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Tours By Locals

#13 of 260 Tours in Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan
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Enjoy a private tour of Kyoto with the experienced, insightful, English-speaking guides at ToursByLocals. Half-day, full-day and multi-day tours available. All itineraries fully customizable; enjoy experiencing the cultural wonders of Kyoto with a local expert, at your own pace.
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Ron G wrote a review Dec 2020
Chicago, Illinois25 contributions18 helpful votes
We had originally booked a Tour to Madagascar. We(my wife and I) have always wanted to go there. The Tour was booked for March 30th. Of course as everyone has gone through a similar experience, the Pandemic brought all international travel to a screeching halt. Tours by locals changed their policy for last second cancellations and allowed us to receive a full refund. We waited till June and almost booked, only to have Madagascar delay opening. Sometimes you can’t go against the Will Of the World. The whole time we were communicating with Daniel the local guide and Tours. We rebooked for the end of October, and then three days before I got Covid myself. Tours allowed us to delay the Tour. We rebooked and were lucky enough to have a free exchange with Ethiopian Airlines. We were set to go Dec. 4th and found out a few days before Madagascar had shut their border to 14 countries, including the US. After opening in October, they decided to control their flow of passengers. We were able to switch our flight to Kenya, since we already had a negative Covid test to enter. Tours by locals found us a local guide in Mombasa. We went on a three day Safari tour with Tanke Tours. It went great. Tours refunded us the difference within 48 hours. They always communicated with us, answered our calls and concerns, and were flexible with the changes that took place. They found us a great Tour guide, and reached out to her directly to set up. Needless to say when we can go back to Madagascar, we will be booking with the same local guide through Tours by Locals. It is worth the price for the service they provide in this turbulent travel time for people looking to venture out.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Teresa O wrote a review Nov 2020
Winnipeg, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
I honestly had a great experience with Tours by Locals. I booked a virtual tour in Kyoto for a friend’s birthday, but mistakenly chose the wrong date (due to time difference). When I called them to make a change, they were super friendly and helpful.Inthe end, everything worked out and we had the sweetest tour guide who made my friends birthday special. Thank you Tours By Local! Keep up the amazing customer service!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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DodgeWandering wrote a review Aug 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia85 contributions75 helpful votes
We did a virtual tour with Gulay since we cannot travel due to the pandemic. This virtual tour was a nice alternative to not being able to travel internationally. Gulay took us to a beautiful shrine, telling us about the history of it and taking part in the rituals so we could do so vicariously. We invited two of my daughters' friends to join us on the tour, and Gulay was engaging and answered all of the kids' questions. I recommend turning your own video off so you can see the tour guide's extra large.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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keilder wrote a review Mar 2020
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom96 contributions45 helpful votes
We spent a wonderful two days with Meiko exploring beautiful Kyoto. Her knowledge of the city is excellent. She knows exactly what buses, trams and trains to take around the city. No wasted time meant that we saw an amazing amount in two days. Meiko took us to great places for lunch that we would never have found by ourselves. She adjusted the itinerary to include sites that we wanted to visit and provided detailed and fascinating information. It was a pleasure to spend time with Meiko. Highly recommended
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Date of experience: March 2020
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H&L - Sydney wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia2 contributions4 helpful votes
Excellent! This tour is a must to begin to understand the various elements of Japanese gardens, Highly recommended no matter how many gardens you have.seen before. Andrew was a highly knowledgeable and engaging guide. The walking level was easy, and pace relaxed, with the benefit of seeing a variety of gardens. This was the best guided tour we have done. H&L Sydney Australia
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Date of experience: February 2020
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