France Is Our Specialty

 Enjoy a Multi-Day Guided Holiday in France!

Have a glass of wine with lunch and be driven in luxury coach bus with a small group of like-minded travelers who will become your new friends. Visit the best sites at the best times to avoid crowds. Entry tickets to sites we visit are purchased for you with no standing in line.

Leave the details to us and enjoy a relaxing, stress-free vacation. Bask in the luxury of the South of France for nine full days without having to worry about a thing! No train schedules, no hauling luggage on and off crowded trains, no restaurant reservations required, no driving and parking, no maps, paying tolls, or stopping for gas. No worries about finding a first rate hotel.  We do all of this and more to make sure you have a real vacation. You can go home feeling calm and relaxed. It’s not just a tour, it is a VACATION HOLIDAY in the South of France!

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France is Our Specialty!

Beginning in 2000, our first tours were to Provence and the Riviera .  Our repeat customers, who enjoy our style of travel, asked us to create new tours to different regions.  At their request, we have added tours to Languedoc and to the French Alps.  We love having our repeat travelers return to France with us. Our customers’ ideas and input are valuable in determining where we go and the types of activities we include.  We appreciate your encouragement and your loyalty!

 

 

Lunch after cooking lesson

Lunch after cooking lesson

We have Experience!

We are celebrating our 17th year in business!  We  visit lots of out of the way places that are virtually undiscovered by the average tourist. We have developed relationships with locals who are experts in wine, gastronomy, history, and know the secrets such as when the chestnut festival is held, where to hunt for mushrooms, strange and mysterious liqueurs we’ve never heard of, where to get the best oysters, which day the local café meals are prepared by the grand-mere (and therefore the best day to eat there!)…We will share many of these finds with our customers on our tours. 

 

 

 

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Best of France Travels is an owner operated tour company. 

The owner, Carol Etheridge, personally accompanies every tour.   She taught French in Atlanta for 11 years.  She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and lived in Annecy in the French Alps where she taught English in a French public school.  Carol is a Fulbright Scholar and  also received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study folk arts and traditions of the French Alps.  She loves sharing the beauty, history,  and culture of France with all of her customers!

 

 

 

Susan and marcThe Best Vacation Ever!

“We both want to tell you again what a WONDERFUL time we had.  It was even better than our most optimistic projections. THE BEST VACATION EVER!  I’ve been telling everyone I see that if they ever want to go to Provence, your tour is the only way to go.  We’re afraid we’ll never find another tour that even comes close”.  Marc and Susan Wladis – Boston, MA

 

 

Picnic at the Gorges du Fier

Picnic at the Gorges du Fier

Feel like part of the culture!   

“I would love to take another trip with you. Your energy matched the group and your knowledge made us all feel welcome and an actual part of southern France–I truly appreciated it.  I have never felt like such a comfortable “tourist” when traveling overseas.  Thank you for the trip and for packing SO much into our 10 days.  Now I have to go back!  Again, thank you to you for taking such good care of us and helping us feel so at home in Provence.  Lovely memories!”  Judy Sentz – Dumfries, VA

 

 

 

Photos from our different tours

*Discover Provence and the Riviera       *Languedoc – Land of Contrasts             *The Magnificent French Alps