“Ladies come on our trips as young as 23 to as wise as 83. They come alone or with a friend or relative, from all over the US, Australia, Canada, as well as expats living in Europe and Asia. What’s wonderful is that the mix always seems to work. For me, it’s this coming together of different people from far and wide, then getting to know one another and leaving as friends who often will keep in touch and come on subsequent trips … this is the magic that women create together and for me, it’s what these trips are really all about”.
“Since returning from the Provence trip with Doni Belau, I’ve needed time to let the memories settle in before reviewing the experience.What a trip…..
Doni did not disappoint. She has deep connections in France and loves what she does. It shows in the experiences she plans and in the enthusiasm she brings to each day’s pursuits. A magical moment: Doni pulling the van to the side of the road when we came upon beautiful fields of poppies…. because she said we could NOT pass up the opportunity to stand among the poppies and pose for pictures. Her joie de vivre and sophistication are beautifully balanced and nothing seems to ruffle her feathers. She is living vicariously through those new to an area that she already knows well — and she is excited to share it.
So glad we booked this trip. The memories we made will truly last a lifetime.
“Thank you for the wonderful experience we all shared this past week in Bordeaux. Exceptional. It was beyond any of my expectations. Doni, you are truly remarkable at what you did with all the planning and delivery. I am so happy I could be a part of it all.”
“A wonderful trip to the Provence region of southern France. We were 12 women who started the trip either on our own knowing no one else or with a friend or two – and came away with an amazing group of new friends. Doni organized and escorted us on this fabulous trip that included wonderful accommodations, great trips and activities and lovely dinners in some of the most outstanding restaurants in the region. We enjoyed leisurely walks through gorgeous villages, antique shopped, picked and stomped grapes at a private winery, learned about truffle hunting and enjoyed a tasting, participated in a cooking class, visited Avignon and had a private trip of the Pope’s palace, visited a ceramic studio and learned about Picasso’s unique ceramics, enjoyed a bike ride and a picnic and visited a local farmer’s market. It was a wonderful week of discovery. Doni’s knowledge of the region paired with her great sense of fun, adventure and impeccable organization made this a trip of a lifetime. I can’t wait to join another of her trips.
“This business is a love for Doni, not a necessity, and I think that’s absolutely what sets her apart. These trips are not something she does every week, or every month, and they haven’t become routine for her. They are her passion and it comes through.”
“If you are thinking about taking a Girls’ Guide to Paris trip ~ stop thinking and do it now! I made my reservation on a whim and it resulted in the best travel experience I have had so far..”
I adore Paris, and when I had to visit the UK for an old friend’s wedding, I jumped at the chance to add Paris into my travel plans.
When I found out about the Girls’ Guide to Paris I reworked my travel dates and booked. I am so glad I didn’t hesitate or waffle, because the Exclusive Paris from a Women’s Point of View with Georgianna Lane as our photography expert and tutor was beyond anything I could have ever hoped for
I am officially besotted (with France) thanks to you and the amazing experience you provided. You truly changed my life and I am forever grateful
Happy, well fed, enlightened, and looked after with care and finesse. It was indeed a trip of a lifetime!”
Thanks so much for everything, it was a wonderful trip! I’ll remember it always.
“Still can’t believe the trip of a lifetime is over. How did we get so lucky? I miss you all.”
“Experience Provence with Doni, a fun-filled week visiting beautiful villages, amazing food & wine, and a lifetime of special memories you wouldn’t experience otherwise.”
“A fantastic group of women; never met them before, had no idea who they were. There were no divas, all very accommodating…really lovely. I’m hoping we’ll all book Provence next.
Thank you, Doni Belau for putting this all together.”
“I want to write and add my two cents about the trip (Aveyron) We couldn’t have asked for a better group! Everyone was so interesting and open; and the different personalities made for a wide range of conversation and laughter.
I haven’t had a chance to go thru my pictures yet to remember the stunning sights we saw, tasty food we ate, and sounds and MUSIC we heard. From the Soulages Museum to the personal hospitality of Bobbi and Richard’s home–too many to recount.
Thank you to Doni and Katrin for steering our adventure. Thank you to the entire group for the companionship and warmth that made the trip truly special.”