"We chose Petits tours en France (South West Explorers) because we wanted to be part of a small group and wanted to stay in one place. We were not disappointed. A fabulous week touring the South West of France with Dave and Trish who were very knowledgeable of the areas visited. A well thought out and planned itinerary.

Can highly commend Daves driving in and around the country roads and through the quaint French villages.


Our accommodation both in Bordeaux, at a very nice central Bed and Breakfast and in Couze et Saint Front at the luxurious Chateau Mont-d’Onel were superb and well chosen.

Dave and Trish were very relaxed and easy to get along with. More like friends than tour leaders.

Thank you both for a great week."

Rex and Jenny

Mangawhai Heads


"Truly one of our best holidays. We felt totally pampered with the luxurious accommodation, the finest French cuisine, well planned daily activities and great company.


It was so good, we are planning to do it again next year.

Thank you Trish and Dave."

John and Shona


"What a wonderful trip this was! It easily exceeded all expectations as we explored French culture, landscape and history with Trish and Dave Jenkins in June this year. Strongly flavoured by delicious food, wonderful wine, superb local knowledge and excellent accommodation, the Dordogne, Brittany and Normandy regions were ours for the taking.

Trish and Dave are loyal Kiwis who form a complimentary Francophile team whose itinerary has become finely tuned after many years of visiting these regions. Trish’s skill for searching out high standard restaurants was rewarded by our daily “oohs and aahs” while Dave’s knowledge of the built landscape and the Normandy invasion is impressive.

We particularly enjoyed not changing accommodation regularly and this worked a treat when we had Dave driving us to points of interest each day. Each drive showcased beautiful summer landscapes with local history imparted by both Dave and Trish as we swished through fields of yellow sunflowers and blue linseed.

We enjoyed the trip immensely and would strongly recommend it.

Thank you Trish and Dave."

Terry and Carol Korn


We have just enjoyed a most wonderful and memorable 7 day trip with Trish and Dave in the Dordogne. The experience was unsurpassed from the first evening in Bordeaux where even watching via Sky to Go the CWC final loss didn’t dampen the day right through to a drop off a week later at Bordeaux Airport. The attention to detail allowed our small group to have an exceptional time together amidst amazing scenery in wonderfully warm weather.

We would recommend these trips to anyone who is up for an experience of great sights, convivial company, fine food and wine plus an update on ones historic knowledge.

A fantastic week not to be forgotten.

Many thanks
Michael and Alison


May I suggest to anyone who wants to have the most amazing holiday, being waited on, driven around, seeing the most exciting and wonderful places in France - this is the trip for you with  the delightful, fun and charming hosts Trish and David.

The accommodation was exquisite  (really french), the meals superb and in some cases breath taking, while the scenery you cant take your eyes off. On top of all this you will get to have many, many laughs.  A trip to remember. Go for it!

Denise McKay.  New Zealand


​I loved my 3 week tour with you Trish and Dave and saw so much of France I had never seen before.  What a wonderful country and so full of amazing history.  

Joan Farrar - 2019 tour
PS.  Dave is a fantastic driver which makes for relaxing travelling on the roads in France


Thanks for the brilliant tours through Provence and SW France. Wonderful memories of the historical quaint villages, gorgeous French countryside, fabulous markets, Roman colosseum and aqueduct, fortified castles and villages built on sheer cliffs. 

We experienced day after day of hot sunny weather! Fields alight with golden sunflowers, eating the regional food including duck cassoulet and gourmet delights each evening. Our accommodation was luxurious with charming hosts. To complete the tour we enjoyed Bastille Day watching an amazing fireworks display over Bordeaux! 

We warmly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys doing these things. Thanks Trish and Dave for sharing your love and knowledge of France!

Janet Milne 2018 tour