Isabelle Southgate Private tour guide in Paris - France

Isabelle Southgate

Guide profile:

You are planning a trip to Paris WITH YOUR FAMILY and would like to discover the real Paris, you want to get off the beaten track and HAVE FUN... I'm your guide! I'll create a tailor made tour adapted to your wishes.

Half french-half english, I am a fully licensed guide and a graphic designer specialized in books and games for children. I am very inventive, with an imaginative twist.

I have been living in Paris for 20 years, I love the city and know it like the back of my hand. I closely follow the city’s actuality, keeping up-dated on family friendly cultural events and activities.

I love kids and enjoy showing them around Paris and having fun with them. I feel comfortable with young children as well as teenagers.

Let’s spend a memorable time together!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Darwin C.

Isabelle, was a wonderful and very informed guide. She is one of the best guides we have used in our years of traveling. When we return to Paris on another trip we will definitely hire her again for another very informative, educational and fun afternoon. Definitely a 5 star ++ guide

Darwin W. Chevalier

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

I think a family vacation should be a time for the whole family to enjoy experiences together and have fun.

I lead family tours to the main sites, off the beaten track, inside museums, galleries and sites and outside in the open air.

Each tour is tailor made, based on the ages of the children and what the family wants to see and do. My itineraries are fully flexible. I talk about the history of the city of course, but I also give all sorts of details concerning everyday life (in the past and today). I entertain with games, activities and challenges. I also love bringing families to neighbourhoods that are not part of the usual tourist route.

I show the Paris I love!

Transportation by tour guide:

Whether you want to walk, have a chauffeur, take public transport or a mix of everything.... I can arrange it for you.

Tour guide interests:

My favourite colour: yellow

My favourite breakfast: chouquettes

My favourite food market in Paris: Marche d’Aligre

My favourite garden in Paris: Jardin des Tuileries

My favourite museum in Paris: Centre Pompidou

My favourite game in Paris: chase space invader

My favourite sport in Paris: petanque in Montmartre

What keeps me happy: meeting new people from all over the world!

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Darwin C. 10 Oct 2018

Isabelle, was a wonderful and very informed guide. She is one of the best guides we have used in our years of traveling. When we return to Paris on another trip we will definitely hire her again for another very informative, educational and fun afternoon. Definitely a 5 star ++ guide

Darwin W. Chevalier

5 stars Ann H. 13 Sep 2018

We had a wonderful afternoon at Versailles with Isabelle. I was slightly nervous about spending so much time with a stranger, but she made us feel very comfortable. We wanted to see as much as we could while we were there and she managed our time there beautifully, making our visit so much more valuable to us. Also, my husband, who had not been that interested in going to Versailles, ended up loving the tour. We definitely want to hire Isabelle again on our next trip to Paris.

5 stars Laura A. 26 Sep 2017

Isabelle was perfect--professional, knowledgeable, fun. She worked very well with my niece, who's 21 and was on her first big trip.

5 stars Mark W. 29 Jun 2017

Isabelle was such a wonderful tour guide of Paris. We had so much fun with her. I think she had as much fun with us, which made the tour so comfortable and informative.To see so much in the little time we had and not feel rushed is a credit to her ability as a tour guide. She was so warm and friendly that we feel like we now have family in Paris and will always keep in touch.

5 stars Lisbeth U. 27 Apr 2017

Having Isabelle as our tour guide was the best decision we made! She was friendly, sweet and extremely knowledgeable. We toured the Louvre, Notre Dame and the catacombs together. She had great visual aids that helped her explanations. She's fantastic with children! Very attentive to our teenage daughter, making sure her interest was held the entire time. At the end of our time together, she dropped us off at a really cool area and even emailed me later some wonderful shopping suggestions.

5 stars Daryl A. H. 24 Dec 2016

Our family spent four days with Isabelle exploring the streets and historical landmarks of Paris. We arrived knowing little of French history, culture and art, but returned home with our minds bursting with information about architecture, kings, Saint Denis, street art and more. We really liked how Isabelle unraveled the history while touring. She would draw points of interest together to create a total picture of Paris and French history. Isabelle wowed our family of two teen boys and parents!

5 stars Salvatore R. 12 Dec 2016

We split our tour over 2 days in both central Paris and The Louvre. Isabelle was remarkable how she presented both of these areas and her wealth of knowledge was outstanding. We totally enjoyed it and highly recommend Isabelle.

