Christine SuzukiUnited States
Please see our other entry---Regardless, Kathy is a terrific guide and we give her our highest rating. Thank you Kathy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christine and Joe, Touring with bright and curious people was such a pleasure. Thank you for your kind words. Kathy
Christine SuzukiUnited States
Although my wife and I've been to France numerous times over the past 30 years, this was our first to Marseille. We've also used TBL number of times in Europe and in Asia so we knew that the caliber of guides weren't of question. Kathy certainly was terrific. Her knowledge of the city and the region is extensive. We also took an additional day trip to Aix. She is easy-going and really caters to your needs, pace and desires of what you want to see. Our highest rating! Thank you Kathy!
Joan GiambussoUnited States
We spent an enjoyable, leisurely afternoon with Kathy as our guide in Cassis. We took a very scenic drive from our cruise port in Marseille to Cassis. Walked though the village, had a memorable lunch and then had fun shopping. Kathy took our cue as to what we wanted to solo and it was a lovely afternoon as we were winding down at the end of a 12 day cruise and this was a perfect ending.
Sonia MortonUnited States
Kathy was a delightful guide and went above and beyond to make our day special in Aix en Provence and Les Milles. She researched locations for us and made a trip to Les Milles to scout out the Camp Les Milles museum for us. If you have not heard of it, it is the only museum in the original site of a holocaust internment camp. Solemn and emotional. Kathy even showed us her favorite spot where Cezanne painted "his" mountain, over and over. Thanks for a wonderful day!
Michael SpeltzUnited States
Cathy was a great guide—very knowledgeable and good at keeping the tour running smoothly. She followed up after the tour to make sure one of our party who had tripped was OK (she was fine).
Anita SeamanMount Vernon, WA, United States
Kathy was an excellent guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and took us to the most wonderful places. We had a wonderful time with her and I would recommend her to anyone.
Robert Waldbaum Mdmanhasset, NY, United States
she was great i wish we had more time with her
Kathy is a terrific guide and Marseille a fascinating city! Our communication with Kathy was prompt and clear, the meeting point was easy to find and our tour...we loved it!! Would highly recommend Kathy as a guide, as she is very accommodating, smart, educated, has a great sense of humor, took into consideration our interests and the pace we wished to tour, and was just a great person to spend an afternoon with.
Victor KennettUnited States
"Aix" was wonderful and so was Kathy! Very knowledgeable and a great host.
Jim WilliamsonUnited States
Kathy was very well versed in the entire area and was able to keep us out of any crowded area. Yet we did not miss anything worthwhile.
Kathy was warm and engaging and went out of her way to give us an experience that aligned with our interests. She had a good grasp of the history and politics of the town and shared some of her favourite places, as well as her insights into living in Marseilles - all of which we appreciated. She even helped booked the Hammam for us. We had a lovely time.
Erica PerkinsUnited Kingdom
Kathy had lots of information about Marseille and we rode and walked. Kathy gave us a good overview of the city and we felt we had learned a great deal.
Philippe BeaudoinGatineau, QUEBEC, Canada
We had a wonderful and pleasant excursion with Kathy and her driver.Kathy was knowledgeable, fun and pleasant! We can't thank her enough for making all those efforts to switch from English to French just for us! You can' t ask for a better guide! I highly recommend Kathy for your visit to Marseille!!!
Albert WeissbergYonkers, NY, United States
We had a wonderful tour of Marseille with Kathy. She met us at the port at the scheduled time with a driver and a van. She was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Marseille. She took us to the church of Notre-Dame and gave us an excellent tour of the church. After that we did a walking tour of the city. Thank you Kathy for an excellent tour.
Kathy was super. She was waiting for us on the dock and spent the tour giving us all the information and highlights of Marseille. Part of the tour as spent going to the seaside village of Cassis which we all loved and was the highlight of the tour. Thank you Kathy
Betty EvansUnited States
Marseille Driving and Walking Tour: I recommend this tour as we would never have gotten to the sites Kathy S. showed us on our own very easily and she provided lots of interesting information. Marseille is quite large and the sights are not within walking distance of the cruise pier. We especially enjoyed Notre Dame de la Garde and its spectacular view plus our walking tour through Old Town. Unfortunately Fort St. Jean and the museum were closed on Tuesdays so we did not get to visit them.
