What People are Saying

The comments below are those of Paris Luxury Tour clients who have experienced our private Paris tours, day tours from Paris, France guided tours and wine tours in France. Most are willing to share their experiences directly with prospective clients by phone or email, if you would like to contact them directly. Let us know who you would like to reach and we will request their permission to provide you with their telephone number or email address.


 

December 31, 2011

Greetings Mr Akhavi,

I recently had the good fortune to be included in the family tour you organised and conducted to the above Champagne regions [Classic Paris Luxury Tour of Champagne for 6 persons]. The day was one of the main highlights of my trip to Paris. Your organisational skills in choosing superb venues for tasting and a wonderful restaurant for lunch were greatly appreciated. Your knowledge of the history of the region and the various houses all contributed to our overall enjoyment of the day.

Thank you for providing a tour which we shall never forget.

Sincerely,

Denise Kambouris
Townsville, Queensland
Australia


 

Nov. 8, 2011

Dear Shahin Akhavi,

I wanted to drop you a short note again thanking you for your tour for me and my family for our first visit to Normandy. It was without a doubt the best tour I’ve ever had and your knowledge of everything connected to the war and the Normandy invasion

American cemetery at Colleville sur mer

American cemetery at
Colleville sur mer

was absolutely incredible. [American Normandy D Day Tour]

We felt so informed about everything that happened with all that went on at all the different sites that you took us to from learning about the Atlantic Wall, Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, the

parachute and glider landings at Saint-mer Eglise ( and the wonderful museum there), walking on Omaha Beach which took the lives of our 2500 men and the immaculately kept American cemetery in Colleville-sur-mer commerating our American dead, etc…

Omaha Beach in front of WN62

Omaha Beach in front of WN62

It was truly great being there made even better by your vast knowledge of everything that took place. It will stay with me forever and I can’t thank you enough for being our guide and for being so nice and wonderful to me and my family. I have already given your name to some friends to call you when next in Paris to share the same experience.

Gratefully,

Fred Westheimer
Beverley Hills, California


 

November 5, 2011

For anyone interested in a wine region in France, Paris Luxury Tours are the best option for the most seamless of introductions to a region, its history, its significance to the broader country, and, most importantly, to the best producers of that region.

In Kaysersberg

In Kaysersberg

The tour of Alsace we undertook in September 2011 [Two Day Tour of Alsace, starting in Strasbourg] presented not only the best producers of Alsatian wine but also a most worthy contrast of the region’s terroir and the relevant styles of the wines that make the region so special.

Through Paris Luxury Tours relationships we were very fortunate enough to be able to engage personally with some of the characters behind what are some of the most important producers in the Alsace. All of this was complimented by the best of the region’s cuisine.

Hugel's David Ling with Martin and Melissa

Hugel’s David Ling with
Martin and Melissa

Shahin was the perfect host and ensured that my wife and I only had the most relaxed & educational tour of a region that now means so much more to us than we could have imagined.

If you are seeking a personal, relaxed & unforgettable tour of a desired or most loved region France we cannot more highly recommend Paris Luxury Tours, or more specifically a Paris Luxury Tour of Alsace and all it has to offer.

Martin & Melissa Orro
Neutral Bay, New South Wales
Australia


 

November 2, 2011

Paris Luxury Tours is an excellent company and Shahin Akhavi, in particular, is an excellent guide. First off, when we inquired about where we wanted to go, I received a detailed explanation, with recommendations, of what our trip would entail.

Lily pad pond at Giverny

Lily pad pond at Giverny

More importantly, the actual tour was precisely what we were promised.

Shahin is a knowledgeable guide and uses the travel time effectively to inform you of helpful and interesting information.

He is prompt, courteous and thoughtful. In addition, he is an interesting person and up to date on Parisian and world affairs which adds a bit to the tour. He is careful to ask you about your preferences before stating his opinions.

Lauran, Sharan and Stuart at Giverny

Lauran, Sharan and Stuart at Giverny

My wife has a bit of trouble getting about, especially in and out of cars and he was kind and gentle in marking sure her issues were minimized. The vehicle we were in was most commodious. I have no problem recommending this service without any reservation of any kind.

