Our answers about your next tour in Aveyron, Occitanie, France.
► HOW IS EXPERIENCE (MY) FRANCE DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER TOUR ORGANIZATION?
We are curators, not clerks. We deliver private tours, tours designed just for you. Hence, we don't make up groups beyond your friends and/or family.
If you're looking for connoisseur-level experts you've come to the right place.
Before-hand and during our tours we cultivate relationships and deep knowledge of individual needs. This is how we are able to assemble experiences as unique as you, guests, who will enjoy them so much.
What we do care about is relationships and expertise like you do as we're all time-poor individuals. We're your travel advisers for things such as authentic France. This is why we develop highly customized itineraries.
Through this approach and personal connections, we are able to provide insider perks, and special treatment. Véronique has the ability to develop deep personal relationships combining trust and competency. She can make your tour as individually enjoyable, relevant as effortless for you.
► WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE US $4000 PRICE?
- Pick-up at Rodez airport or Rodez train station.
- The accommodation at Véronique's art-déco house for the 10 days/9 nights in Baraqueville, 20 min away from Rodez. The house is truly YOUR home for 10 days as well as conveniently located at a crossroads to experience the most of the area you'll discover.
- Regional wines hand-picked by Véronique and/or other beverages during meals.
- Private tours where planned, and according to your needs, wants and desires where permits.
- Food (all breakfasts, all lunches, and all dinners over your 10-day experience) and wine tastings where/if planned.
- Entry fees to museums, castles, exhibitions, as well as all gratuities and other planned experiences.
- Services of your bilingual local guide/host and personal driver.
- Transportation during the tour in a comfortable air-conditioned car or van depending on the size of your own group, the one you formed with your family, friends and/or companion(s).
- A tour that will be designed at your own pace. Yes, we can spend more time wherever you'd like to. Your tour could be more or less active as well as we welcome all fitness abilities. Keep in mind, so far each single tour has been unique and entirely à-la-carte. That's what we consider private.
► OTHER ACTIVITIES?
For the more active guests, we can plan (on special request) optional activities such as:
- Introduction to pottery and ceramics over half a day.
- Laguiole knife making as a one-day workshop.
- Introduction to stained glass window making over half a day.
- River kayaking over a day and picnicking along the river.
- Via Ferrata walking over half a day.
- South Aveyron paragliding around the high plateaus (Caution: for experienced paragliders only).
- Biking daily loops (mountain bikes, road bikes and/or e-bikes).
- Motorcycling (Caution: for experienced riders only, guided ride along in Aveyron and/or specific trail riding training).
- Trails hiking over one or multiple days.
- Walking the Way to Santiago de Compostella for one or multiple days/stages in Aveyron along the Via Podiensis.
- Birdwatching over half a day to multiple days. You do not need to be an expert to practice and enjoy here.
- Introduction to dry stone walling usually over multiple days.
- Visiting a goat cheese making farm.
- Visiting an organic cattle farm.
- Visiting local vineyards and interacting with the winemakers.
- Tasting the local wines at the local wineries.
- Coal mining heritage touring focus over one or multiple days.
- French light cooking (from quiches to ratatouille to crème caramel, a workshop at Baraqueville home over half a day).
You might want to check with us quite ahead when registering as conditions might apply. These optional activities do require specific planning, availability check and some might be contracted-out to specialized professionals. Please keep in mind some of these activities might be charged extra.
► WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
- Airfare or any travel expense to and from the pick-up location, Rodez.
- Lodging and/or guiding BEFORE or AFTER your tour.
- Special wines and/or beverages other than those included during meals.
- Personal items purchased during your experience in Aveyron.
- Shipping of your purchases and/or associated cost(s).
► HOW LARGE ARE THE GROUPS? WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY PRIVATE?
