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About Us

Your Local Travel Agency in France

Welcome to French Side Travel – a family-owned France Specialist Travel Agency that takes pride in curating extraordinary and personalized journeys across the stunning landscapes of France. Our roots are firmly planted in the picturesque Provence, where our journey began.

Our heart and soul go into crafting unique, tailor-made experiences that reflect the essence of France. We believe that travel is not just about visiting places; it’s about creating memories that last a lifetime.

What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and discovering France through the eyes of local experts, who are deeply connected to this magnificent country’s culture and hidden gems.

Our handcrafted journeys offer a perfect blend of classic experiences such as charming hotels, guided tours, exquisite dining, and authentic encounters with locals.

We’re proud to have our own Mark Bonte be recognized as a Top Travel Advisor | France Specialist on Travel + Leisure’s 2024 A-List. When you come to France with French Side Travel you’ll experience the country through the eyes of an award-winning local expert and his team.

At French Side Travel, every tour is a masterpiece, uniquely designed to cater to specific needs and preferences – a gateway to a world of unforgettable moments and incredible adventures all over France.

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France truly has something for every taste, from untouched nature to dynamic cities and from quaint seaside villages to abbeys perched in the mountains. It’s a hub for art, culture, gastronomy, fashion, and much, much more. We look forward to helping you or your clients to explore hidden jewels, visit iconic must-sees, shop in a bustling market, and immerse yourselves in the French Art de Vivre.

French Side Travel welcomes inquiries from both travelers and travel agencies. Travelers to France may reach us through our inquiry form.

We look forward to working with travel agencies and tour operators and becoming your local DMC for France. We help expand your portfolio of premium and exclusive offerings. Benefit from real local knowledge and on-the-ground travel designers. We provide a 24/7 English-spoken concierge service for your clients. 

For Business to Business inquiries please contact: traveldesign@frenchsidetravel.com.

Our Founders

Paul and Mark Bonte founded French Side Travel in 2015. A father and son team, travel is our calling. We love to share meaningful, travel experiences with visitors to France.

Mark grew up in Paris before gaining international and multicultural experiences working abroad in England, Germany, India, and Australia for various tourism, event, and hospitality companies. An inexhaustible explorer, who loves culinary journeys, challenging nature while surfing the world’s best surf spots, searching for unique off-the-beaten-path places, and meeting with locals to learn about new cultures. After traveling the globe, Mark believed that his native France was the most beautiful place in the world he had discovered and decided to share his knowledge with other travelers. From 2021 to 2023 he has been named Top France Travel Advisor by Travel and Leisure. He holds a Master’s in International Business from the Paris School of Business.

Paul is a dyed-in-the-wool globetrotter who has traveled to more than 50 countries. Perhaps the most memorable trips were hitchhiking from France to India in the early 1980s and walking the Camino de Santiago from Arles to Santiago de Compostela in 2015. Before founding French Side Travel he enjoyed a 30-year-long journey working for European tour operators. He holds a Master’s Degree in tourism and economy from the Business School of Grenoble and an Executive MBA from the Neoma Business School in Paris.

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