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2024- 9 Day South of France Tour

Signature Tour: Provence & Occitanie Like a Local

Explore the best of the South of France during our 9 day tour along with expert local guides! With stops including quaint French villages, medieval castles, wineries and the beautiful region of Provence, this is a complete and diversified trip that you will never forget. Oh and you will be staying for 9 nights in the same hotel by the Mediterranean sea. Now that's a true vacation!

Maximum Participants: 14 people

Hotel: One home based hotel

Regions: Provence, Occitanie

Walking: Easy to moderate: you can opt out of walking tours!

Pick up time: 12 to 4 pm on Tuesday
(12 - 8pm if you arrive a day early)

Duration: 09 days, 09 nights

Transportation: 2 minibuses with A.C.

Driving: Reduced (1h to 3h max/day)

Pick up/Drop off: Montpellier (airport/train station)

Drop off time: 4 am to 12 pm on Thursday


2024 & 2025 Calendar

Groups of 14 people maximum, make sure to reserve your spot early!


July Tours: Available here - Check out the Special Lavender variant
Tour 5: Tuesday August 27th to Thursday Sept. 5th, 2024 > (SOLD OUT) >
Tour 6: Tuesday Sept. 10th to Thursday Sept. 19th, 2024 > (SOLD OUT) >
Tour 7: Tuesday Sept. 24th to Thursday October 3rd, 2024 > (SOLD OUT) >

Most of our Normandy tours and South of France tours can be combined! Simply book the South of France tour starting the day your Normandy tour ends and book your train or flight to Montpellier from Paris to be picked up in the afternoon before the tour starts with the Welcome dinner!

Most of our Normandy tours and South of France tours can be combined! Simply book the South of France tour starting the day your Normandy tour ends and book your train or flight to Montpellier from Paris to be picked up in the afternoon before the tour starts with the Welcome dinner!

Special Lavender Tour

Only happening in July

Lavender Field Provence Small Group

Lavender Field, Sault, Provence (July 2022)

JULY TOURS: Special departure dates to see the Lavender fields of Sault in Provence and the villages of Gordes and Roussillon. This is a different tour!

Sites & Activites Included

Not only the most famous sites but also many hidden gems that others are missing out on!

Arles Provence Van Gogh South France

Arles & Van Gogh

Famous for its Roman monuments recognized by UNESCO and being the place where Van Gogh called home for over 1 year and produced over 300 paintings. During your visit of Arles you will see the Roman monuments of the city while doing the   

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Van Gogh city walking tour to discover the places by which Vincent was inspired. We will also stop by the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation to see the current exihbition!

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Van Gogh St Remy de Provence, Asylum

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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Avignon Provence South France Tour


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,

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including the Palace of the Popes. 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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Les Baux de Provence

This marvelous Provençal village is settled in the middle of the Alpilles regional park and is officially classified and labeled as "one of the most beautiful villages of France". The landscape and the beauty of the village is breathtaking and its cultural heritage is

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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. After a guided tour followed by lunch you will have some free time to shop all the Provencal goods at the many quaint boutiques here in the village.

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Lavender Field (TOUR 4 ONLY)

If you are joining our tour in June you will have the chance to see the lavender, the emblem of Provence. We will stop at one local lavender field where you will be able to get the perfect Provence picture. This field is located in the lowlands and therefore blooms

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earlier in the season. If you want to experience lavender even more we recommend that you join our Special Lavender 9 day tour where you will be able to visit the region of Sault very well known for its lavender fields and join a workshop where after picking up some lavender we will make our own lavender essential oil to take home with us! > See here our July Special Lavender tour here.

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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 2021 exhibition featured the works of

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Cezanne, painter from Provence, one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists! Each year a new show is on display and is usually announced in December the year before.

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French Homemade Picnic Local Petanque

French Picnic & Petanque

Often described as the most fun part of the tour, our gourmet French picnic catered by Cathy, Julia's mother, will be an opportunity for you to see the real French way of life. Some music, wine and delicious food for a memorable moment. Finish this fun experience by learning how to play Pétanque, the

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traditional backyard game played all around the South of France. After that you can definitely say that you are a true local!

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Palavas-les-Flots, Beach Town, Mediterranean South France Tour


Your home base for 9 nights, 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

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with crowds. 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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Things to do provence

French Market

Palavas's French market on Friday morning, located right in front of your hotel, is also a great place where you can immerse yourself with the locals. You will have time to wander around and buy some fresh fruits, street food or simply watch the locals do their weekly grocery shopping. There are also artisans on

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site selling their goods so you may find a couple of souvenirs! And don't forget your camera to photograph the colorful essence that the South has to offer.

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Carcassonne South France Castle Medieval

Carcassonne Fortified City

This UNESCO-listed castle is sure to take your breath away with its massive walls spanning 1.9 miles and 52 defensive towers overlooking the rest of the city. With 2000 years of history, the medieval city, used as a filming location for the movie Robin Hood, is a

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heaven for architectural lovers. 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 holds splendid stained glasses.

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Pont du Gard UNESCO South France

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 registered as a UNESCO

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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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Small Village South France

St Guilhem le Desert

A favorite on our tour, every time! Frozen in time, this medieval village, rich with history and legends, is tucked away in a lush valley. As a stop on the Santiago de Compostela road, this enchanting hidden gem takes us back in time with its cobblestone

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streets, blooming flower-filled windows, and the soothing sound of the clear spring that flows through. You will get to learn all about the fascinating history, visit the UNESCO-listed Abbey of Gellone and find the perfect South France souvenir at one of the local artisan boutiques.

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Nimes UNESCO Roman Temple


Nicknamed the "French Rome", 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. Apart from its Roman heritage, Nimes is worth visiting for its attractive city

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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 to discover the fascinating Gallo-Roman history of Nimes.

