July 2018


About Intimate France — We travel every spring and fall to Europe's most beautiful destinations. Our small groups (usually eight travelers, never more than 16) guarantee you the utmost in personal service and attention to detail. Learn more about us or contact Intimate France.




Intimate France is fortunate to have filled all fall 2018 tours. We're taking a total of 40 travelers to Europe this year — mostly Americans but also three Canadians and a New Zealander who learned about our tours online.


But fear not — we've finalized our 2019 tour lineup and you can see details below. Although 2019 may seem a long time away, it will get here eventually, and travelers who act early will be assured of seats.


Because of the popularity of our 2018 offerings, we are repeating three of its four tours: Italian Lakes & Alps, French & Spanish Basque, and Dordogne, France. Our fourth 2019 offering, Dalmatian Coast & Croatia, is a repeat of a tour last operated in 2009.


So ... check out what's in store for next year. Enrollment is now open for 2019 tours. If you want to join one of our small groups, early action is advised — both of our fall 2018 tours (Basque and Dordogne) filled in November 2017, roughly 10 months out. See our site for details of 2019 tours: www.intimatefrance.com.


Exterior, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain.


French & Spanish Basque,
April 28-May 10, 2019



      Pilgrimage village of Rocamadour, France.


Dordogne, France,

May 12-24, 2019



High peaks, Dolomite Alps, Italy.


Italian Lakes & Alps, Sept. 1-13, 2019


Harbor and village, Rovinj, Croatia.


Dalmatian Coast & Croatia,

Sept. 15-27, 2019


We at Intimate France are particularly excited to be  returning to the Dalmatian Coast & Croatia in 2019, after an absence of 10 years.


Though increasingly popular, Croatia retains the feeling of an undiscovered gem. The sights are venerable (many coastal towns were built under the rule of Venice in the 1400s) while feeling new.


Besides gorgeous and unspoiled villages (cobbled or marble-clad streets, ports chock-a-block with bobbing boats, walled cities), Croatia boasts a world-class natural site: Plitvička Lakes National Park, inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Think of a mountain canyon, sloping steeply downhill, with 16 lakes of emerald-colored water, linked by plunging waterfalls. That's Plitvička.


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Plitvička Lakes National Park, Croatia.


We also make short excursions into three neighboring countries that formerly formed part of the Yugoslav Confederation (Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro) and spend four glorious days in Dubrovnik, the "pearl of the Adriatic."


We will limit this group to eight, so think about joining us in September 2019. Information here.





New for 2018: use Visa-Mastercard-Discover to make tour deposits and final payments. Go to this page for complete signup options. If you would rather just ask us about using a card, please call us at (800 676-1247) or email



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Through a traveler's eyes



© Evangeline Brown

Waiting for changing of guard, Prince's Palace, Monaco.


By George Nevin

Founder-owner, Intimate France


One lesson I have learned in leading Intimate France tours to Europe is how hard it is to present an outstanding tour and at the same time do some other side activity — such as taking exceptional photos.


It's become clear to me that anything more than a quick point-and-shoot takes valuable time away from the complex job of directing a successful tour.


For that reason I'm always grateful when one of my travelers shares outstanding images with me. Such a photographer is Evangeline Brown, who doubled up on our spring 2018 tours to the French Riviera and then to the Italian Lakes & Alps.


Evangeline has given me permission to include these lovely photos in this e-newsletter. This month will feature images of the French Riviera. In our next e-newsletter, you'll see her shots of the Italian Lakes & Alps.


A big thank-you, Evangeline!


© Evangeline Brown

Three happy travelers – Georgia, Mary, Ginger.


© Evangeline Brown

Climbing the ramp to the Prince's Palace, Monaco.


© Evangeline Brown

Breakfast with a view — Hôtel Chambord, Menton


© Evangeline Brown

Stone walls and cactus — Roquebrune, Côte d'Azur.


© Evangeline Brown

Perched village of St. Paul de Vence, above Nice.