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Jewels of Southern France Tour

Cobblestone streets, churches, and great wine

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Jewels of Southern France Tour

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Travel time13 days
Type of travelMixed
Best timeMay - Septeber
To destination7-10 hours

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$2,750

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Explore the historic and culturally rich towns and villages of the south of France on this nine-day tour. Starting in Biarritz, you’ll seek out the region's gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, traveling over soaring mountains, along the Atlantic coast, and into enchanting fortified communes and otherworldly caves. Medieval Castles, delicious oysters, and exquisite wines—take time to savor the finer things in life on this journey of discovery.

  1. Biarritz

  2. Lourdes

  3. Carcassonne

  4. Albi

  5. Sarlat-la-Canéda


Jewels of Southern France Tour

from

$2,750

pp excl. flights

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Travel Itinerary

Destination 1: Biarritz

Start in Biarritz, a city in vogue among surfers, diners, and francophone-lovers alike. Go with a breezy walk on the waterfront, hitting the Rocher de la Vierge—a state-crown that juts towards the sea—and the beaming white lighthouse of the Phare de Biarritz. This city is a food lover’s dream, so get ready—oysters, ceviche, and mussels are the norm here. Even if you don’t like seafood, it’ll be hard not to fall in love with the white wine here—santé

Destination 2: Lourdes

Lourdes is your next stop, a spiritual town that will enchant you with its alleyways and storied churches. Go for a walk and explore the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, the site of the famous Lourdes water, and see the many pilgrims that travel here as part of the Marian pilgrimage. For an expansive view of this picturesque French town, trek up the Pic du Jer, home to a chateau that works perfectly as a bakdrop for a picnic—not to mention the scenery, of course. 

Destination 3: Carcassonne

Perched on a craggy hilltop and prickling with zigzag fortifications, rocky walls, and sharp turrets, your next stop looks like something out of a children’s storybook. Take a stroll along the Pont-Vieux, by far the oldest and prettiest bridge in the city. Pull faces at gargoyles on a tour of the huge Château Comtal built on Roman foundations in the 12th century. In the evening, settle into a restaurant around Place Marcou in the center and take in a view of the castle as the sun sets. 

Destination 4: Albi

Today, you’ll leave the stronghold of Carcassonne behind and make tracks to the “red city” of Albi. The maze of traffic-free streets in the medieval old town feels like a time warp. Stroll past the half-timbered homes topped with a soulheilou, a covered roof terrace-cum-storehouse perfect for drying ham as well as laundry. Street signs are in two languages—modern French and ancient Occitan—so try not to take a wrong turn. 

Destination 5: Sarlat-la-Canéda

Your tour of southern France ends in the gem of Sarlat, one of the most enchanting in the south. Markets, cobble-stone streets, and gesiers de canard—confit of duck gizzards—await you here, but so too does a jaunty feeling of warmth and hominess, a la francaise, that will stay in your heart and make you long to return to France.

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