Treasures of Northwest France

11 Days/10 Nights

4 to 6 Guests

Preferred dates

From $6,597USD pp (double occupancy)

Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Arrival in Paris (tour starts on a Thursday)

DAY 2:  Private Tour of Paris

DAY 3:  Paris at your leisure

DAY 4:  Bayeux, beautiful Normandy

DAY 5:  WWII Sites

DAY 6:  Leisure Day in Bayeux

DAY 7:  Mont-Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo

DAY 8:  Cointreau, Loire Valley

DAY 9:  Castle and Wine Discoveries

DAY 10: Amboise and the local market (Sunday)

DAY 11: Departure day

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax in the care of your multi-lingual dedicated local tour leader
  • Discover slow travel: a perfect balance of sightseeing and time at leisure
  • Explore the French countryside, where towns, historical sites and quaint villages all have a story to tell
  • Savor tasty regional cuisine and wine in authentic local restaurants
  • Visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Paris
  • Visit soul-stirring D-Day beaches and important WWII sites
  • Visit the magical island of Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Lean to make French crêpes in picturesque Saint-Malo
  • Visit some of the most beautiful historical Châteaux of France, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and Chenonceau

PRICING: from $6,597USD per person (double occupancy)

The price varies according to the number of guests on tour, type of accommodation and activities chosen, because of minimum fixed costs that need to be covered. With this tiered pricing structure we are generally able to offer slightly lower pricing if there are a higher number of guests on the trip.

Overview

Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley

Enjoy a journey through some of Northern France's most iconic regions

Arrival & departure airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

 **FOR PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY**

Visit the Normandy Beaches to see first hand where events of WWII unfolded and meander along narrow cobbled lanes in medieval towns. A visit to the unspoiled area of Brittany should be on everyone’s bucket list. The countryside is breathtaking, and the area is known for its seafood and wonderful dishes, from the famous' galette' buckwheat pancake to ciders, local cheeses and to its towns like Saint-Malo. Then, on to discover the Loire Valley, renowned for its magnificent chateaux, historic villages, wonderful food and local wine.

I invite you to come along with me to experience great cuisine, wonderful people and authentic France. Do not miss the chance to discover treasures both famous and beyond the beaten path. Come experience France like never before!

Day by Day Itinerary

This sample itinerary was handcrafted by Audrey, to inspire your next trip. It is ready to be customized to suit your interests, tastes and budget so you can connect with local cultures and experience authentic travel on your own terms, departing whenever you choose.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL PARISParis France

Welcome to Paris, the city of Lights! Situated on the River Seine, the capital of France is one of the most popular destinations in the world, Paris, has a lifetime of experiences to discover. Whether you are here to see the famous landmarks or seek out the secret corners, Paris fulfills all your expectations, and still leaves you wanting more.

Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel and shake off your jet-lag by joining your tour manager on an orientation walk around your hotel, including Eiffel Tower tickets for the 2nd floor and a welcome dinner in a local French bistro. 

DAY 2: HALF-DAY GUIDED TOUR PARISLuxembourg Gardens, Paris

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day private walking tour with your local expert guide, to discover the Louvre, one of the largest palace in the world and now a sprawling art museum. The Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and some 400,000 works of art, 35,000 of which are on permanent display.

Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the many museums and wonderful sites that Paris has to offer or just sit in a café and watch the world go by!

Note: The sightseeing tour in Paris is predominantly done on foot. You’ll also take the Paris metro to get from one side of the city to another on this day.

DAY 3: DAY AT LEISUREwhat to see in paris

Paris is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the world.  It is certainly one of the most romantic and historic as well.  Today is your day to spend it as you choose. From the incredible art galleries and imposing monuments, to the world-renowned shopping, quaint cafés and hidden treasure, Paris is a wonderful city to explore. There’s so much to see! Your tour manager will be on hand to offer plenty of suggestions like these:

