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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
Jie SongUnited States
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 !
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.
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 !
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 !
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.
Michael G.huntington 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.
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 !
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.
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 ! :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.