Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Paris-France by Tour Guide Alain B. (Guide #19659)


Hayley DeGraaff

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Mar 18/19

Our tour started promptly at the time designated, with our driver, Alain, was waiting with water and the most extensive knowledge of WWII that I had ever heard. He also was quite knowledgeable about many other subjects as well. His personal stories and addition to the trip just made it that much more pleasurably. We highly recommend Alain!

Jackie Callandriello

United States
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Tour: #427528, Versailles Castle and the Royal Apartments of the Sun King, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Mar 17/19

Alain might just be the smartest and most knowledgeable guide in Paris. I will definitely book him again when we go back to see other parts of France. He was great with my teenage kids, made us feel safe and welcomed.

Jackie Callandriello

United States
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Tour: #388035, Louvre Museum Private Visit, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Mar 17/19

Loved Alain - Loved Paris - would never go back without a guide - the stories behind the art work was great!! Alain was great with my kids 15 & 13 - they would have never paid attention to the art and the history if Alain wasn't guiding us!!

Jackie Callandriello

United States
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Tour: #499155, Paris "à la carte" !, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Mar 16/19

Alain was great and his knowledge of everything Paris and everything France blew us all away. We felt safe the entire time with Alain. I will definitely go back and visit him and France again!!

Dorothy Low

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #397652, 3 Days' Randall Low private tour of Normandy, Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux, D-Day beaches, Mont St Michel, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jan 25/19

We had a great tour with Alain. Aside from being totally professional, approachable and reliable, he has a great personality He is still learning and is naturally curious, He shares his expertise with ease and fills the time with pearls about the culture and history. Enjoyed every minute we spent with him and is a safe and careful driver Thanks, Alain

Imran Ahmed

United States
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Tour: Visit Paris, Versailles and Normandy in 3 days, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Dec 26/18

Was a great tour . We had a 3 day tour where we saw major monuments in Paris and then Versailles and Normandy D Day tour . Alain was extremely knowledgeable about not just French but the world history and really helped us understand the background of all the places we visited . He is also very good with the kids . I will strongly recommend using him .

Jay Jennings

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Nov 26/18

Alain was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and gracious guide. He was great with our seven-year old son too.

Sara Ohashi

United States
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Tour: Sara Ohashi Private Versailles, Louvre & Mont St Michel, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Nov 21/18

We LOVE Alain. He knows so much and really is a seasoned veteran when it comes to timing the tour, where to start us off in every location we went to so that we got a very clear understanding of the background of our historical spot and then proceeded to go deeper into the history and interesting stories about the people from each location. We could see that his knowledge of arts and history is incredible. He tailored the tour to fit our interests, we would recommend Alain to anyone who wants an expert.

Doug Moore

United States
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Tour: #396082, WWI private day tour out of Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Nov 19/18

Monique Christensen

United States
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Tour: #301286, Paris Driven Tour and Louvre Museum Guided Half-Day, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Nov 18/18

What a wonderful day. Alain was so knowledgeable, friendly and so on top of any thing we needed. Will definitely use him the next time we are in Paris.

Doug Moore

United States
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Tour: #396082, WWI private day tour out of Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Nov 17/18

Lisa Poggi

United States
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Tour: #301286, Paris, Champagne and Loire Valley 3 days tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 25/18

If I could rate Alain above a 5-star, I would. I have travelled extensively but never had the pleasure of such an engaging, informative, knowledgeable tour guide. I truly cannot say enough about his expertise and professionalism. If you are going to Paris, message Alain as he has numerous tours and seeks to tailor each one to your specific desires. I used him for three different full day tours and I only wish that I was in France longer!

Roger Zacher

United States
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Tour: #304559, Giverny Claude Monet House and Gardens Private Half Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

Alain was full of wonderful art history & appreciation, only wish we could have spent more time with him. Totally recommend this guide!!!!

Glenn Rockwood

United States
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Tour: #359879, Louvre and Orsay Museums Highlights, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 23/18

Great day touring 2 museums. Very extensive knowledge of both museums and especially all the artists, culture changes and period changes. Very informative and kept it extremely interesting.

Tom Lindas

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 22/18

Linda Miller

Paradise Valley, AZ, United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 19/18

Alain gave us a thoroughly delightful trip. His knowledge of WW II and the D-Day invasion was very detailed, presented in an engaging manner. His comprehensive understanding of European history which gives more depth of old enmities, gave us an insight we would not have had. Absolutely outstanding! We enjoyed our day with him and look forward to booking again! A true 5 star experience!

