We had a great tour with Tomislav! He went above and beyond the call of duty! Before the tour, he was forecoming with advice on where to eat and what to do during the rest of our stay. My bride and I were celebrating our honeymoon so I asked Tomi for suggestions for a romantic surprise. He came up with the great idea of meeting us at the top of Fort Royal on Lokrum Island with... wait for it... champagne and strawberries! He was warm and friendly too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Garvan, Believe me, it was my pleasure! I enjoyed touring with you and I only regret that we didn't have some more time to show you some other points in the near vicinity of Dubrovnik that are equally astonishing. I guess that we'll have to wait until your next visit :-) In the meantime, I wish you all the fortune in the married life. Give my regards to your lovely wife. Tom
Joyce ChapaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joyce! Tom
Valerie RutledgeUnited States
Tom was personable, funny and extremely knowledgeable about history of Croatia and the GOT. I highly recommend choosing Tom as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Val. I hope that the rest of the voyage was as exciting and as interesting as our tour in Dubrovnik. Tom
Joel HaydenUnited States
Tom was great. He showed us all around where GOT was shot. He had a great large photo album that showed pictures from series so you could see the shot and what it really looked like. He also gave us a great history lesson about Dubrovnik. He has wonderful knowledge of Dubrovnik history, and GOT. If you like GOT, this is the tour for you, and as a bonus, Tom will give a great and very interesting history lesson about Dubrovnik as well. Two great tours in one. Thanks Tom!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joel, Thank you so much for this great review! I hope that my instructions for places along the way to Split were useful and that you enjoyed your Croatian holiday. Best regards, Tom
(Mary ) Christine CookUnited States
We enjoyed our Dubrovnik tour with Tomislav. He is extremely knowledgeable about Dubrovnik and its' history and was happy to share his knowledge with us. He was able to answer any questions we had and went beyond the 3 hour time of the tour. He was on time and very helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Christine! You were a fun group to tour with and I also enjoyed our time together. Give my regards to the rest of the family! Tom
Deb IsraelUnited States
Tom--it was a great tour! My daughter and I really learned a lot about the fascinating history of Dubrovnik and the Old City. You answered all of our questions and provided insight that we would not have learned by just reading the history. We appreciated you individualizing the stops based on our interests. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Deb, Thank you so much for this kind review! As you correctly noticed, my tours are always based on the travelers' own preferences so each of the tours is unique and different. It was a pleasure spending time with you and your daughter and showing you my hometown. Thanks again! 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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Richard C.Windsor, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard! 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Veronica VicenteUnited States
BEST GUIDE EVER!!!! Really wish I could find a guide like Tom in every city I visit. Incredibly knowledgeable, able to think outside the box and rearrange tour to best work with my schedule. Made sure I didn't miss a thing. Even offered to take me on the back of his scouter so as to get a view of the entire city (outside of the old city). Trust me, you will not regret booking your tour with Tom. He really went above and beyond call of duty!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Veronica! I would say that the flexibility is the main reason why I get so many positive reviews. As I mentioned during our tour, each of the travelers that book a tour with me is different and I try to adjust the tour to their own preferences so each tour that I deliver is truly unique. I have also had a great time touring with you and I hope to see you again. Best regards, Tom
Tom's really an awesome tour guide. He is very well versed with local history of the place we visited and is a good story teller. He made me fall in love with the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. In the end of the tour, I felt like I spent few hours with a friend as opposed to a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alvina! I must say that I also enjoyed touring with you and that the hours we spent together just flew by. It makes me really proud to see that I assisted in making you fall in love with my hometown. Thanks again for this great review and I hope to see you again in Dubrovnik. Best regards, Tom
Darryn WolffSan Francisco, CA, United States
Very attentive and informative. He was super amazing when handling our large group and we appreciate everything we learned and saw today. We had an amazing time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Darryn, Thank you. I am happy that my services have contributed to yours overall experience of Dubrovnik, especially since your cruise ship schedule featured so many interesting ports. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Juan G.United States
Tom was a superb guide, very knowledgeable and very responsive to our requests. Much better than any guides provided by group tours purchased from cruise ships