  • Pick up delicious “macarons”, check out the many specialty food shops, shop in some of the most prestigious shopping areas of Paris, or simply sit at a café and partake in the “Joie de Vivre”.
  • Visit the Musée d'Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, and a host of other wonderful attractions
  • Take a stroll through the pretty little lanes of the Latin Quarter. Laze in the elegant shop-lined streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, wandering down the opulent Champs-Élysées and meandering through the winding bohemian streets of Montmartre will also give you a wonderful overview of the city. 
  • Relax with a baguette and cheese in the Luxembourg gardens, one of Hemingway’s favorite retreats, watching the French go about their daily life.
  • Visit Père Lachaise cemetery, the world’s most visited cemetery due to its ornate tombs and moving memorials to the rich and famous such as Frédéric Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Walk over to Parc de Belleville, the highest park in Paris which has views rivaling those from the hill of the Basilica at Sacré-Cœur but without the mass of other tourists.
  • Learn about the life and times of cabaret singer, songwriter and actress, Edith Piaf, widely regarded as one of France’s greatest international stars, at a small museum based in her former apartment.

DAY 4: BAYEUX, BEAUTIFUL NORMANDYNormandy

The first stop of the day is Giverny, home of the French impressionist Claude Monet. Monet’s Garden in the small village of Giverny, famously provided the inspiration and subject matter of many of his master-pieces. This tiny country village is a place of pilgrimage for devotees of Impressionism. 

Upon arrival in  Bayeux, your tour manager will take your on an orientation walk around town with a visit to the Cathedral, as big as the Notre-Dame in Paris.

NOTE: Another option would be to visit Giverny with Monet's Garden, followed by a visit and overnight in the city of Rouen or Honfleur.

DAY 5: WWII SITESJuno Beach, Canadian WWII cemetery

This day is dedicated to the discovery of the Landing Beaches where the Allied Troops set foot on France on June 6, 1944.  This WWII tour is very moving, you’ll see the sites that are very important to the success of the Operation Overlord, including Arromanches-les-Bains , Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery (museum), Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère-Église . For Canadian private groups, we will visit the Juno Beach Center, Normandy’s only museum dedicated to Canadian WWII history, see German bunkers and Canadian artillery equipment on Juno Beach, visit the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery where thousands of Canadian soldiers are buried and learn about the dark history of the Ardenne Abbey.

This is going to be a long and rewarding day.  Of course there will a lunch break!

DAY 6: LEISURE TIME IN BAYEUXbayeux cathedral

Bayeux is a wonderful city to pass the time in. This medieval town with cobbled streets was spared during the war, thanks to the fact that it was quickly taken by the Allied during Overlord Operation. In Bayeux, you have the option to visit the Tapestry Museum or maybe the Bayeux Museum about the Battle of Normandy during WWII.

The Tapestry of Bayeux is without a doubt the world’s most celebrated piece of embroidery. Over 58 panels it recounts the invasion of England in 1066 by William I (William the Conqueror).

This afternoon after lunch, you can choose to wander in town for some shopping or indulge in a great treat: Calvados, a specialty brandy made from apples from Normandy. Try a cider tasting with a visit to a local cheese farm. Well-known specialty cheeses from Normandy include Camembert, Livarot, Pont-l'Évêque, Neufchatel and Boursin.

DAY 7: MONT SAINT-MICHEL, SAINT-MALO

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel,Normandy/Photo Audrey De Monte

Today, travel a short distance to the magnificent Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO world Heritage site, for a guided visit. Perched on a rocky islet, this 11th century Gothic style abbey is one of France’s most recognizable sights. The fortified island village ranks among the wonders of the Western World. It is a long climb to the top, involving walking up fairly steep paths and steps to arrive at the imposing abbey on top, but it is worth every step for the views. You’ll have about 3 hours here, so you can take your time to make your way up and to explore the abbey with your guide.

Arrive in Saint-Malo. Once renowned for being a haven for pirates and adventurers, the ancient walled city is considered to be the most attractive channel port in France with its cobbled streets and interesting history, Saint-Malo makes you feel like you have stepped back in time.  Long sandy beaches, small islands you can walk to at low tide, and a Canadian connection: in the district of Rotheneuf, you will find the former house of one of Saint-Malo’s most famous sons, Jacques Cartier, a French explorer known for exploring the St. Lawrence river and giving Canada its name.

DAY 8: COINTREAU, LOIRE VALLEYdinan

This morning, driving south towards the Loire Valley, also known as the Valley of the Kings where you will spend the last nights of your vacation, you will have a chance to explore Dinan, an attractive medieval town. Sitting high above the River Rance the old town is like something straight out of the Middle Ages, with narrow cobblestoned streets and squares lined with crooked half-timbered houses.

