Paul LaimingUnited States
Shadya was tour guide in Quebec, Fabulous job. She deserves the highest rating 5 excellent. Would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow... and so you deserve a 5 stars for best travellers ! ;) Thank you Paul!
Paul RossUnited States
First I was so disappointed that I couldn't go due to the weather but my husband said he had a really good time. Shadya his guide was friendly, very knowledgeable and lovely. He had a great time even if the weather wasn't that good and got great pictures. He said it was well worth the money.
Judy DavisUnited States
Shadya provided us with a great tour! We enjoyed every stop even though the inclement weather inhibited a beautiful day at the falls, the view was still magnificent. We enjoyed every stop we made (3) with her and brought home some great items to add to our crudites' with lucky friends. I wish we had brought home some of the alcoholic beverages as well. We may need to get her to send us some! I would highly recommend this trip or any other that she does as I'm sure she'll do a great job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ahah ! good to see you enjoyed all the places we've been! Any time if you want me to send you the tasting local drinks for some good memories of your visit in Quebec! ;)
Carla P.United States
Our tour with Shadya was the highlight of our 7 day cruise. Shadya met us (& our luggage) at the pier in a very nice SUV. She is a professor of tourism, & captivated us with interesting & humorous stories of the history of Quebec City. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Orleans, where Shadya took us to 2 wine tastings, a fantastic lunch overlooking a beautiful cassis winery, & introduced us to the most delicious chocolate dipped ice cream! She has an easy & warm personality, & gave us day we'll long remember.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow I'm always blessfull to read that I was your highlight of the week, I appreciate! Dont tell all my secret places. I'll bring other travellers ;) Glad you liked it!
Ken ChadwickUnited States
Shadya was a very fun and personable guide. Our cruise ship was late letting disembark, but she made sure we saw everything and really enjoyed all her fun little secret stories. Quebec is a charming city with lots of beautiful architecture and interesting history. Really enjoyed this couple hours we had to explore along with Shadya.
Nathalie HawkinsUnited States
Tours by Locals is worth every penny. So much better than the excursions organized by the cruise line. You get so much more value for your money because the tour is about you and your family getting the most out of your visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wowwww ! best tour for the best travller Nathalie... thank you so much, it was a great time!
Gerald CoeUnited States
Very knowledgable and engaging person. We had a great time and would highly recommender to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was a pleasure!
David WeeklyUnited States
Shadya was simply OUTSTANDING in all respects! We had a group of 6 friends who had never been to QC or the Island nearby. Everyone was very comfortable and enjoyed Shadya's commentary, knowledge, leadership and attention to details that made a positive difference on our tour. We all highly recommend Shadya!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: WOW ! we had a great time altogether... you drink as I drive.. ;) thank you and take care.
Gail KushenUnited States
We cannot say enough about Shadya. What a delight! She made the charm and history of Quebec City come alive with her stories and knowledge. She was responsive to our interests and sensitive to our needs. I was suffering from a bad knee, and she made sure there were rest stops that fit with her stories. When the funicular line was too long, I braved the huge staircase because of her patience. (Think it actually helped strengthen my knee.) We highly recommend her and her wonderful tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gail! we would not believe we could be able to do the stairs but you were finally amazing, and you did not break your neck... ahah! vacation is also a time to rest and take it easy, no stress! :)
Ellsworth (Rod) BucklinUnited States
great ,very accommodating
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you !
