted us around keeping us on less traversed streets, staying away from large tour groups. He has great knowledge of GOT, and was a great host for the afternoon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Wayne, Thank you! You were a great group to tour with and I had loads of fun sharing the history of Dubrovnik as well as the inside tips on the Game of Thrones filming. Keep an eye for several familiar points in the upcoming GOT Season 8 Best regards, or better yet Valar Morghulis ;-) Tom
Maurice S.United States
Tom was excellent. Very flexible. He has a wealth of information and clearly loves his city. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Maurice, I am happy that you enjoyed my laid back style of touring. Give my regards to your friends. Tom
Donald FisherPreble, NEW YORK, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Donald! Tom
Stephen P.Washington, DC, United States
Tom provided an outstanding and professional tour for us in Cavtat and Dubrovnik. He is knowledgeable, lots of fun, and he brings great current and historical perspectives that add context to his presentation. Tom put together a great itinerary that allowed us the avoid the crushing crowds, while still seeing all the important sites - this was so valuable. You won't go wrong choosing Tom. I highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, It was my pleasure arranging a tour for you and I'm happy to see that you appreciated my contribution to the overall feel of Dubrovnik and its magnificent surroundings. I hope that we'll meet again in the near future. Best regards, Tom
John BoeyHong Kong
Punctual. Excellent English. Knowledgeable about city, history and culture. Sensitive to requests. Sensible routes tailored to specific requests and needs. We did cable car, wall and fortress on our own. Did not feel rushed. Eager to share information but only as much as you wanted or were interested in. Excellent 3 hours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! Your review summarizes my touring style quite accurately. I am happy that the entire experience of Dubrovnik was satisfactory and that my tour was a nice contribution. Kind regards, Tom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandreine!
Terri MarcusUnited States
Tomislav gave us a great historical tour of Old town Dubrovnik, while Robert gave us a great driving tour. Both were very knowledgeable about the history of Dubrovnik which is exactly what we were interested in. Dubrovnik is a beautiful city, Croatia did not disappoint in it's beauty. Seeing the architecture and understanding the history of Old Town was an honor. We would not have changed anything about our tour. We used Tours by Locals for several tours during a month throughout Europe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Terri, Thank you. I am really glad that such well traveled individuals appreciated my (and my driver Robert's contribution) to the overall enjoyment of Dubrovnik, its past and present. I hope that we'll have the chance to meet up again in the future so that I can acquaint you with few other interesting locations in the Dubrovnik's vicinity. Happy trails, until we meet again! Tom
David TysonBolton, LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
Excellent tour. Essentially a tour of the old city with an emphasis on GOT locations. Would highly recommend Tom.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, Thanks. My Game of Thrones themed tour of Dubrovnik is always a combination of both facts and fiction. I'm always trying to add snippets of Dubrovnik history while covering the GOT locations, but the amount of each element (GOT and historic bits) depends on the traveler's own preferences. The GOT fans will have a chance to learn about the city, while the non-fans will gain interest in the show this way so it's a win-win! Tom
Dan PlunkettUnited States
We had a terrific Dubrovnik Tour with Tomislav. Born, raised and actually teaching History in Dubrovnik he gave us the full fascinating history of the city, Croatia, Yugoslavia etc. Highly recommend a day with Tom to get the full background/story on this beautiful city!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dan, Thank you for this kind review. I am really glad that our tour helped you out in learning the complex history of the region. The 3 hours may not be enough to grasp everything that happened, but it is a good start for further research and an easier understanding. Best regards, Tom
Sonia BurtUnited States
Tomislav gave a wonderful game of thrones tour my whole family thoroughly enjoyed - despite the fact only half of us had seen the entire series! He paced our walk to match the very warm day and showed us parts of the old city that we had not yet seen. He also had photos from the movies so you could see the comparison between GoT scenes and the city. He also knew the history of Dubrovnik and had a great sense of humor. I highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sonia, Thank you. I'm doing my best to reconcile the GOT-fans with the non fans in an interactive, fun and content filled tour and the result is always the same - everyone loves it! And you are not the exception. Give my regards to your family. All the best! Tom
Dennis R.United States
Very friendly and accommodating, took his time to show us great sights and locations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dennis! It was a pleasure touring with you and showing you my hometown. Best regards, Tom
Rachel S.Columbia, SC, United States
Tomislav was kind, accommodating, and extremely knowledgeable about history and politics. After touring the Old Town and having all questions answered, we rode in his car (nice car) to a nearby resort town and strolled along the seaside, watching bathers and discussing current events. His English is impeccable and his brain, enormous! He gave us a greater understanding of his country. It was satisfying in every way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rachel, Thank you so much for this great review! You were a great company to tour with and I found the whole experience just as rewarding. And if you ever come back to Dubrovnik, let me know as there are few other points of interest in its surroundings that we could explore. Tom
Tom was very good for the tour ... very knowledgeable about the city, about the GoT series .... great humour, great personality ... we loved our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Francois! Best regards, or better yet Valar Morghulis;-) Tom
