Day Tours in Europe: by Bus, on Foot, and Your Take on Local Guides
There are hundreds of European day tours available by bus and on foot. Many of these are small independent operators offering a great value. But quality varies, all are an important commitment of time, and you want to choose wisely. Which ones are the best value and why?
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Jewish tour of Rome
We loved the tour with Micaela - it was really friendly and informative - a really lovely atmosphere - doing it on the Friday morning made it even more special seeing the Roman Jews preparing for Shabbat!
Clifton, NJ USA 12/04/2013
Miles & Miles of Rome Italy
We set up are tours with Miles & Miles of Rome, Italy. We did a the 7 hour walking tour of Ancient Rome. The sites we viewed were incredible, and the guides full of knowledge. We took advantage of five tours Miles & Miles offered. Some of the sites were the Colosseum, Underground , the Vatican, St. Peters Church, the Basilica, we climbed the Dome of St. Peters for a fantastic view of the city. We went to the Papal audience mass, held every wednesday at 10:30am, shook hands and met the Pope. We visited the Catacombs, Capuchian Monks Crypt, the Accademia mueseum housing the famous statue of David by Michagelo's. We did a day trip to Florence/Pisa and a second day trip to Pompei to visit the buried city. All our guides were FANTASTIC, we had a great time with all of our guides. Our guides were Francesco Miglio who drove us to Pompeii, and he took us on a driving tour of Rome on the first day to get a feel of the City. Linda showed us around on a walking tour of Rome for one day, and conducted a the tour for the Vatican, and Sistine chapel. We had Linda for another tour on the second day for a walking tour of ancient Rome. We toured Florence with Beatrice, on a walking tour, and Marco drove us from Florence to Pisa. Later in the week we drove to Pompeii with Francesco Miglio, and met a second Francesco who showed us the old ruins of Pomeii and Mt. Vesuvius. We used Miles & Miles exclusively for all our tours and transportation. Our family consisted of seven on this trip, 5 kids and 2 adults. Miles & Miles touring company were totally accomadating in every way, and just lots of fun. We had a great time with them, and HIGHLY recommend them to everyone visiting Rome, Florence, Pomeii, and Pisa. We give them a 10 out of 10 stars.
Palmer, Alaska USA 12/03/2013
eye prefer Paris tours
If you want a glimpse behind the petticoats of Paris, I got that on my tour with Richard. Absolutely fun, fascinating, may I even say exhilarating! I smiled throughout the entire 2 hours. And I learned things about those naughty folks from the 16th century that made me blush ... ah, Paris! If you are a total Francophile or just a newbie passing through, Richard's wonderful, guiding beam of light will delight. It certainly delighted me and my friends!
Petaluma, Califo USA 11/28/2013
Great Seville Tour Guide !!!
My wife and I visited Seville in May 2013. We hired a guide called Antonio Doblas. He is great! He is professional, he has passion for his work. Thanks Antonio !!! www.sevillatours.es / email@example.com
Santa Cruz, CA USA 11/28/2013
Tours with Through Eternity
We highly recommend Through Eternity for tours in both Florence & Rome. We did a total of five tours with them on a trip to Italy in October/November of 2013 and were extremely impressed. They provide very knowledgable guides that deliver the information in a very memorable way. They keep the group sizes small making the tour feel very intimate for a very reasonable price.
Dallas, TX USA 11/25/2013
Seville Walking Tours by Concepcion
I joined a small walking tour group on October 31, 2013 led by Alvaro. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and humorous. He provided just the right amount of depth at a great pace for both the City Tour and the Alcazar tour, and sent us to a terrific and reasonably priced restaurant for lunch in between. I highly recommend him.
Milwaukee, Wis USA 11/25/2013
Private Guided Day Tour of Tangier, Morocco
My wife, eight friends and I had a very good experience during our last day trip to Tangier, Morocco, visiting the city highlights including Assilah Coast with our private Female guide Laila. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Very informative personal guide who spoke excellent English and who showed us the best of the two areas. She taught us a great deal, made us laugh, and worked so well with our small group that ranged in age from 18 to 72 years old. We highly recommend this private tour company. Would definitely do it again in a heartbeat
Memphis, TN USA 11/23/2013
Great start to our Anniversary trip to Paris
My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary in Paris. Richard gave us a tour of Paris the afternoon we arrived and it was the perfect way to start our trip. We were able to see all the major sites in one afternoon and get a good sense for where things were located around the city which was perfect for orienting us for the rest of our trip. Based on Richard's insight during our tour we knew where we wanted to return for a deeper dive and what we could skip. Plus he knows the best creperies!
Washington, DC USA 11/20/2013
Perfect tour guide
Richard Nahem is the perfect guide for one-on-one tours. My wife and I hired Richard for a day's tour of the Le Marais area and he was knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. When we travel again to Paris I would hire Richard to guide us without hesitation.
Rancho Cordaova, CA USA 11/20/2013
Through Eternity Eternal Rome Tour
Fantastic tour. Small group, you get to see lots of things other tours do not and our guide, Anna, is an archeologist and shared a ton of interesting details. Would take one of their tours again.
MA USA 11/18/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Walking Tour
Arriving in Paris early in the morning, finding our way to Le Marais, a quick lunch and then off for an amazing walking tour with Richard! We had a really fun and informative 3 hours, stopping at loads of interesting points, great shops for the girls, a fabulous afternoon tea in the Place de Vosges, an introduction to many lovely local shopkeepers, and plenty of local history which made this the perfect start to our extended Paris stay. Richards tour set us up so well in the local area we felt right at home!
Darwin, NT Australia 11/16/2013
Eye Prefer Paris With Richard Neham
Richard did a wonderful tour of St Germaine district in Paris. He was very knowledgable about the area and the history. He took us at our own pace, answered our questions and showed us many interesting things and places. We tasted macaroons, chocolate, and took a break at a local café. I highly recommend Richard's tours.
LeRoy, IL USA 11/16/2013
Through Eternity evening tour of Rome
Michael gave us a very informative and delightful tour in the evening in Rome. We saw wonderful churches and beautiful fountains, amazing Gelato, and he showed us wonderful restaurants to try. He was very knowledgeable about the ruins in Rome and made sure we got to see some very amazing sites. I would recommend this tour company and Michael especially for a tour in Rome.
LeRoy, IL USA 11/16/2013
Through Eternity tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel
Caterina did an amazing job showing us all the wonderful treasures in the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. She did a wonderful job avoiding the huge crowds and was so full of information about the art as well as the artists. It was a wonderful tour, and Catarina was a great guide.
LeRoy, IL USA 11/16/2013
Nero's Rome: Colosseum (underground and third tier included), Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
The tour of Nero's Rome: Colosseum and third Tier by Giovanni Vergineo on 25/10/2013 was a delight. We had been to the areas listed on the tour one other time but he made everything come to life and was by far the best guide of the three guides we had used on tours of Rome through your company. We would definitely use him again for one of the other tours.
Richmond, Va USA 11/14/2013
Roman Odyssey Tours - Rome in a Day
We booked a Rome in a Day tour with a strong desire to see as much of Rome as possible while in port on a cruise. Emily was outstanding in helping us work out the logistics given our time restraints and made it possible for us to be confident that it would work and we were not disappointed. After booking a car to pick us up and take us to Rome through Emily we were promptly picked up right at our ship and given a ride right to Rahul at the Colosseum. Rahul was fantastic, used our time wisely, and provided information on all of the sights and made them come alive with historical information and a great ability to tell a story. Our journey through ancient Rome, sights in the City and then the Vatican will never be forgotten, Rahul went the extra mile to include taking us to the train station, ensuring we got the right ticket and to the right platform to catch our train back to port in time to re board our ship. I cannot recommend Roman Odyssey Tours highly enough it was fantastic.
Jeff and Rebecca
Phoenix, AZ USA 11/11/2013
My husband and I were in Rome last month. Based on your website recommendations, I booked a tour of The Vatican with Roman Odyssey Tours. It was the best decision! Our tour group was small, allowing a very personal feel. Our guide was very knowledgeable, engaging, and answered all questions our group had during the tour. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Joel & Perri Grandstaff
Houston, Texas USA 11/08/2013
Roman Odyssey Tours
We booked a "Rome in a Day Tour" through your website and wanted to comment how wonderful our tour was! Rahul was our tour guide and it was informative, insightful, and fun! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and THANK YOU for recommending Roman Odyssey tours on your website!
Charlotte, NC USA 11/08/2013
Jewish Roma ghetto
The Jewish Roma tour of the ghetto was wonderful. Don't miss it. Sara was very knowledgable and...charming.
Hilton Head Island, SC USA 11/08/2013
Wish we did more tours with Roman Empire Tours as they are truly fantastic...
My wife and I were in Rome for four days in early October on our honeymoon. We did many of the main attractions including the Vatican, Villa Borghese, the Pantheon etc. On our last day we signed up for the tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum with Roman Empire Tours.
I am generally sceptical about guided tours - I expect to be bored, stuck in a large group with headsets, wanting it to end. However, my scepticism was quickly allayed when we met our guide Jimmy. About three hours later, when we were told the tour was over, I was disappointed - itching for more. Simply put, this was the best guided tour I was ever on and would have no hesitation in recommending it to other.
We were in a group of four, so there was no issue with hearing the guide. Jimmy himself was fantastic - hugely knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. He breathed life into the monuments with vivid stories about despotic emperors and life in the Colosseum. You just got the feeling that he was genuinely interested in what he was telling you. It was akin to a conversation with an interesting friend, rather than a lecture in history class.
In my view, this type of tour depends hugely on the quality of the guide. Perhaps we were lucky to get a fantastic guide (although from the other reviews here, I suspect not). I would sign up for the tour straight away.
Max O Connor
Chicago, USA 11/07/2013
Day Tours in Rome and Venice
We decided to splurge on a couple of day tours on our honeymoon. We chose two tours with Walks of Italy and one with Dark Rome. The three tours were similarly priced but the Walks of Italy tours were excellent! My husband and I tend to be bargain hunters and felt the tours were on the expensive side and after each Walks of Italy tour we looked at each other and said "That was totally worth the money". We could not say that for the Dark Rome tour we took in Venice. The tour guide seemed to have no set things that she was going to talk about and just seemed to wander down the street and talk about whatever caught her eye. At times it felt like she was trying to waste time so we wouldn't get to the gondola ride at the end of the tour too early. I was really unhappy by the end of the tour, Buyer beware when it comes to Dark Rome Tours.
Philadelphia, PA USA 11/07/2013
Took the tour of the ghetto with Micaela. Fabulous. A must do in Rome.
Clifton, NJ USA 11/07/2013
Angel Tours - Venice
We recently booked a tour in Venice with Angel Tours and had a terrific experience with our guide and our limited time. Our guide was highly informative, not at all boring and covered a lot of ground with us. As first time visitors to Venice it was a wonderful way to be introduced to the city. Angel Tours was also excellent to deal with - emails, bookings etc. all were handled promptly and very personally. We highly recommend Angel Tours to anyone who is visiting Italy!
Midland Park, New Je USA 11/06/2013
Jewish Roma Tours
My wife and I had read about this tour and Jewish Roma Walking Tours, and decided that we would take it on this, our second trip to Rome. We were traveling with another couple, and when we arrived at the meeting point, we found that there would be six of us on the tour. We were met by Micaela and Micol, and we began the tour in the Synagogue and museum, then we went into the Ghetto itself. The tour was unlike any other than we had ever taken. Not only did we learn about the Roman Jewish community and its history, but we were exposed to the personal family histories of both Micaela and Micol. It is one thing to discuss a community's history, but it is quite another to hear personal stories of people involved in that community. It was a very moving experience. The insight and personal stories of both Micaela and Micol made this tour very special. We also spent some time sharing our own personal experiences and discussing issues of the day. I cannot think of a better way to spend 3 1/2 hours in Rome.
Mississauga, ON Canada 11/05/2013
Great "Eye Prefer Paris" tours of Marais and Flea markets in Paris
My partner and I were both celebrating birthdays this October in Paris. We booked two Eye Prefer Paris tours with Richard, and both were exceptional. We are from NYC and we hit it off with Richard immediately, since he was a lifelong New Yorker before moving to Paris. The Saturday flea tour was great, we would of walked around for hours had Richard not steered us in the right direction. He took us in to all the nooks and crannies, and asked questions so he could tailor the experience for us. We toured the Marais with Richard the following Monday, and again, he hit it out of the park!! He filled us in on some of the naughty and nice history of the Marais and showed us some of the wonderful shops in the area. The éclair shop was to die for!!! We will definitely return to Paris and book one of Richards other tours. Highly recommended!
New York, NY USA 10/29/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Pastry Tours
Richard Nahem Eye Prefer Paris chocolate and pastry shop tour was a fantastic start to our short stay in Paris. Was in town for food research, and his insider knowledge provided me with the best chocolate and pastry experiences, saving me time and Euros by directing me to all the best, and tailoring the tour as we moved along to tangential food shops. Highly recommended foodie tours!
Sheldon, Vermon USA 10/28/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tours
My wife and I were in Paris in early October. Richard Nahem had been recommended by a mutual friend in the US. We were staying in the Marais and chose his Marais walking tour. It was a wonderful choice. Richard guided us through just a portion of the Marais, focusing on areas we might not have visited and sites that we might have seen but not really seen. He pointed out historical places, the best boulangeries, wonderful shops, and excellent restaurants. He was able to bring to life the varied history of the Marais from 17th century royals and their retinue to the tragic deportations of Jewish children by the Nazis to which apartment building houses current day infamous characters. He did all this with wit, patience, and charm. We enjoyed our time with Richard very much and were delighted when we bumped into him with other happy clients later in our stay.
