French Side Travel

Your Local Travel Agency in France

Unique luxury travel experiences in France

French Side Travel is a family-owned French DMC specializing in luxury and custom trips to France. We organize tailor-made, original tours throughout all of mainland France and Corsica. We’re based in Aix-en-Provence, and we pride ourselves on our extensive local knowledge, dedication to customer service, and keen attention to detail.

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We’re proud to have our own Mark Bonte recognized as a Top Travel Advisor
France Specialist
for two years in a row on Travel + Leisure’s 2022 A-List.
When you come to France with French Side Travel you’ll experience the
country through the eyes of award-winning local experts.

You’ll have access to a diverse mix of classic products such as hotels, visits,
and meals and authentic experiences like luxury bed and breakfasts and
activities with locals. You won’t find our high-end travel packages in travel
brochures. Each of our tours is 100% customized for each traveler’s unique
needs and preferences.

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French Side Travel welcomes inquiries from both travelers and travel
agencies. Travelers to France may reach us through our inquiry form.
We look forward to working with travel agencies and tour operators and
becoming your local DMC for France. We help expand your portfolio of
premium and exclusive offerings. Benefit from real local knowledge and
on-the-ground travel designers. We provide a 24/7 English-spoken concierge
service for your clients.

About Our Founders


Paul and Mark Bonte founded French Side Travel in 2015. A father and son
team, travel is our calling. We love to share meaningful travel experiences
with visitors to France.

Mark holds a Master’s in International Business from the Paris School of Business. He grew up and worked in Paris before gaining international and
multicultural experiences working abroad in London, Cologne, New Delhi,
and Sydney for various tourism, event, and hospitality companies. Mark loves
culinary journeys, challenging nature while surfing & snowboarding,
searching for unique off-the-beaten-path places, and meeting with locals to
learn about new cultures.

After traveling the globe, Mark believed that his native France was the most
beautiful place in the world he had discovered and decided to share his
knowledge with other travelers. In 2020 he was named a Top Travel Advisor
by Travel and Leisure

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Paul is a dyed-in-the-wool globetrotter who has traveled to more than 50
. Perhaps the most memorable trips were hitchhiking from France
to India in the early 1980s and walking the Camino de Santiago from Arles to
Santiago de Compostela in 2015. Before founding French Side Travel he
enjoyed a 30 year-long journey working for European tour operators. He holds
a Master’s Degree in tourism and economy from the Business School of
Grenoble and an Executive MBA from the Neoma Business School in Paris.

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