Xavier is great! We thoroughly enjoyed a walking tour of Old Quebec, sprinkled with Xavier's extensive knowledge of history and architecture. He met us at our hotel and tailored the entire experience to what we were looking for, checking several times throughout to be sure our expectations were being met. This included the hot chocolate others reviewers have mentioned, which is spectacular and not to be missed. We are already planning a return visit and will definitely choose to tour with Xavier again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Peter. It was a pleasure to guide you both and I'm glad you'll come back and I'll guide you again. We already saw the highlights of Quebec City, like the Parliament, Château Frontenac, cathedrals, Petit Champlain... next time we'll go off the beaten track. There's so much things to discover in Old Quebec and surroundings.
Sabrina MurphyUnited States
He was exceptional. Xavier taught us an incredible amount of Quebec City history, and it was fascinating. He was smart, funny, and accommodating. We really enjoyed having him show us around. I was also glad that he customized the tour to the pace we were comfortable with--pretty fast through some sections; pretty thorough through others. We spent three hours with him, and we feel like we have a friend for life. We will return soon. We cannot thank him enough. Mark
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark (and Sabrina of course). It was nice to guide you both with your daughters in Old Quebec. I'm glad you notice I adapted the pace and also I gave more details when I saw you were more interested about some parts of Quebec City's history or patrimony.
Cheryl MulvehillEvans, GEORGIA, United States
By far one of the best decision for our vacation was selecting Tours by Locals and the next best was having Xavier as our guide. He made our first day in Quebec City not only memorable but so informative. He was patient, he made sure we were comfortable, he took us on a great tour that covered so many sites and best of all he introduced us to Poutine and the BEST hot chocolate any of us have EVER had!! He loves what he does and he is proud of his city and it showed. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cheryl, Patrick. Thank you for this amazing review. It was a pleasure to guide your family. As I always say : travellers have half responsibility in the success of a tour. The other half in Winter... it's the hot chocolate it seems! Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed my private winter walking tour during Winter Carnaval.
Irene L.United States
This is our second visit to Quebec City and my husband and I used Xavier both times for our tour. This time we were a family group of 9 adults and 1 baby, so with a personal tour, Xavier was able to be very flexible. It was a snowy day so we were able to duck in and out as we needed to. He has a great understanding of the history of Quebec so we saw most of the historic sights. He also took us to an incredible chocolate shop for hot cocoa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Irene. It was a pleasure to guide you for a second time and this time with your family. The hot cocoa had a huge responsibility in the success of this tour !
David JephsonUnited Kingdom
We learned so much more than we expected. Xavier is a superb guide. He has an excellent command of his topic and is happy to discussed local politics and culture. If you want a local guide and are interested in the history of Quebec City then Xavier has to be your first choice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David for the review and rating. I'm glad you enjoyed your private tour dedicated to military history of Quebec City and learned about the Canadian part of Seven Years War !
Tim HaggardUnited States
Xavier was on time, asked what we were looking to do and within 5 minutes had a great itinerary laid out. Never knew so much about Quebec and the surrounding areas. We did it all in 4 hours. Perfect time with a perfect guide. Very pleasant to talk with. 5 Stars...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Tim ! When you told me you wanted to see the locals, I knew where to go ! We saw different kind of neighbourhoods and how the city recently evolved.
Sue LifschizUnited States
We were most fortunate to have Xavier show us Quebec City and environs. Altho Italian by birth, his knowledge of the area and its history were amazing. He speaks English very clearly which helped us as we have hearing difficulties. He geared our tour to what we were most interested in seeing. In 4 hrs. we enjoyed beautiful autumn countryside, rural neighborhoods, a very thorough tour of Basilica of St. Anne, many historical monuments, the "old town" and learned so much from Xavier about local customs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Sue for this review and rating. I'm happy to read you enjoyed your private tour in Old Quebec and the Côte de Beaupré. *I'm Alsatian by birth, not Italian (but that's true I speak with my hands almost like an Italian). ;)
David BaumUnited States
Xavier was an amazing tour guide. Prompt, professional, well educated, a great communicator, he tailored a wonderful four hour tour to our tastes and interests. His enthusiasm is infectious and the scope of his knowledge is substantial. We enjoyed our time with him beyond words and we hope on our next visit to Quebec to hire hi again. He is within the top 3guides we have hired through tours by locals. Merci beaucoup Xavier. A bientot! Rocky and Dave
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci beaucoup David et Rocky. It was a pleasure to guide you in Quebec City and considering your travelling experience it's a real honour to be in your top 3. You know you're more than welcome to come back in Quebec City and Lévis. Thank you again for the lunch !
Susan G.United States
We could not have had a better guide than Xavier for our tour. He has a very engaging personality. His English is excellent and his knowledge of history is vast. He "interviewed" us to get a better idea of how to craft out tour and the result was an unforgettable afternoon in Old Quebec City. Do not hesitate to choose Xavier for your Old Quebec experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Susan and Gary. It's always a pleasure to guide nice travellers like you, especially when it's warm and sunny. And it's easy to make bonds between Quebec City and your city, Chicago.
