Your local agency in France

French Side Travel is a travel agency founded and located in Southern France

Our English-speaking travel specialists are based in France, Corsica, Martinique and Guadeloupe and they look forward to designing authentic, tailor-made tours for you.
Each of our travel ideas can be customized and personalized according to your needs and wishes.

Here you can get to know our local travel experts:

Paul

Paul

Founder, CEO

Founder of French Side Travel, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool globe trotter. Since I hitchhiked from France to India in the early 1980ies and my peregrination on the Camino de Santiago from Arles to Santiago de Compostela in 2015, I have travelled to more than 50 countries worldwide. I have gained my first experiences in tourism with the French Tour Operator Nouvelles Frontières and look back on a 30 year-long track road with various European tour operators. I support authentic travel and look forward to share with you my know-how and vision of traveling. I will make you discover France in a different way! 

  The sheepfold San Bertuli d’Orezza in Castagniccia is a very special place in Corsica. It is situated more than 1 000 meters high, between mountains and scrubland and offers a unique view of the San Pétrone and the ocean. You can only reach it on foot passing a beautiful path in the shadow of chestnut trees. Georges and Marie Jeanne will warmly welcome you with a plate of sausages, cold meats and cheese from their own breeding.

The magic of the famous mountain Sainte-Victoire, painted tirelessly by Paul Cézanne. The site offers an amazing panoramic view on the Provence and the hilly plains of the Pays d’Aix. On a clear day, you can even spot the sea, the Mount Ventoux and the Alps. 

  L’Aioli is one of the classics in the gastronomy Provençale and one of my favourite dishes! Right next to the Ocean, in the Calanques at the Côte Bleu, with a nice and cool glass of rosé, it’s absolutely delicious.

  As passionate traveller and experienced professional of tourism in France, I am sharing my passion for travelling and my address book with you, with help of my team of experts.

 

Mark

Mark

Founder, Director

My name is Mark, one of the co-founders of French Side Travel. After having lived in various different countries and traveling around the world, I received my Master at Paris Business School and settled down in my beautiful home country in order to found French Side Travel together with Paul, my father. Today I want to welcome travelers from all over the world and help them discover the most beautiful and exciting spots of my country. Traveling is my passion – and I made it my profession!

Creating French Side Travel and sharing my passion for travel and adventures with you.

The top of the “Belleville” Parc in the 20th district in Paris gives you one of the best views of Paris and immerses you into a cosmopolitan district with a mix of various cultures. An amazing off the beaten path experience.

Andouillette ! An experience you should try, it is a sausage of pig intestines. It smells bad but tastes very good.

Corsica is my favorite place to visit. The landscape is amazing!

 

Matthew

Matthew

Travel Advisor

I am an American living in Marseille with my French wife and our dog Nola. I have always had a passion for travel since my first overseas trip to Ireland when I was 6 years old. Upon graduation, I went to work as a sales rep in the ever changing and growing craft beer industry. I truly enjoyed the work but my desire to work, live, and experience other cultures led to me leaving the job in search of what ever the world had to offer! I have since lived in Australia, Laos, and now France.

Having been to many of the regions in France, I have always found that just a stroll through the village or city you are visiting and getting lost in the small and cramped streets is such a great way to see any part of France and possibly stumble upon a place not in the guidebooks or travel blogs.

As my wife is from the Southwest of France, I have become somewhat addicted to the cuisine in that region, in particular, a dish called Axoa. A bowl of that with some French bread and I am set for the evening.

Upon my arrival in Marseille, I knew that I had to get to the Calanques near Cassis and boy was I not disappointed. Being able to drive the 25 minutes from my house to hike with my dog and take a swim means I get to see my favorite part of France when ever I want.

 

Christiana

Christiana

Travel Advisor

Born and bred in Germany, I spent a few years in the Mediterranean region, before choosing Paris as my second home more than 20 years ago. What do I enjoy about living in Paris? Despite its old walls, historic landmarks and magnificent renowned monuments, the French capital is an ever-changing open-minded cultural melting pot full of surprises.

