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9 Day Tour South of France Tour

Provence & Occitanie Like a Local

Explore the best of the South of France during our 9 day tour along with Julia and Stephane, expert locals of the region! This is the same itinerary as our 7 day South of France tour with a 2 day extension (Arles & Aix-en-Provence) for those who want to see a little more during their stay. With stops including quaint French villages, medieval castles, and the beautiful region of Provence, this is a complete and diversified trip that you will never forget!

WATCH: Discover some of the amazing sites in our tour video.

What's On The Tour?

Not only the most famous sites but also many off-the-beaten path stops and hidden gems that others are missing out on!

See Below All The Places Included in The Tour

Starting & End Point: Montpellier Airport or Train Station
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Les Baux de Provence

This marvelous Provençal village is settled in the middle of the Alpilles regional country park and is officially classified and labeled as "one of the most beautiful villages of France".

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The landscape and the beauty of the village will take your breath away and its cultural heritage is exceptionally rich with 22 architectural treasures classified as "Historic Monuments". Some of the monuments are the castle at the top of the hill, the church, the houses, and the town-hall. 

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Lavender Field (June tours only)

When you think of Southern France you think of Provence and its flowing purple fields of lavender. The time to experience the beauty of this emblem of the region is in season during June. With the temperatures not too hot and not too cold, this is definitely the best time to travel to Southern France. Come with us to Provence!

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Les Carrières de Lumières

One of the highlights of our tour, the Carrières Lumières is an art venue set in an old quarry that displays spectacular art shows with music and images of famous paintings displayed on the walls. The 2018 exhibition features the works of Picasso, the prolific artist that spent most of his adult life in France.

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Carcassonne Fortified City

This magnificent city with its fortress and its castle will take your breath away. The citadel derives its reputation from its massive walls spanning 1.9 miles and 52 defensive towers overlooking the rest of the city.

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It was designated as a World heritage site by UNESCO (in 1997) and also served as a filming location for the movie Robin Hood. The church hidden behind these glorious walls was blessed in 1096 by Pope Urban II. The building combines both Gothic and Roman styles which makes it unique. It also holds splendid stained glasses.

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Avignon

One of the most beautiful cities of France and former home to 7 successive Popes. Avignon preserved its history exceptionally well which is why it is a must see and so many of its artifacts are registered on the UNESCO world heritage list, including the Palace of the Popes.

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Some other locations in the city that made the UNESCO list are the Bridge of Avignon (XII), the square of the palace with the baroque facade of the hotel of currencies, the museum of the Petit Palais and the cathedral of Doms, as well as the ramparts and the garden of Doms..

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St Guilhem le Desert

A favorite on our tour! Take a stroll though this timeless town with old stone houses covered by clay roof tiles baked by the Languedoc sun for twelve centuries and discover its rich history and its artisan shops in the ancient alleyways. 

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See traces of the past in this important stop along the old Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. The town was built around the Abbey of Gellone and has kept its impressive medieval imprint. It constitutes a rare, harmonious site in Languedoc. It is one of the most beautiful villages in France and today its abbey is registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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Arles & Van Gogh

You can see the Roman city of Arles with the optional 2 day extension of our 7 day South of France tour. It is famous for it's Roman monuments recognized by UNESCO and being the place where Van Gogh called home for 9 years and produced over 300 paintings. 

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During your visit of Arles you will see the Roman monuments of the city and able to enjoy a Van Gogh city walking tour to discover the places by which Vincent was inspired and stop by the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation!

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St-Paul-de-Mausole & Van Gogh

The marvelously preserved Saint Paul de Mausole monastary was built in the 11th century and is well known for being a sanctuary for Vincent Van Gogh in his troubled time and its beautiful architecture of the Provençal Romansque style.

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The natural surroundings and the monastery complement each other's beauty to create a peaceful and inspiring sanctuary. It is here where Van Gogh recovered from his mental illness which caused him to cut off his ear and was inspired to create several famous works of art during his stay. Near his room by the cloister's walk, an art therapy workshop has been created by the association Valetudo which brings together art, research and treatment. From the top of the stairs you can see the wheat field that Van Gogh contemplated and painted during his year of confinement in the men's pavilion.

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Aix-en-Provence

One of the most beautiful cities in Provence. We will start our tour with a visit of the "Hotel de Caumont", an 18th century mansion which has been converted into an art center where you will learn about the city's most famous painter Cézanne, visit the exhibitions and enjoy a refined lunch in the magnificent cafe.

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You will then explore the cozy downtown of Aix and finish by visiting the private workshop of Cezanne.

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Montpellier

One of the most vibrant, energetic, and cultural cities in France. The capital of Languedoc-Roussillon knows how to adapts to the times by adding fresh styles of architecture and design while retaining and incorporating the buildings of the past.

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There are plenty of shops, restaurants, monuments, and things to see here on our list to visit. With so much to offer, you will fall in love with one of the fastest growing cities of France.

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Nîmes

This authentic Southern city holds the finest collection of Roman architecture including a magnificent 2000 year old amphitheater, the most well-preserved Roman temple in the world, and more.