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Montpellier Southern France Best City


One of the most vibrant, energetic, and cultural cities in France, Montpellier knows how to adapt to the times by adding fresh styles of architecture while retaining the buildings of the past. You will learn about its University of Medicine (oldest still in activity in Europe), its hidden medieval Jewish ritual bath and

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also walk through the grand Place Royal and narrow medieval streets that Montpellier has kept. Finally, after a delicious lunch, you will have some free time to either indulge in Montpellier's finest fashion shopping, visit the Beaux Art museum or simply relax at one of the many cafes in town.  With so much to offer, we are sure that you will fall in love with Montpellier, one of the fastest growing cities of France.

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Camargue Ranch South France Hidden Gem

Camargue Ranch & Farm Dinner

Here we go into off-the-beaten-path France. The Camargue, located at the Delta of the Rhone river, is a must-see of Southern France. With its flamingoes, rice fields, plains, and ranches where white horses and black bulls roam, it almost feel as we are in a different country. To learn all about the culture and

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traditions of the Camargue we will visit a ranch and go for a tractor ride to watch the French cowboys and cowgirls practice herding the famous black bulls before enjoying a convivial meal on site. This activity is also often one of the most loved on the tour!

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Roquefort Cave Larzac France Tour

Roquefort Cheese Cave

Centuries ago in the quaint village of Roquefort, a famous blue cheese was born. Artisans discovered the unique process of aging cheese for months in underground caves where it develops a rich flavor. We will take you into the caves to see for yourself

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and learn how it is done. After the visit enjoy a tasting of Roquefort cheese, officially known as ‘the king of cheeses!

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Templar village south france must see small group tour

La Couvertoirade

Another hidden gem of Southern France this picturesque stone village, originally land of the Templars, received the prestigious label of "one of the most beautiful villages of France" and for good reasons! This medieval jewel is nested in the 

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wild, unspoiled French countryside and will surprise you with its rich history, secret treasures (literally) and the rare ability to walk on the fortified wall of the village!

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Crusade town Provence Aigues Mortes

Aigues Mortes

Our Farewell Dinner will take place in a gourmet restaurant located within the walled city. Aigues-Mortes was built in 1240 by Saint Louis in order to serve as his first port on the Mediterranean and home base for launching the 7th and 8th Crusades. The tall 

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fortified walls and marsh surrounding this city, defended it during the Middle Ages. Just outside the walls you can see the massive salt producing marshes where salt has been farmed since the Roman times. It is here that the delicious Fleur de Sel salt is being harvested. The interesting part about Aigues-Mortes is that still today there is a village inside. The community is very active and this place is not reserved for tourists only. In fact, there is a high chance that we will have our farewell dinner here at a restaurant within the wall.

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Wine tour South France

Exindre Winery

The winery is situated on 45 hectares of vineyards and has a long history. Formerly known as Villa d'Exindrio, it was once gifted to the Bishops of Maguelone by King Louis VII, the fertile land has been used for centuries and centuries for winemaking,

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olives, and farming, possibly since Roman times. The property has been owned by the current family since the French Revolution. The owners are also passionate winemakers and will take you on a full tour of their winery and let you taste their wines, which have won several medals.

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Chateau de Flaugergues

Discover one of the most famous Languedoc winery. 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 garden before learning the wine making process

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and of course tasting the fabulous wine produced on site!

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Fabre Museum Southern France Museum

Fabre Museum

While in Montpellier, you will have the option to visit the Fabre museum, a wonderful center of arts which houses a wide range of works spanning several time periods and styles in an 18th century building. The collections styles include Impressionism,

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Neoclassical, Romantism, Modernism, Contemporary and more etc. All the well-known artists are represented, especially the French. Make sure to contemplate at the Frederic Bazille collection, impressionist painter native of Montpelier.

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What's included

Almost everything is included, except your flight and a few dinners


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What's included

Local tour guide (1 or 2 depend on group size)

9 Hotel Nights

9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 4 Dinners

1 Homemade French Picnic & 1 Camargue Ranch Bbq (included in the dinners)

1 drink with each lunch and 2 drinks with each dinner (wine, beer or soft)

Daily Cold Water & Snacks

All Entry Fees 

 All Activities Listed & Guided Tours 

2 Wine Tastings

Transportation to All Sites / Activities

Pick up & Drop off from/to MPL Airport or Train Station

What's not included

Transportation to and from Montpellier, France

Extra Food/Drinks not included in our Selected Menus

Your Personal Laundry

5 Dinners (restaurants recommendations provided)

Travelers Insurance (you will receive a quote 24hrs after booking)

One Home Base Hotel For 9 Nights

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

towns of south of france

You will spend 9 nights in Palavas-les-Flots, the oldest French beach town where the French started to come on vacation since 1850, at quaint boutique hotel "Les Coquilles". 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

Renovated, Modern

Comfortable Beds

Delicious French Breakfast

Air Conditioned Rooms


Across From The Beach

Sea View + Balcony (Extra)


Wine Bar In The Lobby

Rated 9.4/10 on Booking

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Tim S.

"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.  

"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?"

Anita S. 

"This tour was better than I could even imagine. [...] We loved staying in one hotel for the entire week (and it was a wonderful and clean hotel with kind and helpful hosts on the beach!). We loved every place we visited, from ruins to villages to picturesque towns and countryside. And the choice of restaurants was delicious! The other guests were wonderful also. Julia was fun and entertaining and easily answered our many questions as well as teaching us so much about the area. Her dad was kind and helpful and her husband and mom made us all feel like one big happy family! I will forever treasure our memories from this best vacation ever!"

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