Don WilliamsUnited States
Xavier took 4 of us and did just an outstanding job. His personal background (like being involved with making maple syrup} added a great deal to our trip. Anyone can use him and be insured of a fine time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Don for the review. I see you enjoyed the explanations at the sugar shack. It was a pleasure to guide you.
Betsy MitchellUnited States
Xavier was an outstanding guide who tailored our tour to our specific interests, was extremely well versed in history and the area, and was attentive and helpful. He offered us ideas on other things we might do during our time in Quebec and made suggestions for restaurants that turned out to be exactly right for us! We highly recommend Xavier and really appreciated his expertise and very engaging style. Thank you, Xavier, for a lovely morning together!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Betsy. I was happy to tailor a tour for you and I'm glad you enjoyed the restaurant I recommended. You're part of the success : you asked questions and told me many things about both of you. That gave me the opportunity to find the right themes and show you the things that I knew you'd enjoy.
Richard L.Ferntree Gully, VICTORIA, Australia
Xavier was an excellent guide. We really enjoyed our day in Quebec City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard !
Debra DevilleUnited States
Xavier was the BEST!! We had a diverse group of seven in terms of our interests and he was able to keep all of us engaged with his fascinating stories. I was in a walking boot and he kept the pace slow enough for me to keep up, yet covered every point of interest. We would highly recommend him and will look for him again when we return to Quebec City!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Debra ! Of course you're always welcome in Quebec City. I'm happy to read you'll return to Quebec City. I could guide you in the Old Suburbs or on the other side of the river, in Lévis.
William YakobovichUnited States
Xavier was a 5 out of 5. He was very knowledgeable especially on the history of Quebec and the battles fought there throughout the year. He also gave us a great restaurant for lunch that we would have never found on our own. It was a fabulous day!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci William. It was a pleasure to guide you. So far, nobody was disappointed by this restaurant, which is my favourite in Old Quebec.
J.d. MaynardUnited States
Xavier was a great guide. He arrived on time, announced he was completely flexible and that we could change our tour at any time. Then he proceeded to give a knowledgeable discussion of Quebec City and some of its outlying areas. He was quite personable and delightful overall. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci JD. It was a pleasure to guide you and Bob in the Old Suburbs of Quebec, Old Lévis and Old Lauzon.
Jie SongUnited States
Jeff LantosUnited States
As a history teacher I can vouch for the fact that Xavier is a terrific tour guide - knowledgeable, personable, insightful, witty and curious. My wife (also a history major) and I spent a delightful, fact-filled four hours with Xavier, and we can't imagine anyone doing a better job.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci beaucoup Jeff. It was a real challenge to guide you both: you had "deep" and meaningful questions. It has been a real pleasure for me to take up this challenge, especially because you already had a real understanding of the connected events in New England. I'm glad you enjoyed I added a Canadian piece to the puzzle of the complex American history.
Jill JingUnited States
Our family of 4 spent a full day with Xavier. We specifically requested an emphasis on history and architecture and he did not disappoint. It was like having a friend show you around only he knew much more than your friend would about the history and details of the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and appreciated that he kept it fun and upbeat for our girls ages 15 and 13. We highly recommend to all that want a fully packed overview of Quebec City in a day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Jill ! It was a pleasure to guide you. I hope to see you again this Winter, especially at the Hotel de Glace. Your oldest girl will probably be able to try the ice canoe !
Shari HollandUnited States
What a nice quiet day away from the tourists! Enjoyed every minute of our 3 hours. Xavier was so personable & easy to follow. Perfect tour for seeing authentic neighborhoods. Xavier pointed out good places to eat & drink. We took advantage & enjoyed some meals/beers away from the tourists. Very enjoyable walk away from all the festivals & activities. The areas he took us to felt more true to a normal life in Quebec City. He explained all about the history & workings of the areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Shari. It a was pleasure to guide you both in Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Saint-Roch and the Colline Parlementaire. I'm sure you have a better understanding of the local history and not only about the old city.
Paul BizzigottiUnited States
Xavier is great. Had the three hour tour, met us at our apartment. Knowledgeable and willing to mold the tour according to our wishes. Asked during the tour how it was going, which I thought was great. Would recommend him to anyone! My wife and I had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Paul, thank you for the review and rating. I like the challenge of tailoring the tour ! I'm glad you appreciated that.
Xavier brought Quebec's fascinating history to life in a knowledgable and captivating manner. He was also sensitive to our needs at all times Thank you so much Xavier. An unconditional recommendation Mike and Susie Steele Tasmania
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Mike and Susie. I was glad to guide you in Old Levis and Old Lauzon as well. Happy birthday and enjoy the Saint-Amour !
Janice BoggsUnited States
Excellent tour! We would definitely book again with Xavier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Janice it was a pleasure to guide you and Steve. You had a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing this.
