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This tour is recommended for people who have visited this region of France befor
but will s
till be enjoyed by first time visitors!

DAY 1 - Welcome to the 'Real' South of France...

Today you will be picked up from Narbonne train station or Carcassonne train station or airport (other pickups by prior arrangement).

You will check-in to our award winning B & B which has been ranked in the top 25 in France!

Sleep on deep sumptuous super king mattresses with the finest 100% cotton linen usually found in exclusive hotels. All of our contemporary ensuite bathrooms have luxurious pure cotton bath towels and beautiful organic bathroom products.

Award winning Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'hôtes; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

This evening you will join us for our welcome dinner…a fun and informative tapas and wine tasting evening presented by our local wine master Wendy Gedney. Can she find wines you haven’t tried before?

Sainte-Hélene Chambres d'hôtes © LMW

DAY 2 - Historic Port of Marseillan & the Etang de Thau

This morning we drive towards the Mediterranean coast and visit the historic port of Marseillan. From here we take a boat to explore the Etang de Thau oyster beds and discover the mouth of the Canal du Midi.

Marseillan Port; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

Photograph courtesy of Marseillan Tourism

Today we will enjoy lunch at a renowned restaurant in Marseillan.

After lunch we take a guided tour of the famous Vermouth producer,  Noilly Prat with over 200 years of tradition.  The tour concludes with a tasting of their Vermouth collection.

Noilly Pratt Vermouth; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

This evening we share a grazing platter and a glass of wine sitting in the Sainte-Hélène courtyard.

© Noilly Pratt

DAY 3 - St Chinian Market & Plus Beaux Village of Olargues

After breakfast we travel to the foothills of the Haut-Laungedoc to the pretty town of St Chinian for a relaxed stroll through the Sunday market with it’s spectacular canopy of plane trees.

St Chinian Sunday Market; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

St Chinian Market

We will drive higher into the Haut-Languedoc to the Plus Beaux village of Olargues for lunch at a lovely Michelin rated restaurant overlooking Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge) over the river Le Jaur.  

Olargues & Roquebrun; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

Olargues & Roquebrun © LMW

After lunch we will enjoy a stroll around the village before heading back to Sainte-Hélène.  We drive home via the pretty riverside village of Roquebrun...

Time for a rest before dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 4 - Minervois Vineyard Tour

The beautiful Minervois region is a short drive from Sainte-Hélène and an area of outstanding beauty.  Some of the most picturesque vineyards in the Languedoc wine region are found here as well as some of the finest wines.

This is where Languedoc’s first cru was created around the hilltop village of La Livinière, after which the the cru takes its name and where vines were first cultivated by the Romans.

Vendanges; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

Will it be during the vendanges/grape harvest?


This evening we will share a lovely meal at Sainte-Hélène prepared by a  local chef...

Next stop is lunch which is always a special part of the day and is a delicious 3 courses accompanied by wines of the region at a local village restaurant. 

Now it’s time to visit the 2nd winery of the day which will provide us with a great contrast to the morning visit. Here they also make delicious Minervois wines but grown on slightly different terroir to our morning visit and this will provide us with the opportunity to see how much the growing conditions can affect the style of the wine. We will taste the range of red, rosé and white wines and discover the Languedoc grape varieties including Syrah (Shiraz), Grenache and Carignan plus the delicious white wine made from the a wide range of grapes including Grenache blanc, Marsanne and Viognier.

We start the day with a visit to a top-class winery in the cru appellation where you will learn what it is that makes this wine so special. You will enjoy a private visit to the winery and follow this with a superb tasting of these delicious wines. Following this visit and tasting we will take a stroll through one of the oldest vineyards in the area and see how the vines grow and are cared for.

La Laviniere; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

La Livinière © VeV

DAY 5 - La Forteresse de Salses & Collioure

After breakfast we travel to the old Spanish border area to visit La Forteresse de Salses.  The fortress was in a strategic position between Spain and France.  Built in the late 15th century the fortress guarded the original border on the Spanish side.

Chateau de Salses; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

For today’s lunch we travel to the beautiful Mediterranean town of Collioure near the current Spanish border which inspired many famous artists including Matisse and Picasso.

Collioure at sunset; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

Collioure © LMW

This afternoon there will be plenty of time to wander the streets and soak up the atmosphere before heading back to Sainte-Hélène.

This evening we will share a grazing platter and a glass or two of local wine...

DAY 6 - Sparkling Wine and Mirepoix

Lunch today is at Domaine Gayda - a fabulous wine domain in the Malpere appellation.

Domaine Gayda; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

© Domaine GAYDA

After lunch we drive to and visit Mirepoix, one of the famous bastide towns in the south of France, with its beautiful market square filled with timber framed houses featuring etched wooden caricatures, and Mirepoix’s Saint Maurice cathedral which has the 2nd widest gothic arch in Europe.

Mirepoix; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small Group Tours

Mirepoix © LMW

This evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant …

We start the day off with a drive to Limoux where the regions renowned sparkling wines are made.  We will visit one of the largest producers who will share with us the history of sparkling wine and the techniques they use today.  Of course the morning wouldn't be complete without a tasting of these interesting and delicious sparkling wines!

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DAY 7 - Château de Pennautier
Cabrespine Cavern or Grotte de Limousis

After breakfast on our final tour day we visit the grand Château de Pennautier. This Château is listed as an historic monument of France and King Louis XIII, who established the Château de Versailles, stayed here in 1622!

Pennautier; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

Photo courtesy of Château de Pennautier

Lunch today is in the award winning Château restaurant...

This afternoon we visit Cabrespine cavern which is the largest cave in France open to the public.  It’s taller than the Eiffel Tower and quite spectacular!  If our tour group has visited this cave before we will visit the nearby Grotte de Limousis which is equally beautiful...

Cabrespine Cavern; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

Cabrespine Cavern © LMW

This evening we complete our ‘Real’ South of France Languedoc II tour with another fabulous wine and food extravaganza with Marcel and Petra!

Grotte de Limousis; 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

Grotte de Limousis photo courtesy of

Tourisme et Patrimoine en Pays Occitan

DAY 8 - Farewell...

After breakfast we say farewell to our new found friends as we transfer you to our designated drop off points to continue your travels.

Friends made on 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours
Friends made on 'Real' South of France Tours; Small group tours

 © KMW

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