Marilyn Weill RauUnited States
Phil is a nice man and very familiar with the city. I am sure that for someone else he would be the perfect guide but for my small group it seemed that he had an agenda and he didn't adjust to our interests until we had to rerequest what we wanted to see. I had wanted to see some of the areas that were highlighted as special to Pittsburg. He drove us around the city and it was interesting not for as long Cathedral of learning and synagogue were done at our requests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm sorry you weren't satisfied. I specifically changed my availability to do this tour. I received two messages from you, neither detailing any location or specific locations you would like to see. On tour, I was the one who suggested the Cathedral of learning, since it is a usual stop on my tours, and asked if everyone was OK with the amount of walking. I pointed out Rodef Shalom synagogue and asked if anyone would like to stop, which you did, and that put us over our scheduled 1pm completion time.
Robert F.Greenville, SC, United States
David SpringerUnited States
Phil did a first rate job showing us both old and new Pittsburgh. Knows the city, the history and was very engaging.
Steve ZauraUnited States
Phil was informative and very knowledgeable.
Oxana StasyukUnited States
Maurice ReavleyUnited States
If you are interested in a tour of the Pittsburgh area then you'll want Phil as your guide. Very knowledgeable, great guy.
Stan R.United States
Tour was excellent and we would certainly do it again. Jeff was very friendly and knowledgeable and provided a lot of interesting facts for us to take away from our experience. He picked us up at our Hotel and returned us there afterwards so it was very convenient. Very pleased and well worth the money.
Sidney MendelsohnUnited States
Well organized and very knowledgeable pleasing and engaging personality
Phil is extremely knowledgeable, very personable and passionate about his city. Our tour was well paced and gave us a very good overview of the history of Pittsburgh and some of its neighbourhoods. Phil opened doors that would have been locked to us had we been on our own. Phil was able to answer our many questions. Phil asked what we had already seen and personalized our tour to maximize the number of new things we saw. Four of us were on the tour. We would all highly recommend a tour with Phil.
On a rainy and foggy day, Phil made the city of Pittsburgh come alive. He took us to the top of the city where we had an overview of the area below and a lesson on Pittsburgh's history. As well, he covered all the major areas with its churches and buildings as he expertly drove around. His knowledge of the history of Steel City was in-depth. The highlight was his tour of the Cathedral of Learning and its unique class rooms.
John FerrariUnited States
Great tour, very flexible and knowledgeable, perfect
Oxana StasyukUnited States
Toni PorterfieldUnited States
Super nice guy! Our applicants really enjoy his tours. We love the convenience of the airport drop-off.
Christine KeithUnited States
Phil was a highlight of our family celebration! This was a family reunion of people who had grown up in Pittsburgh but hadn't lived here for 50 years. He was very accommodating & took us to some childhood sites that would never make a standard tour's itinerary! He really went above & beyond when he discovered that we had left behind some items and drove them all the way to the place we were having dinner that evening to return them! Very much appreciated by all.
We had never heard of Tours By Locals but found it on a Google search. We called the 1-800 number and someone called back instantly from London to give us some suggestions. Someone else called back later from Vancouver and we arranged a three hour tour with Phil for the next morning. It was fabulous and a great way to be introduced to any city. We definitely intend to do this wherever we travel in future.
Greg YakimUnited States
Phil did a great job. Was very knowledgeable, interesting and fun. We would highly recommend him.
Alisa KnowltonUnited States
Phil was great. We only had 3 hours in Pittsburgh & we were able to see quite a lot. Phil knew his stuff!
Wayland Snookie P.Wilson, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Toni PorterfieldUnited States
What a great find!! Phil was wonderful. From our first contact about reserving a tour to his email letting me know everyone reached the airport the day of the tour, Phil was professional, kind and specialized the tour to our graduate applicants visiting Pittsburgh. We will definitely use his services in the future. Thank you!!
This was a suggestion by Phil and sparked my interest as I wanted to get a sense of Pittsburgh as well as Falling Water. As it happened I had broken the glass of my phone the night before so Phil drove me to the Apple shop in the Univercities district as part of the tour. Pittsburgh is a beautifully sited city which I would not otherwise have realised in a short stay.
Chuck DAnnewitzUnited States
Phil is extremely knowledgeable and is a terrific tour guide. Very personable and provided a great overview of Pittsburg for a family visiting for the first time. Tx much Phil!
