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Tours by Locals

4.7 | Excellent
  • 92% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 2008
Headquarters
  • Vancouver, Canada, North America
Trips
  • 5

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Tours by Locals Reviews & Ratings 92% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
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Tour Reviews

L

Does Not Recommend

Tour was cancelled by the company September 2019

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I booked with Tours by Locals on Jan. 31, 2019. We were on a cruise out of New York City. We were due to arrive back to port in the morning and booked this to fill our day before we flew out in the evening. Two days before our tour I received an email that our guide was no longer available and they would try to find another. They didn't and cancelled our tour that had been booked for almost 9 months.
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M

Recommends

absolutely WONDERFUL! July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Reynier in Havana, Cuba made our 2 days in Havana amazing!!! He was absolutely WONDERFUL! Knowledgeable, always full of interesting information, places to see, things to do. Worth every single penny spent. Would recommend him to everybody who is going to Havana.
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SD

Recommends

Anastasia from St Petersburg Russia is amazing. July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Anastasia from St Petersburg Russia is amazing. Unforgettable St Petersburg is exactly what Anastasia and our driver delivered. Very easy to find one another after disembarking our cruise ship. Anastasia was ready for all our demands. She is very knowledgeable and took her time to answer all our crazy questions. We highly recommend Anastasia for a tour. She is nothing short of amazing. Every landmark we went to was even more beautiful than we could have imagined. My dream truly came true with Anastasia. Wish we had more time.
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K

Recommends

wonderful tour and vacation! June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a Rome by Night tour and this tour was by far our favorite part of our trip to Rome! Dino was incredibly personable and knowledgeable about every aspect of our trip. He and our driver, Andre, were at our hotel promptly at 9:15 and he had put thought into which sights would be best to see right at sunset. He was flexible and willing to show us an additional spot that we showed interest in... To top it all off, he was great at photography and took many great pictures of us to remember this wonderful tour and vacation!
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Recommends

I had the most amazing experience with Tours By Locals! November 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had the most amazing experience with Tours By Locals! My husband and I recently visited Iguazu Falls in Argentina 11/3/17. Our guide Marcelo, was on time picking us up at our hotel and took us on a complete tour of the falls and was extremely knowledgeable of all surrounding flora and fauna.He spoke at least 4 languages (now also learning Korean) and was a fun and interesting person to spend time with. We booked a tour that was to take us to both sides of the falls but we were unable to obtain a visa for Brazil. Tours By Locals refunded part of the fee to compensate the shorter tour.I would highly recommend Tour By Locals. The entire day was enjoyable and hassle-free...Well worth the money! A big thank you to Marcelo for the most excellent day in Iguazu Falls!
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Recommends

it was just amazing July 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I took a tour with Pamela Brefon in Paris and it was just amazing. She knows a lot about the city's history and also about modern parisian life, so the blend of the two was just perfect. I can't imagine seeing Paris for the first time any other way.
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Stride Review

Vancouver based Tours by Locals was founded in 2008 out of a desire to connect travelers with true locals who could provide a unique point of view of their country, city, or region.

What Makes Tours by Locals Stand Out?

Many tour operators tout the opportunity to travel with “local guides”. Tours by Locals takes it a step further - actually offers the opportunity for locals to learn how to be guides, and earn certification to show off their town, city, and country.

Travelers will get a truly local view of the destination, from people who live and work there every day. Their guides go through a rigorous vetting and training process. All tours are private, so it’s just your group and your guide, making it the perfect day tour activity for families or couples. Tours are pre-existing but can be customized and tailored to your interests.  

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Tours by Locals?

Travelers seeking an authentic view into a city or country through the eyes of a local will most enjoy this tour experience. Their tours are typically day tours lasting between 3 and 6 hours. They are an excellent option for arranging a day tour during a port stop on a cruise.

While you have some input over what you want to see and do - and will communicate with your guide prior to the tour, this kind of experience is best suited to travelers who really want a local and authentic view.

