France 10-Day Trip

$3,700 – Trip cost per person (See below for inclusions and exclusions).

A down payment of $1850 per person is needed to secure a spot on the trip.

*$300 of the down payment serves as an administration fee and is non-refundable. You can see our cancellation policy HERE.


I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

There is no single supplement fee for this trip meaning you will have your own room with no additional charge. You can upgrade your room for an additional fee.

*Please see the ‘Rooms’ tab for more information on each room. All rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are 2 people who are sharing a room, you can pick any room and you will not have to pay an upgrade fee. We do not offer roommate pairing on this trip.

What is included :

  • 9 nights of accommodation in a private château
  • Local French guide/concierge
  • International airport pick-up from Marseille
  • Breakfast served daily
  • 3 lunches/ 1 dinner / 2 apéritifs
  • Globe Drifters representative
  • Activities as noted on the itinerary

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Souvenirs
  • International airport drop-off
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. During the first few days of your slowcation, some activities and excursions are included in the trip cost. These are a great chance to help you get to know your fellow travelers and get familiarized with your new surroundings.

    There will also be sign-up sheets for optional activities and excursions that you can join, but it is completely your choice what to do in your free time. Again, it is your choice which activities you want to participate in and you are free to plan events, host dinners, or organize trips/excursions for the group or just for yourself. 

    In the breakfast area of the château, there will be a place for you to post announcements. For example, if you would like to host a happy hour before dinner one night, you can add this announcement and invite your fellow travelers.

    Find out more about how our slowcations work by clicking the following link: HOW IT WORKS.

  2. Each group usually consists of 15 – 20 travelers. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, small groups are more easily able to integrate into local society and generally have more authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that you will receive more personal treatment by the trip host who can thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be easily altered. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, it is easier to organize with a smaller group.

  3. Our château is located just outside of the small village of Saint-Victor-des-Oules, a 10-minute drive from the historic town of Uzès, in South-East of France, at the border between Provence and Occitania.

    Saint-Victor-des-Oules

    Saint-Victor-des-Oules is a couple of minutes’ walk from the château and is a wonderful place to relax, and get immersed in culture and history. There is a beautiful castle on the main square of the village dating from the 19th century and historical gardens called Le Jardin des Oules on the same road as our château. 1200 olive trees were planted to create a maze and local artists donated a variety of sculptures turning the park into a real art museum!

    Uzès

    Uzès is less than 10 minutes away by car from our château.

    Uzès is a charming medieval town of just over 8,500 residents founded by the Romans and then named the 1st Duchy of France. The town is small and quaint and has all the amenities you need with a supermarket, several eateries, bars, and cafes to choose from. Uzès is also famous for its award-winning weekly market every Saturday and Wednesday.

    Additionally, Uzès is a designated city of Art and History thanks to its rich and exceptional architectural heritage dating as far as the 2nd century BC which offers a real journey back in time. It has several beautiful churches, the first Dacal Palace in France, a Medieval garden, and other interesting historical sites that will keep you busy during your stay.

  4. The château is 9 minutes drive from the main bus stop in Uzès. The closest train stations in the area are in Avignon and in Nîmes. The buses in Uzès easily connect to the train stations several times a day.  

    Below are some other places worth visiting during your trip and the time it takes to get there by car:

    • Alès – 1 hour
    • Avignon – 30 minutes
    • Nîmes – 45 minutes
    • Montpellier – 1.5 hours
    • Arles – 1 hour
    • Le Grau-du-Roi – 1.15 hours
    • Orange – 30 minutes
    • Aix-en-Provence – 1.5 hours
    • Marseille – 2 hours
  5. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s – early 70s with many being solo female travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the energy created by the group. Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic was one of the highlights of the trip.

    The minimum age on our tours is 18.

  6. When most people arrive, they want to hit the ground running, so we have included excursions at the beginning of each trip. That way, you have activities to do upon arrival and then, you can arrange your optional excursions for later dates. These excursions are included in the cost of the trip. Thereafter, you will have your choice of activities at an additional cost. It is completely up to you how you spend your free days.

    We will have sign-up sheets for certain activities that might interest you (i.e. kayaking, wine and cheese tasting, safari day trip, hot air balloon ride, etc.) and you can choose to join them based on your interests. Some of the popular places in the area are easily reachable by train or bus, but if enough people sign up, you can rent a van with a driver for the day. Your host will be there to facilitate and arrange activities and excursions as well as make any necessary reservations.

    Almost everything in this area does not require advanced purchase so just arrive and we will do the legwork for you!

    To read up on the different activities and landmarks on Uzès, click the following link: Uzès Information Page.

  7. The official currency of France is the euro (EUR).

    Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using a currency converter online.

  8. We strongly recommend using ATMs while in France as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to pull money out from the ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip. It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card.

    You can find ATMs at almost all bank branches as well as at most large supermarkets, some petrol stations, shopping malls, airports, and some post offices. There are several banks in Uzès so you won’t have any issues finding an ATM.

    It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in France. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries or currencies if they haven’t been forewarned about your travel plans.

