Francia Greeters welcome you

Francia Greeters are volunteers who are passionate about sharing their love for their city with visitors from around the world. A Greeter will take you on a 2-4 hours walk in the city free-of-charge, showing you places, neighborhoods, and off-the-beaten-track spots. You will see the city through the eyes of a local while hearing personal stories, anecdotes, cultural aspects, and experience the city in its authenticity. Read more …

France is steeped in history and beauty which has made it the world's leading tourist destination since the end of the last century. Each of the French regions deserves to be discovered for the diversity of their cultural heritage, including gastronomy. Starting with Paris and its world-famous monuments, then, the North, Brittany, cities of Nantes, Bordeaux and Biarritz, the pink city of Toulouse, then the beaches of Montpellier and Marseille, to finish in the sun on Cannes and Nice. After a hop in Corsica, go up through the Alps to Lyon, stop to taste the Burgundy wines, and finish by Alsace.

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Aisne

Aisne

L’Aisne is just one hour north-east of Paris, on the road to Brussels. In ‎addition to its rich natural environment, it has one of the biggest and most ‎important cultural heritages in France, and warm and welcoming ‎residents. Our Greeters deploy treasures of imagination to make your ‎journey unforgettable: walks in costume or in song, treasure hunts or ‎flower pressing are just some of their ideas. In short, there is something for ‎everyone! Our Greeters look forward to meet you and show you round!‎

Amiens

Amiens

Amiens and Amiènois conceal hidden treasures. One of the locals is ‎waiting for you as a friend for a stroll. He/she will make you discover the ‎city and will reveal the gourmet specialties and where to taste them. You ‎will be pleasantly surprised by this quiet city which is worth the detour and ‎deserves the return! As Jules Verne wrote to one of his friends: «On the ‎desire of my wife, I settle in Amiens, a wise city, policed in the same ‎mood». Sign Up for a Greet!‎

Angers

Angers

Fancy discovering Angers with a local ? Greeters are happy to show you ‎the city the way they see it. The association Angers Loire Greeters gathers ‎inhabitants, enthusiastic volunteers, who love their city and are keen on ‎giving some of their time to show it, as if they were with friends. They are ‎no tour guides, only passionate people willing to share their knowledge ‎and points of view. By foot, bicycle or tramway, and anyway they can!‎

Annecy

Annecy

Let yourself be surprised by discovering Annecy with a resident of this ‎magnificent city. The Greeters of Lake Annecy welcome you and offer you ‎many walks: A tour of the lakeside, a discovery of the old town, an ‎industrial history of the city and other unusual activities to enjoy Annecy: ‎jogging, photography, gastronomy?. The Annecy greeters are ready to ‎welcome you. Feel free to book your trip today.‎

Béziers Méditerranée

Béziers Méditerranée

There are many ways to explore a city, a destination. Whether you are a ‎shopping addict, an extreme sports lover, willing to discover our local ‎heritage, walking or cycling, we have the perfect Greeter» for you! In ‎Béziers Méditerranée, our Greeters willshow you small details and great ‎monuments, they will share secret spots and sweet moments!‎

Blois-Chambord

Blois-Chambord

Meet one of our Greeters and discover the environment of the Loire Valley, in a new way, far from touristic clichés!The themes of the visits are varied, and are aimed at providing an enriching human exchange of cultures.If you are interested in discovering our region differently, please choose the visit! We will find the greeter.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the epicentre of the ‘Bordelais’ area, nearly sixty kilometers from ocean, ‘Aquitaine’ capital city, lying on the banks of Garonne river, Bordeaux has kept its theatre scenery, its secret atmosphere and its kind of haughty pride, often rebellious against Paris.Its fortune and extend are linked to its wines and port. Local soils, climate and knowledge of ‘vignerons’ bring one of the best ‘crus’ in the world.

