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Isabelle Voute

After working a few years in a 5-star hotel on the East Coast of the United States, then in London for three years, I returned to Lyon, where I worked as an Executive Assistant for more than 10 years. This high-pressure role conditioned me to have a deep understanding for precision and excellence which is also essential in my current job. I now live on a ridge in the Beaujolais countryside, a place I love for the richness of the landscapes and the friendliness of the locals.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I work on creating wonderful trips in my beloved country France but also in other countries of Western Europe (such as the Netherlands, UK, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, etc.). My passion is proposing unique food and wine experiences."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since I was a kid, I always liked travelling all over the world for fun! Also part of my previous job as Executive assistant for a US based company was booking and planning professional travels. I realized that I would even enjoying more working in the tourism industry by helping travelers discovering all great places we have in France and surroundings countries!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Discovering the islands of New Caledonia as a local: between the authenticity of the numerous tribes and the waters with breathtaking colors! New Caledonia is a little-known part of France, located in the South Pacific, with exceptional biodiversity and a very complex history. A paradise on Earth!"

Isabelle is part of the following groups: France Travel Agents
The historic town gate of Saint-Tropez
How Many Days Should You Spend in the French Riviera?

With two days to spend in the French Riviera, stick to a couple of key destinations, like Cannes and Nice or Saint-Tropez. You can add some time sailing around islands or hiking in the Alps if you have three to five days, and if you have around a week, detour to Provence. Travelers with ten or more days to spend have lots of options, whether you want to slow down and experience the region at a slower pace or add it on to a wide-ranging trip around France. Read on for advice on how many days to spend on the French Riviera.

Colorful boats in Port Lympia, Nice, France
Best Time of Year to Visit the French Riviera

The French Riviera is a true pleasure to visit at any time of year. Spring and summer are preferable if you're looking for the classic resort experience: even though you'll encounter festival crowds and vacationers left and right, you'll enjoy beautiful beach weather. Fall is quieter and rainier, though early fall is still. great for swimming in the Mediterranean. And winter is mild in the region, with few crowds, save for the tourist influx around Christmas and Carnaval. Read on for more information about the best time of year to visit the French Riviera.

Interior of the Chenonceau castle
Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 10 Days

There are enough French cheeses that you could eat a different one every day for a year. This itinerary only takes you as far as 10 days, so you'll have to eat a little faster than that. Start by consulting a cheesemaker in Le Marais, then ascend the Eiffel Tower to see Paris from the sky. You'll then head to the castles of the Loire Valley, followed by three nights in Bordeaux to sample vintages dating back centuries.

Chenonceau at Sunset
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring the highlights of western France, from the City of Lights to the quiet villages of the Loire Valley. Sample pastries in Paris and head underground to see the catacombs, then hit the road for the beaches on the Normandy coast. End the trip in Bordeaux, where you’ll haggle with vendors for fresh seafood at an 18th-century market.

Recent trip reviews for Isabelle

Beatrix

Wow! Experience of a Lifetime · France - Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2021

Traveler: Beatrix P. - Local specialist: Isabelle Voute

Such an amazing thing to get to take in some of the most famous places and experiences in Paris! We spent 10 whirlwind but incredible days exploring all that Paris has to offer! Absolutely loved the Seine dinner cruise, Monets Garden, Versailles, the Louvre, Sacre Couer, Montmartre was an adorable village, and so much more! The food, pastries and wine and pretty much everything we ate and drank was amazing! Even at the tiny sidewalk cafes. We did a walking food tour that was a blast and... read more

Such an amazing thing to get to take in some of the most famous places and experiences in Paris! We spent 10 whirlwind but incredible days exploring all that Paris has to offer! Absolutely loved the Seine dinner cruise, Monets Garden, Versailles, the Louvre, Sacre Couer, Montmartre was an adorable village, and so much more! The food, pastries and wine and pretty much everything we ate and drank was amazing! Even at the tiny sidewalk cafes. We did a walking food tour that was a blast and really enjoyed all of the open air food markets.
The metro has an app and was very easy and affordable to use. The Catacombs was a mind blowing experience but not for those that are claustrophobic! We ended up at the large famous flea market on the north end of Paris on a Monday but half the vendors were closed, so not a highlight. Many things can be touted yourself instead of having a guide - like the covered passages of Paris or your own audio guide of the Louvre if you’re looking to cut costs, but the guides with the tours were all highly knowledgeable and professional and we learned a lot from them.
The hotel staff was friendly but the beds and pillows were extremely uncomfortable and the hotel, while in a great neighborhood was a ways away from the Eiffel Tower and some of the more visited places. (Mercure)
Altogether however, with transportation covered from airport and back and reservations made for us by Isabelle for tours and some dinners, it was a very stress free trip of a lifetime!

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Isabelle Voute, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Tracey and Stephen for this review! It was a pleasure for me and Trip My France to organize this trip for you.
Thank you for your feedbacks, it's definitely essential for us to have these comments (both positive or negative), that help us to control, maintain and improve the quality of our services and suppliers (guides, drivers, hotels...).
A bientôt!
Isabelle

Sara

Isabelle is a STAR! · France - Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2021

Traveler: Sara J. - Local specialist: Isabelle Voute

This was a great trip! Isabelle was able to pull this together for us very last minute and she did not disappoint! We loved the itinerary and thought it the perfect getaway! Thank you!

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Isabelle Voute, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Sara and Mark for this great comment and happy that you enjoyed your trip to France!
We will be happy to host you again in France or Europe! I wish you a great end of the summer!
A bientôt!
Isabelle