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks. Usually, the group tours offered aboard the cruise ships feature guides that are contracted by the handling agents which are largely driven by the pricing factor (meaning: the lowest rate will get you more tours). The mass in nubers doesn't necessarily yield the satisfactory result both for guide or the traveler and I'm glad that you noticed the difference. Just as other ToursByLocals guides, I aim to provide the personalized touring experience and am always glad to see that I suceeded. Tom
Tom, speaking in perfect English, gave us history of Dubrovnik plus Game of Thrones film locations. He carried with him a photo album of Dubrovnik Game of Thrones scenes ---very helpful in making us remember GoT scenes. It was a very rainy day but Tom made the tour so interesting that we didnt mind the rain much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Aurora, Thank you so much for this kind review. I am happy that the tour made your day in spite to really awful weather that we experienced. I hope that the weather will be better during the rest of your Croatian holiday. Give my regards to your family. Tom
A great tour! Tom met 4 of us on time as arranged and walked us around the old town including the walls. Tom was very knowledgeable and has a pleasant easygoing manner...and a good sense of humour. Our tour took about 3 hours which was perfect. We all would strongly recommend Tomislav (Tom) to anyone coming to this region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark, I also enjoyed touring with you. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Susan GerardUnited States
Despite some unexpected cold, rainy weather, our tour with Tom was delightful and fun. He is very entertaining and considerate -- not to mention a treasure trove of information! When we saw the local weather conditions, we expected a dull, boring morning tour and a welcome return to the ship. We got anything but that. Tom provided a delightful, fun filled few hours and we could not have been more pleased. All of us were sad to see it end. He is an extraordinarily good guide! We appreciated his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susan! Best regards, Tom
Maria del CastilloUnited States
Thank you Tomislav (Tom) of Tours by Locals in Dubrovnik for the best personalized city tour ever! From exchanging emails, to meeting him and finally doing the city tour, everything was done without a glitch. Tom is very professional and easy to talk to. He asked what our interests were through our email exchanges before we met him, so he could create a perfect tour for my family. During the tour, Tom made sure we were all comfortable and that we learned a lot about Dubrovnik. Great tour! Great guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria, What is there else to say apart from a big THANKS for this kind review! All my tours are adapted and arranged in concert with traveler's personal interests and preferences so none of them is ever delivered in a same way and is a unique touring experience. Judging from your extensive review, I have correctly prepared the homework and the tour was a resounding success! Give my regards to the rest of the family. Tom
Jill MargolickUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 hours spent touring the city of Dubrovnik with our guide, Tom. Tom is the perfect guide--he has a wonderful and endearing personality and a thorough knowledge of his city and its history. He is so easy to be with and totally responsive to any and all questions asked. His energy is contagious--we climbed and toured and nobody even got tired--we were too enthralled with both our guide and his charming city! Tom's command of the English language is first rate, too!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jill, I am so happy to see that you enjoyed the tour so much. I will make sure to let you know if the road takes me to 'Motor City' as I'd love to see all of you again. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Carol WhiteUnited States
Tom was a great guide - knowledgeable, helpful and great at getting us around the crowds - it helps to know the "back alleys!" He stopped frequently for pictures and rest on a hot day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carol, Your ship pulled in during the one of the busiest days in Dubrovnik (with around 10.000 cruise ship visitors and a great deal of day-trippers from the surrounding area) so I tried my best to avoid the crowds and adapt the tour to your pace without missing any of the most important Dubrovnik landmarks. Your great review is a proof that I succeeded in this task and I thank you for it once again. Best regards, Tom
Keri CharlesUnited States
Tom was a fantastic guide! He has a great deal of historical knowledge and explained it very well to us. He catered the tour to our needs and it was a true pleasure. Wonderful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Keri, Thanks. I am happy that the tour appealed both to you and your uncle. Please give my regards to your mum and tell her that I'm sorry for not being able to do the tour with her. Also, please tell her that I'll be at her disposal in case she decides to visit Dubrovnik when she gets better. Tom
Alissa FordUnited States