Working in tourism makes me travel all around France. Difficult to say which region has won my heart as each region surprises with its own authentic beauty. As a Corsica expert, I love the small island’s rustic, quirky charm and amazing scenery. Provence is a sparkling gem boasting of culture, nature, good wine & food – everything your heart desires under an azure blue sky. As a wine lover I enjoy wine tasting in the Bordeaux area near the wide sand beaches of the Atlantic Coast lined by fragrant pine trees. But what about the idyllic Loire Valley, the “Garden of France” with its sumptuous chateaux? History aficionados will want to take a trip to the landing beaches.

How to choose between a plate of oysters paired with a Bordeaux white served by the oyster farmers at a beach stall on the Atlantic Coast, a hearty home-made Corsican meal along with a heavy fruity Corsican red, or a wine tasting of Grand Cru Bordeaux wines at a prestigious winery paired with South-Western cuisine. I would definitely go for a bouillabaisse à la Marseillaise, best fish soup ever.

Wherever you are in France don’t miss a stroll around the colorful abundant markets! You will be awed by the array of fresh produce and local delicacies. The local producers and market vendors will delight you with a wordy tasting “à la française”

 

Danielle

Danielle

Travel Advisor

 

I’m an American living in Nantes with my French husband and our beautiful young son. I enjoy sharing my experience in the western region and the whole of France, as I’ve traveled extensively throughout the country (including Paris - which is truly in a class of its own).

France is full of must-sees in every region, but I think the Loire Valley, Brittany, Normandy and the Gironde/Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions offer a lot in terms of world history and local, charming “authentic French” experiences.

But really whatever area the traveller is interested in, I’ll make the most of depending on the season.

I am a big fan of oysters and champagne! In my western region, La Rochelle oysters are renowned, world-class, farmed fresh, and well… is champagne ever a bad idea?

I love the west coast of France: taking a road trip from Brittany down to the Bordeaux region will in my opinion offer the best of history, cuisine, wine, flora and fauna that France has to offer.

 

Nicola

Nicola

Travel Advisor

Born and bred in Italy, I moved to Australia in search of adventure when I was in my early twenties and there I happened to meet the most beautiful woman in the world; of course she is French, and of course I have married her... In France we now live our dream life, raising our two children in the middle of idyllic coutryside surrounded by the stunning beauty of history and nature.

Tasting traditional specialties and experiencing the "feel like at home" atmosphere of a bouchon, the typical bistro restaurant only found in Lyon. Enjoying a belly-filling meal in the food capital of France, waited on by a very friendly host and surrounded by two thousand years of history.

The Sainte Chapelle and the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris, Chartres Cathedral and the many other gems of Gothic architecture scattered all over northern France.

Cheese, Cheese, Cheese! From the world renown Camembert and Roquefort to the less known Tomme de Savoie and Fourme d'Ambert. I still have to find a French cheese that I don't like; I simply love them all!

A scenic drive along the Route des Grands Crus in Burgundy: historical towns, quaint little villages, renaissance castles, romanesque churches and, above all, the best pinot noir in the world.

Nicolas

Nicolas

Travel Advisor

 

Thanks to a German mother and a French father, I was lucky to have been brought up in a bilingual environment and thus am fluent in German, French and English. As an intern at French Side Travel, I was given the opportunity to work with a great team and to learn many interesting things about the tourism industry. After my internship came to an end, I started working as a travel advisor for French Side Travel, concentrating on the German market, and I love it!

The Calanques in Marseille is worth checking out: a place to absorb the beautiful nature in a relaxing and quiet atmosphere.

Start with a typical French aperitif, then enjoy a fresh “catch of the day” with a bit of regional olive oil from the Provence - and don’t forget a slice of French cheese afterwards!

The coast all along South of France is always a highlight, no matter which season it is! You can go hiking, go for a swim or simply enjoy the French culinary cuisine.

 

Andrew

Andrew

Travel Advisor

 

I am an American who has had the opportunity to travel all over - Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Mexico, and have made lasting friendships throughout the world. Through some of those friendships I was lucky enough to meet a girl from the south of France and I ended up marrying her! After living together in the U.S. for 11 years, we decided to come back to her home and raise our 3-year-old son, and it’s been an incredible experience so far.

