Region
in Dordogne, Carcassonne & Provence
Heritage & History
Countryside

Experience medieval France in three of the richest heritage regions in the South of France.

 

Includes

12 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 13 days
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities & visits
FJFY App all your trip, contacts, GPS destinations, weather… in your smartphone
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Roger
For my wife and me, Emilie planned three weeks of wonderful experiences. She was quick to respond to questions and crafted an itinerary which suited us. The selection of places to …
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 4 180
Per traveler, including taxes,
based on double occupancy.

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Paris Dordogne Provence Carcassonne

Dordogne

  • In Black Perigord, you will stay in a restored stone house for 4 nights, nestled between the woods and the Dordogne river, perfectly located to explore the area. Your lovely hostess will open her home to you - which is filled with personal touches (artwork, books, photographies). 
  • You are very close to Sarlat and the prehistoric caves and we will be happy to recommend some intimate visits for you, in 20,000 year old caves. If you are interested in history or if you are a JM Auel reader, these are a must!
  • Visit the old city of Sarlat and feel the buzz of activity on market days. We'll also tell you where to find the most typical goat cheeses - and if you like outdoor activities, you'll be in paradise.
  • Canoe down the Dordogne river and enjoy the gorgeous views over the cliff hanging middleages castles along the way. Also, one of the most famous castles of the area is only a 30 minute walk from your B&B. And four of the "most beautiful villages of France" are within a 4 mile drive. 

 

Paris Dordogne Provence Carcassonne

Carcassonne & the Cathar Country

  • Carcassonne and the Cathar country are the perfect stop over on the way to Provence. Carcassonne's medieval “Cité” will amaze you by its size and conservation. You will stay in downtown Carcassonne lively “Bastide St Louis”, a short walk to the UNESCO Medieval city. Your lovely and international hosts have a wonderful taste for welcoming and decoration which makes this place very special.
  • Spend a morning with fellow travelers, enjoying the local wines and chocolates. A must for gourmet travelers !
  • After Carcassonne day crowds, relax in the quietness of the walled garden and refresh in the swimming pool. In the evening, you have a vast choice of nearby restaurants a few minutes walk - we will provide recommendations. 
  • In the Cathar country, walkers/hikers will be rewarded with breath taking landscapes and fortresses such as Quéribus or Perpeytuse. History lovers will be intrigued 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 lists 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.

 

Paris Dordogne Provence Carcassonne

Provence

  • You will spend the last 5 nights in a typical Provencal stone house, perfectly located to explore Avignon and Isle sur la Sorgue (famous for its antiques). Your hostess and her family will welcome you warmly and give you hints and tips about the surrounding area. You will stay in a very comfortable room equipped with a small kitchenette if you wish to have a light dinner in the rose garden.
  • 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”. Enjoy hilltop villages on market day, and walk in the footsteps of famous painters such as Cézanne or Picasso. We will also tell you about some hidden jewels - off the beaten track villages where you will stroll around charming streets or have a drink at a provençal café with locals. We can also recommend a farmer’s market and wine cellar for each day of the week!
  • Trave Vincent Van Gogh's footsteps with a private guide in Arles. Your guide will also take you to the Roman theater and amphitheater - a great introduction to Provence history & art !
  • If you are interested in history, don’t miss the Roman ruins at Arles, Orange and the Pont du Gard. We will also take you to smaller sites – less famous and much quieter.
  • Explore a family owned olive oil mill in the slopes of Luberon, with breathtaking views. In a private tour, you will be explained the whole olive oil farming process from the tree to the bottle.
  • Discover quaint villages of the Luberon, riding an electric bike. You will have several itinerary options, from easy to more sporty, for you to explore hidden hamlets, chapels in the vineyards, wineries, road-trails in the olive trees and evergreen oaks. A great day, at your own pace.
  • You may return the car in Marseille, Avignon, Aix or the location which will suit you best. 

  This is a perfect highlight of Southern France for history and gastronomy lovers. 

Activities included

canoe dordogne

Canoe Down the Dordogne River

Go down the Dordogne river at your own pace in a canoe...we have selected the best section for you to see several castles standing guard high above you!

©Alain Hocquel - VPA

E-Biking Day in Provence

Spend a day in the Luberon gorgeous landscapes driving an electric bike. Several itinerary options for you to enjoy biking at your own pace.

chocolate & wine tasting

Wine & Chocolate

Spend a morning in Carcassonne bastide enjoying the local wines and chocolates with a guide and fellow travelers. A must for gourmet travelers !

olive oil farm visit provence

Olive Oil Farm in Luberon

Explore a family owned olive oil mill in the slopes of Luberon, with breathtaking views. In a private tour, you will be explained the whole olive oil farming process from the tree to the bottle.

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Linda & Scott
This was our first visit to France to celebrate my 40th birthday. We started in Reims/Champagne region, Burgundy, Loire Valley Normandy and finished in Paris. Our 21 day trip was exceptional in every way! Emilie and her team thought of everything and their service from fist email to our return home could not be faulted. The only way I can describe …
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We feel lucky that we found Emilie online! Usually, we like to plan our own trips, but we did not have the language capabilities or confidence to plan this vacation alone. Emilie to the rescue! She listened to our concerns and wishes and planned the perfect trip. Loved the small boutique hotel in the perfect part of Paris, and all the bed and …
Janet
We have traveled in Europe a dozen times. Our trip to France, the Loire Valley and Normandy was one of the very best. Their custom self-guided tours are based on places and activities that interest you. Emelie listened to what we wanted and created an itinerary that was just what we wanted as well as some suggestions for other things we might try …

Our Travelers’ Photos

Shirley & Brad
from Canada
On a honeymoon in Dordogne
Andy
from the US
Enjoying a drink on a brasserie terrace in Paris
Young Nam, Albert & Myoung from the US
In the Dentelles de Montmirail, in Provence
Naomi
From the US
In Villandry gardens in the Loire Valley
Kathy & Mark
from the US
Truffle Hunting in Provence
Elizabeth
From Canada
At her B&B in Normandy
John & Becky
from the US
In the Arcachon Bassin
Patricia, Brandon, Alyssa & Anika
from Canada
in a cellar in the Loire Valley
Kathy & Steve from the US
Having dinner at the B&B in the Loire Valley
George
Enjoying a wine of glass in the B&B garden near Mont Saint Michel
Mona & Vernon
from the US
in Cassis creeks of the Mediterranean Sea
Susan & Gary
From the US
At the summit of the famous Mont Ventoux in Provence (famous as a mythical step of the Tour de France)