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Valentine Julien

Valentine is the girl from the French Alps!

She worked as a tailor-made trip planner in Sri Lanka & Maldives, and was an event organizer for extreme sports competition in Switzerland. She finally settled down in the Beaujolais wine region two years ago, to share her expertise about 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.

Si prefieres, yo hablo tambien español :)

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Everywhere in France: Paris, French Riviera, wine regions (Burgundy, Bordeaux, Sancerre...), French Alps, Loire Valley, Normandy, Alsace, and other hidden treasures.

Switzerland : Obernese Alps, Ticino, Bern, Interlaken, Zermatt, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Montreux, Gruyères. You will fall in love with Switzerland!

I specialize in honeymoons, family trips, celebration trips (wedding anniversaries, birthdays), epicurian getaways, and so on!
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How did you get involved in travel?

"Travelling opens your mind. I always loved to offer memorable experiences to my travelers. They become even more knowledgeable when they come back home! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"On the way to Brittany on a family trip, I crossed the doors of Villandry Castle. 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!
(Trust me, the experience is even better if you fly over the Loire Valley Castles in a hot air balloon)."

Valentine is part of the following groups: Germany Travel Agents, Switzerland Travel Agents, France Travel Agents
Top itineraries and travel advice
Road trip itineraries

Favorite experiences

Cycle & Hot Air Balloon Ride at Château de Chenonceau

Spend the day gliding through the countryside, starting with a guided bike tour on the Loire à Velo paths in the beautiful country. You'll continue riding along the Loire River, then explore the area around Chenonceau Castle, built on a bridge over the Cher River.Also known as the "Ladies...

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...

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...

Tour the D-Day Sites of Normandy

Normandy is well-known for its important war sites from WWII. Spend an emotional day touring some of the most important areas, discovering the powerful legacy of D-Day on Normandy's landscape, as well as its effect on the world. A local specialist will lead you across Normandy's coast, and as an...

Mediterranean Sunset Cruise from Nice

No visit to the French Riviera is complete without a legendary sunset, so why not take a cruise along the Mediterranean coast to make it even more special? Nice and its coastal neighbors offer beautiful postcard landscapes, enhanced by the unique colors of sunset. Combine the experience with a...

Wine Tour of the Luberon Region

Enjoy a day spent savoring the famed countryside of Aix-en-Provence, starting with views of the Sainte-Victoire Mountains, a source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne. Your first destination is the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards, set just east of the city of...

Recent trip reviews for Valentine

Our trip was very well organized with every detail attended to...
Switzerland | Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2023

Karen
Karen R.
Scottsdale, AZ | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2023
Our trip was very well organized and the attention to detail helped us every step of the way. We contacted KimKim with a request and a general outline of the places we'd like to see and the length of time we intended to spend traveling. Our specialist worked with us to refine the details, arranged our accommodations, our travel and numerous tours at each stop. She also made suggestions about places of interest and restaurants at the spots where we didn't book a guided tour. We climbed, hiked,... Read more

Our trip was very well organized and the attention to detail helped us every step of the way. We contacted KimKim with a request and a general outline of the places we'd like to see and the length of time we intended to spend traveling. Our specialist worked with us to refine the details, arranged our accommodations, our travel and numerous tours at each stop. She also made suggestions about places of interest and restaurants at the spots where we didn't book a guided tour. We climbed, hiked, kayaked, cycled and sampled local cuisine. Our hike to Kliene Scheidegg and the bike tour of Lauterbrunnen were lovely. It was our first taste of wild garlic and we loved it! We traveled through Switzerland and Northern France ending in Paris. Kimkim made it the trip of a lifetime.

Activity Reviews
Swiss Travel Pass
Swiss Travel Pass
Switzerland

This was genius! It allows you to travel everywhere using any means of transportation. It seemed a little pricey at first until you realize everything it does for you. Highly recommend!

