About Us

Your Local Travel Agency in France

French Side Travel is a family-owned French DMC (destination management company) specializing in luxury and custom trips to France. We organize tailor-made, original tours throughout all of France including Corsica and Guadeloupe. We’re based in Paris and Aix-en-Provence, and we pride ourselves on our extensive local knowledge, dedication to customer service, and keen attention to detail.

We’re proud to have our own Mark Bonte be recognized as a Top Travel Advisor | France Specialist on Travel + Leisure’s 2021 & 2022 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.

You’ll have access to a diverse mix of classic products such as hotels, visits, and meals and authentic experiences like luxury bed and breakfasts and activities with locals. You won’t find our high-end travel packages in travel brochures. Each of our tours is 100% customized for each traveler’s unique needs and preferences.

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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 holds a Master’s in International Business from the Paris School of Business. He grew up and worked in Paris before gaining international and multicultural experiences working abroad in London, Cologne, New Delhi, and Sydney for various tourism, event, and hospitality companies. Mark loves culinary journeys, challenging nature while surfing & snowboarding, 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. In 2021 and 2022 he was named a Top Travel Advisor by Travel and Leisure.

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.

Our Team

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Why French Side Travel?

An award-winning agency

Recognized as a Top Travel Advisor for France

Local Knowledge

Our travel designers live and work in France

Immersion in the Real France

Enjoy unique and authentic experiences throughout the whole country

24/7 Support
& Assistance

We are there for you with 24/7 English-spoken concierge service

Travel with
Peace of Mind

Our team puts your safety and comfort first.

Awards and Partners

French Side Partners

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