Onto the small town of Saint Barthelemy d’Anjou, after a lunch in the town of Angers, to visit the historical plant of the Cointreau family who created the world famous Cointreau orange-flavored liqueur more than 165 years ago!

DAY 9: CASTLES AND WINE DISCOVERIES

Chateau Azay le Rideau in the Loire Valley

Chateau Azay le Rideau in the Loire Valley/Photo Audrey De Monte

Today starts off with a walk around the town of Chinon with your tour manager followed by explorations in the surrounding region.

The medieval town of Chinon is located in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region of France, resting by the banks of the majestic Vienne river just before it meets the mighty Loire. It is a town steeped in history and rich with culture. The ancient château was the preferred residence of Henry II, one of the English Plantagenet kings, and his wife Aliénor (Eleanor) d'Aquitaine. Henry II died here in 1189 and their son, Richard the Lionheart was born here. Henry is interred at the side of Aliénor in the beautiful abbey of Fontevraud.

From warring medieval counts to the kings and queens of France, many powerful figures have left their mark on the Loire Valley. The result is France’s most diverse and magnificent collection of castle architecture. The lush, fertile valley created by the winding Loire River has captured traveler’s hearts and imaginations for centuries. Hundreds of chateaux line France’s Royal River, the highest concentration of castles in the world.

Today you will visit some of the most beautiful castles in the area: Azay-le-Rideau castle, romantic, moat-ringed and one of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley, and Villandry castle which is very well known for its world-class gardens.

A visit to the Loire Valley would not be complete without a wine tasting. The Loire Valley is a land that nurtures some of the nation’s best vineyards, producing gentle reds and fruity whites such as Chinon, Sancerre, Muscadet, Vouvray and Bourgeuil and the roses of Anjou.  It is a perfect destination for those who enjoy wine. Savor crisp whites and chewy to punchy reds. The main grapes grown in the Loire include Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne (or Muscadet), Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Grolleau.

DAY 10: AMBOISE MARKET DAYmarkets in france

Your castle visit today is of the world-famous stunning romantic Château de Chenonceau, an unsurpassed Renaissance masterpiece which sits on the Cher River. Several noteworthy women have left their mark on this beautiful and elegant castle.

Before we visit the castle, our first stop of the day is the Amboise Sunday market for you to walk around and enjoy. Straddling the widest stretch of the river is the city of Amboise, an inviting town with a fine old quarter below its 15th century hilltop château. A castle has overlooked the Loire from here since Roman times. Leonardo da Vinci retired here...just one more of his many brilliant ideas. Amboise and its shopping streets have always charmed visitors. Even today, the genius of the famous inventor haunts this Château, where around 40 of his fabulous machines are displayed.

DAY 11: DEPARTURE DAY

You may choose to leave very early in the morning for a private transfer to the airport in Paris, but I would recommend an overnight near the airport and on the way we could stop and visit Fontainebleau. 

What's Included

What's Included

  • Unwind for 10 nights at charming, locally owned boutique style accommodations that offer French hospitality, comfort and local character (standard rooms with daily breakfast included):
    • 3 nights in Paris
    • 3 nights in Bayeux
    • 1 night in Saint-Malo
    • 3 nights in Chinon
  • Embark on private guided tours with local expert guides and skip the line entrance tickets:
    • The Louvre Museum and the Sainte Chapelle in Paris
    • Giverny, Monet's gardens
    • The tapestry of Bayeux
    • WWII sites in Normandy 
    • Mont-Saint-Michel and its abbey
    • Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry gardens, Château de Chenonceau
  • Enjoy hand-picked experiences:
    • Taste local world-class wines on a private tour
    • Cider tasting in Normandy
    • Learn to make French crepes in Saint-Malo
    • Discover what makes Cointreau so special
  • Private transfers (pick up and drop off) at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris (CDG) and private transportation throughout the itinerary
  • The services of your host, Audrey, fluent in French and English 
  • Gain insider access to the French way of life
  • Enjoy leisure time to choose your own optional experiences
  • Sample regional cuisine at carefully selected restaurants with local wines
  • Rest assured that we will never guide you into a tourist trap shopping experience or surprise you with hidden fees.
  • Taxes & Fees: Local VAT taxes and government fees, city tax, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees

NOTE: In the grand European tradition, I believe that dinner is a celebration of good food and wine, a celebration of culture and a celebration of family and friendship. Hosting this celebration is one of the joys of being a tour manager.  I guide you to your favorite dish … or help you choose something you’ve never tried before. I choose the perfect wines and throw in some local delicacies to broaden your palate and surprise you a bit. When we are at a cooking lesson or a wine tasting, rest assured that you'll go home with new knowledge that will increase your appetite for more. On every tour, I have included dinners as a group as well as nights on your own. Of course, you are always invited to join me at my favorite places or as I explore new and interesting restaurant finds. I also have recommendations and would be happy to make reservations for you.

What's Not Included

  • Passport fees, visa fees, immunization costs, entry clearing fees (when applicable)
  • Optional enhancements like room upgrades
  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary
  • Early check-in or late check-out from hotels
  • Personal charges such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), unless specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Your international and domestic airfare
  • Porterage: Please note that you'll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone
How it works

Here is how it works

  • Schedule a consultation call with Audrey to discuss your dreams of traveling to this beautiful part of France!
    • Some things we’ll discuss: Your interests and the interests of your traveling companions, your desires for the trip, and your ages and energy levels. Have you traveled to France before? If so, which countries did you visit? What would make your trip perfect, or what do you envision as your ideal day while on vacation?
  • Audrey will start with this itinerary, but this is a custom trip, so we can also incorporate ideas that are specific to your group. You might say, “Yes, let’s go for it!” or you might want to discuss a few things, tweak some items, or compare different options. At the end of this phase, you will know the unique itinerary for your group. 
  • Each person in your small group pays a deposit, with final payment due 90 days before travel.
  • Audrey and her team will book everything for you, help you prepare for your time in Italy, and take great care of you and your companions during your stay in Europe. 
  • You’ll be given a customized, day-by-day itinerary that's unique to your group with all the details you'll need. It's essentially a personalized guide book — with only the information that's relevant to you. 
  • All you have to do is sit back, and enjoy your fabulous travels! Let Audrey and her team personally take care of you while you are in Europe!

Prepare for Your Trip

European travel in general involves a lot of walking, much more than we are used to in the US. Most of our tours include city walking tours, visits to hilltop towns and villages, and meandering through cobbled streets. Keeping active and incorporating long walks into your busy schedule in the weeks before your departure will make your vacation much more rewarding.

  • Don’t Overpack: A challenge even for some experienced travelers! Wash or dry clean some clothes during your travel. Some hotels and villas we choose offer laundry and dry-cleaning services and towns and cities have laundro-mats. Most also provide hair dryers. Toiletries and cosmetics can also be purchased at your destinations. Please contact us if you need some assistance.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Europe. Please verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. 

The first day on tour is your arrival day into the city in which we meet. So, you would be flying the day before from the United States or Canada if you are not taking the option of spending a few days on location prior to start of your tour. 

The purchase of TRAVEL INSURANCE is strongly recommended to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay and more. 

To discuss the details and customization options, click below to schedule a call with Audrey!

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Custom Italy Tour Package

Jean and Alan

Denver, CO

We highly recommend Audrey and here’s why: she planned the vacation exactly the way we wanted it. Every detail was planned out, up to personal drivers and personal tour guides. We didn’t have to worry about anything. She provided additional info for places to eat and things to see and she was always there if we had a problem or question while on our trip. The Personal Guides were outstanding-very friendly and knowledgeable and the tickets to bypass the lines were exceptional. Hotels were centrally located for easy walking and all very clean and friendly. We really enjoyed Audrey taking us to the Venice that most tourist don’t get to see, especially our “Venetian Bar Crawl with wine and Cicchetti”. We were fortunately very lucky to have Audrey as our driver-guide from Rome to San Marino and eventually to Venice. She was a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area we were driving through. It was such a pleasure to work with Audrey: our trip was OUTSTANDING because of the care and personal attention she gave to us from our initial planning to our final itinerary.
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(Customized Itinerary Package to Italy with Audrey as driver-guide from Rome to Venice)

