Testimonies

Hello Catherine, Just want to thank you for a wonderful day. We saw and learned so much more than if we would have toured on our own or gone with one of the ship's tours. I will gladly pass along your name to anyone who is looking for a tour guide in your area. All of our wine made it home safely. I am now going to look for a picture of Cezanne's with that mountain in the background so I can say....we were there! Thanks again for a great time.

Melanie – October 2007

Dear Catherine: Thank you for your excellent services. You are the best! Please feel free to use us as a reference.

Joe and Margaret – Oct. 2007

The same client to the travel agent : Dear Julia: Catherine was the best personal tour guide we have ever used. During our 2 weeks in France, there was no comparison to depth of knowledge and communication skills in guiding our tour. In addition to the tour, Catherine was to drop us at our river cruise vessel. But no ship! A cruise line representative finally met us and Catherine stayed to ensure that we were in good hands. What a caring person! Sincerely yours,

Joseph and Margaret – Oct. 2007

Dear Catherine, just a short note to thank you for a wonderful day touring the Luberon mountain area of the Provence. All of us enjoyed spending the day with you and learning about the history of the area. In the meantime, Arntrud and I returned home safely. Again, we had a great time! All the Best

Horst – August 2007

Catherine, we are always thinking about our good fortune in finding you in Aix to take us on such a great tour of Provence! Had we not heard about you our trip to Provence would not have been so enjoyable and we would probably not have seen or heard of any of the beautiful hilltop towns you shared with us. We regret we had only one day to spend with you. Hope you are doing well! Charlotte and Sherman - 2011

Charlotte and Sherman – 2011

Dear Catherine, It's been almost 2 weeks since we arrived home from our wonderful cruise. It's taken almost this long to recover from it - all the laundry, paying bills, getting over the jet lag, etc. But it was SO worth it!!! I wanted to thank you for the incredible day you gave us in the Luberon area. It was so beautiful & the towns so much fun to walk around in. I'll never forget catching that first sight of Gourdes!!! We truly appreciated the background information you provided us with, and your warmth & sense of humor. I've gone onto Cruise Critic and recommended you as a terrific guide. Finally, I haven't had a chance to rent the Russell Crowe movie yet (though I can't wait to see it), but I wanted to remind you of the other movie we spoke of, the one that takes place in California wine country. The name of the movie is "Sideways". It's an excelllent movie on it's own, but I think you will especially enjoy it since the characters are all wine lovers; they talk about wine a lot. Sometimes they are really talking about wine, but sometimes the wine is a metaphor for life. Hope you get to see it. Thanks again, and my best wishes to you and your family.

Lainie – April 2007 – USA

Dear Catherine, Just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful company and excellent service while we were in Aix. We had a marvelous time in Paris but we missed Aix very much. Also, thank you for the recommendation of Madame Ducros..the apartment was perfect for us. Daniel has your card if he needs anything. I appreciate all you did to make our family trip of a lifetime so spectacular. Please visit us in New York sometime. Thanks again,

Karen I. – USA

Dear Catherine, Our group of eight has just returned to the ship after a wonderful day with Marjolaine! We saw charming and beautiful places, and learned more than we will remember. She is a great driver, and guided us quite capably all day. She answered all our questions, and explained everything very well. Thank you so much for arranging to have her show us around. We had a great day! Best regards, Karen K. USA

Karen K – Nov 2013

Dear Catherine, I just wanted to tell you want a wonderful time we had with you. You definitely know the beautiful places and interesting facts. The Provence area is high on my lists of places to experience. Thank you again for everything.

Rebecca and Shannon D. – July 2007

Hello Catherine, I have been remiss in sending you a thank you note. We had such a wonderful time with you, we think of you fondly and remember you often. Hope all is well with you. We took hundreds of pictures, here are few I thought you’d enjoy. Best,

Tina – USA June 2007

Catherine; I wanted to let you know that Louise and I returned home this evening. We really enjoyed the TVR train trip as well as Paris. Also, we both wanted to thank you for your wonderful efforts in showing us the Provence area. You did this in such a thorough and enjoyable way, that we were very sorry to have to leave. You made our vacation a memorable event. Best wishes to you and your family;