Panorama Hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg
Panorama Hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg
Switzerland

The views available on this walk are amazing, the trail is uncrowded and the air is pristine. So much fun!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Oct 07, 2023

Bonjour Karen,
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, it was a real pleasure to organize your 25-day combined trip to Switzerland & France! I hope you had a great time!
See you soon in Europe,
Valentine

We were very happy with our decision to use K...
France | Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2023

Brenda
Brenda J.
Albuquerque, NM | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023
We were very happy with our decision to use Kimkim and would do you again. Valentine understood what we had in mind and came up with a program that was perfect for us. She told us we would need a rental car, which we hadn't realized but was really essential, and she organized a perfect small car for us, an automatic, a hybrid, very easy to drive. She suggested excursions we could do, all of which were great, as was the guide (Anne) with that company. And she, Valentine, was very responsive to... Read more

We were very happy with our decision to use Kimkim and would do you again. Valentine understood what we had in mind and came up with a program that was perfect for us. She told us we would need a rental car, which we hadn't realized but was really essential, and she organized a perfect small car for us, an automatic, a hybrid, very easy to drive. She suggested excursions we could do, all of which were great, as was the guide (Anne) with that company. And she, Valentine, was very responsive to all queries. There was one small glitch when we checked into the hotel, but she quickly sorted that out. All in all, a great experience and we would recommend Kimkim to others.

Hotel Review
La Maison des Peyrat
Sarlat La Canéda

This is a lovely hotel, 14th century building with lots of charm, as well as (in our case at least) a 21st century bathroom! The owners are delightful and very helpful. My only hesitation is the location. One needs to know that the hotel is up a very steep hill and there's no food available at the hotel in the evening, so one either has a steep climb up after dinner or the problem of finding parking every evening. Apart from that, we loved the hotel and would recommend it.

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Activity Reviews
Villages of Dordogne Valley Half-Day Trip From Sarlat
Villages of Dordogne Valley Half-Day Trip From Sarlat
France

The Dordogne Valley Half-Day Trip from Sarlat was a delight. We enjoyed touring the villages and the experience of being in a small group was ideal. We were guided by an excellent guide named Ann for the majority of the time. She was knowledgeable and engaging, and I would absolutely recommend her to future travelers.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sarlat Market Visit & Dordogne Gourmet Culinary tour (small group/2 hours)
Sarlat Market Visit & Dordogne Gourmet Culinary tour (small group/2 hours)
Sarlat

The market visit and culinary tour in Sarlat was a fun experience. We enjoyed the mix of being on our own and also having guided tours. The small group setting was appreciated and made the experience more intimate. Our tour guide was fantastic and made the experience enjoyable.

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Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Shared Full Day Trip From Sarlat
Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Shared Full Day Trip From Sarlat
France

The Paleolithic Art full day trip was another enjoyable experience. Being in a small group allowed us to ask more questions and get more out of the trip. Our guide, Ann, was exceptional and greatly enhanced our experience. I would highly recommend her and this tour to future travelers.

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Rocamadour Half-Day Trip From Sarlat
Rocamadour Half-Day Trip From Sarlat
France

The Rocamadour half-day trip was a wonderful experience. We had a different tour guide for this trip, and while he was good, he didn't quite compare to Ann. Nonetheless, the trip was enjoyable and the views were stunning. I would recommend this tour to future travelers.

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Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Sep 28, 2023

Bonjour Brenda,
Merci beaucoup for your review!
It was a pleasure to organize your getaway in Dordogne.
See you soon in Europe, I would be very happy to organize your trip again,
Valentine

Great first-time trip to Europe
France | Aug 26 - Sep 3, 2023

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Tyler M.
East Hartford, CT | Reviewed on Sep 10, 2023
Valentine helped us to plan an amazing first time trip to France for us! We really enjoyed all of our tours by A la FRANÇAISE in each city! Read more

Valentine helped us to plan an amazing first time trip to France for us! We really enjoyed all of our tours by A la FRANÇAISE in each city!

Hotel Reviews
Maison Armance
Paris

This hotel was one of our favorites of the trip! The hotel staff & amenities were top notch!

Authenticity & Character
The decor and all of the staff
Location
Close to restaurants, sites and the metro
Staff
They were friendly and thoughtful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hôtel de l’Horloge
Avignon

The hotel was right in the center of town so it was easy to walk everywhere we needed to go!

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Maisons du Monde Hôtel Marseille Vieux Port
Marseille

The hotel was within walking distance to pretty much everything!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room had a little bit of a smell to it like food and the floor wasn’t super clean but overall, we enjoyed our stay!
Novotel Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Tremblay-en-France

This hotel was probably one of the worst we have stayed in. The location was convenient as it was in the airport terminal. We had to change rooms as our air conditioning was broken. The room we changed to had water leaking from the ceiling and the response from the front desk was that they knew. The room wasn’t very clean also. The hotel restaurant was also concerning as we witnessed several people complaining about their food so we ate elsewhere.