I have the nicest remembrances of the two wonderful days we spent with him as our guide. [Custom full day tour of Giverny & Chartres, and full day tour of Versailles Chateau & Park.]

Stuart Schulz
Shaker Heights
Ohio


 

October 15, 2011

Thanks for a wonderful day at Normandy [American Normandy D Day Tour for 17 persons]. You did an excellent job…

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

 

Linda Roberts
Decatur, Illinois

 

 


 

October 12, 2011

Dear Shahin,

At the Domaine Henri Bourgeois

At the Domaine Henri Bourgeois

We had the most wonderful experience with your guidance through the beautiful vineyards in the Loire Valley

[day tour from Paris of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé appellations].

This will be indelible in our memories.

 

Sincerely,

Al Kleban
Southport, Connecticut


 

August 6, 2011

We thoroughly recommend Paris Luxury Tours’ Classic Champagne Tour with Shahin to anyone

Interior of Notre Dame de Reims

Interior of Notre Dame de Reims

who wants to spend an informative day in the company of a courteous, personable guide with endless knowledge of and passion for both the region and wine of Champagne. He arranged tastings for us at 2 Champagne Houses (not an easy task on the week-end in August, we found out), lunch at Les Crayeres, a timely pick up from our lodgings [in Paris], and a safe and comfortable journey.

This was a fantastic way to conclude our holiday in Paris.

Susan Carter
Helensvale, Queensland
Australia

 


 

June 20, 2011

Dear Shahin,

We thoroughly enjoyed the two days we spent with you during our trip to France. Choosing from all the possible places to visit was overwhelming for us at first. At least until we began prioritizing what we wanted to accomplish and see. Your tours helped us make

At the Mona Lisa

At the Mona Lisa

great use of our time. We only had a few days in Paris, far too short, but that was all the time we had as Paris was a stopover for other travel. We desired to sample the museums of Paris and we wished to find a knowledgeable driver and guide. Our goal was to optimize the art we could view while minimizing travelers’ fatigue. So we did a web search and the Paris Luxury Tours website seemed to have an answer – the Paris Museums Tour.

It was a leap of faith to book a tour based on our hunch that it was a good match for us. We were also excited about the PLT Champagne tours and we decided to take the chance and book two day tours with you: Paris Museums Tour & the Classic Champagne tour.

Both of your tours were excellent and we could not have been more pleased! We appreciate your attention to detail that began in our email correspondences prior to booking and continued throughout each tour day, and including the last moments before saying goodbye when you recommended an excellent bistro that was near our hotel. I am a slow walker and you demonstrated such care and consideration in eliminating extraneous walking, dropping us off near entrances, captivatingly yet efficiently leading us through the monumental maze of the Louvre, and giving us the right amount of information to allow us to choose the best activities and individualized focus for our tours. In Champagne you made all the arrangements in advance for us to visit two top Champagne houses, both with fascinating cellars.

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace

It was a glorious day for us that ended with a visit to Reims and the Reims Cathedral!

Having you as our private guide and driver eliminated sources of stress we have experienced in other large foreign cities. Instead of feeling stressed, we were relaxed both days. We didn’t have to worry about wine tasting then driving, we didn’t spend time thinking about transportation routes or deal with rude taxi drivers, we didn’t have to overuse our limited French language skills, and didn’t waste time or money because you helped us select among eateries with the best quality food. Our experience with Paris Luxury Tours was an absolute treat. We appreciate your vast knowledge that you easily conveyed to us during our tours. We value that even though we had full tour days we never felt rushed or hurried. We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful tours and great memories of Paris and Champagne. When we return to France we will definitely be booking another tour – Cezanne’s homeland beckons! Merci, Merci, Merci,

Eric and Judith Noyes
Los Altos, California


 

18 June 2011

Shahin,

Bonjour. As promised, we have evaluated our Paris Luxury Tour of May 2011 and would like to share it with you. We admire your ability to hop in a car with three virtual strangers and tour for three days [Three day tour of Normandy]. You made us feel welcome

At Giverny

At Giverny

and comfortable with you [except as previously noted with Alan’s anxiety about anyone else driving]. We appreciated your knowledge of the sites we visited.

