Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in La-Rochelle-France by Tour Guide Christian M. (Guide #7396)


Kathy Peterson

United States
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Tour: #221424, La Rochelle to Cognac country... Castles & Villages - Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver-Guide, La Rochelle, France    view tour
Date: Oct 2/18

Very much appreciated Christian's knowledge about the LaRochelle area and his flexibility to adapt our tour given the shortened length our cruise ship was in port. He kept us entertained on the hour drive to Cognac to visit the Hennessy Distillery with stories and facts

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathy - Please look me up when you want to come visit the Dordogne, and the Basque Country!

John Pappel

Canada
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Tour: #104955, Visit Lascaux - famous Prehistoric Cave art in Dordogne: departing from Bordeaux with private driver-guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

Picked up at our Apartment. We had an awesome day touring the Dordogne valley. We visited a cave and the museum at Lascaux 4. Christian was a great guide, he has great local knowledge. We learned a lot about the areas history and a language . Although a long trip in the van, lively conversation and interesting sites rounded out a great day. I would not hesitate to book future trips with Christian.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Pappel.

Laura Jones

United States
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Tour: #144895, Bordeaux to Dordogne Valley Castles & Villages - Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver-Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Sep 23/18

My group of six adults really enjoyed our day with Christian to the Dordogne Valley. The countryside is so beautiful! We loved our lunch stop in Sarlat and the late afternoon stop in Saint Emilion - would hope to revisit both some day. It is a long drive, however, so be prepared for close to five hours of windshield time. Christian was very personable, as well as very knowledgeable about the history of the Nuelle Aquitaine region.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laura Please look me up when you want to come visit the Basque Country!

James McMahill

United States
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Tour: #63634, Dordogne Valley from Sarlat: Visit Lascaux & other famous caves with Private Driver-Guide, Sarlat, France    view tour
Date: Sep 20/18

Christian was a pleasure to spend the day with. He is a USA expat and so his English is perfect. We were staying in Toulouse and so were faced with a 2 hour drive to our destination and Christian found some beautiful back roads through lovely small towns and villages. He found a great restaurant in a hillside village with fantastic views. I would not hesitate to recommend Christian. Jim and Mary

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jim and Mary!

Kristine Ellingson

Mexico
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Tour: #144907, Bayonne; Biarritz & the Basque Country Sightseeing: Drive along the Atlantic coast and into the Pyrenees, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France    view tour
Date: Sep 17/18

We recently had a wonderful day with Christian up into the Basque country. He arranged the day so that we could see the countryside and smaller towns of this beautiful area and we enjoyed it very much. Christian has a great sense of humor, is quite knowledgeable about the area, the various languages here, as well as some of the customs. Delightful day with Christian. Full 5 stars. Kristine and Santiago.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kristine! I look forward to sowing you and Santiago around Dordogne.

Emily Talbert

United States
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Tour: #383895, Bilbao Shore trip to San Sebastian: Private Sightseeing Tour from Bilbao to San Sebastian, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 16/18

Christian gave 5 of us a great day with lots of information and and sights to appreciate. However, I wish we had had half an hour longer in the town of San Sebastian. The small world connection he had with my friend Lance Mann made for a lively interaction.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Emily. The cruise ship's shorter stop in Bilbao was unfortunate... next time you might want to stay a bit longer! warmest regards, Christian

Anton Waser

United States
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Tour: #383895, Bilbao Shore trip to San Sebastian: Private Sightseeing Tour from Bilbao to San Sebastian, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 3/18

Christian was limited in his knowledge of the area and left us much of the time on our own. He had a good vehicle for our group of six but was not as engaged as we are accustomed with Tour by Local guides.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm sorry you were disappointed with this tour Mr Waser. I'm not sure exactly where I went wrong - I felt that I provided the high quality of service I always do. I even accommodated your special request to drive through Bilbao on the way back to the ship to allow you to prepare yourself for the next day's exploring the city. Please accept my apology - I will try even harder in the future. Christian

Mary Bonen

United States
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Tour: #144895, Bordeaux to Perigueux & Villages - Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver-Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Jul 21/18

This tour with Christian exceeded all our expectations. We wanted to visit the Perigueux region for the day since my husband's family was originally from this area. Christian prepared a wonderful itinerary beginning with a visit to the Cathedral and market in Perigueux. His commentary on the region included history and was interesting and informative. Christian then took us to Rouffignac for a visit to the caves--an amazing experience. We had a memorable day and highly recommend Christian.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary It was truly a pleasure spending the day showing you around Dordogne.