I think travelers to France should visit the hidden gem of Corsica. I find it is often overlooked in favor of Paris/Loire Valley/Normandy/Provence, but it is an incredible island with beautiful beaches, scenery, and culinary food.

Everyone should try Soupe Au Pistou! It's simple, flavorful and perfect after a hot and hazy summer day.

I would have to say my personal highlight in France was the first month or two after I moved here - exploring my new surroundings and discovering the life as a "local". Finding the secret cafés or little known restaurants, the hidden beaches, and getting a deeper sense of the history of the region.

 

Vanessa

Vanessa

Travel Advisor

Hello everyone! My name is Vanessa and I am a 20 y/o student from Germany. Thanks to my German-French study-program, I have the chance to carry out my 6 month internship in a French Company - that’s why I work here, at French Side Travel. I am really looking forward to this enriching experience, as I am very interested in the tourism field. Travelling is one of my biggest passions , therefore it is a pleasure for me to work with colleagues and clients that share this passion.

Paris, the city of love ! For those who like a big choice of restaurants, cafés and bars, Paris is a good place to go. Same for those who are interested in culture - the Parisian Museums as well as the city’s architecture are impressive. But you should also see the lavender fields in the beautiful region Provence! Standing on the Plateau de Valensole in front of the seemingly infinite purple lavender fields is a magical moment. The small villages around with their beautiful small streets are also well worth seeing.

„Chihi“ in Estaque near Marseille! It’s really delicious!

As a hobby photographer, it was amazing for me to see the wild flamingo colonies in Camargue.

Pascale

Pascale

Head of Back Office

After a long experience in tour-operating as stocks manager, I wanted to promote my home-country France to the rest of the world. I joined French Side Travel 9 months ago.
It’s really exciting to work in a small start-up, specialist for tailor-made itineraries off the beaten path with unique and authentic local experiences.
I’m responsible for organizing your bookings and I am open to your remarks and suggestions! I’m in daily contact with our suppliers to maintain a good relationship and to offer you quality products.
Don’t hesitate to contact me!

Taste local products in the various markets of Provence

The Verdon gorges, I enjoy walking and relaxing in front of the crystal-clear waters.

Perpignan, my native town, its historic center, its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and the Canigou, ideal for swimming and skiing and its typical dishes like « cargolade » : roasted snails speciality!

My « tapenade »; to share for aperitif with friends!

Célia

Célia

Back Office Agent

 

Thanks to a german mother and an english father, I was lucky to grow up in an english-french-german culture and I speak these 3 languages fluently. French Side Travel welcomed me first of all as an intern during my two-year technical degree in tourism (BTS in french). Today we continue the adventure together during my Bachelor « Tourism Marketing Manager ». Taking part actively in the development of this company while being guided and trained by the two founders (one of theme has 30 years of experience in tourism) is a perfect combination for me.

Head to Les Baux de Provence and stroll the small streets that are full of charm and shops with local products. Before starting my two-year technical degree in tourism, I had the opportunity to work several seasons in this beautiful village that I know well.

My favorite place to be is Corsica ... Calvi, The Calanques of Piana, Bonifacio, the food, and so many other cities and landscapes to discover. You first go there by chance, but you always go back because you’re in love with this island.

One dish that I appreciate more and more is a good roasted chicken with herbs from Provence. A tasty and harmonious alliance.

My highlight of Provence is Roussillon. The ocher color combined with the blue sky of Provence amazes me every time I have the opportunity to step on this beautiful sand! I feel like I'm traveling every time I go there.

 

Misa

Misa

Back Office Agent

A Japanese national, I graduated in Japan with a degree in tourism. In the continuity of my studies, I came to France to put my knowledge into practice and specialize in this field. After 4 years in the hotel business as a receptionist, French Side Travel allows me now to discover this part of tourism and to share my passion for travel with clients.

After visiting many sites in France, I fell in love with the city of Annecy and its magnificent lake renowned for its clarity.

Living in the Provence Côte d'Azur region, the dish and the well-known specialty I recommend is Bouillabaisse.

