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Valentine Julien

Valentine is the girl from The French Alps!

After being a tailor-made trip planner in Sri Lanka and event organizer for an international ski freeride competition in Switzerland, she settled down in the Beaujolais region to share her expertise in France and its bordering countries.

She has good taste especially when it comes to accommodation: she loves charming boutique hotels and gives attention to the greatest details. In her free time, she loves searching for new gems to visit!

Yo hablo tambien español :)

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"My "Coups de Coeur":
- In France: Provence, Northern Alps, Alsace, Brittany, French Riviera, Loire Valley
- In Switzerland : Bern, Lugano, Verbier, Interlaken, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Montreux

My last week-end trip: Hiking in the alpine pastures of La Clusaz and taste some local “Reblochon” cheese
"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"On the way to Brittany on a family trip, I crossed the doors of the Chateau de Villandry. I will never forget its magical gardens made of flowers and vegetables! I felt like Alice in the Wonderland trying to escape from the maze!"

Valentine is part of the following groups: Switzerland Travel Agents, France Travel Agents
Boat docked on Lake Brienz, Bernese Oberland
Switzerland in July: Travel Tips, Weather & More

July is midsummer in Switzerland, and temperatures can soar in lower-lying areas, making the mountains idyllic for a range of activities. Hike on trails free of snow or take in the views from above on a cable car or from a paraglider. Read on to find out where to go and what to do in Switzerland in July.

Reims-Champagne Automobile Museum
Eastern France Roadtrip: Paris, Dijon, Beaune, Annecy, & More - 15 Days

From the big city lights of Paris to the quiet seaside of the French Riviera, this fifteen-day road trip itinerary hits all the highlights while still leaving time for small adventures off-the-beaten-path. You'll explore highlights of Paris, including Eiffel Tower & Louvre, learn to cook a traditional French meal, visit countryside Chateaux, and more.

A family visiting Paris
Best Family Experiences in France

Because France is a large and diverse country, it's an ideal location for a family trip. From art-centric and foodie cities like Paris to outdoor playgrounds like the French Riviera and the beaches of northern France, there's always something to do with activities appealing to various ages and interests. Along the way, make unique family memories that you can only experience in France, such as riding horses through the surf at Mont-Saint-Michel, learning to bake macrons, or enjoying a treasure hunt at the Louvre.

The beauty of the Loire Valley
Best Things to Do in the Loire Valley

Known for its wine and imposing chateaus, France's Loire Valley gives you those quintessential French vibes and experiences, with rolling hills dotted with fairytale-like castles and endless vineyards stretching across the region. Visit Leonardo da Vinci's mansion, sip on organic wine, cycle between chateaus, take a hot air balloon ride above the landscape, and discover humble villages, all within one compact area.

The old port of Honfleur in Normandy, France
Best Time of Year to Visit Normandy

Normandy offers beautiful beaches and mild temperatures, a lovely combination. In spring, especially later in the season, expect beautiful flowers, sunny days, and manageable crowds, making it one of the nicest times to visit. The pleasant summer weather brings big crowds, especially paired with the D-Day commemorations in June, while autumn is rainy and winter is quiet. Read on for advice and information on the best times of the year to visit Normandy.

Explore Nice and Paris
Nice & Paris: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting both Nice and Paris spend about 11 to 14 days in France, which usually includes some time in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille as well. If you're only headed to Nice and Paris, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 7 to 8 days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in 7 to 6 days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries including Nice and Paris and beyond.

Recent trip reviews for Valentine

St. Remy de Provence in April - Lovely! · France - May 2 - May 8, 2022

Traveler: Brenda C. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Our interchange with KimKim begin during our planning phase by working with Valentine and the team in establishing activities, locations and ideas to experience on our trip. With the help of the team, we selected a local hotel to use as our base to take day trips throughout the area.

The hotel selected was a very good recommendation by being responsive to most of our needs. They also free provided transportation to/from town since we chose not to have a rental car. The hotel facilities... read more

Our interchange with KimKim begin during our planning phase by working with Valentine and the team in establishing activities, locations and ideas to experience on our trip. With the help of the team, we selected a local hotel to use as our base to take day trips throughout the area.

The hotel selected was a very good recommendation by being responsive to most of our needs. They also free provided transportation to/from town since we chose not to have a rental car. The hotel facilities as well as the pool/spa were very nice and the staff was very friendly.

