I am 39 and I am mother of 2 children, 11 & 8.
I had a degree in Tourism from the Bordeaux University and a guiding license in 2003. I have started to work as a tour leader in western Europe before coming back to my birth place and starting my business as a local guide.
I am also a licensed private driver (VTC in France with a up to date license) with a 8 passengers people mover. You will save money as I do not need to rent a car with driver. I will be your guide and your driver at the same time !
I am know to be the smallest guide around Bordeaux but I swear you will have 1. 50m of concentrated enthuisiasm and good humour ! ''
I'm a licensed guide offering private tours in Bordeaux and Cognac areas. I cannot wait to welcome you in the heart of Bordeaux wineries and Cognac distilleries, in my beautiful city of Bordeaux which has recently topped the most attractive destinations listed by Lonely Planet guide!
To complete my initial training program, I passed different trainings regarding wine tasting skills and Cognac tasting skills. What was only supposed to be only extending a range of skills quickly turned out to be a passion! And I am now one of the most multi-skilled and adaptable tour guide on the market !
I provide tours in English and French. I offer different tours in Bordeaux, in Bordeaux wineries including Saint-Emilion and Cognac vineyards. If you are ready to get a bit of mud on your shoes but having a real and authentic experience in our region, I am your guide !
My goal is to let you have an experience off the beaten tracks and to make your travel unique.
I will always do my best to provide you an unforgettable trip in my region by customizing my tours depending on your interests and expectations. So don't be surprised if I ask so many questions after you contacted me. . . I just try to get to know you better and to make sure that my offer will match at best what you expect!
I am looking forward to welcoming you in Bordeaux or in Cognac!
See you soon
Cheers ! ''
** Health Warning: Drink with moderation, excessive drinking is harmful to health.
The excessive consumption of alcohol limits your capacity to operate machinery and can cause harm to your health and family - the sale of some tours described here is prohibited for those younger than 18 years old
** Legal terms : Under no circumstances may I be held liable for any transport delays due to circumstances beyond my control such as road works, traffic jams, terrorist attack, riot, train, flight, boat cruise delay etc. . . The vehicle and I have documents aboard which are required by french law for the service to proceed smoothly. Seat belts must be worn both in the front and back seats during the whole drive.
In accordance with the french law : consumption of alcoholic beverages and smoking in my vehicle is strictly forbidden.
Claims or litigation related to my services must be presented within 8 days from the end of the service. In case of litigation, the Saintes Commercial court (Charente-Maritime, France) is the only one to be qualified.
A Recent Review of this guide
Marie is an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and friendly. Everything organised perfectly and went smoothly. We visited some of the smaller cognac distilleries and had a different perspective and wonderful time.
** Graduation in Tourism 2000
** Tour Guide Licence (Guide Conférencier) 2001 - Awarded by Cultur and tourism ministries
** Transport license 2012 - VTC - (only way to be transported on a tour respecting french rules)
** WSET Level 2 (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) 2015
** Wine tasting training with Bordeaux Interprofessional wine Council 2017
** Cognac tasting training with ORECO 2018
*Licensed guide but not travel agency (cannot include tastings, lunch and entrances fees in the rate)
* Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please consume in moderation
* In case of litigation, the Saintes Commercial court is the only one to be qualified