Boulogne

Boulogne

Boulogne adjoins Paris and is, of course, connected quickly and easily by ‎the Paris Metro. From the stunning heritage of the Albert Kahn Museum ‎and its gardens to the traditional quaint neighbourhoods with their famous ‎architecture of the Thirties, Boulogne offers something for everyone. ‎Vibrant, colourful, fun and free, Boulogne combines the energy of Paris ‎and freedom of peaceful green spaces within and around the city limits. ‎

Burgundy

Burgundy

The Côte-d’Or in Burgundy is a genuine treasures land: wines and ‎vineyards, gastronomy, culture, heritage and nature will give you an ‎impression of colours, flavours, peace and pleasures . . .
You now have the chance to meet a Greeter in Beaune, wine capital of ‎Burgundy, in Dijon, in the Côte de Nuits and Vingeanne areas! Greeters ‎of Burgundy share with you their personal anecdotes and interests.‎

Caen la mer

Caen la mer

Territory of contrast between the bustling city of Caen and its historical heritage, a wild and preserved nature or the seashores that stretch from Ouistreham Riva- Bella to Lion sur mer. Caen la mer is a destination with a thousand facets, from the Middle Ages to the landing beaches and a preserved nature. Here it’s all here! From the must-see to the little hidden treasures, choose your walk according to your desires thanks to our passionate Greeters.

Cannes

Cannes

Beaches, Boulevard de la Croisette, Film festival and so on… Cannes, often called the “Pearl of palaces”, is so much more!
You thought you knew Cannes? The Greeters are there to make you discover or rediscover the Cannes destination otherwise.

Champagne

Champagne

One TGV hour away from Paris, the Champagne area welcomes you. The ‎territory offers a wide range of activities. Greeters will make you discover ‎the Champagne vineyard, its history, the tasks in the vines, and the making ‎of the famous sparkling wine of celebration. Champagne?s cultural ‎heritage is rich: Greeters will stroll with you through our main cities, such ‎as Reims, Epernay, Sézanne and Vitry; and also through its quaint villages. ‎All Greeters wish to welcome you as a friend.‎

Chatellerault

Chatellerault

Between Poitou and Touraine, Anjou and Berry, from Futuroscope, ‎Brenne and the Châteaux de la Loire, the Pays Châtelleraudais is like the ‎river that flows through it: calm, harmonious and welcoming. With its rich ‎architectural heritage, its unique and remarkable landscapes, the ‎Châtellerault region is a must for your holidays. The Greeters, ‎ambassadors of the Châtelleraudais, will show you their territory, its ‎history, big and small, but also their passions. Contact them for a unique ‎Greet!‎

Grenoble

Grenoble

Grenoble, vibrant city turned towards the future, which has also managed to preserve the traces of its rich past, is a great place to discover with a local. This city offers countless possibilities of walks; including a stroll through the tiny pedestrian streets, touring the European award-winning eco-neighborhoods or climbing the impressive Bastille.Our greeters will surprise you by their kindness !

Hanau – La Petite Pierre

Hanau – La Petite Pierre

Pink sandstone, green forest, Lalique crystal, castles… whenever you are looking for a perfect place for hiking or for cultural entertainment, you will find it in the Land of La Petite Pierre. Our Greeters want to share their love for their land, may youvisit us during our lively outdoor summer jazz festival or to enjoy the vivid color of the autumn forest. Let us introduce you to our land, we will be pleased to meet you!”

La Baule

La Baule

Ranked amongst the most beautiful bays in the world, the 9km of golden sands of the bay of La Baule Escoublac offers a playground on an amazing scale. Above and beyond the beach our Greeters like nothing better than to share with you their love and enthusiasm for our town and its surrounding area. They are just waiting give you an insight into the many treasures, their ‘secret places’ and anecdotes…

La Creuse

La Creuse

In the heart of France, this area is rich in unspoiled nature, a protected ‎environment where our Greeters invite you to discover its treasures: the ‎beautiful Valley of the Impressionist Painters, Aubusson tapestry classified, ‎Heritage Unesco intangible, gastronomy … ‎Our Greeters will take you to some hidden treasures at the turn of the ‎winding roads, at the option of beautiful forest walks or roads surveyed, ‎you go from one discovery to the next! ‎

Le Havre

Le Havre

In July 2005, the UNESCO organisation gave Le Havre centre, rebuilt by Auguste Perret, the World Heritage status. Perret succeeded in bringing together classical tradition and a strong willing to build modern style, to reinvent on 133 hectares, a unique city where architecture is readable, light harmonious and strongly innovative. Ask a greeter to welcome you there.

