For several years, Arlington-based tour operator TripUSAFrance has provided one of a kind, small-group visits to France, with company owner Julia Girard-Gervois and her father Stephane as personal tour guides.
The reviews on TripAdvisor are raves, with participants praising the authenticity of the experience, as Julia and Stephane introduce visitors to the scenery and people of their beloved and beautiful part of the world.
Julia has designed tours that take visitors — a pleasant maximum of 14 — to where other tours simply cannot go; the Montpellier native has created itineraries calling on her personal insights that take clients deep into the culture of the region — which means, no tourist traps. Julia leads visitors into Medieval cities, ancient castles and chateaux, wineries, beaches and markets and introduces clients to locals who enrich the experience.
The discounted nine-day South of France tour includes stops at out-of-the-way villages, Medieval castles and vineyards that Julia knows intimately. There are many fun activities as well including a leisurely lunch and wine cruise down the famous Canal du Midi, visiting a traditional ranch in the Camargue, and a picnic catered by Julia’s mother.
The eight-day tour of Normandy takes visitors to Stephane’s home region where you discover the magic of the north. The tidal island of Mont St. Michel, the port in Honfleur, and an in-depth tour of WW2 sites with a local expert are among the highlights. You will also be treated to cheese and calvados tastings at local farms and a dinner at the horse races. It goes without saying that on both tours, the culinary experiences are assured to be spectacular.