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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
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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: France Travel Agents
Chenonceau at sunset
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 20 Days

With twenty full days to experience everything France has to offer, you're bound to come away with a bit more romance in your heart. On this honeymoon itinerary, you'll do everything from exploring Paris through pastries to bargaining with vendors for regional specialties at farmer’s markets. Stroll through historic Lyon, France’s third-most populous city, visit the hilltop villages of the Luberon, and stop by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza.

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.

Traditional Mussels with Cider
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Normandy & Brittany - 5 Days

Get away from it all on this luxurious 5-day trip to Normandy and Brittany. Fly in to Paris, then head to Bayeux on the coast. Check out the tapestry, tour Mont-Saint-Michel, and explore World War II history. At night, relax over fresh seafood dinners paired with chilled white wine at your neighborhood brasserie.

The Basque Atlantic coast
Basque Country from Bordeaux to Bilbao - 11 Days

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.

Shopping at the food market in Aix-en-Provence
Cultural & Culinary Trip from Paris to Provence - 11 Days

There's no need to choose between cultural sightseeing and gourmet tours on a trip to France — this 11-day tour offers both! Starting in Paris and ending up on the French Riviera, this exciting itinerary leads you through top museums, historic landmarks, colorful markets, and gourmet food shops in destinations like Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, and Nice. Admire paintings at the Louvre, take a Provençal cooking class, boat around the coves of Calanques National Park, and wander around the oldest quarters of medieval villages. This enticing trip plan has it all!

Favorite experiences

The Best of Lyon City Tour

If you don’t have much time to visit Lyon, this tour was made for you! In just a few hours, you can squeeze in much of what the city has to offer. Enjoy discovering all that made Lyon known throughout the centuries, including its architecture, 2,000 years of history, silk factories, and...

Provençal Cooking Class & Markets of Aix-en-Provence

The southeastern French region of Provence is one of the most scenic in the country. It's the land of the Riveria, medieval villages, lavender fields, and endless olive groves and vineyards. But Provence is as much a way of life as it is a point on a map. Today you'll experience Provence's...

Wine Tasting in St Emilion & Pomerol

Discover the prestigious wines of the right bank on the eastern side of Bordeaux. This region is known for its merlot grapes, which estates turn into world-famous wines renowned across the globe.You'll start at a Grand Cru chateau in St. Emilion, where you'll enjoy demonstrations on the...

Explore the Lakeside Town of Annecy

Nestled by the northwestern shore of its namesake lake, Annecy is the jewel of the Haute-Savoie. From its crowning Château d'Annecy down to its gurgling canals, Annecy's Vieille Ville (Old Town) is infused with antique charm. Made great by the medieval Counts of Geneva and augmented by the Dukes...

Treasure Hunt at the Louvre in Paris

The Louvre in Paris may seem like just a tourist's obligation, just as much as the Eiffel Tower, yet this palace of 35,000 pieces of art is certainly worth a visit! Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre, said that 80 percent of visitors see the Mona Lisa and then simply leave. In his...

Olive Oil & Wine Estates of Provence

Take a day trip out to Fontvieille, a village famous for its olive groves in the Alpilles Mountains. Fittingly, the first stop is a 13th-century Provençal farmhouse, where the owners will take you on a tour of their estate. Next, sit down to taste olive oils, learning how to differentiate between...

Recent trip reviews for Valentine

Winter Trip to France
France | Nov 26 - Dec 4, 2022

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David P.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Everything was perfect for our Winter trip. I will definitely use kimkim in the future.

The tours were fantastic: the guides were knowledgeable and personable and we enjoyed every minute.

The hotels hit all the right notes. read more

Everything was perfect for our Winter trip. I will definitely use kimkim in the future.

The tours were fantastic: the guides were knowledgeable and personable and we enjoyed every minute.

The hotels hit all the right notes.

Hotel Reviews
La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
Reims
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Terrass Hotel 4*
Paris
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Dec 07, 2022

Bonjour David,
Thank you so much for your kind review! A winter trip in France was a good choice. It is lovely to read that you enjoyed Paris, Champagne & Alsacian christmas markets.
I wish you some Happy Holidays, and see you soon in France,
Valentine

Valentine and the Kimkim travel team was very...
France | Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2022

Kimberly
Kimberly C.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Valentine and the Kimkim travel team was very reliable and sufficient. They provided a trip plan which made my trip to the French Rivera most enjoyable. I highly recommend. You will be in great hands! read more

Valentine and the Kimkim travel team was very reliable and sufficient. They provided a trip plan which made my trip to the French Rivera most enjoyable. I highly recommend. You will be in great hands!

Hotel Review
Villa Victoria
Nice

I enjoyed the free, detailed, variety breakfast at the Villa Victoria. The location couldn’t have been better. The staff gave excellent, friendly service.

Authenticity & Character
There weren’t any clocks or face towels available.
Location
Everywhere in downtown Nice was walkable.
Staff
Two in particular, (male and female)were very likable and accommodating.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room was cleaned to satisfaction.
Activity Reviews
Cannes, Antibes and St Paul de Vence 1/2 day Small Group Tour
France

Loved St Paul and Cannes. Pleasantly surprised They don’t take American money or do American Express….. I guess for the most part.

Quality of Experience
The shopping and overall atmosphere was amazing
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Professional, well versed, very pleasant, excellent driver.
Transport
Great driver. On time
A day in Monaco
France

Great experience. Beautiful!

Quality of Experience
Excellent
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very informative.
Transport
Excellent driver
Afternoon Nice Street Food Tour!
Nice

Had a personal tour guide. Very knowledgeable, pleasant, flexible, enjoyable. Didn’t do food tour.