Joe BuckleyUnited States
Kathy was fantastic. She was so easy and accommodating to work with. We had a great day touring with her!
Steven BargerUnited States
Kathy was an excellent tour guide. We saw a lot in Marseille in a short time! We definitely recommend this tour! thanks
Eleanor JeckUnited States
Excellent guide. Sensed what we wanted and we really enjoyed being with her. Easy for all of us to understand as she speaks English.
Every minute of the Seven-Hour Walking Tour of Marseille with Kathy. was a joy. She created a custom tour for me, responding fully and creatively to every interest I expressed. Kathy's knowledge of the local area is priceless. This was a GREAT tour! The next opportunity I have to visit Marseille I will ask for Kathy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Reg, it was like spending the day with a friend. Such a pleasure! Thanks for your very kind words. Kathy
Chester ZerlinUnited States
Kathy was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. She picked a lunch stop that was the highlight of our Cassis experience...sitting by the beautiful Mediterranean, under a clear blue sky and sipping an excellent Cassis white wine while dining on local cuisine. What could be better! Her commentary on every area and neighborhood we visited really gave us the "local" experience we wanted. Very highly recommended!
Patti JachimowiczUnited States
Kathy made our visit to Marseille and Cassis very memorable. Her knowledge of the area and it's history was entertaining and enlightening. We all enjoyed the day and but left knowing there is so much more to enjoy in Marseille
Teresa BensonUnited States
Our guide, Kathy, was wonderful and made our tour absolutely amazing! We toured Aix en Provence and Cassis and she gave us a very informative and fun guided tour all along the way! We used ToursByLocals 3 years ago and so glad we did again this cruise. It gets very frustrating to go in large groups in big busses....done enough of that! Anyone who is looking for a unique and amazing tour experience, please book with ToursByLocals!!! You will be so glad you did!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Teresa, Thank you so much for your kind words. I spent a very nice time with your group and thanks to you and your husband, I got to discover a charming soap making place! Hope to see you again. Kind regards, Kathy
Kathleen G.United States
We had bad weather on our Marseille cruise day. Anticipating this Kathy touched base with us prior to our tour to indicate the Cassis tour would probably be rained out. It was, but because of this good planning ahead we were able to have her change the tour to an excellent private drive tour in Marseille. She was fun and knowledgeable. I would book another tour with her anytime.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathleen, I'm truly touched by your kind words. You were all such good sports about the rainy weather and a lot of fun to talk with. Always great to meet up with people from my neck of the woods! Thanks so much, Kathleen
Maryann StangerUnited States
We started off on a history tour but it quickly changed to an 'experience France' tour as I right away asked if there was a market in Marseille.... and boy! was there a market! Loved, loved, loved this custom tour. The sites, the places, the chauffeur, yep! We even had a chauffeur. Great day. Highly recommend Kathy.
David AronbergUnited States
Kathy was wonderful, knowledgeable, patient, answered all of our questions and was a fantastic guide for our family. We had a great experience and recommend her highly!
Glen WebberRegina, SASKATCHEWAN, Canada
Kathy is very knowledgeable, and friendly. We had a very enjoyable tour with her. We would recommend her highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Glen, for your kind recommendation. I really enjoyed your group and showing you some of my favourite city, Marseille.
Robin LeinenUnited States
Suzan HirschUnited States
Kathy was wonderful! The best part was her flexibility, since we were not sure what we wanted to see. Halfway thru the morning, we talked with her about a winery and she brought us to the most amazing place, Chateau La Coste, where we had lunch, tasted wine and enjoyed the sculptures. A great experience! Just what we needed!
Mark DavidsonUnited States
A good walking tour, except that we started (at our request) at 8:30, at which time much of what she was showing us first was closed. She was friendly and knowledgable.
Martin KrallUnited States
Very pleasant and conscientious. Susan is an American so her English is , of course, perfect.
Dominick CasciottaUnited States
Kathy was awesome. We had a group of 4 and did a six hour walking tour. Kathy is very knowledgeable and friendly. The best tour we have taken!
