It was a very nice tour, even though we started 45 minutes late as Helder was delayed. Helder was very flexible and adapted the tour to our interests. We first went out of the city center by tram at our request and later came back to the city center to do the regular part of this tour. This tour is really worth wile to see the relevant parts of Bern in a few hours!
We had a great tour of Bern with Helder . He was informative and entertaining.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your nice words!
Helder gave an interesting tour that took us from 12 century medieval times to current day. He also shared interesting and candid aspects of Swiss government, education, work and society - which gave us a better feel of the country beyond what we can see. He was very friendly and engaging. The tour started 45 mins late however (Helder had some parking issues). While we roughly made up the time , the tour felt a bit rushed but overall we enjoyed our tour nonetheless.
Jim SchillerUnited States
Enjoyed our tour very much! Thanks
Laura RubinUnited States
We really enjoyed our time with Helder! He met us (mom, dad + 4 teenagers) at our hotel and showed us some of the interesting sites of Bern. He was very easy to talk to and told us some fascinating stories. He also pointed out places and things to do in the next few days in Bern, like where to rent bikes (they are free w/deposit). We ended the tour at the ROPETECH Rope climbing park which he had recommended and we really liked (great for teenagers). We enjoyed our first morning in Bern with Helder
Paul CaddenUnited Kingdom
Helder was very accommodating to changes in the timings of the tour for our group. Helder was also greatly knowledgeable about the city and approached the subject perfectly for the age group and fitness of the school. Much appreciated!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Paul. I would like very much to thank as well, all the amazing teachers and all the children for giving me their full attention and interest, making my job so easy and delightful to share. Many, many thanks dear All!!!
Victoria B.United States
Really enjoyed seeing the town of Bern! Would highly recommend Helder
Lance WilsonUnited States
I am a frequent traveler national and international. I expect the tour guide to actually speak English so we can have a conversation,excellent. We started from my hotel so I got the history of the WESTSIDE all the way to the City Center. I learned history from 1200 to 2017, it was great detail, just what I asked for. Mind you it was 0degress C/32Degress F. Helder was very informative about the culture, the city, restaurants, shopping, we talked about housing, government, etc. And recommended other things.
Joyce GilkersonUnited States
Helder gave us a private / custom tour. He was very knowledgeable , personable and and gave us exactly the tour we wanted. Helder went out of his way to make our tour memorable. I would highly recommend him as a tour guide to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well, i must say that people like you are, easy going, open minded, fun and above all, for real, make my job easier!!! I thank you all so much for the great compliment!!! I would like as well, to thank you for just being yourselves! I'll just hope we can see us again in the near future! Stay the way you are, be free and open minded! Love you all, Helder
Kurt HunekeUnited States
In addition to touring the standard sites Helder did an excellent job sharing information about the Swiss/Bern culture. We love to learn about how people live their lives. The tour was very informative. We loved Bern.
The worst Tour by Locals we have undertaken. There was confusion about our meeting place due to insufficient details given when we didn't know the town or railway station, and this meant we lost the first 30 minutes of the tour. I have limited mobility, and the guide seemed to forget this, even though we had booked a car (at considerable expense) so that I did not have to walk too much. The tour also finished early. We were surprised to be told quite plainly that tips of 10% were expected. Not impressed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I did not ask for tips.We did have a conversation about customary swiss grats & explained 10% is customary but depends on service.You provided me with a tip,it is rude to turn away a gesture like this.I accepted it as a reflection of my good services.This tour is often done by foot,you requested a car/driver I offered to stop and get out to explain but you declined.Bern is to small to fill the full duration just by car,because you declined to walk there wasn't much else to do/see from the car.Im sorry
David L. MillerUnited States
Helder did a wonderful job showing us Bern. Knows the city well including things not found by a tourist my themselves. Time well spent. DLMiler Michigan April,2016 Michigan, a
Richard HochhauserUnited States
Caring competent guide
Rick DruryUnited Kingdom
We had a delightful day with Helder in Bern - it was like being shown around the city by a long lost friend! Loved all the resturant tips as well - just great in every way. Thanks Helder - it really was lovely to meet you, and thank you so much for the extra effort in making the tour appealing to our boys.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had also a beautiful day with all your amazing family... Tom and alex are two well educated young boys, very open minded and so nice to be with... Rick and dear janet, you are the kind of parents one can possible wish, although you are so well cultivated and have the chance to travel anywhere you want, you remained very down to earth and easy going. i'll hope so much we can meet again in the near future... Thank's, Helder