We absolutely loved this tour with Tom. 4/5 of us are GOT fans and Tom did a fantastic job showing us all the places where filming took place. He was a wonderful tour guide with enough information but not over the top. He let us go at our own pace and was very considerate. Lots of info about Dubrovnik as well. I would certainly recommend Tom for your GOT tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lionel, Thank you. It means a great deal to hear that all the group members appreciated my guiding style. Please extend my regards to your lovely family. Tom
Joan LopezUnited States
Tom was a great tour guide! He was professional, friendly and knew all the places to avoid the crowds at the right time. He took us to the sites that GOT was filmed which was the highlight of our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joan. As a fellow GOT fan, I must say that it was rewarding experience to exchange comments on the prospective ending of our favorite show. Keep on watching it for more familiar Dubrovnik locations. Tom
Pam CorenUnited States
Tomislav was great! So much interesting information. We toured the Jewish Heritage sites and the city wall. Amazingly comprehensive TERRIFIC
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pam, Thank you so much for this kind review. Informative, flexible and fun - that's basically the motto of my tours. Best regards, Tom
Leigh BachmanUnited States
Tom delivered on exactly what was promised--a great peak inside they key Dubrovnik sites used in GOT. Even my kids who are too young to watch GOT enjoyed the tour. In the afternoon we were supposed to visit the Arboretum, but unprecedented traffic really messed with our plans. Tom and his driver went above and beyond to accommodate--Tom did a very abbreviated but still excellent tour of the arboretum--and our driver was speedy but safe--getting us to the airport on time. Great service all around.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Leigh, What can I say? It was a crazy busy day in the middle of high season and a large number of cruise ships that arrived to the city in the same time. We did our best to navigate the traffic and I'm glad to hear that you appreciated the efforts. Please extend my regards to your family. Tom
Joseph MeyerUnited States
Tomislav was an outstanding guide. He has a great deal of knowledge of the history of Dubrovnik and did an excellent job of making efficient use of our time avoiding the main tourist crowds whenever possible. He also knows a lot about the Game of Thrones and even though my wife and I have never watched it we are now planning on watching it. We look forward to seeing all the places in the series that we visited both here and in Split. Tomislav was an excellent guide and was flexible for the entire family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joseph, In my opinion there are two types of people: those that already love the Game of Thrones and those that will fall in love with it :-) Joking aside, I am really happy that your family enjoyed the tour and that the GOT element also enhanced your experience of Dubrovnik. Best regards, Tom
The tour was very good. Tom explained everything really great, he was funny and had some reference photos from the scenes so we could take pictures. He was very patience as we took all the photos and even helped us to take some photos of us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Angel, I always thought that it's far more fun to participate than plainly show the locations. In this way the memories will be more vivid when you have a chance to go through your holiday photos. I am happy to see that you appreciated my touring style. Best regards, Tom
Colleen HansonUnited Kingdom
Our guide Tom was great and could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable. There were 8 of us including a wheelchair user, a 2 and a 4 yr old - cross that with a mini bus that needed parking and a city that we wanted to learn about and it's wasn't an easy ask - but he did it and we all left Dubrovnik feeling that we had seen and knew alot more than when we began. Also the Game of Thrones fans in the party were thrilled! So wonderful to see the city through the eyes of someone who knows it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Colleen, It was my pleasure. You were a great group of people to tour with and I'm really happy to hear that you appreciated my little contribution in making your day trip to Dubrovnik enjoyable, practical and informative. Say hello to the rest of the family for me. Tom
John WoodUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour! Tom was fantastic. We read lots of great reviews of Tom before booking and he definitely lived up to them. Very knowledgable and funny, about both the show and the history of Dubrovnik in general. Anyone who says that you don't need a tour guide to see the sights of Dubrovnik should really reconsider that line of thinking. We got more from a 2-hour tour with Tom than we would've got in 2 weeks walking around the city on our own. Would definitely recommend booking a tour with Tom.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, It makes me really proud to hear such comments on my touring services from a well traveled gentleman such as yourself. I hope that watching the Game of Thrones will remind you of some historic snippets that I shared during our tour. Best regards, Tom
Tom was excellent - so knowledgeable about the city and its history able to not only share cool facts with my husband and I who are big Game of Thrones fans, but also really engage our 3 kids (8, 10,12) with neat little tidbits. A fantastic tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sam, Believe me, your kids were steering the tour, I just followed their lead :-) Anyway, I'm always happy to hear that I managed to arrange a perfect touring experience for the whole family. Say hello to the little ones for me! Tom
Nina RichardsonUnited States
Great tour guide. Knows a lot of the history of Dubrovnik. Very nice guy. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nina! Give my regards to your family. Tom
Erin HillUnited States