Ed WaltonPlymouth, MI, United States
Shadya is an excellent guide! Our walking tour was at a comfortable pace. She spoke clearly and distinctly. Her stories were interesting and had great punch lines! She explained the history and personalities involved in the story of Quebec and we felt we had terrific value for our tour. It was like having a friend give us a tour of the city! She made sure we saw the important sites and that we knew why they were important!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Ed! thank you so much for your comments! Guiding nice people like you is just like being with friends ! ;)
Michael WhittingtonUnited States
Adam KaiserNew York, NY, United States
Shadya was absolutely terrific! In three hours we felt we saw the entire old town. She is a terrific storyteller and our family loved the tour and history we learned. She also made wonderful recommendations for baked good, ice cream and lunch and they were all home runs. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great! i'm glad everybody was happy with the tour... and the food suggestions... Quebec city is a lot about history AND good food... thank you! :)
Richard LoprestoUnited States
Lawrence JudyUnited States
Pleasant, personable, knowledgeable, prompt. Cheerful! Our time flew by as we were having fun, but we were never rushed. Nothing she told us on our tour has not been born out on signs, plaques, or in references. Delightful little surprises. We think you would be happy to be with her if you are touring Quebec City.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Marion! Thank you, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the restaurant! dont be to addicted to the little treat or you will have to come back ;)
Robin WheatleyUnited States
Shadya was a very engaging tour guide and very knowledgeable of the history of Quebec City. At the beginning of the tour, she gave us the option of facts only or historical stories. We chose the latter and loved the interesting facts and stories of the area. We had a 16 and 18 year old with us. She managed to interest them, as much as is possible with younger people that age. We also enjoyed a tasty treat at the end!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robin! it went so fast with nice interesting family like yours! I prefer stories too... we normally remember more the stories than the dates... Dont be too addicted to the threat or you will have to come back ! ahah...
Joel DuganUnited States
This was day two of Shadya's showing my wife and I and our two grandsons, (16 and 18) some of the countryside. Hard to say what the highlight was, but it had to include St. Anne's Canyon. We spent the morning hiking the canyon's gorge which is beautiful ,and crossing it on the three suspension bridges across the gorge. We had a great time on the two seat zip-line across the gorge--and back. Afterwards, Shadya surprised us with a French picnic of cheese, fruit and bread that we ate in the picnic area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ohhhh I loved that tour with you! I went "out of my comfort zone" with this zipline but just loved it. Its thrue this canyon is very beautiful and the picnic after is a perfect time to experience the real Quebec life with friends! I might put the canyon on regular tour soon, its a must of the countryside! thanks for all. ;)
Joel DuganUnited States
Shadya was great! She took us on tours for two days with our two grandsons, 16 and 18. It was customized somewhat for things the boys are interested in and she made modifications for their interest. Our request was to give them some sense of history in another country where not everyone would speak English. This tour was to see the city and enjoy it's ambiance and food, and she delivered.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joel! It's always fun to have different tours with boys like yours.
Richard GaughUnited States
How could you not be impressed with Shadya! She was prompt for the pick-up in a clean late model auto. This tour was ideal for folks who are first time visitors to Q.C. We had a proper blend of lower & upper villages, walking and driving. She drove us by a restaurant (Continental) that had been recommended by friends. I jumped out and got the last reservation available for that evening. The best meal of the trip! We had adequate time for shopping and smatterings of colonial history. We'll return!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow, thank you Richard... how not be impressed with so nice people like you! I was enjoyable, fun and easy to be your guide in Quebec. I am glad you like the tour and your meal at the Continental! Cant wait to go eat there too... ;)
Martha RutishauserUnited States
Shadya was a delight. She made the Quebec tour a highlight of our vacation. Her knowledge and enthusiasm created a lively history of Quebec. She is a teacher and she included fun information that my granddaughter (5 years old) especially enjoyed. I have to use a cane and the walks were designed with that in mind. Our vehicle was just right for the 4 of us and we were able to go places that were not available to tour buses.
Tim McCutcheonUnited States
Une visite fantastique! Shadya was incredibly nice, considerate, helpful, and knowledgeable about all things Quebec, and we had a wonderful day with her. And, with all the helpful tips and recommendations she gave us, the remainder of our stay here in Quebec City will be much more productive and enjoyable. We highly, highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tim! wow.. I'm blessed. I always like to give tips for my travellers so they can enjoy better our city! it was a pleasure. ;)
Jack RossUnited States
Shadya was wonderful....very knowledgeable...very personable....very considerate... The tour was adapted to our individual needs...enjoyed her historical stories which made learning fun...thanks again for everything!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Vicky & Jack ! how lucky we were with that bright shiny morning! now time to enjoy the rest of your cruise! :)
We chose Shadya as a tour guide because of her incredible reviews. We were not disappointed. The tour was amazing! Her knowledge of the city's history was incredible and her ability to tell the story was vibrant and captivating. We were able to see everything we wanted to see in the 6 hour tour. It was completely customized to our interests as well. We cannot say enough good things about Shadya. I was even able to contact her the next day for restaurant recommendations. She is above and beyond! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow!! I'm so thankful. Thank you Porscha! 5 happy women like you, enjoying city and... crepes... and blackcurrant liquor..ouhh it's delightful! ;) Hope you liked the restaurant I recommanded for your last night! :)
Sarah CatheyUnited States
Great experience of touring the old city and discussing the culture and heritage of Quebec City
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cathy, it was a nice afternoon! :)
Cheryl MulvehillEvans, GEORGIA, United States
What an amazing experience to go dog sledding! Thank you to an awesome guide Shadya for ensuring we went to a great place to sled. Not only did we learn how to control the dogs and sleigh (it is not as hard as I was expecting :)) but we also got to see the pups and play with them. It was beautiful views and a great learning experience. The Ice Hotel is just amazing and hard to comprehend it is all just ICE! Shadya was a gracious tour guide who made our day of adventure wonderful!