Rosemary Osman

Australia
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Tour: #304559, Giverny Claude Monet House and Gardens Private Half Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 16/18

Alain was an excellent driver and has a very comfortable vehicle He is highly educated in Art History and obviously loves being a tour guide and sharing his knowledge The Gardens and house are beautiful and his background explanations added to our enjoyment A bonus was our drive through Paris on a Sunday morning Thoroughly recommend this tour and Alain

Brenda Shrider

United States
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Tour: Paris Tour with private driver and guide, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Sep 12/18

Met with Alain B. promptly at the train station for a 1 day tour of Paris from London. The vehicle was comfortable and roomy. Alain knows his "stuff". We did not miss anything we did not want to. Started in a logical location and ended at the train station with plenty of time to return to London. If allowed we could have had information overload, that is how knowledgeable he is. Answered all questions and took us to a wonderful lunch venue and a requested shopping experience. Thank you Alain B ..!

Theresa Sheffield

United States
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Tour: #304386, Champagne driven/guided Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 10/18

We had a wonderful day with Alain. He went out of his way to ensure a fantastic day in Champagne!

Katherine M.

United States
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Tour: #304386, Champagne driven/guided Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 24/18

Nine hours on one tour is a long time with a single guide/driver, but Alain was great. He didn't give lectures. He engaged us in conversations in which he shared his deep knowledge and love of French history, culture, arts, wine, politics, etc. We appreciated his flexibility. When we expressed interest in a place not on the tour, he offered to switch up the plan and we headed off to a destination that was of greater interest to us. It was a delight to spend a day with him.

Arthur Eberly

Greenville, SC, United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 23/18

Our family enjoyed this trip very much. Alain was extremely adept at adjusting to our interst level. We put this excursion high on our list of things to do while in Paris. It was worth it but the 3 hour + drive each way distracts from the experience. If you have or will have another opportunity to visit that part of France separately from Paris I would not Cram it in to a Paris trip. If on the other hand it might be your only opportunity, I would not miss it and Alain is the one to take you.

Katherine M.

United States
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Tour: #304559, Giverny Claude Monet House and Gardens Private Half Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 22/18

Alain has vast knowledge and is an engaging storyteller, so our time spent with him was educational and fun. We were on two tours with him and both were exceptional.

Juan Gutierrez

United States
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Tour: #301286, Juan Gutierrez Paris Driven Tour and Louvre Museum Guided, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 16/18

All I can say is that Alain was very knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. He was especially cognizant of my wife's limited ability to walk long distances and/or climb stairs. I would highly recommend him and hope to book with him again sometime in the future.

Leah Miciotto

United States
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Tour: #359879, Orsay Museum Highlights, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 13/18

Again in Paris, we had an excellent Guide, Alain, who taught us so much about the art movements between 1850 - 1900. He was so passionate about the information it easily engaged our group age 75 to 16. It was a magnificent day.

Richard Thorner

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: May 3/18

One of the most, if that the most, knowledgeable guides We have a come across. On time, personable, nice vehicle and extensive knowledge of our tours destination and all of world history! Thank yo we have come across. On time, personable, nice vehicle and extensive knowledge of our tours destination and all of world history.

Michele Mutzke

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Apr 15/18

Alain was fabulous. Out of all the guides we have had, he was superior to all of them. He was right on time to pick us up. He was very knowledgeable and a genuine pleasure to be with. It was like traveling with a friend. He was also a great driver. If I require a driver again while in Europe, I would definitely call Alain without hesitation. I highly recommend him for any tour. He knew everything about everything. We had a great day. He was also very reasonable in price. He is my go to guy...

Terry Lawley

United Kingdom
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Tour: #304568, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral and Latin Quarter private walking tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Apr 14/18

We really enjoyed our 2.5 hr tour with Alain this afternoon. Alain has an encyclopaedic knowledge of French and European history and his commentary is very entertaining and thought provoking. We definitely recommend this tour.

Steve Kipnis

United States
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Tour: #388035, Louvre Museum Private Visit, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Apr 1/18

We went on the tour with our children (18 and 14) who are not always easy to take to museums. However, with Alain as our guide the tour of the Louvre was one of the highlights of our trip for both kids. Alain was able to navigate the bustling crowds and bring history and art to life. We highly recommend this tour.