We had some 'not so great' experiences with afternoon and evening dining at the hotel. The dinner menu was a static Prix Fixe menu that did not change throughout the week of our stay. So after the first night, we did not have much dinner choices on site. The buffet breakfast was alway beautiful and plentiful, but again, offered the same daily choices.

Valentine also attempted to assist after the hotel scheduled a conference which had the break period immediately below our rooms resulting in lots of noise and smoke from cigarettes. It was too late to effect any changes but it was appreciated.

The daily tours that we chose where fun and cultural met our expectations - Sophie (forgot last name), Provence RÉverie was an excellent guide. She went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time and adjusted the schedule so that we would have time to visit St Rémy.

Our favorite day was the visit to the local market with Gilles Conchy of Provence-Gourmet. We determined a menu several minutes before our tour of the market of local produce, cheeses, and meats. Then off to the winery to select wine with lunch followed by arriving at the kitchen of a local chateau to prepare our lunch together under his classic instruction. We highly recommended for Gilles for anyone looking for a cooking and eating experience.

We also need to identify our driver to the train station in Avignon, Christophe Lano, Alpilleges Luberon Provence Transport. He delivered a present of wine from Valentine fromthe local vineyard we had just visited. Total surprise and was a wine we had tasted and enjoyed. Although we did not experience his ability as a guide, he was very informative on the way to the train station and I believe he would also make a great guide/driver for English speaking tourists.

One note - as tourists not used to traveling on French rail we experienced difficulty in ascertaining the actual itinerary on the train from Avignon to CDG as the tickets did not show where the train would actually stop. We were on an older train that did not have the digital readout showing the actual station and do not speak French. Unfortunately, we got off the train at the Disney stop rather than the airport stop and had to take a cab the rest of the way. Easy solution, but it would have been a bit less hectic if we had a 'tutorial' in riding the French train.

Overall we had a relaxing and fun time on our trip. Thanks to the entire team for your guidance!

Hotel Reviews

Le Vallon de Valrugues & SPA

St.-Remy-de-Provence

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

See my previous notes

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

Authenticity & Character

Location

availability to St Rémy

Le Vallon de Valrugues & SPA

St.-Remy-de-Provence

Overall Rating
Activity Reviews

Cooking Class, Provencal Lunch and Local Market Tour in the Alpilles

France

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Food

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

Cooking Class, Provencal Lunch and Local Market Tour in the Alpilles

France

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Loved this opportunity to experience the market, find local produce and wine and then prepare a meal. Gilles is amazing!!

Food

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

Butch

Provence - Can't Get Enough · France - May 2 - May 8, 2022

Traveler: Butch P. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Our experience and expectations started with outstanding support during the planning phase. We outlined our objectives and with Valentine and Team we worked through many options to create a memorable and most enjoyable trip.

They were especially helpful in recommending a location outside Avignon, in St. Rémy de Provence for our lodging. This allowed us to spend time in St Rémy and see and enjoy the small town of Provence.

The hotel selected was overall a very good recommendation. They... read more

Our experience and expectations started with outstanding support during the planning phase. We outlined our objectives and with Valentine and Team we worked through many options to create a memorable and most enjoyable trip.

They were especially helpful in recommending a location outside Avignon, in St. Rémy de Provence for our lodging. This allowed us to spend time in St Rémy and see and enjoy the small town of Provence.

The hotel selected was overall a very good recommendation. They provided transportation to/from town and it was very responsive. This was especially important to us since we did not have a rental car. The Spa and facilities were also very nice. Overall the staff was helpful and pleasant. On the negative side, when we arrived it was at the end of lunch and initially we were told that we would not be able to get any food. They did arrange for a platter and wine. Dinner was set menu - it would be helpful when arranging lodging for Americans not familiar with France to identify if a la carte menu is available.
Valentine also attempted to assist after the hotel scheduled a conference which had the break period immediately below our rooms resulting in lots of noise and smoke from cigarettes. It was too late to effect any changes but it was appreciated.