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Apart from its Roman heritage, Nimes is worth visiting for its attractive city center and its fantastic garden,  Jardin de la Fontaine, which has water flowing through the park and statues guarding since 1745. See our blog post here for the story of the Romans and the Gauls.

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Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is one of the greatest masterpieces of ancient architecture. Almost 2000 years old and still standing, this aqueduct was built to supply the city of Nîmes with running water.  This awe-inspiring human achievement is

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registered as a UNESCO world heritage site as well. The major arch gap at 25 meters high is one of the largest ever built by the Romans. The magnificence of this site is the remembrance of the powerful Roman empire.

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Palavas-les-Flots

This bustling little fisherman village on the edge of the Mediterranean is the oldest French vacation beach town. There is much to do here at day and night. Since it is not known internationally the town preserves its culture and authenticity and the locals are not overwhelmed with crowds.

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Because of this, the people here are friendly and enjoy welcoming tourists, which makes Palavas the perfect location for you to mix with the locals during your 9 day tour, not to mention your home base hotel is steps away from the beach! The French first started to come to Palavas in 1850 to enjoy the sea. Today the warm and cozy downtown of Palavas is still a main attraction for French tourists.   

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Maguelone's Cathedral

"The Cathedral by the sea." Located in a wonderful site hidden between the beach, vines and ponds in an isolated area on the coast. When Pope Urban II visited the island in 1096, he proclaimed that Maguelone Cathedral was "second only to that of Rome."

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Between the 12th and 13th century in the height of its historical importance, the Cathedral served as a haven for several expelled Popes of Rome. The stained glass in the Cathedral today was designed by the famous American minimalist artist Robert Morris. The surroundings feature vines for wine production, oyster farms, and wildlife such as peacocks on the island!

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Aigues Mortes

A location with 1200 years of history. The city was built by King Louis the IX in order to serve as the first port in Southern France and home base for launching the 7th and 8th Crusades. The tall fortified walls and marsh surrounding this city defended it during the Middle Ages.

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Just outside the walls you can see the massive salt producing marshes where salt has been farmed since the 13th century. The city and walls still stand looking exactly as it did during those times. A wonderful place to visit, walk around, and shop. It is one of the nicest historical cities to visit in Provence.

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Soap Factory

The Savon de Marseille (Marseille's soap) is a traditional hard soap made from vegetable oils that has been produced around Marseille, France, for about 600 years. During our tour you will be able to visit an historic factory opened in 1907 and learn the Marseille method of soap making,

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enjoy the fabulous smell and then explore the cute little boutique to maybe bring back home one of this famous soap.

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Chateau Jonquière

One of the highlights on the tour, the visit at Chateau Jonquière is very fun and educational due to the hospitality and passion of Charlotte, the current vintner of the estate. The estate has been in Charlotte's family for centuries and is well known in the region. During our visit we will

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follow her around to learn the process of wine making in the Occitanie region. After the very interesting tour of her artisanal winery you will enjoy a delicious wine tasting and learn the technique of tasting wine properly!

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Chateau de Flaugergues

Discover one of the most famous wineries of the Occitanie region. The estate is hidden in downtown area of Montpellier and was built for a wealthy aristocrat during the 17th century. Our visit includes a tour of the beautiful mansion and garden and a tasting of the fabulous wine produced on site!

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Our Famous French Picnic

Often described as the most fun part of the tour, our gourmet traditional French picnic catered by Cathy, Julia's mother will be an opportunity to try some traditional French food as well as meet some of the locals, as we invite our French friends and family to attend the picnic!

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Finish this fun experience by learning how to play Pétanque, the traditional French game played all around the South of France. After that you can definitely say that you are a true local!

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French Cooking Class

Learn some tricks and recipes that you can easily reproduce at home to impress your guests! The cooking class is always a fun time that allows you to immerse even more in the French culture. When traveling, learning about the culture and the traditions is also part of the discovery. 

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Food has an important place in everyday French life. During this cooking class you will get to become a French chef for a day and understand the real meaning of food to the French. 

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French Market

The French market is also a great place where you can immerse yourself with the locals. Wander around and buy some fresh fruits and street food or simply watch the locals do their weekly grocery shopping. There are also artisans on site selling their goods so you may find a couple of souvenirs!

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You will have some free time to explore the French market across from your hotel on Friday morning, as well as exploring "Les Halles" during your visit of Montpellier. "Les Halles" is the name for an indoor food market which is a staple of every big city in France and is a must visit for any tourist.

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What's included

1 or 2 Tour Guide(s) (Depending on Group Size)

9 Nights Hotel At The Beach

9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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Daily Water & Snacks

1 Home made French Picnic (included in the dinners)

 1 Cooking Class With Local French Chef

All Entry Fees + 2 Wine Tastings

 Transportation to All Sites / Activities 

Pick up & Drop off from/to MPL Airport


 A Phone + Sim Card to Call Us 24 / 7

Welcome Present: Souvenirs of Southern France

What's not included

Airfare to and from Montpellier, France

Drinks at Cafes and Bars

Extra Food/Drinks not included in Our Selected Menus

Your Personal Laundry

Your Personal Shopping

Travelers Insurance (recommended)






One Home Base Hotel For 9 Nights

No need to pack & unpack everyday, what a true vacation!