Quality of Experience
Well done
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very likable. Easy to share time with. Very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Transport
We walked, which was fine.
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Dec 07, 2022

Bonjour Kimberley,
Thank you very much for trusting us in the organization of your short getaway to Nice!
Noted for your remarks on the hotels & tours, it helps us a lot to improve our services.
Have a good day and see you soon in France,
Valentine

Amazing honeymoon in France!
France | Sep 28 - Oct 13, 2022

Nicole
Nicole R.
Sylvania, OH | Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Our honeymoon in France was incredible! I would highly recommend 1) working with Valentine to plan the best trip & activities, 2) going to France in September/October, the weather was beautiful!
Valentine helped us plan the best trip, we had a great mix of short and long tours, skip the line tickets, wine tastings, and self exploration days. All of the tour guides were fantastic. Valentine also prebooked us tickets for trains and transportation when we needed it, which helped make moving... read more

Our honeymoon in France was incredible! I would highly recommend 1) working with Valentine to plan the best trip & activities, 2) going to France in September/October, the weather was beautiful!
Valentine helped us plan the best trip, we had a great mix of short and long tours, skip the line tickets, wine tastings, and self exploration days. All of the tour guides were fantastic. Valentine also prebooked us tickets for trains and transportation when we needed it, which helped make moving city to city a lot easier. We stayed in Nice (3 nights), Saint Remy de Provence (3 nights), Annecy (2 nights), Colmar (3 nights), and Paris (4 nights). The only thing we wish we could have changed would be to stay another week longer! (-:

Activity Reviews
Iconic Full day Tour in Alsace from Colmar
Colmar
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Versailles Full Day bike tour
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Noel was a great guide!
Transport
Art and Architecture tour in Chic Vineyard
Aix-en-Provence
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Avignon and Pope's Palace walking tour
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Wine tasting at Chateau La Nerthe in Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Chateauneuf du Pape
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Bonjour Nicole,
Thank you so much for your detailed review. It was a pleasure go organize your beautiful trip to France!
We would be delighted to welcome you in an other region of France.
Have a good day,
Valentine

Occitanie
France | Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2022

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Pam B.
Missoula, MT | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

We asked for an active trip and our specialist delivered. We had several zoom calls to set up the framework for our trip. She put together exactly what we asked for. We had great hikes and visits to Albi, Carcasonne and Mirapoix with our guide Olivia. Our tasting tour with Jessica was fun and informative and our bike ride around Toulouse was fun. Definitely a great trip. read more

We asked for an active trip and our specialist delivered. We had several zoom calls to set up the framework for our trip. She put together exactly what we asked for. We had great hikes and visits to Albi, Carcasonne and Mirapoix with our guide Olivia. Our tasting tour with Jessica was fun and informative and our bike ride around Toulouse was fun. Definitely a great trip.

Hotel Review
Hôtel Albert 1er
Toulouse
Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy to walk to many areas of Toulouse
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Bonjour Pam,
Thank you very much for your review!
I happy to read that you spent a great time in Occitania.
See you soon in France,
Valentine

Superb knowledge, excellent collection of activities and guidance
France | Oct 3 - Oct 12, 2022

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Jodi C.
Mechanicsburg, PA | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

I typically love to research and plan trips, but I felt overwhelmed with Paris/Burgundy. KimKim connected us with Stephen and Valentine of Objectif France and they were a boon in advising, organizing and setting up our itinerary. This trip had to be post-poned in April 2020 to Oct 2022 due to pandemic. It was worth the wait. We enjoyed Fabio's walking tour of Montemarte, the Eiffel Tower at night, a personal tour of the Louvre (forgot the guide's name but she was very knowledgeable and... read more

I typically love to research and plan trips, but I felt overwhelmed with Paris/Burgundy. KimKim connected us with Stephen and Valentine of Objectif France and they were a boon in advising, organizing and setting up our itinerary. This trip had to be post-poned in April 2020 to Oct 2022 due to pandemic. It was worth the wait. We enjoyed Fabio's walking tour of Montemarte, the Eiffel Tower at night, a personal tour of the Louvre (forgot the guide's name but she was very knowledgeable and allowed us to hit the highlights within 2 hours), a half-day trip to Versaille (Corinne is a great guide), and a splendid trip on train to Beaune (Burgundy) for a wine tour and 2 nights in that old, quaint, country town (Alexi from Safari Tours was a delight and very informative). We have many fond memories thanks to these fine folks.

Hotel Reviews
Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré-Coeur
PARIS

Rooms are a nice size. Bathrooms include a separate water closet from the shower/sink area. The beds are comfortable. The windows open to a degree which is nice to let a breeze in or the city sounds. The breakfast is terrific, bountiful and tasty. The maid and restaurant staff are amazing and pleasant. Front desk workers were helpful too.

Authenticity & Character
Modern
Location
Close to Montemarte and a lot of restaurants within a few blocks
Staff
restaurant staff are top-notch
Cleanliness & Comfort
maid was super friendly and accommodating
Abbaye De Maizieres
Beaune

WARNING: Before you fall in love with this historic building be warned that there is no way up except for stairs--and they are spiral and somewhat uneven in footing; and there are an additional steep stairway to the loft bedrooms . This old abbey is absolutely gorgeous and rich with history. You will see the proprietors did an amazing job with the conversion--keeping the structure intact and building the rooms/walls around it. There's a quaint courtyard to use for fresh air and a swimming pool. The rooms are clean and the bathroom is modern. The breakfast is delightful and the people are terrific. Aimee at the front desk it superb and was very helpful even when I could not get into my suitacase. I recommend if you are not intimidated by the stairs (think about this because you will want to partake in the wine).