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Activity Reviews
Commented Cruise on the Seine (audio guided)
Commented Cruise on the Seine (audio guided)
Paris

We loved this boat tour! Got to see Paris from a different angle

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Skip the line Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Skip the line Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Paris

We added these tickets last minute and they did not disappoint!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Palace of Versailles Half-Day Trip including transportation from Paris, Skip-the-Line Access and Audio-Guide
Palace of Versailles Half-Day Trip including transportation from Paris, Skip-the-Line Access and Audio-Guide
Paris

We wish this tour was a few hours longer! We had to get an audio guide but felt rushed in each room as there was so much to see! We loved the inside of the palace and loved the gardens even more!

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Saint-Germain-des-Prés Pastry and Chocolate Tour
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Pastry and Chocolate Tour
Paris

The guide we had was awesome! We loved it!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable & super nice
Transport
Murders and Mysteries of the Louvre
Murders and Mysteries of the Louvre
Paris

This tour was fun & we learned quite a bit but I think we were under the impression the “murders & mysteries” part was something different. We had a great time regardless!

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Avignon Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Guide
Avignon Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Guide
Avignon

We really enjoyed the 1:1 tour through Avignon! We got to ask so many questions and learn so much!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our tour guide was amazing! She gave us so many great tips, recommendations
Transport
The Best of Luberon in an Afternoon
The Best of Luberon in an Afternoon
Avignon

We really loved the Luberon! The tour guide and group was great as well!

Quality of Experience
All of the amazing sites!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide, bastian, was great!
Transport
Full-day e-bike tour in the Alpilles region (small group from Aix-en-Provence or Avignon)
Full-day e-bike tour in the Alpilles region (small group from Aix-en-Provence or Avignon)
France

We loved the e-bike tour for the most part! The only thing we think may be done better is returning the bikes and then walking through the village/town. We loved the olive oil tasting and wish it was a bit longer!

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Half-day Calanques tour from Marseille (small group tour)
Half-day Calanques tour from Marseille (small group tour)
Marseille

This boat tour was one of our favorite parts of the trip to Marseilles! We loved the entire experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide Jean-Luc was amazing!
Transport
Cooking class in Marseille with lunch included
Cooking class in Marseille with lunch included
Marseille

We would have liked to see the menu options before as one of us doesn’t care for seafood but the entire experience was worth it! We loved the chef!

Quality of Experience
Our group & chef
Food
The appetizers & wine were our favorite. One of us doesn’t like seafood but the meal was good!
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Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Sep 12, 2023

Good morning Tyler,
Thank you very much for your review!
It is always important to read your comments in order to improve our future services.
We hope you enjoyed your holiday in beautiful France.
Have a lovely Summer season & see you soon in Europe,
Valentine

A wonderful and fun trip to France
France | Aug 5 - Aug 19, 2023

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Indhu S.
Sri Lanka | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023
We had a super experience! Valentine was very helpful, knowledgable and accomodated all our requests during the planning and booking of the trip. Everything was organised in a very short time period (7 to 10 days before the trip). Also, we really appreciated that she was available to us throughout our trip in France and we were able to reschedule some private transfers and one tour. The tour guides were very knowledable and interesting. The travel including private transfers, internal flight... Read more

We had a super experience! Valentine was very helpful, knowledgable and accomodated all our requests during the planning and booking of the trip. Everything was organised in a very short time period (7 to 10 days before the trip). Also, we really appreciated that she was available to us throughout our trip in France and we were able to reschedule some private transfers and one tour. The tour guides were very knowledable and interesting. The travel including private transfers, internal flight and train rides were all well organised. Perhaps one area of improvement would be that we would have liked a little more transparency with the costs of the individual tours and private transfers. Overall, we had a great expereience! Thank you.

