South of France holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Enjoy a holiday in the spectacular South of France, with its famous coasts, culture and beaches. Our fantastic range of South of France holidays are all from responsible operators commited on minimising negative imapcts on the local environment and community, while providing you with an authentic, distintcly local and memorably unique experience.
Pyrenees guided walking holiday
Guided walking and trekking holidays in the French Pyrenees, from £655 - £715 (8 days) ex flights
Provence holiday accommodation, France
French home-stay experience in St Jeannet, from €79 - €170 per double room per night
Provence cooking & walking holiday
Admire the South of France with local insight, from €405 - €730 (3 days) ex flights
France gite accommodation, Mercantour
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £406 per accommodation per week
Provence self guided cycling holiday, Gastronomic
Meet the colourful locals on this cycling tour., from €895 (8 days) ex flights
France family activity holiday
Explore the 'Grand Canyon' of Europe., from £620 (8 days) ex flights
Sainte Agnes walking holiday, France
Stunning walking between the Mercantour and the Med, France, from £795 (8 days) ex flights
France luxury eco accommodation, Saint Martin Laguepie
Stunning Eco-House in Riverside Hamlet, from £800 - £1200 per house per week (sleeps 6)
French Riviera walking holiday, France
Relaxed mountain and coastal daywalks, from £949 - £1149 (8 days) inc UK flights
Hotel in the Ardeche, France
The perfect getaway in the Ardeche, from €58 - €82 per room per night
France cycling tour in the Arles countryside
Discover the unique heritage and character of Provence, from €605 - €785 (6 days) ex flights
Lavender fields cycling holiday in the South of France
Cycle through France's vast lavender fields., from €630 (6 days) ex flights
Avignon to Nice self guided cycling tour in France
A visually stunning trip: from Avignon to Nice, from €1145 (8 days) ex flights
Mercantour National Park self guided walking, France
Value centre based self guided walking - Mercantour, France, from £540 (8 days) ex flights
Ardeche walking holiday
Rivers, forests, gorges and vineyards. Explore the Ardeche!, from €695 (7 days) ex flights
Pyrenees family activity holiday
A non-stop family adventure in the Pyrenees mountains, from £805 (8 days) ex flights
Ardeche short break activity holiday
The 'Ardeche Classic Break'. A 3-night canoeing adventure!, from €249 - €349 (4 days) ex flights
South of France self guided cycling tour
Ride through famous villages of Provence, from €845 (8 days) ex flights
Pyrenees winter walk, France
Snowshoe day walks in stunning scenery, from £949 - £1199 (8 days) inc UK flights
Activity holidays in the Pyrenees
Non-stop adventure in the beautiful French Pyrenees, from £805 (8 days) ex flights
Self catering gites in the Ardeche, France
Fantastic gites in the Ardeche, France., from €355 - €1780 per accommodation per week
Family activity holidays in the Ardeche
An unforgettable multi activity holiday for all the family, from €830 - €945 (7 days) ex flights
Languedoc B&B in a converted barn, France
Eco B&B nr mountains & beach in unspoilt southern France, from €80 - €100 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Provence self guided cycling tours, Avignon to Camargue
Experience a rich history of heritage in Provence., from €850 (8 days) ex flights
France yoga and walking holidays
Enjoy the Philosophy of Yoga during your holidays near Nice, from €420 - €795 (4 days) ex flights
Ardeche cycling holiday
Ardeche Cycling Week. Cevennes, Mont Ventoux and the Gorges, from €795 (7 days) ex flights
Mercantour walking holiday in France
Walk in true Alpine country, through lakes and wild mountain, from £490 - £577 (8 days) ex flights
Mercantour family walking holiday, France
Family walking tour with a donkey, Southern French Alps, from £435 - £565 (7 days) ex flights
Pyrenees self catering accommodation
Large house, large rooms, beautifull view on the Pyrenees, from €600 - €850 per house per week (sleeps 6)
Les Marais du Vigueirat natural park & trails, Le Camargue, France
Visits on a nature reserve in the Camargue, from €6 free admission

71 reviews for South of France holidays4 star overall rating

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Provence cooking & walking holiday
It was simply the best holiday I have been on in years very special (more)Joanne Hackett
We enjoyed the idea of doing everything locally with local people and contributing to the local economy. Above all, we felt really well taken care of with much attention to detail. (more)Tammy Railton
Difficult to pinpoint just one element of the holiday. As a lover of the outdoors, I enjoyed the guided walk and picnic into the local Baou hills but then I also enjoyed the relaxed, fun and informative guided walk of the old town of Nice. (more)Louise Harris
From €405 - €730 excluding flights
Provence self guided cycling tours, Avignon to Camargue
Very well organised and very enjoyable.... The scenery was beautiful, except in the Camargue, and all the villages were very French and full of atmosphere. Cycling through the Montagnettes and Alpilles was lovely. (more)Trish Price
Successfully navigating our way in and out of beautiful little towns being enthusiastically helped with directions and suggestions for great things to see and do by locals even with our absolute lack of French. (more)Jennifer Wright
