Sojourner Tours

A boutique tour company specialized in gastronomic sojourns in France. Go beyond the typical tourist trip: immerse yourself in French culture and discover authentic places loved by the French.




Groups are kept to eight guests so you can visit authentic places, stay in charming boutique hotels and eat in the real restaurants where locals dine.

What Our Guests Are Saying...

sojourning in Collioure

David (USA)

David (USA)

The tour exceeded our expectations. We weren’t just pleased overall, we think it was the best vacation we’ve had. If one of Sojourner’s goals is to whet our appetite for more travel and exploration, you’ve delivered to a very high mark in our case. We look very much forward to more adventures.

I enjoyed the work you have put into the quality of your business - the web site, the thoroughness of your research into the area, the effort you expended to ensure the hotel would be top-notch. We never felt as though we were lacking timely information.

Thank you again for guiding us on a terrific vacation!
— David (Microbiologist US Navy, USA)


It is not often that all my expectaions are met and you should be proud of the company you’ve created. The care, thought and planning are obvious.

All activities are well thought out and super enjoyable. Learned a lot!

Dinners at home were wonderful. Love the tours of the “most beautiful villages” —but my favorite activity? —the spontaneous stop at the castle where the family was selling honey —it was so unexpected.
— Lilita (Linked-In, USA)
The guides were great. This trip more than lived up to my expectations. Everything was my favorite part of the tour: I can’t chose one thing because the whole experience was so enticing and fun. I especially enjoyed going to the market where each of us had an assignment to buy something for our picnic.
— Joy (Stone Healer, USA)
The guides were very ethical, knowledgeable, professional, caring, lovely experts. My favorite parts of my sojourn were the castles and art places, the hikes, also I can say Lisa and Francis our hosts and guides —the heart and brain of this tour.
— Lili (Furniture Designer, USA)
I have loved everything I have eaten.

The restaurants we ate at were excellent. Delicious food, the wine was paired perfectly and service was fantastic.

All the home cooked meals are authentic and feel like we are truly dining with French friends.

I would absolutely come back based on the beauty and the life changing experience.
— Dean (Social Media, USA)

Sojourning in Paris

My mother-daughter sojourn in Paris was a life changing event.
— Everly (College Student, USA)


My favorite part of visiting Paris was the 104 [a public hiphop culture center in the trendy Canal Ourcq area]! And you guys giving us such a personal and true experience of Paris. The mix of tourist-top-ten and small “unknown” places.
— Anna (HR Consultant, SWEDEN)
Kenichi (JAPAN)

Kenichi (JAPAN)

It was a wonderful and unique experience in Paris. They took us to La Mosquée de Paris where a restaurant is part of the Mosque building. Nice oriental interior. Good food.
— Kenichi (Engineer, JAPAN)
Maths (SWEDEN)

Maths (SWEDEN)

To me travelling is very much about eating. And eating in Paris is good. Actually, I had two favorites and I can’t choose just one. The first one was the small market (called Red Orphans) with its chaotic blend of people and food. The place was great. High sound level, a band marching by and the world seemed to be squeezed into this little space between the houses. My other memory was the ice cream parlor by the Centre Pompidou. Great ice cream and amazing cones with the ice cream made into flower petals!
— Maths (University Professor, SWEDEN)
Skye (USA)

Skye (USA)

It is nice to have tour guides that are multilingual, but it is better to have them be multicultural. Francis and Lisa helped to bridge the spiritual and philosophical gap between America and France in a way that no guidebook could ever accomplish

Furthermore, both Lisa and Francis were understanding of my personal interests and took them into consideration. I was lucky to be with a very small group so they could give me really personal attention: one morning they took me to Molière’s birthplace and the next they helped me to locate a memorabilia shop that I had only ever seen online. I believe that their flexibility comes from their true historical and physical mastery of the city There is simply nothing too “off the beaten path.”

Finally, their knowledge of the French food is as comprehensive as one could possibly hope. They help you to learn the arcane rites and rituals of French gastronomy while allowing you to experience the best and most authentic food in the world.
— Skye, (College Professor, USA)


Yakko (JAPAN)

Yakko (JAPAN)

I really had a great time —all of it. I can’t choose just one favorite activity. The best one for me was the wine tour!!! And cheese factory!
— Yakko (White Water Rafting Company Owner, JAPAN)
Athena (USA)

Athena (USA)

I liked that everything was really well organized and the itinerary never changed (except to make it better and more luxurious). A wonderful trip was advertised and offered just as advertised.
— Athena (School Councelor, USA)
Mel (USA)

Mel (USA)

Lasting and delightful memories. Francis and Lisa, who possess excellent knowledge of France, introduced me to a vineyard with wine tasting, Mount d’ Or, a local castle, a cheese cellar, an old salt factory, and local natives. I traveled with a party of six and all transactions, communications, and lodging was provided. The knowledge this couple possess is a treasure. A trip to remember.
— Mel (Photographer, USA)
[I recently spoke with a fellow traveler from the first tour Lisa and Francis organized in 2002,] she fondly recalled going to France and the travel we all did together. It was a short moment in time, but it was impactful and memorable for us all.

Anyway, as I write this, it reminds me how the beautiful tours you put together are memories people will cherish. A lot of thought goes into your planning, and it is well worth it.
— Emi (Missionary, USA)


I had a truly enriching and enjoyable experience with Lisa! Her local knowledge and experience was invaluable in exposing some truly hidden gems. Besancon was unforgetable for me, a beautiful, welcoming and relaxing getaway, truly a once in a lifetimer!
— Brendan (P.E. Teacher, AUSTRALIA)
Kyle (USA)

Kyle (USA)

I really enjoyed Besancon’s accessibility. Being in a city such as Besancon and a region like the Franche-Comte region gives you an insight to life in France that isn’t super touristy. There’s s lot of history in the eastern part of the country that you won’t find on your average tour of France. It’s all the historical architecture and ambience of France, plus the quaintness of the small vineyards, creameries and farms.
— Kyle (Tailor, USA)

Touring the Francophile side of Austin

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We had a stellar experience with you.
Many, many thanks for organizing such a thrilling day!
— Marjie (French Teacher & Tour Guide, USA)
Truly you both did a beautiful job of giving us more than our money’s worth. It was a day that was priceless. I hope there are many more tours with the two of you in our future.
— Ann (Foodie Extraordinaire, USA)