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 Shadya as our guide. She made our adventure with Snowmobiling simply AWESOME! She made sure to set up us with a tour that took us into a forest where we saw some of the most beautiful scenery ever. It was like being in a snow globe!!! She was so accommodating and helpful and introduced us to some pretty amazing maple cream cookies!! I would do this experience again. Highly recommend!
Jerome SmithUnited States
We used Shadya for a private tour for six people. In addition to being very knowledgeable, she was easy going and flexible. We had to make several changes because of our ship docked later than usual and Shadya worked with us every step of the way. She also arranged for a fantastic van for our tour and catered to our needs every step of the way. Absolutely a 5 star experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! Thank you Jerome! I appreciated to customize a tour for you at the Huron village and more. Great group!
Jim WilliamsonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Denis ThibeaultUnited States
We are two couples from Rhode Island who are great friends and were celebrating our wedding anniversaries with a trip to Quebec City. Shadya, a native Quebecois, was excellent as a tour guide. She is a storyteller who describes not only the sites we were visiting but embellishes with true tales about the area and/or person involved with the area. She is very personable, witty, knowledgeable and will make your tour with her memorable. "Nous avons beaucoup apprecie Shadya"
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Denis! Not only your French name, but I was feeling like part of the family! and yes... all my stories are thrue ;) I also appreciated time and laught a lot with you all!
Michael KellyUnited Kingdom
Shadya was a wonderful guest who made us so welcome in her home - so much so that we felt as if we had arrived home also. She had so many stories we were intrigued and wanted to learn more and more about the history and culture of Quebec. Shadya had so many nice personal touches throughout the tour for example visit to sugar shack that the time just flew past. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get to know more about Quebec from a LOCAL who was also such a nice personable guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike! Well you know, it's always a pleasure to greet people who feels like family! :)
Ronald NaabUnited States
Great person. Excellent personality, very friendly and excellent knowledge of the area. Had a fantastic time
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was great touring with you!
Greg PickerrellClarksville, 47129, United States
Shadya met my wife and I for a 3 hour walking tour of Old Quebec at the designated place. It was a great walk. Up, down and around Old Quebec, and the Citadell. We rested a few times to hear a story or 2 about what we were looking at, a building, murals, a street or a gate along the walled City. The 3 hours rushed by. Shady a was very entertaining and told great stories about the history of Quebec. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Greg! it was a pleasure... and you know what, I finally got this surgery and remove all my plaques & screws of it. I'm already walking good!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Had a great time with you, feeling like friends at the Shrine and the falls.
Suzanne SpringerUnited States
This tour and Shadya are deserving of 5+ rating. Shadya is a warm, friendly, intelligent person, who is a fabulous story-teller relating to the history of Quebec. She adjusted the tour due to the inclement weather. Lunch was at a small, delightful restaurant on the island of Orleans. We then went to a local Chocolaterie, de l'Jle d'Orléans, for homemade ice-cream, dipped in chocolate!! Her command of English is excellent, as is her history knowledge and ability to relate it to her patrons.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! thank you Suzanne! For me it was almost like being on vacation with you, good company... And this amazing ice cream I just loved made it better! :)
John GreenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! :)
Darrell RicheyUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with Shadya. She was very friendly and personable as well as very informative. She really knows the city and the stories behind the history. This was our first private tour and it was well worth the cost. Shadya discussed the proposed tour plan with us and we were able to customize it to suit our taste. She picked us up at the cruise terminal and dropped us off in Old Quebec so we could continue to shop and explore on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen & Darell... I had a really great time to know you while showing you the city... and this so good lunch we had on little champlain street, thank you again!
