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Aline Durant

My name is Aline, I’m 55 years old and I have 2 children. 🧒 👧

I have experience in luxury hotels industry, particularly Hilton International Chain where I worked for 10 years abroad. My wearer allowed to me to move to Switzerland when i’ve got married.

Back in France I had the chance to work at the louvre Museum for the Accor groupe where i discovered medieval art, cuisine & « art de vivre à la française ».

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Switzerland & France are my two homes so you can count on me to make you discover the best of it!

Organizing Family Trip and Luxury experience are also part of my skills & knowledge. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"The different culture of the client i met back then made me want to go a trip and discover other horizons with my family.

After my children have left the family cocoon, 4 years ago i got on a plane.
I had never traveled alone before ; everything was new and scary and i had not idea what i would find.

I didn’t know i was going to cope but i dont regret anything.

I just learned a few words of the language of the country i was going to visit but even if i was not understood i made gestures i mimed and everything was fine :)
"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In Asia, eating local food i had never dared to try for fear and everything i discovered was fascinating because the food from other countries represent cultures that i didn’t really know.

I know that from now on i will trying everuthing

"

Aline is part of the following groups: Switzerland Travel Agents, Germany Travel Agents, France Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Aline

A very memorable trip - thank you Aline & Bastien
France | Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2024

Atul
Atul H.
Singapore | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2024
Aline and Bastien planned an amazing trip - they spent time understanding our needs, budgets and things we (my wife and me) wanted to do in Paris. Every small detail from hotel type and location to customized tours were well thought of. We enjoyed the entire week in Paris, thanks to the attention to details and planning done by the Aline/Bastien. They were also very reachable, always quick to respond and proactive. Thank you for a very memorable trip! Read more

Aline and Bastien planned an amazing trip - they spent time understanding our needs, budgets and things we (my wife and me) wanted to do in Paris. Every small detail from hotel type and location to customized tours were well thought of. We enjoyed the entire week in Paris, thanks to the attention to details and planning done by the Aline/Bastien. They were also very reachable, always quick to respond and proactive. Thank you for a very memorable trip!

Hotel Review
Terrass Hotel
Paris
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Local specialist: Aline Durant
Aline
Aline Durant
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jul 08, 2024

Bonjour Atul,
Thanks a lot for your review! It’s been a pleasure
To organize your Paris discovering and romantic week with your wife!
As you mentioned we are always here for our traveler before, during and after the trip! We are happy that you are appreciated our work and commitment.
We are here next time you need us for your next trip to Europe!
Best
Bastien and Aline

Aline and Bastion planned an amazing trip to France
France | May 16 - May 28, 2024

katherine
katherine k.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2024
Aline and Bastion planned an amazing trip to France for me, my son and daugher-in-law, 3grandchildren ages 10, 8 and 4 and my daughter. We visited Paris, Normandy, Aix and Marseilles, traveling by train. Everything was planned out and went as smooth as silk - no unexpected surprises, even with 3 children! The places that we stayed in each location were perfect for our family, all of our train travel was arranged, and the tour guides that were arranged for us for Normandy, the Louvre and... Read more

Aline and Bastion planned an amazing trip to France for me, my son and daugher-in-law, 3grandchildren ages 10, 8 and 4 and my daughter. We visited Paris, Normandy, Aix and Marseilles, traveling by train. Everything was planned out and went as smooth as silk - no unexpected surprises, even with 3 children! The places that we stayed in each location were perfect for our family, all of our train travel was arranged, and the tour guides that were arranged for us for Normandy, the Louvre and Versailles were great with the children, as well as the adults. Restaurant recommendations were great and took into consideration that we were traveling with children. Bastion was in touch with us almost everyday checking to see that everything was going smoothly and he answered each question promptly, I highly recommend both Aline and Bastion for France and will definitely use them again for future travels!

Hotel Review
« Travel to the Old Time » - Notre Dame - 3BDR/ AC
Paris

This was a great place, with plenty of room for our group of 4 adults and 3 children - ages 10, 8 and 4. It was very clean and had all we needed in a galley style kitchen. Also it was quite beautiful with the many stone walls. We felt very secure and it is in a great location with restaurants, grocery, pharmacy and markets all very close. Would definitley stay there again.

