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French Riviera

"Our tour was fantastic and Max was great. He made some great recommendations that my wife loved and really made the tour wonderful. Thank you very much for all your help and I will definitely refer you to anyone that visits Europe."

Art D., Allendate, NJ - September 2012

Villefranche and Toulon

"We had a wonderful trip and I want to thank you for helping us with the private tours in France (Marseille and French Riviera). The guides were punctual and knowledgeable, in addition to nice and friendly. I will definitely recommend you if I get a chance and no doubt will contact you for assistance with our next trip (a couple of years away... but already thinking about it!). It makes a huge difference to find a trustworthy source in the US for pre-arranging tours in Europe. We loved the convenience of a private tour combined with the flexibility it provided. Thank you very much! Merci! I will make sure to write a good review on trip advisor for Private Shore Trips."

Patricia P., Miami Beach, FL - September 2012

Naples, Valletta, Piraeus and Kusadasi

"Just got back from our vacation in Europe and we did have a nice tour in Malta. Danielle, our tour guide in Malta, was very nice and we were able to see the church and the palace in the afternoon. The church was really gorgeous. It was just so hot in Malta on that day, so a little bit tiring for us but overall, we enjoyed all the tours. Capri, Ephesus and the Athens and Cape Sounion were great. Our best regards and gratitude to Agustino for Capri tour, Melina for Athens & Cape Sounion tour and most of all, to Sami for Ephesus tour. They were all great!"

Barbara S., Stevenson Ranch, CA - August 2012

Bari, Piraeus

"The excursions in Bari and Athens were both excellent! We did one excursion in Corfu with the cruise line and we all commented that what we got with them wasn't half as good as what we got with your people and we were herded like sheep.

I've got a family of 4 that will be doing a similar trip in late September and I'll be checking on which ports they're interested in so that I can get quotes from you. I'll be posting a review on Trip Advisor this week. Again, many thanks!" –

Travel Agent - Kathy P., World Travels, Denham Springs LA, August 2012


"The tour was great. The falconry was quite wonderful. Everyone enjoyed it. Marina did a wonderful job. The lunch was just perfect also. Thank you for your help."

Howard A C., Winter Haven FL, August 2012

Toulon and French Riviera

"My trip was wonderful and the drivers/tour guides worked out great. We especially had a wonderful time in the French Riviera with our tour guide Frances Xavier. Thank you for all of your help and when we tour Europe again, I will be sure to contact you!! Very truly yours."

Linda S., Manalapan NJ., August 2012


"We've been busy getting settled in back home but I did want to let you know that that our excursion to St.Tropez with your group went very well. The guide (Karina) was very good and gave us an appreciation of what we were seeing. St. Tropez itself was very nice. The only downside to the excursion was the traffic on the way. It took 2 plus hours. We will definitely consider your group for future excursions." –

Richard P., Oradell NJ, August 2012

London / Southampton

"We did enjoy ourselves and I would highly recommend your tour company to anyone. The driver was really nice and very efficient getting us to all of the places that we wanted to see in the short time that we were in London. The guide was quite knowledgeable and friendly."

Su S., Ontario Canada, August 2012

French Riviera

"I just wanted to say thank you – we had a great day and tour. Thank you for accommodating our being late – due to the ship line up getting on the boats to come ashore. Our driver was very good and I would highly recommend to my friends and family."

Karen S., Ontario Canada, August 2012


"The trip was great. The private tour of Cork was fantastic. The driver and guide were funny, entertaining and very knowledgeable. We will certainly keep you in mind the next time we travel to Europe, And will definitely recommend you to any friends traveling to Europe." –

Jack L., Brighton MI, August 2012


"We had a wonderful time. Thanks for asking. Stranka (spelling?) was great. She was very knowledgeable and also kept it interesting and fun. Everyone thought she was the best tour guide we had. We also appreciated that she shared some of her stories from the war as it added a much more personal point of view.

One thing that happened that we regret is that we all jumped off the bus at the last stop. He had already driven away when we realized we would not see the driver again, thus we lost the opportunity to give him a tip.

We all felt bad about that situation. Maybe an idea for future tours is for the tour guide to let us know before we leave the bus that that is the last opportunity to thank the driver. It is also possible that Stranka did let us know but with some many new things it didn't sink in until too late. We did tip Stanka generously but felt bad for the driver. Please pass on our comments as he did a great job, also.

We will definitely contact you for future tours and appreciate how organized and smoothly all was handled."

Janie F., Lex KY, August 2012


"What a fabulous tour we had in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Eze. Our tour guide surpassed the definition of well informed. She gave us so much knowledge in addition to competently driving us to all the attractions we could ever have hoped to see. Thank you for a very fine service,"

Georgann G., Orange CA., August 2012


"My clients WERE EXTREMELY HAPPY with your tour. They could not say enough thing about it. We will use your services in the future!"-

Travel Agent - Karen W., Tiffany Travel Service, Ventura CA, July 2012

Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm

"I have been meaning to get in touch and letting you know that all private tours were right on time even though after reconfirming from the hotel in Copenhagen my German phone never worked, so I was a bit concerned how it would work out but they were all there, were professional and helpful and with the three boys it was the best decision I made about the whole trip to have the private tours. I knew this cruise would not be the perfect itinerary for teen age boys but I think the guides we had made it work, adjusted the programs accordingly and the only exception would have been the Russian guide. But then St.Petersburg was from the start the most challenging city and I wish we could have done just a 1/1/2 hour heli tour over the city rather than the city tour as it would have given the boys a thrill and me the kind of overview of the city one could not get from a car. I don't mean it complaining, it is more hindsight on my part.