Hotel Reviews
B&B Domaine de l'Isle
Chenonceaux

It was a very pretty and charming place but located a little far from restaurants.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel
Aix-en-Provence
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Commented Cruise on the Seine (audio guided)
Commented Cruise on the Seine (audio guided)
Paris

The boat was very crowded but we saw the basic highlights of Paris. It was sometimes difficult to follow the audio guide

Saint-Germain-des-Prés Pastry and Chocolate Tour
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Pastry and Chocolate Tour
Paris

This was quite an interesting experience and in addition to being introduced to some of the better pastry and chocolate shops, the guide also took us to some of the churches in the area. Sampling the pastries and chocs was also grerat!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Skip the line Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Skip the line Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets
Paris

Amazing views of Paris from the Summit. Also, felt great to reach the top of one of the most famous structures in the world. Guide was also interesting and fun.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
A Magical Day at Disneyland Paris
A Magical Day at Disneyland Paris
France
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Driver was very friendly and accomodating
Louvre Private Family Adventure
Louvre Private Family Adventure
Paris

Guide was very good and made it interesting for the kids.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Loire Valley Wine tour to Vouvray - Afternoon
Loire Valley Wine tour to Vouvray - Afternoon
France

Very informative guides and enjoyed the scenic drives!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Canoë under Chenonceau Castle
Canoë under Chenonceau Castle
Amboise

Great views of the Chenonceau castle and it felt good to do something active

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Chateau de Chenonceau Loire Valley Castle - Entrance Tickets
Chateau de Chenonceau Loire Valley Castle - Entrance Tickets
France

Good audio guide

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Tours of the French Riviera
Private Tours of the French Riviera
France
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Aug 23, 2023

Bonjour Indhu,
Thank you very much for your review!
All your remarks are very important and helpful for us, in order to improve our services.
We hope you enjoyed your family trip, it was a pleasure to organize it quite last-minute.
See you soon in Europe,
Valentine

My son and I traveled around France for 2 wee...
France | Aug 8 - Aug 19, 2023

Dianne
Dianne M.
Colorado Springs, CO | Reviewed on Aug 20, 2023

My son and I traveled around France for 2 weeks. I was anxious about planning the trip but Valentine made it stress free. She was easily accessible and answered all my concerns very timely, making changes I requested, listening to what we wanted and arranging the trip perfectly! The accommodations and tours she arranged were better than expected. I would definitely recommend her and use the services for any future travel.

Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Aug 22, 2023

Bonjour Dianne,
Merci beaucoup for your review!
It was a real plaesure to organize your Mother & Son trip to South of France.
Hope you cameback home with a lot of souvenirs in mind.
Have a lovely Summer Season, and see you soon in Europe,
Valentine

Trip to Switzerland
Switzerland | Jun 23 - Jul 1, 2023

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Tyler O.
Shaw, DC | Reviewed on Aug 05, 2023
Valentine planned an extraordinary 8-day trip through Switzerland, including stops in Lucerne, Grindelwald, Zermatt, and Montreux. She was exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive to our questions at every stage -- both before and during the trip. All of the hotels, meals, and other accommodations met or exceeded our expectations. The itinerary was detailed and easy-to-follow. We would absolutely work with Valentine again, and recommend others work with her as well. This was our... Read more

Valentine planned an extraordinary 8-day trip through Switzerland, including stops in Lucerne, Grindelwald, Zermatt, and Montreux. She was exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive to our questions at every stage -- both before and during the trip. All of the hotels, meals, and other accommodations met or exceeded our expectations. The itinerary was detailed and easy-to-follow. We would absolutely work with Valentine again, and recommend others work with her as well. This was our first time using KimKim and it was well-worth the investment.

Hotel Reviews
Parkhotel Schoenegg
Grindelwald
Hotel Matterhorn Lodge Zermatt
ZERMATT
Hotel Krone Luzern
Lucerne
Hotel Astra
Vevey
Activity Reviews
Swiss Travel Pass
Swiss Travel Pass
Switzerland
Mount Pilatus, Golden Round Trip (Tickets)
Mount Pilatus, Golden Round Trip (Tickets)
Luzern
Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe (tickets and seat reservation)
Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe (tickets and seat reservation)
Switzerland
Gornergrat panoramic train (return day-ticket)
Gornergrat panoramic train (return day-ticket)
Switzerland
Food lovers experience: Gruyères day tour
Food lovers experience: Gruyères day tour
Switzerland
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Aug 07, 2023