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Activity Reviews
American D-Day Experience - Full Day Private Tour
American D-Day Experience - Full Day Private Tour
Bayeux

Jonathan was a wonderful tour guide for our family trip. He was great with the adults as well as the children, making our trip to Normandy and Mont St Michel both interesting and fun for everyone. He selected great places for us to eat and was very knowlegeable about the history of both places He presented the information in a way to was wat interesting to young and old.

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Treasure Hunt at the Louvre (Private/3Hours)
Treasure Hunt at the Louvre (Private/3Hours)
Paris

Thank you Aline and Bastion for lining up Alexandra of Family Focus while we were visiting Paris! Our tour of the Louvre and Versailles with Alexandra of Family Focus Tours was one of the highlights of our recent trip to France. My grandchildren (10, 8 and 4) immediately felt right at home with her. She expertly manuevered us through the crowds to the front of display and presented the most interesting historical information. We all learned so much. Also she added so many extra touches to entertain the children ( work and coloring books, treasure hunt, etc) - they were completely engaged throughout both tours. And there were extras for the adults also, as we all peformed a dance in the ballroom at Versailles, despite the crowds! I highly recommend her!

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Local specialist: Aline Durant
Aline
Aline Durant
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jul 08, 2024

Dear Katherine,
Thanks a lot for your great family review! We want to thank you! You and your family were amazing with us! We truly appreciated our time with you and you’ve been amazing traveler to us!
We are very proud that you loved every aspect of your trip including guides, hotels, our creativity and flexibility.
We are trying our best to adapt our tailor made trips to every family and traveler profile!
Thanks again!
Aline and Bastien

Above & beyond...highly recommend!
France | Jun 12 - Jun 25, 2024

Alyssa
Alyssa T.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2024
The planning & support services provided by Aline & Bastien was above & beyond what I expected when I first signed up for the KmKim service. Aline & Bastien were instrumental in planning an engaging and fun trip for our family. They kindly answered our endless questions and made adjustments to fine-tune the trip to meet our needs. The tour guide they arranged for us in Normandy was fantastic and reliable. All hotel and rental car reservations were seamlessly integrated into our trip and we... Read more

The planning & support services provided by Aline & Bastien was above & beyond what I expected when I first signed up for the KmKim service. Aline & Bastien were instrumental in planning an engaging and fun trip for our family. They kindly answered our endless questions and made adjustments to fine-tune the trip to meet our needs. The tour guide they arranged for us in Normandy was fantastic and reliable. All hotel and rental car reservations were seamlessly integrated into our trip and we had no issues with any arrangements. They provided helpful & accurate recommendations for other activities like bike rentals, too. I highly recommend KimKim and Aline and Bastien!

Hotel Review
Hotel Le Clos d'Amboise
Amboise
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Activity Reviews
American D-Day Experience - Full Day Private Tour
American D-Day Experience - Full Day Private Tour
Bayeux
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From Bayeux to Mont Saint Michel Village & Abbey tour (Small Group/8Hours)
From Bayeux to Mont Saint Michel Village & Abbey tour (Small Group/8Hours)
Bayeux
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Local specialist: Aline Durant
Aline
Aline Durant
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jun 27, 2024

Dear Alyssa & Robert,
Thanks a lot for your excellent review!
All the team is happy to read that you had a great time in France and enjoyed our activities and guides! We also really have pleasure organizing this Europe trip for you :)
Have a safe flight back! and don't hesitate to join us on your next trip to Europe!
Best
Aline

The lavender fields with private driver who w...
France | Jun 14 - Jun 19, 2024

Kelly
Kelly M.
Sarasota, FL | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2024
The lavender fields with private driver who was familiar with area was the highlight of my trip. Nathalie gave us lovely shopping time and was most gracious with our every whim. Nick was very knowledgeable about wines and shared a lively day with him in Sancerre and Pouilly. Hotels were big improvement from previous trips. Only negative was that taxis were a precious commodity at Famille Bourgeois. Managed with help. Read more

The lavender fields with private driver who was familiar with area was the highlight of my trip. Nathalie gave us lovely shopping time and was most gracious with our every whim. Nick was very knowledgeable about wines and shared a lively day with him in Sancerre and Pouilly. Hotels were big improvement from previous trips. Only negative was that taxis were a precious commodity at Famille Bourgeois. Managed with help.