Groups are as large as you wish. Once you've claimed and reserved your dates, it is NOT bookable anymore. We DON'T add other people to your group to make it up to 8. As our tours are fully customized to your desires, wants, needs, experiences' availability, day of the week, month of the year, weather, and so on. They are designed with you in mind as well as the party you choose to share your experience with. It could be friends, family and/or companions. You decide.
That means we don't charge extra for single accommodation either.
Please note, the maximum group size on an Experience (my) France guided and hosted tour is 8 guests for each 10-day tour. Enrollment is capped at 8 per experience to ensure you receive the best personal bespoke experience. Good to know, there's no minimum required; the tour will run even with one person registered hence claiming the tour to be her/his own.
You could consider these private tours VIP experiences. Your experiential tour will never look like the next one.
► I AM A SOLO TRAVELLER. WOULD YOU DO A TOUR JUST FOR ME?
Absolutely! Our minimum is 1. The only thing you'd have to do is reserve your dates with us. Your tour will be private, fully customized to your desires, wants, needs and at your own pace. If, later on, you'd like to add friends and/or family to your French experience it would be entirely up to you.
► WHAT'S THE BOOKING AND REGISTRATION PROCESS LIKE? WHAT SORT OF PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
At the time of registration we do require a deposit of US $1000 per person. The rest has to be processed by us no later than 60 days prior departure. If it's less than 60 days prior your tour, we will invoice you for the total and your booking will be confirmed upon us being credited the full amount.
You can pay online using any of these credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Our website is set in a non-disruptive way where you'll stay on our website up to the final payment. All your personal and credit card information are securely stored on our PCI compliant website. We use PayPal to perform the payment processing.
If you do have more technical questions do not hesitate to contact us and ask. We'd be happy to answer.
► WHAT ARE YOUR TOURS' DATES?
We designed our tours over a 10 day length to provide you the best experience. Tours run from May to October such as 1-10 and 16-25 each month with 5 days of wiggle room around. These in-between days allow us, on special request, to accommodate other tour periods such as longer, even shorter durations. We do think the ideal length would be 15 days to get the best experience. Our tours are always private and as such fully customized to your interests, needs, wishes and the months of the year. Don't hesitate to inquire about these potential customizations.
► I WOULD VERY LIKE TO TOUR WITH YOU BUT DATES DO NOT MATCH MY AVAILABILITY. WHAT CAN I DO?
Although we have a defined and varied selection of tour offerings, we do understand the diverse requirements you might have. As flexibility is our forte, we'll try our best to find ways to accommodate you. Just contact us and ask.
► WHAT IF I HAVE TO CHANGE OR CANCEL MY NEXT EXPERIENCE IN AVEYRON?
- If you must cancel your experience more than 90 days prior to the planned tour, there is an administrative cancellation fee of US $ 200.
- Between 61 – 90 days prior to the planned tour there is a cancellation fee of 25% of the total of the original experience price.
- Between 31 – 60 days prior to the planned tour there is a cancellation fee of 50% of the total of the original experience price.
- There is no refund applied for cancelling a tour experience with Experience (my) France less than 30 days prior to the planned tour. However get in touch with us as we might be able to get you on another tour, but it has to be the within the two following years of originally planned.
► DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Experience (my) France is highly recommending all guests to have travel insurance in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, or in need of cancelling their trip. You might want to check out the most appropriate travel insurance package through InsureMyTrip or Travel Guard, as examples or any other specialized insurance company offering similar coverage. Usually, the price of insurance is based on your trip cost. You may also purchase insurance on your own.
In any case, as you'll be purchasing your flight and your tour with us via the means of your credit card, your first stop should be your credit card provider. Usually, VISA, MasterCard and/or AMEX would cover some incidents and/or accidents related to your trip.
► WILL SOMEONE MEET ME AT THE RODEZ AIRPORT OR TRAIN STATION? ARE TRANSFERS INCLUDED?
You bet yes! Our guests might arrive from different countries on different flights, or through different means, it doesn't matter. As well, some might be touring before and/or after being in Aveyron, Véronique will meet and greet you at one these two preferred meeting points; either Rodez Airport or Rodez Train Station.
► WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO ARRIVE IN RODEZ?
The best two means of transportation to get to Rodez, are either by train or by plane. We definitely would not recommend renting a car though.
- By train: It takes approximately 8 hours by train from Paris Austerlitz. There are multiple daily trains, including overnight ones. If you've never been to Paris, keep in mind there are 7 train stations departing from Paris, each one designed to service a specific area of France. An excellent option is to fly in Paris, spend two to three days in the city, then take a train to Rodez. Véronique will pick you up at Rodez train station.
- By plane: If you are keen on flying, Rodez is a very small airport. It sees an average of a few hundreds visitors a day. So, when in France, there's a daily (less than one-hour) flight from Paris Orly to Rodez. Anyhow, your international flight will always land at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, one of the multiple airports of Paris. You'll need to transfer over to Paris Orly to get to Rodez by plane. If French is not your forte, you might want to check Les Cars Air France to get service assured by English-speaking staff. If you're looking at flying in and spend a few days in Paris before your Aveyron tour, you might want to check this shuttle service called SuperShuttle. From a lot of popular pickup places in the city, including hotels and landmarks, you'll be able to go to Paris Orly Airport. Another option would be to still use Les Cars Air France too.
From the UK:
There is one daily low-cost flight from Dublin (Ryanair) to Rodez.
There is a direct flight from Brussels (CRL) on Mondays and Fridays with Ryanair to Rodez.
If you're looking at flying in to Rodez, you might want to check Rodez Airport timetable below:
Paris Orly > Rodez > Paris Orly
Dublin > Rodez > Dublin
Brussels > Rodez > Brussels
OUR BEST RECOMMENDATION:
Fly in to Toulouse Blagnac Airport. This is an international airport. From this airport and via a shuttle service called Tisseo, transfer over to Toulouse Matabiau Train Station. Get on a train Toulouse-Baraqueville. It is actually the train that does Toulouse-Rodez. Ask for a ticket for Baraqueville-Carcenac-Peyralès. It is a nice and scenic experience of less than a couple hours. Please note, staying in Toulouse a couple days allows to get rid of the jet-lag and visiting Toulouse is a must. It is a great city to discover and experience.
According to our past experience it appeared to be the best option for our guests.
Depending on your return plans and if it includes Paris, we do recommend to take a train Rodez to Paris and either spend a couple days in Paris or go on and take your flight back home.
► WHAT KIND OF TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED?
For all international and continental travel, both Canadians and Americans, requires a valid passport (only). There's no need of a visa. Citizens of the United Kingdom and other EU nationals require a valid Identity Card or passport. Other nationalities may need to obtain a visa.
► IF I BOOK A A GUIDED TOUR WITH YOU, CAN I BE GUARANTEED THAT IT WILL RUN?
Absolutely yes, once you've registered, you claimed your tour.
Remember, our tours are YOUR tours and not somebody else's one. We do NOT add anybody to YOUR tour to make up to 8 guests. You don't need either to have all your friends/family registered upfront. Once you claimed your tour it's yours and you, but only you, can add more guests to it as they decide to come and share the same experience than yours.
► CAN I COME WITH MY KIDS?
Experience (my) France has been designed for adults only who love epicurean experiences and venues, heritage and culture, and who enjoy the stimulation of being with other like-minded adults.
► HOW MUCH FREE TIME WILL I HAVE?
Your Experience (my) France hosted and guided tour is designed with travel and activities each day to allow you to become fully immersed in the local culture, discover all the terroirs the region has to offer. We also understand that the nature of our proposed experience requires some personal down time. To that end, each day some time could be set aside as your own, and if you prefer to skip a meal to seek some solitude, or even skip a few hours, just let Véronique know along.
Once again, this is your tour, you decide what fits you best.
► WHAT KIND OF SHAPE DO I NEED TO BE IN?