Oak Park, IL USA 10/26/2013
Roman Odyssey Tours
Our group of five couples took two tours with Roman Odyssey Tours Inc. Both tours were excellent. We spent close to 5 hours with Ribal at the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's and Sistine Chapel. Ribal was very knowledgable and obviously passionate about his work. We learned a lot about the history of the Vatican. His detailed description of the Sistine Chapel before we entered it helped us appreciate what we were seeing and brought the paintings to life. Lea took us on a 5 hour tour of Ancient Rome. Her background in archeology was apparent. She was so knowledgable and enthusiastic that the whole group was engaged for the entire tour. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. Also I recommend renting the headsets. It is so much more enjoyable when you don't have to strain to hear your guide. Tour prices are reasonable and well worth it. I would highly recommend booking with Odyssey Tours.
St. John's, NL Canada 10/24/2013
Walking Tour in Le Marais
A few weeks ago my sister and I met with Richard Nahem to tour Le Marais. We were joined by Carol who took some amazing pictures of Le Marais. We were happy to learn about Carol's background and experiences in Paris. We didn't know what to expect on the tour since we only read about Richard through an article in a travel magazine, but we were looking forward to seeing the neighborhood. After meeting Richard we left our tour with more knowledge than expected! Richard enlightened us on architecture, history and his love of Marais and the city of Paris! He kept us entertained and constantly pointed out interesting facts about everything we saw. It was nice to see his obvious rapport with many of the business owners. We even had some time to sit down and enjoy a pastry and a cafe aux lait while we learned about Richard's favorite places! Richard's tour is a must for anyone planning to explore Paris. His tours will definitely enrich your experience during your visit! Thanks Richard and Carol!
San Diego, CA USA 10/24/2013
Anthony Buonocore - Amalfi Coast
Our group of five women travelers hired Anthony Buonocore of AmalfiTransfer.com as our tour guide for the Amalfi Coast in September 2013. He picked us up from our hotel at the scheduled time in a clean and comfortable Mercerdes van. He was very engaging and knowledgable - we felt very comfortable and safe as he drove the winding coastal drive. We stopped many times to take photos and he brought us to a great restaurant with a beautiful view of Positano for lunch. On our return to Sorrento he serenaded us with "That's Amore" which I posted on youtube. It was a great day and our group would highly recommend Anthony.
Rochester Hills, MI USA 10/23/2013
Tuscany Tours with Florence Tour
Our group of travelers to Italy hired Florencetour.com for two day trips out of Florence in September 2013. Our group of six wanted to change our itinerary for the second day tour which Paola and her husband, Guiseppe, were very accommodating. Our first day trip was to Cinque Terre. Guiseppe was a great guide, very knowledgable and had a great sense of humor. Unfortunately it was a rainy day and at our second stop in Vernazza it began to rain heavily so Guiseppe suggested an alternative stop to Pisa which worked out fine. The second day, Paola, was our guide for Tuscany. She was also very knowledgable and interesting. She brought us to San Gimignano, then to a small winery for lunch and wine tasting and our final stop was in Siena. We enjoyed our two tours with Guiseppe and Paola very much and would highly recommend them for any of their tours of Tuscany.
Rochester Hills, MI USA 10/23/2013
Fantastic Private Day Tour with Anthony Buonocore
This was the second time we used Anthony for a day trip through the Amalfi Coast. The first time was two years ago when on a Mediterranean cruise. We were going to be in the area another day on a most recent cruise. After our first day two years ago, we felt that Anthony with his charming personality and keen knowledge of the coast, was the perfect person to take us through this beautiful area again. This time we wanted to experience the Amalfi Coast from a non-tourist perspective, and Anthony did just that for us. He picked us up from our cruise ship exactly on time in a Mercedes mini-bus. In one day, we visited a small cheese factory that has been passed through the family for the past 75 years. The mozarella cheese tasted amazing. We watched the cheeses being made and talked with the owners with Anthony as our translator. He took us to the home of a woman who sold peppers, onions, grapes and other fruit in the front of her home.
We went to a small limoncello and liquor company, had a snack in a beautiful local bar overlooking the coast and near Sophia Lauren's beautiful home. We walked through the gardens at Revello, had an absolutely sumptuous lunch at a small restaurant on a street not often even passed by tourists, and ate at an umbrellaed table with beautiful orange and yellow checked table cloth overlooking the coast. We visited the grotto esmeralda, visited a ceramic factory as well as spent some time near the town of Amalfi, and took pictures in Positano. By the end of the day, we felt that we really got an insiders view into life on the Amalfi Coast. Anthony took good care of us, is a very careful driver, and has a wonderful friendly personality. He knows people throughout the area, and his engaging personality gave us the opportunity to meet and talk with quite a few locals that day! We did a lot of cost comparing prior to using Anthony and his prices were one-third of the cost of a private day tour if it had been arranged by the cruise ship. We highly recommend Anthony Buonocore of Amalfitransfer.com, and know that if we return to Amalfi again, he will of course, be our #1 person to contact. He can be reached either on Facebook or at Amalfitransfer.com.
Solon, OH USA 10/19/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tours
"Flea Market Tour" With Richard Nahem
My sister & I were in Paris for a week during September. We have been to Paris many times but always with family & a few of our children. This trip was for us to relax, shop, drink wine & stroll the beautiful streets of Paris. I had been following Eye Prefer Paris for a few years and decided to book Richard for the flea market tour. We had been before but felt rushed & could not enjoy all there was to see. I wanted a small authentic antique French Chandellier for my closet and Richard set out with us to find it. We emailed & planned a meeting spot near a metro that was convenient & on the right line to get us to the market. On the way we talked and he was very knowledgeable about the history of the market & Paris in general. We arrived and after a short walk we were in the antique section of the market. So many beautiful chandelliers to chose from, and although many were too big and too expensive, he and my sister let me gaze longingly at them appreciating their beauty and bling! After a while I noticed one I liked and the vendor of the shop took it down so I could look more closely and discuss a price. I am very indecisive so I took her card & we went to lunch & I thought about it. After a great lunch in the area we went back to purchase the chandelier. It was just what I wanted for my closet. My sister and I wanted to stay a while longer so Richard made sure to explain how we should get back to the nearest metro. It was a great day and Richard was very helpful to us by translating the language and helping us talk to the vendors. I would highly recommend him for any of his tours and will call him again when we return to Paris :)
Visited September 2013
Pearland, TX USA 10/19/2013
Bastogne, Belgium tour with Henri Mignon
I had a personal tour of the Bastogne area with Mr. Mignon this Sept.
Mr. Mignon was well versed in the area and had lived through WW2. I need to go back since i only booked and scheduled a 1 day tour with him. Not enough to do the area justice.
Portland, ORegon USA 10/18/2013
Tours in Prague
We used Praguewalkers. Our guide was Katka. Great value, amazing historical knowledge and lots of fun. We hit all the great sites, had the best ice cream and the cleanest washrooms in Prague!
West Vancouver, BC Canada 10/17/2013
Rome Day Tour
We visited Rome in August and had booked an all-day tour of Rome, Rahul Raghavan of Roman Odyssey Tours was our guide. We had a wonderful tour that covered all the highlights in Rome. It was an excellent experience as all the logistics were taken care of and the navigation to the various sights was seamless. We did the tour with our children and Rahul managed to keep them engaged and entertained thorough the day. All in all a very enjoyable experience with just the right amount of detail. An excellent experience that I would highly recommend
Dallas, Texas USA 10/15/2013
Normandy D-Day Tour
Our party of four was very lucky to have a private day long tour of the Normandy beaches, museums, and battle sites with Mathias LeClere (ddayguidedtours.com). Mr. LeClere was an exceptionally knowledgeable guide whose interest in sharing his knowledge of the events gave us better understanding of the significance of the battles. We have no reservations about highly recommending Mr. LeClere a licensed guide.
Springfield, Va USA 10/14/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tours
Last month my husband and i visited paris. It was my second visit and his third and we'd already enjoyed visiting the "top ten."
This time we really wanted to experience more of an insider's view. Richard Nahem's Eye Prefer Paris had been recommended to us by a friend who visits Paris frequently and so we booked a three hour tour of Le Marais with him. Best thing ever! Richard is an expat who's lived in Paris for years and who clearly loves the place. It was so great to just hand ourselves over to him and be shown all sorts of great details that we'd have missed with only a guide book. Richard brought us to his favorite spots- the best chocolate shop, the best falafel, the coolest,most unique boutiques. He seems to know everyone and shop keepers were happy to see him and us, yet they never pressured us to buy anything, they were just pleased to show off their beautiful, delicious, unusual wares. Richard has contacts that permitted us to enter little private courtyards,tiny shops, tiny private places of historical interest. Richard, not only has a vast historical/sociological fund of knowledge, he had a cool ability to read us and was able to personalize our tour in terms of our interests, knowledge, tastes. Richard is calm, kind, witty, cool, well informed, and has an acute ability to read his "tourees." as we walked about the Marais, he made sure to point out restaurants/shops that we might want to visit post tour (even starred them on our map.) SO, we had a blast with Richard, he guided us to several shops and cafes that were hits for us to enjoy later. Richard is a sophisticated shopper for men and women; a skill greatly appreciated on the streets of Paris
the next day we visited Montmartre on our own and agreed that the experience wouldt have been much enriched if only we'd booked Richard to show us the neighborhood.
Touring with Richard is a terrific way to go if you'd like to see more than guide books recommend. And he is sweet, smart, and charming. We will most definitely ask Richard to show us other parts of Paris when next we visit!
Barb and Fred Rau
Burlington, CT USA 10/13/2013
Overlord Tour, Normandy
My husband and I enjoyed our tour of the D-Day Beaches with Overlord Tour very much. On Sept. 30, 2013, we took Tour #2--All Day Tour of Utah and Omaha Beaches. We recommend Overlord.
Longmont, CO USA 10/11/2013
Amazing Irish tour guides in Rome. We loved Roman Empire Tours!
I booked 3 Rome tours with this group. They were very easy to do business with over email. We had a lovely tour guide for 2 of the tours, Louise, and she was phenomenal. She was fun and very knowledgeable. We greatly enjoyed the Rome by Night walking tour and the Colesseum/Forum tour with her. We also took the Vatican tour (Shane) and it was very well coordinated/presented. I highly recommend this group if you plan on visiting Rome.
New York, USA 10/10/2013
Eco electric car tour of Rome
We just did one tour in Italy during a 3 week trip. We chose the Eco Tour with Angel Tours Rome because it's a tour that kids enjoy. It was a wise choice, our teens reacted to this style of tour because it was quirky, fun and still edcational. The route is excellent, it covers a wide rannge of history and sites modern and ancient. We would for sure do it again and recommend to any family with teens who are too easily bored. www.ecocitytours.com
Detroit, USA 10/10/2013
Through Eternity Tours
I cannot say enough about the quality and professionalism of this tour company. Our tour guide, Anna, was an archeologist with a passion for the subject of the ancient ruins of Rome. She was a walking encyclopedia who easily answered every question we posed. Anna was friendly, prompt and brought along a book that illustrated what the ruins looked like in their heyday. This was very helpful. We were also able to bypass the long lines and got a much deeper understanding of life in Roman times than we would otherwise have gotten.
Vero Beach, FL USA 10/08/2013
Best guide for Pompeii and Herculaneum: Pina Esposito!
Top tip for Naples: hire Rick's recommended guide, Pina Esposito, for Pompeii and Herculaneum. She is a genius and a gem. We loved her tour. Everything was perfectly organized, so enlightening. Email her at: email@example.com or call +39.366.6228217.
Ferney-Voltaire, Ain France 10/06/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tours & Richard
I have been in the travel industry for 30 years. I have been to Paris 6 times. I have never seen "inside" Paris with a local who is also an American! Richard is knowledgeable, down-to-earth, well-spoken in French and English and customized a tour for my husband's birthday. My husband is an antiques dealer and architectural designer and he wanted to see extraordinary museums and buildings we had not yet seen. Richard did all this and more. And to take a break having cafe au lait and macarons with him was the "icing on the cake!" It was like being with a dear friend in Paris. I will be recommending him to all my friends in the travel industry. Merci, mon ami, Richard!
New York, NY USA 10/05/2013
Highly recommend Through Eternity"s Ancient City and Vatican tours in Roma. Both guides on these walking tours were very knowledgeable and provided interesting insights on the subjects.
Hermantown, MN USA 10/04/2013
Jewish Amsterdam Tour
My husband and I enjoyed this 3 hour walking tour of Amsterdam's Jewish quarter. We were amazed by the knowledge of the guide, Naomi Koopmans. We would recommend her to all Jewish and non Jewish travelers to Amsterdam.
Providence, RI USA 10/04/2013
We recently booked an excursion with Anthony transfers & Excursions while in port at Naples. I have to say that he did a great job listening to our expectations and then building the tour of the Amalfi coast around it. It was well worth the money and to have a local with us, really gave us a true insight into the region. I highly recommend this company to anyone visiting the port of Naples. It was a much better value and experience than the cruise ship excursions that were offered.
Tuddern, Germany 10/03/2013
Local's view of Le Marais
We found Richard on the internet before going to Paris. Le Marais looked like a wonderful area to explore, and we thought it would be more fun to see it through a local's eyes. Turned out to be a great decision. First, Richard coordinated our transportation from the airport for about the same price that it would have cost us to take a taxi. Frank, the gentleman he sent, spoke English and was very nice. (We liked him so much we booked him to take us back to the airport when we left). So, although that wasn't part of the trip, is was a nice way to start it.
It was raining heavily the day we originally scheduled the tour, and Richard contacted me to see if we wanted to reschedule. I'm so glad he was able to be so flexible, because we had a great time two days later! While strolling the beautiful streets of this neighborhood, Richard filled us in on its history and pointed out hidden gems along the way. We also talked easily about the differences between living in Paris and New York, which was fascinating to us since we lived there for several years. He also recommended a number of good restaurants/bars in the area and took us to an excellent spot for coffee and pastries. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Richard and would call him again next time we are in Paris!
southlake, TX USA 10/03/2013
Roman Odyssey Tours
We had an outstanding private tour in Rome by Justin from Roman Odyssey tours. This was a great value because of the opportunity to ask questions and have such a well informed guide.