    Since euros are a popular currency, most banks in your home town/city will exchange your local currency for euros. This is a very convenient way to get euros, but be aware that some banks might not have favorable exchange rates or charge additional fees to exchange. It is best to check with your bank to see what fees are associated with exchanging money in your home town.

  9. We recommend having access to anywhere between 600 to 900 euros during the duration of your stay based on past customers’ feedback. We strongly advise budgeting more than you plan to spend in case of an emergency.

  10. Passport holders of Australia, Canada, and the United States do not need a visa for a stay up to 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six (6) months after the date you plan to exit France or the Schengen Area.

    If you hold a passport from another country, it’s best to contact your nearest embassy or consulate about entry requirements.

    As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

  11. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in France, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls, and texts in that country. See the example below:

    Welcome to France! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data. Otherwise, you can connect to WiFi at most cafes and restaurants. The château has WiFi and you will be able to access it from your room and the general living areas.

  12. In France, there are two associated plug types: types C and E. France operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

    Below are examples of the two different plug types in France (C and E):

  13. In the spring and autumn, the weather is cool to mild during the day and cold at night. A jacket is recommended during the day and a warm jacket and pajamas at night.

    In summer, the weather is warm to hot during the day and light clothing is recommended. The nights can get cooler so we recommend packing a light jacket just in case.

  14. Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable:

    • Comfortable walking shoes (good traction & ankle support for cobblestone streets)
    • Sunglasses/hat
    • Sunscreen (biodegradable, if possible)
    • Jacket (for cooler days and evenings)
    • Swimsuit
    • Flip flops/sandals
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
    • Umbrella
    • Small backpack or over-the-shoulder bag (for the day)
    • Any prescription medication and/or over-the-counter medicine
    • Adapters/Converters
    • Washcloth
    • Extra bag for souvenirs (if needed)
    • Flashlight/headlamp
    • Reusable water bottle

    *All rooms have a hair dryer and a small toiletries kit with hand soap and shampoo, but it’s best to bring or buy your own as they are sample sizes.

  15. Laundry service is available at the château. 

  16. Provided at the château are the basic essentials such as:

    • Dish soap
    • Dishwasher soap
    • Paper towels
    • Toilet paper
    • Sponges
    • Laundry detergent
    • Trash bags

    Breakfast will be served daily and cleaning will be done once a week in the rooms and common areas.

    Wine will be available for purchase at the château. This will be done on the ‘honor code‘. Anything you take from the pantry you must make a mark next to your name on a corresponding list and then we will tally your bill at the end of your stay.

    There is a grocery store steps in Uzès so you can easily buy any items there and bring them back to the hotel.

  17. The tap water in France is safe to drink and many consider tap water in the Occitania area to be superior as it comes clean and fresh directly from the mountains. By drinking tap water instead of bottled water, you can help alleviate the plastic waste epidemic.

    If you go to larger cities such as Nîmes or Marseille, you can buy bottled water if you would like. Many travelers have said that they don’t enjoy the taste of the water in the bigger cities, but it is still safe to drink.

  18. France does not have a strong tipping culture. In restaurants, taxis, and for personal services, all tips are at your discretion. If you do decide to tip, around 10-20% of the total bill is appreciated.

    Tipping your trip leader: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere between 8 – 15 euros a day at the end of the trip based on past travelers’ feedback.

    Drivers: When going on an excursion, a suggested amount to tip your driver is around 5 euros a day.

    Breakfast staff: A waiter/waitress will be there every morning to prepare your breakfast and favorite hot drinks. We recommend tipping the staff 20 – 30 euros at the end of your stay.

  19. Most areas of France that you will visit on this trip experience few crimes compared to bigger US and European cities. As with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings with a secure over-the-shoulder day pack that closes tightly. This way, your belongings won’t easily become the property of any purse-snatchers or pickpockets. When going to larger cities such as Nîmes or Marseille, pick-pocketing is much more common and we advise not putting anything in your back pockets, especially if you are on a crowded bus/train or at a crowded tourist spot as thieves tend to target these areas.

  20. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to France to see any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise that you visit a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  21. Yes, we offer private tours to France for groups of 5 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    If planning a family reunion or a trip with friends, we can take care of all the details and work with you to create an amazing experience!

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visa

Australia, Canada, and the United States passport holders do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to exit France or the Schengen Area.

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to France.

Flights

Your arrival and departure airport is Marseille (MRS).

Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

The château is a historic French estate dating back to the 1600s and belonged to the same family for over two centuries. In 1875, the château was sold to a new owner, restored, and enlarged. This new owner also renovated the gardened property that surrounds the château and sponsored the creation of the road that goes from Uzès to Saint Victor by allowing it to pass through the part of the château’s property. The current owner also had the clock tower built behind the château which still rings today.

When the owner passed away in 1923, ownership of the château changed several times and in 1993, it became a hotel restaurant with additions including a swimming pool, tennis court, and helicopter landing field.