This can sound wonderful, but might be disappointing, especially since the term “local view” can mean a few different things. If you want to see classic sights and learn about the history of the destination, make sure your Tours by Locals guide can satisfy these interests.

Top Destinations

They have local guides around the world, covering almost every continent. Tours by Locals are especially popular for cruise destinations in Europe.

Tours by Locals Travel Style

The Tours by Locals travel style is your travel style! Part of the benefit of having a private tour is the ability to have input over your experience.

The guides are flexible and willing to help you see what you want to see.

Why Choose a Tour with Tours by Locals?

Spending a day with Tours by Locals is akin to meeting a friend or family member to show you around. Except instead of a potentially begrudging tour guide for the day, they’re actually excited to introduce you to their country.

You will be in contact with you guide directly to setup your experience, all the way through to when you meet them in country. It’s an excellent way to get to know a place from a local point of view.

Their guides usually speak numerous languages, and each guide has a dedicated profile page, ratings and reviews by travelers.

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From Tours by Locals

ToursByLocals is made up of a group of dedicated professionals based out of Vancouver, Canada, who are committed to changing the relationship between travelers and the local people who deliver travel services.

Company Story:

The spark for ToursByLocals was struck during a trip we (Canadians Paul Melhus and Dave Vincent), made to China in June of 2006.

While we were in Beijing, we were determined to make it to the Great Wall. Time constraints meant we could't adhere to the fixed schedules of the bus tours, and they were all headed to the most touristy section of the wall, which really didn't appeal to our more independent style of traveling.

A local travel agent came up with a solution: a private driver would take us to the wall, wait while we explored, then return us to Beijing Airport in time for our flight. We wouldn't have a guide, but at least we'd get to see the wall! Upon our arrival at Simatai, we were quickly joined by two local women who began giving us an impromptu and surprisingly thorough tour of the Wall's history. Of course this sort of exchange did not come without strings: at the end of their 'tour' the women wanted to sell us souvenirs. An awkward exchange followed and we ended up feeling obligated to buy things we really didn't want.

What if conditions had been different? What if these women had a proper way to connect with travelers and share their expert knowledge in a way that left both parties happier?

What was missing was a reliable way to bring local people with their knowledge and expertise together with travelers who are looking for an authentic cultural experience. Shortly after coming home from that trip, we began to put together a plan for what such a service would look like. We needed to design a platform that would be reliable, trustworthy and simple for both guides and travelers to use.

In November 2008, www.toursbylocals.com was launched out of our offices in Vancouver, BC. Today our network has grown to include 1645 guides working in 134 countries around the world. We remain committed to the goal of connecting travelers with local guides everywhere that people want to go.

Mission:

ToursByLocals provides private tours for travelers through our carefully selected network of local tour guides, each of whom is keen to share their knowledge, experience and expertise.

The travelers we serve want to do unique things, experience the reality of a place and see its culture through the eyes of a local person. They are 'sensibly curious', socially conscious and value seeing their travel spending directly benefit the people who live in the communities they visit.

Our guides are entrepreneurial, passionate people proud of the place they live. Through them, we are able to offer a variety of tours, including unusual tours that reflect differing interests. We're committed to helping our guide partners be successful and have an active program to search out and qualify new tour guides, to train them on our system and business principles and to work with them to develop our tour offerings.

We are the 'merchant of record' for each tour sold and handle marketing, booking and payment processing, customer service and payments

The ToursByLocals website offers many tours that can be purchased 'off the shelf', however each can be customized to fit a traveler's specific needs. We showcase the personality and skill of each guide while providing for consistent elements between tour offerings - pricing is per tour, not per person, payment in advance and other standardized policies. We have a team of 'Customer Experience Specialists' in Vancouver, London and Delhi who are on hand 24/7 to help, in case problems arise.

Our mission is to provide high quality private tours everywhere people travel. We work every day towards that goal.

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