Frank PoulinUnited States
Xavier led a great walking tour of historic Quebec City and the lower town for my family of five. He also did well making the tour interesting to our children, ages 9, 11, and 13, which can be a hard thing to do. Among the highlights was some research Xavier did on one of our relatives from many centuries ago. Also, after the tour, Xavier pointed us to a great restaurant, which turned out to be one of the best my family has ever visited. We highly recommend Xavier as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Frank, thank you for this rating and review. Thank you for sharing with me the information your father gathered about Claude Poulin. I suggest next time you come with your full family tree and not only with the name of the first settler. That way I can use your parentage as a timeline to explain which historical events affected who, who they probably met, etc. History will then have a much different flavour.
Courtney GodseyUnited States
Xaver is an excellent guide full of all sorts of historical knowledge about Quebec City. The other teachers and I really enjoyed it. The students were a little overwhelmed by all the information and I think next year we will go with a shorter tour just to keep their interest. We would highly recommend Xavier as a guide to Quebec City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Courtney, thank you for your feedback. I tried to provide a tour for the students (teenagers) and the teachers as well. It wasn't a complete success, sorry. I understood the boys were more interested about sports, unfortunately I wasn't able to make a lot of connections between Old Quebec and sport. Next time I'll more focus on ice canoeing for example.
Xavier was awesome. He was very informative on the history and culture of French Canadians. When I thought I lost something of value, he was very supportive and generous. I can't thank him enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Cathy! I was relieved to learn that you had lost nothing. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay.
Mark RoseUnited States
Great private tour personalized to what we wanted. Fun, entertaining, knowledgeable and energetic. Showed us places off the tourist map and gave us advice for other days and places to go. Knew the history of Quebec, Canada, us and world history inside and out- connected the history with the people and places without seeming like a canned lecture. Free flowing and fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Mark! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and appreciated I tailored the tour for you rather than having pre-set itineraries. I hope I'll guide you next time on the South shore.
Although the weather was cold and windy, Xavier gave us a great tour of the old historic parts of the city. He knew his history incredibly well and was able to share anecdotes on the various places we saw. This was our first guided tour and very well worth it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tim, thank you very much for your feedback and review. I'm glad you enjoyed your first private tour despite this cold weather (unusual for Spring!). I hope you'll enjoy the restaurants I recommended and the activities/museums too.
Emma AarnesUnited States
Xavier was a wonderful guide! We had a great time on our walking tour and learned a lot about Quebec City. Xavier was great at answering all our questions and curating the tour just for us and what we wanted to see (and when we wanted to step inside and be warm). We also had the chance to see him at the Ice Hotel for the behind the scenes tour there (a lovely coincidence) and he was just as lovely there. Thank you, Xavier!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Emma, thank you very much for the rating and review. It was a pleasure to guide you and your family. It was fun to see you at the Hotel de Glace too and I'm glad you enjoyed both of my tours : the winter walking tour in Old Quebec and the Behind the Scene at the Hotel de Glace.
Maryellen DonnellanUnited States
We had a WONDERFUL afternoon with Xavier. He took us all over the city, and shared the history, stories & culture that made Quebec really come alive. He asked what we wanted him to focus on (we're Irish American) so he included the Irish experience/contribution to Quebec City which we enjoyed. Xavier is warm, friendly & easy to be with.The time goes by quickly, and all 3 of us agreed it was a GREAT introduction to Quebec. Our weather was mild, but he'll take you inside for breaks between sites if cold.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Maryellen, thank you so much for your rating ! Indeed, you were lucky with the weather for February : a warm day (0˚C / 32˚F). It was a pleasure to guide you for a special winter tour. I hope you enjoyed my recommandation for the restaurant.
Susan PappertUnited States
It was a wonderful and informative tour! Xavier was great in explaining the history. We truly enjoyed morning!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan, it was a pleasure to guide you and your family ! Enjoy Quebec City !
Bruce MontgomeryUnited States
Xavier was very knowledgeable, very accommodating, and a very pleasant companion. He indulged us by speaking both in French (for me) and English (for my wife). His special interest in the military history of Quebec showed throughout our walk.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Bruce, c'était un plaisir de faire une visite bilingue ! I found informations about the Kensington Runestone, thanks for the clue.
Lauri RoyUnited States
We loved our tour and cannot say enough good things about Xavier! Great sense of humor, knowledgeable and very interesting guide. Wish we could have stayed longer! Would definitely book Xavier again! Thank you for the fantastic and memorable visit!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Lauri ! I really enjoyed guiding you, especially with the challenge to make believe your friends Bill reads and understands gaellic !
Jim FieldUnited States
A perfect tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jim. I'm happy there's no need to add anything else ! Thanks a lot !
John ConnollyUnited States
Xavier was a wonderful guide, very attentive to our particular interests. He will happily show you places that are off the beaten path, but is also extremely knowledgable about the "must see" historical sites in and around Quebec City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci John ! I hope I'll see you next winter for Winter Carnaval !
