When planning a luxury getaway in France, it can be challenging to sift through all the options and decide who to entrust your holiday to. Is it savviest to hire the most well-known luxury tour company you’ve heard of, who offers packages and tours in destinations around the world and considered by many to be the “safest bet”? Is joining large guided tours a guarantee of quality, or will the crowded conditions take away too much from the experience, making your holiday standard and predictable rather than extraordinary and full of discovery? Is it best, in the end, to construct your own itinerary and go it alone, guaranteeing you’ll be able to see and do precisely what you most wish to and avoid disappointment? It so happens that there’s another solution: privileging tours by local travel specialists.
In a globalised market where big names in luxury travel operate worldwide, this can seem counterintuitive. But by entrusting your exploration of France to locally based experts and docents, you’ll benefit from their particular on-the ground knowledge, and their dedication to making your experience a truly extraordinary one. These guides will often go the extra mile to show you what makes their particular corner of the world so special, and share their insights and secret corners with you. Here are 5 good reasons why to choose local guides for your next trip, whether you’re planning to visit Paris, Provence, or several of the country’s unique regions. Read on.