From €850 excluding flights
Mercantour family walking holiday, France
The whole thing was memorable! Our 6 year old and 4 year old leading "Leonidas" our donkey through the French Alps, sleeping in a beautiful yurt in an Alpine meadow, and feeling like we'd done something completely different to the typical "bucket and spade" type of holiday. (more)Alison Godfrey
The mountains, flora and fauna in an exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt part of the world, within and on the periphery of the Mercantour National Park in the French maritime Alps were most memorable. (more)Nick Lampert
The fantastic alpine flora high in the mountains was the most memorable part. (more)Lesley Eddleston
From £435 - £565 excluding flights
France gite accommodation, Mercantour
It is the best holiday we’ve had in France and that's from a perspective of over 40 years holidaying in France...The walking in the beautiful mountains in the Mercantour with snow,sun,isolation and good companions.Why did I reach 67 before finding this most beautiful place? (more)Tony Bell
The Alpes-Maritimes and Mercantour National Park is a fantastic area to visit and we would consider this to be one of our best holidays. (more)Lourdes Roffey
We loved the autumn walking in the Parc du Mercantour, in fact our walk to the Lac de Negre was probably the prettiest walk we have ever done. (more)Mary Dracup
From £406 per accommodation per week
Pyrenees family activity holiday
The activities were all superbly planned, organised and great fun. White water rafting was enjoyed by all of the family, the scenic mountain walk was enhanced by local species being pointed out for us and information on how the various rock formations occurred. (more)Mary Fretwell
I particularly loved our mountain walk, with spectacular views and carpets of Pyrenean irises, and I think one of the highlights for all of us was swimming in a beautiful mountain lake. (more)Trisha Cochrane
From £805 excluding flights
Provence holiday accommodation, France
The views from the rooms are breath taking. The owners go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is as perfect as possible...A unique and restful experience which we hope to be able repeat one day. After only five nights we came home feeling recharged and with many fond memories. (more)Nick Medhurst
Best holiday ever... The tour of the old city of Nice and the trip to the village of Tourettes the St Jeannet winery and the cooking class with Corrine were truly memorable. (more)Vicki Wright
We stayed at the house for 4 nights with our teenage boys and we were so happy we did. Corinne and Benoit make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive...It was one of the highlights of our 3 weeks in France! Benoit does great excursions so highly recommend you go on his tours too! (more)Jenny Lincoln
From €79 - €170 per double room per night
Mercantour National Park self guided walking, France
Excellent gite-based self-guided walking holiday with exceptional company and food. (more)Christine Ansons
The most memorable part of the holiday was walking in the beautiful Alpes Maritimes. It was great to have walks planned for us by our hosts and to be taken to our starting point and picked up at the end of the walk. (more)Ruth Ross
Excellent, very relaxing...The Mercantour is stunning and a relatively undiscovered piece of the world...The food was excellent and we were never left hungry - (more)Katie Goodwin
From £540 excluding flights
Ardeche cycling holiday
Memorable parts? For us, it was the ride up the Ardeche Gorge, though there were several highlights. Tips? Bring enough basic supplies to last a couple of days, and be aware of French Bank Holidays which may affect shop/restaurant opening hours. Have a plan for poor weather in the 'shoulder' seasons. Local benefits? In general, yes. For practical reasons, we chose to drive to St Andre - better than flying, but perhaps not as good as the train - but carrying sufficient cycling... (more)Tim Collins
From €795 excluding flights
Pyrenees guided walking holiday
The local community did benefit as we ate locally produced/sourced food and wine and stopped for breaks in local cafes. The local community were, without exception, welcoming and friendly. (more)Alex Sohal
Most memorable was discovering the local history and wildlife under the care of our very knowledgeable hosts, plus lots of brilliant walks in the beautiful Pyrenean Mountains, plus the excellent food! (more)Caroline Rae
The scenery around Bareges is fantastic, and apart from the visit to the Cirque de Gavarnie, which is a popular tourist destination, we practically had the mountains to ourselves. (more)H M Gill
From £655 - £715 excluding flights
Pyrenees winter walk, France
Memorable parts? The fantastic group of people that I shared my holiday with... like minded, laugh a minute, make your own fun people! Our free time was even spent as a group, in search of Lucheon's best sledging spots, we were not disappointed! Tips? Don't skimp on your outdoor gear... good gaiters are a 'must have' item and if you're lucky suncream and sunglasses! Local benefits? Our last group activity, on the way to the airport, was a stop off at the local recycling point,... (more)Pippa Purser
From £949 - £1199 including UK flights
Activity holidays in the Pyrenees
Enjoyed all the activities, the chalet and food were great and all the guides were very friendly and experienced. Fantastic holiday, would certainly recommend to friends. (more)Jean Elliott
