How to take the very best self drive tours of France

Written by on February 28, 2019 in Tours in France

The walled citadel of Carcassonne, perched high on a hill on a cloudy day but lit by a beam of sunlight

If you are looking for an independent, authentic and immersive travel experience in France, France Just For You can craft your personalized self-drive itinerary. Emilie and Laura who run the company, will arrange all accommodation, car rental and driving routes so you can focus on enjoying the best of France at your own pace. They will organise for you to stay at premium Bed & Breakfast accommodation with welcoming English-speaking French hosts. And, they’ll ensure you have plenty of opportunities to interact with French people during your trip.

Self-drive tours in France

The market place of Nice, southern France, bright sunlight, colourful buildings and market awnings

There is a wide range of self-drive itineraries to choose from on the France Just For You website. They cover ten different regions: the Loire Valley, Normandy, Burgundy, Provence, Dordogne, Carcassonne, the French Riviera, Bordeaux, the Basque Country and Paris.

Simply choose one of the sample itineraries for your tour or use them as inspiration to compile a wish list for a customized tour. Contact Emilie and Laura via the website and they’ll produce the outline of a suggested itinerary which is shared with you before the final detailed itinerary is put together. Their extensive expertise and experience and your input, taking into account your wishes and expectations, will result in a unique and highly personalized self-drive tour of France – just for you.

Personalised tours and itineraries for your France visit

People enjoying themselves at dinner in a beautiful outdoor restaurant in France

Emilie Thyebaut and her husband Guillaume founded France Just For You after they took a round the world trip. They realized that the most special and memorable moments had been their interactions with the locals. “They gave us a unique insight into what life was like in their country, as well as tips on places we should visit. We learned about aspects of their cultures that we would never have discovered on our own” explains Emilie. “We wanted to replicate this experience for travellers visiting France. Our self-guided tours give travellers the chance to see our beautiful country through our eyes.”

People enjoying a glass of red wine in a bar in France

With this in mind, Emilie and Laura’s customized driving itineraries often venture away from the well-worn tourist trail. “We know that visitors may feel nervous about travelling independently through France because of the language barrier,” Emilie says. “This is why we only work with premium B&Bs where we know the hosts personally. They are happy to speak English with our travellers. They always offer a warm welcome, as well as advice on how to enjoy their region.”

Emilie and Laura also try to arrange at least one table d’hôte for each trip. This is an evening meal prepared and hosted by the French hosts in their home. “It’s a great chance to share a meal with hosts and other guests staying at the B&B. It’s also a great way to make new friends and exchange tips while indulging in fine French food and wine.”

France as you want to discover it

Rolling hills covered with leafy vines in Burgundy, France

Each tour is careful crafted according to your wishes. If you’re wine-lovers, you might want to include private tours of vineyards and wine cellars away from the tourist crowds. Foodies will love the farmers’ markets and local cuisine. France Just For You can even arrange a private cooking class at the home of a French chef. Using fresh, local ingredients, the chef will help you to prepare a delicious dinner to enjoy with him and his family.

The Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley, with dozens of pointy towers and turrets

If you’re interested in history and French heritage then you will be bowled over by an itinerary that takes in ancient ruins, medieval villages, gothic cathedrals, centuries-old castles and the battle sites of past wars. Whether your dream is to explore the vineyards of Bordeaux, pay your respects to those who lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy, or to stroll through the most beautiful gardens in France, Emilie and Laura will make it a reality. And if there’s anything that could make your trip extra special – maybe a romantic dinner to celebrate a special occasion or a visit to your ancestral village, then just tell them. They’ll make sure that the itinerary reflects your personal visit requirements.

Your tour of France with everything taken care of

Each tour includes a French smartphone for travellers to use during their trip. Emilie and Laura also write a 250-500-page personalized guidebook using their extensive know-how, unique to each tour. In it there are the names and addresses of accommodation and restaurant recommendations. Plus there are suggested self-guided walking tours, interesting information about France and much more. In short, it has everything you need for exploring France at your own pace.

Contact Emillie and Laura at France Just For You, and they’ll help you plan your dream trip to France.

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