Bonjour Tyler,
Thank you so much for your lovely review.
It was a real pleasure to organize your first trip in Switzerland. And I am happy to read that you spent a great time!
Have a great summer season & see you soon,
Valentine

Kim Kim and Valentine over the top!
Switzerland | Jul 13 - Jul 20, 2023

Tommy
Tommy B.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023
Valentine did an excellent job planning our extension stay in Switzerland. We got off a Viking Cruise and Kim Kim took it from there. They listened carefully to our desires and met our expectations. Read more

Valentine did an excellent job planning our extension stay in Switzerland. We got off a Viking Cruise and Kim Kim took it from there. They listened carefully to our desires and met our expectations.

Hotel Reviews
Boutique Hotel Helmhaus
Zürich

Centrally located but a bit difficult to find. Need to know how to get to the hotel. Once you figure that out it is fantastic.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Hard to find.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Royal Plaza Montreux
Montreux,

Excellent service. Food was over the top!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Next door to the Jazz Festival. Great location.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Schlosshotel Zermatt
Zermatt

Fantastic hotel and centrally located to everything. Only a block from the commuter trail station.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Kirchbül Grindelwald
Grindelwald

A little way from town but the views here are spectacular. Outstanding customer service.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Jul 27, 2023

Hello Tommy,
Thank you so much for your lovely review!
It was a pleasure to organize your trip and make you discover our beautiful country :)
Noted for your remark on the Hotel Helmhaus, next time I will advise an new hotel I tried in the Old Town, maybe more charming and easy to find.
Have a nice Summer season and see you soon,
Valentine

Switzerland , a heaven on earth !
Switzerland | Jul 1 - Jul 14, 2023

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Rajan V.
Cloverly, MD | Reviewed on Jul 23, 2023
Switzerland is a wonderful place . Interlaken in particular was the most memorable place I visited . Read more

Switzerland is a wonderful place . Interlaken in particular was the most memorable place I visited .

Activity Reviews
Swiss Travel Pass
Swiss Travel Pass
Switzerland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe (tickets and seat reservation)
Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe (tickets and seat reservation)
Switzerland
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Afternoon tour to Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein (group tour/5,5 hours)
Afternoon tour to Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein (group tour/5,5 hours)
Zürich
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Mount Pilatus, Golden Round Trip (Tickets)
Mount Pilatus, Golden Round Trip (Tickets)
Luzern
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Palace of Versailles Half-Day Trip including transportation from Paris, Skip-the-Line Access and Audio-Guide
Palace of Versailles Half-Day Trip including transportation from Paris, Skip-the-Line Access and Audio-Guide
Paris
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Louvre Museum in Paris - Entrance Tickets
Louvre Museum in Paris - Entrance Tickets
Paris
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Jul 25, 2023

Bonjour Rajan,
Thank you so much for your kind review!
You are right, Switzerland is a real heaven on earth :)
I'm glad to read that you had a great stay and came back home with a lot of souvenirs in mind.
See you soon,
Valentine

One of the best trips yet! Thanks to KimKim!
Germany | Jun 24 - Jul 9, 2023

Sachin
Sachin V.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023
Loved the trip overall. Excellent job by Valentine and her team. They were extremely flexible with all the changes we wanted to make. Even during our trip they assisted with all sorts of questions and even some changes. Overall the guides were good. The best guide was Jim in Fussen who showed us the castles, with a wealth of historical and current day knowledge. Overall we felt the trip was quite expensive, but most of it was the cost of hotels/restaurants in Switzerland and some of it... Read more

Loved the trip overall. Excellent job by Valentine and her team. They were extremely flexible with all the changes we wanted to make. Even during our trip they assisted with all sorts of questions and even some changes. Overall the guides were good. The best guide was Jim in Fussen who showed us the castles, with a wealth of historical and current day knowledge. Overall we felt the trip was quite expensive, but most of it was the cost of hotels/restaurants in Switzerland and some of it was to do with our choices of guides, excursions and specific activities like driving around Nurburgring. Our family had an awesome time and we could not have done it without KimKim!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Sonne Füssen
Fussen

This hotel was beautiful, but it didn't have air conditioning which was quite a problem during the summer heat. I was not aware of this when I booked it. Nonetheless, I managed by opening the window to cool down. I'd say it was an okay experience but they should definitely let customers know about the lack of AC beforehand.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Eiger Selfness Hotel
Grindelwald

