Francoise was absolutely great, take all the time necessary to keep with our group. We are a 12 persons famliy and friends of 12, including kids. There is no way that we would be able to understand the underground city without her knowledge. Atención hispanos hablantes, excelente tour guide en nuestro idioma Merci beaucoup Francoise!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Querida Maritza, Muchísimas gracias por sus amables palabras. Estoy muy conmovida. Hasta la próxima. Françoise (Francisca)
Michael AnzelUnited States
Francoise is a charming, knowledgeable, and accomodating guide. The tour stressed more of the underground passages than originally we thought we would do but Francoise was able to change "on the fly" due to the very cold weather. When we ventured outside she had hand warmers for our use. We spoke about more than just the sites discussing culture, restaurants, etc. and received several recommendations of places to eat and activities to try. I'm sure anyone using Francoise would be more than satisfied.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Michael and Mary Jo, I read your comment as I was leaving Christmas mass last night, and said to myself, "What a lovely Christmas gift!" Thank you for the kind words and the perfect timing. Hopefully, some of the activities and restaurants I recommended were to your liking. All the best in the New Year and Happy Christmukkah!
Judith HodgsonYork, United Kingdom
Just wanted to say again how much Martin and I enjoyed your company and your interesting and lively introduction to your beautiful city. We walked MILES today up to Mont Royal, all the way around it and eventually made our way to Little Italy where we visited Jean Talon market and found a super restaurant right across from the Italian church on Dante!We did the AURA experience at Notre Dame this evening - wow > We did the AURA experience at Notre Dame this evening - wow
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Judith, When I travel, like you, I walk many many kilometers, and I am happy to read that you covered a lot of territory after our tour. Bravo! So glad to read that you saw "Aura" at Notre-Dame Basilica. It does not disappoint. Let me take this opportunity to wish you and Martin a very happy holiday season and many more adventures in 2020. All the best, Françoise
Veronica KatzUnited States
Taking the tour with Francoise was the ideal way to start our vacation. She personalized our tour to fit our interests. In addition she gave us a lot of materials and suggestions to use on the rest of our stay. She also made herself available for any questions we had about the area. If you too are also a first time visitor to Montreal we highly recommend toursbylocals and especially Francoise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Veronica. Thanks so much for your kind words. It was truly a pleasure to show you and your sisters around our great city. Hope we can do it again sometime.
Enrico DiNardoUnited States
Excellent tour guide and tour. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Molto grazie, Enrico! It was a pleasure to meet and guide you and your family. I hope the rest of your trip went well and that you continued to discover new and exciting elements of our fair city. Ciao!
Karen FlakeUnited States
Francoise was a delightful tour guide, full of information about Montreal - with entertaining comments and fun facts thrown in, as well. She was willing to give us recommendations for restaurants, shopping and more. She gladly customized the tour for our group of nine to highlight our interests. Our appreciation to her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Karen, It was really fun showing your group around over two afternoons. I hope you had some wonderful meals and bought original souvenirs before returning home. Perhaps our paths will cross again. Until then, keep well and keep traveling.
Charlie SheaAvalon Beach, NSW, Australia
Francoise has been by far the best guide we have had on this holiday. Enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and empathetic with a twinkle in her eye as she shared some humourous tale. Would definitely recommend her for a Montreal tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Charlie, it was truly a pleasure to guide your group. What a fun bunch of people! It was most pleasant to show you two sides of our city: the touristy and beautiful as well as the local and unique. I hope our paths will cross again next time you are in this part of the world. Safe travels.
Francoise had a great knowledge of Montreal and its history. She was very personable and receptive and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour with her. She organized everything well. We highly recommend Francoise for any local tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much, Tony, for your kind words. It was a pleasure to show you around our Old Town and introduce you to some local products. I hope to see you again the next time you come out East.