Authenticity & Character
10 stars if I could -- nothing else like it
Location
Easy to walk to everything--restaurants and hospice museum
Staff
10 stars if I could -- just the best
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable - above average
Hôtel Jardin de Cluny
Paris

What a cute place with friendly staff, a nice breakfast in a good location. This hotel was recently remodelled and was very nice with a lot of garden-like character. Some of the photos on the website got me scared that it would be too floral but it was tastefully done and the -2 floor where they serve breakfast is very cool--smeared old stone with modern decor. The location is close to a lot on the left bank.

Authenticity & Character
For a city hotel the rooms are spacious and unique
Location
Less than a block from St. Germaine. Walking distance to Notre Dome, Pantheon, shops and restaurants.
Staff
Nice, friendly staff, especially in the restaurant
Cleanliness & Comfort
Top notch! We felt very comfortable.
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Bonjour Jodi,
Thank you so much for your kind feedback!
I was a pleasure for Stephen and me to organize your trip to Paris & Burgundy. A real mix of our capital treasures and the lovely countryside.
See you very soon in France or in Europe,
Valentine

Our two week trip to Paris, Bayeux, St Remy d...
France | Sep 20 - Oct 3, 2022

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Tom F.
Wadsworth, OH | Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Our two week trip to Paris, Bayeux, St Remy de Provence and Nice France was wonderful thanks to our local specialists Valentine and Sophie. Our trip was delayed 2 years due to covid but was worth the wait. All of our tours and guides were very good and easy to understand. Our D-Day, US beaches tour guide, Lucy was especially good at making us feel what it was like for our soldiers on the beaches.

Overall, everything went very smoothly and according to our very detailed daily agenda. ... read more

Our two week trip to Paris, Bayeux, St Remy de Provence and Nice France was wonderful thanks to our local specialists Valentine and Sophie. Our trip was delayed 2 years due to covid but was worth the wait. All of our tours and guides were very good and easy to understand. Our D-Day, US beaches tour guide, Lucy was especially good at making us feel what it was like for our soldiers on the beaches.

Overall, everything went very smoothly and according to our very detailed daily agenda. There were a few very minor glitches mainly caused by miscommunication. When I contacted Valentine she quickly responded and resolved the issues. The four of us travelling together agreed that Valentine made sure our trip was memorable. We highly recommend Kimkim for their attention to detail and communication with us during our trip when needed.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Bonjour Tom,
Thank you so much for your feedback. Of course, it worth the wait, your pictures are lovely, love it!!!
I wish you many trips in 2023, and see you soon in France,
All the best,
Valentine

We had a great time. The hotels were great,w...
France | Sep 20 - Oct 3, 2022

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Margaret P.
Kingsport, TN | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

We had a great time. The hotels were great,wonderful breakfasts, super tours with warm and informative guides, the drivers were on time and added so much to our knowledge of the different areas we toured. Andy, Margaret Palko read more

We had a great time. The hotels were great,wonderful breakfasts, super tours with warm and informative guides, the drivers were on time and added so much to our knowledge of the different areas we toured. Andy, Margaret Palko

Hotel Review
Hotel Basile
Paris

Wonderful staff and management that made us feel like a part of their family. The breakfast was delicious, the rooms were great, and their advice so helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Full Day Tour of Omaha and Utah Beaches & Normandy Landings Sites
Bayeux
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Versailles Palace and Gardens private tour
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Montmartre Local Gastronomy Tour
Paris
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Welcome to Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy de Provence
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Villages and Markets of the Luberon
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Monaco, Eze and La Turbie Tour small group tour
France
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Mont-Saint-Michel Full day Tour
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Guided walking tour in the Old Bayeux
Bayeux
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Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Paris
Quality of Experience
Le Louvre Private Tour
Paris
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hello Margaret,
Merci beaucoup for your kind feedback, I hope you enjoyed your experience in France. You definitely saw the best places from North to South. We would be happy to welcome you again in France,
Thank you again for trusting us in the organization of your trip,
Best,
Valentine

We loved this trip. The planning was excelle...
France | Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2022

Margaret A.
Margaret A. S.
Hershey, PA | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

We loved this trip. The planning was excellent. We got to stay in places and do things we never could have done on our own. Our guides Julian , Gilles, Sophie and Claire were fun and very knowledgeable about the places and food. We only experienced one problem on our trip. The driver to take us from Lyon to the train didn’t show and we weren’t able to contact Valentine for assistance. We did appreciate the refund we received We would recommend kimkim to everyone. read more

We loved this trip. The planning was excellent. We got to stay in places and do things we never could have done on our own. Our guides Julian , Gilles, Sophie and Claire were fun and very knowledgeable about the places and food. We only experienced one problem on our trip. The driver to take us from Lyon to the train didn’t show and we weren’t able to contact Valentine for assistance. We did appreciate the refund we received We would recommend kimkim to everyone.

Hotel Reviews
La Ferme des Bélugues
Le Barroux
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spencer and Karen are wonderful hosts. The location is something we didn’t expect and loved
Hôtel du Soleil & Spa 3*
St.-Remy-de-Provence

Great location We we’re able to access Aix, Avignon easily Staff very friendly and helpful Pool was great Breakfast delicious Rooms and bathrooms are a bit small and no elevators

Authenticity & Character
Location
St Remy Close to town Market on Wednesday is a must do
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
Lyon
Authenticity & Character
Historic building
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hello Margaret,
Thank you very much for your review. It is lovely to read your comments, they are very important to us in order to improve our next trips.
We are sorry again for the private transfer issue, I am grateful that we could find a solution and refund you the amount of the service.
See you soon in France,
Best,
Valentine

Gorgeous trip to Paris + South of France
France | Sep 10 - Sep 17, 2022

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AARON M.
Golden, CO | Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Valentine did a great job in communicating with us in the mornings (as she is based in France). She picked beautiful boutique hotels with delicious breakfasts. We were very happy with her recommendations for tours and events to make our first visit to France incredibly memorable.

