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Unique and authentic tour of the south of France

Clouds drift along the hilltop village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the south of France

A 10-day women-only tour of the most historic, stunning and fascinating places in the south of France. From the sun-kissed region of Provence to the ancient towns of Occitanie, discover the very best of the south of France. Indulge in the most amazing food and wine. And experience real France…

The best of the south of France tour

Arched stone bridge in the city of Albi, southern France

Starting in the Tarn, in the ancient city of Albi, you’ll explore it’s historic streets, awe-inspiring cathedral and see the work of the city’s famous son, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, and you’ll also get to see the village of Lautrec, famous for its pink garlic and blue pastel dyes. Visit tiny Cordes-sur-Ciel, a medieval perched town that will hold you spell-bound with its sky-high beauty. This artists’ center was once home to the philosopher and poet Albert Camus. Discover gorgeous little villages most visitors miss and remarkable towns such as Gaillac which is where wine in France was first made, and of course you’ll be doing a tasting.

Charming and authentic villages

Antiques piled outside a shop along the edge of the River Sorgue in Provence

Then on to Bouches-du-Rhône when you’ll absorb the captivating looks and atmosphere of pretty Pézenas. The historic center is teeming with artists’ studios, captivating cafés and irresistible bookstores and antique shops. In ravishing St-Remy-de-Provence you’ll immerse yourself in the town where Vincent Van Gogh was inspired to create an incredible 150 canvases while convalescing close by. Less well known Eygalières is completely charming, surrounded by vineyards and olive orchards. And as you’ll be there on market day, you’ll see it at its liveliest. It’s the perfect place to sit sipping a glass of something delicious and watch the life of the village go on.

Nearby Uzès  is an absolutely gem of French Renaissance and Romanesque architecture and the village of Fontvielle, considered one of France’s most famous literary landmarks will make your heart skip a beat at its picturesque charm. Witness the jaw-dropping colours of the ochre landscape of Roussillon, the “Colorado of France” from a stunning hilltop village. And go antiquing in irresistible Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the biggest antiques centre in the south of France.

Relax on this luxury tour

People sitting at a terraced cafe on a sunny day under the shade of plane trees

Everything is organised for you on this luxury tour. Transport, accommodation and fabulous restaurants organised by your host Sue Aran, an American who has lived in the south of France for many years. This is a small group tour. There’s no rushing about. No hurrying from one place to the next. It’s all about the experience. Getting to know the real France, tasting the most fabulous food and wine, feeling the atmosphere.

This is a unique and very special small group tour and places are limited. Find out more at: FrenchCountryAdventures.com

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