Southern France ~
An Insider's Perspective
May 4-May 14, 2020
The price for this trip is $2800 per person, double occupancy.
Single occupancy supplement is $500.
Price includes lodging, two meals each day, airport transfer and ground transportation, bilingual guides, and all entry fees.
Price does not include international airfare or personal expenses.
This 10-day trip will explore our favorite regions in France- the Dordogne, Languedoc, and Provence. We will visit gorgeous gardens in various styles, see art in musuems and in artist's studios, and taste delicious regional treats.
We will only move our accommodations twice during this adventure. The first four days will be spent at our villa in the Dordogne. The next two will be in the Languedoc region, and we will finish up with five days in Provence.
We will begin in Bordeaux. You will be picked up at the airport or train station by our transportation service and brought directly to our gite. You will have the afternoon for rest or exploration, and we will all meet for a delightful Welcome Dinner. From Bergerac, we will explore, by private mini-van, the heart of Southern France.
The Dordogne will embrace us with its stunning panaramic views, perfect ancient villages, and earthy foods such as truffles, foie gras, and wine. We will be in this region for three days, staying in a villa, and exploring the region. Boat tours, famers markets, and floating gardens await us, as well as a visit to an illustrated prehistoric cave. We will visit some famous wine villages in the Bordeaux region, and sample the delights of this beautiful area.
The Dordogne is our gateway to the ancient and rugged Languedoc-Rousillon, an area filled with mountain-top castles, walled cities, and tiny villages steeped in history. We will be staying two nights in our villa and will spend our days visiting nearby museums and castles, tasting local wines, and floating down the Canal du Midi.
The following five days will be our foray into Provence, a region filled with Roman history, wild nature preserves, and stunning landscapes. Staying in a villa, we will have day trips to visit Van Gogh's room in Arles, the Pope's Palace in Avigonon, and the Roman ruins of Nîmes. We will spend a day out in the Carmague, moving through the flamingo-filled country and seeing herds of wild horses. One day will find us exploring the beaches and calanques (natural coves) of the French Riveria, with an evening in the fabulous Nice!
We will find our way back to Toulouse, where we will have a Farewell Dinner. Our driver will take you back to the airport or train station on your departure day.