While in France, we felt like we were supported and in good hands if anything went awry (CDG strikes)

Lessons Learned:
- Pick half day excursions if you like to explore on your own. Full day tours are... read more

Valentine did a great job in communicating with us in the mornings (as she is based in France). She picked beautiful boutique hotels with delicious breakfasts. We were very happy with her recommendations for tours and events to make our first visit to France incredibly memorable.

While in France, we felt like we were supported and in good hands if anything went awry (CDG strikes)

Lessons Learned:
- Pick half day excursions if you like to explore on your own. Full day tours are fantastic but although they don't last 12 hours it will fill up your day.

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Lorette - Astotel
75009

Clean rooms but shows its age. Floors are loud and shower is not setup for 2m tall Americans. Breakfast was delicious and front-desk service was incredibly helpful!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Villa Victor Hugo 3*
Nice

Updated rooms in great area of town. 0.4 miles to beach and 0.2 miles from the shopping/restaurant district. Number of michelin rated restaurants share the building with the hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel CitizenM CDG
Roissy

Close proximity to airport! Decent food. Service top-notch.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Montmartre Local Gastronomy Tour
Paris

Amazing food tour. History and patisserie cannot be beat.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Hello Aaron,
Thank you so much for your kind feedback.
It is very important for us to read your comments, especially on the hotels. You are right, hotels in France are quite different than in the US, bedrooms can be smaller.
And I confirm that half-day tours can be a good choice if you like to be independant!
I wish you a Happy New Year 2023, and a lot of travels,
Valentine

Our trip to the Provence area was planned pre...
France | Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2022

Deborah
Deborah S.
Lancaster, PA | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Our trip to the Provence area was planned pre-pandemic. Kim Kim worked with us to plan and
delay the trip until September 2022. Initially Stephen was our planner, but Valentine ultimately was our planner for this past year. We liked the detailed itinerary and especially appreciated the variety of experiences we requested : historical visits, art experiences, with a blending of market and food experiences. The balance of busy days with free time worked well for us, as we could be... read more

Our trip to the Provence area was planned pre-pandemic. Kim Kim worked with us to plan and
delay the trip until September 2022. Initially Stephen was our planner, but Valentine ultimately was our planner for this past year. We liked the detailed itinerary and especially appreciated the variety of experiences we requested : historical visits, art experiences, with a blending of market and food experiences. The balance of busy days with free time worked well for us, as we could be spontaneous too. We will always appreciate our guides - Julian, Sophie, Gilles and Clare! They were very prompt and patient with our questions! All of them took us to markets and explained the various foods to us as we sampled the best of Provence! A real special experience was going to Gilles' lovely home to cook a fantastic meal and of course, enjoy eating together. Our accommodations were excellent and we felt at home especially in St Remy and Ferme de Belugues! Our hosts, Spencer and Karen were the best!

Hotel Reviews
La Ferme des Bélugues
Le Barroux

We had the pleasure of staying at this restored farmhouse! Karen and Spencer greeted us and gave us a tour of the lovely B& B! Our stay of two nights was idyllic and we could have stayed longer! The rooms were cozy and comfortable - spacious as well. There is a dedicated living area for guests with beer and wine available to purchase. Every question was answered in their lovely British accents. Breakfasts were customized to order and were delicious. The pool area was first class lovely! The hotel is in a quaint setting on a road that also may host the Tour de France in certain years. Many bicyclists rode by enjoying the hills and valleys!

Authenticity & Character
The B& B was an actual farmhouse that has been updated!
Location
A quiet setting in a picturesque area!
Staff
Karen and Spencer were the best!!!!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Totally clean and pure comfort in all areas!
Hôtel du Soleil & Spa 3*
St.-Remy-de-Provence

We were able to stay at this hotel right in the heart of St Remy de Provence for five beautiful days! We could walk to town and also to the Van Gogh walk exhibit - the location was perfect for our needs! Our room was small but very comfortable with a large tiled shower! The pool area was so convenient and we found time to relax there most days. The gracious concierge, Doris, answered our many questions! The breakfast area was outstanding with an array of items that varied and could only be described as fabulous!

Authenticity & Character
Charming all around!
Location
In the heart of St Remy!
Staff
Totally helpful and accommodating!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean towels and room are important!
Activity Reviews
A Taste of Avignon
Avignon

Julian took us on a tour of Avignon market with too many tastings to remember!! He was witty and full of energy as he explained each food item to us. At the end, we had a lovely picnic in a food market with an array of food and wine that was delicious!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Julian was excellent!
Cooking class, Provencal lunch and local market tour in Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence

This experience included a visit to a winery and a wonderful cooking class with Gilles! He was very attentive and focused on the tour of the market and going to his home to cook was a highlight of our trip! He kept us busy with food preparation and the results were well worth it!

Quality of Experience
Everything
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Already said that Gilles was the guide and driver - super person all around!
Transport
The tour was excellent! But finding a place to park was a challenge!
Food & Market Tour in Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy de Provence

Sophie was prompt and took us all around the town market! It could have been confusing because there were so many vendors - but she took us to the heart of the market. The clothing and variety of items were truly off the charts!