The Tours met our expectations - we wanted to visit small vineyards and were able to have a great experience with tasting and finding new wines that we liked. Sophie (forgot last name), Provence RÉverie was an excellent guide. She was passionate and knowledgeable about Provence and its history, food and wines. She went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time and adjusted the schedule so that we would have time to visit St Rémy. One of the highlights was our cooking class, presented by Gilles Conchy, Provence-Gourmet. He was superb and humorous. His tour of the market was instructive in the local produce, cheeses, and meats. The location for the class was fantastic. His patience with those of us who needed a bit more assistance was appreciated. Finally, the meal and wine we had topped off the experience. He should be highly recommended for English speakers who are looking for a cooking class.

We also need to identify our driver to the train station in Avignon, Christophe Lano, Alpilleges Luberon Provence Transport. He delivered a present of wine from Valentine fromthe local vineyard we had just visited. Total surprise and was a wine we had tasted and enjoyed. Although we did not experience his ability as a guide, he was very informative on the way to the train station and I believe he would also make a great guide/driver for English speaking tourists.

Overall transportation was excellent. On time and provided safe and timely travel. One note - as tourists not used to traveling on French rail we experienced difficulty in ascertaining the actual itinerary on the train to CDG as the tickets do not show where the train will actually stop. We were on an older train that did not have the digital readout showing the actual station and do not speak French. We heard a reference to Charles de Gualle and could not see any name of the station; and we made the mistake of getting off one station
early. In hindsight we should have know that it was too early to be a CDG.

Again, thanks for helping use create and enjoy a memorable trip.

Hotel Reviews

Le Vallon de Valrugues & SPA

St.-Remy-de-Provence

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

See my previous notes

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

Authenticity & Character

Location

availability to St Rémy

Le Vallon de Valrugues & SPA

St.-Remy-de-Provence

Overall Rating
Activity Reviews

Cooking Class, Provencal Lunch and Local Market Tour in the Alpilles

France

Overall Rating
Food

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

Cooking Class, Provencal Lunch and Local Market Tour in the Alpilles

France

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Loved this opportunity to experience the market, find local produce and wine and then prepare a meal. Gilles is amazing!!

Food

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

Carolyn

Our Food Tour and Versailles. Great! But... · France - Mar 29 - Apr 12, 2022

Traveler: Carolyn H. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Our Food Tour was terrific. The Versailles Tour was also a success. Wish we could have stayed longer to explore the huge garden. The Seine Cruise was a mess. The directions to collect tickets were wrong. We ran from Pier to Pier at least 4 times until someone in upper management finally took pity and worked us through the scan and get to hop on the boat.

The Mont St. Michel tour was where we really had problems. We were on an almost full coach and everyone but us were provided a headset... read more

Our Food Tour was terrific. The Versailles Tour was also a success. Wish we could have stayed longer to explore the huge garden. The Seine Cruise was a mess. The directions to collect tickets were wrong. We ran from Pier to Pier at least 4 times until someone in upper management finally took pity and worked us through the scan and get to hop on the boat.

The Mont St. Michel tour was where we really had problems. We were on an almost full coach and everyone but us were provided a headset and audio for the Long Journey. However Valentine booked us, we were transportation only. All that countryside and no history or awareness of what we were seeing. Those with the headsets purchased online with Viator so paid much less but got much better value.

For the price we paid I expected more concierge service from Valentine. The suggestion was to use the City Map app and we allowed plenty of time to walk to the tours but the Arc de Triomphe area from the app kept us going around and around. It would have been a higher level of service to reach out to us on our first day. Ask if we had questions. No sleep and automatically tuning into the process to hop on the subway or bus could have been resolved with a suggestion to take an Uber the first day since it was a walking tour. We had no idea the distance to travel and the narrow streets and many turns needed to take if walking.

To finish our extension we were to do a biking tour. It was 35 degrees and we were not prepared with outwear that fit that temperature. We reached out to Valentine responded with a request to cancel which she responded was not allowed. So that meant I needed to communicate with the Bike Tour Company and they were able to allow for a credit which I can now provide for guests visiting in July. This should have been the concierge service provided for a custom itinerary.

I don't believe Valentine knew enough about Paris to create this itinerary. The price did not match the level of service we received. I believe booking online with Viator would have provided the same level which was a huge disappointment. The phone service, we seemed to reach one fellow over and over who did help to answer our questions.

I am sad I am not able to recommend your company. The automation, texts, itineraries were state of the art. But in the end would I have been able to use you for my clients and my agency receive a commission, that I never did get an answer. And I do not see Valentine's level of service as one I expect for my clients.

