Introducing Tours by Locals

Connecting travelers with local guides worldwide, since 2008

ToursByLocals provides private tours for travellers through our carefully selected network of local tour guides, each of whom is keen to share their knowledge, experience and expertise.

The travelers we serve want to do unique things, experience the reality of a place and see its culture through the eyes of a local person. They are 'sensibly curious', socially conscious and value seeing their travel spending directly benefit the people who live in the communities they visit.

Our guides are entrepreneurial, passionate people proud of the places they live. Through them, we are able to offer a variety of tours, including 'off the beaten track' tours that reflect local culture and a diversity of traveler interests. We're committed to helping our guide-partners be successful participants in the tourism industry. To do so, we actively search out and qualify new tour guides, train them to work with our system and business principles, and collaborate with them to develop unique tour offerings.

The ToursByLocals website offers many tours that can be purchased 'off the shelf', however each can be customized to fit a traveler's specific needs. We showcase the personality and skill of each guide while providing for consistent elements between tour offerings - pricing is per tour, not per person, payment in advance and other standardized policies. We have a dedicated team working from our offices in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Glasgow and Kuala Lumpur. They are on hand 24/7 to help, in case problems arise.

Our mission is to provide high quality private tours everywhere people travel. We work every day towards that goal.

Make your cruise a better experience. Take a private shore excursion tour with a private guide from ToursByLocals  Includes our 'no one left behind' guarantee!

My name is Christopher, I'm a registered tour guide living in Marseille. I've been working as a guide in Provence for the last five years and I've been visiting the region for over twenty, so I know a lot about what's best to see and visit as well as the regions highlights. Originally from London,  I'm also a professional travel photographer, so have a very keen eye to look out for the more unusual aspects of this beautiful region. In addition to this on all my guided visits, I like to take photographs too - and share these with all my guests as a special souvenir of your visit to the South of France.

I've lived most of my adult life in London and been fortunate to be able to travel to over twenty countries during that time. I enjoy travelling and especially meeting people from different corners of the world, being able to show them the visible and less obvious secret gems of this incredibly beautiful region of France.

In college I studied photography, but spent my early career working in the hospitality & hotel industry in London before graduating in marketing & business communications where I organised incentive travel and business events around the world for major corporations.

My passion for travelling and meeting new people brought me back to live in France in 2013. I decided to become a tour guide to share with visitors from all over the world my passion for Provence. It was also to allow me time to work on my other passion - as a freelance photographer.

As your guide I will always make sure each tour adapts to the style and expectation of my visitors. I want you to have a totally unique experience ensuring you enjoy the absolute best of Provence. There is so much to see and do - the regions culture, its history, the landscape, food and wine; warm all year round climate and sunshine, colourful dramatic landscapes, ancient history and ancestral traditions as well as the authenticity of the people who live here in the towns, countryside and hilltop villages - that is the true Provence.

The tours I've created with my passion for France - I look forward to welcoming you when you next plan your visit here. All of my tours are at a gentle pace with emphasis on enjoying a special moment together and after you leave I'll send you a selection of souvenir photographs as a special memory of your visit here.