Katherine RhoadesUnited States
Yvonne is an exceptional guide in every way. She is extremely knowledgeable and shares her knowledge in interesting and helpful ways by drawing on historical as well as contemporary examples. Moreover, she is an absolute delight as a person!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this kind review. I really enjoyed my morning with you and your genuine appreciation of our lovely views, history and funny stories. It was fun to laugh too and share some special moments together. I hope you managed to walk to the lighthouse before the weather changed ? and when I saw the drizzle today, I thought it perfect for the Marlowe Theatre. Graduations at the Cathedral added some colour too I suspect ! Thank you again and enjoy Calais View !
Daniel CarrollUnited States
Tour was terrific. Could not have been better. Yvonne was the best. Very knowledgeable and informative. Only problem was the day went by too fast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback and for your kind words. It was my pleasure to be with you all, good fun, and we were so lucky with timings and the weather! Time did whizz by indeed! - Hope the golf and any further meals you had here were up to par !! Kindest regards Yvonne
Jason WhiteUnited States
Yvonne did a great job with our tour of the Dover area and Leeds Castle.! She was helpful and responsive to my emailed questions and transportation logistics before we even met. She kept my teenage sons interested and gave the perfect amount of detail and history without overwhelming us. She was personable, knowledgeable and well connected. Thank you for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback. I really enjoyed a lovely day with you all ! I wish the boys every success with their plans. A delightful family and so nice to enjoy so many interesting and quirky stories with you all. I hope the rest of your holiday went well and,again, thank you for your good company!
Patrick OenbringUnited States
Good knowledge of area. Adapted tour to our request to spend more time at Dover Castle.
Patrick OenbringUnited States
Knowledgeable guide and pleasant personality. Prompt and made good use of available time.
Jacqueline BerrymanUnited States
We had a tour with Yvonne yesterday in Dover. She was amazing. We enjoyed her and the driver as well. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming here. 5 stars for sure!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jacqueline, How lovely to hear from you ! - thank you so much for taking the time to feedback. I think that both, driver, Rob and I enjoyed the day with you all. Quite fun ! - Lucky with the weather and lots of good things to see, and we even managed a perfect ' on the go ' lunch and the T shirt !! - Thank you for your good company, and thank you for liking this little corner of my England ! Yvonne x
Brian WalsworthUnited States
Yvonne was fabulous! Great itinerary and knowledge. We have been on many local tours, this was one of the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brian and friends - thank you for taking the time to review in such a kind and positive fashion. Weren't we lucky with the weather ? - Practically unheard of on a bank holiday ! - I really enjoyed my time with you all - great fun, and thank you for all your interest and kind attention. It was a lovely day. Bon voyage and hope to see you again !
Naomi Ben-ShaharUnited States
Yvonne was really terrific in every way: easy to communicate with and responsive leading to our tour; and highly informative and pleasant during the tour itself. My 10yo daughter and I were jet lagged and she still managed to fascinate us with interesting tales and lots of history, and engaged us beautifully so both adults and children could really connect and enjoy the stories and knowledge she shared. Highly recommend her. Thank you so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: How very kind of you to take time to give this lovely review, when, I know you both have such a busy schedule. I hope that you enjoyed the theatre last night and the views of 'lit-up' city and Cathedral from your lodge! It was a pleasure to be with you both. I enjoyed our discussions and hearing the views and thoughts of your daughter. It was refreshing to see a familiar world with a new and often very wise perspective! Enjoy the rest of your UK visit. Kind regards Yvonne
Rebecca SwansonUnited States
Yvonne is a wonderful tour guide! She and I lightly corresponded for a couple of months before our February honeymoon to Canterbury and London and she came up with a great personalized tour. We went all over the Kent countryside and had our 1st cream tea experience which was delicious! Once she found out that we couldn't get to Dover Castle (due to offseason) the next day as planned, she added the cliffs & castle to our tour AND helped us arrange going to Leeds instead. Couldn't be happier with her tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello ! - Thank you very much for taking the time to write this kind review. I really enjoyed being with you both and am so glad that you enjoyed the tour, countryside and 'cream tea' I hope that London was an exciting adventure and that the snow didn't hinder any plans. Just as a postscript - you remember the creatures we looked at in Badgers Hill Cider Farm, well they turn out to be Patagonian Maras, effectively rodents and a genus of the cavy family ! - well, now we know ! Best wishes for your future
Craig ApreganUnited States
