Our travel agent and this company helped to plan a 9-night trip to Paris during the spring of 2017 for my wife and I. I simply can't say enough good things about the company, and about our agent in particular. Our agent worked within the budget I set out, responded to every priority we set for the trip, was friendly, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. So just in terms of process, it was incredibly smooth. She met us at our first hotel the day we arrived, and was always available to answer questions quickly and efficiently during our stay.
We stayed in three separate hotels that allowed us to sample a range of accommodations -- from a small boutique hotel, to a B&B in Dijon, to a more traditional, larger hotel right across from the Tuilleries. Each place was fantastic. The rooms were comfortable, the staff was gracious and kind, and the locations couldn't be beat. Particularly our last hotel. I can't describe how pleasant it was to open your window, step out onto the balcony and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle.
Our agent arranged several guided tours for us -- of the Latin Quarter, Pere Lachaise, the Louvre, and the Burgundy wine region. We wanted specific things out of each -- ending at Shakespeare & Company for the Latin Quarter, focusing on Greek antiquities at the Louvre, etc. Our agent made sure that each of those priorities was communicated to her guides, all of whom were unfailingly polite, knowledgeable, and friendly. We were deeply satisfied with each experience. Our agent also arranged a few "foodie" experiences for us, including a cheese cave tour and tasting in Le Marais and a pastry class at Le Notre on the Champs Elysee. Again, both experiences were fantastic. And our agent arranged reservations for us at some of Paris' most exclusive Michelin-starred restaurants. Literally everything we asked for was handled, easily and efficiently.
I didn't even mention the transfers, but those were also incredibly smooth -- someone met us at the airport, at our hotel before certain tours, and at the train station to and from Dijon. We felt so well taken care of the whole time, and the effort and planning that went into making us feel that way was entirely behind the scenes. It seemed effortless. If you are planning a trip to France, particularly Paris, just stop looking, and usemthis agent and her company. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Honestly, it was all enjoyable. But I think the things we'll remember the longest were the quieter moments -- walking together in the Jardin Tuilleries after a late-spring rain, watching the Tour Eiffel light up at night, listening to a free organ recital in Notre Dame cathedral, watching the countryside go by on the train to or from Dijon, etc.
Well, I would certainly use this travel company again, for sure. I might not, as we did, schedule two largish meals so close to each other -- one for dinner and then another for lunch the next day. We enjoyed ourselves, but after an incredible meal such as each was, you need a little time to mentally (and physically!) process it. That was entirely our decision, not our agent's, so we have only ourselves to blame!
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