George and Louise K. – April 2007 – USA

Dear Catherine, A belated, big thank-you for the time we spent with you in October. Out two days of touring were just wonderful. We loved travelling around Provence. The Luberon tour with all six villages that we visited was a delight and lived up to all that I had imagined. I do have to say that I think Rousillon was my favourite but it would be an awful shame to have missed out on any of them, they are all so different and delightful, each having its own claim to fame. Our other tour to St Remy and Le Baux was also a delight. Loved the Cezanne exhibition. The Pont du Gard was also awe inspiring, although I was equally entranced with the Pont Julien. Those Romans sure could build, imagine still fulfilling the purpose for which they were built so many centuries down the track. We did enjoy your wealth of knowledge and all the bits of information and history that you were able to add as we travelled around. We will certainly recommend your service to anyone who needs a guide in Provence. We realise that it would not have been possible to see all that we did if we had relied on local transport and set tours. It was lovely meeting you and we will look you up if we are ever in Provence again. Not really likely, but then again .......my husband was very impressed with the photo's that I took. Thank you once again. Kind regards,

Lorraine W. and Glenys T. – USA – 2006

Catherine Julia and I are sure that the two days we spent with you were the high points of our 30 day trip. It is so wonderful to have you as our guide. We hope to return to Europe next year. Will give you advance notice so we can make sure you can take us around. We have a small package we wish to send to you by mail. We need your proper mailing address to send a package. As soon as I get the mailing address I will start the package your way. I have no idea how long it takes for mailed items to get to France from the USA. I will let you know by email whenever the package leaves Knoxville. As ever

george – USA – Nov 2006

Dear Catherine, We just returned home and want to thank you again for a wonderful day. It was a general concensus in our group that your tour was one of the best and I will be sure to recommend you in Cruise Critic. Au revoir et merci.

Gloria – Oct 2006 – USA

Dear Catherine, Just wanted to tell you again how much we enjoyed the day with you and as I mentioned again I love Provence and you only made it more enjoyable. I hope we can meet again sometime. And I wish you the best to you and your family. If you ever decide to come to america just know there is an open door in Iowa for you and your family at anytime. We arrived home and it has been hard to get back to normal. The jet lag is hard sometimes. When ever you get information of the homes and villas just let me know. Again thanks for everything. Best to you,

Kitty – Sept 2006

Catherine, I wanted to thank you again for our wonderful day in Provence. Steve and I agreed that you were the best guide that we had on the entire trip. I would love to return to explore the region more. Amicalement,

Barbara – JULY 2006 – USA

Dear Catherine, A year ago, almost to the date, you guided our group of six (from Oklahoma, USA) to Baux en Provence. We had a wonderful time on our vacation and a big part of it was due to your helpfulness and knowledgeable guidance. This fall we are going on another cruise. Because of the positive experience we had with you we are, again, hiring private guides. This cruise will be leaving from Athens and ending in Rome. We can only hope to have as pleasurable a time with them as we did you. Thank you very much.

Phyllis (Mark’s wife) – USA – Mai 2005

Dear Catherine, We miss your incredible knowledge and abundant good spirit. What a treat you gave us. You made Provence live !

Nino and Charles – USA July 2005

Catherine, I wanted to thank you for a wonderful day that you gave us on our recent European trip. I book private tours wherever we go and I must tell you that all six of us agreed that the day with you was the highlight of our holiday (and you are competing with Rome, Pisa/Florence, London, Gibraltar, Lisbon and two stops in Spain). We were not expecting such a variety of sites from fascinating buildings to a gorgeous coast line to fun market places to a beautiful harbour, fun boat ride and a wonderful lunch in a pretty setting. You gave us all and more of what I asked you for . You were terrifically informative without ever making us feel like "tourists", instead we felt like your best friends had just arrived for a visit. I knew how professional you were going to be when I saw you cleaning your already spotless vehicle's windows whilst we were still on the cruise ship balcony and you didn't know we were watching. Your attention to detail is obvious. It always amazes me that more "cruise people" don't take advantage of private tours if there is 4 or more people, it works out at the same price or less and of course the flexibility, attention and enjoyment is so vastly superior. It was a wonderful day and I will always strongly recommend your services to all who I may tell. All the very best

Paul C. and family Canada – June 2010

Catherine, Thanks again for being our "guide" today AND for the restaurant recommendation. We had a marvelous time. Best wishes....

