Lauri PortzUnited States
Our tour with Orquieda was great! I highly recommend this tour and guide. She was extremely knowledgeable about the towns and culture. The scenery was gorgeous, the stops were interesting. All in all delightful.
Robert TuiderArlington, VA, United States
There is so much to see in the Douro Valley, but our tour guide Orquidea did a great job showing us what we could see in the one day that we had. Orquidea was flexible making adjustments per our request to see a particular type of winery. In short, a great day with a great tour guide!
Robert TuiderArlington, VA, United States
Orquidea met us as scheduled, was informative, pleasant, and professional. She knows her city and we were very pleased not only with the tour, but also with our choice of tour guide. :)
Claire RaperUnited States
Our guide was amazing! She was even early to pick us all up! She was knowledgeable about the area, engaging, funny and accommodating. When one of our group had to stop to use the restroom, she found a lovely cafe overlooking a castle! She even made reservations for a few restaurants for us for other days during our stay! The whole days was fantastic and lots of fun. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your comments. I had a great time with your party, obrigada! Orquidea
Fred HarrellUnited States
Orquídea is fantastic! Very knowledgeable and just a lot of fun to be with... we recommend without reservation and would definitely hire her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. It was my pleasure! All the best, Orquidea
June B.United States
We had a lovely tour given by Orquidea in Oporto in June 2018. She is very knowledgeable, a pleasure to be with, and accommodating. We would highly recommend her as your tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really appreciate your kind words. It was wonderful to meet you and show you around. All the best, Orquidea
Robert HighUnited States
Orquidea was amazingly knowledgeable about the history of Porto and shared a lot of great anecdotal information.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Obrigada! It was lovely to host you here. Kind regards, Orquidea
Mark BrownUnited States
Orquídea was a very competent and enjoyable guide. It was a group of only 4 of us, so the transportation was very comfortable and convenient. She was flexible in terms of what we wanted to do and the amount of walking, and very cognizant of our time limitations due to the ship's limited time in port - we wish we could have spent more time visiting the beautiful and interesting city of Porto. The stop for the port tasting (we did not have time for a tour) was very informative and the highlight of our tour
Beth LivingstonhakesUnited States
A fabulous day made better by our guide. Impeccable lunch and wine tasting, enjoying the estate, Vineyard dogs, beautiful scenery and learning about Portuguese ports and wines!
Beth LivingstonhakesUnited States
Orquidea is so lovely, charming and knowledgeable. She truly understood what we wanted to experience and made it happen.
William GlasgowUnited States
Orquidea is energetic and enthusiastic. Very knowledgeable about the nuances of Portugal and loves her home city of Porto. She makes you want to experience it.
Michael NowakUnited States
Tour was terrific with two good wineries and a private lunch overlooking the viniard at one winery. Orquídea is very knowledgable and did an excellent job showing us the high points of Douro Valley.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments, it was lovely to host you! Obrigada!
Very knowledgeable and flexible during the tour. Showed us some great places that we very much enjoyed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you fir your comments. I too, enjoyed hosting you here. All the best! Orquidea
Hope CassanoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for rating. It was a pleasure to host your family. Obrigada!
Great guide, made everything possible when we asked her . Totally recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, it was great to host you! Gracias!!!
David BarclayUnited States
Orquídea led us on a wonderful tour of Porto in less than ideal weather conditions. Her English and knowledge are superb and you will thoroughly enjoy her tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for being such great sports, although the weather did not cooperate, it still was a great time. Thanks for your kind rating and booking. All the best, happy new year!
Lauren SmithUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, it was great to host you! Obrigada!
Gladell P.United States
This tour is awesome! Orquidea picked me up from the airport then drove me to the city where we toured mainly by walking. I like the relaxed pace and her care on important details particularly about historical facts. She is nice to accommodate my requests, including driving me to a nice seafood place by the beach and back to the airport. She made me feel like I'm meeting a local friend. The panoramic viewing spots, churches/architectural sites, market, Porto wine tour & tasting were among my highlights.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The feeling was mutual, thank you for your kind comments and rating. It was a pleasure. All the best! Obrigada.
