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.

 


[Editor’s note : after posting our ‘Unforgettable Normandy’ blog article, at https://www.parisluxurytours.com/unforgettable-normandy/, Bridget & Stephen Cella provided a second commentary]

 

27 October 2019

 

What a beautifully written article!  Thank you is not enough.  We continue to be at a loss for words adequate enough to express our appreciation for every large and small effort and gesture you have made on our behalf.  We have so much admiration for you, your knowledge and your expertise.  Thank you for every arrangement and every moment that you shared with us that made our day in Normandy and especially our luncheon with Mr. Despas the experience of a lifetime.  None of it would have happened without you.

In your debt,

 

Stephen and Bridget Cella
Trent Woods, NC

 

 


 

Alleged tomb of Leonardo da Vinci in chapel of Chateau d'Amboise

Alleged tomb of Leonardo da Vinci in chapel of Chateau d’Amboise

 

22 October 2019

 

Shahin,

Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour of the Loire Valley [Custom Loire Valley Day Tour from Paris of 2 chateaux and 1 wine estate].  Let me start by saying the best part of the trip was meeting you and listening and learning about the history of France and specifically Chenonceaux. Your comments and guidance throughout the day made the experience far more than just a sight-seeing trip. Lunch was great and so were Amboise and the wine tasting. I can’t thank you enough for putting this tour together for us, we will enjoy the memories for years to come.

 

Merci beaucoup,

Stephen Kelly
San Francisco, California

 

 


 

By Diliff - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=999715

By Diliff – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=999715

 

15 October 2019

 

Thank you very much for the day we spent with you touring Versailles [full day tour of Chateau, Gardens and Park of Versailles plus the Domain of Marie Antoinette]. It was superior in every way.

Your suggestions of itinerary, starting with the Palais-Royal in Paris and ending at Marie Antoinette’s estate, were magnificent.  We were taken by your intimate knowledge of the sites and the roles they and their occupants played in the history of France and Europe. Your presentation was incredibly informative and interesting without ever becoming pedantic. Your pacing is perfect (a skill for an all-day tour) and you also have a terrific sense of humor.

Finally, we appreciated very much the lunch with you at the Brasserie du Theatre in Versailles. The food was delicious (an understatement) and the conversation with you was a very enjoyable and appreciated bonus.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Steven and Susan
Washington, DC

 


 

Eugène Despas and Frank Cella

Eugène Despas and Stephen Cella

 

3 October 2019

 

Shahin, we are still over-flowing with gratefulness to you for all that you did for us in sharing Normandy [Day Tour from Paris of the US Sector of the Normandy D Day sites] with us and especially your total facilitation of the meeting with Mr. Despas and Fernand. I have contacted you on FB so that you can see the post that I made today. https://www.facebook.com/bridget.cella1?sk=wall, see 3 October, 2019 post. We will be forever thankful for your kind and skilled orchestration of our luncheon meeting with the Mr. Despas and Fernand. Our hearts still swell upon thinking of it. Hugs to you and yours!

 

Bridget Cella
Trent Woods, NC

 

 


 

Renaissance Residence of Amboise Royal Chateau

Renaissance Residence of Royal Chateau in Amboise

 

30 July 2019

 

In the tourism world, we make of our decision based on websites and comments from others. From the first correspondence with Mr. Shahin Akhavi, it became obvious that Paris Luxury Tours was the tour company for us. Shahin manages his operation with professionalism and superb customer service. Every email was answered quickly and with the exact information we requested. We provided him with our: likes and dislikes; level of knowledge of the wine making; and what we hoped to learn from the tour. Shahin provided a customized tour [combined day tour from Paris by TGV of Loire Valley Chateaux and vineyard] to exactly our needs and provided a detailed itinerary. He handled all of the details from transportation to wine tasting and winery tours, chateau visits, and so much more.  All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the tour!

Shahin’s vast knowledge of wine making, local history, chateaus, and regional folklore exceeded our expectations.  Moreover, he is a true gentleman.

I strongly recommend Paris Luxury Tours to everyone, regardless of your wine making knowledge or local history. He consistently calibrated our discussions based on our knowledge and interests. Shahin provided a comfortable and welcoming environment that allowed asking any question.

To be honest, we could have spent a week with him!

 

Scott & Ron H.
St. Petersburg FL

 

 


 

Eiffel Tower Detail

Eiffel Tower Detail

 

10 July 2019

 

Thank you for the wonderful tours of Paris.* Your expertise, passion, guidance and patience made for an exciting journey through the city. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful city with us. Warmly,

Prostkos & Froehlichs

 

Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania

 

* 3 days of custom tours in Paris, 1 in Versailles & 1 in Champagne

 


 

 

 

26 June 2019

 

Dear Shahin

I just want to thank you for the wonderful time we had the last 3 days with you [3-day Alsace wine tour]. Your attention to detail and passion for the region was very much appreciated. I learned a lot as a winemaker from the last few days. I loved all the places you chose and hope to one day meet up again and see a different region. I wish you happiness and health.

Until next time,

 

Coenraad Stassen
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

Traverse City, Michigan

 


 

Chateau de Chenonceau viewed from Catherine’s garden

 

24 June 2019

 

Paris Luxury Tours and Shahin Akhavi take the extra steps needed to provide their customer a tour experience that is superior to any others. I found Shahin by researching the web for tours of the Loire Valley, France. We had quite a comprehensive and varied trip planned with several people, to include multiple sites and experiences. After some email communications between Shahin and myself, he took the ball and created a fabulous trip.

