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.


October 27, 2017

Dear Shahin,

I’ve returned to San Francisco, and am finally adjusting to my Reality, and all that goes with it!!  I certainly prefer Paris!

Patti, Alison, and I agree that the highlight of our vacation was the Giverny and Normandy experience [Two Day Tour of Normandy for 3 persons*]. At Monet’s gardens, I felt like I was in one of his paintings – it was spectacular. Of course, the visit to the D-Day beaches was extraordinary. I think about what that day must have been like for all those troops – given the weather conditions and beach and landing hazards they faced. The American Cemetery certainly demonstrates the toll of human life on that day – a very sobering experience.

Your knowledge of the history of that day made the visit much more meaningful. I only wished I had brushed up on my history prior to the visit. However, I hope to return again. By the way, in the meantime, I have watched the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” as well as “The Longest Day” – both very informative. I also plan to read some history- because I’m certain that the movies took some liberties, and perhaps “rewrote “some history.

Shahin, the two day trip went very smoothly – you made the experience stress free for the three of us. We appreciated your flexibility with slight modifications. Additionally, your dining recommendations were “spot on”!  I’m still recalling the taste of that Dover sole [at La Marée in Grandcamp Maisy].

Hopefully, I will be in touch regarding future tours when I return to Paris – maybe next Fall.

Again, many thanks.

* consisting of Giverny, Honfleur and Bayeux on Day One and the US sector of the Normandy D Day sites on Day Two

Ted Tucker

San Francisco, California

View of the fishermen’s port at Grandcamp  Maisy

August 5, 2017

After having taken 4 tours with Paris Luxury Tours over the past 7 years, my wife and I have always been impressed with the professionalism, our guide’s in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and congeniality, and the wonderful time in the French countryside. Our tours have included trips to the Loire Valley [day tour from Paris of chateaux in 2010], Normandy [2-day tour in 2012 including Mont Saint Michel & Bayeux plus the US sector of the Normandy D Day sites], Versailles [Park, Gardens and Chateau of Versailles in 2015], and, most recently, the Champagne region [Classic Paris Luxury Tour of Champagne, 2017].

We have been very fortunate over the years that Mr. Shahin Akhavi has been our personal guide for the tours. Mr. Akhavi is top-notch in all respects with special emphasis on his fantastic knowledge of French history and his expertise in all matters regarding wine. We have never been disappointed and have enjoyed every tour. In fact, the day-tours with Paris Luxury Tours have always been a top attraction when we visit Paris and surrounding regions.

Clients that wish to enjoy a memorable experience while vacationing in France, would be wise to consider one of the many tours offered by Paris Luxury Tours. Those days will never be forgotten.

Pam and Bart MacLellan

Annapolis, Maryland

La Briqueterie restaurant, edge of Champagne’s Côte des Blancs

July 31, 2017

Warm greetings to Shahin and Darius!

I wish to thank you so very much for the splendid experiences I had with Paris Luxury Tours last month [Day tour from Paris of Giverny, Lyons la Foret and Chateau Gaillard in Normandy & full day tour of the Gardens of Paris]. From my initial inquiries, to scheduled rendezvous, and wonderful itineraries led by a very professional, personable and knowledgeable guide, my experience was delightful in every respect.

Darius was attentive to my every need on our scenic trip to visit Monet’s garden in Giverny. He is a careful and skillful driver and great conversationalist, qualities not everyone is capable of handling masterfully at the same time! Taking the back roads on that trip proffered serendipitous stops of interest along the way, making that day one of the most memorable of my two weeks in France.

The following day, with two family members joining me at no additional cost, we visited Paris parks and gardens both large and small. While traveling in comfort between venues, we received interesting and learned commentary from Darius on French history and Parisian architecture, including tales of romance and intrigue, as well as tidbits on what and where the action is for hip Parisians these days.

My thanks to you both for a memorable experience that will stay with me for years to come. I hope to return to enjoy a wine country tour with you at some point, and meanwhile encourage anyone thinking of taking your tour to sign up at once, as they are bound to have a wonderful time.

Thank you and kind regards,

Joyce K. Williams

Chatham, Massachusetts

Château Gaillard – Les Andelys


June 22, 2017 


We had a wonderful day today [private Day tour from Paris of US sector of Normandy D Day Beaches]. Thank you so much for your time and fantastic information.  


Sharman McNamer & family                                                                                                    

Little Rock, Arkansas

Dog Red, Omaha Beach, first assault,  June 6th 1944

June 18, 2017

I recently used the services of Paris Luxury Tours and wanted to take a moment to express my profound thanks for a wonderful experience. 

My journey began in January 2017 where I found out about Paris Luxury Tours on the Internet.  I did my homework finding positive reviews from various sources online before reaching out to them for a trip I was planning for Paris and the surrounding area in June 2017.  To say I had a myriad of questions is an understatement particularly since I only had a general idea of what I wanted to accomplish.  My guide through this process, Shahin Akhavi, (the owner) was very kind and patient and provided a wealth of information about a wide swath of destinations within driving distance of Paris. 

It took many, many back and forth emails to answer all my questions and a lot of flexibility on his part to finally develop my two itineraries [a private full day tour of Lyons la Foret, Chateau Gaillard and Claude Monet’s last home and gardens in Giverny, plus another private full day tour of the Park, Gardens and Chateau in Versailles].  The high level of professionalism and attentiveness, gave me great confidence that I enlisted the right organization. 

Our actual guide, Darius, was wonderful arriving promptly each day in an upscale car.  He was not only knowledgeable, intelligent and with impeccable manners, he was just very charming in general.  When we found out he would be our guide for our second day trip, my husband and I were very happy particularly since we didn’t always want to follow the “exact” schedule and Darius was able to accommodate us with ease. 

Overall, I can say it was a lovely experience for us and I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend using the services of Paris Luxury Tours. My husband and certainly will on future travels to France.


With sincere thanks,

Diane Kime and Frank Penner                                

Hinsdale, Illinois

Giverny, Nympheas Garden