Yvonne provided us with a detailed, excellent tour of Canterbury and the Cathedral. She was a delight.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this lovely review, especially as I know you will be having a busy time in London today. I, too, enjoyed the morning, and your good company, - So glad that the rain kept away too. Best wishes Yvonne
We had a great experience visiting areas we have never been to before and learning about the local history and how things may or not be changing today. We had lots of opportunity to stop if we wanted and to ask questions. Max was very considerate and kept us full of knowledge as we drove along.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am 100 percent delighted that my friend and colleague, Max, was able to stand in and deliver a tour which, I absolutely knew would meet exacting standards. I was sorry not to meet you having been 'under the weather' and having hospital appointments on our assigned meeting date, but wouldn't let you down and I thank you for your appraisal and will pass your kind comments to Max. Best wishes Yvonne
Susan RobertsUnited States
Yvonne brought the town to life for us. She was more than accommodating taking into consideration my husband's bad feet so that we walked slowly and sat often. She provided a bounty of history about the restoration of the Cathedral while connecting history of the church with kings. She made sure we retraced steps of the pilgrims as well as the murder scene of Becket. She made sure we knew our way to station and recommended a wonderful spot for lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, Thank you so much for making sure that this lovely and positive review came through for me. I absolutely enjoyed meeting you both (and all the conversations about Thomas, Kings, and bad feet) ! I am so glad you both enjoyed the day, as I did, and what fun thinking together about Chaucer.. Very impressed with your rendition. It was a fun day, and my pleasure, and I am very glad you had a good lunch too ! - I wish you both a wonderful stay in the UK, and thank you again for your review.
Patrick ReynoldsUnited States
Yvonne was personable, knowledgeable and very willing to accommodate whatever "plan of action" we wanted. She was also very helpful in finding us a place to buy cold medicine because we both were coming down with bugs the day or our tour with her. We know we would not have enjoyed Canterbury nearly as much without her expert and engaging guiding. We certainly recommend her to anyone who wants a guide with thorough knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback, it is very much appreciated. I hope that the medication did the trick, and you are enjoying your tour today without feeling too drained ! I very much enjoyed the time spent with you both. Boy, did we cover lots of conversations and put the World to rights ! - It was great fun, and I am very pleased that you enjoyed Canterbury. - It was my pleasure. Yvonne
Marsha EngquistUnited States
We were "new" to Tours by Locals so this was certainly a bit challenging. Booking with needs for early pick up, delivery to a ship that was leaving, etc. etc. and assured the entire time that all would be fine. AND IT WAS! Yvonne was simply wonderful. and what a way for us to begin our 24 day cruise with a wonderful land tour of Dover and the country side. Yvonne would be our new best friend if only she lived closer to the Mid West USA. We all loved what we saw and what Yvonne shared and driver best
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marsha ! How lovely to hear from you.. It was a great pleasure to share a day with you and your friends - we certainly had good fun, and I'm so pleased that you all enjoyed my little part of East Kent ! - I, too felt that I was with friends! Warm wishes Yvonne
Michael DaleyPlano, TX, United States
Guide was great and showed us everything we wanted. Got us into the WWII Dover/Dunkirk site at the right time with no waiting. Had a very nice driver arranged too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi ! - So glad you enjoyed the day. Thank you for taking the time to review. Weather a bit different here now. Husband's car indicated -13 C ( 8.6 F ) this morning and the snow lies all around. Pretty but looking forward to the spring.. Yvonne
Robert StammUnited States
Yvonne provided our party of six people an amazing overview of Dover and added personal family history regarding her father's experiences as a RAF crew member which was very interesting. She has a wonderful personality and has a vast knowledge of the history of the entire area. We drove from Dover to Canterbury to see the English countryside and Yvonne pointed site after site along the way. I highly recommend Yvonne to anyone that is considering a visit to Dover or the surrounding area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bob and family and friends. Thank you. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of your team, to share thoughts and memories and remember ' the few' I am grateful to you for taking the time to feedback. I really enjoyed learning from you too. As Vera Lynn might have said, ' I hope we meet again some sunny day' A great day out, and my absolute pleasure to share it with your lovely little group. Kind Regards Yvonne
Sarann KraushaarUnited States