I would recommend Private tours to anyone with a small group, as the flexibility and advantage of passing all the long long line ups for all the larger groups and sneaking in ahead of them was worth alone the extra cost. On top of it the flexibility was just priceless for the boys.

I have less good things to say about the cruise line, found the ship not well organized and not at all helpful for anyone not wanting their tours and giving the rest of us wrong information about landing procedures at least 1/2 the time.

Well, I have learned a lot and even though I will never be a total cruise fan, the baltic itinerary is really very informative if one prepares oneself as there was little or no advanced information on the destination ports given to us from the ship itself.

So, thanks for your helpful service, I would recommend booking private tours to anyone!! You are welcome to quote my recommendation if needed."

Brigitta G., Aurora Canada, July 2012

Monte Carlo

"Everything went well during our time in Monte Carlo. The driver/guide was very professional. We hope to use your services again in the future and have given your name to others alone with our recommendation."

Syl C., Luling LA., July 2012


"We enjoyed the tour very much, we wish we could be there. We loved Sorrento and Positano, our tour guide, Pascualle, was excellent. Definitely we will recommend your company and will use it again in our future trips. Thanks,"

Marta L., Miami FL., July 2012


"Glad you asked because our driver guide, Pierre, really did a great job. I am one to complain when a complaint is due and I do not hold back. Just the same I really enjoy giving a compliment when a compliment is due and I feel it is a must because Pierre really deserves it. We were late because we missed our scheduled tender due to my elderly mother taking a long time to get ready that morning. Pierre patiently waited for us, he was not upset or anything. His van was clean and, even though it is Europe and a lot of people there smoke, his van had no smell of cigarettes. We did have another driver in Europe not booked through your company that had a terrible cigarette smell in the car. As simple as this may sound, it is important for us Americans because smoking is not so much a part of our culture anymore and we are no longer accustomed to the smell.

Anyway, Pierre drove safely but really tried to make up for lost time so we could make the most of the day. He reminded us to put on our seatbelts, he really tried to give us the most scenic drive and explain the region. We never waited on him when we were ready to go. He was very polite and kind to all of us. His English was perfect and he spoke Spanish perfectly so sometimes he would speak in Spanish to us as well.

He wasn't miserly about the time, like some other drivers we had, he just wanted us to have a good experience. We can honestly say he was the best driver and one of the most educated drivers we had of all of our ports of call and we really enjoyed our day trip with him.

Thank you and I will keep you in mind and recommend you in the future." –

Maria S., Winter Springs FL, July 2012

Kusadasi and Piraeus

"Thank you! Everything went great. Both guides were very good and they were on time and it worked out even with the ship changes to Athens first. We enjoyed everything and would recommend your company to others. We were fortunate to have a large party so that we could have our own bus and guide at both

Howard M., Hilton Head SC, July 2012


"I wanted to tell you how very much we enjoyed our 1/2 day tour in Toulon with Eva. She was absolutely lovely and brought a special personal flare to our day. She was excellent at showing us the places she felt we would enjoy based on our early conversation. We enjoyed an open market, wine tasting, and lovely shopping. She shared the history of the area and general knowledge about France For sure we experienced a taste of France and we would request a tour with her and will recommend your company in the future. Thank you again."

Nancy G., Canton OH, July 2012

Toulon, French Riviera and Naples

"All the tours were great, the tour guides were very good. We will definitely refer our friends to your company and whenever we go back to Europe we will call you back (I hope it'll be soon). Thank you for your help."

Marta R-L., Miami, FL, July 2012


"Thank you so much. Trip was great. Rula and Mikael made the day efficient for the limited time we had, AND fun and informative. I think we got more out of our day than all of the other 1500 people onboard."

John T., Ann Arbor MI, July 2012

Italian Ports

"Our trip was fantastic and your guides were absolutely the best! They met us exactly on time, we had luxury cars, restaurant reservations, private tours at cameo factory, an afternoon at a private beach club, and they had an immense amount of knowledge about every place we went. They did a fantastic job !!! They were both GREAT. Thank you again for setting it all up. it was truly a professional business." –

Laura D., Annapolis, MD July 2012

Monte Carlo / French Riviera

"Monte Carlo - Things went well for our tour on Sun. June 24 when the Ruby Princess came into port. We got off quickly because we did not know how quick/slow the disembarkation would be and it went quickly so we waited for Richard who arrived at noon (the scheduled time).

I like the tour so well that I have recommended you to my friend who is going to be stopping there in late September. Hopefully you can get something worked out with her. She is getting hooked with cruise critic people so there might be a group then as well.