Catherine SchifterUnited States
Orquidea is simply fantastic just like her namesake flower, the orchid. Very knowledgeable, pleasant, great local restaurant and port winery knowledge. In Porto, you simply can not go wrong with her as your guide. Thanks for a wonderful day ... and she even saved me from walking all the way up the hill.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind comments, it was super meeting you and hosting you here. I am glad you enjoyed everything (and no hills!). Wishing you the very best, Orquidea
Amanda StClairUnited States
Highly recommend Douro valley and Orquidea. We were on a cruise and it is a great shore excursion. The scenery was spectacular, saw a local market, tasted white & red wine & Port. Enjoyed a gourmet meal overlooking vines. Simply spectacular.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Fabulous day! Thanks for allowing me to introduce you to the majestic Douro Valley! All the best, Orquidea
Nancy B.United States
Orchidea was incredibly knowledgeable about Porto, offering insights involving history, geography, economics, architecture, and the general arts. Via extensive walking tours, including hidden gems of viewing points, as well as drives across the river to an intimate Port House and to see the beach and the Cheese Castle, she introduced us to Porto with a flair. Her deep knowledge and willingness to answer our many questions about the city and Portuguese culture made the day fly by. We found a new friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to host you here, I feel very fortunate to have guests like you! Thank you for the great day, kind rating and comments. Until next time. Obrigada, Orquidea
Umur AydoganUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, I appreciate it and your booking. Obrigada, Orquidea
Nancy SimoniMiami, FL, United States
Orquidea, was the best. She was very knowledgeable in the local culture and history and of world events. A very confident and happy lady. We have used Tours by Locals many times and it has always been a pleasure. I also wish to thank the Tours by Locals company in understanding our plight with hurricane Irma.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments and spirit, especially in light of your situation and what you dealt with. It was a pleasure to host you, wishing you all the best! Obrigada! Orquidea
Richard MiksLas Vegas, NV, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, I appreciate your booking and hosting you to Santiago Compostela. Obrigada! Orquidea
Gnana (Mickey) WignarajajhUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating, it was a pleasure to host you here!
Charles MillerDallas, TX, United States
Orquidea was a great host for our visit to Porto. Due to weather issues our arrival was late and we had to change our tour to a tour of Porto. She took us around the central area of town and then took us to a nice local restaurant across the river . We finished the day with a nice port tasting and tour at Churchill. I would highly recommend Orquidea for a fabulous day in Porto or the Douro Valley. Her knowledge of the history of Portugal and the region allowed us to still have a nice visit to Porto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments and review. It was wonderful to host you here and show you the best of Porto. I look forward to reuniting in the future! Kind regards, Obrigada! Orquidea
Our tour of Porto yesterday was an incredible experience which we would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting Porto. Orquidea went above and beyond to ensure we saw all we could in Porto while never making us feel rushed. Her knowledge, experience and personality made the tour a highlight of our Trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was lovely to host you here, I am thrilled that you had such a great time in my city. All the best, Orquidea
Ideal introduction to Porto and its history, both old and more recent. Visit to the wine tasting room of Churchill wines was a highlight of our entire trip. Everyone knows of the importance of port wine to Portugal but they also produce outstanding table wines from the same grapes. Recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your response, it was great to host you here and introduce you to our wonderful wines, and city! All the best, Orquidea
Nancy ShelmonUnited States
Orquidea is very professional. We had a wonderful day and she took our cues on pace perfectly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your comments and rating and I am glad that you had such a good time, I did too! Obrigada, Orquidea
Orquidea was lovely. She was on time in picking us up at the train station as we were coming from Lisbon for the day. The entire day was informative, interesting and fun. She took us to a great place for lunch with many locals which was much appreciated as the food and prices were both great. Loved walking through Porto and seeing all the sights. The stop over for Port at Churchill was good. I would definitely recommend her. Easygoing and very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Obrigada for your kind comments and rating. It was great to host your family here and allow you to enjoy the city and all that it has to offer. All the best! Orquidea
Robert GuelichUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your booking with me. It was a pleasure to host you! Obrigada, Orquidea
Sherwood SterlingIndio, CA, United States
Orquidea was delightful. She was thoughtful,knowledgeable, and just plain fun to be with. We enjoyed our visit to Santiago immensely and recommend her highly for whatever you can arrange with her in Portugal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Obrigada for your review, it was wonderful to host you! All the best, Orquidea
Alan WeinstockUnited States
Orquidea was a wonderful guide. She was pleasant and very knowledgeable. We were able to visit the Synagogue in Porto which was a treat. She took us all around Porto which wasn't easy due to the amazingly heavy traffic. Her car was a Mercedes and very comfortable and she is a terrific driver. She explained the various sights in Porto clearly as her English is excellent. She took us to a Port wine tasting as well. If you want a terrific tour of Jewish Porto, Orquidea is an excellent choice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments, it was wonderful to host you here and show you my city! All the best, obrigada!