Les Landes

Les Landes

In the South West of France, at the borders of the Atlantic ocean, the ‎people of Les Landes wish to meet with visitors, whether they are ‎holidaymakers or newcomers. So, if you are staying in Les Landes – for a ‎few days off or for longer – and want to try a new experience, why not go ‎for a free tour of specific areas with the help of a Greeter? Involved towns: ‎Biscarrosse – Armagnac – Atlantique – Mont de Marsan – Chalosse – ‎Morcenais – Hossegor – Montfort – Mimizan

Loix – Ile de Ré

Loix – Ile de Ré

Loix is a peninsula on the island Ile de Ré known for its protected and authentic environment. You will take a beautiful road crossing salt marches and following the typical bicycle-lanes of the island before discovering the rich cultural heritage of this small village.

Lyon

Lyon

As we know, the discovery of a city depends on meeting its inhabitants. ‎Live the unique experience of Greeting in Lyon: a voluntary citizen from ‎Lyon will help you discover the city in his/her own way, following common ‎interests. The most beautiful markets of Lyon, the best shopping streets, the ‎forgotten tourist areas… This is part of what you can decide to discover ‎with a Lyon City Greeter.‎

Marseille

Marseille

Feeling like a fish out of water in Marseille? Then book a walk with a ‎Greeter next time you are visiting the South of France and swim with the ‎tide. Our Marseille local will accompany you on your walk, unveil their ‎secret areas, sand top addresses and regale you with fun little stories about ‎the enigmatic Marseille-Provence area. Greeters are committed to offering ‎a hospitable welcome, familiarizing visitors with their city and fostering ‎friendly encounters and exchanges.‎

Mulhouse

Mulhouse

Take the opportunity to discover Mulhouse and its surroundings with its unusual and authentic thousand wonders with passionate ambassadors : the Greeters of Mulhouse Alsace.
Just choose a theme (art, nature, architecture…) and get ready to visit the cityfrom a unique perspective.
Mulhouse is located 20 min from Switzerland and 20 min from Germany. Our location is perfect to discover the region of Alsace, its wine routes and other treasures.

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy Greeters will show you the numerous faces of our beautiful city, ‎known for its UNESCO world heritage thanks to the famous Place ‎Stanislas, and as a main center for Art Nouveau (Modern Style). Among ‎the different themes we suggest, you can choose for parks and gardens, Art ‎Nouveau, Nancy by night, a bike ride, industrial heritage, or culture. Our ‎team has more than 30 Greeters. Sure you will find one who will ‎correspond to your personality or your interests. Greeters are waiting for ‎you!‎

Nantes

Nantes

Do you think tourism can be a source of cultural exchange both for visitors ‎and locals? If you agree, then come with us for a walk to see what this ‎other tourism is like. The Nantes Greeters, Nantes and surrounding areas’ ‎locals, who love the place they live in, are open to other cultures. They ‎cover all ages and backgrounds and are volunteering to give up some of ‎their spare time to meet with you and show you round the town, depending ‎on your interests and tastes.‎

Nice

Nice

Find out more from a Greeter about the different aspects of the city : ‎everyday life, local cooking, parks and gardens, the port, Bellet and its ‎wines, the north of Nice, Cimiez or Garibaldi : our Greeters will share ‎their everyday life in their neighbourhood with you and all the useful tips ‎for your stay! Interested in local cooking, tasting local products and wines, ‎discovering local dishes recipes, hunting for antics? Come and meet our ‎Greeters.‎