Will NeuUnited States
Being born and raised in Pittsburgh, I thought I knew everything there was to know about Pittsburgh. Boy was I wrong. Phil knows his stuff. This was one of the best tours we've ever taken. I had my wife and 16 year old grandson with me, and they both were fascinated, as I was. THANKS, Phil for an enjoyable afternoon, and for ALL your history lessons.
Patricia RoseUnited States
On Thursday, May 29th, my southern friends and I toured Pittsburgh in the capable hands of Phil. Although the day was a little rainy, we had a marvelous time. Our guide made all the difference. He was personable, knowledgeable, and the flow of information was dispensed with clarity and conciseness. He avoided "chattering". Phil helped me show off Pittsburgh to my guests who had never been to our unique city. Your service and Phil's professional demeanor deserve a 5+
Carl PritchettUnited States
We asked Phil to give us a tour of Pittsburgh that included the highlights and neighborhoods tours together. Phil delivered with style, humor, and a depth of knowledge surpassing our expectations. History, architecture, geography, culinary,neighborhood and real estate details were all addressed. Phil is highly professional, yet accessible, friendly, and personable. Highest marks for quality of tour, tour guide, and overall satisfaction!
My family of five did the Pittsburgh highlights. With three children aged 8, 9, 10 I was worried they would not be as engaged with the tour as I knew we would be. I couldn't have been more wrong, they loved it. Phil was a fantastic guide, my 8 year old said after the tour that he was one of the smartest men he'd met because he knew everything! We saw plenty of great sites, learned a lot of history, did a bit of shopping and had a great lunch at Primanti Bros. Couldn't have been better. Truly memorable!
Walter TibbettsUnited States
Phil was great. He adjusted his tour to things thatwe especially wanted to see. SWe got both an overview of the city as well as specific sights. I would highly recommend him to others interested in a personal tour.
R. Barry WalsonUnited States
Phil was not available so he recommended Chris Nevile who was great. He knew Pittsburgh backwards and forwards and felt we had a wonderful appreciation of Pittsburgh after taking his tour.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Thomas RowlandUnited States
Phil was right on time, friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and fun. He made the day very enjoyable. As my wife said, "I want to do this type of tour with a guy like Phil on every trip from now on". All three of us had a great time and learned a lot about Pittsburgh.
Richard SimpsonUnited States
Phil stayed in communication before the tour, met us promptly and took us on a great tour of Pittsburgh! He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its surroundings. Six stars!
Daniel VanWinkleUnited States
Phil certainly met our expectations for a solid intro for our first visit to Pittsburg. It was a thorough mix of history, architecture and social aspects of the city. We now have a view of what the city was and is trying to be today. We saw it all in the company of a fine and knowledgeable gentleman. Thanks, Phil
Debra PaulsonUnited States
My guide Phil provided a wonderful walking/driving overview tour of Pittsburgh, a beautiful city! He knew my primary interest was architecture and tailored my tour to provide wonderful photo-ops (I'm an architectural photographer based in Chicago). Views of PNC Park, the numerous river bridges, Monongohela Incline, all were locations to which I returned and was able to take wonderful photos. Phil is very knowledgeable of the architecture and history of Pittsburgh that was exactly what I needed!
Tours by Locals definitely have the best tour guides in the industry...extremely friendly and knowledgable. This is the only tour company my family will use.
Dan RossUnited States
Phil was well informed, flexible, enthusiastic and pleasant. He accommodated our group which ranged in age from 7 to 88 very capably.
Nancy KollinerUnited States
Our afternoon with Phil was the highlight of our three day stay in Pittsburgh. He took us to the places that we expressed interest in and those he thought would be of interest. His knowledge of Pittsburgh and ability to impart that knowledge is incredible. He is both easy to be with and professional. We highly recommend the tour for anyone visiting the city who is interested in it's history and how it came to be the beautiful place it is today.
Patricia PetralbaUnited States
informative. i specially like the downtown tours inside the bldg. It was my parent's first time to visit Pitt. I have been here for a year and I would say we were not disappointed.
Edward MildonUnited States
If anyone WANTS to "see Pittsburgh," exactly as he/she wants to see Pittsburgh, you should contact Phil. This man knew in advance, that we wanted a "general tour," but once he got us both into his vehicle, he began to talk with us, about our interests, and he ABSOLUTELY made his tour for us conform to OUR interests. He will take YOU wherever you want to go! We saw churches, with fabulous architecture, and the University of Pittsburgh, and anything else that WE wanted to see. 5 STARS for Phil!
Sam SmithUnited States
Had a great time with Phil. He knew the area well and made us feel at home.