Jennifer HowardUnited States
We booked Orquídea to give us a quick tour of Porto, drive us to the Douro Valley and hit up a few tastings along the way. Her knowledge of the area and the vineyards was impeccable, and she was a true delight to spend the day with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments, it was a pleasure to host you and give you an insight to this beautiful area. All the best, Orquidea
Chris MilanoUnited States
What a great experience! Knowledgeable and very accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments and rating, it was a pleasure to host you to the majestic Douro Valley! Obrigada.
Orquídea is a wonderful guide! She was very knowledgeable and friendly
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments, I appreciate it! It was wonderful hosting your party. All the best! Orquidea
Dee ZednikUnited States
Orquidea was a fabulous guide! I would highly recommend her! She gave us an exceptional tour of Porto, took us to a wonderful port cellar, complete with tasting, of course! The lunch she took us to was clearly one known only by locals (which we asked for), & was perhaps the best lunch of our entire trip. She was also fun to be with. Great job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments, it was great to host you here and have you enjoy the best of our local lifestyle! All the best, Orquidea
Richard BlylerUnited States
Orquidea did an excellent job transferring us from Lisbon to Porto with stops in Fatima, Coimbra and Aveiro. Highly recommend her and this tour to transfer from Lisbon or Porto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to host you on this tour transfer, thank you for you booking and kind comments. Obrigada!
Patricia LarsenUnited States
We were on a Windstar cruise and Orquidea met us at the pier. We settled into her newer Mercedes van for a wonderful personal adventure. She took us into town and parked at the top of the hill. We walked down checking out all the interesting buildings and monuments. When we got to the bottom she had us wait while she went back for the van. We then stopped in a quaint neighborhood for an amazing lunch. We also tasted port. Orquidea has such love & pride in her city and it was great having her share.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments.It was a pleasure to share my city with you! All the best!
Gary OmellUnited States
Orquidea B did great job and was very knowledgeable about everything even though she was not Jewish.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your rating and kind comments. It was a pleasure to host you here, obrigada!
Anita MahoodUnited States
Orquidea was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. Wish we had more time in Porto so we could take advantage of her expertise on other tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind rating, it was great fun to host you here! All the best, Orquidea
Henry ZawadaUnited States
Great tour of Oporto and the region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Obrigada for your comments and rating. I really enjoyed hosting you here! Thank you, Orquidea
Shari JohnsonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, it was great to show you my city! Obrigada
Judi NadelUnited States
Orquidea was very prompt. She has an easy going pleasant personality and was definitely flexible. This was a great tour. Plus she arranged a private tour at the synagogue. We saw much more than we would have seen on our own. It was a wonderful day! It's a beautiful city. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so happy that you enjoyed your time here and discovered the beauty of Porto. Thank you for your kind comments and rating, I appreciate it! Obrigada, Orquidea
Leonidas DowlenUnited States
Orquidea did a great job with our tour to Santiago Compostela. She is a real pro and knows her stuff. Our group of six had a great time getting to know her and appreciated the perfect little restaurant that she recommended. Lon D. Coral Gables, Fl.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for touring with me, it was a wonderful day, I really enjoyed hosting your party. All the best! Obrigada!
Kim Starr-WickhamUnited Kingdom
Orquidea was so amazing! We had the most fantastic time and she arranged a perfect tour for us. I can't recommend this tour any higher. Thank you so much!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating and kind comments. It was a pleasure to host you all here to the amazing Douro Valley. Obrigada!
Mary-Lou G.United States
Orchidea was a delightful and expert driver/guide in her comfortable new van for six of us from our cruise ship at A Coruna in Galicia to Santiago de Compostela. She was waiting at the port when we disembarked and made sure to return us in ample time. During the tour she escorted us to the key sites we wanted to see and provided interesting information. She selected the perfect lunch venue: a charming tapas bar with excellent choices at reasonable prices. She is also a lot of fun. I highly recommend her!
