Discover Magical Provence on a customized 9 Day Tour

Pick up: Marseille's airport or Aix-en-Provence

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19 reviews
May 19 - 28, 2023
Group size: 1 - 14
Discover Magical Provence on a customized 9 Day Tour
Pick up: Marseille's airport or Aix-en-Provence

19 reviews

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May 19 - 28, 2023
Group size: 1 - 14

About this trip

At TripUSAFrance we are a small family run tour company that specializes in small group tours of France. It was started by Julia Girard-Gervois, a native from the South of France who wanted to use her passion for travel as a way to share her knowledge and help people experience French culture in an authentic way, like a local, by creating tours that are balanced with history, culture, and activities. Our tours have received glowing reviews from past travelers on TripAdvisor, and Sandra worked with us to create the perfect Provence tour, just for you!


On this 9 day adventure designed exclusively for a small group of travelers, not only will you enjoy the historical sites and hidden gems of Provence and Occitanie, but you will also discover the culture and traditions of the Southern French by visiting a truffle farm and learning to hunt with the dogs, sampling the herbs of Provence straight from fields, discovering the secrets of Marseille soap-making passed on from generation to generation, sampling olive oil at a mill, tasting the French wine at the vineyards, picnicking with locals, going to the market, hanging with the cowboys of the Camargue at the ranch, and more!


More than a vacation, TripUSAFrance has created an experience that you will remember for years!

Terms of Booking

Price: the price displayed is based on 13 people. If a 14th person join, everyone will receive a $100 refund. If only 12 people join the tour price will be increased by $250. 12 people minimum required.

Deposit:
To book the tour you will need to sign up on this tour page and make a deposit of 15% per person. This deposit becomes non-refundable 30 days after you book your tour. If you are booking a tour that is starting within 180 days, the full payment will be due at booking. You can still get a full refund if cancelling within 48hrs. Full payment is due 180 days before the tour departure date on November 19th, 2022.


In the situation that you can no longer join the tour, you may find someone to take your spot. We could therefore refund you any payments made minus a 5% booking fee. 


Cancellation fees: Cancellation fees are based on the number of days prior to tour start date when cancellation is made:
Over 180 days: 15% of the total price
179 – 120 days: 30% of the total price
119 – 60 days: 50% of the total price
59 – 36 days: 70% of the total price
35 days - 16 days: 80% of the total price
15 days up to the start of tour: 90% of the total price
No Show: 100% of the total price


Full terms of conditions HERE

What’s included

  • Pick-up
    From Marseille's airport or Aix-en-Provence TGV train's station or Aix-en-Provence city center (extra fee for other airports, please contact us for a quote)
  • Drop-off
    At Montpellier's airport or train station or Marseille's airport at no extra cost (extra fee for other airports, please contact us for a quote)
  • Transportation
    To all sites listed on the itinerary in 2 comfortable minibuses with AC
  • Guides
    2 local French tour guides/drivers fluent in English
  • 9 Hotel Nights
    6 hotel nights at La Maison des Ocres in Roussillon, 3 nights at hotel Les Coquilles in Palavas-les-Flots
  • 9 Breakfasts
    At your hotel
  • 9 Lunches
    At diverse local restaurants
  • 5 Dinners
    Welcome dinner - Dinner at the truffle farm - Homemade picnic dinner at winery - Dinner at Camargue ranch - Dinner at Herbs of Provence Farm
  • 1 Drink Per Meal
    For each lunch or dinner listed above (wine or beer or soft or coffee or tea)
  • Unlimited Wine at
    The picnic dinner, the ranch dinner & the Truffle farm dinner
  • Entrance Fees
    St Paul de Mausole monastery, Carrieres de Lumieres art show, Fondation Van Gogh, Arles' Amphitheater, Avignon's Pope's Palace + bridge, Pont de Gau Ornithologic Park (Flamingos)
  • Cassis Boat Ride
    During a 1h boat tour discover the stunning Calanques of Cassis. (Exceptional rock formation unique to Provence, made up of deep, narrow valleys, making the water look bright turquoise)
  • Marseille Soap Factory
    Guided tour of a family owned factory (4th generation since 1900) in Salon-de-Provence.
  • Herbs of Provence Walk
    Discover with the farmer all the secrets of the Herbs of Provence during a 0.6 mile walk in nature
  • Truffle Farm Hunt Tour
    Followed by a truffle products tasting & champagne at Local Farm
  • Visit of Camargue Ranch
    Learn about the traditions of the ranchers of Camargue with demonstration of the work of the cowboys/cowgirls
  • Pink Salt Marsh
    Little train tour from which you can admire the beauty of Camargue and discover up close the crystallization pools
  • Olive Oil Mill Tour
    Learn the interesting process of olive oil making during a guided tour. Finish the visit with a tasting and discover what is your new olive oil fragrance. (optional activity)
  • 2 Winery Tours & Tasting
    Visit of one Chateauneuf-du-Pape winery and one Languedoc winery both followed by wine tasting
  • 3 French Markets
    Gorde's Market, St-Remy-de-Provence's market & Palavas-les-Flots' market
  • Van Gogh Walking Tour
    In Arles with Van Gogh expert guide
  • Carpentras' Synagogue
    Private visit of the Synagogue with tour guide
  • Guided Tours
    Of Les-Baux-de-Provence, Avignon, St Guilhem-le-Desert, Aigues-Mortes
  • Flight/Train
    We recommend booking a flight to Marseille or a train to Aix-en-Provence TGV to get to the tour / After the tour you could depart from Montpellier (train/airport) or Marseille's airport
  • 4 Dinners
    We will provide recommendations for restaurants near your hotel
  • Extra Drinks
    You may order more drinks at restaurants during the group meals at extra cost
  • Travel Insurance
    A quote will be sent after booking (Travel insurance is recommended)