Edward PosvarUnited States
Shadya was outstanding! Why? Personable, knowledgeable, did not make us feel hurried, answered all our questions, really understood the city, terrain, and was quick to assess the pace we were able to undertake. Nothing less than 5 Stars. We had an exceptional experience.
Michael LoweryUnited States
It seemed a little pricey when we signed up - but WELL worth it. A delightful romp and range through the farm-to-table - gourmet-quebecqoise-and-everyday regional food of Quebec. Shadya's picks were spot on - tasty, unique, and fun. As we trekked along, ever more full, she pointed out other good restaurants to try. Food with flair. She loves her town and knows her stuff - it was a great pleasure.
John SandefurUnited States
Quebec is a beautiful city and the great stories and insights from Shadya made the tour particularly special. Shadya was very accommodating to slight variations to the tour, based on things that caught our eye for the diversions. Again her stories about Quebec history are priceless. We definitely rate this tour as the best one on our vacation. Thank Shadya!! The Sandefurs and Rollert's.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We all had a great time with a nice sunny day, perfect blue sky for the picture I have from us with the views of the Chateau and the cruise... Thanks for the great time! Wow I really appreciate your comments :)
Michael LoweryUnited States
Shadya put us at ease immediately - personable, professional, funny, and knowledgeable all at once. It was our first morning in Quebec - and after a few days we understood that we'd had a both a good walk and a good history lesson. It was our first use of a private tour guide - and we're never going back to groups again. Just being able to stop to catch a good photo was a blessing. She left us with recommendations for other places to visit, and restaurants which worked out very well for us.
Carol FroehlichUnited States
Shadya met us at our hotel with a warm smile and in a very short time we felt her charismatic warmth. Our walking tour was filled with stories of the beginnings of Quebec and anecdotes about historical events. Each stop was interesting as well as picturesque. Shadya also frequently checked in with us to inquire about our need for a comfort stop or break. We feel we have a good basic history of early Quebec. We also know we now have a friend in Quebec.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carol & Rick! it was so nice being with you! I felt the same, like having friends, it was a great moment!
Marlene KortUnited States
Thank you Shadya for a wonderful tour of the Best of Quebec. Easy to communicate with, super friendly and kind, great stories that make the history come alive. Thanks especially for your sensitivity to our limited mobility needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Marlene! It was a pleasure for me to show you my city the best way with the car, and understanding so much even if we have limited mobility, we still enjoy life !! ;)
Gary DuncanUnited States
Shadya was excellent. She was knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Duncan!
Shadja is a charming and knowledgeable tour guide with a great love of storytelling and a passion for Quebec City. She also knows how to pace the walking tour according to the capacity of her audience and how to good natredly take our teasing!
Christine MichaelsUnited States
Shadya was fabulous. Wonderful personality with fantastic stories. Highly recommend her. She took us all around the old town and was totally accommodating! If you go to Quebec City, definitely contact Shadya.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christine. And the sun was included in our tour... lol.. (even if the rain was expected!!!) ;)
Larry HeckelUnited States
We completely enjoyed our tour with Shadya. Her personality and manner of touring gave us the feeling of being with a family member or close friend, rather than a professional tour guide. We were completely at home with Shadya, and so happy that we had engaged her. Her knowledge of the area is amazing, and she provided us with many facts and anecdotes that enriched the day, well beyond just "seeing the sights". Highly recommended!!
Patricia WilsonUnited States
We had an excellent time on this tour. I had booked it because of another review that said it wasn't just sampling but a real foodie tour. I would agree with that review. All I would add is - come hungry!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Patricia! Yessss, as a foodie myself I want my travellers to experience the best and a REAL food tour.
Rita LongoUnited States
Shadya provided us with insight and historical perspective that was very much enjoyed by all who took the tour. Her zeal and passion about the history of Quebec City was well received. I would recommend the tour to all my friends who plan to visit Quebec.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rita. I would be happy to be the guide and always passionned for all your friends ;)
Shadya did everything she promised on the site. Lovely personality with a wealth of stories. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stuart ! You were my best team for points ! ;)
John QueenUnited States
Shadya did a great job on our tour of Quebec. She was fun and very informative. A terrific day in a beautiful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John! you're right, a terrific day it was! :)
Brenda MartinUnited States
Shadya enriched our time in Quebec CIty by sharing with us the history of this beautiful city! We would highly recommend Shadya!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Brenda! omg you are so nice! thank you for the invitation. For sure I keep this in mind... specially in winter time, going to Florida would be great! ;) Thank you again for the good time together!