John PierceUnited States
Delightful, wealth of knowledge, kind and considerate. A wonderful 2 days of Porto, Guimaraes and Braga.
John PierceUnited States
Kimberly LassetterUnited States
Orquídea was wonderful. I would recommend her to everyone going to the Porto area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for you rating and comments. It was great to host you here! Obrigada!
Our tour of Porto was well planned and adapted to the inclement weather. Orquidea is very knowledgable and fun and looked after us like family. Great lunch stop and port tasting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments. All the best to you.
Neville GuardUnited States
Orquidea was a gem, she know where all the great spots were for our tour. She went out of her way to accommodate our request for an early (and I do mean early) start time and was flexible to allow us to break up our tour in to sections since I had plans for a private tasting and lunch. I would highly recommend her to anyone. I'll be using her when I return to Porto in about 2 months again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to host you. I too, look forward to meeting you again. All the best, Orquidea
Kevin RuhUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, it was a pleasure to host you here! Obrigada, Orquidea
Kevin RuhUnited States
Orquídea was a wonderful guide! She was friendly, punctual, and a fountain of knowledge about Porto and the surrounding area, including the Douro Valley. We only stayed in Porto for 36 hours, and we hit the ground running with this tour. We used her for another the day we left. I would recommend her to anyone, regardless of the type of adventure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your kind comments, it was great to host you both here, showing you the best of the region, all in 36 hours, well done! Best wishes, Orquidea
Judith HodgsonUnited Kingdom
This was our second day with Orquidea. She picked us up very promptly and it was a comfortable drive to Douro Valley tho it did take over 90mins from Porto. She clearly knows the area well and took us to some lovely viewpoints as well as a great Quinta with lovely restaurant and a good tasting . The weather meant that a river trip was off the agenda so we had another stop for tastings and olive oil / port buying. It's quite a long day but worth it for the scenery and the detail Orquidea supplies.
Judith HodgsonUnited Kingdom
Really lovely insight into a charming city. Orquidea is relaxed and knowledgeable without feeling the need to fill every moment with facts and figures! Happy to answer questions and engage in chat or just leave us to wander a little ourselves. Lovely company for the day
Rodger B.Lafayette, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind rating. Obrigada!
Robert StovallUnited States
Orquídea lives in Porto, PT but drove to our cruise ship docked in La Coruña, Spain (3 hours). She drove us to Santiago de Compostela for a tour of the cathedral & a walking tour of the "old town". She is lively, fun, & knowledgeable in all topics we engaged in (history, culture, etc.). It was exactly the tour we were looking for. I highly recommend Orquídea, & you might consider engaging her for a tour of Porto as well if your travels or cruise ship take you there. Orquídea speaks excellent English.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you kindly for your words and ratings, it means a lot to me and I am pleased that you had such a great time. It was a pleasure to meet you and host you to Santiago Compostela. Wishing you all the best. Obrigada! Orquidea
David H.United States
Orquidea works hard for you. My family of 6 love wines and wanted to spend the day learning about Douro wine varietals, not port. As Americans, we have little opportunity to taste your indigenous grapes. And so Orquidea was challenged to arrange a day's itinerary for some serious tastings. She succeeded by getting us into 3 wineries, one of which was a top-end, appointment-only vineyard. While she is not a wine expert herself, she doesn't need to be, as she most capably introduces you to the experts.
Mark GetzenUnited States
We scheduled Orquidea as our guide for a day trip to the Douro Valley. She showed up right on time. As we speak no Portuguese we were very happy that her English was so good. Early on she asked us for any special things we would like to do or see. When we told her we enjoy Port Wine, she changed her schedule to include an extra Quinta for tasting. When we arrived at the first estate, she arranged for our tasting to be outdoors on the balcony overlooking the Douro. Perfect. Book her if you can.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to host you in the Douro Valley, such a beautiful place to enjoy the history, culture and most importantly, port wine! All the best to you.
This is a great tour with a very caring guide.We can recommend it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating and kind review. It was a pleasure to host and "celebrate" with you. All the best! Orquidea
Marion HagueUnited States
Orquidea was our guide for the city tour of Porto. Everyone in our family group of eight found Orquidea to be pleasant, personable, and very knowledgeable of her home city. She patiently answered a million questions and kindly laughed at our silly jokes. We immediately felt like she was part of our family group except she was the one who could translate and explain everything. Orquidea gave us a good sense of Porto, historically and culturally. We highly recommend Orquidea.