Baltimore, MD USA 10/03/2013
Roman Odyssey Tour
In September 2013 we enjoyed a Roman Odyssey Tour of the Vatican, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide, Ulla, was excellent [INVALID] very knowledgeable and always positioning us so we could hear well and were not being crowded or jostled by other tourists. There were 6 people in our tour group, which was a good size for hearing and viewing all that we were experiencing. I'd highly recommend this tour outfit and Ulla.
Palmyra, PA USA 10/03/2013
tour of Split
We had a terrific tour of Split with Maja Benzon. She is very knowledgeable, interesting, and friendly. She charged a flat rate of 80 euros, not a per person rate, which we thought was very reasonable. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkeley, CA USA 10/03/2013
Through Eternity Tours, Rome
We recently took a five hour tour of the Vatican with "Through Eternity Tours" and we can't say enough about how wonderful an experience it was! Our guide was an art history major and knew more about the Vatican than I know about anything. Moreover, despite the fact that she must do this day after day, her enthusiasm and passion for her subject were truly remarkable. I would recommend this tour without hesitation due to its excellent pace and depth of coverage.
Trumbull, CT USA 09/30/2013
Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
For an exceptional tour of the Naples Region and the Amalfi Coast, the Monetti family's taxi/tour service is a cut above. Carmelo Monetti, the founder and family patriarch, absolutely glows when sharing the beauty and history of the Bay of Naples region. He is a "gentleman's gentleman", with a smile as big as the Bay of Napoli, and a personality to match. Carmelo loves his Sorrento home. He is proud of it and it shows! We had a safe, memorable tour of Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast under Carmelo's attentive care. Even in Naples, when we exited the National Museum in the middle of a huge crowd of people, Carmelo was waiting to escort us (arm-in-arm) safely across a bustling street to his comfortable Mercedes. Thank You, Carmelo!! We will never forget you!!!
Michael and Linda Brown
Lincoln, CA USA 09/27/2013
Normandy D-Day Tours
If you're considering a tour of the D-day beaches and National cemetery, the Overlord tour is exceptional. We chose the all day tour which was conducted by a brillant French historian whose knowledge and depth of presentation were captivating. It's well work the investment, but you need to sign up well in advance.
Richmond, VA USA 09/24/2013
Great Tour - EYE PREFER PARIS
I was in Paris with my wife and 3 kids, aged 11, 7 and 6. We were a bit worried that the little ones would find the tour boring.
Richard ensured that the tour was exciting for us and the kids. We seen some interesting building and gardens, spent some time in a few interesting stores, and got a feel for the city.
My entire family enjoyed this tour, and I would recommend it for anyone visiting Paris.
Johannesburg, South Africa 09/23/2013
We loved Roman Empire Tours!
The lines are long but not for us! With our Colosseum and Forum tour we went right in and everything is taken care of by the guide. She was very passionate about her subject and about giving us the best experience. For a great Colosseum and Forum tour you must join Roman Empire Tours.
Fresno, CA USA 09/15/2013
Marais Tour in Paris
My husband and our 19-year-old daughter hired Richard for the Marais Tour and it was worth every penny! Richard is extremely knowledgeable and fun at the same time. He was a great source of "local" information and one highlight was walking thru a local market - no tourists in sight! He was also an excellent source of information on all things Paris - I exchanged quite a few emails with him both before and after our tour. I highly recommend!
Conshohocken, PA USA 09/08/2013
Italy Driving Guide--Joseph
I cannot say enough about our new friend Joseph (aka Pino). We arrived in Rome in April, a group of eight. The size of our group was a challenge for travel with all of our luggage and two mobility scooters. We had to utilize two vans to fit everything. Joseph worked with his good friend Anthony and they flawlessly coordinated everything for us. They toured us around Rome to all of the major sites and took us to places where few go. Born in Rome, Joseph knows every nook and cranny along with the history to go along with it. He speaks great English and is fun to listen to. We utilized his services from early in the morning to late at night every day we were there. One day, we toured around all day and then he picked us up later to take us on a night photo shoot in Rome. It was fabulous. Our next stop was Florence, and we honestly had no idea how we were going to get there with the scooters. Joseph and Anthony volunteered to take us all the way to Florence and then tour us around Florence as well! I don't know what we would have done without them!! They truly went above and beyond the call of duty every step of the way, every day. We were also trying to figure out how to get from Florence to Venice. We were trying to go by train but were having difficulty communicating to the people at the train station regarding the scooters. Joseph fought our battle for us and helped us buy our tickets. We never would have made it to Venice if it weren't for him.
I can't say enough about our great experience with Pino. He is a kind, giving, brilliant man. He became a part of our family on that trip. If we go back to Italy, I would definitely call him again!
Fresno, CA USA 09/07/2013
Love the Beatles and British music? Visit Sir George Martin's lovely home in Oxfordshire-The Old Rectory. Garden Tour and Tea and a chance to meet the Master himself--the "5th Beatle!"
Donna Rose Houchen
Calabasas, CA USA 09/06/2013
guide in rome
Thomas at Through Eternity was a passionate and knowledgable historian
montreal, quebec USA 09/04/2013
Our morning tour with Richard was warm, friendly and very easy going. Richard knows the Marais and its people inside and out. Walking around with Richard we couldn't help but notice his eye for detail when it came to the many wonderful things going on in the Marais. Richard engaged us throughout our tour, making us feel very comfortable with him and our surroundings, while at the same time explaining the rich history and insights into the Marais. Richard took his time with us, answered all of our questions thoroughly and never hesitated when asked for a dining recommendation or any other recommendation for that matter. When visiting Paris, Richard will always be our one and only tour guide, always! Thank you again, Richard.
New York, New Yo USA 09/02/2013
Verdun half or full- day tours
Highly recommend Florence Lamousse for a moving and very detailed tour at Verdun. We did a half-day highlights tour of the main fort, the remnants of the trenches, the ossuary and so on, but she can do a full- day and can do specialized tours. Her site is: lorrainetouristique.com
Bethesda, Md USA 08/29/2013
Romantic Rome tour with Real Rome Tours
We chose Real Rome Tours for their reputation that has been established by the guides they employ. Our guide, on this tour, Romantic Rome was Tizi. Tizi was great. With her wealth of knowledge In the space of three and a half hours we saw more and learned more than we ever would have on our own. She kept a good pace, answered questions, and provided additional bits of information that we appreciated. This is a great tour, especially on your first day in Rome after a day of traveling. The tour starts at 5:45pm so you have time to rest a bit upon arrival at your hotel. The three hours fly by and we felt refreshed after a stop for gelato (something you would not be able to do with a group of 15-20 people. Again, if you prefer a guided tour over a self tour, if you prefer a smaller group over a larger group tour, and if you prefer to converse with your tour guide as opposed to just hearing them speak through a headset this is the tour for you. And, if you get Tizi, consider yourself very lucky, I HIGHLY recommend the Romantic Rome Tour with Real Rome Tours.
Baton Rouge, USA 08/26/2013
Tours by Roberto
We highly recommend Tours by Roberto, they picked us up at our hotel in Florence, took us through a portion of Tuscany and dropped us at our B&B in Sienna. We took a different tour in Tuscany the next day. They are local but speak good English. They took us to very interesting local places for wine, touring, and lunch. Very much worth the $ and our two day tour was one of my top three things in our 2 week vacation in Italy. For us an excellent way to see rural Tuscany without renting a car.
Greenville, MS USA 08/25/2013
Excellent Day Tour and Car Service on Amalfi Coast
Sorrento Silverstar Car Service was incredibly easy to use and provided us with an excellent day of traveling.
We found Luisa, the owner, through Rick Steves' Italy book and she was incredibly helpful. She speaks fluent English and is lightening-fast when responding to emails. Luisa has the perfect combination of friendliness and professionalism. I would highly recommend reaching out to her as you plan your trip to Amalfi Coast.
Our tour consisted of the Amalfi Coast and surrounding villages. Our driver, Massimo, picked us up on time at the door of our hotel in a spotless Mercedes S Class. All our fears of the treacherous coastal roads dissipated when our drive began. Massimo has many years of experiences driving a large bus up and down the coastal roads. His careful driving at a safe pace left no passenger with white knuckles.
As our drive continued, Massimo told us about each passing landmark and gave us history lessons of each stop.
At each town, Massimo gave us a few important landmarks, we agreed on a time to meet up, and then we were free to roam! Never did we have to wait or search for Massimo; he was always waiting right where we he left us.
All in all, Massimo and Luisa were instrumental in our travels. Sorrento Silverstar Car Service provided us with a safe, effortless, and informative trip. We learned about each of the towns, got to explore on our own schedule, and highly recommend their services to anyone.
Medford, NJ USA 08/20/2013
Richard Nahem's Eye for Paris tours are great!!!
Charlotte, NC USA 08/15/2013
I spend 4 days in Paris with my family and had the pleasure of taking an amazing tour with Richard Nahem. I would highly recommend him as a tour guide.
Ridgewood, NJ USA 08/13/2013
My family and I recently returned from our trip to Italy. While there we used JewishRoma Walking Tours. Best thing we did.
Of course we skipped lines to get into the Vatican. The great thing our guide, Marco, did was to take time prior to the sections of the Vatican and explain what we will be seeing. By doing that, my kids (two 29 year old teachers and a 16 year old high school student) and I understood what we were seeing when we walked along the crowded hallways while Marco would point out specific Jewish references throughout the hallways full of murals, pictures and statues. He spent 20 minutes explaining the Sistine Chapel prior to seeing it which allowed us to know and understand what to look for while in the unbelievably crowded room. It was a perfect way to capture the greatness of the Vatican while understanding the Jewish influence.
The St. Peter's Basilica part of the tour was fantastic. We were taken around and shown the beauty of the cathedral while having Jewish (and non-Jewish) aspects explained to us.
I guess the proof of the tour's success was watching my 16 year old explain and recant what Marco showed us to our family that did not go with us when we returned.
dallas, tx USA 08/13/2013
Our tour of anicent Rome was excellent! Marc spoke clear English and provided a lot of information, including history, architecture, botany, geology, humor, shade, and water!
Exton, PA USA 08/13/2013
Me and my three teenage sons just finished up our three week trip and I wanted to share that we had some wonderful tours/tour guides that I can recommend. FLORENCE - we packed in a five hour tour in between Lucca and Rome. We used Paula recommended in Rick Steve's book. ROME - As has been shared previously, Jimmy from Roman Empire Tours gave an excellent tour of the Forum and Colloseum. Mia gave a great tour of the Vatican. Then we had a tour of the Crypts with Dark Rome tours. Our best day was spent with Stefano, our driver, and Vincenzo, our lively and animated guide (even with the perfect cd of Italien music!) from Mondo Tours for a trip to Pompeii and Positano for lunch! LONDON - We used DGA tours that arranges drivers/guides and spent a lovely day with David who drove us from Birmingham to London with stops in Bath and Stonhenge.
Marysville, WA USA 08/12/2013
Roman Odyssey Tours
We took the tour of the Vatican, Roman Forum and Coliseum with Roman Odyssey Tours. The guides were terrific. They did a great job in explaining the works of art at the Vatican and the history of Rome at the Forum and Coliseum. Although it was very hot in late July, the guides took us in the shade and made our visit to the sites in Rome something that we will always remember.
Boynton Beach, FL USA 08/11/2013
touring Pompeii and Naples area
We just came back yesterday from a great vacation in Italy. One of the highlights of our trip as rated by adults and teenagers alike was a tour of the Naples Archaeological Museum in Naples given by Pina Esposito who was recommended through Rick Steves. We took several tours with various guides in different cities, but none came close to the passion and knowledge, combined with warmth and teenage friendly approach of Pina. She truly made Pompeii come alive for us. I cannot recommend her highly enough and would suggest taking her to tour the actual site of Pompeii and surrounding areas as well.
Jerusalem, USA 08/09/2013
Jewish Roma Ghetto Tour
Wonderful tour with Sara. It was perfect for our two 15 year old grand-daughters. Had the perfect amount of info and Jewish content.
Billie and Mickey Greeneberg
Atlanta, GA USA 08/06/2013
Athens tour guide
On advice from Rick, we hired Anastasia Gaintanou to guide us for one day in Athens. She was amazing. Knowlegable, personable, and so professional and friendly. What a great tour she gave us. Well worth the price as she helped us really appreciate and understand what we were seeing in a way that would not have been possible without her. She was terrific.
Walla Walla, WA USA 08/03/2013
Jewish Roma Ghetto Tour
Jewish Roma Ghetto Tour The tour was the highlight of my trip to Rome. Our guide Sarah was passionate about her subject and extremely knowledgeable. Bringing past centuries of histoy upto present day life of the Jews in Rome a moving and real experience.
Aventura, Florid USA 08/01/2013
Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour
Our tour with Jewish Rome Walking tours with our guide Micol was outstanding! Awesome knowledge of history and a wonderful personality was a great combination for our group of four adults and two teens. Don't miss it!
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA 07/31/2013
Le Marais Tour with Eye Prefer Paris Tours
We really enjoyed this walking tour. Richard was very knowledgeable and presented the area with a interesting information not normally give on usual tours. He showed us quaint shops and ate in some great places.
Atlanta, GA USA 07/31/2013
Jewish Rome Tour
The tour of the Jewish Quarter of Rome with Jewish Roma tour company was excellent. There is so much to see and I could not have done it without a guide. The nightlife in this area was awesome.
Memphis, TN USA 07/30/2013
St Ouen Flea Market Tour, Eye Prefer Paris Tour (Richard)
I have always wanted to take a tour of the St Ouen Flea Market but didn't want to be overwhelmed with the 2,800 booths and not see what I really wanted to see. Richard, from Eye Prefer Paris, took me exactly to the booths I loved and were my style. Some I would have never known to walk into! Not only did I see home furnishings booths, but I got a true taste for the style of the market. We went into vintage shops that supplied vintage Chanel, YSL, etc...as well as, I saw, themed stores with their costume jewelry, perfume bottles, silver, linens, etc...he was very knowledgeable about the shops and the area. I felt like I could go next time and explore the stores longer now that I knew where to go!
