Mark Bonte


Travel + Leisure A List Travel Agent Mark Bonte
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Bonte cofounded his company, French Side Travel, with his father Paul, a 40-year veteran of European travel planning. Tapping that knowledge, Bonte is able to secure perks like an after-hours dinner at Versailles with a menu by Alain Ducasse, or a tour of Bordeaux's immersive art destination, Bassins de Lumières. The duo has a team of specialists across France, ensuring Bonte always has an insider's perspective on even the most under-the-radar destinations.

Recent clients have enjoyed photography-focused tours of Arles led by Anne Clergue, a gallery owner whose father founded the Rencontres d'Arles photography festival; private cooking classes at the Moulin de Saint-Jean olive oil mill in Fontvieille; and truffle hunting in Provence. As the landscape of leisure travel shifts, Bonte and his team are passionate about promoting sustainable and slow travel experiences. "This can be really important to local economies," Bonte explains. "It's not only the right thing to do, but it will be critical for clients over the next decade."

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: Honeymoons, multigenerational travel, and ski trips

Languages Spoken: English, French, German, Spanish

Minimum Daily Spend: From $500 per person per day

Trip Planning Fees: None

Contact Info

mark@frenchside​ | 33-97-256-3900 | Paris

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