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GB
This was terrific! We looked forward to each day, as it was different from the day before. It was wonderful to be able to see so much of the South of France and not have to unpack and repack every single day. The small group experience was fantastic. We highly recommend.
By Gary B for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 14 Nov, 2022
The tour of southern France with TripUSAFrance was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. I have taken many trips to Europe but always avoided tours. This was my first. But it was more like traveling with a large group of friends (13 of us) because the owner and tour guide (Julia) and her parents went out of their way to create a highly personalized experience. Our base town of Palavas-Les-Flots was a picturesque and easily walkable fishing village on the Mediterranean. Shops, cafes and restaurants lined the canals traversing the town, just a few blocks from our hotel. So there was plenty to do when we had downtime… We saw more amazing sites in 9 days than I could ever have done on my own … and yet the tour did not feel rushed. The outdoor scenery in this part of France was visually stunning, particularly the mountain views from medieval hilltop villages like Les Baux and St. Guilhem-Le-Desert, as well as the gorgeous river valley surrounding the Pont de Gard. Among the many highlights was the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassone, the largest medieval fortress remaining in Europe today. It still houses a small city. We spent an entire day here, enjoying a fascinating (and funny) tour led by an expert guide, eating a leisurely group lunch, and having loads of fun shopping for unique gifts and memorabilia. At a local winery one day, Julia’s mother prepared exquisite delicacies — such as mini quiches and tiny croissants of cheese and meats —to create a gourmet picnic for the group. After lunch, Julia’s father treated us to French and American songs on his guitar, with written lyrics passed out to the group so we could all sing along. We were also treated to a winery tour and tasting, after which we played four fiercely competitive games of Petangue.… although I have no idea who won. 😂 🤣 Great fun for all … and an example of the uniquely personalized nature of this tour. Definitely a five-star experience.
By Cynthia K for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 29 Oct, 2022
DW
While researching an itinerary for a trip to southern France, I happened upon the TripUSAFrance site.It sounded too good to be true so I called the company. All my questions were thoroughly answered and I was reassured by the fact that they had repeat customers. Nothing for me to do but book the travel to and from Montpellier and enjoy the anticipation of the trip. We took a chance and the trip far exceeded our expectations. From our pick up at the airport to our drop off at the train station, Julia and her father Stephane anticipated our every need. Hôtel les Coquilles in Palavas was charming and comfortable. Our hosts Kathi and Jerome were delightful and very helpful. We could see the Mediterranean from our balcony and enjoyed walks along the beach and through town. Each day the van rides to our destinations provided us an opportunity to observe the countryside and get to know our fellow travelers who were also appreciative of the small tour experience. We enjoyed all of our explorations of the region from Roman ruins to small hillside villages to larger cities. The activities that we would not have included had we planned our own itinerary made the trip special. We loved the trip to the Carmargue ranch and the introduction to the bulls, the Roquefort cave and the lumières show in the quarry, the very unique restaurants, and most especially the picnic at the winery with food prepared by Cathy, Julia’s mother and entertainment by Stephane. Meeting their friend, playing pétanque, and touring the vineyard was icing on the cake. Julia is a great guide who gives just enough history and background to give you appreciation of the area but not overwhelm you with facts. We now can’t imagine a tour without Julia and her family. We definitely will plan on one of her other tours in France.
By Donna W for Signature 9 Day South of France Tour Sept 27th - Oct 6th, 2022 on 28 Oct, 2022