Quality of Experience
This market was unique and all over town - therefore Sophie helped us navigate!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Sophie was patient and excellent - took time to answer questions!
Transport
She drove us to town and was most gracious!
Art and Architecture tour in Chic Vineyard
Aix-en-Provence

This experience was a surprise! We expected to see a vineyard, of course - and that was lovely! The fields were lush with grapes and our tasting at the end was pure joy! The combination of art and architetcure tour was off the charts gorgeous! Chateau la Coste was full of surprises as the tour went into the mountainside and back to the winery.

Quality of Experience
The setting and the many works of art!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very helpful
Lyon Food Tour: Halles Paul Bocuse & Old Town
Lyon

Our guide, Clare, made this experience a treasure! She was full of energy and information that she shared in a fun and meaningful manner! We toured the market area of Old Town and loved how Clare made everything fun. Our final experience at the Halles Paul Bocuse was delightful and could have been boring without Clare!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Clare made it a super experience! She gave us an appreciation of Lyon and its' history!
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Bonjour Deborah,
Merci for your lovely feedback! I am very that that you could finally visit Provence, enjoy charming villages, and relax in a Provençal way. Nice pictures by the way!
See you very soon in France,
All the best,
Valentine

Honeymoon Bliss in France
France | Sep 2 - Sep 8, 2022

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Samantha A.
Berkley, MI | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

We had an incredible honeymoon, due largely to the expert planning and guidance of Valentine. I am an avid traveler and enjoy putting together adventurous itineraries. However, for this once-in-a-lifetime international endeavor, we're very happy we elicited the assistance of KimKim and local expert Valentine. We appreciated the attention to detail, prompt responses, and personalized experience. Over 7 total days, we spent 2 in Paris, took a train to Reims and spent 1 night, transferred back... read more

We had an incredible honeymoon, due largely to the expert planning and guidance of Valentine. I am an avid traveler and enjoy putting together adventurous itineraries. However, for this once-in-a-lifetime international endeavor, we're very happy we elicited the assistance of KimKim and local expert Valentine. We appreciated the attention to detail, prompt responses, and personalized experience. Over 7 total days, we spent 2 in Paris, took a train to Reims and spent 1 night, transferred back to CDG to hop down to Nice, and spent 2 days touring Cannes and Monaco. We stayed a bit off the beaten path on the Cote d'Azur in Theoule-sur-Mer which was absolutely beautiful, but you had to pay a hefty price to Uber back down to town. It was peaceful, the infinity pool was nearly private, and the hotel was home to a Michelin star restaurant - so it was wonderful for our honeymoon! Our favorite excursions were the bicycle tour in France, the Champagne tour, tasting, lunch, experience in Reims, and guided history tours of Cannes, Antibes, St Paul de Vance, and Monaco. 2 recommendations: First, we booked our own hotel in the 16th in Paris with Hilton points (free!) with a rooftop view of the Eiffel Tower. The general location was perfect for walking to everything. Second, we asked to leave one afternoon completely free of excursions to relax and enjoy each other's time. This turned out to be some of our best memories. Valentine did an exceptional job of listening to our wishes for the other hotel must-haves (balcony and view) and that really helped make the trip and experience feel very special. Of course, not everything always goes according to plan. Valentine provided us with both daytime and off-hours numbers, and we did utilize the off-hours number when our driver forgot to meet us at the train station. We got hold of someone right away and the issue was resolved promptly. Valentine also checked in with me later that day to make sure we were completely satisfied and enjoying our time. Overall, my new husband and I would definitely recommend KimKim and Valentine (local tour expert for France!) if you want help planning a special international vacation. Merci beaucoup Valentine!

Hotel Reviews
La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
Reims
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hôtel Tiara Yaktsa 5* - Relais & Chateaux
Théoule-sur-Mer
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Skip the line visit of the Louvre with audioguide (tickets only)
Paris
Quality of Experience
Hidden Paris Bicycle Tour
Paris

Aaron from Ireland was our guide and he was outstanding!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Half day guided tour of the Palace of Versailles with priority access in a small group (1 to 15 people)
Paris
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Short day Family Growers & Lunch
Reims

Perrine was an absolute gem and incredibly knowledgeable. She's amazing and made the experience wonderful! Also, lunch was surprisingly comprehensive and delicious! Basically one of the best days ever.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Free time in Reims
Reims
Cannes, Antibes and St Paul de Vence 1/2 day Small Group Tour
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
A day in Monaco
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Bonjour Samantha,
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It was a real pleasure to organize your once a life time honeymoon trip! Hope you came back home with a lot of memories.
I wish you a healthy and lovely end of the year. See you soon in France,
Best,
Valentine

Adventures in France
France | Aug 7 - Aug 25, 2022

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Emma W.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Overall the trip was memorable and fun. We had many adventures thanks to Valentine, many we planned and many we did not. What was not planned we worked through. We made memories to last a lifetime. read more

Overall the trip was memorable and fun. We had many adventures thanks to Valentine, many we planned and many we did not. What was not planned we worked through. We made memories to last a lifetime.

Hotel Reviews
Roi de Sicile Rivoli
Paris

Great location in central Paris. Located in a pedestrian neighbourhood, lively during the day yet quiet at night.

Authenticity & Character
Spacious rooms. Great speak easy.
Location
Walkable to some sites and a short subway ride from others.
Staff
Helpful and courteous.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cleanliness and sofa bed was comfortable for a sofa bed.
Hôtel Tardif - Noble Guesthouse
Bayeux

Adored the facility and location. Detested the owners, in particular one who was extremely accusatory and aggressive over a misunderstanding that caused my son to cry.