Shadya was absolutely charming and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time with her - humorous, engaging, full of energy and helpful. We toured with Shadya as a family (various ages) and we all agreed that she was an outstanding guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ana, I just looooved spending time with all your wonderful family, thanks !
Norman KleinUnited States
Shadya provided a great tour focused on Ile D'Orleans that included a couple of tastings. She added a drive through of the Plains of Abraham and a quick stop at Montmorency Falls. She was a delight to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Klein, it was a pleasure to show you the Plains as your request, it was a must see in town! :)
Norman KleinUnited States
Shadya was punctual, informative and personable. She provided an informative tour of the Old City and was flexible regarding the tour order so that we could end in the Lower City for lunch and shopping. She also provided a great suggestion for a lunch location.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! I love giving my secrets place to my travellers... it's part of real local discovery, plus I am a foodie and Quebec has just so many places to try. :)
Dave S.United States
If you are looking for someone to show you Québec whose knowledge of the city is broad and who is willing to create a tour to satisfy special requests, Shadya is your quide. She organized a tour that addressed all of our interests and entertained us with fun facts about the city along the way. She helped us with our attempts at translating French and told us what to say to properly order a chocolate dipped ice cream cone (very important information!). We highly recommend Shadya as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dave! Making you discover the "real local Quebec" was such a nice thing to do with you both! I'm glad I could help showing you around and preparing for your futur stay as "French student" in Quebec city. Which area will you choose for staying... St-Jean street, Cartier street area or Lower St-Joseph street nouvo St.Roch. All very nice, local and pleasant area to live with lots of chocolate ice cream vendor!! :) Bon voyage!
Roger S.Pleasanton, CA, United States
We really enjoyed our tour with Shadya. It was everything we hoped it would be and she was very knowledgeable about the area. Roger and I particularly enjoyed her sharing with us some of her favorite places. We have used ToursByLocals in several countries and this one also did not disappoint.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you to all 4 of you! It was a very pleasant ride with you on the Road of the King and the Basilica to discover the "out of the beaten path" little places, like the fresh bread and maple butter... If I go to Virginia I'll stop by for sure! :)
Maryellen DonnellanUnited States
We LOVED our afternoon with Shadya! She took us to wonderful restaurants where We sampled a wide variety of Quebec City foods & wines. We finished off at the Chateau Frontenac overlooking the river which was just so lovely. Shadya is warm, friendly & easy to be with, and all throughout the afternoon told us wonderful bits of history & culture that has made Quebec City the unique and exciting city it is. She gave us good dinner reservations as well. We (my sister in law & niece) highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was also a delightful afternoon for me to be strolling around with nice people like you! :)
Pam RolfesUnited States
We recently were given a food tour by Shadya in Quebec City. She was an excellent guide who deserves 5 stars for a informative and tasty tour. Although it was low season in Quebec and some of her regular food choices were not available, she still organized places for us to try the local cuisine. Thanks to her we were able to find our way around Old Town a little easier plus eat at some places we never would have thought about trying. She is wonderful guide and I recommend her highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Pam! Lucky we were to change my regular choices and experiencing the best place for all for the delicious food and view ....the famous Chateau Frontenac. I'll put it on my futur list finally! :)
Carl F. GersterUnited States
Weather was atrocious-Rain, sleet, wind, and cold. Shadya was able to easily modify her planned itinerary to the desires of the 4 Americans aboard. She's a very knowledgeable and agreeable guide. Would love to have someone like her on all of our future tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: WOW !! for me, it's so much pleasure having guiding people like you. That is why I love it, it doesn't feel like working!