We had a wonderful tour of the old city with Tom. He was kind enough to change the day of our tour last minute and accommodate us during his very busy schedule. The tour was extremely informative (he is a history professor!) but fun for my teenagers. He was fantastic with the Game of Thrones references. We highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alissa, I was happy to rearrange my schedule for you as I know how frustrating can it be to lose your luggage (it happened to me more than once). I hope that the rest of your Dubrovnik holiday worked out well and that it developed as nicely as our tour. Give my regards to your family. Tom
Natalia BealerGreenwood Village, CO, United States
We just completed a 12 day cruise and out of the 10 tour guides we hired, Tom was hands down the BEST! We traveled with our 3 adults children (18, 23 and 25), and he kept all of us engaged and interested in the beauty and history of Dubrovnik. He is also a teacher at the college and knew how to deal with kids that age. Our tour ended at a very nice local restaurant, where we listened to musicians from a wedding at the church across the plaza. So fun! We highly recommend Tomislav!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What can I say? Thanks a lot! Having in mind that you chose several top guides that are featured on ToursByLocals during your cruise this review is more than flattering. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your family in Dubrovnik and I hope that we'll have a chance to meet again. Best regards, Tom
Tom is a lecturer in medieval regional history at the local university so certainly knew his stuff. Very friendly and appreciative of our needs. His driver Robert was also outstanding for out excursion up to the old fort on the hill. Definitely recommend both.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Maurice, I have enjoyed touring with you too and I hope that the rest of the cruising holiday was equally enjoyable. Best regards, Tom
Tim BradyUnited States
Tom was fantastic - extremely knowledgable and fun. We have two kids, 13 and 12 yrs old. He did a wonderful job including them in his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tim, I had a great time touring with your family. Give my regards to your kids. Tom
Kathleen KortzUnited States
Tomislav was a fabulous guide, full of information and stories about Dubrovnik. It is clear he loves his country and its history, and he is funny and friendly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathleen, I am pleased that everything worked out for you and that you were happy with my services. I have also enjoyed touring with you and was extremely pleased to see that you appreciated my input on Croatian and Dubrovnik history. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Jim HirschingerUnited States
I don't think anyone could have given us a better tour of Dubrovnik than Tomislav. He is very personable. He is a fount of information on history, and he tailored and paced the tour to our desires and questions. We came away from our time with him feeling that we had gained an understanding of the city's layered past and present.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jim, Thank you so much for this kind review. I have also enjoyed our tour and I hope that the rest of your sailing holiday will continue to be as rewarding as our tour in Dubrovnik. Best regards, Tom
Stephen B.United States
Tom went to wonderful lengths to make sure we got to see and enjoy Dubrovnik. He seemed to take special enjoyment in making sure we understood both the old town and the connection to current events. When we visited the top of the cable car he took the time to climb up on a landing to take our picture, and cared enough about helping tourists he took pictures of several other people as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, Thank you for this wonderful review. The best way to explore the city is to arrange the tour in a leisurely pace that would allow you to take in all that Dubrovnik has to offer. Since you had a full day at your disposal, I realized that the best thing to do is to split the tour in two so you could rest and avoid the crowds. Thanks again and best regards, Tom
Amanda BattmanUnited Kingdom
Tom is just great. Our group of 8 were captivated by him throughout our tour. Dispite never having seen an pisode of Game of Thrones we all vowed to watch at least one episode. Dubrovnik was a complete surpise to us all and we loved it! Tom made the history of the city come alive. He totally deserves his Tours by Locals awards.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amanda! I have thoroughly enjoyed touring with your group as well. I was happy to share my knowledge about my hometown and was thrilled to see that my enthusiasm with Dubrovnik was contagious. It is also nice to hear that your visit to Dubrovnik has affected your decision to start watching my favorite show, the Game of Thrones. I hope that watching the show will remind you of the good times we shared during this tour. Best regards, Tom
Frederick K.Shreveport,, LA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fred, Thanks! Best regards, Tom
Margaret CollinsUnited States
Tom's tour was informative, tailored to our wishes, and humor filled. I'd recommend him highly to anyone interested in a tour of Dubronik.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peggy, Thank you. It is great to hear that Dwight and you enjoyed the time in Dubrovnik, in spite of the weather (which could have been much better). I hope that your tour to Montenegro and Bosnia on following day was equally interesting and humor filled. Best regards, Tom
Karin LehotskyBainbridge Island, WASHINGTON, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karin!