Nord Region

Nord Region

The north of France is shaped by history. Most historical periods are still ‎readable in landscapes. Incomparable cathedrals spring out in the scenery ‎mixed with royal residencies or remembering spots from first world war. ‎Lille, in flander county, is a city with rich cultural heritage. Flamish ‎architecture is also everywhere in Artois county. Opal coast reveals ‎extraordinary lights on land and sea . Ask greeters to let you discover all ‎these marvels.‎

Orléans

Orléans

Orleans is one of the oldest cities in France. Located on the banks of the Loire between Beauce and Gatinais, Forêt d’Orléans and Etangs de Sologne, it combines a prestigious environment with an history rich of events.Through the passionate eyes of Orleans, discover the little story, that of everyday …

Orne-Normandie

Orne-Normandie

Discover the Orne region differently, in a convivial, simple manner in tune ‎with your wishes? Meet a greeter and « follow the guide » for a tour, off ‎the beaten track. They will know how to help you discover the county in ‎their own way. Involved towns in the ORNE region are: Alençon – Perche ‎Normand – Pays Fertois – Collines Normandie – Pays de Camermbert – ‎Bagnoles de l’Orne – Argentan – Domfront – Sources

Paris

Paris

The Paris Greeters are volunteer ambassadors, they have the passionate ‎desire to show it to visitors from all over the world. They offer them free ‎walks around Paris and its surrounding districts. Meetings between local ‎residents and visitors are based upon a shared experience and mutual ‎discovery of one another and their respective cultures. A walk with a ‎greeter is the opportunity to see Paris through the eyes of a local and to ‎discover it away from the beaten track with warmth and enthusias.‎

Pas-de-Calais

Pas-de-Calais

‎« Greeters made in Pas-de-Calais » is an initiative of the Pas-de-Calais ‎Tourist Board, based on a concept from New York “Big Apple Greeters”, ‎who offer tourists the opportunity to meet with a local inhabitant who ‎shows him around and speaks to him about “his” neighbourhood, “his” ‎town, about which he is enthusiastic and proud. For the visitor, the meeting ‎with this « friend » is an enriching experience. The « Greeters made in ‎Pas-de-Calais » service is completely free of charge.‎

Pays des Herbiers

Pays des Herbiers

Stroll through the villages and alleys or take secular hollow paths, then traverse verdant and undulating landscapes typical of the bocage and finally discover an heritage in many facets. Castles and windmills played their role during the Vendée Wars, but also an industrial heritage inherited from the early twentieth century makes the identity and landscape of the Pays des Herbiers, lands of Puy du Fou®

Poitiers

Poitiers

As a roman Capital, Poitiers can claim for 2000 years of histoiry written ‎and woven in its current landscape. Bathed with two rivers, “le Clain” ‎and “la Boivre”, the Poitiers headland welcome its visitors in an historical ‎center full of character. The green of its valeys, parks and gardens, its ‎market places and lively crowd come to light along streets and pathes. The ‎city, its districts and environments come to the eyes of people taking time to ‎discover them? with a greeter for sure!‎

Rennes

Rennes

Rennes, Brittany’s capital, the ideal place for your next short stay! Among ‎the attractions of this dynamic, lively city are a rich and diverse ‎architectural heritage, charming mediaeval streets, a large pedestrian area ‎perfect for a stroll, the quality and variety of its shops and the conviviality ‎of its many restaurants. Rennes, have a lot of facets to show. One of the ‎good ways to discover the city is through the eyes of a resident. Discover ‎Rennes with one of our GREETERS!‎

Rueil-Malmaison

Rueil-Malmaison

A few minutes only from Paris, our city is a breath of fresh air with a green ‎setting. Our greeters will uncover its secrets in its small streets and parks ‎that once hosted famous historical characters … On the banks of the Seine, ‎follow the steps of Impressionist painters, experience the feeling of the ‎guinguettes and the freedom of that time. A good escape from the noise of ‎the bustling city of Paris in a relaxed atmosphere. Rueil-Malmaison is a ‎city that will undoubtedly surprise you. ‎

Saint Germain en Laye

Saint Germain en Laye

Come to visit our city in a different way! How? With one of our Greeters. You will discover Saint-Germain-en-Laye – city of kings of France – through the eyes of an inhabitant. Walk’s topics are diversified because Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a destination with many advantages: royal town, extraordinary environment, town center particularly lively, picturesque streets. We offer Greets in English and German, maybe soon in other languages. Let’s share together a local life experience!