We are so glad you recommended an early start to Giverny-cannot believe how crowded it gets! We appreciated the stop at the church where Monet is buried and our friend, Dottie, loved the pictures.

The tour of the Normandy area with an historical perspective was fantastic. As I stated previously, the two days spent examining World War II sites were the highlight of the trip for Aaron. We were very pleased with our tour of Mont St. Michel–would have loved to see the tide come in but understand that may require much more time. The vehicle was perfect with plenty of legroom and trunk space.

The Lion d’Or was an adequate accommodation and it’s convenience in town was fantastic.

At Mont St. Michel

At Mont St. Michel

We did think the manager/owner was displeased that we chose to eat elsewhere and we were aghast that the morning we left we were charged 5 euros each for coffee alone. Retrospectively, perhaps the inn on the outskirts of town [Chateau de Bellefontaine] or the 4 stars [La Cheneviere]?

We believe we received good value for our money and you delivered exactly what you stated in our communications. Thank you so much for a memorable vacation tour.

Merci,

Alan, Dee and Aaron Gertler
Birmingham, Alabama


 

June 13, 2011

Hello Shahin

I look back at my time in Paris and can’t believe it came and went so quickly. I wanted to take a minute and let you know about our day with Darius; we loved it [Paris Luxury Tours Classic Tour of Champagne]. He was so friendly, informative, polite; all the things you hope for. I can’t tell you how much we all enjoyed his company; it’s not easy to be in the company of 5 people who all know each other and be at ease, but he was. Our day was great, but it was made better by having Darius with us. Visiting the champagne houses was very interesting/informative, and of course, the tastings were the best part. Again, all made better by Darius’ company.

Village of Champillon

Village of Champillon

If I have one suggestion, it would be to be sure the larger car is available for a group of 5; the back seat was a little tight. I know Darius felt terrible about that, and of course we don’t hold Darius responsible for that. [The larger vehicle booked broke down the day before this tour.]

I will be happy to recommend your company to anyone who is looking for your services, and please give our best to Darius.

Susan Feldman
New York City
New York


 

June 1, 2011

Shahin,

Karen, Mecca, and I would like to again offer our thanks for the superb tours we experienced last week. We were talking at dinner yesterday over a bottle of French wine that we could never have had such a wonderful time without your help.

Maurice Ravel's home in Lyons la Foret

Maurice Ravel’s home in
Lyons la Foret

Thanks to you, we saw and did so much more than we thought was ever possible. The Paris Overview tour provided a wonderful re-acquaintance with the city for my wife and mother, and taught me more than I could possibly have learned on my own, not to mention you saved me much time fumbling with maps, brochures, and worrying about transportation around Paris.

The Charming Villages of Normandy tour was a very relaxing venture from the city, enabling us to see so

Chateau de Nozet, home of the Baron de Ladoucette

Chateau de Nozet,
home of the Baron de Ladoucette

much beautiful French countryside while learning of its rich history along the way, and you told the history so well.

The Wine tour [of the Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre appellations] was fascinating, teaching us so much about the wine making process and the complexities of the business in general.

The [American sector of the Normandy] D-Day [Beaches] tour was all of relaxing, educational, somber, and happy, and you provided such a thorough, objective, and logical account of the events

Ranger Memorial at the Pointe du Hoc

Ranger Memorial at the
Pointe du Hoc

and their context in the larger part of the war. We appreciated that you could join us for lunch, as we experienced a full range of French cuisine at reasonable prices while enjoying your pleasant company.

You have my highest recommendation for anyone who wishes to experience the wonders of France in just a few days. Your tours were all so professionally performed and were a great value. Again, thank you very much for a most memorable vacation.

Col. F.V.C.
Brandon, Florida


 

10 May 2011

Shahin,

Carol Ann & I just wanted to send you a special thank you for making our tours to Giverny, Rouen, Bayeux &the Normandy beaches come alive for us [Two Day Tour of Normandy]. Our night at the Chateau [La Cheneviere] was perfect, as was your timing for all our special needs.