Oklahoma City, OK USA 07/29/2013
Visiting the Marais (Richard)
We (my husband and 22 year old daughter) recently spent a few weeks in France. Much of it was on a terrific Rick Steves tour followed by a week on our own in Paris. I'm so glad we included a tour with Richard during that week. Sure, we could have hauled out our guidebooks and scouted out the area on our own, but we saw it so differently in the company of someone who lives in the area. His enthusiasm for Paris life showed us a more intimate perspective than just the facts and figures you might have as your guide. He made good use of our time and I think does a good job of sizing up the interests of his varied groups. Some people want to shop or eat; we wanted to do both, but later on our own time. No problem. He had lots of good pointers and we used his suggestions the rest of the afternoon on our own. He paced our time well with an enjoyable break at a super patisserie mid-way. Richard is an engaging person who makes the tour seem more like a friend showing you around than a formal tour guide. I would encourage visitors -- especially first timers -- to meet up with him and give you a lovely change of pace to your trip to Paris.
Sugar Land, Tx USA 07/28/2013
Roman Empire Tours (Jimmy)
Our group of 8 (4 adults and 4 children, ages 9-15) was quite the challenge, but Jimmy kept us more than interested. If my history teachers were like Jimmy, I wouldn't have chosen science as a major. Interweaving language, art, history, religion and politics, he taught us more in a 2 hour forum/colosseum tour than we learned in our 2 week vacation. (Or in our entire education) Book this tour! It will change your Rome experience.
Seattle, USA 07/26/2013
Rome to Pompeii
We were looking for another option to travel from Rome to Pompeii, without blowing our budget. Train costs approx. 60-euros and we found shuttle bus that takes you from central Rome to Pompeii for 68-euros (well worth missing the hassle taking the train - no gypsies/pickpockets to be concerned about).
Enjoy Rome is the company we used. No guided tour, rather just basic transportation w/a guide from the company - who spoke several languages - and a driver, all via a large motocross.
We used Rick' s audio guide for touring the Pompeii ruins. We packed a small picnic, but there are restaurants and small markets st the site if you prefer getting something there before going inside... once inside, there is a cafe, too.
Marietta, Georgi USA 07/26/2013
Context Tours in Venice
I highly recommend this company for walking tours in Venice. Ask for Louisa to be your guide and you will not regret it
Short, NJ USA 07/24/2013
Great side trip from Munich
We heard about Andechs Monastery on one of the Rick Steves' shows. It is a quaint town one hour drive, west and south of Munich. We visited June of 2013 and stayed at Hotel Zur Post, a cute comfortable B and B in town. We walked up to the monastery and saw the beautiful church, then visited the beer garden. The food was excellent, the beer tasty and the company fantastic. There were bands playing Bavarian music while we ate. I feel that we had a real "backdoor" experience. We were the only Americans in town that day. The police patrol the Beer garden parking lot looking for drivers that have been drinking. I recommend staying over if you are going to visit.
Davis, CA USA 07/24/2013
Great day trip in Dublin
If you have time in Dublin, a great day is with Wicklow Wild Tours. They pick you up at your hotel and take you to Wicklow mountains and around Dublin. Absolutely wonderful day trip.
Danbury, Ct USA 07/22/2013
don't believe everything you read
I see the same people/tour companies are consistently using this page to publicize their activities. This leads me to ask: 1) How many or the reports on here are actually real/true? 2) Why is it that more than 75% of the reports on a page about European day tours are about tours in Rome?
I know a lot of the guides/companies mentioned about here in Rome - most are average and obviously need the business.
Rome, Italy 07/21/2013
Going to Rome? You must see Rome With Jimmy!
Jimmy is down to earth, knowledgeable and personable. The five hour tour felt like three hours because it was so entertaining even for our 15 year old son. We learned so much but never felt rushed. We also did a Vatican tour with another employee and it was equally informative and entertaining. Both tour guides had a lot of energy and enthusiasm and obviously enjoy what they do.
Orange County, USA 07/18/2013
Vatican Tour with Roman Odessey
Toured the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters with Rahul from Roman Odessey Tours. We were very pleased with the tour. He spent four hours with our group of eight. He was personable and knowledgeable. I appreciated that he talked to us about specific pieces rather than try to show us every painting, etc. We went right into the museum without any lines to wait in. It was the highlight of Rome for me and well worth the money. We stayed in St Peters after the tour to wander a bit in this magnificant place.
Oshkosh, WI USA 07/17/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tours - Marais Walking Tour
My husband and I did the Marais tour with Richard in early July. I was hoping to get a local's view of some great cafes, restaurants and shops in the Marais, and Richard provided just that. We went back to most of his recommendations later in our trip and they were all fabulous. It was also great to learn about the history of the Marais, especially the interesting stories you might not usually read about in guidebooks. It never felt like a guided tour though - more like a friend showing us around his neighborhood. I will definitely be booking another tour with Richard the next time we are in Paris!
Sydney, NSW Australia 07/17/2013
Eye prefer Paris
Very good Marais district walking tour
Westport, Ct USA 07/14/2013
Baltic Cruise Stop: Warnemunde, Germany
Baltic Cruising? If you aren't taking the day trip to Berlin, I highly recommend spending the day on a "Friends of Dave" tour while in port at Warnemunde, Germany. This former East German region is full of medieval treasures and Cold War history. Dave provides a fun, action-packed day which includes coffee break/lunch stops, as well as train tickets to surrounding places of interest.
Beavercreek, Ohio USA 07/10/2013
Private tours in Turkey
We just returned from Istanbul and Kusadaci. We used Private Tours in Turkey (privatetoursinturkey.com) and had a great experience. Sema was our guide in Istanbul and Taner was the guide in Ephesus. They were both extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Communication with the company was easy and all questions and requests were promptly answered. I highly recommend them.
Nokesville, VA USA 07/10/2013
Private Tours in Rome and Florence
We used Miles & Miles for private tours in Rome and Florence. This is a top notch company and I can't say enough good things about them. The office staff is great to work with and the tour guides impressed us with their knowledge of their cities. I'm so glad we skipped the ship's tours on our cruise and booked private. We had small groups and got personal attention. The days were tailored to our needs and we were treated royally. You won't be disappointed with Miles & Miles.
Nokesville, VA USA 07/10/2013
John and Jimmy were amazing with Roman Empire Tours!
Our family went on two tours with Roman Empire Tours and they were both fantastic! We first did that Vatican Tour with Shane and then the Forum & Colosseum with Jimmy. They were both extremely knowledgeable and were able to keep our 3 teenage daughters interested and engaged, which is no easy task with teenagers (ages 11.14,16)!! The groups were small and the guides both new the ins and outs of the sites. They also were patient and understanding as they waited for us when we were late and switched us to another tour when we got the times mixed up. Overall great guides and a great tour!
L.A, USA 07/10/2013
Jewish Roma Tour
We highly recommend this tour if you are interested in discovering a complete history of Rome. The tour guide, Sara, was great! The tour itself was small and very informative..
Coral SPrings, FL USA 07/10/2013
Positive experience using Through Eternity Tours in Rome
Our experience with Through Eternity in Rome, with Arianna Fusco for two tours (The Vatican and The Forum and Colosseum) was excellent. She not only was knowledgeable, but also pleasant and personable. It was obvious to us that she was completely prepared in every way on both days. When we could not tour the Forum until later due to a strike, she quickly gave us a different option and contacted the company with her plan. We felt we got more than our money's worth with Arianna.
Our only suggestion would be to supply audio equipment so that we could have heard everything she was saying at the Forum and Colosseum. She spoke loudly enough, but with the number in our group you couldn't always be close enough to her when we were walking. Arianna never stopped giving valuable information and it would have been exceptional to have heard everything.
Arianna gave 100% and her enthusiasm lasted all day, even in the hot weather. We would recommend Through Eternity to others. We booked through them because of Rick Steeve's recommendation and a recommendation from friends.
Bill and Mary Burgin
Lindstrom, MN USA 07/09/2013
Prague Walker Tours
I want to thank you for recommending Prague Walker for tours of Prague. We booked a private tour with Michaela, and she did an extraoridanary job. It was not as expensive as you might think, and the tour was informative, customized and very professionally done. I'd even call it one of the best tours I've ever had. Michaela was very approachable and easy to talk to. She went over and above what tour guides usually do to insure our satisfaction. She took us on a tour of Prague and also Cesky Krumlov. Recommend highly and without reservations!
Willis, TX USA 07/07/2013
Jewish Roma tours provided an excellent tour of the old Roman ghetto and Jewish Museum. Our English speaking Jewish Roman guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The tour lasted about 3 hours and cost 85 euros. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in the Jewish history in Rome.
Louisville, Kentuc USA 07/06/2013
One Day Ephesus (Turkey) Tour
Istanbul Daily Tours - Ephesus. In 2011, we used this agency for a day trip from Istanbul to Ephesus. Excellent agency and guide. They arranged round trip hotel pick up to/from airport, flight to Izmir, van pick up and joining tour group in Selcuk. Outstanding guide (school teacher on summer leave), for visits to Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, and House of the Virgin Mary. Included educational visits to leather & carpet factories, as well as buffet lunch. Pricey but great if you have limited time in Turkey. Highly recommend. Go to web site for details of this and other tours: www.istanbuldailytours.com
Redmond, WA USA 07/05/2013
Roman Odyssey - Rome in a Day tour
We used Roman Odyssey for their Rome in a Day tour during our 1 day cruise stop in Rome. Our tour guide Rahul was amazing. He adjusted the tour to our needs (late arrival, older mom, heat) and was incredibly knowledgeable about the sites we visited. My husband who was a reluctant participant in the Vatican tour now wants to go back and take another tour with Rahul because the first was so interesting. We'll definitely use them again.
Baltimore, MD USA 07/03/2013
Eye Prefer Paris tours with Richard Nahem
We just returned from Paris where we joined Richard on two of his tours - one of the 7th arrondissement and a tour of the Marais (where he lives). Richard is charming and engaging and we totally enjoyed our private tours. He gave us an insider's look at Paris. He can cater the tours to his clients (see his website - www.ipreferparis.net). He also offers cooking classes. If you are looking for a unique way to see Paris, try taking one of his tours.
Pittsburgh, PA USA 07/03/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tour Review
I came to Eye Prefer Paris with Richard Nahem early this year and immediately knew this is an artist I want to meet. Luckily, I was planning a trip to Paris in June, so I immediately booked his Eye Prefer Paris Tour for me and my two children who are in their early twenties. A very nice thing happened in the meantime. I became interested in Richard's photography and was fascinated by his Eye for Paris Blogs, which are delightful gem-like vignettes on what is current in Art, Fashion, Literature, French Cuisine, Music and much more. The Marais is one of the most exciting sections of Paris and Richard Nahem is the perfect guide. Having lived here for many years, he has cultivated an intimate relationship with its history, architectural delights, its everyday people, shops, cafes, bistros....etc He is funny, easy to talk to and a good teacher as well. The Marais is a neighborhood that has Everything. We tasted traditional French foods like foie gras, quiche, macaroons, visited a delightful pastry shop. One of the highlight of our excursion was strolling through the Marais Food Market. A must for anyone who is seriously interested in food and cooking. Walking through its many splendid stalls with rows upon rows of the most beautifully arranged and exhibited fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, flowers, spices was like stepping through Food Heaven...I was so inspired I came home to cook and read Julia Child. For anyone who is traveling with teenagers or young adults, this tour is a perfect introduction to what I call the French Style. The tour allowed them to experience in an intimate way, how it may feel to live in Paris, to which I hope they return again and again.
Oceanside, New Yo USA 06/30/2013
I was invoiced and charged twice for the same tour. The invoice #s were one digit apart and date stamps were the same time. When I requested a cancellation and credit for the second, they replied "sorry". Avoid this company and search for Google complaints and you will find many. Wish I had!
Austin, TX USA 06/29/2013
Found Rome With Jimmy online and I am so glad I did his tour!
Just completed our Rome with Jimmy tour, and I must say as a 1st time visitor to Rome, I cannot believe I have not done this sooner! Jimmy was a very informative tour guide who helped transform the everyday buildings and sight I casually walk by into meaningful and memorable experiences. Will surely recommend all my visiting friends do this first thing when they arrive to Rome. Many thanks Jimmy!
Birmingham, USA 06/28/2013
Roman Odyssey Tours
I am a tour operator, and bring small groups to Rome 3-4 times per year. We have had Rahul as our guide for the past 4-5 years. Everyone in our groups rave about how informative and knowledgeable Rahul is.... And how he makes the tour of Ancient Rome come to life.
We are continuing to use his services, and highly recommend his service to you. Whether you have a small group of 2-3 persons or a larger group of 20 -30 persons.... You will not be disappointed.
Bellevue, WA USA 06/27/2013
Roman Empire Tours
Had a really wonderful tour with Roman Empire Tours!! Planned it ahead of time, paid for it in advance, got to the meeting spot and had a wonderful time. What else can you hope for as a trip planner? The tour was very informative, we didn't have a group too big at all, just 8 of us during peak season and the guide was very knowledgeable. We got into the Colosseum without a wait! It was fantastic. Thank you so much. Strongly advise Roman Empire Tours.
Atlanta, USA 06/25/2013
Richard your Paris tour guide
This is a must do tour. Richard is so wonderful to work with. He took the time to understand our likes and dislikes so he could customize the tour for us. He is very knowledgeable, kind and fun to spend time with. This is a must do!
Isanti, Minnes USA 06/25/2013
GreatTour of the Vatican with Roman Odyssey
On this holiday in Europe, the highlight of my visit to Italy will definitely be the Vatican tour booked with Roman Odyssey. Rahul was incredible – he was able to explain the major highlights of the museum with information and humour. The museum was crowded, but we didn't have to wait in line, and just breezed thru with ease. The art seemed to come alive thru his explanations. Highly recommend this tour. Will certainly book more tours with them on my next visit. Tours are very well priced too.
Kuala Lumpur, WP Malaysia 06/20/2013
While in Rome, we went on 2 tours with "Through Eternity". The first was "Ancient City" with our guide Guido. He was a historian who had so much knowledge and was so interesting and easy to listen to. The second was "Vatican Museums and St. peters" with our guide Cinzia. She was an art major who taught us so much and was also very interesting. We HIGHLY recommend both tours!