The most memorable part was seeing the fabulous scenery of the Pyrenees, walking in them, seeing the wildlife, and then all the activities we undertook as part of the multi-activity holiday. (more)Sally Preece
A great itinerary with a chance to try out some activities we wouldn’t normally get the chance to try. (more)Alison Cousland
From £805 excluding flights
Family activity holidays in the Ardeche
We had a great time and met some kindred spirits! (more)Lisa Kossoff
All the activities and the locality were superb. We all enjoyed ourselves and have returned refreshed (and fitter and healthier). (more)Ruth Riley
Very good. Lots of fun, very well organised. I would recommend it. (more)Louise Harrison
From €830 - €945 excluding flights
France family activity holiday
Memorable parts? The whole tempo of the holiday was right for our family. Highlights would be the canyoning (I didn't mind the one hour walk up the valley, in a wetsuit, in the boiling sun at all - but I think that I was the exception) and the ambiance of the hotel - Bastide d'Iris. My 8 year old daughter loved horse riding (an extra -c activity) and the pool while my 10 year old boy liked the indy park best. My 11 year old liked the climbing and caving (another extra-c activity). My... (more)Odette Duerden
From £620 excluding flights
Sainte Agnes walking holiday, France
Memorable parts? The great organisation that appeared effortless but I'm sure reflected much planning and forethought. Every day the walks were 'just right' for the weather, our legs and our mood without us having to think about it. The food was superb, varied and appeared as if by miracle in the right amounts at the perfect time. Tips? Do what preparation you can but don't worry as there are so many walks requiring so many different levels of fitness that you will love it regardless... (more)anne webb
From £795 excluding flights
Self catering gites in the Ardeche, France
IT was fantastic! good weather/food/wine and lots of adventures. (more)camilla alban davies
9 out of 10. A very beautiful, relaxing experience...The views and the food and drink in the area were most memorable. (more)Gabrielle Heyse-Moore
Most memorable? Activities around the area... Great. (more)Michel Rener
From €355 - €1780 per accommodation per week
Provence boutique hotel in Arles, France
Our room was a good size, air con (we were there in August) and clean. The pool was just right too. Location is excellent - far better than being in one of the towns. Meals are eaten outside in the evenings and several (including us) suggested they modified the lighting. (more)Trevor Waller
The scenery in Provence is stunning. It was really pleasurable just driving around. My favourite place was probably Pic Saint Loup where we went to visit a couple of vineyards, including Morties which was just stunning and the wine was remarkable!...Very enjoyable stay. It worked well for us. (more)Ania Nowicki
Most memorable? Without a doubt horseriding in the Camargue, from the Paul Ricard Centre at Mejanes, was the highlight of the holiday. We even managed to persuade my 87 year old Father-in-Law to give it a try for the first time in his life! (more)Anthony Leggett
From €80 per room per night
Nimes self catering gite in the South of France
The most memorable part was kayaking under the Pont du Gard and visiting Sainte-Marie de la Mer but also eating outside, relaxing with wine and olives and meeting new people. (more)Heather Muchamore
Stunning, unspoilt countryside all around, and surprisingly few tourists for the time of year, (August). A truly eco-relaxed holiday, which we can thoroughly recommend. (more)Joanna Blake
My wife and I really needed a holiday where we could relax absolutely. This holiday provided it because we were left alone, put under no pressure, but always made to feel welcome by our hosts. (more)John Stevenson
From €300 - €400 per week (sleeps 4)
Pyrenees caravan park & campsite
Memorable parts? So many memorable parts, but really having the time and space to stop, relax, and enjoy the experience of staying in our Airstream caravan, with the most magical of hosts. The evenings were amazing, with beautiful sunsets, barbecue burning, and great company. Tips? Ensure you have a car or other means of transport, other than that Perry and Collene cater for everything. Local benefits? We used local shops and produce, other than that, probably very little... (more)David Knowles
From €85 - €140 per couple per night
Pyrenees self catering accommodation
The whole image and layout of the site was well thought out. All staff were very helpful. (more)Ruth Atkinson
Most memorable aspect was the stunning view of the Pyrenees and best moment was being in a hot tub at dusk. (more)Rush Wells
From €600 - €850 per house per week (sleeps 6)
French Pyrenees accommodation in Ariege
Our hosts were extremely friendly and informative and the evening meals were wonderful. (more)Ronald Dyer
We enjoyed the peace and quiet at the accommodation and the wonderful welcome and care given by the owners, William and Evelyne. (more)Clare Beckett
The Ariege region of Southern France is breathtaking. The scenery is unsurpassed. We enjoyed walking in the foothills of the Pyrenees and sitting with the owners of the B & B. (more)Lance Farrell
From €50 per person per night

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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