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Intimate France Tours

Oakland, CA, USA
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About Intimate France Tours
For 24 years we have specialized in small groups (8 or fewer) visiting Europe's most beautiful regions – including France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Germany and Austria. We stay in charming hotels in inns in city/town centers and offer extensive sightseeing – markets, villages, monuments, churches and cathedrals. We offer world-class dining and wines. All tours are owner-escorted.
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Mary B wrote a review Oct 2019
Seal Beach, California, United States11 contributions2 helpful votes
“The Italian Lakes and Alps” was my third trip with Intimate France and each time the experience has gotten better. George Nevin always provides a great mix of interesting locations, comfortable hotels well situated for shopping and dining, museums, sites, and delicious meals in excellent restaurants. What makes it all the more special is the anticipation with confidence of a wonderful trip. Nearly every day we had a group activity: a visit to a museum, villa, palazzo, island, and on one special day, a viewing of Giotto’s frescos in Padua. With the perfect pacing, there was always time for a quiet glass of wine, a gelato while walking by the lake, discovery of a new favorite meal (buckwheat noodles with mushrooms), or just admiring the natural beauty of the mountains. George and his excellent assistant, Mathias Bernal, take care of everything and the lucky traveler is free to enjoy the trip.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded Oct 5, 2019
Mary, you and your friends were a great addition to our intrepid band of travelers. Whenever you're aboard I always know that there will be lots of laughter as well as a deep appreciation of what gifts that particular corner of Europe has for visitors. I really appreciate your comments.
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D_B_Abate wrote a review Oct 2019
San Diego, California6 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I had traveled extensively with small groups and on our own when we found Intimate France and George Nevin for a trip to the Burgundy region of France a few years ago. It was a marvelous trip with beautiful French villages, the best wines and food, fascinating historical sites and information, and a relaxed and friendly small group led by George, owner and tour leader. The trip was so easy and wonderful that we recklessly thought we could plan a “George” trip for just the two of us and “do it like George does it.” We were so wrong, and have never worked harder. We’re sticking with George’s trips! George plans and executes brilliant tours, making it look effortless for his guests. On each trip he plans exceptional meals and wine pairings, insider visits with locals, off the beaten track village walks, interesting museums and memorable historical and cultural sites. He’s fluent with several languages so we always felt well-informed, and he’s alert to local activities so we always felt safe. Hotels were never ‘cookie cutter’ standard but were comfortable, frequently historic, and close to attractions like old town centers, lovely streams, mass transit or tucked in a local neighborhood. We’ve savored three wonderful trips with George, and we plan on many more trips, so don’t even think of retiring, George!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Geonev, Owner at Intimate France Tours
Responded Oct 3, 2019
I had a great time traveling with you and thank you so much for your review.
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6fred_the_traveller wrote a review Oct 2019
Jupiter, Florida22 contributions42 helpful votes
This tour of this Northern Italian Region was a magnificently planned tour for a small group of 16 people. George Nevin, owner and intrepid, knowledgeable and very personable guide has done this for 25 years and planned this trip perfectly. All hotels are excellent and the dinners and lunches that were part of the tour were sumptuous. The varied sights of Lakes Como from Bellagio and Maggiore from Pallanza in our waterfront hotels were lovely. As we moved further North to Bormio and Bolanzo we found ourselves in the dual lingual,culinary and architectural cultures of Austrian and Italian (Italy annexed part of Austria after WW1). Hotels and food here were again the best. And as we road toured the Alps and The Dolomites we were awestruck by their beauty. All other parts of the tour were excellent as well.Great work George!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded Oct 3, 2019
Fred, it was great to travel with you and get to know you. Profound thanks for your kind words.
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Janet R wrote a review Oct 2019
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We were so fortunate to discover this gem of a tour- only fifteen people and two guides for the Italian lakes and Alps areas. George knew this areas so well we enjoyed in-depth experiences with wine, dining art and culture. We even visited the Iceman of Bolzano. We were so impressed, we're going to do Intimate France next fall.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded Oct 3, 2019
Thank you, Janet, for your review, and I look forward to seeing you and John next year. It's going to be great!
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robert b wrote a review Jun 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania10 contributions
A wonderful trip arranged and conducted by George Nevin. George quickly became a friend as well as a tour guide. There were six of us along with George and his lovely wife. We stayed at excellent boutique hotels, ate at superb restaurants and never felt pushed or rushed 'to get on the bus'. Actually it was a nice van which George drove himself. My wife and I look forward to doing another adventure with George.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Responded Oct 3, 2019
Robert, thank you so much for your review. It would be a pleasure to see you "on the road" again.
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