Ed KellyUnited States
Our guide was pleasant, professional, and knowledgeable. We had very poor weather (steady rain) but thoroughly enjoyed our time with Xavier. He was very considerate regarding the situation and concerned for our welfare. Great personality. ��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ed and Linda, you got the only rainy day of the week, sorry ! Thank you for your review and rating, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour even under the rain.
Bob BakerUnited States
Great tour. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him to anyone visiting the Quebec City area. Bob Baker
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob and Mary !
Joan HarrisonUnited States
Tours were exactly what we had hoped they would be. I felt he had tailored the tour somewhat to meet our interests. Both tours were excellent. He was very knowledgable and well organized, projected a clear, distinct voice that two clients with compromised hearing loss could hear and understand every word he spoke. He has a delightful personality. The pace was excellent and although we had stops when he wanted to discuss something in detail there was no lag. He was very professional and worthy of his fee
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Joan for your review and rating. This is the first I provide, for the same clients, 2 walking tours : the historical one and the military history tour. It was a challenge for me, for the first tour, to not talk at all about military history and to adapt the itinerary to avoid too much military sites we were going to see together the next day. I'm glad you appreciated the way I tailored the tours for you.
Mary Kathleen NolanUnited States
I recently was part of a small private tour given by Xavier of Quebec. We had taken another tour the day before. Xavier very ably adapted his tour so as not repeat that tour. He was very informative and very willing to go at whatever pace we found comfortable. I have no hesitation in giving Xavier an excellent recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Mary Kathleen, you precisely told me what you did the day before during your first tour : then it was easy for me to focus on parts of the city and themes which were new for you. Thank you for your rating and review !
Brilliant tour given by guide Xavier and driver Chuck today, very knowledgeable and informative about the history of Canada and Quebec, including visits to St Anne's Basilica, Montmorency waterfalls and Ile D'Orleans. Thanks again for a memorable day. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Quebec.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Helen, thank you very much for your rating. I really appreciated to guide your group of 8 Kiwis ! Thank you again for the Manuka honey !!!
Pam BaizeUnited States
Levi's was our second tour with Xavier, we really enjoyed walking around this historic town and learning the differences between Levi's and Quebec City.Our group would highly recommend this tour and Xavier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Pam ! As you said, Levis is different from Quebec City and I'm glad you enjoyed both !
Pam BaizeUnited States
This was our first experience with Tours by Locals. We were tired of the big excursions off the cruise ships and wanted to give this a try. Our first day in Quebec we had a tour with Xavier walking though Quebec City, it was great getting the personal attention, being able to hear what the guide was saying, and going at our own speed. Xavier gave us lots of historical details along with some fun ones. I'm pretty sure we got to see and learn way more on our walking tour than if we had been on that big bus!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pam. I'm glad your first experience with Tours by Locals was positive and you discovered what private tours offer.
Robert KingUnited States
He was just what we were seeking. Accommodated us in unusually cold weather. We saw all sites that we wanted - this required great flexibility on his part.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Bob ! Flexibility is one of the many advantages of private tours ! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour even with the cold weather.
Claire ShepherdUnited Kingdom
Lovely scenery and came away with a lot of goodies
Michael Gallipeohuntington beach, CA, United States
Xavier was a great guide. You tailors the tour to what you are interested in. History, art, military, etc. Tell him what you like and that is what you will get. He showed us parts of the city that were off the normal tourist sections of town. Loved it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci beaucoup Michael ! I'm glad you enjoyed the way I guide and the fact I adapt the itinerary and content depending on what you're interested in.
Beverly FinkUnited States
Excellent tour! It was a full day and I thought we'd have trouble filling the time. NO WAY! Xavier had such wonderful things to show us that the time flew by. We followed his suggestions and saw St Ann's Basilica, waterfalls and a commentary and highlights of the old city. Xavier had a great sense of humor and was so easy to relate to. I would go back to Quebec City for another tour with Xavier!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonsoir Beverly, thank you for your review and rating. You're welcome to come back in Quebec City, when you want ! I'll suggest Winter, February to enjoy our famous Winter carnaval and the Hotel de Glace. And I won't forget the DrPepper !
Harvey GalperUnited States
Xavier was very knowledgeable, considerate, pleasant to be with, and checked often to make sure that we enjoying the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Harvey, it was a pleasure to guide you and Alice.
Gail WadeUnited States
Xavier was excellent, very knowledgeable and informative.He was able to customize our tour to suit our interests.Wine tasti 's and city tour was fun! Great guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Gail, thank you for your review and rating. I'm glad you appreciated I customized the tour for you.
Katherine CerdaUnited States
Xavier is a wealth of information. He met us at the top of the Funicular since we were an afternoon tour, saving us a lot of walking. He was sensitive to what we had already seen on the "hop on hop off" bus and took us to places off the beaten track. Xavier was sensitive to what our interests were. It was a great experience. We would definitely recommend this tour company to others!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Katherine. I never used the red bus and I'm glad I gave informations you hadn't hear already. :) enjoy your cruise !