Tom was so friggin awesome!! We had a blast touring the city and seeing all of the Game of Thrones filming locations. He also provided a lot of info about the history of Dubrovnik. PLUS, his sister was an extra on the set of Gamd of Thrones, so he knows his stuff. I highly recommend him for anyone wanting a more personalized experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Erin, Believe me, the pleasure was all mine. I was a bit worried as we needed to start the tour fairly early (at 7 am), but this allowed to avoid the crowds and the heat as well as to cover all the filming points in an orderly fashion. Keep on watching the Game of Thrones for more iconic Dubrovnik locations Valar Morghulis ;-) Tom
Hal RouthUnited States
Tom was on time, in exactly the spot we agreed to meet, and was very knowledgeable regarding Croatian and American history. He pointed out some Game of Thrones sights along with our Essentials tour and was accommodating to the teenagers in the group. We highly recommend him as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hal, Thank you for your kind review. I am really happy that my touring style appealed to both adults and teenagers. I have been in this line of work for over a decade so I believe to have learnt how to adapt to different tastes. Should you happen to be in Dubrovnik again, don't hesitate to contact me. Best regards, Tom
Allyse HarrisUnited States
If you're interested in the best tour to see all the GOT sites here in Dubrovnik, take this tour! We would have never have found all the spots that Tom took us to. He knew so much about the show, production, and city that he shared with us. My brother and I both are so glad we had him take us around, even if my brother hasn't been totally caught up on the show! He even gave us instructions on how to get to a garden outside the city with pictures to check out afterwards. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allyse, No problem, the pleasure was all mine. There is a subtle difference between my Game of Thrones tour and those offered by other companies. I always make sure that you're able to see all the filming points and I'm doing my best to enhance the overall experience by providing additional information on how to reach the other GOT locations in the area. Their historic importance is not neglected either. I hope that watching the S8 will remind you of the good times from our tour!
A perfect combination of historical fact and GoT film landmarks and tidbits. Tom is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide and took us to some of the less touristy parts of the old city which we appreciated. He allowed plenty of time to stop and chat and we loved his tour. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tom and look forward to returning to Dubrovnik and meeting him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Amanda, The feeling is mutual - I would love to see you again and show you few other sites in the Dubrovnik region. Keep your eyes peeled for some familiar locations in the upcoming season of the Game of Thrones. Regards, Tom
Eric SloneUnited States
Tom was a great guide, his knowledge of the area was superb, he was personable and paced the tour perfectly for us. He listened to our wish list and provided a great experience. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Eric, Flexibility is my middle name (actually it's Mark, I am just kidding :-). Jokes aside, I am really glad that you enjoyed touring Dubrovnik and that some of my assistance enhanced the overall experience of this ancient Old Town. Best regards, Tom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kay! Tom
We have used ToursByLocals many times before in various countries and have always had a great experience. This however had to be the best tour ever. Tom introduced us to some wonderful people at a small winery and again for lunch at a restaurant he recommended. They were all very hospitable and genuine. Tom has a real passion for Croatia and likes to share it. He was totally accommodating to fulfill our wishes even though it made the tour run longer. He didn't care as he was having as much fun as us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joe, Thank you for this wonderful review. It really means a lot to me to see that you appreciate my "efforts". To be honest, it wasn't a hard thing to do as you and your friends were a great company and as you rightfully noticed, I was having as much fun as you did :-) For me, it is never a problem to extend the touring time if the situation presents itself, the crowd is engaging and if there is a chance to enhance the overall experience of the destination. Thanks again! Tom
Tom was great. He met us at the Pile Gate as per our arranged time. His knowledge of the Old Town, Dubrovnik and Croatia overall was commendable. He has a great sense of humor and we felt totally at ease with him. He did a great job showing us the GOT filming spots. When we come back to Croatia we will be contacting him again to show us other sights we didn't see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joe, I am looking forward to seeing you again and showing you few other interesting locations in the near vicinity of my hometown. Tom
Daniel L.United States
An absolute pleasure to spend a day with a knowledgeable and personable guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dan. You were a great crowd to tour with and if you're ever in Dubrovnik in the near future, let me know. We'll have a drink or two and comment the latest developments in the GOT. Best regards, Tom
Richard C.Windsor, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard! Tom
Melinda LockhartUnited States
Tom is very knowledgeable of history of Dubrovnik and equally knowledgeable about GOT locations and information about filming. I have an injured knee and Tom was very thoughtful and accommodating. Great tour!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Melinda, Thank you so much for this kind review. Best regards, Tom
Lena GreenUnited States
We loved our tour with Tom! He is was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of great recommendations of other things to see and do while we were there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lena, Thank you for this great review. It was my pleasure to tour with such lovely ladies. Give my regards to the rest of the girls. Tom
Mark FlemingUnited States
Tom arranged for Robert to pick us up at the port and provide a panoramic tour before the Game of Thrones tour in the old town area of Dubrovnik. Both Tom and Robert were focused on what we were looking for and offered to take pictures for us at several locations. Fans of Game of Thrones can not miss touring with Tom and Robert. Highly recommend both!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, Thank you. My driver Robert and I are really happy that you enjoyed our contribution to your overall Dubrovnik experience. We look forward to welcoming you to Dubrovnik once again. Tom