Authenticity & Character
Courtyard in front, garden in back, and the swimming pool.
Location
Not on the Main Street.
Staff
Friendliness, being more welcoming, and relaxed.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais Saleya Boutique Hôtel
Nice

Great location in the old city.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to the beach and many restaurants.
Staff
Welcoming and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pullman Paris Roissy Cdg Airport
Roissy-en-France
Authenticity & Character
Location
5 minute train ride to airport or train station.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Résidence Nell Paris
Paris

Overall an enjoyable hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Vibrant during the day, loud at night.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Mysteries of the Louvre
Paris

Great guide. Struggled with the theme.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Seine Cruise with Commentary
Paris
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle
Paris

Fell in love with French gothic architecture.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Montmartre Local Gastronomy Tour
Paris
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided walking tour in the Old Bayeux
Bayeux
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
D Day beaches - Canadian sector full day tour
France

A very memorable day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We adored Rose. She brought the trip to the next level.
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Bonjour Emma
Merci beaucoup for your feedback.
I wish you a healthy and lovely end of the year to you and your children, and à bientôt for a new adventure in France!
Best,
Valentine

We had a wonderful trip to Toulouse and Carcassonne, planned by Valentine...
France | Aug 1 - Aug 8, 2022

Greta
Greta W.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

We had a wonderful trip, planned by Valentine. The service we received during the trip was superb, and very much appreciated. Our transfers were made on time and with good communication with us. The major contributor to the success of our trip was our wonderful guide, Olivia. Olivia was exceedingly helpful, gracious, flexible and knowledgeable. The heat this summer was an impediment; it was too hot to comfortably or safely do all that was planned. Olivia adapted. Our gite, with a view... read more

We had a wonderful trip, planned by Valentine. The service we received during the trip was superb, and very much appreciated. Our transfers were made on time and with good communication with us. The major contributor to the success of our trip was our wonderful guide, Olivia. Olivia was exceedingly helpful, gracious, flexible and knowledgeable. The heat this summer was an impediment; it was too hot to comfortably or safely do all that was planned. Olivia adapted. Our gite, with a view of Carcassonne was memorable, our unplanned tour of a Baroque church organ was a delight and a surprise, Mirepoix was charming, and the market in Toulouse was both beautiful and appetite satisfying. We were fortunate to have a wonderful cassoulet lunch in a beautiful garden, planned by Olivia. We all have many happy memories. Thank you.

Hotel Reviews
La Tour Pinte
CARCASSONNE

What a great spot. Pierre’s place is comfortable and superbly located.

Authenticity & Character
THE VIEW, the neighborhood
Location
Staff
Pierre was helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
AIR CONDITIONING!
Villa du Taur
Toulouse
Authenticity & Character
Loved the protected courtyard
Location
Staff
The staff was informed and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and welcoming
Activity Reviews
Toulouse Bike Tour
Toulouse

It was a great way to unwind from international travel.

Day tour to Medieval Villages : Albi & Cordes sur Ciel
Toulouse
Food Tour in the Belly of Toulouse
Toulouse

Fun, informative and tasty!

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Sep 01, 2022

Bonjour Greta,
Thank you so much for your review
It is so important to us to get some comments on each tours and especially our local guides. Olivia is our trustful guide in Occitania, and we are happy to read that she adapted the tours because of the heat and offered you some memorable surprises!
See you soon in an other region of France!
Regards,
Valentine

Hagemann Family Trip to France
France | Jul 25 - Aug 3, 2022

Barbara
Barbara H.
Batavia, IL | Reviewed on Aug 08, 2022

Honestly can't say enough about using your services for this family trip! The tour guides were all amazing and so knowledgeable - Fabio in Paris, Ange for Versaille and Giverny, Francis for D-day trip, Auralee for Mont St. Michel, and Marion for Chambord and Chenonceau. Each one added an extra stop which was above and beyond. My husband had a knee injury prior to us going and all helped us get him around and made the trip possible with him needing a cane and knee brace.
Having the limos and... read more

Honestly can't say enough about using your services for this family trip! The tour guides were all amazing and so knowledgeable - Fabio in Paris, Ange for Versaille and Giverny, Francis for D-day trip, Auralee for Mont St. Michel, and Marion for Chambord and Chenonceau. Each one added an extra stop which was above and beyond. My husband had a knee injury prior to us going and all helped us get him around and made the trip possible with him needing a cane and knee brace.
Having the limos and taxis all on the spot to get us from trains and planes made the whole trip with 5 people so easy. We had a small glitch when returning to Paris meeting our limo but we communicated by phone and with the help of someone who spoke English and french. Right away someone from kim kim contacted me to make sure we had connected with our driver. Perhaps more specific meeting location at the train station could help.
The hotels selected were all wonderful, historic and comfortable. And the sweets left for us upon our return to Paris was a nice touch. The hotel staff was so excited to let us know we had something special waiting in our room.
I have been recommending your services to anyone I tell about the trip. When we plan another trip, I will definitely look to see if our destination is one that your services are available.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Bonjour Barbara,
Merci beaucoup for your feedback and kind comments! It is so lovely to discoverthe pictures of your trip!
I wish you a healthy and lovely end of the year and à bientôt for a new adventure in France :)!
Best,
Valentine

Valentine helped us a wonderful trip to Franc...
France | Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2022

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Jennifer S.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

Valentine helped us a wonderful trip to France. She made suggestions for itineraries, tours, hotels--everything. She was responsive and communicative. Kimkim made traveling stress free. read more

Valentine helped us a wonderful trip to France. She made suggestions for itineraries, tours, hotels--everything. She was responsive and communicative. Kimkim made traveling stress free.