The French atmosphere is reflected in a night stroll along the quays in the mythical city of Paris.

Julia

Julia

Back Office Agent

Hello everyone, my name is Julia and I am 29 y/o. After finishing my school education and my apprenticeship in Germany I decided to move to England for new experiences and also to improve my language skills. As it is in most situations, I fell in love with a French man and after living in England for 4 years, we decided to move to the beautiful South of France. Again I had the opportunity to polish my school french and got closer on speaking 3 languages fluently. I was very lucky to find the position in the Back Office of French Side Travel, as I am able to practice my French, but also to get to know the beauty and all the different opportunities France can offer.

My travel advice for you is definitely the « Lac Archard » which is located a little bit above Chamrousse in the French Alpes. You cannot reach it by car, you have to walk / hike 😊 You can choose between different difficulty levels, but don’t worry, you can even go with your children. Once arrived there, you have a beautiful view over the lake and you can enjoy a nice picknic and sunshine, you can even take a bath.

The Crêpes of « La Patacrêpe » (chain of restaurants), offers you a wide range from savoury to sweet, but also waffles all kinds.

My highlight in France is the view over the Alpes covered in snow and my first skiing experience.

Florence

Florence

Travel Designer

 

At the end of my master in Tourism Studies in Switzerland (University of Lausanne), I choose the sun of the South of France and Provence for my internship. I then had the opportunity to stay at French Side Travel to grown with this company and continue to create great offers for our partner travel agencies around the world. Creating attractive and authentic trips and show all the best that France has to offer is what I like the most about my job!

During a week-end in Toulouse, go to the local market at St-Aubin and Les Carmes, walk around and stop by the Daurade, facing the Garonne.

Hiking by the see between le Lavandou and the pointe de la Fossette in Côte d’Azur. Stop by the beach for a picnic. On the menu: melon and ham, tapenade and baguette, of course!

The Kouign Amman, the savoury pastry from Brittany.

A night visit to the Mont-Saint-Michel

 

Nora

Nora

Travel Designer

Over the next six months, I will be supporting the French Side Travel team during my studies and I am looking forward to gaining exciting insights into travel organisation, French culture and insider tips what France has to offer.

My travel tip: Marseille. The multicultural metropolis at the Cote d´Azur has done it for me. What I find particularly impressive is the feeling of being in the middle of a colourful big city and at the same time never having it far away to the next beach. If you let your gaze wander from the coastal cliffs over the sea and the big ships that head from a distance to Marseilles harbours or leave them, it inevitably invites you to dream.

A Tarte au Citron!

My night out tip: the Marseiller quartier des créateurs Cours Julien. The quarter is practically a Street-Art-Open-Air-Gallery. Here, there is almost no street, almost no house wall on which one cannot marvel at colourful works of art and graffiti. With its trendy boutiques, bars, pubs and events, it is a meeting place for an exciting variety of people.

Sophie

Sophie

Travel Designer

 

My name is Sophia and I’m from Aix-en-Provence. I have lived in England, Scotland and Andalusia. For years I organized river cruises in France for American and German clients, while taking advantage of the low season to backpack for at least 2 months a year. Frequently, I visited Asia, but I also got to explore Australia and America. This pushed me to focus my career on sustainable and responsible tourism, while completing my masters at the Institut de Géographie Alpine in Grenoble. Eco-friendly and culturally-authentic tourism is dear to my heart because it promotes real experiences, encounters, and exchanges.

When in France, you should share the greatest interest of French people: food! Learn how to cook the French way, visit and do tastings with our winemakers, cheesemakers, and pastry chefs. Sharing a meal with the French is the best way to get to know us!

Try sea urchins on a slice of buttered bread with a glass of white wine. A savory dish!

Experience the Calanques National Park and less-known Côte Bleue on foot or take a sailboat, try kayaking or just take a train to discover the area. You will be amazed by how incredibly blue the sea is against the white limestone cliffs and green pine forest.