Peter BurlowUnited Kingdom
Interesting morning with Tomislav, was very knowledgeable and passionate about game of thrones, gave us a good tour whilst keeping us away from the crowds. A nice guy to spend time with and the restaurant he suggested after WAs excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter, Thank you. I am really happy to see that my comments and suggestions were spot on. It's a shame that you didn't have as much time in the city as there would be other interesting places that we could together. Well, that probably means that you will need to visit Dubrovnik once again. Kindest regards, Tom
Larry LeberUnited States
Tom was an exceptional guide. Starting with excellent correspondence and answering all my questions. He arranged a larger van for our group of ten. He speaks English well. He is a teacher and historian so is a wealth of knowledge. He planned a wonderful itinerary for the day and was patient, accommodating and eager to share his experiences. He enjoys his job and it shows. I'd give Tom 6 stars if it was possible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry, I am glad that the touring suggestions I provided worked out for entire group. It was a bit more complicated option as you have already visited Dubrovnik and have seen many of the most interesting places. However, the few aces up my sleeve seem to have worked out fine :-) There might also be a few more points in Dubrovnik region that are still largely unknown to average visitor of Dubrovnik. I guess that we will just need to make another appointment for the next time you get here ;-) Tom
Chris RobertsUnited States
Tom was absolutely great! Not only was he very knowledgeable about the locations and scenes but was also able to give us historical information about the city. Can't recommend him highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris, Thank you. The tours I run are always a combination of both the GOT and the information on both close and distant past of Dubrovnik as well as the contemporary life in Croatia. The ratio depends on the traveler's personal preferences and I'm happy to see that I managed to get the right amount of each for your tour. Best regards, Tom
Jorge UlloaUnited States
After our late arrival and issues with the hotel, Tom was able to modify our tour time. The tour was very informative on several GOT scenes and background info about the show. Excellent tour guide, very kid friendly, definitely recommend to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jorge. I am glad that my expertise appealed to both adults and the kids, especially because of the PG tag of the Game of Thrones. Nevertheless, my tours are always designed to provide a balanced information on both GOT and the Dubrovnik history and the contemporary life, taking in consideration the preferences of all group members (especially the youngest ones). Thanks again and give my regards to the kids. Tom
Tiffany GarratonUnited States
Big fan of GOT. Brought along my two kids (ages 5 and 8). Tomislav was an AMAZING tour guide! So knowledgeable about all the scenes and not even that..he also gave a lot of extra info on the city Dubrovnik! He helped tailor our tour to accomodate our kids and helped give recommendations for going to Lokrum and other GOT scenes! Highly recommend if you want to have a relaxed and good time! Thank you Tom!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're welcome Tiffany! I always aim to please both adults and the kids and it's really rewarding to see that my efforts are appreciated. Say hello to the rest of the family for me Tom
Excellent tour! Tom was extremely responsive from the time of booking until our actual tour. As a guide he is genuine, knowledgeable (not just on GOT, but Dubrovnik history as well), accommodating, and fun! We spent a whole day and were able to do all the sites with a relaxed pace. I highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allen, Thanks! Attention to detail is the most important ingredient to the satisfactory tour. You were quite precise in what you wanted to do and I followed the blueprints, it is as simple as that! I am glad that everything worked out just fine and that you appreciated the pacing of the tour. Best regards, Tom
Ashley RussoUnited States
Tom was amazing! He had so much information, not only about thrones, but history of the city and other film sites as well. It started to rain during our tour and Tom let us stop under shelter until it passed and took extra time out of his day to help us really enjoy the tour. Excellent excellent excellent! I'd recommend this tour and tom to everyone coming to Dubrovnik.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ashley, I really enjoyed touring with you. I am glad to see that the downpour didn't affect the enjoyment of our tour. It is a private tour after all, so I'm always happy to arrange longer breaks and stops should the circumstances require. You will get the ultimate experience, regardless of the conditions on my watch :-) Tom
Jennifer SkeelsUnited States
We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide than Tomislav. Being a Game of Thrones enthusiast himself, made the tour that much better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jen, You know what they say, it takes one to know one ;-) Since you were GOT enthusiasts as well, it all worked out just fine. I also hope that you appreciated the additional info on Dubrovnik's own history too. Best regards, Tom
Kate BradleyUnited Kingdom
The walking tour was the highlight of our teenage children's trip and we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys 'Game of Thrones' as an interesting way to explore the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kate, Thank you. My aim is always to adapt the tour to all the age groups, and I'm glad that your teenage kids appreciated the style. Please extend my regards to them. Tom
Harvey BerkeyUnited States
Tomislav M treated us to a wonderful tour in every way. He was extremely knowledgeable. Thank him an you. Harvey Berkey
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Harvey, Thank you so much for this kind review. Please extend my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Jan FeidelmanLongboat Key, FL, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jan! Tom
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.
