After a quarter-century of individual and family travel to Europe, George Nevin founded Intimate France in 1994. What possessed him? "Well, I wanted to travel more," he often said.
Boy, did that work! Since he took seven Californians to Provence, France, in September 1994, George figures he's escorted around 800 travelers to the Alps of Switzerland, the volcanic slopes of Sicily, the Borromean Islands of northern Italy, the tulip fields of the Netherlands, and the Moorish palaces of Andalucia.
A firm believer in the flexibility of the small group, the power of detailed planning and the timeless beauty of faraway places, George usually shunned large cities for small towns, villages and country lanes. His itineraries – more than 35 of them – relied heavily on small, cozy, family-run hotels and inns, deliciously authentic restaurants and a rich stew of cultural visits – all aimed at squeezing the last drop of charming experience from the enchanted landscapes of Europe.
But ... all things must end, right? Today, September 2, 2021, George is on his way to France to greet his final two groups. By early October, he'll be back home – as always, sorry to see the adventure end, but happy to be back to a comfortable routine.
But again ... we all know that won't last, right? George and his loving partner, Susan, are already planning travels on their own to exotic places that didn't fit into a Europe-centric travel business. Scotland in 2022, anyone? How about the Baltic states, or the great capitals of Eastern Europe, or New Zealand during lambing season?
Intimate France may have escorted its final tour, but the lure of the open road will never end.