Micheal H.United States
3 impressive sites make this tour a great value. Gustavo has the knowledge & personality to present their histories in a concise manner. The setting of Chenonceau & the architecture of Chambord alone make it worthwhile to book this tour. Experience a fascinating day in the Loire Valley away from crowded Paris.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Thank you so much!
Micheal H.United States
Great day out of Paris with Gustavo. Highly recommend this tour. Fontainebleau was not crowded compared to Versailles and compares favorably. Nice lunch in the village of Barbizon then a must see -Vaux le Vicompte. The chateau & gardens are impressive as is their history. Book this escape from the crowds in Paris.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Micheal!
Susan BattersbyUnited Kingdom
Our tour was excellent and I would like to thank Gustav for a wonderful experience. He arrived on time and explained what we would see and some of the history in comfort at our hotel before we left. Initially we walked around the gardens where he explained how they were used by the court and the construction of the tiers etc. We then went into the palace and his knowledge came to the fore as he described what we could see and explain the lives of Louis 14th etc. It was 100 times better than a headset.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words and gracious support. This means a lot to me. Very much appreciated.
Selby BrownUnited States
Gustavo was kind, professional, and flexible. We had a very short stop over, and with his help, we really made the best of it. Would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Selby! I look forward to do another tour with your group!
Don RiversUnited States
Gustavo was a wonderful guide. Very informative and fun. We were 4 in our 60's and he was very patient and accommodating. We would highly recommend him to anyone.
Connie BostanyUnited States
We had a wonderful day in the country. Gustof was very knowledgable
Jeff GoldbergUnited States
I had very high expectations for this tour, and Gustavo exceeded all of them. He is very knowledgable about everything we saw, and provided amazing narration that "made my trip." Gustavo is also very friendly, and knows the ins-and-outs of Paris. Whether or not one takes the city tour, or the Versailles tour (or any other) with him, he will help create good memories for a lifetime! Thank you Gustavo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your time Jeff. Nice meeting you!
Gustavo was very informative and professional. Structured the historical background well to give a good understand of the historical context of Versailles. Friendly and obliging and we enjoyed the tour.
Christopher RandallUnited States
Gustavo was engaging and knowledgeable. I recommend him highly.
Laura MullerUnited States
Gustavo was a great guide we had a perfect time at Versailles. He was very good at describing the French history the history of the kings and Versailles. We really enjoyed the day.
Kirvin S.United States
What a fantastic tour! Our guide, Gustavo, picked us up on time in a beautiful, roomy vehicle & drove us to the Loire for a full day tour of 3 chateaus. Gustavo's has a great command of the English language and was easy to understand. He was extremely knowledgeable about each site we visited. Gustavo shared his knowledge in a fun way & we thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with him. I highly recommend booking with Gustavo, a highly qualified guide with a great personality!!
Ronald (Ron) KitlasUnited States
Our guide was fun, accommodating and very knowledgeable of the history of the region and in the case of our tour of Versailles and Giverny, very knowledgeable of art history. We highly recommend this tour, especially our guide -- Gustavo Zarco.
Theresa CallicottUnited States
Gustavo was terrific! He was well informed and had lots of fun additions to add to the historical facts during our trip to Versailles. He was friendly, on time, prepared, and a good advocate for our group of seven at this very busy tourist site. I'd hire him again!!
Rebekah AustinUnited States
What an amazing day spent just outside the city! Gustavo was informative and professional and gave us tremendous insight into the life of Monet and the life events that shaped his work. He was kind and patient with me as I walked slowly with a cane. After the Monet house, he drove us home a different way, giving us stunning views of the Normandy countryside. Gustavo is highly educated in the arts and spoke perfect English. We highly recommend this tour!