Kathie WalkerUnited States
Tomislav was fabulous very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor we couldn't have been happier many thanks for the best guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathie, Thank you. You were a great people to tour with and the time just flew by. Should you happen to be visiting Dubrovnik again, let me know as I'll try to arrange something similar. Best regards, Tom
Virginia ( Ginger) CasillasUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed Tomislav's informative tour of Dubrovinik. His fact-filled narration delivered with lots of humorous asides, gave our group lots to discuss after the tour. Tom answered all of our questions and gave suggestions for other activities. It was a privilege to have such an enthusiastic guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ginger Thank you so much for this fine contribution to the reviews section! I am really happy that entire group appreciated the input and style of the tour. Best regards, Tom
What a great tour! Tom and Robert were excellent guides to this amazing city. The views provided, as well as the passion they feel for this great city made the tour extra special. Although we didn't book the Game of Thrones tour, when Tom heard we all watched the show, he modified the tour on the fly to combine the history of Dubrovnik with the locations for famous Game of Throne scenes. Truly epic!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jean-Marc, The flexibility of the tours in my offer is actually what most of my clients prefer. It is always possible to adapt the tour to one's own preferences when opportunities present themselves on the go. I am glad that you mentioned my driver Robert's contribution as the tour wouldn't have been the same without his driving skills and a witty commentary. I like to believe that we make a great team. Best regards, Tom
Mary JeffersonDundas, ON, Canada
Tom was a terrific tour guide. Relaxed but very informative! He adjusted the tour to meet one of the group members mobility issues. I would highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mary, Thanks! The medieval Dubrovnik can be tough for people with mobility issues, but with the right kind of local guide who knows the right routes these problems can be reduced to minimum:-) I also had a great time touring with your group so please extend my regards to them. Tom
Irene CatoeraUnited States
Great tour! Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Irene!
Great tour with Tom as our guide. We really liked that we had a private tour. It was nice that we didn't have to deal with a large group and Tom could gear the tour to what we were interested in. Tom suggested we start early in order to avoid the busy crowds in Dubrovnik. He was great at skirting us around the crowds and of course he took us to the iron throne for photos. His customer service did not end with the tour. He sent me an email with lots of other places to see while we were in Dubrovnik.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, Thank you for this kind review. My opinion is that the touring experience doesn't really have to end with the completion of the tour. This is the reason why I like to provide advice on what to do in case the travelers have some more time at your disposal in Dubrovnik. I am really happy that you appreciated my suggestions. Best regards, Tom
Sarah ValentineUnited Kingdom
Tom was a great choice of guide for my husband (GOT fan) & I (who haven't watched it). A really fascinating place which we both enjoyed. Tom went out of his way to make it special and was very informative including information on other local areas to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sarah, In case the clients have some more time at their disposal, I always help them out in planning their stay. In fact, this is what I'm also expecting from the guides to do when I'm booking my holiday. It is really good to know that this additional service is appreciated and that my recommendations were spot on. Best regards, Tom
Ann SkinnerUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour of Dubrovnik Old Town. Tomis had the right balance of recommendations and following our requests. We were able to see the Old Town without feeling too hurried or crowded. An excellent morning and experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ann, Thank you. Every year, Dubrovnik is getting more popular, but the downside is that the crowd levels are sometimes hard to control. Avoiding the crowds has become my specialty and I always make sure that I suggest the best possible timing for the tour (having in mind cruise ship arrivals and flight rotations in the day). I am glad that you appreciated this effort as well as the touring service. Tom
Darrell WabschallUnited States
Tomislav was a great guide. He helped us to order our tour in such a way that we avoided the heavy crowds. We especially appreciated him bringing us to great sites for taking fabulous pictures of Dubrovnik that we would have never found on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Darrell, I will let you in a little secret: I don't like the crowds either and I'm always finding ways to avoid them. It is also the reason why I enjoy running private tours as I can always use different routes depending on the current conditions with crowds and heat. I also always make sure that travelers' preferences are taken into consideration and this is the reason why I can say that I've never delivered the same tour. Best regards, Tom
Bruce EvansUnited States
Tom was excellent .... gave great insight to our tour and very patient with our 5 yr old ..thanks Tom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bruce, No problem. It was my pleasure as I only recently became a father. It was a nice intro on what I'm about to experience in 4 years time. Give my regards to the little one :-) Tom