Anthony CohenUnited States
Tom was a superb guide. His knowledge of Dubrovnik and GOT tours was fantastic. Our 22 year old son said the tour "exceeded his expectations". Tom is always happy and adjusting the schedule if necessary to meet everyone's needs. His recommendations were excellent. We recommend Tom to anyone that wants to tour Dubronik for any type of tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for this kind review. Please extend my regards to your lovely family. Tom
Marty CalihanUnited States
Tom is very highly recommended for the Dubrovnik Experience Tour. He was knowledgeable and interesting regarding every topic we brought up. He was willing to go totally "off script" as much as we wanted him to (which was most of the time) and talk about Balkan/Yugoslavian/Croatian/Dubrovnik history. His education in history is clear, but he was unusually good in describing how economic forces had driven a lot of historical developments.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for these kind words Marty. I doubt that I have ever delivered the same tour twice in my entire career as a tour guide as the story about Dubrovnik/Croatia/ex-Yugoslavia can be told from several different perspectives depending on which topic is most interesting for the traveler. I must say that your questions and have helped to steer the tour and I'm glad that the outcome was more than satisfactory. Best regards, Tom
Lisa ConnerUnited States
Tomislav gave a 5 out of 5 tour to our family group of 8 in Dubrovnik. He was so competent and his English so superb that his humor translated perfectly. When we walked past a restaurant at the end of our tour a group stood and clapped for him and shouted adulation - it was his morning tour J. Best guide we ever had and we spoke fondly of him the rest of the week we were in Europe. Lisa Conner.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this great review Lisa! You were a fun crowd to tour with and it was a pleasure to meet you. Give my regards to the rest of the family. Tom
Elizabeth NortonNew Zealand
Tom was entertaining and informative. We never felt rushed. He has a great command of the English language and has a feel for explaining history that included humour and facts and kept us all engaged for the 5 hours we were with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Elizabeth, Thank you very much for this wonderful review. I hope that the drive back to Podgora went smoothly as our Dubrovnik tour. Enjoy the rest of your Croatian holiday and give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Ciara ColemanUnited Kingdom
We were met at the cruise port and the van was very comfortable. Tom was a fantastic guide and tailored a tour for us especially, taking all our requests (e.g. trying local wines and oysters) and wishes into account and creating a custom tour for us. He was also happy to take photos and videos for us so we would all be included (there were 6 in the group!). He was so friendly and easy to chat to and knew SO much about the history of Dubrovnik and also Game of Thrones trivia and locations about the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ciara, Thank you so much for this great review. I am glad that my suggestions worked out for everyone and that I assisted in arranging a perfect Dubrovnik tour for you. Keep on watching the GOT for few other familiar points from the show. Tom
Gary MurphyUnited Kingdom
What a man! What Tomislav doesn't know about Dubrovnik is not worth knowing! This was a fantastic time spent in his company and we feel we really know a lot more about this wonderful city and its history. He conducted tour in a very friendly way and was open on anything we wanted to do and wether it was worth looking at etc. He was very professional and a credit to your company. Although we toured on worst weather possible with rain and hail, we managed to complete walls prior to it getting too bad!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gary. I am glad that I managed to make up for the lousy weather that we've been experiencing during our tour. However, thanks to weather we were fully able to explore the full potential of Dubrovnik museums which gave you the perfect insight in rich history of Dubrovnik. Give my regards to your lovely wife. Tom
Robert ZerdenUnited States
Tomislav is that perfect combination of very fun and incredibly informative. We saw Dubrovnik from an insiders perspective and left our tour with both a real love of the town, and an in-depth understanding of their tumultuous history. Highly, highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, Thank you. I must say that I also enjoyed your company and am extremely glad to hear that my services helped you to fully experience what Dubrovnik stands for and what it really has to offer. It is, as we all agreed, the place which one leaves with a firm decision to return again. Give my regards to your lovely wife. Tom
Ginny van HespenUnited States
I had wanted to visit Dubrovnik for years. Tom helped me realize a visit that exceeded my great expectations. He communicated ahead of time to help plan our time schedule. He is eminently qualified to give a historical tour of Dubrovnik, but he is creative enough to make lively and interesting commentary on the long-ago past and the present. He gave us a great recommendation on a local's lunch venue after our tour, where we could get Sporki Makaruli. I give 5 stars to Tom and to the city of Dubrovnik.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ginny, I am really happy with the commentary you provided regarding my services. I always say that the best way of understanding a country is to try it's food and I'm really happy that a simple dish such as Sporki Makaruli spoke volumes about Dubrovnik and Croatia (with my little historic contribution :-). Give my regards to your co-travellers. Tom
Wayne YoshigaiUnited States
Tomislav gave us an excellent overview walking tour of Dubrovnik that included highlights of several museums. He also showed us sights of the city that we would never have found on our own. And he gave us an very interesting explanation of the role of the city throughout history and his personal perspective of the recent war. We wanted to get a local's perspective of the city and its history and got that and much more. We highly recommend Tomislav!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Wayne! I hope that you found my suggestions on what to do while in Dubrovnik area useful. Best regards, Tom
Elaine BarrettUnited States
Tom was fantastic. It was very hot that day and he made sure we found a little shade and had water while we were walking on the wall. He knows all the history of Dubrovnik. Knew a great place to buy replicas of the famous buttons of ancient class system. He found a great place for lunch too. So thoughtful and even got us on the right but to make it back to our ship. Elaine Barrett September, 2015
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Elaine. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Sam SotoodehUnited States
Very professional, flexible and accommodating. Went above and beyond. Will definitely use him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sam, It will be a privilege to arrange another unforgettable Dubrovnik holiday for you. I just hope that you'll have a chance to stay a bit longer next time so you can fully enjoy what Dubrovnik region has to offer. Tom
Theodore HoskinsonUnited States
Tom was very knowledgeable and informative. He was more than willing to tailor our tour to our specific desires. We were able to get a real sense of the town. I would highly recommend him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ted!