Curtis ArmstrongUnited States
It was our pleasure to have Gustavo Zarco as our Normandy guide. His comprehensive knowledge of the history of this area along with personal insights and comments, made this tour especially enjoyable. It was profoundly moving to stand on such hallowed ground and see the cliffs, the bunkers, the sea as we remembered those who fought here. The American cemetary was eerily beautiful. A very special day for us indeed. Thank you Gustavo for guiding us through with such expertise.
Tom LucidoUnited States
Gustavo did a great job with our large group. Traffic and rain stole a bit of time, which of course was not his issue, and he was able to work around the obstacles and provide us with a lovely day. His data is impressive and we all got a really grand history lesson while viewing the palace and gardens.
Myriam MacQuiddyUnited States
Gustavo was very informative. He was very considerate of my husband's mobility limitations. He is very knowledgeable and provides important insights that made the tour very enjoyable.
Brent ScottUnited States
Gustavo was excellent! He took us on a beautiful tour of Giverny, Versailles, plus a nice surprise bonus tour of Chateau de La Rouche-Guyon. He was extremely engaging and accommodating. He drove us through the French countryside and provided nuggets of information that made the tour so very interesting! Our family of five had a wonderfully memorable day and in large part was due to the effort of Gustavo!
Carl SimonsUnited States
Gustavo was a fantastic guide, with a high level of insight into everything related to Versailles. Kudos to him for getting the teenagers to sit through a brief but important history lesson before getting into the tour! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Gustavo and highly recommend him as a guide.
Trevor O.Nakara, NT 0810, Australia
A magnificent tour was had yesterday with our very knowledgeable tour guide Gustavo. His Art history degree provided us with a great concept of French history which is most helpful when visiting Versailles. Our visit to Monet's house and garden was just beautiful the gardens are just amazing. Gustavo is a regular at Monet's restaurant where we had lunch with beautiful homemade fare which the French do so magnificently. Tours by locals offer this great combination of tours in one day. Thank you Gustavo
Susan ScottUnited States
Hello - Our day with Gustavo at Giverny and Versailles was unforgettable. He is charming and knowledgeable - a 5 rating for sure!
Madeline GiffordUnited States
Madeline GiffordUnited States
This was a wonderful tour! Gustavo is very knowledgeable and friendly. His recommendation for lunch was excellent and a fun local experience. He is very helpful and considerate. If we return to the area we we book him for all our tours.
Madeline GiffordUnited States
Gustavo is excellent. Knowledgeable and accommodating. Since we were staying at Eurodisney this was a very long day but very enjoyable.
Jamie BirkettUnited States
My husband and I enjoyed our guided tour with Gustavo to Versailles and Giverny. Gustavo is very friendly and knowledgeable. We went first to Monet's house, visited a castle in a near by town, had lunch and spent the afternoon in Versailles. Our goal was to see these two bustling sights without the stress you read about-- long lines and crowded rooms. Gustavo had everything so well timed we felt relaxed the entire trip and learned a lot about French history. Don't worry if you don't get a reminder e-mail!
Mike SmithUnited States
Gustavo was excellent. He is knowledgeable about a very wide variety of topics. His views on history and its impact on subsequent events was particularly interesting to me and made for lively conversation as we traveled. Thanks G!
Merrill HughesDenham Springs, LOUISIANA, United States
Amazing day!! Gustavo deserves 10 stars!! We had a blast!! We started our day in Giverny to see monets house and gardens!! Absolutely breathtaking!! The flowers and ponds were very impressive. gustavo was very knowledgeable about Monet and his art. He drove us thru a French village which was very beautiful. Our lunch was at a cute little chalet looking building with awesome food. We loved it. We headed to Versailles just in time. It was amazing!! Gustavo was awesome throughout!! Highly recommend!!
Vijaya Rani KaMalaysia
Gustavo was a wonderful guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and made history come alive for us during his tour. We learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We highly recommend his tours. Thank you Gustavo!
Carrie MinerUnited States
We had a great day in Paris with Gustavo! He is very knowledgeable of the city and it's highlights. There is not one thing we feel he missed showing us. We would highly recommend booking with him in Paris! Thank you for a great day, Gustavo!