Lindsay MossUnited Kingdom
Very enjoyable tour with a very good tour guide! Tom was very knowledgable and took us to all the locations and provided photos from the show so we could see the scenes, and gave us lots of information (and took lots of photos for us!) Very polite and very friendly, really enjoyed the tour, thanks Tom!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lindsay, Thanks. I am really grateful for this kind review. Regards, Tom
Barbara SchwartzUnited States
This was an excellent tour of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area for our group of 6. Tom is a great guide and historian. He had a lot of patience and modified the walking route to Old Town to accommodate one of us who had difficulty with steps. He also took us to a lovely restaurant in Cavtat for lunch. Tom and our driver, Antonio, made our visit to Dubrovnik memorable! We highly recommend Tom and this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara, I am glad that you enjoyed my and Antonio's services. Should you come back to Dubrovnik, make sure to let me know. There are few other places that I think you and your group would appreciate. Until next time, Tom
Shirley RuetimannUnited Kingdom
Although this was a short tour, Tomislav was able to inspire us not only with Game of Thrones related information but also the history of Dubrovnik and the Old Town. He has a great sense of humour and outstanding English.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shirley, Thank you. I am really happy that you enjoyed my touring style. Tom
Cheryl KatzUnited States
This is the best tour we have ever taken anywhere that we traveled because of our tour guide Tomislav Matana. We signed up to see the locations and learn about the production of the Game of Thrones. But Mr. Matana's in depth knowledge of the history of Dubrovnik, Croatia and the region and culture made it both in depth and special. And he was able to present all in a way that not only kept our interest, but made us want more! We highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cheryl and Jerry, Thank you. It means so much to me to hear that you appreciated my way of conducting the tour. The only way that I can assure that the tour will be as memorable as the one we had in September is to listen to the traveler and follow his/her lead. And the result is very well explained in your review. Best regards, Tom
Laura DaviesUnited Kingdom
Tom was an excellent guide- very knowledgeable about GOT but also Croatian and European history. The tour was informative and entertaining and I would recommend it as a great way to explore Dubrovnik!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Laura, Thanks. The Game of Thrones tour is also an interesting way to draw parallels with the past and present of Dubrovnik (and wider area) and I always appreciate the possibility to provide an insight to those that are ready to listen. I am glad that you appreciated my touring style. Best regards, Tom
Stella BurchardUnited States
Highly recommend Tom! My husband and I are GOT fans, but two of the other guests have never watched the show. After the tour with Tom, they were both inspired to watch the show based on his knowledge, preparedness, and enthusiasm for his love of Dubrovnik history, as well as Game of Thrones' filming locations and scenes which he incorporated into the tour. Tom also recommended great Croatian wines (he's also a sommelier) and self-guided tours for our drive up to Split. Looking forward to our next visit!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stella, Thanks! I am also looking forward to seeing you again and welcoming you in Dubrovnik. Best regards, Tom
Greg GarrettUnited States
Tom is extremely knowledgeable about his beautiful city. From history to the GOT locations, Tom shared his knowledge and answered questions through engaging conversation. We especially appreciated his first hand accounts of the bombing of Dubrovnik and, of course, his photos of the GOT scenes while pointing out filming locations. I highly recommend Tom for your private tour of Dubrovnik.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Greg! You were a great crowd to tour with and I'm really happy that you appreciated my take on Dubrovnik's close and distant past as well as the GOT element. Best regards, Tom
Kay BogrenUnited States
Tom was an excellent and informative guide. He tailored our tour to review Croatian history, Interesting Game of Thrones anecdotes and sites, AND a lovely wine tasting. He also was extremely helpful with making accommodations for my current state of low mobility due to a broken ankle. Tom was friendly and engaging. He also brought us for a demo of the handmade beads that date back 400 years when we asked about it. We rate Tom and his tour 5 stars!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kay, Thank you so much for this wonderful review. The tours in my offer are always adjusted to client's needs and preferences. And from the sound of this review, it seems that my suggestions worked out just fine. The best remedy for a broken ankle is a glass of good wine, but the additional two or three won't hurt either ;-) Kind regards, Tom
W. Michael HammerUnited States
Tomislav did a "Game of Thrones" tour for us. He teaches history of the area at a local university so our amazing tour had history, culture, local knowledge and we enjoyed seeing where certain scenes from the show were filmed. By starting early in the day we avoided some of the heat and slot of the crowds. His English is amazing and he was a most personable guide. He had great suggestions for things to do on our own. We were completely satisfied with our tour and would recommend Tomislav.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! Give my regards to your family! Tom