Rose EdwardsNew South Wales, 2795, Australia
Tomislav was one of the best guides we have ever encountered, he was prompt, professional , knowledgeable , kind and considerate. We loved his enthusiasm and was so well prepared for our Game of Thrones and old city tour. it was an absolute pleasure to be guided by Tomislav, its an experience we will remember for a long long time. If you are considering booking a tour in Dubrovnik dont look past Tomislav, you will have the best guide ever. Thank you Tomislav, you have made our memories very special
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this kind comment Rose. Best regards, or better yet Valar Morghulis :-) Tom
Rosemary MadiaUnited States
Tom was outstanding! Not only did we see the sights of Dubrovnik, but his Game of Thrones knowledge was staggering! We saw so much in a short amount of time, enjoyed a picnic lunch by the waterfront, climbed up to the fortress, saw where scenes of GoT were filmed and he filled our minds with the history of the town. He also made a reservation at a restaurant that two in our party enjoyed immensely. We highly recommend Tom for any tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rosemary, I am glad that everything worked out fine. Give my regards to the boys. All the best! Tom
Janet H.United States
I am so happy I booked Tom for our tour of Dubrovnik! He is so knowledgeable in so many areas. I don't think there was a question he couldn't answer! We learned so much from him - but in such an enjoyable way. I had never used Tours by Locals before, and although I'm sure Tom is one of the best, I will definitely look for them in other locations. Thanks Tom for a wonderful tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Janet. It is always nice to hear such praises about the quality of my tours. I assure you that you won't go wrong if you continue using ToursByLocals in the future as most of my colleagues are skilled professionals whose performance is evaluated regularly. Best regards, Tom
Alexandra BeasleyUnited States
Just back from shore excursion tour in Dubrovnik with Tomislav. He was on time and flexible about sights to see and how much of the wall to walk. Knowledgeable about facts and history - spent some museum time and as he's a sommelier we did some wine tasting on a beautiful outdoor restaurant patio - restaurant owned by a friend of his. A church wedding and music was just across from us making for many wonderful memories! Thank you, Tomislav!! Alexandra
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Alexandra, The wine tasting and the wedding party provided a perfect ending of a perfect tour. I hope that the rest of your cruising holiday was as enjoyable as our tour that day. I raise my glass until we meet again. Cheers! Tom
Randall W.United States
Tomislav made our trip to Dubrovnik and Cavtat a wonderful experience. Our group consisted of 7 adults and he was able to maintain a dialogue with all of us as we toured. Tomislav was prepared for all the areas we toured and covered everything we asked him to. I have no reservations in recommending him to other tourists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Randy, Give my regards to the rest of the family. Tom
John KadorWinfield, PA, United States
Tomislav is clearly one of the best tour guides out there. Not only does he know his stuff, but he enjoys being a tour guide. Tom went out of his way to make our experience relaxing, enjoyable, educational, and entertaining. He knows when to speak and he knows when to let the experience speak for itself. We felt we were in excellent hands. We can offer Tomislav a total recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John, It means really a lot to me to hear that everything worked out fine for you and your group, especially because of different preferences of each group member. I must say that I also enjoyed your company and that touring with you was a rewarding experience. Thanks again for a great review.
Geraldine AlpertUnited States
The tour was excellent and Tomas was extremely knowledgeable, charming and considerate. Wonderful experience.