This hotel was also good but like the previous one, it lacked air conditioning. However, the cooler temperatures in Grindelwald during the night made the stay bearable. The hotel was fine overall, but again, knowing about the lack of air conditioning in advance would've been helpful

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Munich Private Guided Walking Tour (Private/2Hours)
Munich Private Guided Walking Tour (Private/2Hours)
Munich

The guide, Barbara, was knowledgeable but very opinionated, which made the tour a little less enjoyable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle & more!
Private Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle & more!
Germany

This was my favorite activity. The tour guide, Jim, was absolutely fantastic - interactive, engaging, and down-to-earth. He was very knowledgeable, but never condescending, which made the tour very enjoyable. I'd highly recommend Jim and this tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Food lovers experience: Gruyères day tour
Food lovers experience: Gruyères day tour
Germany

This was a nice tour, but I feel that renting a car and driving down ourselves would have been a better and more cost-effective option.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Summer Kayak Tour Lake Brienz (Private/Approx. 3 hours)
Summer Kayak Tour Lake Brienz (Private/Approx. 3 hours)
Germany

I enjoyed the kayaking activity, but I probably would have just rented the kayaks ourselves instead of hiring a guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Jul 25, 2023

Bonjour Sachin,
Thank you very much for your detailed review!
Happy to read that you spent a great time with your family.
All your comments will help us to improve our services and create even higher-quality travel experiences. It is true that the cost of living in Switzerland is high, and this affects tourism too.
Regarding A/C, we will make sure to communicate about this aspect at the first call in the future. Not all the hotels are equipped with A/C in Europe, this is a real criteria to consider.
Have a nice summer season and see you soon in Europe,
Valentine

Overall had a wonderful time. Valentine was v...
Switzerland | Jul 1 - Jul 14, 2023

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Nair M.
Reston, VA | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2023
Overall had a wonderful time. Valentine was very helpful and would respond immediately to our questions.
Switzerland was great except the room in Montreal was uncomfortably small.
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Overall had a wonderful time. Valentine was very helpful and would respond immediately to our questions.
Switzerland was great except the room in Montreal was uncomfortably small.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel La Rouvenaz
Montreux

Room and shower area way too small. No place to even open your bag especially if big.

Authenticity & Character
Not sure if this can be improved but the size of the rooms too small and AC would help.
Location
Nice lively area and close to public transport
Staff
Always pleasant and helpful with information.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean but not comfortable. Too small and hot.
ibis Styles Zurich City Center
Zürich
Hotel Beausite
Interlaken
Hotel Phoenix Zermatt
Zermatt
Hotel Design Sorbonne
Paris
Activity Reviews
Swiss Travel Pass
Swiss Travel Pass
Switzerland
Afternoon tour to Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein (group tour/5,5 hours)
Afternoon tour to Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein (group tour/5,5 hours)
Zürich
Mount Pilatus, Golden Round Trip (Tickets)
Mount Pilatus, Golden Round Trip (Tickets)
Luzern
Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe (tickets and seat reservation)
Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe (tickets and seat reservation)
Switzerland
Summer Kayak Tour Lake Brienz (Small Group Tour/Approx. 3 hours)
Summer Kayak Tour Lake Brienz (Small Group Tour/Approx. 3 hours)
Switzerland
Quality of Experience
The kayaking guide is as very good.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Palace of Versailles Half-Day Trip including transportation from Paris, Skip-the-Line Access and Audio-Guide
Palace of Versailles Half-Day Trip including transportation from Paris, Skip-the-Line Access and Audio-Guide
Paris
Louvre Museum in Paris - Entrance Tickets
Louvre Museum in Paris - Entrance Tickets
Paris
Local specialist: Valentine Julien
Valentine
Valentine Julien
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on Jul 21, 2023

Hello Nair,
Thank you very much for your review.
Your feedbacks are very helpful to improve our services. It is true that in Montreux, during the Montreux Jazz Festival, the availability of hotels is limited. We will think of an alternative hotel for next stays during this period or go for bigger rooms.
Good to read that you spent a lovely time in Switzerland!
I wish you a nice Summer season, and see you soon in Europe.
Valentine