We have 2 full days in Paris, and London for 3 full days. We're a party of 4 who enjoy art, good food and wine. Any recommendations on good tour guides in the two cities?
We have just returned from Paris and used the services of Philippe who runs Hush Hush Paris.
We did the cookery class but our friends also went on a private walking tour.
I cannot recommend Philippe highly enough. He speaks excellent english and is very well travelled and charming.
He is also on trip advisor with 5 stars from 117 reviews - he has no reviews under excellent - don't think I have ever seen that before!
You're looking for a couple guides depending on what you're doing?
For food and wine, Catherine at Paris by Mouth (http://parisbymouth.com/paris-food-tasting-tours/) is doing some really nice tours. I did the wine and cheese tour and it was excellent (fun, illuminating, light). Her site's audience is anglo-centric, so people on these tours are typically English speakers (which may be a good or bad thing depending on how adventurous you are). She's full of current information and would be a great resource for restaurants to try.
You may want to check out Paris Greeters. They offer free guides of various areas in Paris by volunteers. They do ask for a donation to the organisation but only if you wish to do so. The tours need to be booked in advance - 2 weeks if I recall correctly. I went on one recently and was impressed by the local knowledge provided. Enjoy :)
The absolute best tour guide is a company called 1492, Contact Roy Jox on + 33 6 01 97 39 18. email@example.com
I don't have his website, just a pdf presentation which is very heavy so difficult to email.
There is a company in London that does Free tours and they have recently started doing private tours. Nothing on their website yet about this as it's very new, but if you contact them there I know they will be able to do something private at a reasonable price http://freelondonwalkingtours.com/
I know this isn't quite what you were asking for but just to get the lay of the land, I would hop on the #69 public bus--it runs just about the length of the city from east to west and will give you an amazing, cheap overview of a lot of the big landmarks.
The #42 is also excellent, although it goes a little out of the way.
Here's the public transportation site so you can get schedules, maps, etc.:
Have a great time!!
For Paris and France-Follow the tours described or hire the private tour guide who wrote the tours,
England-Start at the Roman Wall and finish in the West End. Day 2-Start at Piccadilly and finish in Knightsbridge. Day 3-Go back to Paris.