Jane and Joe and Patricia and Joan – Juin 2010

Hi Catherine Home again after a wonderful trip. I just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our day with you in Provence - a really beautiful part of France which hopefully we will return to someday. Thank you for caring for us so well. I will be happy to recommend your services to any friends travelling to France. Kind regards

Glenys – Nov 2009 – USA

My rating of Catherine is 10+ in all capacities. This was the best personal tour guide we have ever used. During our 2 weeks in France, there was no comparsion to depth of knowledge and communication skills in guiding our tour. In addition to the tour, Catherine was to drop us at our river cruise vessel. But no ship! A cruise line representative finally met us and Catherine stayed to ensure that we were in good hands. What a caring person! Sincerely yours

Joseph and Margaret C.

Hello Catherine, Just want to thank you for a wonderful day. We saw and learned so much more than if we would have toured on our own or gone with one of the ship's tours. I will gladly pass along your name to anyone who is looking for a tour guide in your area. All of our wine made it home safely. I am now going to look for a picture of Cezanne's with that mountain in the background so I can say....we were there! Thanks again for a great time.

Melanie G – Oct 2007

Dear Catherine, just a short note to thank you for a wonderful day touring the Luberon mountain area of the Provence. All of us enjoyed spending the day with you and learning about the history of the area. In the meantime, Arntrud and I returned home safely. Again, we had a great time! All the Best

Horst – Aug 2007 – USA

Dear Catherine, Thanks so much for your new year's greetings and the news about your daughter's school report on Thanksgiving. I did think about our day with you and the tape you made when we had Thanksgiving dinner with our extended family (about 50 this year). I'm glad the tape helped her report, and I had fun doing it. We have very fond memories of our day with you in Avignon and Chateauneuf du Pape. We drank the Mount Olivet wine with our Christmas dinner this year and enjoyed it very much. Too bad we couldn't have brought more wine home with us! Now I have my Popes of Avignon calendar on the wall for 2011, and that is also a nice reminder of our lovely day there. We hope to get back to Provence before too long and see more of your beautiful area, maybe even rent a house or apartment there for an extended stay. There is still so much we haven't visited in that area. When we do come, we will certainly contact you for more tours and help. I hope you will let us know if you and your family ever plan a visit to California. We would love to see you here in our area too. I'm enclosing a few photos of our day with you. All best wishes to you and your family for a happy, healthy new year 2011! Best regards,

Carolyn and Rod – January 2011

Hi Catherine- I’ve been meaning to write you a thank you for a while and now I realize that it is just so overdue! Time has gone by so quickly since my family and I returned from our amazing time in France . And as we recount the stories of our visit to Paris and Aix, we all agree that our time in the south was the favorite part of our trip and I just want to say thank you for making it so! Having you as our guide truly made it a unique and very worthwhile adventure. Had we know you were going to be so fantastic, I’m sure we would have stayed even longer in that region. Again, your kindness and care and impressive knowledge really made our time there special. How are you and your family doing? Hope you are staying warm! When I look at the weather there lately it seems rainy and cold. Also, I have not written you a glowing review anywhere yet…Where’s the best place to do so? Attached is a picture of us from one of our favorite parts of the trip. THANK YOU for making so!!! Thanks,

Vikki – Mai 2010

Dear Catherine, I'm sorry it has taken so long to express my thanks to you. I wanted to send you this note to let you know how much everyone enjoyed your tour (despite the rain!). All of the information you provided to us during our time spent in Aix and Luberon was so interesting. I personally enjoyed talking with you while we were driving and learning about your family and schooling in France. I shared the information with my sons. We also enjoyed both the place we stopped for cappucino and our wonderful lunch in Luberon. If you see the owners from Luce d'Angeuse please let them know we enjoyed our time there. I am attaching a few pictures from our trip and hope you enjoy them. I will also be sure to recommend you to anyone I know that is traveling in the area and I hope someday to return. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Linda and Doug G. and friends – Dec 2010

Hi Catherine, Janice and I have returned home and wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our day with you in Provence. We are sending some photos that we thought you would enjoy. Maybe next time you can show us Luberon. Best regards,

Janice & Peter

Hi Catherine, Sandy and I loved the day we spent with you and felt as though we were leaving a family member when we said good-bye on the dock. We hope that our paths cross again. If you and your family ever have reason to be in Chicago, we hope you will let us know. We would love to see you again.