Sélestat Alsace

Sélestat Alsace

Town of traditions, Sélestat will amaze you. The Humanist Library and the ‎two magnificent churches face each other, are the cultural treasure of ‎Sélestat. Delicious fragrances issue from the Maison du Pain, the regional ‎natural reserve, the half-timbered houses, the exquisite restaurants, the ‎stork nests, the numerous high-quality events, shows and exhibitions, ‎alternative music festival or animations, discover all of these with a ‎Sélestat Greeter.

Toulouse

Toulouse

As an active and modern city, Toulouse is known as the « tiny Barcelone » by its 90 000 students that represent a fourth of its population. The town has a high reputation for its inborn taste to party. From Spain, it takes long “apperitif” time with tapas taken ‘en terrasse”, naps in sunny parks, festive and friendly lunches and musical and artistic festivals. Greeters will help you to discover and choose among all the different aspect and programs offered by the city.

Tours – Val de Loire

Tours – Val de Loire

Touraine Greeters are welcoming you to give you the keys for a wonderful ‎stay in Tours, Chinon, Sainte Maure, Loches, Amboise: the main entrances ‎of the Loire Valley. With the eyes of a “Tourangeau”, you will discover all ‎the facets of these cities: cathedrals,Loire banks, old medieval towns and ‎also taste French wines and gastronomy. Walking or cycling, find places ‎off the beaten track with our Touraine Greeters and enjoy your stay.‎

Troyes dès l’Aube

Troyes dès l’Aube

The Greeters from Troyes will welcome you warmly and will be able to tell ‎you about their lives in the capital of Champagne area! They will take you ‎to the places they most like, as their neighborhoods, art fairs, little shops, … ‎They will share with you their love for Troyes gastronomy and will take ‎you to the original market place. They will also help you to organize your ‎stay, taste Champagne or just go biking on the best trails near the lakes, ‎admiring the birds.‎

Valence Romans

Valence Romans

Situated where the Vercors Mountain meets the Ardèche, on the banks of ‎the mighty Rhône river, the cities of Valence, Romans and the surrounding ‎area reflect our lifestyle, a way of life on a human scale.The greeters of ‎Valence Romans are willing to make you discover the region according to ‎their hobbies: hiking, cycling, architecture, photography, nature, historical ‎heritage, Our greeters are looking forward to meet you!‎

Vallée de Munster

Vallée de Munster

The Valley of Munster is a mountain community of 16 towns and villages ‎over an area of 30 square kilometers, located in Alsace, 18 kilometers from ‎Colmar. This is a great place to enjoy beautiful landscapes and outdoor ‎activities including mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing, as ‎well as a multitude of cultural activities such as visiting traditional farms, ‎wine tasting, or even enjoying the famous Munster cheese. Our Greeters ‎are ready to share their spots with you.‎

Var-Provence

Var-Provence

Come and discover Toulon and provencal villages around. Live a while as a kid of the bay “minot de la rade”, or as a “fada de Besagne”, (son of Besagne, a local) ! Come and walk on the Rugby Club legends avenue, meet us to share culture, culinary specialties or to contemplate gorgeous sceneries.Var Provence greeters will welcome you and will be more than happy to show you their favorite spots.

Versailles

Versailles

Do you know Versailles is not only the Sun King city but an example of ‎French traditions and refinement? Let our Greeters show you around and ‎share their Versailles with you: no doubt they will unveil some of ‎Versailles’ best kept secrets for you! You might even end the day enjoying a ‎drink in some amazing place, known by the locals only.‎

Vézère

Vézère

The Vézère Valley and its basin display many treasures: a river, preserved landscapes, the presence of Humanity for more than 400,000 years, a typical rural
heritage, gastronomy with a gourmet reputation, a culture all in relief, ancestral traditions, tales and fantastic legends.

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