Tom's knowledge of Dubrovnik, it's history and just about anything Game of Thrones-related is just awesome - forget getting dragged around in massive groups by other organised tours, get this guy! Easy going, impeccable English made the walk so much more interactive and extremely enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Aaron, Thanks! You have nicely pointed out the difference between the tours I'm providing and what else is there on the market. I am doing my best to keep the quality of this tour and I really appreciate the input. Best regards, Tom
Becky AbbeyUnited Kingdom
I would highly recommend the GOT tour through tours with locals. We got barrels of GOT enthusiasm and knowledge and also some interesting historical facts on the city too. Our tour guide, Tomislav M., made the guided wander through the city very relaxed, humourous and interesting; I would highly recommend Tom as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Becky, I hope that watching the GOT will remind you of the good times in Dubrovnik. Valar Morghulis ;-) Tom
Sandra ChristiansonUnited States
It was excellent and Tomislav was excellent
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandra, You and your son were also excellent :-) Tom
Joan Chamorro IrizarryCongo Democratic Republic
We had a great private tour with Tomislav! He does a great job combining game of thrones filming locations and history of Dubrovnik. We loved it :))
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joan, Thank you! The tour was also a great fun for me too as you were quite energetic people. Best regards, Tom
Barbara L.United States
Tom was just fantastic. He knew everything about everything, not just the Game of Thrones. It was a kick to see the various GOT sites but also to learn the history of Dubrovnik. Tom couldn't have been better! Bravo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barbara, Give my regards to your family. Tom
Jan BrodmerkelUnited States
Tom did an excellent job on the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour. Excellent value for price. He was very knowledgable about the Game of Thrones filming location and the history of Dubrovnik. He took great care of his guests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jan, Thank you so much. I am glad that my touring proposal worked out for you and that you appreciated my services. Best regards, Tom
Fun, Fascinating & Fantastic!! This is a "must do" in Dubrovnik. We visited Dubrovnik with our 2 teenagers - all of us GOT fans - and Tom gave us an amazing tour of his city. He happily listened to our many questions and managed a perfect balance of history and fun features of the show. As a university professor he shared his knowledge and insights into aspects of Dubrovnik in an interesting and enjoyable way that brought the city's history to life in a way we would never have discovered on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mike! The GOT tour is always a fun mix of facts and fiction, but the amount of each depends on you - the people I tour with. You were a fun and engaging group and I really enjoyed our time together. Keep on watching the show for more familiar GOT points! Tom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandra!
Kathleen ScottoUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Tom and the driver Stefan. They picked up us on time, we visited the scenic Trsteno arboretum, toured beautiful country, had our favorite meal - cooked under a bell, sampled wine and two different wineries, enjoyed a sunset view with oysters and beer and wine. Tom gave us a detailed history of the country and was very knowledgeable, entertaining and great with our group. He is a fabulous tour guide and thanks to Tom this was our favorite trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathleen, I have no words but one big THANK YOU. You were a great crowd to work with and I really, really appreciated your contribution to the tour. In another words: it is easy to deliver a memorable tour when you have a great company :-) I hope to meet you up again in the future and that we can try to do similar tour again. Best regards, Tom
Eileen MullarkeyUnited States
Welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable, able to handle our group of 14. We learned so much history told in an enjoyable way and his knowledge of Game of Thrones was amazing. Knew the cool spots to take us and could anticipate our needs. Thanks to Tom we saw the highlights of Dubrovnik including Game of Thrones fliming spots, didn't have to wait in lines for tickets and kids in group loved spot to cliff jump in lokrum. I highly recommend Tom!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Eileen, Organizing a tour for such a big group can be challenging, but the key is to listen to the travelers and work closely with them. And it seems that I managed to fulfill that part, according to your review :-) Give my regards to the rest of the group! Tom
Barbara W.United States
We could not have gotten a better tour guide! Tom was perfectly on time for our meet-up, which he generously rescheduled for us last minute due to an unexpected flight delay. He was super friendly, extremely knowledgeable about both local history and Game of Thrones, and very unrushed and patient with us going up all those stairs on a hot, sunny day! The GoT photos he brought along were awesome, and he even followed up with an email after the tour with links and info for the rest of our trip. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara, Thank you. I am glad that you appreciated the efforts and that the tour and the suggestions I provided have left such a strong impression on you. Best regards, Tom
Kelly HuelsingUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kelly!
