Hilltop village Les Baux de Provence
Small group tour southern France
Grau du roi Camargue beach town France

NEW 2025: 8 Day South of France Tour

Signature Tour: Provence & Occitanie Like a Local

Explore the best of the South of France during our 8 day tour along with expert local guides! With stops including quaint villages, Provencal market, 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 8 nights in the same hotel with an amazing view of the Mediterranean sea in the picturesque town of Le Grau-du-Roi, the same town that the iconic Ernest Hemingway spent his honeymoon with his second wife Pauline. Now that's a true vacation!

8 day small group tour of Southern France. Provence and Occitanie

Maximum Participants: 14 people

Hotel: 8 Nights at Le Splendid Camargue
in Le Grau-du-Roi

Regions: Provence, Occitanie

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

Pick up time: Tuesday 12:00 to 4:00 pm
(12 - 8pm if you arrive a day early)

Duration: 8 days, 8 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: Wednesday 4:00 am to 12:00 pm

One Home Base Hotel - Seaview & Balcony

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

Grau du roi Camargue beach town France
South of France tour Hotel with view Mediterranean
Provence Tour Hotel Beach

No need to pack and unpack every day! You will spend 8 nights in Le Grau-du-Roi, a vibrant beach town on the Mediterranean sea, at the "Splendid Camargue" hotel. Perfectly situated facing the long sandy beaches and just steps from an array of restaurants, cafes and shops, this premier hotel offers the ideal setting to relax each day after the tour.

We have hand-selected the finest accommodations - rooms that all feature a private balcony with breathtaking sea views. Each well-appointed room also includes a mini-fridge, safe, AC and WiFi for your comfort and convenience. Begin your day with a delightful buffet breakfast served in a sunlit room overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean, what a true vacation!

Tip: Book an extra night before or after the tour to enjoy the hotel and the town of the Grau-du-Roi more. There will be the market in town Tuesday morning to explore for the ones booking an extra night before the tour. (Extra nights available directly at booking)

Hotel Le Splendid Camargue, Le Grau-du-Roi

Seaview & Private Balcony

Buffet Breakfast with View


Air Conditioned Rooms

Queen or Twin Beds

Renovated, Modern

Across From The Beach


215ft Rooms


2025 Calendar

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

Tour 1: Tuesday April 29th to Wednesday May 7th, 2025 > (2 SPOTS LEFT)
Tour 2: Tuesday May 13th to Wednesday May 21st, 2025 >
Tour 3: Tuesday May 27th to Wednesday June 4th, 2025 > (3 SPOTS LEFT)
Tour 4: Tuesday June 10th to Wednesday June 18th, 2025 >
Tour 5: Tuesday August 26th to Wednesday Sept. 3rd, 2025 >
Tour 6: Tuesday Sept. 9th to Wednesday Sept. 17th, 2025 > (1 SPOT LEFT)
Tour 7: Tuesday Sept. 23rd to Wednesday October 1st, 2025 > (5 SPOTS LEFT)
Tour 8: Tuesday October. 7th to Wednesday October 15th, 2025 >

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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Aix-en-Provence - things to do Provence


Nicknamed the "City of a Thousand Fountains", this authentic Provençal town charms visitors with its elegant 17th and 18th century architecture and lively artistic spirit. The hometown of post-impressionist master Paul Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence boasts

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a beautifully preserved old town, lined with boutique shops, cafés spilling onto scenic plazas, and the remarkable Cours Mirabeau - a wide[ thoroughfare famed for its moss-drained fountains and elegant mansions. Also be sure to sample the region's iconic almond-paste confection, the delectable Calissons d'Aix.

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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 Street 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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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 with Stephane, the traditional backyard game played

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

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Grau-du-Roi Southern France Camargue Provence

Le Grau-du-Roi

Le Grau-du-Roi is where the iconic Ernest Hemingway spent his honeymoon with his second wife Pauline will be your home base for the 8 nights of the tour. This bustling little fisherman village with its long stretches of sandy beaches on the edge of the Mediterranean will be the perfect place to rest each day after our daily excursions. The lively

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marina adds to the town's nautical charm, with restaurants and cafes lining the harbor where you can watch the boats come and go. Despite its growth as a holiday destination, the town retains glimpses of its traditional roots as an age-old fishing village through its historic center and bustling fish markets that take place on the canal each morning. This authentic coastal town makes for the perfect spot to enjoy your holiday in Southern France, just as Hemingway did decades ago.  

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Provence Market Aix en Provence Grand Marche

Le Grand Marché of Aix

A visit to Southern France would not be complete without experiencing one of its lively Provençal markets. In Aix-en-Provence, the Grand Marché is a must-see - one of the biggest and most vibrant outdoor markets in all of Southern France. Overflowing with colorful stalls selling the region's finest bounty, this historic market is a feast for

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the senses. Delectable local produce, freshly-baked breads, aromatic herbs and spices, artisanal soaps and textiles all beckon to be sampled and admired. You will have some free time here to shop all the souvenirs and local treasures that you need before we all regroup for our group lunch.

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what to do in Southern France

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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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 heaven for architectural lovers. The church

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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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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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Languedoc Winery

France's largest winemaking region, renowned for its high-quality red and rosé wines has earned its spot as in the global ranks. On a guided tour, you'll explore the vineyards and cellars while learning about the region's terroir, grape varieties like Grenache and

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Syrah, and production methods. The highlight of the visit will be a tasting of bold Languedoc reds, refreshing rosés, and other wines while the winemaker describes their unique flavors and aromas shaped by this exceptional winemaking region.

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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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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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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)

8 Hotel Nights With Seaview Rooms & Balcony

8 Breakfasts, 8 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

4 Dinners (restaurants recommendations provided)

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

8 Day South of France Tour Price

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Diane T. (Google Review)

"Although we have traveled quite extensively, this was our first trip to Southern France and it could not have been a better experience. Isabelle and Stefan were wonderful as guides and drivers and they took such good care of us. A small group tour is the way to go - we felt pampered with wonderful places to see, fantastic food, lovely accommodations and new daily adventures. The pace was perfect and we can't wait to go back for another tour with TripUSAFrance. Thanks Julia, for sharing your country with us and having such a thoughtful and well-planned experience for us to enjoy! Merci!"

Daniel A. (Google Review)

" From Day 1, our guides, Stephane and Isabelle, took great care to assure that everyone in the group was comfortable, eating well, and having an amazing time. The trip was seamless and extremely well-organized. I'm a very picky eater, but the guides always made sure that there was something good for me to enjoy. The selection of activities, locations, and local guides could not have been any better. In addition to feeling like Stephane and Isabelle were family by the end of the tour, we thoroughly enjoyed the company of the other travelers in our group. This entire tour exceeded our expectations in every capacity. If you are thinking of taking a tour of Provence, this is the travel company to go with!!!!"

Anita S. (Facebook Review)

"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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