Maryl discovers local tour guides that can personalize your next trip.
|Laurence Minard-Amalou, of Provence Exclusive|
There’s a whole industry of global tour guides that I learned more about when I recently dropped my daughter off in Avignon for a two week photography course. Her school had hired Laurence Minard-Amalou, (photo above) principal of Provence Exclusive, to act not just as the students’ tour guide but also their translator and dispenser of everyday knowledge on how to live and learn in Provence.
Laurence is a former historian turned tour guide for hire who speaks a few languages. She is licensed by the French government to conduct tours - walking or driving - that offer a unique experience in the less touristy places for families or small groups. Laurence also gives community services classes on travelling in France and consults with foreign executives relocating to France.
|Laurence with students & instructors|
Specialized Shopping Tours
|Lisa Richardson and Niki Robinson|
Tour Guide Consortium
Obviously, personal recommendations are the best way to find a guide and be assured of getting a quality tour. We can highly recommend ProvenceExclusive and Antiques and Boutiques. And please share any other referrals you might have in the comments below. Laurence spent two weeks with my daughter’s class and one of their excursions included a dinner party at her house with her family. It doesn’t get more personal than that!