Why Choose Us as Your Provence France Tour Guides?
France’s Best Kept Secret
If you go from Paris to the Riviera, you will go through the Rhone Valley, home of the Côtes Du Rhônes wines. You will also most likely miss one of France’s best kept secrets; the county of Drôme nestled in Northern Provence, my gorgeous native region in southern France. As your Provence France tour guides, let us take you there.
I have long dreamed of a way to help people connect with each other across cultures. After 9/11 and the political divide that emerged between France and the USA, I was asked many questions about my country that made me realize how little we know and understand about each other. I felt I had a mission to change people’s perspectives. My native secret corner of the world was my ticket and a good place to start.
So, like anyone with a secret, I could not wait to share it with others. After years of playing with the idea, in 2013 I took the leap. I quit my job and took a few months off from the professional ring to design a tour. Provence Detours, a small tour company dedicated to taking clients to the nook and crannies of my native land, was born.
When people speak to me of their experiences visiting France, it is mostly about the landscapes and sites. People are rarely mentioned and if so, not always in great terms. The premise of our tours is to offer authenticity and a sense of wonder away from big cities and heavily visited areas. It is also about creating unforgettable memories while building new relationships. We accomplish our mission by providing a close encounter with the people, places, stories, and delicacies of the region. Our accommodations are owned and run by locals. Our guests get to know the native people, their work, their struggle, and their laughter. Locals share with guests their passion, livelihood, and the beauty of their land. I want everyone to listen and tell their stories. We all have fascinating stories. Stories build memories. Stories build relationships. What better place to share stories than in France among lavender fields, around great food and superb wine? So now it is your turn to take the leap and let me take you home.
“ It was great to travel with a small group and to see the country through the eyes of a native.” ~ Christy G/ Ray S.
Meet Your Provence France Travel Guides
Paul Vandal was born and raised in Massachusetts. A mechanic by profession and renaissance man by desire, he was happy puttering through life never wandering far from home. This came to an end when he met Sylvie. Her restlessness for exploring and love for challenges, took him across the USA as well as across the ocean. His passion for maps has come very handy as the “unflappable” chief driver for the tours. He brings to the tours his American perspective and experience of being thrown into this French family who embraced him fully. Let alone discovering the French food and wine decorum. This is what a client had to say “Paul showed patience, friendliness and equanimity throughout a very full week!”
“ They both were gracious and cared about all that participated in a personal way. A rare trip opportunity” ~ Mike D