At a café in Giverny

At a café in Giverny

Your wealth of knowledge, including all the “nuggets” of information, on everything we saw, made the tour very special for us. And we also will remember your flawless driving, particularly as you manoeuvred thru the Paris congestion. You are tops on our list to recommend to anyone. Thanks for your company & friendship. We head home Fri. & look forward to receiving the pictures you took & providing any other info that you need.

Cordially,

John & Carol Ann Roberts
New Orleans, Louisiana


 

May 10, 2011

Paris Luxury Tours, and in particular, Shahin Akhavi, recently organized a tour for my husband and myself from Paris to Juno Beach to view the Canadian Normandy D-Day sector of Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy.

At Juno Beach

At Juno Beach

The trip—from the planning to the execution—more than met our expectations. Shahin was excellent at working with us via e-mail in advance to plan the trip. Any concerns we might have had about dealing by e-mail and on the Internet with someone we had not personally met before were immediately allayed by his responsiveness, anticipation, and alleviation of our concerns.

We were very comfortable during our actual trip. He knew the roads well, whether driving on the autoroute or on the back roads, and we were at ease with both his driving style and his vehicle—a full-sized Mercedes. What was more important was the information he was able to impart to us on the trip, and while at Juno Beach. His English is impeccable and he made us feel as though we were going back in time through his intensive knowledge of the area and its history. He didn’t just relay facts to us—although he knew his history incredibly well—he told us personal and moving stories about the Canadian soldiers’ involvement in this critical battle. We learned so much more from him than we had learned from books—not just about Juno Beach but also about France.

We will definitely use Paris Luxury Tours again when we return to France and have no hesitation in recommending this company to others. Shahin, we thank you for making this a most informative, enlightening, and memorable tour.

Brian and Barbara Trenholm
New Brunswick, Canada


 

May 5, 2011

Shahin:

Many thanks for such an outstanding day together in Versailles with the Goldman’s last Wednesday.

At Versailles

At Versailles

We were so fortunate to have Carol find you as our tour guide.

If you have a website link you can send me, I’d like to keep your information for future reference, referral and/or employment. We regret not having added the time to go to Normandy with you and the Goldman’s. Just another trip in the future.

Again, thank you for a lifelong memory of our trip to Versailles.

Rob Sult
San Antonio, Texas

 

 


 

29 April 2011

Dear Shahin,

Carol and I are back home, still aglow with our time in France, made immeasurably richer by virtue of the four days we spent in your good care.

Medieval buildings in Rouen

Medieval buildings in Rouen

Both the day trip to Versailles with our friends Rob and Leigh, and the three days we spent alone with you in Normandy, were magical and memorable.

When we made our reservations with you, based solely on the introduction provided by the internet, I was apprehensive: I knew that one full day, let alone four, spent with a mediocre or tiresome tour guide can sully an otherwise great itinerary.

At Giverny

At Giverny

What we got with you as our guide — lucky us — was perfect: a knowledgeable, cultured and intelligent companion, a wonderful driver, a great storyteller and a man we’d be honored to call a friend.

Thanks, Shahin, for arranging our wonderful accommodations, for providing your expert guidance and for your most engaging company. Carol and I wish you continuing success and send our warmest regards.

Steve Goldman
Washington, D.C.

 


29th April 2011

Dear Shahin

I am writing to thank you for playing such an important part in helping me to celebrate my Mum’s 70th Birthday in Paris.

In the garden at Giverny

In the garden at Giverny

You personally helped me to design, plan and execute two of the most magnificent day trips we could have possibly done in France [Super Luxury Tour of Champagne and Custom Tour of Giverny & Chateau and Park of Versailles]. The first trip to the Champagne region in your luxury Mercedes S-Class was outstanding. We both thoroughly enjoyed the private tours at Ruinart & Bollinger Champagne houses, and the Champagne tastings of course! But the highlight of the day was the amazing 5-Star lunch that we had at Les Crayeres which you arranged and the menu which was personally designed by the Chef and complimented by the very best of the Ruinart Champagne offerings.