 

James

James

Marketing Manager

I’m an American who has been living in Provence, France since 2015. Since moving here, I have fallen in love with the area’s culture, food and geography. It is a great pleasure to help people to discover this beautiful place. My interest in travel started young. Growing up in a bicultural family, I had the opportunity to visit Spain regularly as a child, sparking a passion for history, food and language-learning. I’ve traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America, and I’m hungry to see more. I previously worked as a small business consultant and educator in the United States.

I suggest slowing down and getting out of the cities. Visitors would be making a mistake to miss the breathtaking and varied nature in every corner of France. It’s amazing driving in the country and watching how quickly and dramatically the landscapes change. Ski in the Alps, hike in the Pyrenees, kayak through Gorges de Verdon or climb down limestone cliffs to a beach in the Calanques National Park.

You can’t go wrong with Alsatian food. Begin with a flammeküech or tarte flambée, essentially a thin pizza topped with crème fraîche, onions and bacon. For the main course have a choucroute, sauerkraut with cured meats, charcuterie and potatoes. Drink it with a dry Riesling wine.

One of my favorite travel memories in France was a road trip through Auvergne and the Cevennes National Park. I began by visiting Clermont-Ferrand’s beautiful cathedral, an imposing building made of black volcanic stone. Then I climbed up the Puy de Dôme, the highest of the region’s extinct volcanoes. I did tastings of the region's famous cheeses including Bleu d’Auvergne, Saint-Nectaire and Cantal. From there I drove into the Cevennes National Park and spent several days hiking and driving in the stunning Gorges du Tarn.

Désirée

Désirée

Sales & Business Development

Hello everyone! My name is Desiree and I’m a student from Munich, Germany. I am currently enrolled in a Tourism Management degree program and I am gaining practical experience for a period of six months here at French Side Travel. I was brought up in a bilingual environment and thus speak English and German fluently. Due to my Canadian-Quebecois background I have always had an interest in the French culture and language, so working in France is a great opportunity for me! I love to travel, and it is a big passion of mine, which I like to share with others! I am very interested in what France has to offer and hope to discover many unique places while I'm here.

I am an absolute vegetable lover! A good Ratatouille can never be beaten – of course with a good glass of regional wine.

My personal highlight in France is “La route du bord de mer”. It starts in the south-west part of Côte d'Azur and continues all the way up north to Nice and Monaco. The scenery is breath-taking: blue water crashing against the cliffs, while the southern feel of France takes you in awe. Many possibilities to stop and take great pictures!

Marie

Marie

Production Manager

I was born in the North of France, I lived and worked in Paris and abroad and now I live in Aix en Provence for a few years now. I had the chance to travel a lot in Europe and Africa with my family and later I moved on to distant trips "Back Pack", more conducive to meetings and surprises. I have worked for major French Tour Operators in Paris and Aix-en-Provence and now, I wish to put my experience, my passion for travel, discoveries and encounters with others at your service by offering you beautiful trips and making you discover our wonderful country: France!

I am a fan of many French regions because they all have a different and delicious atmosphere, light and culinary specialities. But if I had to choose only one, I would say Brittany and especially the emerald coast, towards St Malo and Dinard, where the sea is really emerald in good weather and the beach is so beautiful and changing at low tide. There is not a day when the landscape is the same... A little trip to the market in Dinard that takes place every day and don't forget to eat the typical « galette-sausages » and try some delicious fish caught very morning! I also propose you to swim in one of the natural seawater pools in Dinard while enjoying the panoramic view of the fortified city of Saint Malo before going fishing on the beach at low tide. Don't forget to go and taste oysters in Cancales, a real treat!

My favourite dish comes from the North of France: the Waterzoï de poisson: these are scallops, different fish and small vegetables simmered and gratinated in a creamy and tasty sauce. My secret? I add a dash of lemon to enhance the flavours. To be enjoyed with a view of the sea, very close to the Belgian border, when the weather is grey and cold: it is a dish to share and it warms the body and the heart, as we know how to do in the North of France!

Cap Ferret, opposite Arcachon, is a small jewel of nature, atmosphere and gastronomy.

Mathilde

Mathilde

Production Service
Alexandra

Alexandra

Administrative Manager