Who is Audrey?
Travels with Audrey, Company Founder and Tour Manager
Born in New York City, but raised in the Congo and Senegal, I consider myself fortunate to have studied, lived and worked on three continents (Africa, Europe and North America), and to have traveled extensively throughout the world. Together with my Italian husband we speak 5 languages and I consider Western Europe to be my backyard, in particular Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, and of course, Italy, where I have spent a lifetime visiting family, friends, studying and working. I possess over 30 years of experience in the travel and aviation industry, leading tours for over 11 years in Canada, the United States and Europe for various companies: Collette Travel, Gray Line, Canadian Tours International, Hapag Lloyd, Queenslander Tours, Adventure Travel West. I obtained certification in International Tour Management, and as a Tico Travel Agent, and in 2011, I founded my own company, first as a home-based travel agent, and later as Travels with Audrey, a member of the National Tour Association, specializing in personalized escorted small group tours to France and Italy. Being a small company, it gives me the opportunity to nurture my relationships with guests and in-country associates, focus on the details, create unique itineraries in places I know well and that are very special to me and my family.
View my certificates here:
IGA Certified International Tour Manager Certificate, TICO Certificate
My Mission – Not just a tour, an experience
Connecting you to the beauty of Italy and France in the most authentic way possible
A tour takes you places and shows you things. An experience involves all 5 senses, and gives you the time and opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your surroundings. Whether you are a first-time traveler to France or Italy, or have returned several times, you will find that my passion for all things Italian and French comes through in every personalized tour package I design. Together with my team and in-country associates, we deliver tours that do not feel like tours. In other words, there are no tight schedules, limitations, and impersonal experiences.
I design itineraries allowing extra time for spontaneity, socializing, free time to pursue your own interests, and memorable surprises. I achieve this in two ways. First, I only work with groups (12 or less preferred-up to a maximum of 16) allowing you to truly connect with your destination, guides and locals. Second, because I know Italy and France so well, I not only take you to see the must-see popular sites, but I also take you beyond the beaten path, to see things you simply won’t see on other tours or find in tour books! To places that would be hard to navigate if you were not a local or did not have a command of the language.
"Do what you know how to do, and do it well"
My travel philosophy – Work fast, but travel slow
You spend enough of your life rushing to get things done and meeting deadlines. When you travel, slow down, experience what is around you, immerse yourself in the local landscape, history, culture, food, wine and people. To me, travel is about being more than merely a tourist. It’s about immersing yourself in the culture and history of every region. It’s about adventure, enrichment and rejuvenation, and most of all, it is about creating lasting memories.
With my local expertise, passion for the regions you explore and destination knowledge you benefit from my intimate knowledge of the country, its language, history, art, food and especially its people. Whether you decide to book a customized escorted/independent vacation or a pre-designed tour package, a vacation to Italy or France with me will entice you to return again and again!
I lead each and every tour personally, thus sharing time with my guests, giving them the benefit of seeing places from an insider’s perspective and ensuring that their vacation is a success!
Tell me what you are looking for and my team and I will make your dreams come true! Contact or call me at 720 339 2364