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Kelly and Dave

Brampton, ON, Canada

My husband and I just completed a tour of Italy arranged with Travels with Audrey. Everything was perfect, I mean, really perfect! I’m sure Audrey even arranged the weather!! The hotel recommendations were impeccable, as were the restaurants, and each of our guides along the way was extremely knowledgeable, personable and such a pleasure to spend time with. It was a trip completed at our pace, acknowledging our wishes, but with some gentle (and much needed) guidance. We feel we’ve not only gained a real knowledge and understanding of the sights we’ve seen, but a real appreciation for the rich history of Italy and the lives of its inhabitants today. Some olive oil and a few pieces of ceramic have been picked up along our travels, as well as about 2,500 photos, but more than that, our lives have been enriched by our experience, and we’ve gained a new friend. From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you Audrey! 
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(Customized Itinerary Package to Italy, with Audrey as driver-guide in Tuscany and orientation walk in Venice)

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Jay C and family

Littleton, CO

My family and I recently traveled to Italy with Audrey. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and all agreed that Audrey enhanced our trip way beyond anything we could have organized ourselves. Audrey is well networked with local hotels, guides and transportation services. What that meant for us, is that we got the best rooms in the hotels with views, we travelled in Luxury Mercedes vans and mini-buses with friendly, knowledgeable drivers. Our Guides to the many venues enriched our tours with their vast amount knowledge and enthusiasm. And they could get us in to venues skipping lines that were blocks long. Amazing! All of Audrey’s contacts respect and adore her and make sure her clients get the best service. We went to many of the most well-known sights and places, such as Florence, Rome, the Vatican and Tuscany. However, we also went to many off the beaten track places that Audrey knew that were wonderful, such as lunch and wine tasting at the Chianti winery, a private dinner prepared by our own chef in Rome and to some Greek ruins that were incredible in southern Italy to mention a few. I highly recommend Audrey. She is a warm gracious woman who works very hard for you and keeps your group organized. She saves you hours of logistics time, because she knows the regions and people well. Paying the money up front in the beginning was scary, but we had heard about her and took the risk. She really took care of us. Our family all agreed that our small group tour was far more satisfying than a larger tour could have ever been for not much more money.
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Bill & Gail / Lil & Tom

Dallas, TX / Tulsa, OK

We just took a tailored two week trip with our best friends.  Audrey developed our travel plan to Edinburgh, London, Normandy and the Loire valley.  It was a DREAM TRIP.  The hotels were all very good and the food was superb.  The best thing about the trip was the personal guides that Audrey set up for us; they were extremely knowledgeable, personable and entertaining.  Audrey drove us around in France and was our guide in the Loire.  A great trip! 
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(Private Customized Tour to Edinburgh, London and France. In France with Audrey as driver-guide)

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Marti and family

Ann Arbor, MI

I would like to thank you for making our family vacation so special. Everything went without a hitch, from the tour guides, to the dinners you planned. We LOVED everything! The special personal chef night was fantastic, just perfect! I know traveling with toddlers is not always easy but you made it seamless. I really appreciated you giving them places to go that the girls would enjoy, and the hotel with the pool, great choice. You know that I chose to book with you because you were our guide five years ago and we really enjoyed ourselves then. I’m so happy we found you again. Booking with you was easy and I will not hesitate to recommend you to all my friends and family.
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(Private Customized Tour to Italy with Audrey as tour manager)

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Kathy and Rich

Ann Arbor, MI

We had a family adventure with 13 of us, ages 1 to 67 years old, related as brothers, sisters, in-laws, cousins, and grandchildren.  Audrey spent two weeks with the whole gang as our Tour Manager and then my husband Rich and I stayed on another week with Audrey to see sites in Northern Italy with her as our driver-guide. The whole trip was AWESOME.  We made marvelous memories together.  Audrey was terrific at meeting the needs of this diverse group.  She took us to special spots that we had visited with her 5 years before.  That is one of the reasons we selected her to help guide us and she far exceeded our expectations.  She also added many new treasures to enjoy and share with each other.  Audrey is organized, knowledgeable, fun, flexible, curious, thoughtful, energetic, discreet, adventurous, and sentimental. We enjoyed Audrey’s tour and her company as she shared her favorite spots with us along the way.  We ate things that surprised us  and went to places that we would never have found on our own. Audrey was our constant guide and friend.  Tomorrow night I am meeting with the family to begin planning a trip with Audrey to France in the fall!
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(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Italy and Audrey as tour manager, followed by 7 days of a Private Customized Guided tour of Northern Italy with Audrey as driver-guide)