Greg & Dawn Steggerda
Orange City, IA USA 06/20/2013
Richard Nahem is a wonderful guide for the off the tourist areas in Paris. We had been to Paris 15 times in the past 10 years, but he showed us the Marais area and aspects of Paris that we had always missed. He is a great addition to any Paris visit.
Paris, France 06/18/2013
Paris Walking Tours
We had a wonderful time with Richard, from Eye Prefer Paris Tours, on his walking tour of the Marais. Since he lives in the Marais, we felt that he had a real personal affection for the area. The tour was the right mix of history, shopping and food. But that wasn't all. Richard was the gift that kept on giving. He connected us with a friend of his, a Cordon Bleu trained chef, for a cooking lesson later in the week and got us tickets for an intimate theatre experience with a lovely group performing Edith Piaf songs. What a delight it was.
Santa Barbara, CA USA 06/17/2013
Ancient city tour on 03.06.13
Rome: Ancient city tour conducted by Mark our guide . This was one of the excellent presentation.
London, Englan UK 06/11/2013
Rome: Ancient City Tour
A huge thank you to Justin, our guide for the day. This was one of the most fascinating, absorbing and inspirational history lessons I have ever had. Justin's knowledge and grasp of the history, politics, philosophy and architecture of the city was amazing and to be able to draw parallels with today's world made this truly unforgettable occasion.
Ruthin, Denbig USA 06/06/2013
Ancient City Tour
Ancient City Tour with Marc Manser of KeyRome.com was fantastic and highly recommend him for all tours of Rome.
Parker, Colora USA 06/06/2013
Miles and Miles in Rome
Alexandra, our Vatican tour guy, did an exceptional job engaging our 3 generation family group. Our 12 yr. old grandson responded to her fascinating explanations of the works of art we were viewing--no small feat in this video generation. She skillfully guided us through a human sunami so that we could see, hear and appreciate our surrounings.
Cumming, GA USA 06/05/2013
Roman Odessey Vatican tour
Raul was a very knowledgable guide and got us through the lines and crowds effeciently. this tour saved us wandering around aimless through all the art work.
Aurora, co USA 06/03/2013
Best guide in Rome
If you want the best tour guide in Rome go to your Rome tour. Teresa is the best she will set your tour for you and worth every penny. We have used her twice and happy both times.
Toms River, NJ USA 06/03/2013
Rome With Jimmy! What a day. One of the best days we ever had.
I took Jimmy's "Jimmy's tour of Rome tour"; it has rekindled my love affair with Rome. Jimmy does not only know his facts and dates, he is able to weave a narrative between all the sites you see in the heart of Rome so that I felt like I was walking through a story book. Jimmy's enthusiasm gave the experience a great deal of color. And he's funny!
The tour covers as much of Rome as possible over 5 hours!
I would highly recommend this tour for people who are really interested in learning about Rome. No previous experience or knowledge required.
Two thumbs up!
To learn more then check out his tour... http://romewithjimmy.com/jimmys-tour-of-rome.php
Tahoe, USA 06/02/2013
Monetti taxi service
We highly recommend the Monetti taxi no. 17 for an 8 hr. tour of the Amalfi Coast. Our driver Pasquale was quite accommodating, experienced and highly professional. He is an excellent driver, host and tour guide. This is an excellent value for the Euro and well worth the time and investment for a private day long trip.
Corpus Christi, Texas USA 06/02/2013
Real Rome Tours
Wonderful tour. Ferdinando was very informative and we learned a lot. Enjoyed visiting the palatine hill which we had not visited before. Colosseum trip was awesome.
Los Angeles, USA 05/31/2013
Roman Odyssey Tours Inc. Vatican
Ulla was phenomenal! She made sense of an otherwise overwelming place. Her knowledge and fun pesonality really brought our trip to life. Thank you so much!
Elk Grove, CA USA 05/29/2013
Budapest with Andrew Illes
Budapest with Andrew Illes. My wife and I met Andrew on our first trip to Budapest about 10 years ago. We now own a couple of small apartments in Budapest and travel back several times a year. You would think that after so many trips over so many years we wouldn't benefit from a guide but Andrew has a knack for finding new things that we wouldn't discover in many decades of visits. He is still worth the money. Add to that, that he is one of the last true gentleman and you can't help but to want to recommend him and we have for years without one negative review. Thank you Andrew and G-d Bless. Andrew's website is [url]http://www.guideinbudapest.com/[/url]
Frisco, Texas USA 05/28/2013
Great tours with RRT
Only booked the tours after arriving in Rome. Friends suggested just before we left that a tour guide would allow us to get more out of our time (and would skip queues), so I phoned Real Rome Tours Saturday am and booked three tours: the Colosseum/Forum for Sun morning; the Fountains and Piazzas for Sun evening and the Vatican tour for Tueday pm. Gerard, a fellow Irish person, who took the call was extremely helpful with suggestions of times etc. I was concerned that the kids (7,9,10yrs) might find 3 hr tours tough going but quite the opposite. The tours are slow paced and so interesting. Thank you to Claudia, Ritchie and Tiziana. All very different styles and all very knowledgeable. The Vatican tour was a little hard going for the kids with the heat and crowds but Tiziana really focused on what might suit the kids and us. Before entering the Sistine Chapel, Tiziana stopped at a poster version of one of the walls of the Sistine Chapel and went through it because talking is frowned upon once inside. It was a depiction of the souls going to heaven or hell depending on the life lived. I was unsure how much my 7yr old was taking in. However. as we walked towards the Sistine Chapel she informed me that she was sure one of her classmates (who shall remain nameless) would be going to hell because "he never does his homework and he has been to the principals office twice!" So Tiziana, they were listening. The tours provided so much information in such a relaxed way. Felt we got a lot more out of our holiday as a result. Delighted we booked. Thanks guys.
London, England 05/27/2013
Fantastic Jewish Roma Walking Tours - A Must For All Who Love Rome's History
Our Jewish Roma walking tour of the Ghetto, Hebrew Museum, Great Synagogue was just outstanding! We agree with Rick Steves, & our Rick Steves' Best of Italy tour guide (Reiner), that Micaela Pavoncello's Jewish Roma walking tours are excellent. All of us were spellbound as we learned about the Jews' history & day-to-day lives in Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, & modern day times from our wonderful Jewish Roma guide.
Our Jewish Roma walking tour was the perfect addition to our marvelous Rick Steves' Best of Italy tour. We are grateful to Micaela Pavoncello for making this first-rate Jewish Roma walking tour possible. We love history, and cannot imagine seeing all that Rome has to offer without experiencing at least one Jewish Roma walking tour!
Denver, CO USA 05/27/2013
Walks of Italy vs. Viator
We had 3 tours with Walks of Italy in Rome and they were superb. The small group made a world of difference. Fernando, David and Julia were great. They are highly educated and great at making history come alive. We also booked the 1/2 day to Pompeii with Viator. The guides were horrid. They were like 3 chickens with their heads cut off. Herding cattle through the ruins is my best description of this tour.
Slidell, LA USA 05/26/2013
Great Vatican tour with Real Rome Tours
We found the tour of the Vatican extremely good. The tour guide was very friendly and informative and very easy to understand. The Vatican itself is so vast that we would definately recommend a guided tour. It is fantastic that you can queue jump which could save you a good couple hours. We did e-mail Gerard prior to visiting with a few queries regarding the tour and he responded back very quickly answering all of our questions. We would definately recommend Real Rome Tours 10 out of 10.
Los Angeles, CA USA 05/24/2013
I had occasion to use Italy Driving guide, based in Rome. Giuseppe Magnosi, the owner, was incredibly helpful, and turned what could have been a disaster into a good experience.
Defiance, Ohio USA 05/24/2013
Cristina Giannicchi Tours
Had three days of tours with associates of Cristina's Mauro and Marzia all through Rome. We had a wonderful time. Each guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun. We loved them both. Marzia got us a last minute sold out tour of the underground Colosseum. We would recommend them to everyone who goes to Rome. Well worth the money!
High Springs, Florid USA 05/23/2013
Real Rome Tours
I booked a trip to the Vatican City after reading so many good reviews on tripadvisor. It was well worth the fee just for the queue jump alone, our group got pretty much straight in past the queues that were winding down the streets! Our guide (I unfortunately can't remember his name) was extremely knowledgeable about everything we saw and was able to answer people's questions.The tour was well thought out and structured over the three hours, we would have got completely lost had it not been for our guide. I wouldn't recommend going to the Vatican without one!
Melbourne, USA 05/21/2013
Roman Empire Tours and the Vatican! Just ask for Mia...
We took the tour of the Vatican with Mia as our guide and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mia was so knowledgable about art, history, architecture and the Catholic church and presented the information in a fun and interesting way. Far from a bunch of dry facts, Mia included a number of fascinating little asides and with her charming manner and evident enthusiasm and passion for her subject, she was the perfect tour guide. We were also given time to browse a little on our own after we had been given all the information we needed. I think trying to make sense of the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel without our guide would have been a tedious and meaningless experience. This was definitely the best way to do it. I highly recommend this tour. Look for the yellow umbrella!
New York, USA 05/20/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tours
The Eye Prefer Paris tour (http://www.eyepreferparistours.com/) was nicely tailored to our interests and walking pace. We learned a lot, while three generations in one family (plus a couple of friends) touring together all had a great time. We especially appreciated the fact that most of what we saw on this tour we probably would never have thought of seeing on our own; it was the best way to get a real feel for Parisian history, culture, and architecture in the short time we had available.
Hoffman Estates, IL USA 05/19/2013
Check out Rome With Jimmy! An amazing experience in Rome
Jimmy gave us a tour that was incredibly informative, interesting and humorous, all in one. It was extremely interesting, not only to get the facts, but to link a lot of the events from the time to what we see around us today. We only had time for the forum and colloseum tour but I'll be signing up for the whole lot next time I'm back. The website Rome With Jimmy was very easy to use as well!
New York, USA 05/14/2013
The Vatican with Roman Empire Tours was just amazing
I booked a tour with a company called Roman Empire Tours and got taken into the Sistine Chapel with only 2 other people while the place was still closed to the general public. Thoroughly recommend this as I went back through again later when the crowds were there and it was awful - a totally different experience. Our guide was Shane and he was fantastic. The highlight of our stay in Rome. Thanks again Roman Empire tours for a great Vatican experience!
San Francisco, USA 05/14/2013
Tuscan Trails Wine Tour
My wife Peg and I had a great tour with Todd Bolton through Tuscany. The wine was terrific, of course, and the views were magnificent. But what made the trip was the knowledge that Todd brought regarding the wine, the history of the region, the politics dating back to the Medicis and the Pozzis (if you go, as him about this), and the business of wine making. The day was full and the pace was perfect, and it felt very personalized. Peg and I talk once a week (while drinking Chianti, of course) on what was the favorite part of our trip, and this always tops the list.
Benicia, Califo USA 05/13/2013
We just returned from lovely 8 day trip in rome. It was made so enjoyable by these 2 women- Sara Magister 0039.339.3793813 and GiovannaTerzulli 0039.339.7425366 They are educated and willing to share the knowledge and enthusiasim of ancient Rome, churches, mosiacs, Vatican. Spending money for these guides made our trip! Thank you for recommending Rick. 200 euros for group of 5 for a morning.
dawn deal dahle
aberdeen, SD USA 05/13/2013
Cinque Terre hiking day trip from Florence
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy. We only had 2 nights in Florence, but I was dying to spend some time out of the cities. Luckily, I found a company that offered a day trip to the Cinque Terre, Walkabout Florence Tours. I highly recommend this hiking tour. It was definitely the highlight of our time in Italy. The tour was so reasonably priced (90 euros per person), especially considering it included all transportation (tour bus, train, and boat cruise) and an amazingly delicious lunch. Not to be missed! Didn't realize the Cinque Terre could be reached so easily as a day trip from Florence.
Seattle, WA USA 05/09/2013
Tours by Roberto
I have used Tours by Roberto in Tuscany 3 times (all different tours) and each was a perfect experience. He is passionate, very knowledgeable, and fun to be with. I was in Sienna with my daughter and called early one morning. He had space that day! He picked us up at our hotel and even took us to the train station after the tour since we were headed to Florence. I learned of Roberto from the Rick Steves' book and since have seen him on Rick's travel shows. He is well worth it for a great tour.
Orangeburg, SC USA 05/08/2013
Amazing! I would take any tour with Roman Empire Tours!
My 20 yr old daughter and I took the 3 hour Colloseum and Forum tour with Jimmy in Rome with his tour organization, Roman Empire Tours. Originally we thought we would just go by ourselves and last minute decided to book the tour. I'm so glad we did as we got so much more out of the experience! Jimmy is very charming, with his Irish accent, great sense of humor, vast knowledge of history, language, and his ability to weave it all together in a most interesting and thorough manner. He brought the whole tour to life and it went by very quickly. He is able to provide interesting historical stories and relate it to present day. I can't say enough good things about Jimmy: his energy and his ability to convey his love of history, Rome, linguistics, in such a fun way. By going on the tour you also avoid the lines, as he is able to take you straight through. The size of the group is perfect also, we had 6 people in our group, I think maximum is 8 (ironically we met a couple from our Colosseum tour accidentally on a bridge in Venice!). Bottom line, I wouldn't hesitate to take any tour with Jimmy!
Toronto, USA 05/07/2013
Capri Tour Infomation Tour
This tour of Capri, Pompeii and Naples was great! We were collected from the cruise ship's dock, after sending them an internet message on their website, and taken first to the island. The Blue Grotto was wonderful and the lovely villages were really pretty. We took a chairlift to the top of the island with our lovely guide, Anna, who had a wealth of knowledge about the bay, the island and all the history. From the top we could see Naples, Vesuvius, and the other islands. She took us to Pompeii and then briefly to Naples. It would have been great to see more, but we will come back for sure. It was a cool, inexpensive, stress-free day and I really recommend it. Anna was the best and their website is capritourinformation.com or at email@example.com
Wellington, This t New Zealand 05/07/2013
Roman Odyssey Vatican Tour
My husband and I highly recommend this tour which was extremely informative, intimate (small group), and the guide Rahul was very efficient and pleasant.
lorraine et jeff
ventura, CA USA 05/07/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tours
Friendly, interesting and knowledgable of the area. Well worth it. Will book Richard's tour again next time.