Bev ChertkowSouth Africa
Had a great tour of Aix with Cathy- she has a lovely personality and was helpful and flexible- willing to accommodate to my needs Wanted to buy a linen tablecloth and she took us to a good store. We then had coffee at Paul because I wanted to try out the bakery ( don't bother) and ended up at a "famous" restaurant for lunch Overall a lovely tour Thanx Cathy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bev, thanks for your kind words. I had a very nice time with you. And, thanks for insisting on trying Paul's, only confirming what we've always suspected. Regards, Kathy
Poul JoensenFaroe Islands
Andrea P.United States
Really great tour with Kathy in Marseille! She knows her city very well, and was very comfortable to tour with right away - it felt more like being with a friend or family than an unknown guide. My interests in history, architecture, and beautiful sights were fully satisfied during our delightful walking tour on a gorgeous sunny afternoon. Kathy was also very thoughtful about my comfort or anything I might need, and we had a very good running conversation the entire tour. Thank you, Kathy!
Craig FarquharUnited States
Kathy & Sam were fun guides to spend the day with. They knew the history of the area so very well and took care of every need and requests we had. We chose to visit Aix and Casis. The pace did not feel rushed and they knew how to make the day well organized. Although we only had a short period of time to see so many sights, they made it happen. I would recommend them highly and look forward to booking time again with them in the future when we return to see more of the area.
Tom H.United States
Kathy did a great job showing us around Marseille and its surroundings. She made sure we stopped wherever we wanted as long as we wanted. She was well acquainted with the area and was a delightful conversationalist as well. Kudos Kathy!
Jeff KmetzUnited States
Kathy was very entertaining and knowledgable. I saw so many things that were hidden gems that showed off the history and diversity of Marseille. A true tour de force of the highs and lows from the Old port to some of the ethnic neighborhoods
Kathi VicaireUnited States
Excellent tour with Sam and Kathy! You will not be disappointed by booking your tour with them...they were very knowledgeable, accommodating and fun to spend the day with!
John MortimerUnited Kingdom
Susan ChrittonUnited States
Touring with Kathy was like visiting an old friend showing us her city. She and her driver Sam were so welcoming and able to go with the flow that all 6 women on the trip gave them a hearty 5 stars.
Bryan CatanesiUnited States
Kathy was very easy to work with. Not knowing the area and not understanding where Toulon was from Marseille or any of the surrounding areas Kathy helped designed a tour specifically with what we wanted to accomplish. We could not have been more pleased. She provided a very nice air conditioned mini-bus for us and a driver, her friend and cohort Sam. We received more than we bargained for as we now had two very experienced guides. Top Notch all the way around.........
Robert BurtonUnited Kingdom
Kathy was awaiting us on time in our hotel reception. We conducted introductions and enjoyed a brief chat regarding what we wanted from the tour. We found Kathy a very sociable companion on a stroll around Marseille and gained an insight into many aspects of the city that we would have missed. we could conduct the tour at our own speed and stopped a couple of times for a coffee. It was quite obvious that Kathy loves Marseille and some of this affection was transmitted to us.
Karla D.Asheville, NC, United States
Our family of six (ages 9-79!) enjoyed our time in Marseilles with Kathy and her partner, Sam. We enjoyed a little history, a little scenery and a little Petanque on the beach. We look forward to our next visit to Marseilles and a Jewish tour with Sam and Kathy!
Alejandro CastilloUnited States
Kathy is a great tour guide and her friend Sam is a lot of fun...we had a blast with them. They know all about Marseille and it surroundings. They are extremely knowledgeable about the city's history. We really enjoyed having them as our tour guide.
Linda ShawaUnited Kingdom
Gina WilsonUnited States
Thank you for a wonderful tour. She is quite nice and knows her stuff!
Susan SlaghtUnited States
Kathy and her driver Sam gave us a terrific tour of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis! They took us to places only known to locals, enabling us to really experience the region. Their recommendations for lunch, shopping at local markets & shops, and learning how almond candies are made really customized the tour. We loved all that we saw and want to come back soon to see more! We would highly recommend this tour!!!!