Joan K., St. Charles MO, June 2012

Copenhagen, Stockholm

"I have passed this on to my boss/ owner of JB Vacations. Your service was excellent and on time."

Travel Agent - Jackie S., JB Vacations, Coral Springs FL, June 2012


"First, we were met immediately and both our guide and driver were exceptional in all respects. I must emphasize the driver was both knowledgeable and he drove safely, so we were very relaxed. Our guide was extremely well versed in the history of all three sites (Priene, Didyma, and Melitos), allowed us to take our time, and was simply good company. We were pleased with the entire experience and trust that we will rely on your services in the future and have already recommended your service to others. Our late response is in no way a reflection of any dissatisfaction with your service or with our experience in Kusadasi. Thank you." Walt S., Windsor CT - June 2012

Monte Carlo / French Riviera- "We had a fabulous day with a wonderful guide (Kathryn). Thank you and we will recommend your services whenever we can and will book with you again when we return to the south of France!"

Marge N., Shaker Heights OH, June 2012

French Riviera

"As expected the tour you provided our group on June19 was excellent. So tour was the tour guide, Kevin. A highly recommended experience which I will post on Trip Advisor. Thank you."

Rob L., NSW Australia., June 2012

French Riviera

"We LOVED our tour and driver in Cannes. We had a terrific day! Thanks again for all your help setting it up."

Ashley W., N. Potomac MD, June 2012

French Riviera

"Our trip was amazing and your company was a big part of it's success! I loved the way all of the expected services were met. The driver guides went the extra mile to be sure we completed our tours and gave great commentary on the areas. She also was friendly and a great driver! I've been meaning to contact you to inform you of how happy we were! I am going to refer you to my sister in law who is traveling to do the same cruise in August. Thank you!! We will use you the next time we go to Europe."

Monica G., Miami, FL - June 2012

French Riviera

"I have to tell you Stefana was absolutely the best. She had patience and showed us so much. I would highly recommend her to anyone. I want to write a great review for you all at trip advisor after I get settled ."

Patricia B., Lewiston, NY - June 2012

French Riviera- "We had a stellar guide and we managed to cover a lot of ground. I truly cannot tell you how pleased we were for that memorable,beautiful tour. (I just wish I could remember our tour guide's name!) He was so kind, and took such pride in his work. If he didn't know an answer to a question, he would research it by using his phone while we were out of the car touring. Thanks again for a fabulous experience!" –

Lisa S. Newton, PA - June 2012

French Riviera

"We had a wonderful time in Monte Carlo with Katherine, our driver guide. She was personable and very knowledgeable about the area. She spent a lot of time showing us the highlights of the area and then gave us some quiet time to ourselves to just enjoy the sights. We were never rushed us and we never felt overwhelmed. Katherine gets an A+. It was a wonderful way to start our vacation!! We will definitely refer your company and Katherine to others. Sincerely,"

Ann C., Stone Mountain, GA - May 2012

French Riviera

"We loved our private tour of the Riviera! It was one of the highlights of our trip to Provence. Our driver guide's English was impeccable, and he was up to date on French politics and culture. It was very interesting talking to him. He was charming and courteous. His name was Thierry. We would recommend your service to anyone who asked. Thank you for giving us the tour of a lifetime."

Janet S., Apple Valley, MN - May 2012

French Riviera

"Everything was great, we were able to see almost everything we wanted, the guide was good, met on time, everything was nice and smooth. I’ll definitely recommend you for the future trips to our clients."

Travel Agent - Milian E., Kosmos Travel, Woodland Hills, CA - May 2012


"I wanted to send you an email to thank you for the wonderful tour. We had a great tour with Nina as our tour guide. She was lovely and worked hard to make sure our tour was successful. I will recommend your website in the future." Tricia H., Cottonwood Heights UT, May 2012

French Riviera- " The Cannes tour was great! Thanks for giving us wonderful memories! Our driver guides were friendly and knowledgeable, and gave us a great tour. Thanks again!"

Holly J., May 2012


"My clients thought their Dubai tour was excellent. They said their tour guide was so accommodating and knowledgeable and they loved it." Pat L, Pat Loeser Travel Services, Escondido Ca, April 2012

Avignon and Nice - "Just a short note to let you know how pleased we all were with your tour arrangements in the French Riviera. Everyone was very prompt and courteous. I would especially like to mention our Guide Georgi in Nice. He was very knowledgable, courteous and always on time. He made our stay in Nice a very memorable one. I will surly recommend your tour Company to future clients. Thanks again for all your help.

Travel Agent - Marge S., Travel Leaders, Punta Gorda, FL - April 2012

Toulon and Villefranche

"Thank you for the follow up. I want you to know that the private tour was EXCELLENT! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, personable, friendly and went out of her way to make sure we were pleased.

Our group had a fantastic visit to Provence and I would be happy to recommend your services to our friends and act as a reference for your company. Please feel free to contact me if you need more information. Thank you again."

Neil K., Ponte Vedra Beach FL., April 2012