Bellingen, NSW USA 05/06/2013
SPECIAL TOUR OF PARIS
I was introduced to Richard Nahem, An American living in Paris, through a NYC travel agent friend. At my request, he took me to the flea markets on Sunday – great experience and he was so knowledgeable about navigating us around of what we should see. On another day, we went to the Marais, Richard's neighborhood. Richard had a great pace in showing us through a section of the Marais, darting in and out of the old palaces, looking at the great food shops, seeing tucked away gardens and finding some great special clothing shops. Shopping in the Marais for everything is fantastic. Oh and best of all he took us to a delicious small, fairly new Italian restaurant (Yes, Italian) where everything was specially prepared by one wonderful man. I needed to do more shopping in another part of Paris, and Richard escorted me in and out of stores – and frankly what an eye he has – he helped get me one of the best handbags. My husband, friends and I really enjoyed meeting Richard and having him show us around Paris in a really leisurely fun way. We will never visit Paris without making sure Richard is available to take us to a new area of Paris. We look forward to seeing him soon.
Lakeville, CT USA 05/04/2013
Walking Tours of Italy
We took three tours in Rome, all through Walking Tours of Italy. Each was outstanding. The guides were great and we were able to see and do things other tourists were not. Our time in the Sistine Chapel was the highlight -- but it was all great. We highly recommend them!
Los Angeles, CA USA 05/03/2013
Slow Day in Tuscany Wine Tour
I second the recommendation for the Slow Day in Tuscany wine tour. Spending the day in the Tuscan countryside may have been the best day of our trip. Simon is knowledgeable, fun to spend time with, and speaks Italian fluently. We really enjoyed his company. We're still talking about lunch that day and the wines we tasted. slow-days.com
Bellaire, TX USA 05/02/2013
Drive to Pompei and the Amalfi Coast
I'd like to recommend Mr. Giuseppe Magnosi, Owner of ITALY DRIVING GUIDE limousine services for anyone planning a visit to Rome, Italy or nearby regions. (www.italydrivingguide.com).
Joseph was accommodating, pleasant, knowledgeable and informative on our drive to Pompei and the Amalfi Coast.
My family would definitely request his services again on our next trip to Italy. He made the day a memorable one!
Westchester, IL USA 05/02/2013
My girlfriend and I very much enjoyed our tour. John Tinto of Through Eternity Tours was very knowledgeable and professional. He understood what was important as well as its historical setting. He was able to add much of the historical context of what she showed. He spent much of his time explaining what was unique and special. His ability to communicate in english was fine. He was able to keep a dialogue even when the crowds were slowing us down. He was able to respond to everyone's inquiries about what he explained and what we thought we knew. He had a good sense of humor. He was able to deal with difficulties such as one tourist's lost of his receiver. I could not have thought of any better tour. We had originally contacted Context Tours for our tour, but they could not guarantee the tour unless we had to pay for the minimum, the total cost of which would have been more than twice the cost of Through Eternity Tours.
Robert De Goff
Berkeley, CA USA 04/25/2013
Jeremy Minsberg Berlin Expert
I just returned from Berlin. A friend of mine recommended Jeremy Minsberg. He is very knowledgeable and informed about Berlin. I highly recommend this tour.
San Rafael, Ca USA 04/24/2013
Paris Flea Market Tour
EYE PREFER PARIS TOURS
This was a highlight of my two-week trip to Paris. The Eye Prefer Paris tour is insightful and fun and the host, Richard, is incredibly charming and personable. We went to the flea market in St. Ouen on a Sunday morning and Richard made an overwhelming place accessible and interesting. My only regret is that I didn't have time to take a second tour during this trip. This will be easily fixed when I return to this gorgeous city. Be sure, if you get the chance, to sign up for the Eye Prefer Paris blog. The photographs are enticing (planning to purchase a few) and they make me dream about the city. The blog/newsletter is a great way to plan in advance and figure out what you want to see and do on your next trip. Could not recommend Richard enough. Also, Richard has an amazing eye for photography and he guided me toward some great shots while we walked to the subway. Make your next trip to Paris even more special and book a tour with Richard. If you don't see exactly what you're looking for ask him about it, there's enough flexibility to make the experience unique to your tastes.
Los Angeles, CA USA 04/21/2013
Eye Prefer Paris: Our experience did not align with the rave reviews posted here and on Trip Advisor.
Should have posted this when we first arrived back from France several months ago. We had two tours with Richard of Eye Prefer Paris. I actually found Richard here on this board when planning our trip to France. This was our fourth trip to Europe and since we had a fabulous time in Italy going with "semi-private" tours (we used Through Eternity in Rome and Florence), we thought that upgrading to private guides for the cities we toured in France would be even better.
Richard was very courteous and prompt in responding to e-mails. Initially we just wanted to hire him to tour the Marais, but when I asked if he could recommend guides for Versailles and the museums he helpfully set up guides for those experiences as well. When I requested a guide to give us an "city overview" tour with a driver the day we arrived, he told me that he guided that type of tour "all of the time" and would be happy to do it.
He met us with the driver at our hotel. We knew that we had the driver for two hours and that the final hour of the tour would be "on foot". Well, perhaps we were foolish, but we assumed that the final hour of the tour would be near our hotel, not on the other side of the city, which is where Richard lived. He even bragged that the tour was ending "around the block from his apartment" as he pointed us to a taxi stand. We were jet lagged and I was really annoyed as we sat in traffic for an hour in our taxi ride back to our hotel.
The "city tour" itself was very weak . Richard should not be guiding this type of tour. I sat behind him in the car and wondered why his head kept bobbing down and then back up. Well, he was reading from notecards. I've never experienced anything like that on a tour. And I never in a million years would have paid over 400 Euro for this tour (with driver), had I known that the person guiding it was so completely lacking in knowledge.
We let this go though, and decided that this just wasn't Richard's specialty. The guides set up for the other tours by Richard were just fine. He got a cut of the fee, but I understand that...a referral fee is acceptable.
After we toured other areas of France where we hired two *fabulous* private guides, we returned to Paris for one last day and night. I feel silly saying this now, but we saved Richard's Marais tour for last. The reviews for this tour are amazing and we thought it would be a great way to cap off our vacation. It wasn't.
It wasn't awful or anything like that, but it was average, at best. We knew it wasn't an historical walking tour, but Richard's knowledge of his neighborhood was minimal. My partner and I kept looking at each other with looks that said, "is *this* it?". We called it the "shuffling keyhole tour". As we shuffled all over the Marais and Richard pointed out interesting looking doors. Then he's have us look through the keyhole into the courtyard. There was no point to do this, just that Richard thought it was a cool courtyard. We walked into a few shops here and there that Richard found interesting, but unlike other experiences we had with private guides in other regions, Richard didn't seem to have relationships with the shop owners. Also, he speaks almost no french at all. And that kind of said a lot to us....that he didn't bother to learn the language after being a resident for seven years. He promotes the tour by saying that "you'll see the Marais with a Parisian". And I guess you do, as he does live there. But what you see is the Marais through the eyes of an American, who just happens to live in the Marais. That's the only way I can describe it.
It was a three hour tour and about half way through we took our scheduled break at "the best pastry shop" in Paris. It was 11:30. My partner and I each ordered a pastry, but Richard ordered a sandwich and a side. With every other meal with a private guide in France, the guide insisted that we not pay for their meal (even though we did), but when the bill arrived, Richard didn't budge. It was so odd and uncomfortable. We did pay for him, but we really didn't want to. And we had to sit for an extra 10 minutes while Richard finished his lunch. It just felt like he was trying to get a free lunch....it was 11:30 for cryin out loud!
And so I've been perusing this site and TA for our upcoming trip to Italy, and went back to look at reviews for the guides we used in France...just to see how accurate the reviews were. The only time we've had a guide, hotel, or restaurant that did not live up to the reviews of others (not even close) was Eye Prefer Paris.
And the sheer number of reviews is something that I wish I would have noticed before our trip, because a red flag would have gone up for me. I'm a numbers person by nature, and so I looked at reviews for another private guide we used in Provence (Experience Provence), and a much larger company (Through Eternity) we used in Rome and Florence.
Marlene of Experience Provence was *incredible*. She has 93 reviews on Trip Advisor and has been reviewed for 2.5 years. Even if you're lazy, you can't wait to write a review for her. She's that great.
Richard of Eye Prefer Paris has 160 reviews in just 2 years. Almost three times Marlene's reviews.
And Through Eternity is a company that is probably helping 50 separate traveling groups see just Rome...every day. They're easily doing 25 times the business that Eye Prefer Paris is doing. And yet they have averaged 160 reviews per year for the last five years. So, they do 25 times the business and only get reviewed twice as much as one guy in Paris?
On this board...Eye Prefer Paris has ten reviews, out of 57. The postings eventually fall off this board, and it's interesting that there's always such a high number of reviews for his company.
If we only had the Marais tour, I could have considered our experience a "one-off"....but we did two tours or two different days. So...not quite sure what to make of all of the positive reviews, let alone the sheer number of reviews.
But after this experience I will be doing much more homework than simply checking out review sites on the internet. I'd believe Rick's books in a second, as he has vetted those guides/companies. Otherwise, buyer beware!
New York, NY USA 04/20/2013
Jimmy and Roman Empire Tous... Look no further!
We chose Jimmy for our tour after reading the reviews on the graffiti wall here and we weren't disappointed. Jimmy was knowledgeable but was able to present the information in a lively and enjoyable manner. On the day of our tour, Jimmy was unwell but still turned up on time and provided an excellent tour although we were the only people on it! Thanks for a great morning at the Roman Forum and Colosseum, Jimmy!
Chicago, USA 04/19/2013
Informative Paris stroll. Go for it!
My Mom and I are in Paris for the week. As fans of the Eye Prefer Paris blog, we decided to hire its writer, Richard Nahem to show us the St. Germain des- Pres area. He was excellent! We felt as though we were hanging out with a witty, well informed friend from home. He really knows this city, and showed us things we'd have never found on our own. I highly recommend him - and his Eye Prefer Paris blog, as well.
olympia, Wa. USA 04/18/2013
Eye Prefer Paris Tour
I booked Richard for a Le Marais tour as a surprise for my wife and 15-year-old during their first visit to Paris. Even though I'd been several times, the history of the area and architecture was eye-opening to me! As others have said, Richard treats the tour as a friend would, and since a friend knows your interests, contacting Richard ahead of time to communicate your interests will pay dividends. In our case, my wife's interest in design and my daughter's interest in shopping and style were what I let Richard know beforehand.
We all had a blast! The variety of small clothing, design and nicknack shops was fabulous and fascinating for my ladies to explore. The stories behind the amazing 17th Century "Hotels" (residences) were so cool for all of us. Of course for me, the amazing food Richard happened to point out did not detract from the experience either. Time flew by, and we invited Richard to join us for lunch, so we got to chat with him even a bit longer!
Thank you Richard, for a memorable afternoon exploring Paris!
Doylestown, PA USA 04/18/2013
Jewish Roma Tours
We loved the Jewish Roma Tour with Michaella Pavoncello. She is an exceptional guide who shared a wealth of jewish and Roman history with our group. The tour took us to the jewish getto streets, the great synagogue, the jewish museum and more. Michaella's fun personality and clear english made the hours pass so fast, and the memories stay forever.
Atlanta, GA USA 04/16/2013
Jewish ghetto tour in Rome
What a wonderful treat to visit the small and vibrant jewish quarter in Rome. Micaella was a fantastic guide, with much knowledge, and enthusiasm, and to top it off, eating in one of several local Jewish restaurants in the area, where one can taste what might be consider the authentic roman cuisine. I recommend this tour wholehartedly.
Atlanta, GA USA 04/16/2013
Tour guides in Turkey
City of Sultans Tours. We used them and have recommended them to several of our female friends who were traveling alone and all have raved about the wonderful service and knowledgeable guides.
Venice Tour with Context Travel
Context Travel tour of Venice, Italy: Matteo provided the perfect overview of the story of the city and an excellent tour. We highly recommend using a walking tour when visiting Venice for the first time.
Laguna Niguel, CA USA 04/12/2013
Fantastic Day in Naples/Oplontis/Pompeii
My daughter (16) and I decided to use the train and make a long day trip from Rome to the Naples area. (Left at 6:30 a.m. and returned at 11:30 p.m.
After much research we selected Pina Esposito as our guide for the day. Pina met us at the train station and had her driver take us to Pompeii first. (I would strongly recommend hiring a driver. It saved us a LOT of time which we spent sightseeing.) Pina spent about 4 hours showing us the major sites in Pompeii. She told us not only about the daily life, but about religion and politics as well. After Pompeii she took us to an excellent local restaurant for Lasagna and Oranges. We then went to Oplontis so we could see the frescos in-situ. There was no-one else there and it was amazing.
We finished the day off at the National Archeological Museum in Naples including the "Secret Cabinet." Pina showed us the highlights of the museum and then dropped us off for dinner at Da Mimi alla Ferrovia for a great seafood dinner. We would strongly recommend her as a guide. We had an extended 10 hour tour and had just the right amount of time. Pina is listed in Rick's Rome book and her cell number is: +39-366-6228217.
Tulalip, WA USA 04/08/2013
Through EternityTour: Vatican Museums and St. Peter's - In-depth Experience
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our "Through Eternity" Vatican Museums and St. Peter's - In-depth Experience . In addition to learning much more about the Vatican, its art and history than we ever would have on our own, it was like we had our own private crash course in Italian art, history, and religion! Even though the tour was more expensive than most of the others I found, I have no regret and feel the quality of the knowledge Cinzia shared was excellent. Her passion for what she was describing made it interesting to everyone in our group--even our 17 year old son who could have been easily bored with a less dynamic and informative guide. I really feel that this experience set us up to enjoy the other artistic treasures in Italy at a much higher level than we otherwise would have.