Tom was fantastic, and the tour was really interesting - you learn a lot about Dubrovnik's history as well, which we found to be the most interesting part. Lots of great photo opportunities as well!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Katelyn, The GOT element provides just an interesting angle from which you can tell the story of Dubrovnik (we were Dubrovnik for about 1400 years before we became King's Landing :-) The showrunners have picked the best locations to shoot this intriguing show which provide perfect photo opportunities. Anyway, I am glad that you enjoyed my contribution to the overall feel of Dubrovnik and King's Landing. Tom
Steve KissingerUnited States
Tom and Robbie were both excellent, eager to accommodate our wishes and preferences, and both had a wealth of information they were willing to share. Our first Tours by Locals experience and we were very pleased. Co-traveler says "Make sure you give them a 10 out of 10." Thanks, guys!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, Thank you. You were a great crowd to work with and I hope that we'll have a chance to meet again in the near future. Best regards, Tom
Lidia PavlotskyUnited States
The GOT tour with Tomislav was wonderful! He took us to all the important filming sites and talked about so many interesting details that we didn't even know about. I would recommend him to everyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lidia, There is a lot of information for a 2-hour tour, but I hope that you enjoyed it. In any case, you will watch the GOT in a different light now. And it will hopefully remind you of your GOT tour of Dubrovnik :-) Kind regards, Tom
Judy S.United Kingdom
Tom is an absolutely brilliant guide and I would highly recommend him. This was our 2nd tour with him and as before, he was entertaining as well as informative and happy to taylor the tour to suit the needs of our group. The island trip to Lokrum was a lovely relaxing way to end the tour after the walk round the walls in the morning.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Judy, I am so happy to see that you enjoyed your second time with me as much as the first time (especially as I raised the bar fairly high with the first tour :-). But as you noticed, there are few other tricks up my sleeve. Third time is a charm, so let me know once you decide to visit Dubrovnik again, as there might be few other points that I think you might enjoy. Regards, Tom
Tom deserves top marks for his excellence as a guide. We were a group of 7 with varied interests and perspectives. He managed to keep us all enthralled for the full tour and we all felt as though we had a good understanding and insight into Dubrovnik both historically and from a current point of view. Tom has a lovely way of connecting with his audience and dazzled us with his knowledge, good sense of humour and general personability. We felt like we'd won the lottery!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara, Thanks! It really means a lot to me that you appreciated my guiding style. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Ronald T.United States
Tomislav gave an excellent tour full of hisorical detail. He also led us to excellent dining and showed good flexibility. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron, Thank you so much for this kind review. I am really happy to see that I managed to arrange a memorable holiday for you and your group and I hope that I'll have a chance to see you again in the near future. Best regards, Tom
Great Tour - thank you very much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're welcome, Laura! Keep on watching the show for more familiar Game of Thrones points from Dubrovnik. Valar Morghulis. Tom
Robin BuxtonOrinda, CA, United States
Tom is a terrific tour guide! We had a limited amount of time in Dubrovnik and he managed to cover 1000 years of Croatian/Yugoslav/Ottoman/Habsburg history in a comprehensive but enjoyable fashion in our stroll around the city walls. The Game of Thrones fantasy sites information he provided lightened the sometimes grim synopsis of the area's history. If you have an interest in Marshall Tito, be sure to bring it up with Tom. His research on the Yugoslav leader was fascinating. Great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robin, Thank you so much for this kind review. As you probably noticed during our tour I really enjoy doing the interactive tours where the traveler is just as much involved in the touring process as is the guide. I believe that traveler's questions and interests are indispensable ingredient that steers the tour and am always willing to adapt the tour to traveler's own preferences. Give my regards to Mark! Tom
Craig FarquharUnited States
Dubrovnik, Croatia was more than I had imagined. The city is truly beautiful and all on the hides gems shown us by Tom our experienced guide made it even better. Tom and his assistant Robert where great guides / driver and they knew all the history as well. We had chosen to to a history / Game of Thrones Tour and Tom had all the inside information as well as photos from the series to compare. I would recommend him highly. If I ever come back I would use his service again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Craig, Thank you so much for this great review. I only hope that the remainder of your cruising holiday continued in the same manner: sunny weather, great guides and a lot of photo opportunities! Best regards, Tom
Steven PassinUnited States
Both the driver and guide were very knowledgeable aboutvthe history of Croatia and the nuances of history. We enjoyed it thoroughly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Steve, I hope to see you again and welcoming you to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Best regards, Tom
Daniel AruteUnited States
Our day with Tom & Robert was absolutely amazing! My wife & I were enthralled the entire tour. From ancient history to modern-siege of Dubrovnik to GoT all in one place! Even my 9yr old had a hard time pretending she was bored! So much history and culture. Spending the day with Tom & Robert was so comfortable & fun. It was like spending time with old friends showing us around their amazing home town. It is rare to have such outstanding guides. We now want to go back next year and visit with Tom again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Daniel! I am glad that the tour worked out for your daughter as much as for you and your wife. I also had a great time touring with the two of you and Dani and I hope to welcome you again in Dubrovnik Best regards, Tom