Maureen T.United States
On a rainy cold day in October, Shadya meet us 6 seniors at the cruise port for a custom tour that combined walking thru the lower city, a funiculur ride to the upper city, then stops at 5 restaurants for food & drink samples. Shadya is one of the best guides we've ever met. She is enthusiatic and extremely knowledgeable. She has great stories, some humorous, all interesting to explain the history of this unique city. The food stops were great, but poutine will never be on a repeat list!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maureen! It was a hard rainy day but lot's of sunshine with you all! Great tastings... poutine is a must to discover the real local dish, good you tried it once at least ! ;)
Neal WeinsteinScotttsdale, AZ, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you !
Jim McNeiceUnited States
Our tour with Shadya was extremely enjoyable. I would highly recommend the 3 hour walking tour she provided. Shadya is very animated and engaging with some great stories on what really happened during the early days of the city. The tour was perfect for us as 2 retired couples from Boston on our first day in Quebec City. We prefer these private tours as they enable us to spend more time in areas of particular interest. Thank you Shadya.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you of you both! It's always a pleasure to walk and make discover my lovely city when my travellers are interested in stories of all kinds... watch for waters..! ;)
Aimee FoxArlington, MA, United States
Shadya is a warm, knowledgeable, and professional guide. She adapted the pace and focus to our family group, which spanned ages 70 to 10, and she entertained with anecdotes and stories of Quebec history that our tweens will remember. Her kind, friendly demeanor and expert knowledge of Old Quebec makes the tour a pleasure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great family time with you all! I hope our daughters exchange maybe possible in the futur to practice their french and english! ;)
Greg WolfUnited States
One of our first private tours and Shadya made it memorable. Due to walking limitation she arranged for an easy walking tour of lower old town and then great driving tour of upper old town and country side on isle. Great history and stories as we went along. Thank you Shadya.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, the pace was perfect to me also! I'm always looking forward so my travellers can be happy!
Donna HooverUnited States
Shadya was unbelievable!! She was knowledgeable, fun, spoke wonderful English and let us set the pace for the walking tour of old Quebec. She answered all our questions, gave us wonderful insights and provided a lunch at a place where the scenery was like non-other! There were 10 of us (all in one spacious van that Shadya drove) and all of us left her at the end of the day saying "what a wonderful day, wonderful guide and beautiful city". We could not have been more pleased and satisfied!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: and... what a wonderful group you were! thanks to all of you! :)
Stephanie ReganUnited States
Very knowledgeable; cordial;very helpful; flexible; and knowledgeable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephanie! we had a great time to discover out of the beatten path sites like bird watching and stopping at the basilica Ste-Anne!
Shadya made the tour very interesting, fun and informative. Two of us were from Western Canada and our friends were from Virginia so we had two different perspectives from a historical standpoint. She hit the high mark for both couples. Would definitely recommend and use again. Graham & Darlene, Vancouver, BC
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Graham! It was a pleasure to guide you around with your friends. Great times! :)
Stephen BreuerUnited States
Shadya proved to be enthusiastic, entertaining, and knowledgable. We were delighted to share her with new friends from our cruise. Thank you and especially Shadya.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you, was a great time haveing you around to make you discover my city!
Ross CecilNewburgh, IN, United States
Shadya was the perfect guide for our tour. She is knowledgeable, very pleasant, and eager to share her city. The walking tour of the old town really helped us explore on our own later. The four of us appreciated her lunch options - all were good but we had, I think, the best. We felt like her guests, not just customers. Our only regret was that the tour had to end.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hurray!! Thank you so much! It's thrue, I try to make this work not a job but a pleasure for myself and the people I spend good times with, more friends then only travellers!
Linda HenriquesUnited States
Excellent guide...wonderful tour of beautiful Quebec City!
Marjory FlynnUnited Kingdom
Charmed by Quebec even on a rainy day. Super guide and delightful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you... You will hve to come back for a sunny day .. or during winter ;)
Pauline HergrueterUnited States
Shadya met my husband and I at our hotel, was on time and had a delightful personality. She knew where to take us, had lots of info, walked at our pace and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This was a wonderful way to see and be introduced to Quebec and I highly recommend taking this tour. A private tour is the only way to go, so much better than being with a large group and much more personal. Shadya's pride in Quebec comes across sincerely and with much enthusiasm so it was a great three hours!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Pauline! It's always a pleasure for me to show my city around, with fun and stories, and professionalism!