Madison, WI USA 04/03/2013
Rome tour guides
My tour was stopped by police. Turned out that the guide was not licenced. I wish I could remember his name, but I forget.
If you are travelling to Rome, be sure to ask if the guides are licenced. I was lucky to escape a fine, but my tour was completely spoiled by the interruption by the police and their accusatory questioning of my family, and I did not have my deposit refunded either.
New York, USA 04/02/2013
Borghese Gallery-Rome / Walks of Italy
For walking tours in Italy, "Walks of Italy" are the best I have ever come across. I cannot recommend them highly enough. I booked a tour with them for the Borghese Gallery, and WOI guide Joseph was INCREDIBLE. I cannot compliment Joseph highly enough for the Borghese Tour. It really was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy. I would not have got as much out of my visit to the Borghese, if I did not have Joseph as a guide. On the day, I was still heavily jet lagged and my asthma had decided to kick in (wonderful for climbing stairs), and heaven knows where I leave my brain on the first few days of any European holiday (30 hours travelling from Australia is always a bit of fun). But, thanks to Joseph, the tour was SENSATIONAL! Joseph kept us moving at the perfect pace - not rushing, not at all - but not moving so slowly that one is tempted to say "OK. I get it!". He really did present each piece perfectly. I got 200% out of the tour. I was very fortunate to be the only guest, and I do realize how much more difficult that is for a tour guide. Especially since I am not someone who asks a lot (any) questions. I just like to take it all in. But, again, I cannot fault Joseph. He was brilliant. Right down to flagging a taxi for me. I ended up with Rome's most cheerful taxi driver - I had forgotten to get the address of the hotel, and the driver thought that was hilarious. He found the hotel no problem. And I was not overcharged - I never have had problems with Taxi drivers in Rome. Walks of italy were professional from taking my booking, to giving excellent directions, through to the tour itself. Again, I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Hobart, Tas AUSTRALIA 03/31/2013
Rome With Jimmy was amazing. So glad we booked with him!
There is so much to do and see in Rome that it can be a bit intimidating, but Rome With Jimmy was like being shown around the city by a friend. He was welcoming and knowledgeable as he took us around the sites, stopping for pictures and questions as they came up. We never felt rushed or herded along as some tours make you feel, he had a story for every site we saw, talking not only about the historic sites but also modern day Rome. As a bonus, after spending way too much money on dinner our first night in Rome, Jimmy let us know where the best pizza in the city was located, not to mention the good, cheap Italian food. We ate a lot better the rest of our stay. We saw a lot but there is still more to see and I would definitely take another tour with Jimmy.
New York, USA 03/25/2013
Eye Prefer Paris tour
Having been to Paris numerous times before, we asked Richard, of Eye Prefer Paris, to show us a neighborhood that we wouldn't have seen. Our tour of the 9th arr. was fun and interesting, and Richard knew many of the secrets of this beautiful residential neighborhood.
Mill Valley, CA USA 03/24/2013
Sightseeing in France with Private Driver-Guide
My family needed a driver-guide for two day-trips outside of Paris during our recent trip. We found Christian - an American! (http://www.sightseeinginfrance.com/) - in an old review on Trip Advisor.
He is great. He is a professional driver who knows his way around France. We were able to create a full day out of trip to Giverny as well as Orleans for the fabulous Festival de Loire. Later in the week we went on an afternoon and evening trip to Reims to see the wonderful laser light show on the cathedral.
He is a wonderful driver with great stories to keep you entertained on long drives. He takes you behind the scenes and through the back doors to some of the most beautiful places in France.
He will create the trip you want - not the one in some book somewhere. If you want to visit a little town on the way or stop a cute café or vineyard to taste some wine, he will do it. He is there to translate when you can't read the menu or can't find something.
He also took us around the Arc de Triomphe at rush hour just for fun. (I wish I had had my video camera running since I saw most of it through closed eyes.)
We have hired guides all over Europe and Christian is one of the best.
Denver, CO USA 03/22/2013
My husband and I were in Berlin a couple of weeks ago and toured this historical city with the very capable Jeremy Minsberg. Jeremy was not only professional and knowledgeable, but he made the city come alive with his fantastic storytelling and great sense of humor. We went out on a frigidly cold day, but the time flew by nevertheless. It truly was the highlight of our weekend. I would recommend his services to anyone planning a trip to Berlin.
Copenhagen, Denmark 03/19/2013
Jeremy Minsberg- aka TheBerlinexperts.com provided us with the best Berlin experience. He provided wordly insights from German, Jewish, and American perspectives. He knows the city and its history. He made the experience.
West Hartford, CT - C USA 03/17/2013
Guide Needed for Tangier-Morocco
Much has been said about Aziz in Tangier, but we used Hassan. He is a well educated young man who lives and breathes Tangiers and showed us the best of the city, has a clean comfort air conditioning van that will hold up to six persons (I believe, but we were only four) and the driver.
As it turned out Hassan charged us less than Aziz and about one half of what the ship's tour would have cost. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You should also be aware that there will be several 'guides' waiting at the dock who may or may not be trusted to take you to the places where you want etc. I suggest you go by recommendations and definitely forget about cabs!
Robert and Sue Wright
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA 03/17/2013
I planned a quick trip to Paris for 4 days with my mom and 2 daughters (ages 9 and 17). I booked 4 days of tours with Richard in hopes to keep the vast interests among my family engaged. Richard had all this covered! Walking the Marais, St. Germain and Ile St. Louis was fantasti with Richard pointing out the major sight-seeing icons of Paris, architectural differences among buildings, churches, chocolate, wine and markets. It was actually the drama behind the historical venues and mansions that was very entertaining. We LOVED it! We began each day meeting around 11am, touring and tasting Paris. Our tours included great shops and restaurants that weren't on the beaten path. If you like to avoid the touristy favorites, book a tour with Richard. Simply an unforgettable trip with my girls. AND, we even learned a little French! Paris avec les filles 2.16.13 to 2.21.2013
Philadelphia, PA USA 03/15/2013
Slow Day in Tuscany Wine Tour
A really nice day in visiting the less touristy side of Tuscany, including a castle , hill-top town and family run winery. Lovely day!
Boston, MA USA 03/13/2013
We used Ricks suggestion of Aziz Tours when we were in Tangier in 2010. We enjoyed the tour, because Aziz is connected with everyone - but we had a difficult time holding his attention because he was busy with phone calls. His assistant Redwoun (sp) was very attentive though, and we saw things we would not otherwise have seen on our own.
harrisburg, pa USA 03/12/2013
Eye Prefer Paris tour
I'd like to highly recommend the Eye Prefer Paris tour with Richard. Richard gives a true insider's perspective, taking my girlfriend and I to neighborhoods, shops and restaurants we would've never known existed. We bought fantastic cheese, sampled delicious chocolates, and perused many other shops [INVALID] from clothing to wine to finger puppets. Richard showed us old courtyards and gardens and treated us to stories about the Marais. Wonderful experience.
Ann Arbor, MI USA 03/12/2013
My family recently visited Rome and used Through Eternity tours and are very pleased with them. Our guides were all knowledgeable and fantastic and would highly recommend this company.
Livingston, NJ USA 03/12/2013
We just used Italy Cruises Private Tours for private tours out of Livorno, Citavecchia and Naples/Salerno. They are based in Rome and have drivers out of the other areas that they most likely subcontract. Riccardo was wonderful to communicate with, his prices were reasonable and drivers were knowledgeable and very personable. We had 3 groups touring with Italy Cruises Private Tours out of Salerno, Federico was our driver and the other two groups were very happy with their drivers. He required no up front payment. If you would book thru I.C.P.T., ask for Federico in Rome and Carlo in Florence!
Atlanta, GE USA 03/11/2013
My husband and I highly recommend, Luca Strano, (www.lukethedriver.com) for personalized guided tours of Rome and surrounding area. In fact we have used his professional services three times thus far; Rome sites and catacombs, Tivoli Gardens, and Hadrian's Villa and have booked our 2014 trip ahead. He is a native-born resident, speaks good English, and all our excursions have been well-planned and organized. Luca provides comfortable-clean transport, has a great personality, is trustworthy and dependable! It is a pleasure to spread the word about his professionalism to unknown travelers and friends alike.
Bend, OR USA 03/11/2013
We just came back from our trip to Italy and we highly recommend the tour company we used from Rome to Tuscany: www.drivearounditaly.com. Our driver really showed us the best of it, taking us to local wineries for wine testings, typical trattorias for delicious meals and we visited little villages where no tourists at all! I think we saw the real Italy thanks to Riccardo, our driver!
New York, N.Y. USA 03/10/2013
Charming Tour of the Marais
I very much enjoyed the tour of the Marais with Richard. I particularly appreciated his lively and informative account of the neighborhood's history. The Marais Richard showed us is a colorful district full of old world charm mixed with contemporary chic, great small specialty shops, impressive mansions, and a wonderful square and teashop. I'd like to go again!
Vienna, Austria 03/10/2013
Paris Walking Tour
I want to highly recommend Eye Prefer Paris and their tours. In 2011, I took the Market Tour and Cooking class and it was fabulous. A couple weeks ago, I returned to Paris and hired Richard (the owner) for a Marais Walking Tour and I loved it just as much. I have been to Paris many times and have heard all the raves about the Marais. I would go there and not understand what all the fuss was about, but now I know. Richard, who lives in the neighborhood there, took us on a several hour walking tour and now I finally get it! The Marais is rich with history, has fabulous shopping and stellar markets. Richard is professional, punctual, interesting, and, maybe most importantly, he is fun to be with. I would not hesitate in recommending him or any of his tours.
Milford, CT USA 03/05/2013
Great Holiday in Italy
We stayed in at the Albergo del Senato and it was truly the best place I have stayed in Rome. It was not the cheapest place, but it was by far the best place I have stayed and it has ruined me for other hotels. There are a lot of recommendations on it.
We used "Italy Cruises Private Tours" for transport both from the airport, to the hotel and then back to the cruise port. Then we also used them in Naples, and then a countryside tour when we arrived back in Civitivecchia and they discounted the whole lot. It was a great service.
I prefer the area by the Pantheon. I found I could walk almost everywhere in that area. The metro system is one of the worst I've seen for a big European city. It really isn't designed with tourism in mind. The thing to do in Rome is roam Or learn the bus system. I'm a walker myself. But cabs are plenty and pretty affordable also. Definitely pick the ancient center for your home base. It's SOOO nice, at the end of a long day, to not have to navigate yourself back to an out-of-the-way place. Just my opinion anyway.
Good luck planning! It's a lot of the fun!
Los Angeles, CA USA 03/04/2013
Context Travel tour of Venice, Italy
We had a wonderful tour of Venice booked through Context Travel, Monica was our guide, we had a wonderful day - could not have asked for more!
Sydney, NSW Australia 03/03/2013
I am a travel agent and I have used Angel Tours for my groups and for individual passengers. I have just returned from a trip to Italy and once again Angel Tours was my tour company of choice and they surpassed my hopes and expectations. Tatjana is a wonder at coordinating my groups and offering tour options that I didn't think of. Ben was our tour guide for most of the tours in Rome and I can't say enough good things about him. As you have read and will continue to read, he knows his stuff and how to present it. Thanks for all of the information and for sharing some very special sights with us Ben. I have now done the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, Colosseum and Forum, Eco Tour, Underground Rome, and Christmas Walking Tour with the Angels in Rome. I have also shared Pompeii, Amalfi coast and Florence tours with their guides there. I have booked their guide in Venice for clients. I have had incredibly knowlegable tour guides on each and every tour. They have recommended many wonderful restaurants also. I can't say enough good things about this company and it's staff. Mille Grazie Angel Tours! You know I will be back, after all, I threw a coin in Trevi Fountain!
Lacombe, AB Canada 03/01/2013
I would recommend getting a private guide, it takes about an hour and a half to get to Rome from the port but with a guide/driver you can cover everything frorm the forum to the vatican and the Pantheon,the Spanish Steps,the famous "Wedding Cake" and even throw in Orange Park and Trevi fountain. They can buy the entry tickets in advance which will allow you to skip the line. We always use Riccardo Ciardi he can be reached at email@example.com or you can check out his websites www.italycruisesprivatetours.com.
I remember our first time it seemed like a whirlwind but we did cover it all in one day including the Coliseum.
I suggest you this company.
Woodstock, IL USA 02/28/2013
Voila, nous avons découvrez le charme du Marais
With the wonderful guidance of Richard, our family has discovered the charm of the Marais. Our family of five: Mom, Dad, three daughters (ages 16,14,11) spent a lovely morning with him on a walking tour of the Marais. Richard unfolded fascinating facts and juicy historical gossip which enthralled all of our age ranges. He also introduced us to many chic boutiques and speciality stores as well as quite a few museums that whetted our appetite to explore after we finished our tour. Richard was knowledgeable, thoughtful and interesting. He offered to answer not only all of our questions about the Marais but Paris at large. We highly recommend Richard as a tour guide.
Baltimore, MD USA 02/27/2013
Walks of Italy
Walks of Italy provided my husband and I with excellent guides for three wonderful tours in Rome, i.e., The Vatican, The Colosseum and an Evening Stroll to visit several of the major sites. Each tour guide (Camilla and Flaminia) was very knowledgable and surpassed expectations in providing extra information to help us enjoy and appreciate our time in Rome. Even when the weather was awful, they never rushed us or showed any sign of wanting to be done so they could escape the cold and rain. Both the Vatican and the Colosseum tours included areas not seen on most tours and each was rich in detail. The evening stroll was a good orientation to Rome, informative and romantic.
Wellington, Florid USA 02/26/2013
Roman Empire Tours are fun, informative and deep with knowledge! We will book again.
