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As a specialized tour operator in European small group vacation since 2004, M16013 provides the most authentic and unique vacation in France, Belgium, Tuscany, Spain that includes history, nature, local art, folklore, and, of course, gourmet cuisine. Themed tours are art vacation and cooking holidays.

The Founders of M16013 are two women from Belgium and France. Extensive travelers, they want to share with you the love of Europe and their extensive, in-depth knowledge of the culture.

M16013 is proud of offering quality tours by limiting the size of the groups to 10 guests. Designed by French and Belgian natives, the tours are an authentic experience . They chose the best accommodation in convenient places, to allow you to immerse yourself in the culture, meet locals and feel at home. Their goal during your stay with them is to get to know you, pamper you, take care of each of you and make your stay a one-of-a-kind experience because you are not a tourist, you are their guest. An English-speaking tour leader is present from day 1 to day 8. You will be taken care of from pickup to drop off, without having to worry about anything during the week.

Your tour leader will be reachable before the tour for any questions.

Our painting tours are tutored by professional artists.

Since M16013 is a California Seller of Travel, your payment is kept in a fund trust and is therefore guaranteed in case of bankruptcy.

About the Founders of M16013:

Jacqueline Grandchamps, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, came from Belgium to the United States in 1995 to conduct cancer research at Stanford University. But her heart has always been in traveling (Europe, America, Africa and Asia). She now spends her time traveling between the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. She will be your personal guide during the tour. She is available to answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need to prepare for your trip. She also gives free DVD presentations about the trips upon request.

Valerie Sans is a French native who lives in the Rhone-Alpes region. She has a Masters degree in British/American History and Literature. She taught for several years in the US and is very comfortable in both cultures. Valerie Sans will be your French hostess. She will make sure your stay is an authentic French experience.
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 1  Elizabeth Moonturtle / Provence in September 2009
This was my first real vacation and I was planning on traveling alone. I did a lot of research and found a tour Coordinator named Jacqueline Grandchamps owner of M16013.

My vacation was more than I dreamed of, this was the best thing I ever did for myself. Her tour offered me exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to be with a small group, I had an 8 day stay in a beautiful 18th Century Inn, access to many Provence attractions and lots of interaction with local businesses, people and cuisine.
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I had so much fun. I felt safe, cared for and like a guest of France. The Inn provided a great atmosphere to rest and relax after my daily adventures. Jackie designed a fantastic tour and nothing about the trip disappointed me. My only complaint was that it was only 8 days and I couldn\'t stay for a month.

I would highly recommend M16013 for anyone wanting a memorable vacation and an authentic experience celebrating the beauty of France.


 2  Sandy Delehanty / Painting trip to France
"What sets the M16013 apart from all the other painting trips I have taken is the pace is so relaxed. We come home every evening to our lovely home after our day's adventures and are welcomed with yummy cooking smells, delicious aperitifs and then an incredible dinner. We critique what we did that day and discuss our plans for the next day before bed. Next morning we are greeted with a wonderful French breakfast and great coffee and Valerie sends us off with our packed lunches, and Jackie drives us ... view more to another fabulous painting sight. It is like being part of a French family, not at all like being a tourist running from place to place, packing and un-packing staying in hotels eating in restaurants etc. The view from the guesthouse is outstanding; we could even stay there and not go anywhere else for paintings. 2008 will be my second M16013 and one of the participants is also coming for her second time so that gives an idea of how enjoyable this trip is."

 3  Bonnie Crosse / Painting trip to France
From the moment we connected at the airport, I felt myself relax! Jackie and Valerie attended to every detail of making the trip safe, educational, entertaining, and country-French authentic. Yet they did it with a kind of grace and that felt like each person's needs and tastes were important, and respected. It was so refreshing to just surrender to the beauty of the place, and to their special charms and TLC. We all wanted to live there forever, or, lacking that, take them both home with us. Dream on, dream on

 4  Jill Gover / A trip in France
We were on a motorcycle tour of southern Italy. Although there have been many wonderful moments on the trip so far, it has been a disappointment because you have spoiled us on your tours. We had never done a tour before we traveled with you, and we will never do another tour unless it's with you. We always appreciated all the hard work you put into your tour, but now, we REALLY appreciate it, having experienced what it's like on a "non-M16013" tour! Oh, how I wish you were here with us!