Everything was excellent. · France - Apr 7 - Apr 20, 2022

Traveler: Diane B. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Everything was excellent. Our travel agent, Valentine, provided service above expectations (Trip My France/Objectif France).
Jeremie with Authentica gave a great tour of Burgundy countryside.
Lyon Food Tours/Lyon Original Tours was fun and informative. Our guide was lovely.
We were unable to use the full day bike rental due to rain and did not get reimbursed, which is disappointing, but the only part of the trip that wasn't perfect.
All transfers where excellent: AJR Annecy, Michael... read more

Everything was excellent. Our travel agent, Valentine, provided service above expectations (Trip My France/Objectif France).
Jeremie with Authentica gave a great tour of Burgundy countryside.
Lyon Food Tours/Lyon Original Tours was fun and informative. Our guide was lovely.
We were unable to use the full day bike rental due to rain and did not get reimbursed, which is disappointing, but the only part of the trip that wasn't perfect.
All transfers where excellent: AJR Annecy, Michael from Passport Bourgogne was excellent, Nussi Taxi, Limo 013.
Happy with our accommodations at Spendid Hotel Annecy, Les Remparts Hotel Et Demeures Historiques, Globe Et Cecil Hotel. They were all within walking distance to many sites, which we requested.
We would use again, we will and have recommended to friends.

Expert Planning for Stress Free Vacation! · France - Apr 6 - Apr 12, 2022

Traveler: Adrian D. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Everything from planning to the actual travel days were stress free. We were able to completely relax and follow the small group excursions that were conducted with excellent driver/guides.

The planned days and routes gave us enough excursion and relaxation time throughout our trip.

I highly recommend kimkim for your personally curated vacation! read more

Everything from planning to the actual travel days were stress free. We were able to completely relax and follow the small group excursions that were conducted with excellent driver/guides.

The planned days and routes gave us enough excursion and relaxation time throughout our trip.

I highly recommend kimkim for your personally curated vacation!

Hotel Review

La Villa Nice Promenade

Nice

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

Location was close to the beach bit not to the shopping areas closer to old town. Rooms were nice and was very charming. Staff was excellent.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Cozy rooms.
Staff

Very friendly and helpful
Authenticity & Character

Decor
Location

We wished it was closer to old town.
Activity Review

Afternoon Nice Street Food Tour!

Nice

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Valentine Julien, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Adrian,
Thank you so much for your review! I am glad that you enjoyed your short getaway on the French Riviera:) Your comments and reviews are indispensable for us to maintain and consistently improve the quality of our trips and services. For the future, I will definitely choose Hotels closer to the Old Town.
Have a lovely Summer, see you soom in France!
Regards,
Valentine

Amazing experience · France - Apr 8 - Apr 16, 2022

Traveler: Rob W. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

This trip was amazingly easy to arrange, reasonably priced, and unforgettable. We got to see everything on our wish list. The hotels were great. Transportation was arranged. We couldn’t have asked for more. Our KimKim contact knew her stuff and really came through for us! We are very happy.

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Valentine Julien, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Rob,
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review about your father-daughter trip to beautiful France. We were happy to make you discover Paris, authentic Normandy and Loire Valley Chateaux.
All the best and à bientôt in France!
Valentine

Valentine worked with me to create an amazing two week solo trip to France!! · France - Apr 12 - Apr 24, 2022

Traveler: Jamie C. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Valentine worked with me to create an amazing trip to Bordeaux, Tours (Loire Valley) and a quick stop in Paris. My accomodations were perfect - apartment style w/kitchens in residential areas. My apartment in Tours (Central Parc Tours) was breathtaking. Open, bright and looking right over a beautiful park. I did not rent a car and wanted to be able to walk everywhere and feel comfortable as a solo, female traveler. Valentine nailed it!!!!

I opted for several small group and private... read more

Valentine worked with me to create an amazing trip to Bordeaux, Tours (Loire Valley) and a quick stop in Paris. My accomodations were perfect - apartment style w/kitchens in residential areas. My apartment in Tours (Central Parc Tours) was breathtaking. Open, bright and looking right over a beautiful park. I did not rent a car and wanted to be able to walk everywhere and feel comfortable as a solo, female traveler. Valentine nailed it!!!!