Joseph BickweatUnited States
Tom is a great guide, he has a passion for the history of his city and country and is excellent at expressing it. I traveled with my mother that had some physical limitations and he was able to design a tour that limited the number of steps (not easy to do in a medieval city) and paced in a way that allowed her to fully enjoy her time without it being too exhausting while. After the official tour he found a nice café for my mother and walked with me for 30 extra mins and showed be where to walk the wall.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joe, Thank you for this wonderful review. Please extend my regards to your mother. All the best, Tom
We enjoyed the Game of throne and Dubrovnik tour very much . He had a book with images and took us to the places where key scenes were shot. We also learnt about the history of Dubrovnik and how various empires ruled Dubrovnik. We took an extra tour to Lokum islands with Tom as the ferry was running - but Lokum does not have many GOT spots . its worth doing this part only if the weather is warm and you will stay longer at the beautiful Lokum island post tour ( the ferry costs 100 kn pp )
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sangeeta, Thank you for this kind review. I am sorry to hear that the island of Lokrum wasn't appealing enough for you, but that is the question of preference. Please extend my warmest regards to your family. Tom
Christopher SimkinsUnited Kingdom
Tom's tour was fantastic. He's a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to the history of Dubrovnik, Croatia and The Balkans (and probably beyond!) and we learned so much in the hours we spent with him. He also seems to know quite a bit about football! As someone who has an obvious love for the City and was there with his family at the age of 11 when it was being shelled during the war of independence he also brings a particular and personal perspective. We can't recommend him highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lyn & Chris, Thank you so much for these kind words. I am happy to hear that my tour has upgraded your experience of Dubrovnik and I hope to see you again in near future. Best regards, Tom
Absolutely loved Dubrovnik, what a spectacular city!! Loved our walk along the city wall, Tom was very informative and friendly! Tom took us to a wonderful little wine bar for a wine tasting & some snacks. He also took us to a jeweller who demonstrated how to make hand made silver jewellery; explaining the history of the buttons, what they represented and that they were offered to the bride to be when proposing marriage!! Excellent day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ann, Thank you for this great review. I am glad to hear that my tour (along with tasting the local wines and the demonstration of traditional local crafts) has made your visit to Dubrovnik a memorable experience. I hope to see you again soon. Best regards, Tom
Michael FriedlanderUnited States
Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable and pleasant guide. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michael, I hope that your tour in Montenegro (as well as the rest of the cruising holiday) had been equally enjoyable. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Norman GrimesUnited States
Tom was a wonderful tour guide. He immediately made us feel welcome. It started to pour down rain toward the end of our tour. Tom went beyond the call of duty to see us safely back to our ship. He even rode on the bus back with us to assure we got back safely and on time. He took us to a great local restaurant for a delicious taste of the local cuisine. We also were given the opportunity to taste some of the local wines and beer. We would highly recommend this tour with Tom. The wall was amazing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Norman, Thank you for this nice review. Trust me, the downpour that we experienced on that day was not something you can see here often so I had to make sure that you get back on the ship in the most orderly fashion. Anyway, I am pleased to hear that the lousy weather hasn't affected your experience of my hometown. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Dorothy M.United States
Tom met us on time as planned and everything went smoothy. He is extremely knowledgeable about social and political history. We had a great tour and he is a very enjoyable person with whom to spend the time. The four of us highly enjoyed his tour and we learned so much!! Dorothy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dorothy, Thank you for this wonderful review. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Beverly KeitzUnited States
By the end of our tour with Tom we had a thorough knowledge of the history of Dubrovnik and an appreciation of the influence of the various conquering cultures on the City. Coming from the U.S. we are awed by the site of an ancient city that is, for the most part, as it has been for thousands of years. Tom identified important sites and seamlessly interwove history with practical life through the centuries leaving us with a vision of what life must have been like for those who lived there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Beverly, Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad to hear that my tour helped you truly experience the medieval Dubrovnik and I hope that I will be seeing you again in Dubrovnik in near future. Best regards, Tom
Sandy SchovanecUnited States
Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandy, Give my regards to the rest of the family. Tom
Calvin LamUnited States