Denny & Sandy – Sept 2010

Hello, Catherine! We are now back in Manila after spending 3 days in Paris. I just want to thank and tell you how much we enjoyed our tour with you. Aix is such a wonderful town (or is it actually a city?). My husband, Art and our friends Gary and Nora, had such wonderful time. We will never forget our provence experience. You were a very good guide, and we learned so much from you. Hope we could be back someday. Thanks again and best regards.

Vivian dela Pena

We are a family of two adults and one sixteen year old daughter. We hired Catherine d'Antuono of Tour Designer in Provence for three days to take us around the area as my husband did not want to drive. She has a very large and comfortable mercedes van. She took us to all the towns/villages that we requested, picked out perfectly charming and reasonable lunch places and really did anything that we requested. She even went above and beyond and helped me with dinner reservations and spa reservations in Aix. She even helped me make sure that the apratment that I chose in Aix ws in the right location. All her recommendations/suggestions were spot on. She is a lovely person whose English is excellent. We felt that we received a fair price for her services. At the end of the three days, she was more like family than a tour guide. I would not hesitate to use her again. We felt that we saw more than we ever could have done on our own and felt more like a local with Catherine with us. If you are looking for a private tour guide, Catherine is perfect.

Bedford – July 2010

Hello Catherine, I wanted to "Thank you" for a wonderful day in Provence. You are fabulous and my family is still talking about the wonderful day we had with you. The picnic was great and we learned so much about the area. Gail's photos are beautiful and will give us nice memories for a long time to come. I will certainly send any client's that I have going to your area to tour with you. Have a wonderful summer in such a beautiful place. Kind Regards,

Doris – USA – June2010

Thanks for great shore excursion tours. The following is posted on cruise critic.com: Shore excursions on a Western Mediterranean cruise included Barcelona, Marseilles, Monaco, and Florence ( Livorno). I avoided ship sponsored excursions and used local tour guides. The tour experience was entertaining, educational, and was good value for the fees. Barcelona: Jose Soler with Pepito Tours. (info@pepitotours.com) Marseilles: Marjolaine with Tour Designer.(tour.designer@provence-travel.com) Monaco:Jean Marc with Dream Tours(info@dream-tours.com) Livorno ( Florence): Guido with Tuscany in My Pocket.(info@tuscanyinmypocket.com) The guides were professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and best of all, took us to many places the tour busses could not go. We visited great historical sites where few tourists go. Tours included 4 customers in a Mercedes SUV, very comfortable. The midday meal with Guido in the Chianti country near Florence was simply delectable and is a must. Jose Soler's tour of Sagrada Familia is a must. Marjolaine conducted a marvelous tour of Aix en Provence and Cassis. Jean Marc was very entertaining and enriched our knowledge about Monaco and Monte Carlo and we saw places few tourists are privileged to go.

Sam K. – USA – Juin 2012

Catherine My family and I wish to thank you for the wonderful day we had together in Provence. Hope to see you again. A bientot.

Erline and josh – June 2012 – USA

We had a wonderful day with Marjolaine on June 1! Please let her know how grateful we are. It was the best possible start to our magical vacation in Europe. We are headed back to the U.S. tomorrow morning but will fondly remember our amazing time in lovely Provence! Thank you for everything. If you ever need a reference for other potential customers, I'll be happy to share our wonderful experience. Thanks.

Laura L. – Juin 2012 – USA

Dear Catherine and Marjolaine. WE are back in Namibia and wish to thank you both for a most wonderful few days. We saw so much with you and each day filled with such wonderful experiences and sights. We have forgotten so much already, but once we go back on our photographs it will come back to us. I will keep your name in my book for our next trip! Once again, a big thankyou!