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Janet and Tim

Seattle, WA

After some research online we found and liked Audrey’s website and decided she would be a good fit for the kind of tour we had in mind, which entailed the availability of Audrey as our driver-guide who confidently drove us around well-known and lesser-known regions of Italy allowing us to discover little known locations and enjoy wonderful food and delicious wines along the way. The best part of it was the complete ability to let the trip just happen, without having to worry about anything. From driving itineraries to hotels, private guided tours in Rome and the Vatican to wine tastings and suggestions for places to eat, Audrey took care of it all for us. I would absolutely recommend Travels with Audrey, especially if you are looking for a private tour and do not want the hassle of planning or driving in a foreign country.  Audrey introduced us to parts of Italy we did not know existed! Our understanding and appreciation for Italy are now so much deeper that we would like to go back and re-visit some of those areas. By far the most notable experiences included observing the truffle hunting dogs at work in Umbria.
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Angela and family

TX, USA

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(Private Customized Guided Tour for a family vacation to Spain with Audrey as tour manager)

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Beth and family

Dallas, TX

WARNING! You may never be able to travel without Audrey again. We have used Audrey’s services twice in the past, once to Italy and once to Spain. Our most recent trip was to Spain. This trip exceeded our expectations in many ways. First of all, individual travelers are different and have different needs. Audrey takes this into account and tailors the trip to the specific personality of the group. For example, our group had a mixture of adults, young adults and teenagers. Audrey arranged the transportation so that we were never rushed in the morning, had ample time to eat breakfast and set off to a day of sightseeing feeling rested and excited about the day. We visited all the typical tourist spots, but also had intimate “one of a kind” trips to a vineyard, sherry bodega, cooking class and olive oil factory. The longer drives were broken up by timely stops in unique towns. All this adds up to a one of a kind experience that really allows you to feel the culture of the country. We left the hotel planning up to Audrey and each hotel was centrally located, unique and clean. Audrey has extensive knowledge about the countries that she offers and a love for travel and the people. You cannot go wrong with a trip with Audrey. Try her once, and like us, you will be back for more. 
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(Private Customized Guided Tour for a family vacation to Spain with Audrey as tour manager)

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Laurian & Gerald

Grand Junction, CO

We had a lovely time on this trip, thank you for your expertise in organizing it! Initially we were unsure about using a tour organizer without a personal recommendation and had the usual concerns about cost and quality.  We have had reasonable experiences in the past using the web to find tour organizers and, in this respect, the testimonials on your site were very helpful. We didn’t have to worry about the many specifics of doing what we wanted to do, in consideration of the fact that we had a very specific and peculiar itinerary: it was wonderful to have someone personalize our tour. Two things were very useful.  First, the identification of good quality yet small hotels that were well-located.  It would have been difficult to do this ourselves based on web searches.  Second, your arranging the tours and specific activities for us so we didn’t have to search for those.  In most cases, these activities were also located near our hotels, so the whole experience was very low hassle! Our best experiences were in Granada with Antonio as guide to the Alhambra and with the flamenco show there, which was excellent, though designed for tourists. The winery in Portugal was a great find! Everything was very high quality. In closing, we would absolutely recommend your services to others.
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Tom and Dom (father and son)

Denver, CO

Dominic and I came back from our two week trip to Portugal and southern Spain.  It was a great father & son trip and we had a great time!  From Lisbon, to Evora to Seville to Cordoba to Granada and finally Madrid, we had a great time.  I would highly recommend the private car with driver and local guides that Audrey arranged for us.  It was the best way of seeing the sites without any crowds, exactly the way Audrey envisions and offers in her tours. What a great way to see more of the country.  The food recommendations Audrey provided us with in the various towns came in very handy and were very accurate.  The accommodations she chose far exceeded our expectations. The prepaid tickets arranged by Audrey for the Bullet train and the Prado saved us a lot of time. We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to booking any future trip that will measure up to this one and highly recommend Travels with Audrey.
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(Customized Itinerary Package, father and son vacation to Portugal and Spain)