We needed everything from transportation, hotels, lunch and dinner reservations, Wine Tours, Chateau and Architectural interest tours, and Champagne Region tours. Paris Luxury Tours can do it all and more.

Shahin’s knowledge and expertise within our interests is incredibly deep and interesting. He was flexible and able to move and add experience’s when requested, all this and happy to do it.

My husband and I enjoyed a full week with Shahin, we tapped into his knowledge and learned about France and the French culture in a relaxed, comfortable and fun environment.

We would highly recommend Paris Luxury Tours if you’re heading to France. Shahin is able to offer a wide range of ideas and expert knowledge with 5 Star Service.

Merci beaucoup, Shahin

 

Elisabeth Benguerel

Livermore
California

 


 

Wines of Champagne Tour

Champagne vineyards

21 June 2019

We have arrived back in the states and one of our fondest memories of our France trip was our Champagne tour [Classic Paris Luxury Tour of Champagne].

The service at the restaurant,* while not great, could not cast a shadow on how much we enjoyed the rest of the day. The champagne houses were wonderful and a great source of learning, they were good choices.

But really Darius was the best part, he is so informed and was able to answer so many questions while showing us beautiful towns, villages and country side. We very much appreciated a guide with so much local knowledge, and he’s very personable. Henry loved that Darius laughed at his jokes.

We would easily recommend your company to others and would also use it again ourselves.

Thank you,

Rebecca Seiner

Bridgeville
Pennsylvania

* A rare disappointment at Le Jardin brasserie in Reims

 


 

Vineyards near Verzy windmill in Montagne de Reims

May 2, 2019

My wife and I selected the Super Luxury Champagne Tour which was an excellent full day experience of the Champagne region, about 7 am to 8 PM.  We were picked up at our hotel in Paris by Shahin in a luxurious S Class Mercedes.  Shahin was a very knowledgeable guide and was happy to share his broad knowledge of wine and champagne production, history and the local champagne region.  Shahin was a pleasure to spend the day with.

My wife and I selected the Super Luxury Champagne tour to include lunch at the [Michelin] 3-star L’Assiette Champenoise near Reims, which was incredible. I highly recommend planning for some extra time at this restaurant as the tasting menu can take more than a couple hours to fully enjoy the experience and dishes.

We ended up visiting several different wine producers throughout the day, some of which my wife and I chose [Dom Perignon] and some recommended by Shahin [Henri Giraud and Gaston Chiquet].  Getting to experience some smaller producers that my wife and I had not yet been familiar with was a true pleasure. We now have a couple favorite new wines from our trip! I would highly recommend this tour for those that prefer a more private, personal and luxurious experience instead of the larger groups, crowds and lines.

This was a trip that my wife and I will remember for the rest of our lives.

 

Michael Hill
Windsor, Colorado

 


 

March 30, 2019 

My wife and two adult daughters accompanied me to Paris for a work conference so our plans to properly tour the city was ambitious at best.

To make the most of our limited time, I searched for personalized tours and five companies responded. Four asked How Much Do I Want To Spend? Then there was Shahin Akhavi of Paris Luxury Tours who merely queried what and how I wanted to see Paris. He’s the president of this small-but-established company. Fast forward, he put together two balanced, interesting and diverse days driving and walking through Paris and surrounding areas. I was not inserted into a prearranged package; Shahin created one exactly as I spelled out to him.

Lady Marlborough Tower at Norman Village in Domain of Marie Antoinette in Versailles

Lady Marlborough Tower at Norman Village in Domain of Marie Antoinette in Versailles

Shahin led one tour day and his son Darius the other. They were well-versed in the history, architecture, political, and pop relevance of many sights. They even arranged for airport transportation and helped pick out great restaurants. It is in short like having good friends entertain you in the town they love and knew well.

Thank you for a wonderful and educational experience of Paris I did not know in past visits and would not have known by myself.

Kenneth Chan
Torrance, California

 


 

10 March 2019

The Mill at the Norman Village of Marie Antoinette in the Domain of Marie Antoinette in Versailles

The Mill at the Norman Village of Marie Antoinette in the Domain of Marie Antoinette in Versailles

I’ve been to Paris several times before, so, on my most recent trip, I was looking for something ‘special’ to do. I came across the Marie Antoinette Tour through Paris Luxury Tours [https://www.parisluxurytours.com/marie-antoinette-tours/], and we absolutely loved it! It was thorough and covered many interesting places related to Marie Antoinette. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and made the history and story come alive. We covered all of the essentials such as the place of her execution and imprisonment, the Petit Trianon and her Norman village, etc., but also covered lesser known places, including, my very favorite, visiting a chocolatier associated with Marie Antoinette. It was a wonderful tour and I will look for another tour through Paris Luxury Tours the next time I’m in Paris.

Thanks again!

Jen

Jennifer Ward
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


 

9 January 2019

Paris Luxury Tours went above and beyond for my clients on their recent trip. They did four days of private tours in and around Paris with Shahin and Darius, who provided the utmost of care and consideration of all the things my clients wished to see on their first trip to the City of Light. Their knowledge was unsurpassed and my clients could not have been more pleased.

Cheryl Rainey/Rainey Travel
Roland, Arkansas