Since 2014, the 9,000-square-foot house has undergone extensive renovations, including improvements to its slate-tiled towers which were added in the 19th century, and the lime rendering on the stone facade. It has also been lovingly redecorated with sumptuous finishes.

The property has a main living area and 15 rooms as well as two rooms located in the independent garden suite. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom. You can find pictures and brief descriptions of the rooms under the ‘Rooms’ tab.

On the ground floor, there is a professional kitchen with two stoves, a walk-in refrigerator, a large fridge/freezer for everyday use, an expresso coffee machine, etc. There are also three generous salon areas and a large table for family-style dinners.

There is also a large swimming pool with sun loungers, a pond with fish and frogs, and a very large manicured park with ancient plane trees and a rose garden.

Main château exterior

Main château interior

Château surrounding property

There are 14 bedrooms in the main château and 2 independent garden suites that date back to the 1600s. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Almost all rooms have a combination shower/bathtub and only 4 rooms have walk-in showers. The rooms that have walk-in showers are noted in the room descriptions below. If not noted, it is a bathtub/shower combination.

Please note that nearly all rooms require walking up many flights of steps so please keep in mind that you need to be able to walk up and down steps to join this trip. 

Please read the description of each room before making your room selection. All rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and you can select your room at the time of booking. The sooner you book, the better chance you have of getting the room you prefer. 

*We do not offer roommate pairing on this trip due to the absence of a single supplement. 

Blue Master Suite

The Blue Master Suite is located in the main château on the first floor and has views of the garden. This room is equipped with a king bed and is very spacious. This bedroom is the most exclusive on the property thanks to its luxurious decoration.  The bathroom is smaller in size and has a small walk-in shower and no bathtub.

Upgrade fee: $900

If you are 2 people sharing a room, you do not have to pay the upgrade fee.

Balcony Room

The Balcony Room is located in the main château on the first floor and has a view of the gardens. This room is equipped with a queen-size bed.

Red Room

The Red Room is located in the main château on the first floor and has a view of the church. This room is equipped with a queen-size bed.

Chandelier Room

The Chandelier Room is located in the main château on the first floor and has a view of the church. This room is equipped with twin beds that can be converted into a king and is an extremely spacious room. The bedroom has a fireplace and a walk-in shower.

Chapel Room

The Chapel Room is located in the main château on the first floor and has a view of the gardens. This room is equipped with a queen bed with its own small foyer where the room is on the left and the wardrobe in the foyer and the bathroom is on the right and all of this is private within the room.  

Suite Fleur

The Suite Fleur is located in the main château on the first floor and has a view of the gardens as well as a balcony. This room is equipped with a king bed. The bathroom has been updated and the bedroom is well appointed and tastefully decorated.

Upgrade fee: $300

Saint Valentine Room

The Saint Valentine Room is located in the main château on the second floor. This room is equipped with a king bed and can be converted into twins and has lower, slanted ceilings.

This room is tastefully decorated, but the bathroom’s bathtub/shower combination makes it impossible to stand in the bathtub. Unless you’re under 5′ 1″, it is a sit-down bathtub. Please take this into consideration when booking this room. There is a discount applied to this room for this reason.*

*Discount: -$350

Lily Room

The Lily Room is located in the main château on the second floor in one of the towers and has views of the gardens and mountains. This room is equipped with a queen bed.

Jasmine Room

The Jasmine Room is located in the main château on the second floor and has views of the gardens and mountains. This room is equipped with a queen bed.

Rose Room

The Rose Room is located in the main château on the second floor and has a view of the church. This room is equipped with a queen bed. 

Spring Room

The Spring Room is located in the main château on the second floor and has a view of the gardens. This room is equipped with a king bed which can be turned into two twin beds.

Summer Room

The Summer Room is located in the main château on the second floor in one of the towers and has a view of the gardens. This room is equipped with a king bed which can be turned into two twin beds.

Autumn Room

The Autumn Room is located in the main château on the second floor and has a view of the mountains. This room is equipped with a queen bed.

Winter Room

The Winter Room is located in the main château on the second floor and has a view of the church. This room is equipped with a queen bed.

Josephine Suite

This is the only room that is entirely located on the ground floor. If you have difficulty climbing stairs, this is a good option.

The Josephine Suite is adjacent to the main château on the ground floor in the independent garden suites. In addition to the bedroom, there is a larger sitting area and foyer as well as access to a small outdoor terrace.

This room is equipped with a king bed which can be turned into two twin beds.

Upgrade fee: $300

Mary House

The Mary House is adjacent to the main château in the independent garden suites and has two floors. The sitting area and foyer area are on the ground floor and the bedroom and bathroom are on the first floor. The first floor is accessible by a staircase (no handrail; refer to the photos below) as well as an outdoor ramp. 

This room is equipped with a king bed which can be turned into two twin beds. 

Upgrade fee: $300

Bathrooms

All the rooms at the château have ensuite bathrooms. In some bathrooms, the toilets are separate from the main bathroom. All bathrooms have a toilet, sink, and shower/bathtub combination and some have a bidet.

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical, Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

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