5 stars Spencer M. 29 Aug 2016

Isabelle was a phenomenal tour guide. She spent 5 days with our family exploring Paris. Our children, ages 11 and 13, learned an enormous amount about the history of Paris as well as interesting stories about artists and the significance of their work. They left Paris with an appreciation of the French culture. Isabelle was enthusiastic, engaging and extremely knowledgeable. She was always prompt and helpful with any questions. We highly recommend her as a guide.

5 stars Alicen S. 20 Jul 2016

Isabelle was a spectacular guide! She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and had an ability to manage our tours with her in a way that made it fun and interesting for myself as well as my 13 year old daughter. Our two days with her really set the tone for a fantastic trip! I especially appreciated that she listened to our needs and adapted accordingly. We left the tours energized, educated and never once felt rushed. I would absolutely book her again!

5 stars Ivan T. 03 Jun 2016

Our day with Isabelle was amazing. Love the preparation, thought and care placed into the planning and execution of our day. Our girls loved every minute of the tour and had so much fun with all of the activities Isabelle had come up with. We learned a lot and our time together flew by.

We would highly, highly recommend Isabelle to families wanting to have a fun day learning about this great city.

Thanks Isabelle! We will see you again soon :)

5 stars Michael S. 11 Apr 2016

We had wonderful experience with Isabelle and highly recommend her for anyone wanting a private tour. Our guide was everything you would want when selecting someone to guide you and explain not only the history but help out with any non-tour related request. When we make back to Paris we will definitely look for Isabelle. We spend enough time with Isabelle we see her as more a friend than tour guide.

5 stars Jodi N. 23 Dec 2015

I booked Isabelle for our (2 adults,17 and 15yo) one day in Paris. We told her all the things that we wanted to see and she came up with a plan for the day and had all tickets purchased so no lines to wait in, it was perfect. When we arrived my daughter had a couple additional requests and she was able to make all of those happen too. She showed us unique things that we had not even thought to request and still kept us right on schedule with out ever feeling rushed. Highly recommend!

5 stars Stephen C. 06 Oct 2015

Isabel did a fantastic job for my wife and I. I asked for a history based tour from the Viking period up to Napoleon. Her knowledge of history, Parisian culture, French politics, and the best times to visit landmark destinations added great value to our time in Paris. She was worth every Euro we paid her. We will use her again on our next trip to Paris

5 stars arnold A. 29 Jul 2015

Fantastic tour. Our 4 grandchildren (all about 20 yo) loved the explanation and stories behind the the art and sculptures. We next go with Isabelle to Versaille and we are all excited!!

5 stars G M. 08 Jun 2015

Our family of 5 spent 3 fantastic days with Isabelle in the heart of Paris and Versailles.Our children took an immediate liking to her which made us comfortable. She also allowed us, as adults, an opportunity to ask questions about the places we visited and history behind the sites. Isabelle made our visit everything we could have hoped for, and made it a fantastic memory for our children, as they want to go back to Paris and see and LEARN more.We can't wait to visit again! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! G&E

5 stars Susan M. 02 Jun 2015

Hi, Isabelle took my 13 year old daughter on a tour of the Marais and Notre Dame areas of Paris. She was very knowledgable and shared some very interesting local knowledge. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the tour and an enjoyable crepe lunch with Isabelle. Many thanks Isabelle.

5 stars Kim C. 25 May 2015

AMAZING!!! Not sure what else to say. We are family of 4-midwest USA and we spent 2 days with Isabelle touring Paris and it was best experience we have every had. She is so so knowledgeable and just a beautiful person inside and out. We want to go back for a longer visit and would definitely use her again. She met us at the train station and was always prompt and our tours flowed exactly as she explained they would. Wish we had more time to spend in Paris but like I said we will be back

5 stars Lauraine D. 29 Mar 2015

Isabelle was very informative, friendly and accommodating to all guide us to all the prominent artworks that were in the Louvre.

Excellent, would highly recommend.

5 stars grant B. 14 Nov 2014

If you are after a guide in Paris Isabelle is the person for you. For the time of our first contact by e-mail to the time we said our farewells. it was an absolute pleaser to spend time with Isabelle. Our three year old lover her, we sort parts of Paris and the life style of the locals, down little back streets the real Paris you would never find on your own. It was surprising the thing Isabelle told us and just how interesting it all was.