Leslie MarinerUnited States
Xavier is delightful! Very accommodating tour of the city for my mother who has limited mobility. Made it interesting for both my daughter (27) and my mother (78). Very knowledgeable and interesting. Took special care to make sure we saw all of the highlights. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Leslie ! Well it was easy to accommodate three generations, you enjoy everything ! :)
Patricia WeilUnited States
Great tour, even in the rain. Xavier is friendly, patient, mannerly and informative. He certainly knows his history. He will customize the tour to fit your requests. We are old folks in our 70's and had to take it slow. He respected our pace. If you do not wish to spend three hours walking examining rooftops and buildings, let Xavier know what your interests are. Perhaps a visit to the art museum, or harbor or even a family farm. The best part was lunch, local craft beer & other tastings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Patricia. It was a pleasure to guide you and Wayne and I appreciated the beer break. ;) I'm glad you liked my recommendations for restaurants and enjoyed Quebec-City for your trip of the year.
Richard DiNardoUnited States
Xavier was an excellent guide all around. His English was perfect, and his knowledge of local history and politics, and their relation to larger world events (notably the world conflict between France and England)was impressive and really filled out the trip. He took us through side streets to show us peculiarities of local architecture, and made a great recommendation for lunch. We travelled with 2 young children, and the pace he set was fine for all. A great introduction to this very interesting city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard ! And thank you for all the informations you gave me about your work to find your roots, it was very interesting.
Virginia C.Whitchurch-Stouffville, ONT, Canada
Xavier was very polite, informative, knowledgeable, helpful and humorous. We would highly recommend him for any tour!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Virginia, thank you for your rating and review. It was a pleasure to guide you and succeed to escape from the crowd. Next time you come I'll prepare a zip line tour for you.
Leith MooreToronto, ONTARIO, Canada
We asked Xavier to please give us tour of the off the beaten track of Old Quebec and we were more than pleased. Xavier was not only knowledgeable but a most affable companion for the afternoon. we would recommend him highly to anyone visiting Quebec City. Merci Xavier. And be sure to ask him about his favourite park in the City that even 99% of the local population is unfamiliar with!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Leith ! It was a pleasure to guide you both from Old Quebec to the Old Suburbs. Thank you again for the beer break, always a good idea when it's sunny and hot.
Ronald DixonUnited States
Xavier led a very informative and friendly tour of Lévis. We enjoyed learning about the early history of the Quebec area and, of course, Lévis. The tour is not about world famous sites but the real world history from the 1600's to the present. We left with a deeper understanding of Quebec and her people. Thanks Xavier
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Ronald, thank you for your review. I'm glad you both liked Lévis' atmosphere and history. Now this tour is even better than before because the main church is open in Summer.
Dan SwantekUnited States
Xavier was extremely knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He knows the City well and had many interesting antidotes. Would recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dan ! Next time I'll hire your dog Star to sponsor my tours, she was very popular today.
Sean McQuaidUnited States
Xavier was an absolutely wonderful guide. He was very knowledgeable, charismatic, entertaining and tailored our tour to the information we were most interested in learning about. He gave us great recommendations on where to eat within the city and helped us with information about the Island of Orleans so we could plan our day trip there. He even followed up by email after our tour with the answer to a very random question - talk about dedicated! We found a private tour like this very much worth it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sean, thank you for your review and 5 stars. It was a pleasure to guide you and your relatives. Your question wasn't random and you gave me the opportunity to ask a wonderful question to the architect of the building I met 1 week after the tour. Now, I've one more funny anecdote for my tours ! :)
Fred RabinowitzUnited States
Xavier was excellent. Knowledgeable enthusiastic and a good command of English. Definitely a good value. I would hire him again without reservation
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Fred, thank you for your review. It was a real pleasure to guide you for almost 2 days. I hope you enjoyed my restaurant recommendation in Trois-Rivières !
Beth RioUnited States
Xavier has spent a lot of time learning his subject. We found our time with him to not only provide an excellent understanding of the battles of Quebec City but also of the general history of the city. It is difficult to separate the two. Thank you, Xavier, for a very enjoyable and informative day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Beth and David ! It's always a pleasure to guide interested and interesting people especially during a sunny day. Before you enjoy the museums I recommended, I'll send you an email to complete the informations about Vietnam war, French presence in India and Carillon battle.
Norman HaueisenUnited States
Xavier did a wonderful job with history of Quebec and personal stories of life in Quebec. My 2 teenager's learned alot and enjoyed the history and the beautiful walk. Couldn't ask for a nicer guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Norman. It was a pleasure to guide you and your family during that sunny day.
Michael IgoeAurora, COLORADO, United States
A very personable, intelligent and knowledgeable guide. Xavier did a very good tour of the military sites around Quebec City. His historic knowledge was excellent, even as we discussed events that happened back in the 1700's. Highly recommended. A laid back, friendly guide, with a good sense of humor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Michael !