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You will spend 9 nights in Palavas-les-Flots, the oldest French beach town where the French started to come on vacation since 1850. Palavas will be your home town for a week. Your hotel is located just steps away from the Mediterranean Sea and is a great place to relax after our daily trips. The beach town offers great activities, that you can experience on your free time such as shopping, bars, restaurants, the casino, the beach, water sports, boat rides, mini golf, gorgeous parks, farmer's market, the fair, concerts, fireworks etc... We selected the best hotel in town by the beach for you to enjoy your trip in the best way possible. No need to pack and unpack everyday, that's definitely a true vacation!

 Hotel Les Coquilles, Palavas-lès-Flots

 Spacious Rooms: 200 sq/ft
 Renovated, Modern
 Comfortable Beds
 Delicious French Breakfast
  Air Conditioner

WiFi
 Across From The Beach
 Sea view + Balcony (Extra)
  Downtown
  Wine Shop in The Lobby
Rated 9.5/10 On Booking.com

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 Hotel Les Coquilles, Palavas-lès-Flots

 Spacious Rooms: 200 sq/ft
 Renovated, Modern
 Comfortable Beds
 Delicious French Breakfast
  Air Conditioner
WiFi
 Across From The Beach
 Sea view + Balcony (Extra)
  Downtown
  Wine Shop in The Lobby
Rated 9.5/10 On Booking.com

Reviews From Previous Travelers

They have already done this tour. Read what they thought about it.

Tim S. September 2016

"We have traveled extensively throughout Europe and France, but had never been to Montpelier and its environs. TripUsaFrance has put together a wonderful tour of medieval cities, castles, cathedrals, and countrysides. Having a beautiful seaside town and a brand new hotel as our base was icing on the cake. The sights and activities were awesome. Of particular note were the sound and light show of Chagall paintings and the cooking school. And hosts Julia and Stephane couldn't have been nicer. They went out of their way to make sure everyone in our group (ages 35 to 92) had a great time."

Debra T.  June 2017

"This was the first time my husband and I had travelled to France. We could not have been in better hands. We felt like we were treated as family friends, with accommodations fit for royalty. We saw so many wonderful places [...] We also saw local citizens of Palavas jousting from hand-rowed boats in the canal - amazing! Add in the chance to meet wonderful people at a picnic on the beach and at a cooking lesson (paella-yum!) in a private home - what more could we ask for?"

Mike H.  July 2017

"TripUSAFrance, it is hands down THE BEST tour guide service that I have ever used in my life, very unique, very personalized [...] They are very passionate about sharing the food, wine, culture, history, language of France with their guests, you will actually feel like you are seeing France through the eyes of a French person.  [...] You will be bragging for months to all of your friends back home about what a totally awesome trip you had."

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9 Day South of France Tour Price 2018

No suprises, no hidden fees. Travel hassle-free!

 SINGLE ROOM


$3795/PERSON

BASED ON 1 PERSON PER ROOM

DISCOUNT FOR GROUPS OF 4+ > Here

1 person per room

Adults 18+ Only

1 Queen Bed


9 HOTEL NIGHTS INCLUDED

9 BREAKFAST + 9 LUNCH + 4 DINNERS

ALL VISITS INCLUDED
LOCAL GUIDES

2 ADULTS ROOM


$3495/PERSON

BASED ON 2 PERSONS PER ROOM

DISCOUNT FOR GROUPS OF 4+ > Here

2 people per room

Adults 18+ (Child 16+ allowed w/ parent)

1 Queen or 2 Twin Beds


9 HOTEL NIGHTS INCLUDED

9 BREAKFAST + 9 LUNCH + 4 DINNERS

ALL VISITS INCLUDED

LOCAL GUIDES

PRIVATE GROUP


Group Price

8+ GROUP DISCOUNT

CUSTOMIZED TOUR

Group of 6 minimum

Any age: it's your own group!



9 HOTEL NIGHTS INCLUDED

9 BREAKFAST + 9 LUNCH + 4 DINNERS

ALL VISITS INCLUDED

LOCAL GUIDES

Calendar 2018

4 weeks available, remember the lavender is out from mid-June to mid-July.

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    APPETIZER:

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    - Marinated Salmon with Ginger and Honey

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    - Country Style "Pate"

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    - Grilled Camembert (cheese)


    ENTREE:

    - Calamari stew

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    - Grilled Sirlion with Foie Gras Sauce

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    - Duck Leg Confit

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    - Fresh Fish of the Day


    DESSERT:

    -Chesnut Creme & Vanilla, Chocolate Ice Cream

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    -Crème Brulée

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    -Chocolate Cake

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    - French Toast, Salted Caramel Sauce & Ice Cream