Hotel Reviews
Villa Victoria
Nice

This place was lovely. The outdoor garden was so fantastic and a highlight. The staff was so friendly and helpful. We would go back in a second.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Not close to the older part of Nice. We did a lot of walking to get to our hotel
Staff
Mariann was amazing
Cleanliness & Comfort
InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu
Marseille

Nice hotel but larger and more commercial feeling. If you want big and modern inside this hotel is great, but if you are looking for charm, I'd look elsewhere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mas Valentine 4*
Saint-Rémy de Provence

This hotel is a winner. Beautiful, charming and run by Mariann-who is the best part of the hotel. She is a treasure. We'd go back in an instant.

Authenticity & Character
Just beautiful. Pool is an oasis. Rooms are charming.
Location
Not right in the town but five minute drive away.
Staff
Mariann is a treasure. She was so nice and helpful--all the guests loved her
Cleanliness & Comfort
Le Square Louvois 4*
Paris

Well located near the Opera and Place Vendome, this was a very nice hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Modern and chic
Location
Right near a metro stop and easy walk to many wonderful shopping sight seeing areas
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms are quite small for the price
Activity Reviews
Cruise in the Calanques - Max 12 people on board
France

Great trip! 3 hours and you see things you couldn't see otherwise. We were helped by great weather-but this is a wonderful way to see Les Callanques

Quality of Experience
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Art and Architecture tour in Chic Vineyard
Aix-en-Provence

Interesting but it was blazing hot, really too hot to be outside, and it's a lot of walking. Beautiful grounds, but not as interesting as I would have thought

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Stroll in the Alpilles and visit of the Carrières de Lumières by electric bike
France

Absolutely great way to see this area of France. I'd recommend this to everyone.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
A Taste of Avignon
Avignon

This was a good tour because we only had the morning to spend in Avignon and Simon was a great tour guide for the area, using food as a starting point for his stories.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
N/A
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Hello Jennifer,
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review about your trip to beautiful France. We hope that you came back home with a lot of memories of the French Riviera, Provence & the City of Lights!
It is super important to get your comments about Hotels & Activities. We take everything in account to improve our future trips.
All the best and à bientôt in France!
Valentine

Family Trip to France
France | Jun 20 - Jul 2, 2022

Krista
Krista B.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on Jul 04, 2022

We really appreciated the care and attention that Valentine took to listen to our wants for a family trip to France and make it a reality. The experiences and accommodations were wonderful and we'll have many memories from this trip. We will definitely suggest kimkim to friends and family to book their next international trip! read more

We really appreciated the care and attention that Valentine took to listen to our wants for a family trip to France and make it a reality. The experiences and accommodations were wonderful and we'll have many memories from this trip. We will definitely suggest kimkim to friends and family to book their next international trip!

Hotel Review
L'abeille Boutique Appartements
Nice

I honestly do not think that we could have stayed in better accommodations in Nice! The apartment was in a hip and trendy neighborhood but the bedrooms were tucked away in the courtyard side and very quiet. The furnishings were fun and beautiful. Full kitchen and bath. Even laundry and dishwasher, which made things much more comfortable. Manager and owner were lovely as well!

Tips for future travelers

Book it! You will not regret it.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

Bonjour Krista,
It was lovely to read your review. Thank you so much, I was delighted to organize your trip and help you during your trip. Hope that you cameback home with a lot of memories in mind.
See you soon in France or in Europe!
Best,
Valentine

Travelling stress-free
France | May 20 - May 27, 2022

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Samantha E.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 08, 2022

Valentine was amazing at planning our trip. She took our suggestions and provided us with activities catered to our wishes.
From the food tours, the hotels, the city tours, the chauffeurs, everything was planned perfectly.
Valentine remained accessible and responded quickly to our inquiries throughout the trip.

I would 100% recommend to book with them if you are planning to visit a country that you are not familiar with. read more

Valentine was amazing at planning our trip. She took our suggestions and provided us with activities catered to our wishes.
From the food tours, the hotels, the city tours, the chauffeurs, everything was planned perfectly.
Valentine remained accessible and responded quickly to our inquiries throughout the trip.

I would 100% recommend to book with them if you are planning to visit a country that you are not familiar with.

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Lorette - Astotel
75009

The hotel was placed closed to several cafes and restaurant and far enough from the noise of the city to enjoy our sleep. The breakfasts were to die for!! from the croissants to the cheese, it was a good way to start our days! The hotel was clean and the staff was very attentive to our needs. Our room was small but we wanted to cut the costs of trip - so no reason to complain!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Yelo Hotel
Nice

Such a beautiful hotel! It was a bit hard to find but once we got in, we were in awe of the setup. The hotel is located walking distance from the old city and the beach. The room was just beautiful and great color scheme. The staff was very nice and welcoming. The morning breakfast was delicious and the dinning room was a beautiful as the rest of the hotel. I would recommend anyone going to Nice to stay at this hotel!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Paris

It was cold and rainy but the view was worth it.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We commuted but it was not hard to get there
Marais Pastry and Chocolate Tour
Paris

AMAZING! You get wayyyy more than worth the price of the activity. The tour guide (Thibault) was very knowledgeable and gave us a tour of the area as well as the allowing us to try the best pastries in the city. By the end of the tour our bellies were full and we were very satisfied. For any lovers of pastries, I would recommend this tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Versailles Full Day bike tour
France

It was a great was to see Versailles! The tour guide was not going to fast which made it easier for older travelers. We had an amazing group and bonded throughout the day. We first stopped at the market where we were able to get provisions for our picnic and see local vendors. Overall, the activity is a must if you like to know history and visit beautiful landmarks. The picnic was also a great addition to the activity and a great way to get to know the other travelers better. We ended the day at the Chateau the Versailles where we had the freedom to visit at our own pace. I wish I remembered the name of our guide but she was amazing and easy-going!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Afternoon Nice Street Food Tour!
Nice