Madelyn HealeyUnited States
Xavier was very prompt arriving on time. He was very friendly but always polite and respectful. His knowledge of Quebec was terrific. He encouraged our questions and answered them completely. We were so glad that I had scheduled a private tour and it was so worth the extra money. Xavier was just excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Madelyn and Tom, it was a pleasure to guide you both in Old Quebec. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour.
Madelyn HealeyUnited States
Xavier was fantastic! He is extremely knowledgeable about European history as well as Quebec history. He inserted some humor in his stories and was very detailed. This was our first tour with him and we were still glad we had him for another tour the next day. We recommend him very highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again Madelyn. It is always a challenge to provide this tour because people who book this tour are very interested about military history and already know a lot. I'm glad you appreciated the details of the battles as the European context.
Patti SchubertUnited States
We greatly enjoyed our time with Xavier. He was timely and an informative and fun guide and safe driver. When we mentioned that we had an interest in cemeteries, he planned a couple special stops near town and on the Ile d'Orleans. He was flexible and full of fun history and local cultural information. We loved learning about both Quebec and his home town. Next time we'd love to see his bees and do the Levi tour. Local guides are best and we highly recommend Xavier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Patti, I have to thank you not only for your nice review, but for your query about cemeteries. I had to search information, that was interesting for me and that was a very good idea to visit them.
Xavier was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Quebec City - historical sites and local places of interest. He has a great sense of humour, was very informative, and helped create a customized tour for a group with varied interests. He was flexible and accommodated the needs of three generations of one family. Given that we are all women, he paid particular attention to important women in Canadian history which we appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Marion. And there's so much more to say about women in Canadian history ! Thank you for the lunch and the attention from all of you, it was very pleasant to guide you. Next time you come in Quebec-City, I've a challenge for you : a walking tour with a special itinerary : taking all the stairs in Old Quebec and nearby.
Susan NoonUnited States
Xavier is a trouper. He had a very bad case of laryngitis but he persevered. We visited a variety of spots that enabled us to see more of Quebec than just the Chateau area. I think our highlight was the falls. He answered all of our questions. He has a great knowledge of the area and its history. A tour with Xavier is personable, informative and fun. Even in the rain.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan. Hopefully I had a huge stock of Ricola, they helped me a lot to provide the tour. Thanks to your patience and attention, my lost of voice didn't impede too much.
Xavier was an excellent tour guide making the day a great pleasure. He was very personable and knowlegdeable, having research many items to customize the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Shelly. I should thank you too : the precise sites you asked to visit gave me the opportunity to prepare the tour and learn new historic facts.
David BrownUnited States
Very informative, interesting introduction to Quebec. Xavier is very knowledgeable about the history of the city, and is very engaging. He has particular expertise in the military history of Quebec.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David, I'm glad you appreciate the tour.
Kristen FarrellUnited States
Quebec was a fabulous choice for a very full day tour. Historically significant, beautiful sights, great dining. The tour was customized for our group and is was perfect! Xavier was a wonderful guide who listened to our requests and tailored the tour beautifully for us. The process was simple, the fee was fair, the guide was completely knowledgeable and more importantly, very personable. Easy to compare the experience to a day in Europe! 5 star rating by 9 well travelled women.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kristen. It was a real pleasure to guide you and your friends for your Birthday. I was happy to hear you're probably going back in Quebec-City : there's so much more things to discover inside the fortifications !
My wife & I enjoyed the company of Xavier today. He provided us with a very informative tour around the "Old City" in a relaxed manner.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry. And we encounter no polar bears!
Joshua MaransUnited States
Xavier gave us a tremendous walking tour of Quebec. He impressed us with his passion for the history of the region, the way that he attempted to connect the city to our own genealogy and interests, and his skills at making history come to life. We highly recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Joshua ! It was a pleasure to guide you both. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun tomorrow, even with the rain.
Susan ErvastiUnited States
A wonderful day with Xavier! He is very knowledgeable and pleasant, and tailored the tour to our interests. We highly recommend his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan and sorry again my favourite restaurant "burned" a few days before your visit in Quebec-City !
Nancy C.United States
My husband had recent back surgery and we booked a 6-hour tour with Xavier so my husband did not have to do much walking. Xavier was wonderful! Knowledgeable and extremely open to wherever we wanted to go. We saw more than we imagined was possible and loved his commentary on the sights. The 6 hours went by so fast because he made it very interesting and a fabulous experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and I hope St. Anne helped your husband (you'll another reason to cone back here !).
Irene L.United States
Xavier was an excellent tour guide. I really left with a great understanding of the history which led to Canada and Quebec's unique struggle to keep their language in an otherwise mostly English speaking country. Also, he was very knowledgable on architecture and how it was influenced by the various countries with ties to Quebec. We got several interesting stories regarding politics and an overview of the political system here. We did walk a lot so you need to be in reasonably good shape to do this t
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Irene for the feedback ! Of course I always adapt the itinerary to the pace of the clients.