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Mike and Ellen

Indianapolis, IN

Our trip to Scotland was magical. With the help of Travels with Audrey we were able to enjoy a stress free trip in a country that prides itself on being laid back. The visit was centered in the Highlands, we had certain requests that were not only met but exceeded. The driver assigned was fabulous. An Irish chap who was the friendliest and most accommodating chap you can imagine. He was familiar with the territory and found the most interesting little spots to stop for a “lovely picture and maybe a cup of tea or coffee before we get on our way”.The variety of Hotels, Castles, Guest Houses and B & B’s made for an exciting time. The Distillery tours (2) were fun and informative and tasty. The scenery of the Highlands and the roads ventured to make the most of the tour made for a great journey. We had only one variation where a ferry could not be guaranteed to run, the driver was able to modify that on the run and found us an alternative town, Oban, that was one of the highlights of the entire trip. All in all from Edinburgh and St Andrews to the Isle of Skye to Oban and Sterling it was a couple of weeks that will live in our fondest memories.
(Customized Itinerary Package to Scotland and London, England)

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Gregg & Maureen / Coleen & Don

IL & NJ

Just want to say thank you once again for a most fabulous tour. The fact that you designed it to suit our very specific interests was phenomenal. Everything went very smoothly. You knew just what arrangements were necessary to accomplish everything in the time we had available. We were very pleased with the transportation, restaurants, sites, guides, etc. The whole trip could not have gone better.  Our tour realized the dream my wife and sister in law wanted to fulfill: following the footsteps of their father as a paratrooper during the 2nd World War. We met many great people and have wonderful memories. I will always cherish the “down” times when Maureen and I had a sandwich and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Paris and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Berlin with Frau Vogel. Looking forward to future travels!
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(Private Customized Guided Tour with Audrey as tour manager, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany). 

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Tony, Dan and family

Atlanta, GA

We were fortunate enough to have had Audrey De Monte serve as Tour Manager for our 10 day family trip to Europe. The tour was a 10-day multi generational family tour (grandparents to teen age grandchildren) of the cities of Paris, Venice and Rome. Audrey was extremely well organized and always provided multiple suggestions to make sure that everyone was having a great time. She knew the cities well which enabled us to get access to great reasonably priced restaurants that served authentic local food which was not an easy task for such a large group. She kept our group on time and always offered suggestions for other activities when we had free time. She made this family trip a very precious memory for all and for that we are grateful. Thank you Audrey!
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(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Paris, Venice and Rome, with Audrey as tour manager)

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Terry and Bill

Toronto, ON, Canada

We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Travels with Audrey for organizing our personalized tour of Paris, France – from the pick up at the dock in Lyon to the train station – to the pickup in Paris to drop off at our hotel – we felt very special for the efficiency and courtesy provided by Audrey’s personnel.We enjoyed our excursions to Versailles; the Louvre and Notre Dame – instructions provided were well illustrated and we had no difficulty is locating the meeting centers. Our hotel was quaint and close to the downtown core – we were able to walk around visiting various sites with ease and comfort.Would highly recommend Travels with Audrey to friends and family who may consider visiting France.
Many thanks!

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Eleni, Anne and family

Toronto, Canada

My family and I just returned from a vacation to Italy, planned by Audrey. I had never been to Italy before, and I didn’t know where to begin planning. Audrey’s knowledge of Italy is incredible. We gave her some ideas, and our budget, and she planned the most amazing trip for us! Each step was perfect. The hotels were beautiful, and we loved private tours of Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Florence. The cooking class she set up in Sorrento was one of the highlights! We kept raving about how flawless and easy each part of the trip was! And Stresa, a place we never even knew about, was breathtaking! If it wasn’t for Audrey, we would have never gone there! She planned every detail, right down to the train tickets. Audrey, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. You made our trip perfect and memorable. We will definitely be booking with you again!
(Customized Itinerary Package for a family vacation to Italy)

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Audrey De Monte

+1.720.339.2364 (USA)
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