Tania HahnUnited States
William StantonUnited States
Gustavo is an excellent guide. He picked the six of us up at our hotel around 7 AM in his car; he drove and guided. The car was comfortable for the six of us and quiet enough that we could have conversation during the travel. Gustavo's knowledge of geography, history, route mapping, local restaurants, local beer and cider, and most of the D-Day were impressive. The visits to the D-Day beaches, museums and cemeteries were touching and Gustavo's commentaries were superb. With out doubt, use Gustavo.
Lori MarcoUnited States
Gustavo was great. Versailles was packed and he helped us skip to the front of the line. Wouldn't tour any other way.
Fred Van AckerUnited States
Pamela JoslinUnited States
Gustavo treated our family to a wonderful day, touring Versailles and Giverny. He is a knowledgeable person who gives you a good understanding of the history and art of France. I would definitely use his services again the next time we visit Paris.
Patricia (Patty) HalaufiaUnited States
We had a nice day visit to Normandy. Gustavo made the day very interesting with his commentary during the drive to and from the sites of the D-Day events.
Chloe Jean M.Makati City, METRO MANILA, Philippines
Gustavo was quite the remarkable guide as he totally made us understood Paris in terms of history and architecture. He took us around Paris and showed us more than what we expected. We certainly learned a lot about the city and became more familiar with the area. Too bad that it was raining half of the day so we mostly drove through the sights. He took us to a very wonderful place for lunch and enjoyed his comments on other places to visit in France. Thanks Gustavo for the day!
Jane HuckabyUnited States
Nancy SullivanUnited States
Gustavo was very knowledgeable about the subject and was an excellent driver. He was very accomodating to our needs and I can highly recommend him for your tour.
Anthony DiamanteUnited States
The experience with Gustavo is beyond praise! He was incredible. In our time together we visited EVERY spot that was on my list and many that were not. He showed us normally unseen hidden gems along the way. Gustavo knew where to go for the most incredible lunch experience possible and the to us to a perfect place to buy wine and spoke for us to the shop owner. His knowledge of the city is amazing! Why get a hop on hop off bus 100 people and learn nothing, book Gustavo and become Parisienne!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the review! it was a pleasure to receive you here. I will glad to do it again. I hope that your friend enjoyed the wine ;)
David ShapiroUnited States
We had a lovely full day tour of Versailles yesterday. Gustavo is a great guide. He's friendly, patient and a pleasure to be with. He knows so much, and brought the places we saw to life with stories and explanations that tied together art, political and cultural histories. We asked a lot of questions and were impressed with his depth of knowledge not just about Versailles but about various semi-related topics. We really enjoyed the way he was able to tie seemingly unrelated topics together. 5 Stars
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you guys! i also enjoyed the visit with you�� have a safe trip back to Chicago! best
Richard VernickUnited States
We asked to stress Versailles and were very pleased with the trip. Very knowledgeable and interesting guide. Then added on a modified city tour that was icing on the cake.
Tommy GravettBear, DE, United States
Gustavo did an outstanding job. We loved the tour
Carl ObenaufUnited States
Jean ShillUnited States
Jim McIntyreUnited States
Gustavo's enthusiasm and knowledge of all the history surrounding the Normandy experience was infectious. It made for a long day when traveling to and from Paris but the experience was well worth the effort.
Stephen TaylorUnited States
Gustavo was awesome, very knowledgeable and a very good driver. He was prompt, courteous and very engaging. You should not hesitate to contact him for any type of tour in Paris or in the Champagne regions.
Lise LaquerreUnited States
Got to see all of Paris. His tour and knowledge level in the Louvre was very impressive. Thank you Gustavo.
Lise LaquerreUnited States
We had a great day visiting the Versaille with Gustavo. He was prompt in picking us up at the hotel. We were able to see all there was to see. A perfect day!
