About Best of France Travels
Best of France Travels first welcomed guests to France in 2000. Company creator and tour manager, Carol Etheridge, was a former French-language teacher who studied and lived in Paris. As Carol herself will tell you: “After the experience of living in France, my primary goal became: “How to get back there – as soon and as often as possible”.
Carol later made a career change and became a successful French import boutique owner. Through her yearly buying trips to France, she discovered tiny villages and out of the way places in the countryside that she didn’t know existed. Being able to discover new aspects of France and immerse herself once again in life in France, Carol knew that her life was about to change. Her boutique clients delighted in hearing Carol’s stories from her travels in France and often asked if she could take them with her, and so Best of France Travels was born!
For over 22 years, Carol has shared her love of France with hundreds of happy travelers on new discovery tours of France. She has made the decision to retire from leading and managing tours, and is thrilled to pass the baton to her friend, fellow Francophile, and long-time group travel specialist, Shannan Carter.
Best of France Travels will continue to offer the exceptional France discovery tours it is known for; and with Carol’s blessing, it will expand in the coming years to include some new destinations in France. But don’t be surprised if you see Carol pop-up on tour in the future!