Bryan GerstelUnited States
Xavier is an energetic well informed guide that brought the towm to life..without his organized and interesting efforts,we would never have been able to enjoy LEVIE;we highly recommend him to anyone coming to quebec
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bryan ! And thank you for your opinion about the summary of the tour, I'll change it soon.
Carol WeisnerUnited States
we liked Xavier so much we added two hours to our tour. bright, intelligent, personable, knowledgeable, enthusiastic. add a few more stars!! also handsome
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carol and enjoy the beautiful colors of Indian Summer on the way to North-East !
Sue KaufmanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating Sue !
Linda RemingtonUnited States
Xavier was very knowledgeable, and personal. His English was excellent. He was very helpful at the end of the tour giving information about the area and helpful hints as to what to do after the tour. We would certainly recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Linda, it was a pleasure to guide your group of pilgrims !
Thank you. Xavier was so kind and extremely informative. I would highly recommend him and Tours by Locals. The service is professional and the staff are happy to answer all queries.
Ken DearstyneUnited States
Xavier exceeded my wife and my expectations. He has a broad base of knowledge which included French AND canadian culture, history and politics, a willingness to adjust the tour to our specific wants, excellent english, ability to expand the conversation into everything from local agrarian, religion, history, government greatly improved our experience in QC. Very friendly, helpful and smart! Pick him - you will be very happy you did.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Ken for your nice review ! I'm happy I improved your experience in Quebec-City and its countryside and it was a pleasure to guide you.
Megan BradleyUnited States
Xavier was wonderful. We explored sites where our ancestors lived and he was as interested in our history as a family member would be and as knowledgeable as an expert. We will book him whenever we go to Old Quebec and Levis because there is more to learn and we enjoy his company. Any trip to Quebec will be richer and more interesting with Xavier. Thank you! Louise, Fran & Audrey Devine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Megan for sharing the feedback of your Aunts. It was a pleasure.
Margot PipkinUnited States
Xavier is a born storyteller. He kept the four of us, ages 25 to 87, engaged, entertained and delighted for three hours. From acting out how the Highlanders pulled out their swords on the Plains of Abraham to describing the sucking sound made in the silent forest when a squirrel bites a maple syrup tube, he was wonderful. Our highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ah ah ! I have to concede for the "sounds" I've a great teacher. I'm happy to read your review and you enjoyed the tour on this sunny day.
Lisa ONeillUnited States
Xavier was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable about the history and customs of Quebec. We never felt rushed and he adjusted the schedule to accommodate our preferences. Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica was breathtaking in its detail and scope and was well worth the trip. While Isle d'Orleans was appealing because of its simplicity, people and scrumptious tastings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa for your feedback and five stars. It was a good idea to change the schedule, it rained the afternoon.
Brian CarsoUnited States
I'm a history professor and I'm writing a book that includes an account of the 1775 attack on Quebec. I visited the city to better understand the battle. Happily for me, I found Xavier's "Battles of Quebec City" tour. I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. Xavier customized the tour around my specific interests and answered all my general questions about Quebec. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a delightful personality to his tours. I enthusiastically recommend him!
Judy HagerUnited States
Especially enjoyed outside Quebec City with Xavier on Isle of Orleans and the beautiful countryside and homes there. Tasting of wines also enjoyed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judy. Thank you for your nice feedback. :)
Christine WilliamsonUnited States
Xavier was extremely friendly and engaging. His tour was very well researched, and sequenced in a way which was interesting. He was very knowledgeable about both the information he presented, as well as miscellaneous questions that arose as we toured, both historical and modern. He was careful to monitor the level of engagement of his audience, and to modify his tour based on our needs and interests. We would definitely recommend him to our friends and family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Darla for your nice review. It was a pleasure to guide you and your family from Lévis to Québec-City and focus on the military history. I'm glad your appreciated the tour - even the kids who already knew a lot.
Great tour. Informative. Varied. Great historical insight. I will recommend him to my friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elliott. I hope you enjoyed Quai 19 too !
Eduardo GonzalezUnited States
Xavier's tour of Quebec City for our group of four on June 27 was fantastic! Being a private tour he adapted the 4 hour tour to our needs, even making changes along the way. Beyond the history of the various seiges and battles around Quebec, as per our request, he also covered important historic, cultural and religious aspects of the places we visited. It was a perfect blend for our group. I would recommend Xavier highly when you visit this beautiful and historic city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Eduardo ! And I learned many things about Puerto Rico ! I hoped you enjoyed Louis Jolliet's shore excursion too.
Angie BeerUnited States
Xavier was our perfect guide for our introduction to Quebec City. Our group consisted of 7 high school age girls and 2 adults. We all really loved it! Thanks Xavier!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Angie. I hope you found the mall in Ste Foy (Laurier) and the icecream in Lévis !
Mary LawsonUnited States
My mom and I enjoyed the experience and we would recommend Xavier. He was knowledgeable, personable and he was very accommodating.