Ronnie ThomasUnited States
Gustavo was wonderful. Incredibly informative and entertaining as well. He made the tour such a great experience! I highly recommend him.
Charles ColeOakland, CA, United States
Gustavo is both knowledgeable as well as good at explaining the context and history of events in a way that makes the Bourbons and Versailles come alive. He is also good at customizing the tour to meet the needs of his group.
Carol LiebmanUnited States
Vincent, who substituted for vacationing Gustavo, was terrific and adjusted our tour to meet the needs and interests of three generations. On our way back to our apartment he offered to drive us by several Paris sites that we had not yet been to.
Jose Luis GuizadoPanama
Donna LundyUnited States
Gustavo is an outstanding guide. I highly recommend a tour with him to Versailles including the special private rooms He has a wealth of knowledge and keeps everything enjoyable. Great day!!!
Jackie PrawUnited States
Gustavo was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Versailles and Giverny. He is a pleasant guide. One suggestion would be to glance back more often to see if your group is keeping up with you.
Stacey LynchUnited States
Gustavo picked us up on time from our hotel. He was friendly and knowledgeable about Normandy, the various landing sites, specific battles and WWII history in general. An added bonus was that his van has rows of seats that face each other, which was nice for talking on the long ride round trip from Paris.
Tanpa ThondupHong Kong
Gustavo is a wonderful and hard working guide. He tried his utmost to fit in as much as possible in the three days that we had. The combination of the socio-political perspective to the art history of the Museums, extending to the city guide of Paris was wonderful !
Tearsa GardnerUnited States
Gustavo met us at the airport and did a whirlwind tour of Versailles and the Louvre. His knowledge and professionalism were awesome. Even though we were tired from our flight over from the States, he kept us interested and moving. If you love art and history, Gustavo is the guide for you.
Penny C.United States
Gustavo is very knowledgeable and easy going. He shared a lot about Monet during our visit to Giverny, and our tour of Versailles was great. He also took us to two additional places that we really enjoyed visiting. We highly recommend Gustavo.
Pam PaulUnited States
Gustavo treated us to a fabulous day trip outside Paris to visit Versailles and Giverny. His knowledge of French history and culture was comprehensive and insightful and ee also understood the interests of our three 18 year old boys well. He navigated us through the crowded Versailles quickly to move on to Giverny, where we had a lovely lunch and tour Monet's gardens and house. An added stop at Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, a medieval fortress that played a big role in WW2, capped off an amazing day for all.
Charles EvansUnited States
Great one day trip. Gustavo was excellent: on time, helpful, knowledgeable, flexible to give us personal time when requested, can very much recommend tour and guide. We loved it.
Cheryl BoshovenUnited States
Excellent guide. Knowledgeable and insightful.
Carol BlankUnited States
Gustavo was very knowledgeable. He gave us great historic background information and lots of insights. He is a very good driver.
David KimballUnited States
We cannot say enough good about this tour. The tour guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, very helpful to my husband who is handicapped, and provided a perfect tour for us.
Leo MorehouseUnited States
My husband and I spent a wonderful day touring Paris. It was our first time in the city and Gustavo was the perfect guide. He is extremely knowledgeable. He was adaptable to our needs and a pleasure to be with.
Rebecca JohnstonUnited States
Gustavo did a great job for my group. He was knowlegable, helpful, and an excellent driver. We were a very diverse group and he made every one happy. His van was very nice. He chose an excellent assortment of the most important sights in the DDay theater and conveyed their importance while also allowing private time for reflection.
Charles FunderburkUnited States
Our guide was knowledgeable, well prepared and interesting. His knowledge of history and art history really added to the experience. We would love to have additional tours with G. as guide
Creighton MelandUnited States
Excellent he did a great job very knowledgeable
Louise ScholtusUnited States
We wanted a two-day tour of Paris. My husband can't do much walking and my daughter broke her ankle 2 days before we left. Gustavo had a very nice Mercedes van which was comfortable for the 4 of us. We did a mostly driving tour and it was excellent. Gustavo also took us for a few hours in the Louvre. He has an excellent knowledge of art and it was very interesting. He was punctual, pleasant and a pleasure to tour with. Highly recommend him!