Tom is very knowledgeable on history and facts. Pleasant personality. We definitely recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Enrique, I hope that you and your family enjoyed their holidays in Dubrovnik, Bosnia and Montenegro. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
Scott MarkstromUnited States
Tomislav was able to give a long and detailed tour, even with a bum ankle. He truly gave us a great tour, even though he thought his ankle was slowing us down. No need to rush through Dubrovnik, a slower pace allowed us to enjoy this great city even more. From sharing history to Game of Thrones tidbits, we have been convinced to come back to Dubrovnik again. Book Tomislav with confidence. If you are getting off a cruise ship, trust me, the video wall to meet is easy to find. Tomislav, Thank-you!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Scott, Thank you very much for this kind review. I am glad that everything worked out fine considering the fact that my injury slowed the pace of the tour. You were fun crowd to tour with and I would be happy to welcome you in my city again in the future. Tom
Samir NajiDublin 6, DUBLIN, Ireland
Outstanding tour. Detailed historical knowledge. All put in context. Friendly and enthusiastic !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Samir, I must say that I had a great time touring with you and Orla and I hope that the rest of your Croatian holiday will be as peaceful and enjoyable as our afternoon in Dubrovnik. Please say hello to Orla for me. Kindest regards, Tom
Peter FilmerUnited Kingdom
Tom was an excellent guide with very good knowledge of Dubrovnik and its history and also excellent English. He was very easy to understand and gave us a very clear and enlightened guide to this lovely city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sarah and Peter, Thank you for your kind comment. I sincerely hope that the rest of your Croatian holiday was equally enjoyable. Give my regards to the rest of the family. Best regards, Tom
Donna SamsUnited States
5 star rating. Excellent guide and very knowledgable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Donna, It was a pleasure touring with you. Give my regards to the rest of the group. Tom
William GangiUnited States
Tomislav deserves 5 stars on all counts. He is knowledgeable, not only about Dubrovnik but general knowledge, culture and politics, European and in the United States. He is personal with a great sense of humor. And he is patient and very aware of his clients' needs. My wife and I highly recommend his services when one visits Dubrovnik.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pat&Bill, Thank you for this kind comment. It was a real treat having you as my clients for these two days. Give my regards to Frank, Marie and the rest of your friends that toured with me a year ago. Best regards, Tom
Beverly JohnsonUnited States
Tomislov was fun and knowledgeable. "Tom" was raised in Dubrovnik and, as a former history teacher, he explained the complicated history of the region and took us on a tour of the old town. My husband uses a wheelchair but wouldn't let him help. When he sensed that my husband was tired he suggested that we stop for some wine tasting. He seems to know everyone in town and we receive the royal treatment from the proprietor. We had so much fun. Bev Johnson, So. Lake Tahoe, CA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bev! Give my regards to Chuck! Happy holidays!
Tammy TenagliaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tammy, Say hello to your husband for me. Tom
Exceptional tour by an exceptional guide. He adjusted the tour according to the needs of the participants (we are a little older and the weather was extremely hot) and the information and insights he provided were outstanding. We would book this tour again in a heartbeat. You couldn't do true justice to Dubrovnik without a guide (and his Game of Thrones knowledge was fabulous and appreciated by our group).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Anita, I am pleased to hear that the tour was satisfactory. I admit that it was a bit difficult to move around the city walls in this heat, but the experience of the Dubrovnik would not be the same without the visit to its ancient ramparts. Anyway, I would like to congratulate you for this effort and I hope that you had enough time to rest. Give my regards to Paul, Joe and Becky
The tour was very good. My group were all pleased with the information shared and time Tom spent with us. Tom's perspective was very moving, having lived within the city during the 1990 seige.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Al, Thank you for your kind comment. Please give my regards to your wife and the rest of the group. I wish you all the best, Tom
Earle ComptonUnited States
"Tom" was an excellent tour guide, highly educated about the history surrounding Dubrovnik, and extremely personable. The Dubrovnik story is fascinating and the tour above the city on its walls as well as along its streets and alleys was spectacular. Tom's stories kept us spellbound, from ancient tales of the struggles to keep the Venetians at bay, to more modern events with his boyhood account of living in Dubrovnik during the Serbian siege in 1991/92. He was also helpful in setting up transportation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Earle, Thank you. I hope that the rest of your cruising holiday was as nice and pleasant as the tour in Dubrovnik. Best regards Tom
Excellent tour guide for Dubrovnik! We thoroughly enjoyed Tom's tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shirley, Thank you. I tried to make up for lousy weather that we've been experiencing during the tour and I hope that I succeeded ;-) Anyway, I must say that I also enjoyed your company. All the best, Tom