Minesh PatelUnited States
Catherine SchifterUnited States
First of all, the tour guide was the best ever. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and resourceful. I totally enjoyed my tour of Porto, and the tour of the wine cellar.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the very kind words and rating. I had a wonderful time hosting you here, it was a pleasure to get to know you and help you experience the best of Porto. Take care. Obrigada! Orquidea
Porto was more than we had expected it to be because of Orquidea. She knew where everything was and the history we would have strolled by. Our customized tour hit all the highlights including the rive boat ride and more. Best of all was lunch at the out door fish grill restaurant that was off the beaten path and frequented mostly by locals. We would never have found such a treasure. The fish/food was outstanding. The finally was the port tour and tasting. Wow! What a great day had by all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your rating and comments, I am thrilled that you had such a wonderful time in my city! It was a pleasure to host you here, experiencing Porto with you. Best wishes to all, Orquidea
Orquidea was prompt and easy to communicate with by email. Her van was clean and comfortable. We had an amazing day in Douro Valley. She went out of her way to stop by an extra vineyard and also showus more local, authentic areas. We felt ccomfortable with her driving as she was very safe. Nothing but positive reviews!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words and rating, I appreciate it! I am so happy that you got to experience this beautiful region and wish you wonderful memories from here. It was a pleasure to host! All the best, Orquidea
Mary H.United States
Orquidea did not take us to see many important sites (ie. the city hall in Porto) and left us to 'shop' in a pitiful street market by the river after we asked for nice shopping area. She did take us to Windsors, a nice wine shop for tasting. Comparing our trip with the ships tour, we hardly saw a thing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs. Hurt, I appreciate your comments and feel badly that you were not completely satisfied with the tour. The tour was delivered as per the description, visiting all the important sites including some free time for shopping (I am sorry that this was not the specific shopping that you were looking for). I am more than happy to customize my tours for my guests to suit their preferences. I enjoyed hosting your group and hope that you have fond memories of Porto. Kind regards, Orquidea
Anthony PrevettUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the five star rating, I appreciate it and enjoyed hosting you here. All the best, Orquidea
Carol OrensUnited States
Orquídea was an excellent tour guide, we thoroughly enjoyed her and she knew her history of the Jewish religion. I would highly recommend her and I definitely would use her again. I was very happy with ToursByLocals and I would use them again and I will keep your company in mind for my agents to book and I would use you for my clients.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We're thrilled that you have an overall wonderful experience, that is our goal! I too, really enjoyed my time with you, showing you my city and its Jewish heritage. Thank you for your booking, I look forward to hopefully offering my services to you in the future. Take care, Orquidea
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Carol! We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Margaret EldredUnited States
Great car, very comfortable. Great guide, very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, had a lot of pride in his heritage. Would use him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review. This was a colleague of mine that hosted you here as I had a conflict in my schedule, I appreciate your flexibility with this. I am glad that you enjoyed your time here and got to experience the beautiful Douro Valley with Miguel, he is excellent! Many kind regards! Orquidea and Miguel
Vincent PenaUnited States
Had a wonderful time and a great tour with Orquidia. She spoke both Portuguese and English which helped facilitate our tour. She went above and beyond to make the tour even more memorable. We would definitely do another tour with her! She was amazing!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for touring with me. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and your lovely family showing you the beautiful Douro Valley, I enjoyed it a lot. All the best!
We had a great time with Orquidea. We had a beautiful day driving from Porto to Santiago, with a stop for lunch and a little sightseeing. Orquidea would not leave us until she was sure we were checked into our hotel, safe and sound. Our "Tours by Locals" experience was a good one and I do recommend them.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am very happy that you enjoyed your tour so much. It was great to host you, you group was lots of fun! Thank you for choosing Tours by Locals and me!
Arash KharestanUnited States
Excellent guide with great personality. She showed up on time and took us on an amazing tour. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind comments and rating. It was my pleasure to host you both here and I'm glad that you got to experience my beautiful city. All the best, Orquidea
Flavel HeymanUnited States
The only thing that Orquidea did not do to make our visit to Porto more pleasant, was control the rain. She was a trooper, changed plans to adapt to weather conditions, and still managed to help us to make the most of our day. We had a good time and feel as though we have insight into the city and its history.