I was born in Orléans, in the center of France, but I grew up in the beautiful Burgundy region. After studying English literature and civilization at the University of Dijon, I spent a little more than 10 years teaching English to French kids and trying to share with them my passion of this language and of the anglosaxon culture. I then turned to tourism to introduce the country I live in (and love) to foreign travellers.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"In actual fact, I love the small villages across the whole country. I am passionate about the classification of the 100 most beautiful villages in France and love making itineraries to show these places. From Ploumanach in Brittany, to Riquewihr in Alsace or Roussillon in the Vaucluse region for example, you are bound to fall in love with these incredible places and I'm here to create the best conditions to make it happen!"
How did you get involved in travel?
"I have always loved planning my week-ends in France or my trips to foreign countries and I realized that I could help other people do it. I first started planning trips to the United States for French pupils and I am very happy to work for adults and families now."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I had the opportunity to spend a year in the United States during my studies and I travelled a lot. I loved the cities of New York, Boston and San Francisco but the best moments I experienced were the moments I spent on the road, the moments I shared with the locals, trying to fully immerse in their culture."
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History buffs will love this Northern France itinerary, which spans an impressive timeline from the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings of 1944. With the help of local guides, you'll experience the island monastery of Mont Saint Michel, visit transfixing WWII memorials, photograph spectacular cliffs, and enjoy free time in the evenings to dine in a range of charming port cities.
This weeklong itinerary splits its time between the French Riviera and the City of Lights for a great introduction to France. Starting in Nice, you'll explore on your own before a local guide shows you around Monaco, Cannes, and Antibes (to name a few). Then, fly to Paris where you'll cruise along the Seine, skip the line at Versailles, and summit the Eiffel Tower—at sunset!—to complete the adventure.
Perfect for first-timers, this weeklong itinerary kicks off in the French capital where you'll summit the Eiffel Tower, gain skip-the-line access at Le Louvre, and sample some of Paris's best bakeries and chocolatiers. Then, ride a high-speed train to Avignon—your base for exploring the Provence region with canoeing and biking tours as well as a trip to a national park along the Mediterranean to finish the adventure
On this self-drive tour, you'll get behind the wheel and take off into the south of France, discovering the highlights of the famed Provence region in just over a week. The tour will take you from the nation's oldest city, Marseille, to the markets and cafés of charming Aix-en-Provence. It continues to the historic city of Avignon, on the Rhône River, as well as into the Alpilles Mountains and over the fertile valleys of the Luberon region. This is in addition to visiting many other exceptional heritage sites in Provence. And at the end of each day, you'll hang your hat in some of the most charming hotels and B&Bs in all of France.
This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix en Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice where you'll complete the adventure.
Travel the Atlantic coastline from the vineyards of Bordeaux to the contemporary art of Bilbao on this 11-day itinerary. After exploring the wine regions of Bordeaux, you'll continue with bike tours of the countryside and the seaside glamour of Biarritz before you arrive in artsy Bilbao to wrap up your trip with a museum tour and a few more glasses of wine.
Recent trip reviews for Elise
Trip to france, France - Jul 8 - Jul 15, 2019
Thank you to Elise Duhem & kimkim team, we had a fabulous trip to France! Elise did a great job asking us questions and providing ideas for adventures so that we were able to get just the right mix for us! There was no pressure, we just chose what we wanted to do. Elise then set us up with quality well organized tours and businesses. We received a trip book guide to print the descriptions for each event including vouchers. There were not any surprises or extra money that we did not expect. ... read more