Available Packages

Solo Traveler (1 room for 1 person)
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Select your room for Palavas below. (No upgrades in Roussillon) Also you can add an extra night after the tour at the Hotel Les Coquilles to enjoy the Mediterranean village for one more day. 

$5,650
Deposit: $840
Two Travelers sharing the SAME room
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Select your room for Palavas below. (No upgrades in Roussillon) Also you can add an extra night after the tour at the Hotel Les Coquilles to enjoy the Mediterranean village for one more day.  

$4,950
Deposit: $735

Available options

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Itinerary

Day 1
Pickup in Marseille or Aix, Drive to Roussillon, Check in to Hotel

Today is the first day of the tour! We will be picking people up between 12 pm and 3 pm from Marseille Airport or the Aix-en-Provence TGV Train Station or your hotel in Aix-en-Provence.

Once everyone has arrived we will have a 1 hour drive to Roussillon, a beautiful hilltop village in the heart of Provence. After checking in to the hotel, you will have some free time to walk around exploring the village before your first group dinner where you will be able to enjoy a delicious Provencal meal with a view of the Luberon Valley!

Your Organizer


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TripUSAFrance
19 reviews
We started this company to help people who are in love with France to have a cultural trip where they can experience the country as temporary locals, not the average tourists bouncing around in a crowd or waiting in long lines and getting stuck in tourist traps. We will help you make a deeper connection with the country and understand what it is like to live there, while fulfilling the desire to see amazing sites and make lasting memories.

Reviews

We had a great time. Jonathan was the BEST guide - patient, calm, knowledgeable. Accommodations were lovely, especially in Bayeaux, even though some might not say so (!) We would certainly recommend this trip to anyone.
By Virginia C for Normandy 8 Day Tour Sept 11th - Sept 19th, 2022 on 29 Sep, 2022
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Great trip! Guides were terrific, food wonderful and the hotel nice and spacious.
By Samuel M for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour August 30th - Sept 8th, 2022 on 27 Sep, 2022
An unforgettable trip—perfect in every way: fabulous sites, activities and meals. The wine-tasting and education was terrific! Bordeaux is a gem—not to be missed. As a guide, Julia is a meticulous planner and a whirlwind. She is attentive to the needs and preferences of the participants and creates a fun atmosphere, as well.
By joan b for 9 Day Bordeaux & Dordogne Tour September 15th to September 24th on 26 Sep, 2022
The places that we visited were very interesting and the restaurant choices were excellent. The main tour guide was nice, knowledgeable, and a real gentleman. Some of the hotels were not up to our expectations and there were a number of last-minute changes to the itinerary, plus a few disconnects. I already provided separate feedback to Peter.
By Nancy M for Normandy 8 Day Tour Sept 11th - Sept 19th, 2022 on 23 Sep, 2022
I was impressed with the knowledge of our guide, Jonathan, in all aspects of the tour, not just his wide historical knowledge, but also his eagerness to familiarize us with the towns we visited as well as recommendations for dining on our free evenings. Our group was a great size and everyone was amenable making for a great atmosphere for learning and fun! Christophe was also impressive with his extensive D-Day knowledge. I enjoyed the personal references to people he has met and their connections to D-Day. I highly recommend this tour. The addition of a short stop at the German cemetery was a great contrast to the American cemetery and added to the experience. Every day of the eight day tour was worth the experience! Thank you.
By Linda F for Normandy 8 Day Tour Sept 11th - Sept 19th, 2022 on 21 Sep, 2022
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