Marie is an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and friendly. Everything organised perfectly and went smoothly. We visited some of the smaller cognac distilleries and had a different perspective and wonderful time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for leaving this nice review. It was a real pleasure to welcome you here, in the heart of the Cognac region. Glad to have been part of you stay in the area. Enjoy your Cognacs ! Best regards, Marie
Nicole ShannonUnited States
Marie made our trip to France very memorable. Marie was a fabulous guide and she spoke English fluently. She took us to the local outdoor market as well as the indoor food market. We then proceeded in her clean and roomy van to 3 separate wineries which gave us a great flavor of the different types of vineyards in the area. During the trip she provided lots of history and showed us many of the most prominent vineyards as we drove past. We also spent time taking pictures and walking around St. Emilion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nicole. It was such a pleasure to meet your party and let you understand the specifities of the terroirs here in Bordeaux & Saint Emilion. Thanks also for your sweet attention. The special moments shared with your party will be precious lasting memories. Best regards, Marie
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Bordeaux with Marie and would highly recommend Marie as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leonie for taking the time to leave such a nice review. I hope that you will love the rest of your stay in Bordeaux and have lots of fun. I was glad meeting you. Best regards, Marie
Cliff GrangerUnited States
Marie is amazing !!! I'm sure her standard tour is great but we requested a custom tour to focus on the wines of Saint Emilion. After dozens of emails over several months the plans were set and everyone in our party was overwhelmed with the attention to detail and expertise provided. I don't want to give away each location just in case a certain winery is not available but they each one was a brilliant choice for us. This was a very memorable experience and I highly recommend Marie at Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh Cliff... You have made my day ! Thank you so much for such a nice review! I was really glad to meet you all. Welcoming so nice and enthusiastic travellers will always be the best part of my job ! Thanks for everything, Best regards, Marie
Betty MendozaUnited States
Marie was amazing!!! She was very knowledgeable and friendly. She picked us up at dock and took us first sightseeing including fortress in Blaye. We went to two cognac distilleries which were phenomenal. Marie went beyond above our expectations making our day one we will always remember. She answered all our questions and was eager to explain the history and customs of the region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Betty, it was a real pleasure to meet your nice and cheerful family. Such meetings are the main reason to do this job. Thanks again for your enthusiasm! Enjoy your Cognac and let me know about it! Warm regards, Marie
We had a great afternoon tour with Marie. Leaving at 1:30 meant no traffic issues and we took in two premiere grand cru vineyards and tastings as well as a tour of the beautiful underground sites at St. Emillion. The tasting at Beau Sejour Becot included tasting the unfermented and partially fermented Merlot. We missed the crowds from 2 cruise ships in Bordeaux who had large by doing a later tour. Marie carried on a lively conversation, and was a font of new knowledge we had nor heard on other tours
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci John. Thanks a lot for giving of your time for discovering our region. Hope that you will have a lot of fun during the rest of your stay around. Warm regards, Marie
Simon DickensUnited Kingdom
Marie was a real delight. She was knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating as we made small changes on the day of our trip. She showed us hidden gems as well as notable sights. We had a great day with her in Arcachon and Sainte-Maure-Emilion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Simon. It was such a pleasure to welcome you here and to share my passion for my area with both of you. Welcoming curious and enthusiastic travellers will always be the main reason why I love my job! I hope you had such a great time during your inexpected break in St Emilion. Best regards Marie
Madeline NelsonUnited States
Marie went out of her way to share St. Emillion and its underground monuments. We experienced a wine tasting at a family run vineyard and shared a picnic lunch (all prearranged) at a little restaurant. She also drove us around Bordeaux so we could get our bearings and even helped us buy tram tickets to use the next day. Marie is an extremely knowledgeable guide and could get the keys to the underground monolithic church so we could experience it without crowds! It was an an amazing day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Madeline. It is always a pleasure to prepare a special tour for enthusiastic travelers. It was all my pleasure to meet you and welcome you here. Best regards Marie
Freyda KomitoUnited States
Our tour guide, Marie was exceptional. Her tour of St Emilion and the wineries was the highlight of our trip in that part of France. She met us at the cruise ship in a clean van and took us to a beautiful winery with a tour and a fabulous lunch at a chateau on the grounds. She created a customized tour . Her knowledge of the area is quite impressive. Marie has a great personality and we had a wonderful day with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for such a nice feed back Freyda! I was glad to meet you and welcome you and your friends in the heart of Bordeaux wineries. I stay at your disposal in case you would like to come back ! All the best. Marie
Dhyana LeveyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci Dhyana, It was a real pleasure to be your guide and let you discover my dear city of Bordeaux. Hope you loved each little gourmet stop which has been carefully selected ;-) Best regards Marie
Henrik BorgstromUnited States
Not only was Marie extremely knowledgeable and highly professional, she found us a terrific lunch spot for our day tour of Cognac (not her favorite cousin's place just to drum up business). Her choice of the private family distillery also felt genuine, not a sales pitch, as we have experienced with some other guides. Also her English is flawless, I would recommend her with no reservations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Henrik ! It is heartwarming to read such a nice feed back. It was a real pleasure to meet your charming family and to welcome you in the region. I stay at your entire disposal if you feel to come back here. Maybe one day, I will be lucky enough to have a trip to "Beau-Fleuve" ;-)
Michael MinorsUnited Kingdom
Our whole party was delighted with the tour which would have been difficult to improve in any way. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, giving just the right amount of information but was able to answer additional questions with authority and clarity. Her English was impeccable. The two halves of the tour were very different but each was handled with the same degree of expertise, and both should be on the itinerary of every visitor to the region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thousands thanks for this very nice feed back. It was a real pleasure to welcome you. I stay at your entire disposal if you feel to come back in Bordeaux area! Best regards Marie