This was one of the best TBL tours we have had. Yvonne is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of this area and of England, in general. She showed us exactly what we wanted to see and gave us a running account of fascinating facts. She is also very savvy and able to recognize our interests. Furthermore, we totally enjoyed her company!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so grateful for your taking the time to feedback. I am delighted that the tour was up to your expectations. We had some crazy weather ! - a little windy, a little misty, some drizzle, and some sunshine, but how very English ! I very much enjoyed my time with both of you and enjoyed your company too. Thank you for appreciating my little corner of England - it was my pleasure to share it with you. Yvonne
Gregory RauUnited States
We absolutely loved our 5-hour tour from Dover through Sandwich to Canterbury. Yvonne was truly enjoyable and so very informative. I highly recommend contacting her if your travel plans include visiting Kent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to feed back. So glad you enjoyed the day,as I did! A pleasure to meet you and share some fun together! So pleased to have been a part of your family's holiday and make some happy memories together! Yvonne
Diana HsienLos Altos, CA, United States
Yvonne was fantastic. She showed us Lots of hidden treasures and has an absolute amazing amount of historical knowledge. Just a complete joy to be around. The driver she hired, Bobby, was amazing. Got us into allot of very small spaces and was always waiting! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you ! I enjoyed my day with you all, and so did Bobby.. Hope we might meet again. Yvonne
Beverly PeekUnited States
Yvonne was GREAT!! I would use her again if in that area where she is located. We were a group of 8 with a 6 year old and a 1 year old. She was so accommodating of our needs and the needs of the children that the tour she provided was Wonderful!! She had a vast amount of knowledge and provided a tour that met my needs and wants. Could not have asked for any better tour guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Beverly! Lovely to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to feed back. I enjoyed the day too. Good fun to be with the family and join in with the adventures. So glad you liked my corner of England. Warm regards Yvonne.
Ken RugglesUnited States
Rating 6 out of 5 (Yes, 6). Yvonne handled pre-tour communications wonderfully and seemed to be on our wavelength for tour planning. Our tour was exceptional, or as my wife said, "magical". It was informative, entertaining, and for a few hours made us part of the rural English countryside. Ken Ruggles
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ken and Rita, Thank you so much. You both contributed so much to the magic ! - I, too, really enjoyed our day together. We certainly got rural ! It is kind of you to take the time to feedback, especially today, Happy July 4th ! - Glad you've kept us in your hearts. Yvonne
James OlanderUnited States
This was an excellent tour. Yvonne provided all that we agreed upon, from meeting me at the train station to bringing me back. She knows her material and is a great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello James, I responded on the day ! - Has it disappeared or are we doubling up ? - It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and discover our Mission in Canterbury together. It was fun, and we discovered a lot on our travels. We were even lucky with the good weather. I hope we meet again. Best wishes Yvonne
Vicki F.United States
Yvonne did a fantastic job with planning our customized tour of Kent. We were able to visit many historical sights as well as several lovely villages along the way. With our driver George at the wheel Yvonne was able to spend time providing lots of wonderful information on the area, history, and local culture. We could not have imagined a better two days. Highly recommend Yvonne's!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! - Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am so glad you both enjoyed your time in Kent and Sussex. It was an absolutel pleasure to spend time with you, we were so fortunate with the weather too. I thoroughly enjoyed guiding you through our lovely region. Yvonne
Marvin MorseUnited States
Jeff ReynoldsUnited States
Yvonne was a delight! Our group was really interested in WW II history of the area and she delivered it and then some! She was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a great tour that I know we would not have received with the bus tours that you get. I would highly recommend her for sure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, and thank you for taking the time to review. It was my pleasure, and I enjoyed sharing some special insights with you. A privilege, and especially on the anniversary week of 'The Hardest Day' in the Battle of Britain. I, too, enjoyed our time together. Yvonne
Our experience with Yvonne was very pleasant and she was very knowledgeable. We were very satisfied with what we saw, did and learned.. Her rating is really 4.5 as her only lack seems to be a little hesitancy in asserting her plan for us, once we were seen to be uncertain and open.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David and Sue. I enjoyed the day with you both very much. Thank you for the feedback. I confess my plan was really in the hope of clear sea views and some warm sunshine with back up plan b of warmth in a country pub rather than fish and chips seaside, and I was so concerned you would feel damp and chilled so I can quite see that you thought me a little hesitant at times ! I am glad you enjoyed the day and very best wishes for future touring ! Yvonne x