Estelle Momrow

United States
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Tour: #105182, Loire Valley Castles: Sightseeing tour with private driver-guide, Tours, France    view tour
Date: Jun 26/18

Wonderful area to visit and Christian tailored a tour perfect for our interest. He adjusted his schedule to meet us earlier than originally planned.

Theo Kaufman

Louisville, KY, United States
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Tour: #154469, Occitania: 4 day private tour from Toulouse with American Driver-Guide, Toulouse, Occitanie, France    view tour
Date: Jun 22/18

Christian was simply fabulous! We were a large group, 24 of us total, and although I'm sure he hadn't handled a group as large as us before, he really stepped up to the plate. Christian organized a wonderful and comprehensive tour of southern France for us that suited all of the age groups that we had with us. He is laid back but very attentive to detail and full of information about what we saw and a great storyteller. When we return to France we will most certainly use Christian again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mr Kaufman- it was a lovely experience for me as well. Please extend my warmest regards to all your family and friends in Castelsagrat - Christian

Jeanette Robertson-Lomax

Australia
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Tour: #144895, Bordeaux to Dordogne Valley Castles & Villages - Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver-Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Jun 1/18

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Mary Jane Burns

United States
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Tour: Figeac to Toulouse - Private Driving Tour: Sightseeing with American Driver Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Date: May 21/18

Christian was flexible with our last-minute itinerary changes, prompt in finding us at our Carcassonne hotel (not easy because car entry is restricted!), and made wonderful suggestions for stops on our way to the Toulousse airport (Les Tours castles, Albi cathedral and Toulousse-Latrec museum). He is familiar with southern France and Basque Spain, and provides fascinating commentary about these areas. He is totally bilingual and has a comfortable van for touring. I recommend him without hesitation!

Yelena Melnikov

United States
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Tour: #383895, Bilbao Shore trip to San Sebastian: Private Sightseeing Tour from Bilbao to San Sebastian, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: May 20/18

Great personality, knowledgeable, flexible with our requests. There were 6 of us being picked up from the ship in Bilbao on time , having good time in San Sebastián

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yelena - it was a pleasure meeting your group and visiting the Basque Country. Eskerrik Asko!

Carl Christian Ribe

Norway
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Tour: #144895, Bordeaux to Dordogne Valley Castles & Villages - Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver-Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: May 3/18

I have had a wonderful trip to the Dordogne area. Christian was a very knowledgably guide. A walking historical encyclopaedia for the region. Taking me through time and what has made and influenced this part of France. Christian is an experienced driver and brought me safely to our various destinations, constantly interrupted by my continuous flow of questions. When having a private tour, flexibility is crucial, Christian found the places I wanted to see and we stopped when interesting places were pass

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Ribe (Tusend Tak)

Carole N.

United States
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Tour: Bayonne: Basque Country - private sightseeing tour of Biarritz & Saint Jean de Luz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
Date: Oct 2/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Willliam Dunaway

United States
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Tour: #104834, St Cirq LaPopie & Pech Merle Cavern or Rocamadour, Toulouse, Occitanie, France    view tour
Date: Sep 28/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.

Charles Miller

Dallas, TX, United States
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Tour: Bayonne: Basque Country - private sightseeing tour of Biarritz & Saint Jean de Luz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
Date: Sep 9/17

Christian was very flexible with our tour with having a change in the place we docked and he picked us up in Bayonne to start the tour instead of St, Jean de Luz. Despite the rain, we had an enjoyable day driving through the region and having a nice lunch in the Pyrenees and an eventful ending in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port. Christian was very informative about the Basque way of life and would recommend this tour to experience the different sights the Basque region in France has to offer.