Cary Cheifetz

United States
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Tour: #304386, Champagne driven/guided Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Mar 19/18

Alain is one of the finest tour guides in Paris. He has an abundance of knowledge and passion fin everything he does. His tour id Champagne was amazing.

Jeanne S.

Los Altos, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: Versailles Private Half-Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Nov 7/17

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

Beverly Nolte

United States
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Tour: #301286, Beverly Nolte Private Paris Driven Tour @ night, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Oct 15/17

Alain was very thoughtful about the traffic on a Sun. Night into Paris so he arrived early to pick me up from the hotel. I certainly enjoyed him as a tour guide with lots of knowledge about his city/country. It was a memorable experience with Alain. He helped me take lots of pictures and explained many tidbits about Paris. A unique experience with Alain.

Michael Hough

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Oct 12/17

Alain was the best guide we have had. He was very knowledgeable and made our trip to Normandy a highlight of our vacation. He gave very deep background to the sites and was able to answer all of our questions. We would give him six stars but that was not an option.

David G.

United States
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Tour: #304559, Giverny Claude Monet House and Gardens Private Half Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Oct 10/17

Alain ensured our tour to Giverny was truly special. We thoroughly enjoyed our interaction with him. He was professional, courteous and knowledgeable. He was gracious and kind and exhibited the very best in quality customer service and follow through.

Michael Mychajluk

Canada
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Oct 1/17

Our tour was very enjoyable and informative. Alain did a fantastic job. I would recommend him to anyone.

Lucy Spiegel

United States
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Tour: #301286, Paris Driven Tour and Louvre Museum Guided Half-Day, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 28/17

Alain was incredibly knowledgeable about The city, the country and the culture...he had great stories! He was most amenable to a side trip to the Marais and a quick stop for pix at the Eiffel Tower. We enjoyed our adventure and we learned a lot!

Lori Lofye

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 14/17

Our D-Day Normandy Landing tour with Alain was absolutely fantastic! His knowledge of the WWII history is amazing. He shared so much information that we did not know. It was both a fun and very touching experience.

Mary H.

United States
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Tour: #304386, Champagne Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Sep 11/17

This tour was great loved visiting the smaller family owned business and the small Village. Tour guide did a very good job, and was extremely knowledgeable.

Harry H.

United States
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Tour: Harry Hicks special private near-east at the Louvre tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Jul 26/17

Alain is very knowledgeable about most of the items on display in the ancient near east section of the Louvre, and we enjoyed the tour and learned a lot. One large room contained artifacts from Dur-Sharrukin, built by Sargon II in about 710 BC. Alain told us the items were from the 12th century BC. He skipped the rooms dealing with the Levant, saying he knew nothing about them. The Levant includes ancient Israel and Judah, and would be of great interest to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Harry H.

United States
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Tour: #304556, Loire Valley Castles, Full Day Private Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 25/17

Alain is a fountain of knowledge about many different things; his explanation of the history of France and of each castle was thorough. He is 56, and probably learned English decades ago. He has his own peculiar pronunciation of many English words. He knows the words and says them quickly in sentences, but mispronounces them. I was often asking, "What are you trying to say?" It wasn't really a major issue, just an annoyance.

Russell Gullotti

United States
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Tour: #304548, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, Private Full Day Tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 20/17

Alain is fun and extremely knowledeable. He knew so much of the D-Day history I told him that he should be a history professor. He told me that he is, in fact, a history professor at the university level. I highly recommend Alain for any tour he would give.

Joan Trifletti

United States
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Tour: Joan's Special Customized Paris Tour - July 10th 2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Date: Jul 10/17

Alain was very informative but failed to use the microphone system and some of us could not hear him well. It would also have been nice to have some water on the mini bus. The issue we had was with the vehicle. We were cutting it close to get back to the ship on time and drivers had to be changed as it was over 12 hours. When we went through the last pay station the pass did not work and we had to spend extra time getting it to work. We got to the ship closer to sailing time than we would like.

Robert LaPenta

United States
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Tour: #304568, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral and Latin Quarter private walking tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jul 7/17

Alain was an exceptional guide. He was very informative and spoke English well. he is very well educated and knowledgeable. He had many interesting and funny facts to share with us. He was very pleasant. I would highly recommend him for the Paris tour.

Mark Keenan

United States
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Tour: #304568, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral and Latin Quarter private walking tour, Paris, Île-de-France, France    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

Alain was really great. (Teaches European heritage.) He provided us with a wonderful introduction to Notre Dame and the Latin quarter.