I specialize in:
*River or Barge Cruises, Small Ship or Yacht Cruises, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Villa Rentals, Buses, Car Rentals, Private Car Services, Bicycling, Culinary Tours, Escorted Tours, Golfing, Group Tours, Private-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Skiing/Snowboarding, Spas, Sports and Recreations
*River or Barge Cruises, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Villa Rentals, Buses, Car Rentals, Private Car Services, Trains, Bicycling, Eco-Tours, Escorted Tours, Fishing, Golfing, Self-Guided Tours, Skiing/Snowboarding, Spas
Lifestyles: Adventure-seeker, Businessperson, Family with kids, Gay/Lesbian, Married, Seniors, Singles
Occasions: Anniversary (find more Anniversary travel agents) , Babymoon (find more Babymoon travel agents) , Business Trip (find more Business Trip travel agents) , Destination Wedding Planning (find more Destination Wedding Planning travel agents) , Family Trip (find more Family Trip travel agents) , Girlfriend Getaway (find more Girlfriend Getaway travel agents) , Honeymoon (find more Honeymoon travel agents) , Language Learning (find more Language Learning travel agents) , Romantic Getaway (find more Romantic Getaway travel agents) , Spring Break (find more Spring Break travel agents) , Summer Vacation (find more Summer Vacation travel agents) , Weekend Getaway (find more Weekend Getaway travel agents)
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
July 21, 2012
Uniquely exceptional! Our 2 week customized trip to France was brilliantly planned: with custom tours, exceptional guides, unique activities, attendance at terrific local events, excellent accomadations, inspired dining experiences, and continuous support/followup from Jeni while we were in France; allowing us to best optimize our daily schedule to accomadate unexpected weather and visiting friends from Paris. This is all the more impressive in the context that Jeni built the entire trip so that it stayed within our budget. My family loves to travel, and Jeni is in the top 1% of all customized subspecialty travel agencies we have ever used. We strongly recommend Jenis’s services without reservation. When the secret of Red Balloon-Travel gets out, Jeni will likely not be available to most. We believe she is that uniquely exceptional. Bon voyage!
-- Eric F., Georgia, United States
October 14, 2011
Jeni lives in SE France, and was able to find accommodations and activities we likely never would have found ourselves. We loved our trip, the security of knowing she was no more than a couple of hours away if something went horribly wrong, and the flexibility to change our plans as needed. We absolutely loved our trip and would recommend Jeni to anyone considering a trip to SE France. (And we recommend a trip to SE France, emphatically!)
-- Jennifer F., District of Columbia, United States
March 01, 2011
Jeni is amazing. She took the basic things I wanted and turned our honeymoon from boring into an unforgettable adventure. She's knowledgable and was great in providing everything we wanted.
-- Erin M., Massachusetts, United States
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Jeni Matthews created Red Balloon Travel and Consulting (www.red-balloon-travel.com) with the goal in mind to provide spectacularly unique French holidays. After graduating from Northwestern University in Communications and International Studies, she headed straight to France, and has been living in the little known Rhone-Alpes region ever since. She knows the region region inside and out, all the while maintaining a foreign perspective. Jeni uses her first-hand knowledge and close business relationships to provide her clients with a very intimate and unforgettable experience.
Some recent holidays include:
- truffle journey, incorporating truffle hunting, cooking classes, market visits, and "haute cuisine" restaurants,
- wine trip concentrating on the Rhone Valley wines, from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to Hermitage,
- outdoor adventure complete with tree fort accommodation and canoeing through the spectactular Ardèche gorges
-week-long pottery lessons in the tiny village of Cliousclat