Bob G.United States
Gustavo was a great guide - very knowledgeable and personable.
Kate GerardHahndorf, SA, Australia
Fantastic tour! Yes, it's a long day, but it's well worth doing. The castles we saw are so impressive and it was a good range; each with their own kind of importance in the history of the Loire Valley as well as having their places in the history of France. A very enjoyable day, and Gustavo is friendly and has a great knowledge of the areas history.
Debbie HanrahanEpping, NSW, Australia
Gustavo met us at our apartment on time and took us in his very comfortable mini van to the Loire Valley chateaux. He asked us what inspired us to book this tour and when we commented on our interest in art, architecture and history, he focussed on these elements for our tour. Because it was winter we had the chateau at Amboise to ourselves and Gustavo's insights were very interesting. He even took time to find a nice place for lunch when the main restaurant was closed for the low season. Brilliant!
Mike PiazzaUnited States
Gustavo is fantastic! My wife Julie and I spent the day with him at Versailles and it was immensely informative and fun. We had the run of the Palace as there were very few tourists the day we went, and Gustavo was able to get into great detail and provide interesting insights as we lingered from room to room without the press of any crowds. We highly recommend Gustavo and look forward to booking him for another tour on our next trip to France!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike and Julie, i will be glad to take you again somewhere else next time.
Jeffrey PawlowskiUnited States
Excellent guide. The right combination of personality, information and ability to modify details of the trip as he see interest from the people taking the tour. I was also pleased that he was not a clock watcher, he took extra time to make sure we saw everything and more.
Gregory GranatoUnited States
We had an amazing tour of the sights of Paris including a guided tour of the Louvre. It was great to have Gustavo's knowledge, insight, and passion for the city. It was also wonderful to be driven in his van and therefore avoid public transportation.
Jenkins JerryUnited States
Very knowledgeable. Very willing to answer any questions that we had, and he explained in detail the historical background. Money well spent!
Samuel EvansUnited States
Gustavo did a great job with this tour. He had to cram a tremendous amount of info into 4 hrs. He was prompt picking meeting us at our hotel and drove us to Versailles. There were four of us. The tour was fast paced which is what we wanted. For a slower pace, a longer tour is needed for Versailles. Gustavo has a good command of English and knew the details of life at Versailles very well.
Mary Lynn M LuyUnited States
Our group of four booked a tour to Versailles with Gustavo. The day exceeded expectation. He is very personable and brought history to life for us, making us want to hear and absorb more. Gustavo was excellent at giving the big picture before we entered the site and was able to bring out details once we were inside. He knows his stuff and is a pleasant person as well. He was very considerate at bringing the car to us when possible (one uses a walking stick).
Helen ShortUnited States
Excellent tour. Gustavo gave us a lot of history, relevant information and covered all parts of Versailles. We thoroughly enjoyed our day.
Michael ChaseUnited States
excellent was very informative on Normandy and made the day very enjoyable. Highly recommend him as a guide
Nicole DannehlYork, PA, United States
Gustavo was just perfect. He was attentive to what we wanted to do for our tour. He asked us many questions and when we asked for his advice and recommendations, he was quick to answer with perfect suggestions for us. Our tour to Fontainebleau was the best "road less travelled". Gustavo shared with us tons of details and history in a very "non-touristy" environment. The same was to be said of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The day was leisurely, not crowded, easily accessible - we loved it! Thank you Thank you!
Carolyn ZuckerLos Angeles, CA, United States
Gustavo is a perfect guide! His academic background in Art History added as much to our tour of Giverny as his engaging personality. His English, French, and Spanish (and apparently Portuguese) language skills are superb. When booking, we amended the trip to Giverny to add on Rouen - no problem. Recommend Gustavo highly!