Michael Jahraus

United States
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Tour: #144907, Bayonne; Biarritz & the Basque Country Sightseeing: Drive along the Atlantic coast and into the Pyrenees, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France    view tour
Date: Sep 1/17

Christian was very friendly. We requested help with researching my Wife's Basque Heritage. Christian was most happy to do this and we plan to stay in contact with him to share information. Our sightseeing through the Basque countryside was beautiful. Christian was very knowledgeable with French and Basque history making the drive most enjoyable. I highly recommend a tour with Christian!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael, It was an enjoyable adventure - searching for your Basque ancestors! Please feel free to continue communicating with me for any assistance regarding your quest. - Christian

Richard N.

United States
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Tour: #144907, Bayonne; Biarritz & the Basque Country Sightseeing: Drive along the Atlantic coast and into the Pyrenees, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France    view tour
Date: Aug 7/17

We asked Christian to provide a customized version of one of his standard tours, hoping to visit 3 small villages in the Basque region of France. Unfortunately, the first village had a special event and there was no parking within 2 miles of the village. Our visit was during August when many Europeans are on vacation, resulting in far more people touring sites than one might find during other months. The second village that we visited was larger and so crowded that it was difficult to enjoy.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tourist destinations during the month of August are always crowded. Parking in the first village was 200 yds away, not 2 miles - from the (very small) city center. I was surprised when you insisted to keep going on to the next destination, rather than visit the village because they were celebrating; I would have thought that visiting during the local festival would be the BEST way to experience local culture. I'm sorry you were disappointed. Q: Should I have INSISTED that we visit, against your will?

Peter Grimm

United States
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Tour: #105182, Loire Valley Castles:3 day Sightseeing tour with private driver-guide, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 25/16

Knowledgable and pleasant guide who sets an itinerary based on client preferences. I would recommend Christian without reservation. Excellent overview of Chartres and LoireValley chateaux over 3 days.

Donald Berhang

United States
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Tour: #221424, La Rochelle to Cognac country... Castles & Villages - Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver-Guide, La Rochelle, France    view tour
Date: Sep 19/16

Tour overall was good. Christian was very personable and accommodating.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Berhang, I'm grateful you appreciated my efforts. Its a new tour for me, and I will now be better prepared for next time. The security checkpoint at the La Rochelle Port is a quite complicated - unlike Bordeaux, Saint Jean de Luz, and other ports in France I now know that it requires extra time & preparations - this experience with your group will help me avoid the same problem in the future. Thanks again, kindest regards

Steven Brown

United States
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Tour: #144907, Biarritz => Basque Country: Cruise ship shore trip, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France    view tour
Date: Aug 12/16

Christian was very entertaining and educating. We had a wonderful experience.

Katherine Downing

United States
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Tour: #105182, Loire Valley Castles: Sightseeing tour with private driver-guide, Tours, France    view tour
Date: Jul 24/16

Christian is an excellent guide and you cannot do better than this tour of the Loire castles. We took the train from Paris and Christian worked hard to maximize our time in the valley. He is very knowledgeable and great with families. Let him drive and you can just enjoy the beautiful scenery! Highly recommended.

Trevor Bailey

Australia
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Tour: #104834, 3 day tours departing from Toulouse: Dordogne, Carcassonne, Albi, etc., Toulouse, Occitanie, France    view tour
Date: Sep 23/15

Christian was very informative and helpful

Marie Chua

United States
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Tour: 2 days: Loire Valley Renaissance Castles from Blois => Versailles, Giverny and Paris, Chambord, France
Date: Aug 5/15

It was interesting to listen to his perspective as an expatriate. We definitely appreciated his comparison of French and American culture. It allowed us to truly understand and embrace the difference

Scott Erwin

United States
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Tour: Paris to Normandy: Omaha Beach & American Cemetery, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Jun 11/15

