About your guides
Your EN FRANCE guides are all ardent francophiles, all bilingual and bicultural, all have years of experience planning and guiding groups in France. They have lived, worked, hiked trails and studied in France, know the country well and have many French friends who join our groups whenever possible. Two guides accompany most tours.
Billie Williams founded En France Tours in 1987 after years of teaching French and organizing student tours to France. Her love of France began long ago when she was a Fulbright scholar in Paris and took advantage of every vacation to explore different regions of the country. She delighted in the beauty of the countryside and was fascinated to realize that the people she met in each region brought a different history and culture, often a different language, to the country.
This first glance of the complexity of France set the course of future years: regular return visits to renew old friendships and favorite places, to make new discoveries of special sites, and to enjoy the warm hospitality of the French. Soon she was introducing her favorite regions to others--first to family and friends, then to students. Finally, when she saw what fun it was, she began to organize small-group visits. Now she spends part of every year in France, exploring country roads and villages, checking out new B&Bs and small hotels, and talking to local people in each area about their favorite places to spend a few hours, dine out, see the wildlife, or take an afternoon drive.