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Restaurant Famille Bourgeois
Chavignol Sancerre

Charming authentic French hotel with good food. The only negative was getting taxis to go anywhere. Only near it’s own winery so this was difficult

Authenticity & Character
Charming. Made huge efforts to speak English with us.
Location
Available taxis during high season
Staff
Friendly. See above comment
Cleanliness & Comfort
Authentic. No safe. Good bed and clean.
Le Clos de la Glycine
Roussillon

Wonderful view from atop the ocre hills. Charming village. Exceptional restaurant with view and food. Aperol was fabulous but the bar is only for the restaurant not hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Patio with a view
Location
See above
Staff
Awesome just short staffed.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Charming suite
Boutique Hotel Cezanne
Aix-en-Provence

Felt like back in America with more modern feel in the city.

Authenticity & Character
You lose some character but you get comfort. Only negative was toilet across the room for the sink.
Location
Walked to restaurant and shopping
Staff
Friendly and informative
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean
Activity Reviews
Sancerre Wine Tour (Private/8Hours)
Sancerre Wine Tour (Private/8Hours)
Chavignol

Very knowledgeable guide, Nick. Enjoyed his expertise and his company. Showed us new wines.

Quality of Experience
Good variety of wines and interesting conversations
Guides, Drivers and Staff
See above
Transport
Guide had Mercedes van. Taxis. Stresssful but they did show up when they were supposed to be there
Lavender Full Day ! (Private/8Hours)
Lavender Full Day ! (Private/8Hours)
France

Enjoyed Nathalie and her tour of st Remy and searching of fields for us.

Quality of Experience
Loved shopping in st Remy and local markets.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Kudos Nathalie.
Transport
Being dropped right at front doors and being picked up promptly is nice.
To the villages of the Luberon tour (Private/8Hours)
To the villages of the Luberon tour (Private/8Hours)
Aix-en-Provence

Enjoyed driving from village to village. Got to see a lot of countryside and she is very knowledgeable of the area.

Quality of Experience
See above
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Repeating but Nathalie was with us for 2 days. Awesome
Transport
Clean Mercedes van
Local specialist: Aline Durant
Aline
Aline Durant
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jul 02, 2024

Hi Kelly,
Thank you for choosing us, we are happy of your excellent review!
We are glad that you appreciated our guide selection for you!
Do not hesitate to reach us for your next trip to France, Switzerland, Germany or Italy!
Aline & the whole team at Love Europe by Serenji Travel

Provence and Sancerre in style
France | Jun 14 - Jun 19, 2024

Lori
Lori I.
Sarasota, FL | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2024
Nathalie and Emil were exceptional in showing us the full range of what Provence has to offer. Nicholas knew the wines and vineyards in Sancerre which met our goals for winetasting. The itinerary was very confusing to follow unlike the usual kimkim format. The train system was a complete mystery and many mistakes were made trying to find trains, stations, cars and seats. Read more

Nathalie and Emil were exceptional in showing us the full range of what Provence has to offer. Nicholas knew the wines and vineyards in Sancerre which met our goals for winetasting. The itinerary was very confusing to follow unlike the usual kimkim format. The train system was a complete mystery and many mistakes were made trying to find trains, stations, cars and seats.

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Restaurant Famille Bourgeois
Chavignol Sancerre

This was the best hotel in the area but was minimalist in the rooms. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Hotel was 2 miles from town with taxis impossible to arrange and extremely expensive ($20 each way). Meals were delicious. The famous wine maker Henri Bourgeois also owns this hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Original family based hotel
Location
Hotel in Sancerre center of town for more dining options and eliminate high taxi costs.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Le Clos de la Glycine
Roussillon

New owner in 2024. Hotel is now called Omma. Breathtaking views from all parts of the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Very stylish decorating
Location
On top of ochre mountains
Staff
Superb service and friendliness.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beautiful rooms. Spacious. Terrace was large and comfortable to enjoy the view of the valley.
Boutique Hotel Cezanne
Aix-en-Provence

Modern hotel in great location. Very accommodating staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
A few blocks from main tourist and shopping areas. Clean safe streets.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Sancerre Wine Tour (Private/8Hours)
Sancerre Wine Tour (Private/8Hours)
Chavignol

This private guided tour took us to exactly where we wanted to learn about and sample Sancerre wines.