5 stars Jack H. 29 Oct 2014

We had a GREAT outing with Isabelle. She met us at our apartment in the morning, took us on the Metro to the Latin Quarter, through Notre Dame, and then guided us through La Marais. She has a wonderful personality and is a font of knowledge about all things concerning Paris. It was an absolutely perfect day. We will use her services again the next time we're Paris. I highly recommend her.

5 stars Peter L. 30 Sep 2014

5 stars Bernard G. 29 Sep 2014

excellent customer services and highly engaging.

She transformed our Paris trip to a fun filled discovery trip.

5 stars John M. 30 Aug 2014

Excellent knowledge and very accommodating to our group.

5 stars Merrie W. 28 Aug 2014

We hired Isabelle to guide us on our one day in Paris. She was terrific! Our two children (9 and 12) were overseas for the first time and she was wonderful with them. She really helped them (and all of us)to see the beauty and uniqueness of Paris. We had one short day in Paris and Isabelle took us to see everything we wanted to see and more! We highly recommend Isabelle as a tour guide, She's especially knowledgeable & very friendly.

5 stars Reese K. 23 Jul 2014

Isabelle was an excellent tour guide. We had 8 people with us (four adults and four children: 17,12,13,and 16). We booked her for a visit to Versailles and wished we could have taken Isabelle on more of our excursions. She enhanced the visit by providing excellent historical knowledge and helped us navigate the busy tourist area. All of us enjoyed our time with her. We were all English speaking and she was very easy to understand. We highly recommend her for your next trip.

5 stars William S. 03 Jul 2014

Isabelle was knowledgeable and charming. She helped up refine our goals and paid careful attention to our desires. While she was very good with the 3 adults she was outstanding with the 2 young boys. She taught them even though there were times I'm not sure they wanted to learn. I particularly enjoyed her insight into the French people. Too bad we didn't have more time to spend with her.

5 stars William W. 01 Jul 2014

Isabelle was great. Our 3 children (16, 14 & 12) were all entertained. She has vast knowledge of Paris. She has a beautiful accent as well. She was kind in answering many questions prior to our arrival. She also offered several suggestions regarding attractions where we could enjoy on our own. Definitely recommend.

5 stars Tere S. 18 Jun 2014

Isabelle made our trip! She is very knowledgable about history, traditions, art, and Parisians. We had a great time at the Louvre, we got to see the hidden jewels exhibited. She kept our teenage daughter interested the whole time she was with us.

5 stars Mary S. 05 May 2014

We spent a day at VErsailles with Isabelle and she was fun, knowledgeable, knew how to maneuver us through the people traffic and most helpful. We were on a tight timetable to accomplish this visit and she was prompt in meeting us at our hotel in the a.m. and getting us back at the right time at the end of the day. She was terrific!

5 stars Holly B. 25 Apr 2014

We had a wonderful half day tour with Isabelle. She was very accommodating to our schedule and perfectly tailored our tour so that it was as fun and interesting for the adults as it was for our three year old. Thanks to Isabelle's excellent tour our quick stop in Paris became a cherished family memory! If you have children, Isabelle has some great ideas to keep them involved and learning about their surroundings.

5 stars David K. 28 Mar 2014

5 stars John M. 22 Aug 2013

Isabelle was outstanding. She customized a 3 hour tour in response to the places we wanted to see and she provided excellent commentary which was interesting and educational to my wife and 1 as well as to our 2 children ages 13 and 11.

5 stars Barry C. 02 Apr 2013

We were with Isabelle for an entire day's walking tour of Isle de la Cite, Isle St Louis, the Latin Quarter, and the area around the Bastille (including lunch), and though we were physically fatigued by the end of the day, we had seen and learned so much that we would never have seen or learned on our own. Kindly, gracious, and well informed, we would recommend Isabelle even to those (like ourselves) who are very familiar with Paris and have visited there many times.

Tour Guide Comment: I had a wonderful time too!

5 stars Ajis C. 08 Mar 2013

Isabelle simply wonderful. My wife, Ratna and I had a wonderful time In Paris with her. Highly recommended. Two thumbs Up ! Cheer...

5 stars allison S. 27 Dec 2012

Isabelle was terrific. Very engaging and fun to be with. The kids loved it and so did we!

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