Arlene LebowitzUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Sherbrooke Street and the surrounding area. Francoise was knowledgeable, patient and friendly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Arlene and Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Our experience with touring with Francoise began several days before we arrived. She had excellent suggestions about timing, meeting places that served to optimize the tour time. She was keen on personalizing the tour, yet offered a well-planned suggested itinerary that we felt very well met our desired outcomes. She provided enough historical and cultural context to make seeing the main features meaningful. She was deliberate about allowing for a break, and even this was planned in an historic site!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Sharon, Thanks so much for your kind words. I, too, had a wonderful time with you and your family. You make an important point about the informality of such tours. They certainly do allow for an unhurried pace and personalized approach. So glad our paths crossed not once, but twice this week-end! Enjoy the rest of your summer. Hope to see you again. Françoise
Heidemari Matthew A.United States
Lovely lovely time with Françoise and our tour was so sweet "cannoli" so tasty. Discovering little Italy and the market was so fun! Absolutely lovely! Thank you for time and kindness!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Heidemari and Betsy, I, too, had a fabulous time. So glad we were able to do this together. It really was a treat, because as I told you, I don't often get a chance to show visitors around this wonderful neighbourhood. Safe travels to you both. Bis bald. Françoise
Brock MagruderUnited States
My wife and I enjoyed a three hour classic walking tour with Francoise in late July. I would highly recommend her services and would certainly book her again myself. The tour was fun and informative. Francoise was delightful-flexible, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and eager to answer questions. She clearly loves what she does. She also provided excellent information that steered the remainder of our stay in Montreal. Merci beaucoup!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci a vous deux! I had such a wonderful time in your company. I will forward your other message to the tech support team, because I was under the impression that they did send an automated message. A bientot. Françoise
Robin VitolsUnited States
Francoise was delightful and very knowledgeable about Montreal. She sat with us at the end of the tour and provided wonderful restaurant and site recommendations for our future days here in the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Robin. Thanks so much for your kind review. It was truly a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. I hope you had a wonderful and tasty second day in our fair city. Enjoy the great weather! Hope to see you again when you come back to Montreal. All the best. Françoise
Je vais commencer ce commentaire en Français car c'est dans cette langue, parfaitement maîtrisée par Françoise, parmi d'autres, que la visite a eu lieu. Quelle joie de voir nos ados captivés et se déplacer à vélo en toute sécurité dans cette merveilleuse ville. En effet, Françoise a su répondre avec bienveillance à toutes nos demandes. Merci aussi pour tous les conseils sur les restaurants, les sites et les magasins à visiter. Pourquoi ne pas traduire ce site en français. Grand merci Gilles et famille.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bonjour Gilles et Florence. Merci pour vos bons mots. C'est vraiment apprécié. J'ai fait part de vos commentaires au bureau concernant la traduction du site en français. On verra à l'avenir si cela se fera, mais on m'a rappelé que la GRANDE majorité des clients se débrouillent en anglais, donc pour le moment ça reste comme ça. J'espère que le reste du voyage vous a plu. Je n'en doute pas, car votre itinéraire était vraiment très intéressant. Bonne rentrée aux enfants. Françoise
Remy AronoffUnited States
Francoise gave a very nice, informative tour of Rue Sherbrooke. She was also quite helpful about non-tour places to see and to eat in Montreal. If I am in Montreal again I would hope to take another tour with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Remy, It was a pleasure to show you around Sherbrooke Street on a quiet Saturday morning. I hope you found what you were looking for at the bookstore and the candy shop. Perhaps we'll meet again on your next visit to Montreal. Have a great summer. Françoise
Chris VincentUnited States
Francoise was excellent - friendly, informative, accommodating. Also gave us great restaurant suggestions ��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Chris and Veronique, Glad you appreciated the tour, and that my restaurant suggestions were a good fit for the two of you. I hope the shows you saw at the Jazz Fest met your expectations. Perhaps we'll meet again at another edition of the Jazz Fest. Keep well and have a great summer. Françoise
John OdonnellUnited States
Francoise took us on a fabulous tour of Montreal. We started on the top of the mountain for an overview with Montreal at our feet. Then we went down into town and saw it all, neighborhood by neighborhood, and ended at the marvelous Basilica! She answered our many questions and we certainly now feel that we know this wonderful city. We have used TBL many times and all the guides have been excellent, but Francoise was the Best of the Best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello John and Thérèse. All I can say is: I am blushing! You were the best couple to guide through our city. I truly had a wonderful time, and I always appreciate when clients have questions for me. To be able to share the rich history and the cool attractions of Montreal is very enriching for me. I hope you are having a blast on your trip. Perhaps we'll meet again on your way back home. A bientôt et merci. Françoise B.
Andrew SmileyUnited Kingdom
We had a fabulous tour with Francoise. She is intelligent, well read and great fun . The time sped by and we didn't even notice the cold,we were so absorbed in her descriptive history , culminating in a breathtaking visit to The Basilica . Well done Francoise You are great !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Andrew and Caroline, for your kind words. The cold didn't seem to phase you at all. You have the tough skin of Canadians! I had a very enjoyable time with you both and am very glad to read that Notre Dame Basilica met your expectations. Its reputation is certainly not exaggerated. Hope to see you again next time you are in Canada. Happy New Year.
Ann CraverUnited States
Many tour guides are capable of providing interesting commentary and a knowledge of the geography and landscape. Francoise embraced us as "new friends" from the moment we met. She was warm, attentive, and flexible, while providing the sure backdrop of her knowledge and experience. My husband and I were both charmed and enlightened by Francoise!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ann, Thanks so much for your kind words. It truly was a fun tour, and I much enjoyed showing you around our city. Safe travels. Françoise
G. Timothy LeeUnited States
Francoise was excellent. She gave us the history and color of Montreal. Our tour was during a rainy morning but she made adjustments to keep us as dry as possible while still giving us exposure to old Montreal. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Timothy, Thanks so much for the kind words. They are much appreciated. I really enjoyed our tour together; we certainly made the most of it despite the rain. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip and will come back to Montreal some time. Have a great fall. Sincerely, Françoise
Karen R.United States
Our tour guide, Francoise, gave us a wonderful experience sampling many of the cultural and historical delights of Montreal. She had a lovely presence and tremendous energy and impressed us with her knowledge of the "duality" of Montreal, its derivation, tradition, and expression. She clearly loves this city and enjoys showing its many treasures to visitors. She was very accommodating to our needs and desire to get an overview of Vieux Montreal before we began a fuller all-day exploration.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both for making this tour such a pleasurable one for me. I so enjoy bragging about my city, and it was a double-pleasure, since it was an opportunity to let you practice your French at the same time. Your review is much appreciated. I hope to have a chance to show you around another part of Montreal on a future trip to our fair city. Keep well. Bon été.