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Lavender Full Day ! (Private/8Hours)
Lavender Full Day ! (Private/8Hours)
France

Nathalie Smith is an extraordinary guide who knows Provence very well and offers a buffet of ideas to fill your day. Absolutely ask for her.

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To the villages of the Luberon tour (Private/8Hours)
To the villages of the Luberon tour (Private/8Hours)
Aix-en-Provence

Nathalie Smith took us to a variety of towns, markets, historic villages and amazing sights. Be sure to visit Rousillon as part of this tour.

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Local specialist: Aline Durant
Aline
Aline Durant
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jun 27, 2024

Hi Lori,
Thank you for choosing us, we are happy of your excellent review!
We are glad that you appreciated our guide selection for you!
As you mentioned train between Paris-Sancerre-Roussillon are quite an adventure but you made it!
sincerely, do take care and stay in touch!
Do not hesitate to reach us for your next trip to France, Switzerland, Germany or Italy!
Aline & the whole team at Serenji Travel

All of our guides were outstanding . We parti...
France | May 1 - May 14, 2024

Paul
Paul H.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on May 18, 2024
All of our guides were outstanding . We particularly enjoyed “in the steps of Van Gogh. Flo was extremely knowledgeable and informative. He obviously enjoyed his job and loved the area log France he lived in. Read more

All of our guides were outstanding . We particularly enjoyed “in the steps of Van Gogh. Flo was extremely knowledgeable and informative. He obviously enjoyed his job and loved the area log France he lived in.

Hotel Reviews
Boutique Hotel Cezanne
Aix-en-Provence

Well located within walking distance of everything we wanted to see. Had indoor self parking, and a good breakfast. Staff was friendly and helpful

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walking distance to everything we wanted to see.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Residhome Nice Promenade
Nice

Well located, indoor parking, clean.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Within walking distance of all we wanted to see in Nice
Staff
Not always attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very pleasant Apartment Cosy Lyon center
Lyon
Authenticity & Character
Very old building, but the apartment has been totally updated and is quite nice.
Location
Located in a nice neighborhood high on a hill. Street parking only, long walk to old city and long uphill walk back
Staff
No staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hôtel de l’Horloge
Avignon

Good breakfast located at the best possible place in Avignon, right on the plaza near the palace of the pope. Nice attentive staff . Parking nearby in th palace garage.

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Activity Reviews
To the villages of the Luberon tour (Small Group Tour/8Hours)
To the villages of the Luberon tour (Small Group Tour/8Hours)
Aix-en-Provence

It was raining, but the guide did her best to overcome the weather.

A Day Trip from Aix en Provence to Cassis Village, Calanques Boat Ride & Provence Wines (Small Group Tour/8Hours)
A Day Trip from Aix en Provence to Cassis Village, Calanques Boat Ride & Provence Wines (Small Group Tour/8Hours)
Aix-en-Provence

Guide was knowledgeable and interesting,

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A day in Monaco (Group Tour/8Hours)
A day in Monaco (Group Tour/8Hours)
Nice

Guide was amazing. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learned a lot about Monaco,

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Lyon Old Town Food Tour (Small Group Tour/4Hours)
Lyon Old Town Food Tour (Small Group Tour/4Hours)
Lyon

We went to places that we never would have and tasted great food . Guide was a pleasure to be with, and obviously loved Lyon.

Quality of Experience
The guide
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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In Van Gogh footsteps in Provence (Small Group Tour/6Hours)
In Van Gogh footsteps in Provence (Small Group Tour/6Hours)
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Knew all about the area, and loved what he was doing
Transport
All Provence in one day (Small Group Tour/10 Hours)
All Provence in one day (Small Group Tour/10 Hours)
Avignon

Excellent guide

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Local specialist: Aline Durant
Aline
Aline Durant
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on May 20, 2024

Dear Paul,
Thanks a lot for your excellent review!
All the team is happy to read that you had a great time in France and enjoyed our activities and guides! We also really have pleasure organizing this Europe trip for you :)
Have a safe flight back!
Best
Aline