Christian is great company to spend the day with. Very easy going. He knows his history and helped us understand the importance and significance of the Normandy region. The only negative was his air conditioning did not work and it was a hot 3 hour drive back to Paris. It was all good though, we went and had a cold beer at the café on the corner by our apartment. It did taste good. Thanks.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Scott

Mark Moore

United States
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Tour: Loire Valley Castles & Champagne => from Paris w/private driver-guide, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: May 5/15

Christian was GREAT!! We hired him for two days to drive us to the Loire Valley and the Champagne region. He was very knowledgeable and patiently answered our questions. We were traveling with my parents who are a little older and he was great and answering questions for them. My father's hearing isnt the best, especially when you add an accent to the English. Christian being an American English speaker was invaluable in that regard because my Dad could understand what was being said! Use Christian!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark - it was a pleasure meeting you & your family. I hope to see you again someday - to show you the Southwest of France => Dordogne & Bordeaux region.

Timothy Lin

Hong Kong
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Tour: Loire Valley Renaissance Castles from Paris w/private driver-guide, Chambord, France
Date: May 3/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Lin, I look forward to meeting you (and your family?) again in the future. kindest regards, Christian

Howard Kristol

United States
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Tour: #64688, Toulouse-Albi -Carcassonne-Marseille, Toulouse, Occitanie, France    view tour
Date: Oct 8/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for choosing me to be your driver-guide for your private excursion through Southwest France. - Christian

Anthony Prevett

United States
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Tour: #87800, Discover Bordeaux region & Wineries with Private Driver-Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Sep 6/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Prevett, I hope to see you again sometime in the future

Sterling Helwick Jr

United States
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Tour: #63634, Discover Dordogne from Bordeaux, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Aug 29/14

We really enjoyed Christian's tour. We saw many interesting sites along the way, especially the city of Sarlat. His commentary was very interesting, and it encouraged us to return again to this beautiful part of France.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Monsieur Helwick!

Margaret Eldred

United States
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Tour: Basque Country - private sightseeing tour of the French coastline and cities, Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Date: Aug 28/14

Get, but could use a better vehicle, I sat backseat and it was not the best. Christian was very knowledgeable, friendly, interested in showing us what we wanted to see.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Cristian has now changed the description of the car and has fixed the noise in the roof.

Margaret Eldred

United States
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Tour: #87800, Discover Dordogne from Bordeaux with Private Driver-Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Aug 26/14

Diane Goldman

United States
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Tour: Bordeaux region shore excursion with Private Driver-Guide, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Date: Jul 29/14

We had 2 great days with Christian. He took us to Sarlat which was magical. Without him we never would have known about this great city. Next day was Bordeaux and St. Emillion. He was a delight and fun to be with.

Marjorie F.

United States
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Tour: #87800, Discover Dordogne with Private Driver-Guide: Depart BDX - overnight in Sarlat, Sarlat, France    view tour
Date: Mar 23/14

We paid a premium for a very expensive private tour of Dordogne, but got a nice driver only. Christian is charming, but had no itinerary, gave us virtually no history or information about sites, drove us to places but did not guide us at all. For example, drove us to the top of Rocamadour, gave us no information, and told us to walk down and he'd meet us at the bottom. He took us to 2 caves that were closed. Dropped us off at a castle to go through ourselves with no info. Disappointing trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Please note in my profile & tour description: "I'm not a licensed guide & will not be able to guide you inside the historical monuments. I can arrange for a licensed guide to provide this service upon request. One of the ... advantages to my tours is flexibility. I may propose or start the day with an itinerary in mind; ... but from there the day will unfold according to your personal wishes." French job title: Voiture de Tourisme avec Chauffeur Local knowledge I shared: The real Poly-chromatic cave art.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We forwarded the customer's comments to the guide and his guide support manager who is in touch with Christian and is working on ways to improve the wording on his tours in order to make sure that the definition and expectations of a driver/guide is clear to those interested on touring with him.