Explore the ancient cities and rural idylls of France's Languedoc and Midi-Pyrénées
- Discover treasures both Roman and Renaissance as you visit Uzès, Nîmes and Montpellier
- Drive through stunning rural landscapes characterised by their medieval villages and vineyard verdure
- Stay in a collection of historic chateaux and country house hotels
- 3 Nights Uzès
- 3 Nights Nîmes
- 2 Nights Montpellier
- 2 Nights Assignan
City | History & culture | Self-drive
The rolling countryside of Languedoc and Midi-Pyrenees is as varied as it is beautiful. Gentle valleys, scented fruit orchards, rolling vineyards and castle-topped hills are interspersed with picturesque towns and historic cities, each with their own story to tell. Explore it all on this eleven-day self-drive tour, via Uzes' Renaissance architecture to Nimes' Roman monuments and Montpellier's stately boulevards and winding backstreets. Away from its urban centres, you'll seek out the region's idyllic rurality evidenced in bucolic farmlands and a pristine Mediterranean coastline, all the while staying at elegant chateaux and country house hotels renowned for their outstanding locations and authentic gastronomy.
Day by day itinerary
Fly from the UK to Nîmes, collect your hire car and drive to your 16th century accommodation in Uzès. With two days to spare, you'll have plenty of time to explore the town's jumble of Renaissance architecture and excellent local restaurants. The twice-weekly farmers' market – a tight maze of stalls open on Wednesdays and Saturdays – is a great place to try fresh, regional produce; there's everything from breads, olives and sausages to deliciously tempting street food snacks.
Stay: L'Artemise (Superior)
Head south to Nîmes, once an important outpost of the Roman Empire. The city is best-known for its eponymous arena. Dating back to 70 A.D, its imposing galleries are still witness to both concerts and bullfights. Further highlights can be found in the Maison Carrée's white limestone temple and the Pont du Gard aqueduct, both of which date back some 2,000 years. Your accommodation for two nights is a the grand art deco-style Hotel Imperator, located just a short walk from Les Jardins de la Fontaine.
Stay: Hotel Imperator (Superior)
Continue to Montpelier, just a short drive from the golden bays of the Mediterranean coast. While the city doesn't share its neighbours' Roman original, Montpellier's charms can be found in its labyrinth of winding backstreets where independent cafés and shaded terraces invite long afternoons of gastronomic indulgence. Elsewhere, grand boulevards frame imposing city monuments such as the stately Gothic cathedral, Saint-Pierre de Montpellier, distinguished by conical towers dating back to 1364. You'll stay at the art deco Le Grand Hotel du Midi, located across the street from the Montpellier Opera House.
Stay: Le Grand Hotel du Midi
Head inland to the the village of Assignan and its immaculately restored Chateau Castingo. With its infinity pool and commanding views of the surrounding vineyards and hills, its the perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby Carcassonne's fortified hilltop perch, brimming with medieval battlements and fairytale turrets.
Stay: Chateau Castigno
Head to the Beziers, return your hire car and catch your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,000 incl. flights
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