I opted for several small group and private tours of the cities, wineries and surrounding towns. All of my guides were outstanding and I thoroughly enjoyed each of the trips. Ate, drank, laughed and explored some amazing regions.

Thank you Valentine for making this such a memorable trip (and on short notice). I look forward to working with you again on my next trip to France.

Jamie

Hotel Review

Central Parc

Tours

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Hotel Review

As I mentioned in my overall review - the location and individual apartment were fabulous!! Amazing location overlooking one of the most beautiful parks. Easy to walk to everything - food, shops, dining, stores. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I will DEFINITELY be staying here again!!

Location

Overlooks the most beautiful park!! And, close to everything...walkable.
Cleanliness & Comfort

Immaculate!!!
Staff

Very communicative and helpful suggestions
Authenticity & Character

Activity Review

Landmarks of Bordeaux

Bordeaux

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Activity Review

My guide was wonderful - very informative, personable. Also had great suggestions for other activities.

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

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Valentine Julien, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Jamie,
Merci beaucoup for your feedback and kind comments! As a usual solo-trip lover, I was super happy to work on your last-minute trip and advise safe serviced apartments and amazing local guides.
I wish you a healthy and lovely end of the year and à bientôt for a new adventure in France :)!
Best,
Valentine

NORMANDY COAST & LOIRE VALLEY · France - Jan 14 - Jan 23, 2022

Traveler: SIMON B. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Valentine was amazing!
She solved every detail of our trip including Covid issues!
Great trip, great experience! read more

Valentine was amazing!
She solved every detail of our trip including Covid issues!
Great trip, great experience!

Hotel Review

Grand Hotel du Luxembourg 4*

Bayeux

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Valentine Julien, local specialist, responded to this review:

Muchas gracias Simon! It was a pleasure to organize your last-minute trip to France in Normandy & Loire Valley. We hope to welcome you again during Spring or Summer time! Maybe on the iconic French Riviera or the breathtaking French Alps?
All the best,
Valentine

Highly recommend Valentine with Kimkim for your trip to France · France - Nov 19 - Nov 30, 2021

Traveler: Gordon G. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Valentine with Kimkim was professional and wonderful to work with as well as the individuals she had set up for our private transfers and lodgings. The lodging selections were superb, safe and beautiful. The logistics were perfect. We traveled by plane, trains, a rental car for six days and private transfers in between. Everything went like clockwork! I told Valentine what I wanted to see and do in France and what my budget was and she helped plan a perfect family vacation.

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Valentine Julien, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Gordon, Tara & Eloise,
Thank you very much for your feedback!
It was a pleasure to organize your Thanksgiving family trip to Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley.
I wish you some Happy Holidays and do not hesitate to talk about the beauties of France to your entourage! See you soon maybe in an other destination, why not Switzerland? :)
Regards,
Valentine

Our trip was wonderful and we will use kimkim... · France - Oct 3 - Oct 19, 2021

Traveler: Craig S. - Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Our trip was wonderful and we will use kimkim again. Valentine is great to work with and the kimkim team was very responsive before and during the trip. The drivers who provided the transfers deserve a special thank you as they took care of us. The hotels that Valentine chose were great! The Villa Florentine in Lyon, and the Hotel Imperial Palace in Annecy were wonderful. The Abbaye De Maizieres in Beaune took us back in time for sure. The people of Beaune were very warm and friendly. ... read more

Our trip was wonderful and we will use kimkim again. Valentine is great to work with and the kimkim team was very responsive before and during the trip. The drivers who provided the transfers deserve a special thank you as they took care of us. The hotels that Valentine chose were great! The Villa Florentine in Lyon, and the Hotel Imperial Palace in Annecy were wonderful. The Abbaye De Maizieres in Beaune took us back in time for sure. The people of Beaune were very warm and friendly. We were very comfortable there. The location, staff and rooms are 5 of 5 stars. Next time we go to Lyon we would stay in the newer part of Lyon as the older section was a bit uncomfortable at night.

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Valentine Julien, local specialist, responded to this review:

Bonjour Neida & Craig,
Thank you very much for your feedback and kind comments!
I am glad you liked the selection of locations, charming boutique hotels & the services of our local chauffeurs. I wish you a healthy and lovely end of the year. À bientôt in France & Europe!
Best regards,
Valentine