L’Aisne is just one hour north-east of Paris, on the road to Brussels or London. 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 are ready and waiting to give you a chance to discover some of our local curiosities: the vineyards of Champagne, the WW1 trenches along the Chemin des Dames, Retz forest (one of France’s biggest) and delicious tarts made with Maroilles cheese, a speciality ofthe Thiérache region. They 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!
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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, transmit the good plans and advices 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!
Fancy discovering Angers with a local ? Greeters are happy to show you the city the way they see it. Best places to go and hidden treasures are going to be part of your trip off the beaten track.
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 passionnate people willing to share their knowledge and points of view. By foot, bicycle or tramway, and anyway they can!
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.
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!
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 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 adjoins Paris and is, of course, connected quickly and easily by the Paris Metro. Some years back the city of Billancourt joined Boulogne, which became the second city of Ile-de-France after Paris. Then it became officially Boulogne-Billancourt,though we still call it Boulogne!
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. Boulogne, looking towards the future in its new districts with a modern aesthetic, has not forgotten its history which has been the home of some amazing personalities.
The Côte-d’Or in Burgundy is a genuine treasures land: wines and vineyards, gastronomy, culture and heritage and nature will give you an impression of colours, flavours, peace and pleasures . . .
A range of sensations that you can discover and share with passionate inhabitants.
Discover Burgundy with our Greeters: Would you like to know Burgundy and its inhabitants? You now have the chance to meet a Greeter in Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy, in Dijon and in the Côte de Nuits area! Greeters of Burgundyshare with you their personal anecdotes and interests, their every day lives, and their love for Burgundy, so that you can be “a Burgundian for a day” too!
Involved towns: Gevrey Nuits, Beaune
Territoire de contraste entre la ville effervescente de Caen et son patrimoine historique, une nature sauvage et préservée ou encore les bords de mer qui s’étendent de Ouistreham Riva- Bella à Lion sur mer. Caen la mer, c’est une destination aux mille facettes, du Moyen-Age aux plages du Débarquement en passant par une nature préservée. Ici tout est là ! Des incontournables aux petits trésors cachés, choisissez votre balade en fonction de vos envies grâce à nos greeters passionnés.
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.
One hour away from Paris, the Champagne area welcomes you with in an original and friendly way… The territory offers a wide range of activities, as the Champagne Greeters do : Some 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 and its UNESCO’s sites, Epernay, the capital of Champagne, Sézanneand Vitry; and also through its quaint villages. Many of the Greeters are looking forward to sharing with you their passion for nature : remarkable gardens, mysterious forests (e.a. Faux de Verzy, twisted beeches); or the wetland area of the Marais de Saint-Gond, or the Lake Der, the largest artificial lake in Europe. The area was the theater of several historical battles. Travel back in time with the Greeters and discover historic world wars’ sites. All Greeters wish to welcome you as a friend.
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 !
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!”
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…
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! Greeters will share their expertise and stories that became history.
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.
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. In order to discover the town, its atmosphere, its facilities, its specificities in a new light, to understand its past and to meet up with the locals under the label of relating and sharing with the other. 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 gofor a free tour of specific areas with the help of a Greeter?
Involved towns: Biscarrosse – Armagnac – Atlantique – Mont de Marsan – Chalosse – Morcenais – Nature – Hossegor – Montfort – Mimizan
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.
Feeling like a fish out of water in Marseille?
Then book a walk with a Greeter next time you’re visiting the South of France and swim with the tide!
Greeters are local volunteers from Marseille who accompany you on your walk, unveil their secret placesand top addresses and regale you with fun little stories about the enigmatic Marseille-Provence area.
The Greeters are committed to offering a hospitable welcome, familiarizing visitors with their city and fostering friendly encounters and exchanges.
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.
Keen to get off the beaten track and explore Nancy’s hidden secrets?
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).
Nancy is also a young city with almost 50.000 students! Each quarter of the city has its specific atmosphere. You can discover several cities in one!
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. Nancy greeters are waiting for you!
Looking for an enriching and original holiday or trip, off the beaten track, meeting new people?
Do you think tourism can be a source of cultural exchange both for visitors and locals?
In your past travels, haven’t you noticed that you had a better time when you met up with one or more of the local inhabitants who shared your same interests?
If you agree with the above, then come with us on a trip to see what this other tourism is like.
The Nantes Greeters, inhabitants of Nantes and surrounding area, who love the place they live in, are open to other cultures, of all ages and backgrounds, are volunteering to give up some of their spare time to meet with you and show you round the town and the surrounding area, depending on your interests and tastes.
Find out more from a Greeter about the different aspects of the city : everyday life, local cooking, parks and gardens, new projects, particularly in the field of sustainable development…
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!
If you are interested in local cooking, a Greeter will take you to his favourite places to eat and taste local products and wines. He/she will even let you into the secret of recipes so you can prepare local dishes (pan bagnat, salade niçoise, tourte de blettes) once back at home…
In Nice, antiques have their very own quarter -between the port and the Place Garibaldi. Take the time with a Greeter to wander around and hunt for original finds in the shops or on the flea markets.
Nice has the « Famille Plus » label and offers an endless variety of activities for you and your children.
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, a region criss-crossed by numerous canals and spotted by wind mills, is a city with au rich cultural heritage and a marvelous “Beaux Arts” Museum. Flamish architecture is also everywhere in Artois county. Ask greeters to let you discover all these marvels.
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 …
Do you want to 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. A greeter is a volunteer who is passionate about their region ; they will take you on a very personalized tour?
Involved towns in the ORNE region are: Alençon – Perche Normand – Pays Fertois – Collines Normandie – Pays de Camermbert – Bagnoles de l’Orne – Argentan – Domfront – Sources
The Paris Greeters are volunteer ambassadors of their city.
