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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
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.

Lake Annecy
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, & the French Riviera - 10 Days

If you've got ten days and a heart full of love, head to France for the perfect honeymoon getaway. Start in Paris, where you'll stroll shops and galleries by day and indulge in French wine at open-air cafes at night. See the Alps and tour Avignon, then end your tour on the sunny southern coast.

One of Paris's lovely fountains after sundown
How Many Days Should You Spend in Paris?

There’s no wrong answer to how much time you should spend in Paris, but for a solid itinerary, we recommend at least four days. This is enough time to accomplish some world-class attractions as well as some lesser-known arrondissements that are on the up and up—whether you choose to explore by foot, metro, bike, and/or electric scooter. Check out some possible itineraries, ranging from 24 hours to a week (and beyond).

Vineyards in the Beaujolais wine region, north of Lyon
14 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You can cover some serious ground with two weeks in France, spending multiple days in up to three different regions (plus time in Paris). For example, pair the South of France and the Provençal countryside with a few days of hiking in the French Alps. Or stick within a smaller radius, perhaps with a western road trip through Normandy and Bourdeaux. From canoeing the Dordogne River to shucking oysters on the wild islands of Brittany's coast—your options are plentiful.

Spend two leisurely days driving around the Brittany region
Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley - 14 Days

This epic trip loops around three beloved regions in France with a nice mix of free time and guided tours. Start in Normandy to visit historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is Brittany where you'll have free time (and a car) to explore the wild, rugged coastline at your own pace. Then experience UNESCO-listed villages and castles in the Loire Valley before finishing with two days in Paris.