Each day combines travel, tours and yes, eating and drinking! Although you can partake as much or as little as you like of the food venues, in order to ensure your enjoyment of your trip to its fullest, it is important to assess your personal level of fitness and your eating regime when choosing a trip.
That being said, you don’t need to be a professional gourmand or athlete to enjoy an Experience (my) France hosted and guided tour. Each trip offers a variety of daily activities, with sampling the local cuisine and regional products as our aim, so any dietary concerns should be discussed with us during your decision making phase especially as each region has its own customs and etiquette centered around food.
For guests who are regularly engaged in cardiovascular activity, we recommend you let us know in advance, so we can do our best to accommodate these needs.
Keep in mind as we're designing tours just for you, we do welcome any level of fitness. As well, we've been able to accommodate dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, or vegetarian and/or disabled guests. Do not hesitate to check with us. Véronique will discuss how we can accommodate your own restrictions.
► HOW WILL I BE TRANSPORTED DURING MY EXPERIENCE?
Your Experience (my) France guided and hosted tour includes full transportation via an air-conditioned van-type fitting 8 passengers as well as your host/guide/driver (same person, Véronique) or a smaller comfortable air-conditioned vehicle if the group is smaller than 4 guests.
► WHAT ABOUT PHONE AND THE INTERNET ACCESS?
When at my home at Baraqueville, you're welcome to use my landline to make free phone calls to Canada (landlines and cells), U.S.A. ((landlines and cells), Australia (landlines), New Zealand (landlines), and lots of countries in Europe or not. Just ask me.
If you're looking at getting your own cell phone, you might want to use the service of National Geographic Cellular Abroad to rent your cell phone. There might be cheaper solutions, including checking with your home-based cellular phone provider, however we think it is the most straight forward solution as you'll be receiving your rental phone to use in France via UPS or FedEx. Note: We are not affiliated or partners in any ways with Cellular Abroad.
► WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE IN AVEYRON?
May to October Aveyron Weather
Please note: the following are recorded averages during the past 20 years.
- May- Days with highs around 19°C or 66°F and nights around 9°C or 48°F.
- June- Days with highs around 23°C or 73°F and nights around 12°C or 54°F.
- July- Days with highs around 26°C or 79°F and nights around 14°C or 58°F.
- August- Days with highs around 26°C or 79°F and nights around 14°C or 58°F.
- September- Days with highs around 21°C or 69°F and nights around 11°C or 51°F.
- October- Days with highs around 15°C or 59°F and nights around 8°C or 46°F.
- May- 69%
- June- 67%
- July- 62%
- August- 64%
- September- 72%
- October- 81%
The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to actual air temperature. From this a comfort level is calculated providing categories on how heat conditions might adversely affect someone. May to October comfort levels: Given average maximum temperatures and humidity levels generally you should not anticipate any discomfort from heat.
Estimated hours of sunshine:
- May- 9 hours per day
- June- 10 hours per day
- July- 11 hours per day
- August- 10 hours per day
- September- 9 hours per day
- October- 7 hours per day
Average wind speed:
- May- 18 km/h or 11 mph
- June- 17 km/h or 11 mph
- July- 18 km/h or 11 mph
- August- 16 km/h or 10 mph
- September- 17 km/h or 11 mph
- October- 17 km/h or 11 mph
► I CAN'T FIND AN ANSWER TO MY QUESTION. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
Don't hesitate to email us. As well, you can phone directly Véronique: 1-403-493-5142 (Cell.) or leave a message on her landline too: 1-403-609-2774 in Alberta, Canada so Mountain Time (MT). Caveat: only from November to April as she'll be in France touring May to October inclusive.
Location of Aveyron in France
Aveyron is a département of the new region called Occitanie.
Occitanie was formed with the two previous regions called Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon.
You'll be hosted at my Baraqueville home for the duration of your tour.
Baraqueville is a village, only 20 km from Rodez, the capital city of Aveyron.