Your attention to detail and the commentary that you provided to us gave us a fascinating insight into the Champagne region.

At Giverny

At Giverny

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day that was totally unique, private and very special to both of us.

The second day trip to Giverny, Monet’s garden and home, & Versailles for me was a personal highlight. I was mesmerized by Monet Gardens and your excellent planning enabled us to spend quality time in the gardens which were simply magnificent before the crowds arrived.

Giverny

Giverny

I could do it all again! I loved Versailles and both Mum & I really enjoyed the lunch we had together with you on the Sunday at your special restaurant [Brasserie du Theatre in Versailles]. You are an excellent ambassador for your country and the combination of the privacy of the tours, the quality commentary and allowing us to enjoy some special mother & daughter moments together made the trip unforgettable for us.

I highly recommend your services to future visitors to Paris who are seeking a unique, truly luxurious 5-Star touring experience. Look forward to meeting you on our next trip!

Best regards

Kylie & Lorraine Hammond
Sydney & Perth, Australia


 

April 18, 2011

Thank you so much for a truly beautiful trip, and a marvelous idea as the impetus: into the Provence region…. Today we have snow coming down, and, goes without saying, freezing temps.

Chateauneuf Du Pape at Chateau La Nerthe

Chateauneuf Du Pape
at Chateau La Nerthe

 

Provence will see us thru ‘tho.’

The photos are fabulous. And you are ready for the second career, in photography, truly…. Another wonderful travel experience [six day tour of Provence] to be tucked away in the memories

M.H.
Minot, South Dakota

 


 

14 April 2011

We recently took a Luxury Champagne Tour through Paris Luxury Tours and we were so very pleased with the outcome and service we received. The entire process booking the tour was very simple and Shahin was most gracious in answering all our questions about what to expect. In planning our trip he asked about our likes and dislikes and if we had any specific landmarks we wanted to see.

In Hautvillers, grand cru village

In Hautvillers, grand cru village

All of these were incorporated into the day. He contacted us prior to our arrival in Paris to ensure we were comfortable with all the arrangements and to confirm final times.

Day of, Shahin proved to be a very genial host, most attentive and punctual, with very elegant transportation. He provided great commentary as we toured the countryside. Shahin has vast knowledge about the area and history to draw upon.

At Les Crayeres

At Les Crayeres

We had a lovely day. The Champagne houses he chose, along with the amazing restaurant for lunch, were all superb and gave us an incredible experience.

In addition to being a wonderful guide, Shahin also made some wonderful recommendations for dinner in Paris and referred us to a boutique wine shop that sold all of the champagnes we had tasted on our tour.

We look forward to using Paris Luxury Tours again on our next trip to France.

Shelley Johnson & Dennis Magrega
Vancouver, British Columbia


 

April 11, 2011

Dear Shahin,

Thank you very much for the wonderful, personalized tours of Paris, Versailles and Chantilly [Paris Overview Tour, Paris Museums Tour, Versailles Chateau and Park Tour, and Chantilly Chateau and Park Tour]. Although I spent over a year living in Paris, there is absolutely no way I could have managed to take my husband, my children and their grandmother all over the city as quickly and as comfortably as you did.

Ceiling of the Royal Chapel at Versailles

Ceiling of the Royal Chapel at Versailles

Thank you also for all of your insider tips on the best places to dine. Above all else, thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge of French history and culture with us. My daughter had just finished a rather grueling examination on the French Revolution, and you really made everything more interesting for her (and for all of us.)

We loved all of your fascinating stories, and she was so eager to share them all with her fellow history students and teachers.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that you taught me so many things that I never knew about the buildings and sites that I used to walk by everyday! We have already recommended your services to our friends, and we look forward to our next trip to France.

Sincerely

The Martin Family
Dallas, Texas


 

April 4th

Shahin – we really enjoyed the tour [American Normandy D Day Tour]. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with your son Darius.