Wayne BrownUnited States
Sadya has a very nice and engaging personality. Her English and knowledge of local sites was excellent I would recommend a tour with her to see the local area and hear some history as well
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Brown! We had a great and sunny afternoon! You'll have a great blackcurrant liquor to make sangria as a souvenir of the island of Orleans... :)
Yukari KaneUnited States
We have used tours by locals in our travels around the world, and Shadya is among the best. She weaves in lots of stories from history and really made Quebec City come alive for us. We were four adults, but I think she'd be great for families with kids too. In a day we covered most of the must-see sights. On a side note, we almost didn't make the tour because of lost passports, but she was patient and really made an effort to figure out alternative arrangements.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! thank you so much for this nice word... What can I say more than I was really happy that you could finally make it to Quebec city! You are good travellers. We had a wonderful day together, and I won't forget the delicious icecream I had to taste for work.. :)
David TylerUnited States
Shadya was well informed, pleasant, very friendly and personable. She was flexible about what and how long we wanted to explore a stop. She shared a lot of local knowledge and was able to provide accurate history and local legend. A delight to spend time with. The Isle d'Orleans was great
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David! it was such a pleasure to tour the whole island with you and your wife. Foodies people like you who enjoy good simple things of locals is just great!
Patricia ( for Interccept Pharma) PetitjeanCanada
Shadya was great, she was attentative and knowledgable. We had a great afternoon dog sledding and visiting the ice hotel. Thank you Shadya!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was such a pleasure to make you experience the dogsledding adventure and having fun with all your group! wish you best success for your company!
Caroline HovdesvenUnited States
We loved Shadya's tour! It was such a great introduction to Quebec City! I would highly recommend Shadya's tour as it was very informative about the city's history and also showed us some very picturesque areas. We were really happy that we took the tour on our first day in the city, as it gave us a better sense of what highlights to revisit on our own. Great job!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Caroline! I hope you could enjoy also some of the romantic restaurants I suggested you under the white snow of Quebec city! ;)
Susan KullerUnited States
Best tour guide we have ever had. We do a lot of tours and Shadya is the cream of the crop.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow. Thank you so much. Doing what we like with travellers who enjoy it like you is just a real pleasure. My pay is your happiness. ;)
Judith BashamUnited States
Glad we where in a driving tour because the weather was awful. But even with that, the tour was great. Shadya was professional and very entertaining. She made us feel very special and took care of us after a longer out door part of the tour with "a little surprise" (something hot). We learned a lot about the city that we had already loved. She was knowledgeable and you will like her alot. Wish we had better weather to tour the falls from outside. We will return. Judy, Northern Virginia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judy! For sure, the little surprise was almost a must stop for that day! And I enjoyed sharing that with you! See you again maybe in summer! ;)
Ana McDonaldUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am taking note of your comments.For sure,I always try to do the best for the travellers.But we have to also understand that visiting a city like Quebec means to stop to many places of history.Hard to walk and talk at the same time so everybody hears and is satisfied.That is why I prefer to take my time with the people to share stories while they enjoy nice views on the city.And I always make sure we see ALL major places during the tour.I will make sure all my future travellers will be 110% satisfied.
Jewel WhiteUnited States
Shadya is fantastic ! Very knowledgable ,friendly, and attentive!. You will not go wrong having her take you around Quebec! Excellent tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jewel! We had such a nice day with you and all your friends! picnic baskets on the island of Orleans with the view and the sun, tasting of all ciders were mmm delicious! Tks again and say "allo" to everybody! :)
Richard KienastUnited States
We had a wonderful time in our walking tour. Saw so many great things and heard so many wonderful stories on the history of Quebec. Even got us some maple syrup that was delicious. She kept a great pace for us and have tried two of the restaurants that she pointed out and have loved both of them. Thank you again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard! Yes we had a good time with this beautiful sun. Hope you enjoyed your stay on the island and the famous ice wine there.. miam! :)
Terrance HartmanUnited States
We very much enjoyed the tour given by Shadya. She was enthusiastic, informative and attentive to our questions and physical abilities. We will highly recommend her to others. 5 out of 5 for sure....Shadya was excellent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! Thank you so much Terry. You were traveller 5/5 too! ;)
Debbie ShapiroUnited States
Shadya was delightful! Her commentary was both informative and amusing -- we all learned things we hadn't known about Quebec and even American history. Her enthusiasm and love of the area was contagious. We were delayed a bit by the annual bicycle race but still managed to see a lot of Quebec City and spend some time on Il d'Orlean. Loved the iced maple taffy and the cider tasting. And Shadya happily accommodated my frequent requests for photo stops. I recommend her highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Debbie! At least we saw the bikers ... hihi... don't forget to send me those nice pictures you took on the island! Thanks & say "hello" to everyone.