Mary Erin BillingsleyUnited States
We visited 5 different ports during our cruise and this visit to Aix and Cassis was our favorite. The area is beautiful and Kathy and Sam were so personable and knowledgable. My 13-year-old daughter commented it was like we were traveling around with family friends. We would definitely recommend this tour and look forward to coming back some day.
Michael SheifetzUnited States
Had a great time with Kathy, who was prompt and knowledgeable. Did a couple of outside the box things tailored to our needs (wine tasting, local lunch). Highly recommended!
Michele PereiraUnited States
Cassis is beautiful and we would have never found it without our guide!! The views are amazing and the boat tour was a must see!
Gary ZaufUnited States
Kathy did a great job. With the bank holiday she had to scramble to find a wine tour and she delivered admirably.
Michael DeMoreUnited States
Kathy and Frederico made the trip a pleasure. Both have a very friendly, laid back style but were also very efficient in getting us around to see the sights that were important to see.
Monica M.United States
Kathy (guide) & Sam (driver) were friendly and enthusiastic. This tour appears to be one that Kathy had not guided before, and I was surprised that, for the price of the tour, we were expected to use (for a fee) the pre-recorded audio guides at each site. Sam & Kathy did provide commentary & background info (sometimes conflicting) in the van as we traveled, and we did get to see sites that we would not have otherwise have gotten to, so we are happy for that, but disappointed with the guiding at the sites.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: This tour has been removed from the website as the guide does not feel confident in providing it in the future. The guide does state on her page that she is a tour leader and not a licensed guide which was the reason for the lack of commentary at some sites and that she cannot enter and guide in the sites.
Thomas KlechakUnited States
5 of 5 stars Great tour--Kathy & Sam
Pamela R.East Greenwich, RI, United States
Tour was fine. Wasn't one of our favorite places to visit. Should have done more homework on what there was to see in this area. The driver and guide needed to be on the same page. He didn't seem to listen to her when she was telling him where to go. We had a very enjoyable time.
Debbie ChinnUnited States
Ruth HoineUnited States
Not only was she exceptionally pleasant, she was very informative. Plus the driver, a safe driver, he was also a wonderful resource. Our who,e family enjoyed this day, kids from 8 to adults up to 69. We would definitely want to take other tours by Kathy.
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Kathy. She conveyed a wealth of historical and current knowledge and our 6 hours in Marseille was a wonderful experience. Thanks also to Sam!
Julie GlaserUnited States
Kathy and Sam made a great team. They were great at listening and adhering to what we wanted from our tour. They were very knowledgeable about the area and fun to spend the day with.
Steve HouckUnited States
We had a half day tour with Kathy. She is a very knowledgeable and fun guide. Would recommend her to anyone seeking a tour in Marseille!
Christobel SayMacleod, VICTORIA, Australia
I was very happy with Kathy's guiding services and she took us to some beautiful places. She was willing to be flexible, both before the trip and on the day when we needed to change our plans. We loved France and are planning our next trip!
Jim BerensonFreehold, NJ, United States
Lynn McLeanLa Quinta, CA, United States
Kathy is very personable, accommodating and knowledgable. We really enjoyed the tour in Avignon. Drive to Chateauneuf de Pape was beautiful, very quaint town. Kathy suggested an excellent restaurant for lunch. Really enjoyed wine tasting and the wine cave we were able to visit.
Harold M.United States
A most enjoyable day was spent in a combination tour & transportation taking four of us in her van from our Marseille hotel to a Viking River Cruise drop-off in Avignon. Kathy and her driver (also a guide) planned a very scenic route taking us to great overviews of Marseille as well as a super little town for lunch and a memorable "son et lumiere" inside of a quarry at Les Beaux. She is very personable and fun to be with. This is close to a five star rating. Highly recommend Kathy's custom services!
Elizabeth S.United States
We thought that Kathy was delightful, and we enjoyed spending the morning with her. We were pleased that she had a car and very knowledgeable partner, Sam because we were able to go into the countryside to places outside of Aix-en-Provence that we would not have been able to see otherwise. But our tour was on a Sunday, and a couple of the things Kathy had wanted us to see were either not open or not available at the time we arrived. Kathy was definitely able to give us a good flavor of life in Provence.