Once again you get wayyy more than your money's worth. The food was divine and guide was so knowledgeable (unfortunately I forgot her name!). The guide gave us a tour of the area an it's history and made us taste the local delicacies. The tour ended with a generous meal that allowed to keep leftovers! Our group was so friendly and even with the rain everyone kept a positive and were willing to continue with the tour!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
A day in Monaco
France

Monaco is beautiful! Our guide was knowledgeable of the area and stopped at the right locations to admire the view. The city was in preparation for the Grand Prix so we had the chance to see the buzzing city and admire beautiful cars! We also stopped at the parfum factory were we got to learn about the process of making parfum, sample several scents and visit the small village nearby where we found the most beautiful antique jewelry store. We had time to stop to eat were we enjoyed a delicious lunch under the warm sun! I would recommend to anyone who like me dreamed of going to Monaco one day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cannes, Antibes and St Paul de Vence 1/2 day Small Group Tour
France

We visited Cannes during the festival but unfortunately did not see any celebrities (!) However, were not disappointed by the view at the beach and being so close to the red carpet. St-Paul de Vence allowed us to see one of the most beautiful views in this calm neighborhood. We got to see several art galleries and many boutiques. The driver/guide was very knowledgeable of the area and very friendly.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Bonjour Samantha,
Thank you so much for your detailed feedback!
It is so important for us to get some comments on each tours and especially our local guides.
It was a pleasure to organize your trip, and I am super happy to read that you spent a wonderful time in France. A lot of memories in mind!
See you soon!
Regards,
Valentine

Valentine planned the perfect trip to France ...
France | May 20 - May 27, 2022

Angela
Angela K.
Canada | Reviewed on May 28, 2022

Valentine planned the perfect trip to France for us. The hotels were modern and clean, the activities were a lot of fun and catered to our instrest. She was also very quick to respond when we thought there was a mixup with a reservation and clarified things immediately. My best friend and I treated ourselves with this trip as a birthday and graduation present and we will definitely be booking with KimKim again 💙🤍❤ read more

Valentine planned the perfect trip to France for us. The hotels were modern and clean, the activities were a lot of fun and catered to our instrest. She was also very quick to respond when we thought there was a mixup with a reservation and clarified things immediately. My best friend and I treated ourselves with this trip as a birthday and graduation present and we will definitely be booking with KimKim again 💙🤍❤

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Lorette - Astotel
75009

Simply amazing. Clean, comfortable and friendly staff.

Tips for future travelers

Book it.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to a lot of cool places
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Yelo Hotel
Nice

Amazing. The breakfast was excellent, the hotel clean and smelled great and the staff very nice and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy to access. Lots of things around
Staff
Activity Reviews
Marais Pastry and Chocolate Tour
Paris

Thibault was great! He not only took up around tasting great chocolate and pastries, he also new a lot about the history of France which was very interesting

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Versailles Full Day bike tour
France

Amazing. Will def do it again :)

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Afternoon Nice Street Food Tour!
Nice

Above all our expectations. Ali knows about food, wine and everything Nice. It was the absolute best experience and even made some great friends.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
A day in Monaco
France

Ben was the nicest driver and tour guide. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and he made the whole experience even more fun

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cannes, Antibes and St Paul de Vence 1/2 day Small Group Tour
France

Great tour, great day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Paris
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Bonjour Angela,
Thank you so much for your feedback, your comments are very helpful to keep organizing quality trips for our future travelers!
We hope to see you soon in other regions of France,
Have a great Summer,
Regards,
Valentine

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

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Brenda C.
Canyon Lake, TX | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

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 Review
Le Vallon de Valrugues & SPA
St.-Remy-de-Provence
Activity Review
Cooking Class, Provencal Lunch and Local Market Tour in the Alpilles
France

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

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien

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

Butch
Butch P.
Boerne, TX | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

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 Review
Le Vallon de Valrugues & SPA
St.-Remy-de-Provence

See my previous notes

Authenticity & Character
Location
availability to St Rémy
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Cooking Class, Provencal Lunch and Local Market Tour in the Alpilles
France
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien

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

Carolyn
Carolyn H.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on May 13, 2022

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.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien

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

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Diane B.
Glenwood Springs, CO | Reviewed on May 09, 2022

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.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Bonjour Diane,
Thank you so much for your lovely comments!
I am glad that you envoyed your trip to France and your stay at your Friend's House in the Vaucluse region.
We apologize for the bike tour in Annecy, our provider applied a strict refund policy. Since this issue happened, we tried to negociate a better cancellation policy with them, for our future travelers.
We hope to welcome you again in France,
Wish you a good Summer season!
Valentine

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

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Adrian D.
Castaic, CA | Reviewed on May 05, 2022

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

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.

Authenticity & Character
Decor
Location
We wished it was closer to old town.
Staff
Very friendly and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cozy rooms.
Activity Review
Afternoon Nice Street Food Tour!
Nice
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on May 10, 2022

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

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Rob W.
Rapid City, SD | Reviewed on May 05, 2022

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.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on May 10, 2022

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

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Jamie C.
Asheville, NC | Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

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

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!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Overlooks the most beautiful park!! And, close to everything...walkable.
Staff
Very communicative and helpful suggestions
Cleanliness & Comfort
Immaculate!!!
Activity Review
Landmarks of Bordeaux
Bordeaux

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

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on May 10, 2022

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

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SIMON B.
St. Petersburg, FL | Reviewed on Feb 07, 2022

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
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Feb 09, 2022

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

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Gordon G.
Lafayette, LA | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

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

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Craig S.
Broad Ripple, IN | Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in France | Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

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