16 days in Basque Country, Carcassonne, Provence | France Just For You
  • © Emmy MartensFrom the Atlantic to the Mediterranean
Vigens Rock - Rocher de la Vierge in the Basque Coastline

From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean

16 days
Basque Country, Carcassonne & Provence
Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Art & Museums
US$ 4,220 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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From the Atlantic coastline to the Mediterranean Sea – experience the South of France diversity.  

From the heart of the Basque Country

  • Start your trip for 6 nights in the heart of the Pays Basque, in a former sheep farm lavishly renovated: between the Ocean and the mountains and perfectly located to explore the region from San Sebastian to Biarritz. Your lovely hostess will be happy to share some tips with you. At night, relax at the outside jacuzzi or by the swimming pool with a Mountain breathtaking view.
  • As an introduction to this region, follow a local guide in Biarritz. He will give you the keys to his city and to the Basque culture: so you will understand about the Basque language and the traditions and festivals such as Pelote or Basque Force. You will end this tour at the covered market, tasting some Basque produces: cheese, hams, wines, jams and much more.
  • We will craft your days so you get a feel of everything the Basque culture has to offer, and there is a lot: taste the local “Bayonne hams” after strolling a valley discovering the traditional and still alive mountain pig farming, get acquainted with the Basque weaving tradition, try to make your own Basque cake or stroll one of the many farmers markets.
  • Several “most beautiful Villages of France” will be on your scenic drives – and you may witness there some locals playing the Basque Pelote game at the town’s fronton. Nature and outdoors lovers will enjoy endless walks and hikes in the Pyrenees foothills, occasional walkers will relax on the walks along the beaches and enjoy a coffee at a terrace watching surfers.

 Map to self drive tours of South of France

The Cathar Country

  • Carcassonne and the Cathar country are the perfect stop on the way to Provence. Carcassonne medieval “Cité” will amaze you by its size and conservation. You will reside in a cozy B&B, by the walls of the cite, walking distance to all sightseeing and restaurants – but away from the tourist crowds.
  • In the Cathar country, walkers/hikers will be rewarded with breathtaking landscapes and fortresses such as Quéribus or Perpeytuse. History lovers will be passionate by the Cathar history. Wine lovers may be surprised by the quality of the “Minervois” wines which have improved a lot in the past 10 years. They are now on the wine list of some of the most famous restaurants in the world.
  • On the 9th day, you will drive about 2hr30 along the Mediterranean Sea to get to Provence.

Magnificent Provence

  • Start your exploration of Provence away from the crowds for 5 nights in the heart of a peaceful provençal town near Mount Ventoux. Your lovely hosts will welcome you in the house they entirely remodeled. At night, refresh in the garden with swimming pool or enjoying a dinner cooked by Eric, your host. A very Provençal experience!
  • So many things to see in less than an hour's drive from your B&B: beautiful Avignon, also referred to as “the City of Popes”, where you can visit the palace of the Popes, the well-preserved ramparts and the famous “Avignon Bridge”.
  • Strolling hilltop villages on market day, walking on the footsteps of famous painters such as Cézanne or Picasso. We will also tell you about some hidden jewels - villages, off the beaten track where you will stroll around charming streets or have a drink at a provencal café with locals. We can also recommend a farmer’s market and wine cellar for each day of the week!
  • One day, we will take you to a place you could not find on your own…lost in Provence mountains, in a very private wine estate. There, you will take a tour to the winery, then enjoy a wine tasting followed by a nice picnic in the vineyards. A very romantic time.
  • We also plan for you to drive your own 2-seater dune buggy throughout the vineyards, following a guide who will explain about the terroir and vine culture and finish your trip tasting local wines. It's a great way to have fun and explore country paths you would never find by yourself.
  • End your trip with 2 nights in a gorgeous fortified castle, in a luxury room with Empire period furniture and a canopy bed. Every morning you will have breakfast in the sumptuous medieval kitchen, with its hanging copperware and monumental fireplace. Existing since the 11th century, this château is the perfect place to explore Aix-en-Provence and its many museums, tour the salt marshes of the Camargue and visit the Alpilles region, where you will find beautiful Saint Remy de Provence.

 

Perfect trip to enjoy the sweet life in Southern France!

This itinerary includes

15 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 16 days
A «Table d’Hôtes» home-cooked dinner, with your Hosts and other travelers
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made especially for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities and visits
A French Smartphone with GPS & all Apps you need for this trip

Activities included in this tour

A Private Guide to Biarritz

A Private Guide to introduce you to the Basque culture

Follow a local guide in Biarritz, by the Ocean. He will give you the keys to his city and to the Basque culture. You will end this tour at the covered market, tasting some Basque produces: cheese, hams and wines. 

A Wine Tasting and picnic in a very special estate in Provence

Wine Tasting & Picnic in a very private Estate

Explore a very private wine estate, lost in the hills of Provence. You will enjoy a tour of the estate followed by a wine tasting, then have a picnic lunch in the vineyards. A very special place you would not find on your own. 

buggy provence

BUGGY VINEYARD DISCOVERY

Follow the local guide in your own all terrain vehicule and enjoy a very special visit of one of Provence's vineyards. This is a very fun way to discover new landscapes, learn about wine growing...and of course, taste some wine.

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