Blair ThielemierUnited States
We had a wonderful time at Chateau la Coste with Kathy and Sam. Excellent lunch, beautiful countryside, great wide and really enjoyable people!
Patricia D.United States
Mary G.United States
Mary Jane HarbisonFort Worth, TEXAS, United States
Kathy and Sam showed me a Marseille that I could never have seen without their services. Because of their knowledge and capabilities (driving through Marseille :)), I learned things about Marseille that I never imagined. It was a treat.
Kathy and Sam gave us a super Tour to Toulon market and the breathing surrroundings of Cassis, as well as the beautiful town of Cassis. They total adapted to our needs and even carried a folding chair around for me in case I was tired. They are a credit to your organisation.
Ronnie S.United States
We loved having Kathy as our guide for Provence and Cassis. She shared her vast knowledge and love of the area in a way that made everything come alive. She also took us to a delightful restaurant right on the ocean in Cassis and we had a wonderful lunch. Her US background gave her a perfect understanding of what we were interested in. She also went out of her way to accommodate my mobility challenges. I think you will really enjoy her guidance.
Jerald SharpEverett, WA, United States
We highly recommend Kathy and Sam for a great introduction to the Aix-en-Provence city and surroundings. Aix has a wonderful morning market with period architecture, and Kathy's knowledge of the area is extensive. However, the highlight of our visit was Chateau La Coste -- much more than a vineyard! The wines in the tasting room were superb and the architecture outstanding. An outdoor art exhibit featured pieces by Calder, Gehry, Serra, Matisse and many others, a rare and precious find. Thanks again!
Howard KristolUnited States
Kathy and Sam (her driver) were wonderful. they were a perfect balance for each other. Kathy had the benefit of speaking English and has quite a bit of history knowledge. Sam is French and had the passion for his country. We had a three day commitment and added a fourth since we were so comfortable with them. They were also very happy to change the itinerary at our request. They also researched at night....when we had questions they gave us the answers. I would highly recommend them!!!
Thank-You Kathy and Sam for the wonderful morning tour of Marseille. They were very professional, friendly and packed more than we had expected into a few hours.Their knowledge of the history of the area and current events made for engaging conversation. With just the four of us, we had their full attention for the tour which again made the very most of the time.We enjoyed the visit and the opportunity to meet Kathy and Sam so much that we continued our visit over a delicious, relaxing and fun lunch.
Malvina NicollUnited States
The day started out with pouring rain storm. Our guide picked us up on time and we saw all the sites planned for us. Kathy and her driver made it a fabulous experience to see Provence even though we had terrible weather. I highly recommend Kathy!
Mark R.Basking Ridge, NJ, United States
Thanks to Kathy for a wonderful day. You and Sam tried your best to make our day in Provence special! Kathy is flexible and enjoyable to spend the day with as well as punctual, considerate , pleasant, and knowledgable. I enjoyed shopping with Kathy she was very helpful when I needed questions answered! You can't go wrong with Kathy and Sam they keep you laughing with their bantering. Thanks, Dary & Mark
Cynthia B.United States
Kathy was waiting at our dock with a big smile and a sign for my daughter and me. She and Sam gave us an excellent tour of Marseilles. Sam was an excellent driver and Kathy was a delightful guide. Thank you for making our day in Marseilles so memorable. Well worth it! I was so impressed, I gave her card to our travel directors, who will be helping with three more weeks of ship excursions. Thanks, Kathy and Sam! -MP and Cindy Brewington
Robert SawyerUnited States
We had an extensive and very informative tour of Aix-en-Provence by Kathy and her husband Sam. It was definitely five star.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a wonderful time with the Sawyers. A beautiful couple!
We would like to thank Kathy.S for a marvelous 4 hour tour of Marseille. Kathy is charming, accommodating, and very knowledgable about the city. We got a great overview of the area, and enjoyed our time with her thoroughly. With thanks, Mary and Cameron
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure touring with the Bennett's! Wonderful people!
Mort EngelbergUnited States
Kathy was great...thank her for all of us. mort engelberg
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure meeting Mort and his gang. Many thanks! Kathy
We had a fabulous time with Kathy. Very informative and fun!! Would recommend her to anyone who needs a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much, Kareen. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family.