Patrick LillyUnited States
Michael TownsLakewood Ranch, FL, United States
Xavier did an outstanding job. He was friendly, cordial and extremely knowledgable. He did exactly what we requested in showing us Quebec City and providing my wife the photo opps she desired. We covered a lot of ground in the 6 hours we spent together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mike. I hope you'll enjoy Montréal too.
Linda BurkeUnited States
The day trip on the Ile de Orleans and Beaupre coast was filled with wonderful sights and great conversation. Xavier C. communicated with us beforehand to find out what our interests were, but he added stops and roads that we wouldn't have known to ask about. His passion for agri-tourism matched our own. The lunch stop offered great food and an opportunity to learn about life in Quebec City and province. Xavier seamlessly moved between telling us about historical events, local politic
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again. Next time I hope I'll guide you in the South North and Lévis. ;)
Linda BurkeUnited States
Our walking tour of the Old City gave us a great overview of the history, architecture, and must see sights. Xavier C. was extremely knowledgeable, great at answering questions, and gave us useful advice on sites we should see or avoid, and local restaurants. We took his advice to help us plan the rest of our week in Quebec City. We would highly recommend him as a guide in Quebec City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Linda ! I hope you'll enjoy the end of your stay.
Sanford CrinerUnited States
Xavier was exceptionally knowledgeable, very gracious, and highly responsive to all of our requests. If you're in Quebec City, you cannot do better. Thanks, Xavier!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Stanford ! :) Hope you safely came back in Texas with Jay and enjoyed the Château Frontenac.
Xavier was an enthusiastic knowledgeable guide who couldn't do enough for us. He met us at our ship promptly waiting in the rain so we could easily find him. His love for his job was evident and we enjoyed our time together, being well informed about the history of Quebec and its sights. He had so many stories and so much to share that we went overtime, which we appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Lyle ! And we had the sun... just after the tour ! Hope you enjoyed a sunny Québec too !
Jules PlavinUnited States
Xavier is a very knowledgeable young man, he not only showed us a lot, but he taught us a lot. He customized our trip to make everyone happy. he did a great job.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jules ! :)
Robert KennardUnited States
Xavier provided our large group (8 family members) an excellent tour of Quebec. He personalized our tour based on our preferences, and was attentive to the members of our group. He was very personable, spoke good English, and made this a wonderful day for our family. He was keen to accommodate to our needs. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much ! :) I hope you enjoyed your whole trip in Canada !
Josh BrantUnited States
Best tour I have ever experienced. Xavier was knowledgeable, fun and insightful on a wide variety of topics. We were on a 10 day European adventure and this tour was the highlight of the trip. Don't even think about going to Strasbourg without booking a tour with Xavier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very Brant ! I hope I'll be in Strasbourg next time you come ! :)
Edna E.United States
An extremely interesting, well-informed tour incorporating historical and architectural details. Xavier spoke perfect English and was most accommodating. We can't praise him enough.
John HelmesUnited States
Guide was knowledgeable, gave a good overview of town and history. Also provided some off the beaten path sites which were interesting. Especially liked the Restaurant Recommendations.
Gayle JensenUnited States
Our group of 7 adults appreciated and enjoyed Xavier's 3-hour walking tour of Strasbourg. It was an excellent introduction to the important sights and history of old town Strasbourg. Xavier is very knowledgable of the history and lesser-known facts about the town and the Alsacian culture.
Stephano JoosteSouth Africa
Our guide, Xavier, was friendly and informative. He was flexible in accommodating our needs and told us funny anecdotes along the way to keep the children entertained. Strasbourg is a wonderful and interesting place to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Liza, is was a pleasure ! :)
We had a fabulous time with Xavier. His love and passion shone through an excellent guide. Well done
Xavier was a real find. A more knowledgable and friendly guide we have yet to meet. He tailored our tour exactly as we wished, consequently we discovered much of the city unknown to most tourists. We have used ToursByLocals several times now, and though they were all good, Xavier was the best! Graham and Kathleen, Perth, Western Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot ! I really appreciated both of you and... I learn something about a statue of the cathedral ! :)
Georgia BonnellUnited States
Xavier is as very pleasant young man who was accommodating to all our wishes. Our goal to find our French roots could not have been accomplished without his help. Anyone who wanted to experience the culture of Alsace would be very pleased to have him as a guide. Our thanks to everyone concerned who made this trip possible.
Jerry WalterCaledonia, NY, United States
Xavier did a wonderful job guiding us through France and Germany. He was always prompt and gave us a good overview of the area. Being a native of the region and his knowledge of the languages and culture helped us have a wonderful experience while in the region. I would recommend him to other who wish to experience the Alsace and Moselle regions of France and its borders with Germany.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a real pleasure to share and converse with you. Hope your return was good.
Jerry WalterCaledonia, NY, United States
Excellent young man, and very dependable. Gave us a wonderful tour of Strasbourg.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jerry, it was a pleasure to meet you and Diane and Suzanne and Ken !