We (my husband, son and I) had a wonderful tour with Shadya. All three hours were very informative. Would recommend. Also it is great doing the tour at the beginning of your stay as you will know how to get around and know the places you want to go back to.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you Sandra! Don't forget.. if Mark need any information, just contact me and it will be a pleasure to help him during his stay in our beautiful city! :)
Stephanie GordonUnited States
Shadya was a true professional and a gifted story-teller. The history of Quebec City was brought to life in an enthusiastic and timely manner. The day we spent touring the city and the Isle de Orleans was the best travel experience we could have hoped for. My daughter, age 17, was equally pleased. Do not hesitate to engage Shadya for a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Stephanie! I had a good time with both of you... tasting all those good delicacies (and cider... a bit strong for your daughter ;) was a great way to discover our countryside and have fun! thanks for all.
Karen Burgess-KohnUnited States
We spent a wonderful and informative day with Shadya in Quebec. She even brought cold, bottled water for us and that was very thoughtful. Shadya was lots of fun to be with. I rate her as one of the top guides we have had with Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow! thank you so much! We had a very nice day together... even the icecream on the island was delicious!It's always a pleasure for me to take care of my travellers, even with details like cold water ;)
Lisa GreenUnited States
We appreciated how knowledgeable Shadya was. We learned a lot from the tour, found the stories interesting and appreciated her perseverance when we had a 20 minute shower in the middle of our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa! Patience for you too with these little showers, but we had time to see everything with good travelers like you! :)
Miguel Angel Torres PorteroSpain
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias senor.. hacer el tour en espanol era un "challenge", pero le gustan!
Really great tour, both for us and our two girls who are 12 and 8. Shadya had plenty of stories and history and delivered them in an animated and enthusiastic way that really kept us all engaged.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nick. I had lot a fun with your family, and your two daughters were very good in French, so surprising!
Paul SidikmanUnited States
Shadya's knowledge and storytelling are top of the line. But that's to be expected. It is Shadya's wonderful personality and enthusiasm which sets her apart.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr. Sidikman! Hope you enjoy upper town after our visit! :)
Don UselmannUnited States
Shadya was terrific with extensive knowledge and great enthusiasm in her story-telling bringing history to life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Don! It was a real pleasure to guide interesting and interested travellers like you and your wife! Hope you will remember the delicious maple toffee! ;)
Robert MaltzUnited States
Shadya did an excellent job of showing the uptown and downtown part of Quebec and was very accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you M. Maltz. It was a pleasure to show you around! :)
Roxana del RioCanada
Shadya was great! She is clearly passionate and knowledgable about the history of Quebec. She was informative and very entertaining, making our tour so much fun. Our group had a 4 year old and a 68 year old and everything in between and she was bery accomodating to our needs. Her stories make Quebec City's history come alive. Shadya made all of us feel welcomed. I would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Roxana! Wow, you and your whole family was just like having a good time altogether while making you discover my town. You even made it all to the top at the citadelle!! dile hola a todos ;)
Susan VassilakosUnited States
Shadya was excellent. We enjoyed it so very much and will use tours by locals again thanks to a wonderful first experience. Thank you Shadya for a great tour Susan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Susan! It was fun to have you four friends enjoying my stories giving you the time to rest with the so hot weather! Say "allo" to everone and watch for the bucket... ;)
I had a marvellous day with Shadya. We had corresponded before we met and she tailored the day to maximize my experience. Before I arrived, Shadya sent me recommendations for restaurants in the area and I ended a long day of flying with a great meal just steps from my hotel. When we walked though the old town she shared some great stories that made the history come alive. We spent the afternoon tasting the bounty of Ils D'Orleans. I would love to spend more time with her to share more of Quebec with me!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jerine!Same for me, It was a real pleasure to share good times, tips and stories with you, specially on Island of Orleans. Enjoy the rest of your trip and maybe see you in winter or fall season!.. :)