Eden FederUnited States
Gustavo was timely and professional. He was very knowledgeable about history and helped set the context for what we saw so that we would be able to appreciate their significance. Our trip to Versailles was far richer because we went with him. Skipping the lines was also wonderful.
Pauline FifeUnited States
We booked a day tour of Versailles which ended up including parts of Paris. Gustavo made sure we got our money's worth. He is very knowledgeable, and has a great sense of Paris itself as in the culture both current and past. I especially enjoyed the little side trip around Marsais (the Swamp). If you want to do more than just see sights, and want to get a sense of what makes Paris tick culturally and socially, you would enjoy Gustavo!
Victoria NelsonUnited States
Gustavo was very knowledgable about not just the region and champagne but also about the history and architecture of the region! We HIGHLY recommend him as a guide and also this tour.
Gustavo is a nice, very informative guide. I'm travelling with parents and a 5 years old kid.He was willing to explain when I was in doubt or did not truly understand about the history of the places that we visited, until I could understand. He would also try his best to accommodate our needs and request during the trip. I would recommend him as your guide. No need to worry about transportation because he owns a car/van.
Sandra WasserUnited States
My party and I thought Gustavo was friendly, and informative. We enjoyed our tour with him very much
Absolutely worth it! After seeing the crowds in the queue, we were so happy we had this tour. Gustavo was extremely knowledgeable and he had a mic connected to earbuds for us so we could hear everything even in the crowds. The day flew by, was easy, and also both informative and fun (even for 11 and 19-year old girls). The tour doesn't include viewing the rooms no-one else gets too see as it's offered on Viator, but nothing can beat a private/personalized tour. Thank you, Gustavo!
Susan BrtisUnited States
Wonderful and informative guide, easily understood and helpful with the elderly.
Len CarpezziUnited States
Great Driver and very good communication skills.We received an agenda that competly meet our needs.
Brian LachanceUnited States
We loved our time with Gustavo. He was prompt, kind, welcoming, knowledgable, informative, charming, funny, and easy to talk to. Booking was easy, Gustavo replied via email with clear options and details regarding confirmation. Highly recommend.
Guia excelente con mucho conocimiento de la historia de Francia y muy efectivo en aprovechar al máximo el día.
Huma RifeUnited States
Book Gustavo for your tour! He was punctual, professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We have booked many tours through Tours By Locals and this was one of the best. Gustavo talked to our 3 teens about French history in a way that held their interest, using contemporary terms and relating it to current events. He somehow managed to squeeze in a side trip to the Petit Trianon & Hamlet (a last minute request) and still keep us on schedule. Thank you for making this a highlight of our vacation!
Robert ReinhardUnited States
Tina S.United States
Gustavo, our guide, was very knowledgeable about everything Versailles, politics, art, architecture, horticulture. He was able to answer every single question we had without hesitation and with loads of details. I wish we had planned our time with him sooner in our trip because of his vast knowledge.
Lynn McLeanLa Quinta, CA, United States
Very informative. Excellent overview of Versailles. Car was too small for 4 guests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback! I have decided to purchase a new vehicle to use for all my future tours which will be much larger and more comfortable.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We have discussed this with the guide and he will be soon investing in a new 8 passenger vehicle, and will post photos on his tour pages
Lynn McLeanLa Quinta, CA, United States
Very knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent driver.
Nancy MoyleUnited States
We had only a few hours to visit Versailles and so decided on a private tour by Gustavo. He picked us up in his private car and as we drove to the palace he gave us information about it, Paris and France in general. Once there, we were led to the front of the line (a very, very long line) and ushered in where we were told stories and history of each room we entered. We were given a tour of the gardens and then left to wander on our own and watch the fountain show. It was a wonderful day, thanks to him.
Elliott GoldUnited States
Gustavo was outstanding. He had tremendous knowledge and we appreciated his insites. His personality was great. Our tour could not have been better.