Our tour guide (Jimmy) was a really enjoyable person to spend a few hours with wandering around one of the most special places in the world. The aspects of the tour that set "Roman Empire Tours" apart are two fold. First the guides have English as their first language, I know this sounds a little odd but honestly this allows real time complex questions beyond "how old is this or that". Secondly the knowledge base goes beyond a simple recital at one or another piece of artwork. You get the feeling that these guys really like their jobs and really care that you get a sense of their enthusiasm for the artifacts you are looking at. Brilliant. Well done and well presented.
Pittsburgh, USA 02/25/2013
Miles to Miles
We traveled to Italy in September and October 2012. We choose to use Miles to Miles for two tours in Rome. We had Maria, very informative, and concerned for our safety and enjoyment while she led us on the Colesseum Underground and Ancient Rome Tour. Her knowledge of Italian history was amazing, and her personality delightful! For our second tour, the Day Trip to Pompei and the Almalfi Coast, we were picked up in an airconditioned Mercedes van by Marco, who drove us to Pompei, where we met our guide, Francesco. He was very animated and full of many details about Pomei and its history. We then rejoined our driver, Marco, who took us to a fabulous lunch spot on the Almafi Coast. Both tours delivered more than we expected and included espresso stops! Miles and Miles graciously solved a big scheduling mix up due my mistake. We will use them again on our next trip to Italy. Thanks to Rick Steeves for mentioning them in his tour book!
Eureka, CA USA 02/25/2013
We used one of Rick's recommendations - Monetti Taxi - for a day tour of the Amalfi Coast and Carmello Monetti was absolutely amazing with his knowledge of the area, the people and how to visit so many sights in one day. He is such a gracious host. We were picked up at the ship in Sorrento, carted all up and down the coast, then to Pompeii and made it back to the ship in plenty of time. Carmello made our day - he is great! He is at www.monettitaxi17.it.
Robert and Betsy Hicks
Saraland, AL USA 02/25/2013
Le Marais, Paris, with Richard of "Eye Prefer Paris Tours"
We had a delightful and informative tour of the Marais neighborhood - and while I'm sure many people can provide an educational tour, Richard really went the extra mile in customizing to our interests. We had extended family and friends ranging in age from 6 to 57, and he made sure to work with our pace, answer our many questions, and provide lots of tips for the rest of our trip. We scheduled our tour for our first day in the city, so we could not only see what he wanted to show us, but also pick his brain on places to eat, times to visit landmarks, etc., and he did not disappoint. He showed us so many great places, we ended coming back on our own the next day to investigate in more detail. We saw beautiful architecture we never would have found on our own, learned a great deal of the history of the city, found all the best little spots for food, and got some wonderful family photos. He packs every minute and covers a lot of ground, so wear comfortable shoes and bring some water if it's a warm day. Richard clearly loves sharing his neighborhood with visitors, and cares about giving his guests just the personalized experience they're looking for. http://www.eyepreferparistours.com/
Hoffman Estates, IL USA 02/21/2013
Chianti region tour guide Anna
My wife and I took two Chianti area day tours with Anna of Cooltours in Sept. 2012 and we highly recommend her. Anna is a very interesting and friendly person who is fun to be around. She is very knowledgeable about the history and archaeology of the region. The time we spent with her was the highlight of our trip. She took us to places that we would never find on our own including a wonderful lunch at an organic farm with a spectacular view of the Tuscan countryside. Anna's contact information is at her website: www.cooltours.it
Portland, OR USA 02/20/2013
Tangier Guide referral
Our trip to Southern Spain was a short one, but we were so happy we made the time to cross on the ferry Tarifa-Tangier-Tarifa and visit Morocco for one day. We used the services of Hassan, an outstanding tour guide. He provided us with much historical information and knew how to plan a day to avoid crowds. Both Hassan and his wife, Majdoline, are knowledgeable, friendly and professional with excellent English. Hassan took us to several local spots for great food, and knew the history of Tangier and the culture of Moroccan people wonderfully. He took us to mosques, palaces, museums, cruising down the Casbah and Medina, the spice market, etc.
You can reach Hassan at: firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
William S. King
Seattle, WA, USA 02/19/2013
Real Rome Tours better than we could have ever expected
We did 2 tours in Rome with Real Rome Tours and we were so well looked after by Ferdinando and Tiziana that even though I have never commented on line before I have to say how great they both were. Hugely knowledgeable and so warm, flexible and friendly. Worth every penny. We were accommodated in every way and really enjoyed their company. The information they shared with us made our trip to Rome so special and we really felt that we had a full experience of all that Rome had to offer during our brief trip. Anyone who wants to know more about Rome should tour with Real Rome Tours. Thanks so much guys - you are great!!
Dublin, USA 02/14/2013
Jewish Roma Tour (Sara)
I had the pleasure of Sara Pavoncello as my guide and she was wonderful. Never having known much about the Roman Jewish community (really anything about them) it was fascinating to learn about their storied and proud history. Sara's tour of the Jewish Museum was wonderful and she added so much more to the experience than if I had done it alone. We then toured the Ghetto area and her passion and knowledge of the area and its history are just like she grew up there, which she did.
I fit this tour in on a 10 hour layover in Rome and could not think of a better way to have spent the time. Don't hesitate.
Suffern, NY USA 02/13/2013
Richard nahem, tour guide in Paris
I had the pleasure of having a 3 hour walking tour of the Marisa area of Paris with richard naham . On every street Richard had interesting facts to tell about the history of his neighborhood. It was a pleasure having him as my tour guide.
Latham, Ny USA 02/09/2013
Ben from Angel Tours
Ben from Angel Tours was amazing. Great sense of humour and full of fantastic facts about the various sites we visited. A definite recommendation for those visiting Rome.
Dubai, USA 02/04/2013
I had the most interesting tour of the Marais area Of Paris with a very good tour guide .Richard Nahem of I Prefer Paris guided tours. It was informal yet concise. Richard asked us a few Questions and after hearing what we wanted he gave us a fabulous tour for four hours. We shopped, ate a delicious lunch, looked at monuments , listened to very stimulating history of The area. Richard paced us accordingly as we kept Stopping to look and see all the wonderful places we Passed by .Richard gave us a very informative "insiders" tour of The Marais.
New York, N. Y. USA 02/02/2013
Vatican & Sistine Chapel - Through Eternity - Go Early!
With Rick Steves' Rome guidebook as our reference, we chose a Through Eternity walking tour this time. Our family of four, including a 22 and a 24 year old, had an outstanding tour with Guido in late December. We chose the semi-private 5 1/2 hour Vatican tour with the early entrance to the Sistine Chapel. Luckily, it turned out it was just the 4 of us (the max could have been 7). Each of us agreed it was fabulous, and so worth the 7:30am start so we could enjoy the Sistine Chapel without the crowds. Although we had all visited years before with an excellent Context Travel tour, it all felt new and fascinating. Very professional Guido was amazing with his extensive knowledge, clear narrative, and art history discussions. He took time to answer our questions and kept us learning and interested through our entire tour.
We definitely recommend Through Eternity Tours and Guido, and look forward to signing up for more walking tours when we return to Rome.
Montclair, NJ USA 02/02/2013
Guided Ancestry Tour in Calabria - AMAZING
When it comes to researching and then guiding a tour of your family's roots in southern Italy, I cannot imagine having a better experience than our family of 10 had earlier this month with My Bella Vita. Laura, our researcher and guide to the tiny Calabrian mountain village of Mongrassano, was friendly, patient, attentive, and continued her research all day as we met people in the town (from which my wife's grandfather immigrated to the U.S.). The bus was awesome and the driver, Massimo, professional and friendly. The certified documents we received from the town (with birth, marriage and death dates of ancestors, secured by Laura in advance of our visit) are so important to my wife's family. After visiting the village, we enjoyed a characteristic five-course lunch at an agriturismo in San Fili, included in the price, along with a day of advanced research, transportation, the driver, and Laura as our guide. Suffice it to say, we were very impressed. No one in our family will ever forget the day My Bella Vita provided for us, especially my 77-year-old father-in-law who, thanks to Laura, visited the church his father and grandparents were baptized in, and was able to see his family's home in town. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. One piece of advice? Ask to keep the time of the lunch a bit more flexible, just in case you meet people in your village and want to spend a little more time. But like I said, I would never use another company for ancestry travel in southern Italy. Remarkable service.
Chicago, USA 01/29/2013
Guided Day Tour of Napoli
I highly recommend Yellow Sudmarine tours. Daniela met us at the train station, arrived on time, and led our family of 10 people (ages 19-76!) on a fascinating stroll through Naples, providing not only history, artistic observations and cultural information, but also personal time and attention to each of us. She then drove two of us to the airport after the tour to claim lost luggage--all on Christmas Day! If you visit Napoli--and the company also leads tours of Pompeii and other sites--Daniela should be your guide. She reveals her city to you a little at a time, neighborhood by neighborhood, safely and thoughtfully...and even teaches a bit of Italian along the way!
Chicago, USA 01/29/2013
Guide for Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, etc - EXCELLENT
Fabrizio of "Leisure Italy" led our family of 10 persons from the States on an introductory stroll of bella Sorrento, and then the next day met us at Pompeii for an historical walk of the excavation site: he was, at all times, friendly, courteous, highly-informed, and warm. He taught us a great deal, made us laugh, and worked so well with a group that ranged in age from 19 to 76 years old! Fabrizio was so kind, he even used his cell phone to help us track down some lost baggage, and led our Pompeii tour on the morning of Christmas Eve. Prior to our trip, his communication via email was also outstanding. If you or someone you know plan to visit the Napoli, Sorrento, Capri area (with Pompeii, of course), this is an exceptional guide you can rely on. Grazie mille, Fabrizio, e' buon ano!
Chicago, USA 01/29/2013
Roman Empire Tours! An Irish story teller in Rome!!
We heard about Roman Empire Tours from this site. Their website paints an accurate picture of his company; knowledgeable and enthusiastic but not pompous. Our guide, Jimmy brought his own reproductions of the Sistine Chapel on our Vatican tour which he produced with a flourish from his inside pocket so we could find shade in the courtyard while he outlined the highlights rather than crowding around the public displays which were unfortunately in the sun. His anecdotes were funny and he was able to answer all of our questions. We were glad we had also booked a Colosseum tour with him for the following morning. Not every guide can paint a picture which brings the Roman Forum to life. We would recommend Jimmy as a guide for anyone visiting Rome.
Coventry, England 01/28/2013
Miles & Miles Tours
Great tour of Rome that maximized our time and gave us that special service from Marco and Naomi. We had only a day and it was a fantastic tour. Would do it again in a heart beat
Coaldale AB, cad 01/27/2013
Tour of Orvieto and Civita
My wife and I followed Rick Steves' guide book advice and contacted Miles & Miles Tours for a day trip to Orvieto and Civita. We couldn't have been more pleased with our decision. Our tour guide, Francesco Miglio, cheerfully greeted us at our hotel and was outstanding as he showed us the highlights of these beautiful hillside towns just a short drive from Rome. Francesco's enthusiasm and knowledge of the region made the day that much more enjoyable and we truly felt like family by the end of the day. Our only regret was that we had so little time together. We hope to return to Italy again one day and we would definitely contact Miles & Miles for all of our touring needs. With any luck, Francesco will be available to show us the sights!
Mike & Sue Ciocci
Springfield, PA USA 01/26/2013
Florence and Tuscany Day Tours (Paolo)
Private guide, Paolo Russo, specializes in walking tours of Florence and province. Paolo is a seasoned professional with a passion for Italian art and history. With iPad in tow, he provides detailed information with photos which offer a more meaningful experience when he demonstrates how Italy's art is linked together. Paolo's energy and enthusiasm makes his tours stand out and you may find yourself saying, 'is everyone else having this much fun!?'
A Sorrento native, Paolo's English is superb as well as his German. I highly recommend hiring Paolo Russo to guide you through the many famous museums and landmarks of this wonderful city. He is an expert on the Uffizi Gallery and Santa Croce Church, just to name a few. Paolo knows the best places to eat and he will share some of the local hidden gems with you.
Scotts Valley, CA USA 01/21/2013
Tuscany Transfers and Driving Tours (Marco)
Marco Bauknecht will introduce you to Tuscany in comfort and style. Our day trip to Siena and San Gimignano was wonderful. His Mercedes sedan and his excellent English offered an elevated tour experience. Marco's attention to detail in his stories of the hill towns and their history adds intrigue and interest. Not to mention his contacts in the region. He made reservations for a VIP luncheon and wine tasting at Tenuta Torciano which, for me, was the "Tuscany Wine Tasting Experience of a Lifetime".
Marco offers a tour that is pre-planned while offering an assortment of things to do and places to see. I highly recommend hiring Marco Bauknecht to drive you through and around Tuscany. He has the inside scoop!
Marco is based in Florence. Email: email@example.com
Scotts Valley, CA USA 01/21/2013
Me and my wife had a very good experience during our last trip to Italy, visiting the Amalfi Coast and Siena with www.drivearounditaly.com. Very informative driver guides who spoke excellent English and who showed us the best of the 2 areas. We highly recommend this tour company!
Robert and Paula
San Diego, Ca USA 01/14/2013
Through Eternity - Vatican
At the recommendation of a friend, we booked a Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica tour with Through Eternity. I second the recommendation. Our guide, Laura, was excellent – knowledgeable, friendly, efficient. She held the attention of adults as well as our two teenage daughters. We had hard-copy guidebooks as well as Rick's audio guides on our iPhones (which we used and appreciated greatly at smaller sites), but having an in-person guide helped us appreciate the vast treasures we were walking past even more.
St. Paul, MN USA 01/12/2013
We are planning a family holiday in Europe for Summer 2013. These reviews are very helpful as we plan an itinerary for five people, including three teenagers.
North Vancouver, BC Canada 01/03/2013
Rome Tour Guide-Francesca
I highly recommend Francesca Pagliero, an experienced tour guide in Rome. She was fantastic. Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chappaqua, NY USA 01/02/2013
Fantastic Tour Guide in Florence
Angelo Alterio is THE private tour guide to hire in Florence. He was phenomenal!! His email: email@example.com.
Chappaqua, NY USA 01/02/2013