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Palavas-les-Flots, France
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Jim B wrote a review Nov 2019
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I must say that the 8-day TripUSAFrance tour of southern France that I took in early May 2019 with eleven other women is arguably the best, most fun vacation I’ve ever taken. Julia and her father, Stephane, are friendly and very knowledgeable tour guides. Did I mention accommodating? They picked us up at the Montpellier airport bearing much-welcomed sandwiches (such fresh bread) and beverages in hand, then drove us to our small but comfortable hotel where the innkeepers, Gerard and his wife Katy, provided personal hospitality and breakfast every morning. Julia and Stephane (we started calling him Papa because they came to feel like family to us) drove us to many historical sites as well as street markets and wineries. And the food! The lunches and dinners they planned for us were in sometimes sophisticated, sometimes cozy restaurants, but always delicious. One was even a family affair in which Julia’s mother provided and served a home-made picnic. I could go on and on about how wonderful this trip was for me, but I’ll end with this concise recommendation: “You’ll love it!”
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Ozperdu wrote a review Nov 2019
Sydney, Australia4 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I took this 9 day small group tour of Southern France with our two twenty something daughters in Sep/Oct 2019 and we had a blast. It is quite simply superb. The tour is run by Julia with the help of her dad Stephane. They're both genuinely warm and charming, helpful and a lot of fun. The itinerary is very well planned to take in the major historical sites, like Pont du Gare, Carcasonne, stimulating cultural highlights such as Aix-en-Provence, Arles and a variety of dining experiences. These range from the luxe, Hôtel de Caumont, Villa Mazarin, the informal, a restaurant in Julia's village to a picnic and pétanque game and on this trip a barbeque after a demonstration by les Gardians, the Carmargue cowboys. Its all very relaxed and easy going. We stayed in the one hotel (Les Coquilles in Palavos les Flots) so no packing and unpacking. And its a real family affair. Julia drove one of the vans and did most of the tour guiding. Stephane drove the other, was full of good stories as well as being a dab hand at magic tricks. You could say he wore many hats (and he did, he loves hats and had quite a few). Special mention to Peter (Julia's husband), Cathy (her mum and Stephane's wife) and Eric (the Legend). And of course to our fellow travellers. We were 13 in all (luckily) 7 Americans and 6 Aussies. Thanks guys. (In case anyone is wondering we're Aussies). If you're looking for a small group tour of the South of France, and if you're reading these reviews I guess you are, look no further. This is the gold standard, le top du top. Highly recommended. 5 Stars.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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tennisfun41 wrote a review Oct 2019
Hyde Park, New York18 contributions4 helpful votes
I loved my tour with TripUSAFrance! My goal was to get to Baux-de-Provence to visit Carrières de Lumières, featuring Van Gogh. Researching that site, I found this wonderful tour and booked it. My solo travel was not a problem with a small group of 13. Peter, Julia’s husband, picked us up in Montpelier and brought us to Hotel Les Coquilles, our base across from the beach in Palavas-les-Flots. I marvel at Julia’s skill in adjusting our itinerary. She moved up our visit to Aix because an anticipated exhibit was changing (we had a wonderful lunch there also). When a cooking class had to be cancelled, Julia arranged a demonstration with the Camargue horses at a local bull ranch- and there was a lot of good local wine and a picnic thereafter. The tours were excellent. Julia and Stéphane (her father) were our drivers and guides, and translators when needed. The variety of the tours and the quality of the lunches and dinners are praiseworthy. Van Gogh was a highlight… a walking tour in Arles, and my personal favorite - the art installation at Les Carrières de Lumières. We visited wineries, an ornithological park (flamingos!), papal palace at Avignon, Roman amphitheater and Pont du Gard in Nimes, medieval fortress at Carcassonne, Roman necropolis in Arles, art museum in Montpelier, a ranch, a picnic at a winery with delicious food prepared by Julia’s mom, Cathy. Thanks to Julia, Peter, Stéphane, and Cathy, and to Cathy and Gerard of Hotel les Coquilles for a memorable vacation!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Donna M wrote a review Sep 2019
New York City, New York25 contributions22 helpful votes
Outstanding small group tour of the South of France run by Julia and Stephan (her dad). Every detail was taken care of, wonderful places to visit, great group of fellow travelers, delicious food... We truly felt part of her family as we saw and experienced France as a local. Thank You.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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CindyMedwid wrote a review Sep 2019
Lexington, Ohio15 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I recently returned home from a 9-day trip to southern France with TripUSAFrance. I cannot possibly tell you how pleased we were with every aspect of the trip-the hotel was well-maintained, in a great location and quaint (in a wonderful way) with kind and friendly owners, and the tour guides (Julia and Stéphane) were two of the best, most fun, knowledgeable and helpful of the many tour guides we’ve had. The tour was very well organized and we visited so many interesting, beautiful sites. This tour is fabulous, go if you can, you will have a terrific time. Oh, and did I mention the food? Julia took us to some many great restaurants that I couldn’t pick a favorite!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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