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

He picked us up promptly and we enjoyed a nice drive to Normandy. He was very informative about Paris, which we appreciated. The tour of Normandy was fascinating. Nicole provided a great commentary and we felt like we saw the key sites that we wanted to see. Having just finished reading a book on D-Day, it was amazing to actually be at the beaches and the historic sites. The length of the entire tour was perfect. We would not hesitate to use your company again in the future and will recommend your tours to anyone we know. Thanks for a very memorable day.

S.P.
Highland Park, IL

 


 

April 1, 2011

Dear Shahin,

Thank you very much for the wonderful, personalized tours of Paris, Versailles and Chantilly [Paris Overview Tour, Paris Museums Tour, Versailles Chateau and Park Tour, and Chantilly Chateau and Park Tour].

At Versailles

At Versailles

Although I spent over a year living in Paris, there is absolutely no way I could have managed to take my husband, my children and their grandmother all over the city as quickly and as comfortably as you did.

Thank you also for all of your insider tips on the best places to dine.

Statue

Statue

Above all else, thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge of French history and culture with us. My daughter had just finished a rather grueling examination on the French Revolution, and you really made everything more interesting for her (and for all of us.) We loved all of your fascinating stories, and she was so eager to share them all with her fellow history students and teachers.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that you taught me so many things that I never knew about the buildings and sites that I used to walk by everyday! We have already recommended your services to our friends, and we look forward to our next trip to France.

Sincerely
The Martin Family
Dallas, Texas


 

March 4, 2011

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Normandy [US Normandy D Day Tour from Paris].

WN62 at Omaha Beach

WN62 at Omaha Beach

The itinerary was customized just the way we wanted it and our guide was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the trip. He even brought a few books to get us oriented with the area which was very helpful.

Colleville sur mer Cemetery

Colleville sur mer Cemetery

In addition to exceeding our expectations, it was nice to spend the day with such an interesting and pleasant person. We look forward to planning our next tour!

Steve and Brenda Sherwood
Austin, Texas

 


 

Feb. 11, 2011

Dear Shahin,

Gary and I wanted to thank you for helping us arrange, at such short notice, a wonderful tailor made tour of the Champagne district

Jill and Gary Bennett at the Bateaux Ivres in Reims

Jill and Gary Bennett at the
Bateaux Ivres in Reims

[Two day Classic Tour of Champagne]. It certainly helped having you make the arrangements for accommodation and advising what [Eurostar] train to catch to ensure we saw as many Champagne houses as we could (our brief to you).

It was certainly a relief seeing you standing at the station – always a concern when you book something over the internet!

Jill and Gary Bennett at the Goutorbe Champagne house in Ay

Jill and Gary Bennett at the
Goutorbe Champagne house in Ay

We really appreciated your knowledge and connections – we especially enjoyed our time at Bollinger.

Thank you also for being flexible and trying out a new restaurant that had been recommended to us (again changing at short notice).

You helped make a dream come true and we look forward to coming back again for many more tastings.

With kindest regards.

Jill and Gary Bennett
Shanghai, China

 

 


 

February 2, 2011

Dear Mr. Shahin.

I am back to Saudi Arabia. I am writing to you here to thank you for all what you and your colleagues have done for us during our short visit to Paris.

Emad and Derar

Emad and Derar

With your effort and dedication you made our visit enjoyable and unforgettable [Paris Overview Tour and Custom Tour of Louvre Museum and Chateau of Versailles]. I knew about your company by luck by doing a search in Google but after experiencing Paris with your well-organized tours I will spread the word among my friends and will advise them not to make any additional search and just contact you directly and I also assure to you if I visit France again I will never hesitate contacting you again to organize my coming visits.

Thank you again for your hospitality and please thank Johanna and Darius for their kindness and help. Looking to see you again, and all the best.

Emad Azhar and Derar Aboudi
Makkah, Saudi Arabia

 

 


 

7 January 2011

Audrey and I truly enjoyed our tour of the Champagne region [Classic Paris Luxury Tour of Champagne].

Audry and John Griffin

Audry and John Griffin

The tour was executed perfectly and our guide’s knowledge of the area, its history and culture, were invaluable assets to our visit. We look forward to our next trip and visit with Paris Luxury Tours.

John S. Griffin
Lorton, Virginia