Coral and Wim van der Plas – Juin 2012 – Namibia

Dear Catherine, Thank you for sending Marjolaine as our guide. She was a delight. Despite our limitations, we were able to make it through the Palace of the Popes, with our friend Paul waiting for us at a nice open restaurant where we had lunch. Although we had to walk slowly through Avignon and Aix, we were still able to see and do a lot. Thank you so very much. Regards,

Micaela – Mai 2012 – USA

Hi Catherine I just want to write to you to say what an amazing day we had on our tour of Provence on May 3. Our guide was wonderful, so kind and very knowledgable of the history of the areas that we visited. Each of the stops were just like a postcard and everyone in our group had an incredible experience that day. I want to thank you for the many e-mails and for helping us to plan such a wonderful day. We hope to visit the area again sometime in the future. Best regards,

Diana

Chere Catherine, Again, many thanks for the wonderful day we spent with you. I loved the small villages, and my photos from there are my favourites. I have submitted my review to TripAdvisor. I was unable to attach any photos to it, I am told they are too big, and I have no idea how to fix that! I have just given your name to friends who are going to be there in the spring; and told them how much I enjoyed the Luberon area. If ever back, I will see you again! Merry Christmas, and all the best in 2012.

Marian Bowles

Bon Jour Catherine: Thank you so much for the wonderful tour of Provence. I have just looked at my photos and they are lovely and a fabulous reminder of our day together. Once again, thank you for a wonderful day. All our best,

Marsha and Louis M. Nov 2011 – USA

Hi Catherine, It has been a bit crazy since we returned home, but I wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed our day with you. I know we were fading by the end of the day, but we thoroughly enjoyed it all! It is exactly what I had hoped for. The remainder of our trip was great as well. We traveled with a nice group of people and saw even more beautiful villages (really loved Les Beux) and had time to relax and enjoy. We hope to return at some point in the future--hopefully our paths will cross. Tom and I hope you got your son settled at The Sorbonne--how exciting that must be for you! Thanks again for everything--we really had a great time with you! Best regards,

Tom and Leslie T – Sept 2011

Catherine, I wanted to write to thank you for a lovely day in Provence. You were most kind to adjust the tour schedule to accommodate our weary group and we had a wonderful, relaxing day with you. Thank you again.

Nancy C. – Juillet 2001

Catherine is a superb guide, friendly, knowledgeable and caring.She is totally professional and makes full use of the time available. We had a wonderful series of Tours with her and have no hesitation in recommending her. We gained a great deal from her knowledge and experience of the area and would not hesitate to book with her again. Catherine - if anyone ever wished to speak to us directly, please give them our home \ phone number - we would be pleased to speak to them. P.S. We hope the new car is going well. Take care,

Liz and John – April 2011

Sheila and I would like to thank you and Marjolaine for a really terrific week. That was truly the best trip either of us has ever been on. I have been raving about the trip, you, and Marjolaine to anybody who will listen. The monuments and villages were fantastic, and we gained far greater appreciation of the sites with your help. Thank you so much. It really was wonderful. Best,

Dan – Oct 2012 – USA

Bonjour Catherine, Hope you are having a wonderful time in Iceland! Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful 3 days with Marjolaine. She was very engaging, knowledgable, smart and funny. We learned so much from her and really enjoyed each of the days we spent with her, she made our time in Provence very special and memorable. I can't thank you enough for coming to our rescue on such short notice, and providing a fabulous tour guide, Marjolaine!! Much appreciated!! Sincerely,

Diane, Chris Nicholas, Sam and Alexandra (Alex) – Sept 2012 – USA

Hi Catherine! So here is a picture of our Viognier grapes at the winery! Thanks agaif for helping make our trip to the Rhone region so wonderful. We are thinking about a trip to the Loire, Bordeaux and possible the Cahors areas. So you have suggestions or colleagues in these regions that you would recommend. We know this is a very busy season for you so please do not worry about emailing back right away. We are not in any rush. Thanks!

Bruce – May 2012 – USA

I want to thank you for setting us up with marjolaine...she was perfect...a total pleasure. We loved our day. I would like to send a book to her...may I have an address? Again..thank you..

Alan m. – August 2012 – USA

Dear Catherine, I’m writing to let you know how pleased we were with our tour on July 5th. Marjolaine was a fantastic guide. She was friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. The villages we toured in the Luberon Region came alive for us, with her historical information; and we will always remember them! Thank you for the excellent arrangements and please give our regards to Marjilaine. Have a very nice summer. with Regards,

Ann & Dave D. – USA – July 2005

Catherine, Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience of the Provence region with us! We had a lovely time touring with you and the picnic lunch capped off a wonderful day. We took some fabulous photos to remind us of the places we got to see and hope to be able to return some day to see more of this beautiful region of France! Thank you again for your hospitality,

John and Cathy L. – Juillet 2012 – Canada