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 enthusiasm.
“Greeters made in Pas-de-Calais” is an initiative of the Pas-de-Calais Tourist Board, based on a concept from New York ”the 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. He does not in any way replace professional tourist guides and, for that reason, does not receive any income or tips.
For the visitor, the meeting with this “friend” is an enriching experience.
Whether with family, friends or individuals, the Greeter made in Pas-de-Calais welcomes you and guides you during your stay in Pas-de-Calais.
The ‘Greeters made in Pas-de-Calais’ service is completely free of charge.
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®
As a roman Capital or a university city, 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, 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. A Rennes Greeter will introduce you to his areas of interest andfavorite places… In two words: his “own Rennes”. An authentic way based on discussions, exchange and conviviality which will take you off the beaten path.
Let yourself enjoy this experience. Discover Rennes with one of our GREETERS!
A quelques minutes seulement de Paris, notre ville dispose d’un à environnement verdoyant et d’un cadre de vie agréable. Nous sommes impatients de vous rencontrer et partager un moment convivial ensemble. Alors pourquoi ne pas venir flâner avec nous sur les bords de Seine ou bien découvrir les petites rues de notre centre-ville ? Les souvenirs de l’impératrice Joséphine et de Napoléon Bonaparte ne sont jamais très loin ! Au centre-ville vous retrouvez le petit village de Rueil, qui malgré sa proximité avec Paris et le centre d’affaires de la Défense a su conserver son âme et son charme d’antan. Nos greeters vous feront découvrir le secret des ruelles et des parcs verdoyants qui ont accueilli autrefois d’illustres personnages… En bords de Seine, faites comme les premiers peintres impressionnistes et découvrez les rives de la Seine où la nature est toujours présente. Le long du chemin de halage cette promenade vous plongera au temps des guinguettes et de la belle époque, dans un environnement verdoyant au bord de l’eau où il fait bon vivre. Rueil-Malmaison est une ville qui ne manquera pas de vous surprendre. Osez sortir de Paris lors de votre prochain séjour et vous ne serez pas déçus… Voyageurs, on vous attend !
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 destinationwith 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!
Town of traditions, humanist city ; with its discreet charm and its exceptional heritage, Sélestat will amaze you. Bound to its customs an regional roots, this town fascinates the visitors at very first sight tanks to its own history which unveils at each street corner over the different seasons.
The Humanist Library is the cultural treasure of Sélestat : the library of Beatus Rhenanus was inscribed in the UNESCO’s Memory of the world Register in May 2011; the religious heritage makes two magnificent churches face each other ; delicious fragrances issue from the Maison du Pain ; the regional nature reserve Ill*Wald is just outside the city; the half-timbered houses, the exquisite restaurants, the stork nests, the numerous high-quality events, shows and exhibitions, alternative music festival or animations… Sélestat offers a different perspective of Alsace.
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.
The Tours Greeters are welcoming you to give you the keys for a wonderful stay in Tours, the main entrance of the Loire Valley.
Here you are, in the ‘French gardens’ as used to tell the kings of the France, near the famous chateaux of the Loire valley.
With the eyes of a “Tourangeau”, you will discover all the facets of this city, the cathedral, the banks of the Loire, the old medieval town, and also taste the French wines and gastronomy.
Walking or cycling, find places off the beaten track with ourTours Greeters and enjoy your stay.
The Greeters from Troyes will welcome you warmly for your first visit in Troyes and will be able to tell you about their lives in the wonderful, charming and peaceful capital of Champagne area!
They will take you to the places they most like, as their neighborhoods, art fairs, little shops, … And will make you discover unbelievable cellars from the 12th century and hidden courtyards, former factories from the 19th century or small incredible medieval alleys.
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: they will be able to give you advice for visiting the best museums, the richest stained glass windows churches or the countryside
Outside Troyes, they can take you for a walk in orchards and taste cider, vineyards and taste Champagne or just go biking on the best trails near the lakes, admiring the birds.
Valence Romans is the strategic capital of the Drôme département, and is the gateway to the South of France.Situated where the Vercors Mountain meets the Ardèche, on the banks of the mighty Rhône river, the cities of Valence, Romans and the surroundingarea reflect our lifestyle, a way of life on a human scale.The greeters of Valence Romans are passionate about their territory, where they know all the secrets! They 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!
The Valley of Munster is a mountain community of 16 towns and villages over an area of 30 square kilometers. In France, we are the first to mount a Greeter organization for this kind of area.
The valley is located in the northeast of France, in Alsace,and is situated 18 kilometers from Colmar, Frédéric Bartholdi’s hometown, and 64 kilometers from Strasbourg, the European Capital.
We are a quiet place between the Vosges Mountains and the Plain of Alsace. The valley of Munster is a great place to enjoybeautiful landscapes and outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing, as well as a multitude of cultural activities such as visiting museums, traditional farms, wine tasting, or even enjoying its famous Munster cheese.
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: a worldwide known Palace… Did you know Versailles is not only the Sun King city but an example of French traditions and refinement?
The historic ‘old’ town is where you will learn about the French Revolution that started in the real royal Tennis Court. From there, you will discover the imposing Cathedral, the King’s Kitchen Garden…
Nearby is the Antiques Quarter: in the 18th century, this place housed the tribunal court and was surrounded by a series of courtyards, smaller dwellings . . .and a prison!
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 . ..
La Vallée de la Vézère et son bassin déploient de nombreux trésors : une rivière, des paysages préservés, la présence de l’Humanité depuis plus de 400 000 ans, un patrimoine rural typique, une gastronomie à la renommée gourmande, une culture tout en relief, des traditions ancestrales, des contes et des légendes fantastiques.
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There is no Greeter destination in your own place? Why not establish one?
It is much easier than you may think and You will get a lot of help.