Where to stay while visiting the south of France
As perhaps the oldest true holiday destinations in the world. Provence & the Cote d’Azur are well provided with accommodation at all levels and categories. Here is a selection of the most interesting & reliable. The French operate a fairly simple system of star ratings for hotels, from no stars to five star luxury. For example a one star room in Avignon is likely to be more expensive than a well appointed two-star room in a more remote hotel, which makes sense because cities are always more expensive everywhere in the world. If you are arriving without a reservation , always ask to see the room first before accepting the reservation. Also check the view and the proximity of the street even in expensive hotels; town traffic can be very noisy in France. Parking is also another problem and if your hotel offers parking it is always included in the price. Now the popularity of Provence in the summer months means that it is increasingly difficult to move around the region finding accommodation as you go. “July and August are definitely not the best time to visit Provence, most of our tours are when the tourist season is over and we can move freely without stressing out”. Anne Suire owner of Luxury Travel consultant2.
Expensive / Luxury 280 Euros to 780 Euros , a night
Middle Range 103 Euros to 200 Euros a night
Budget Below 100 Euros a night
Gites or self catering accommodation is really popular for family holidays in France. Luxury Travel Consultant2 is a virtual San Francisco travel company that offers rentals in France and take small groups of Americans to France every year. The company offers group tours, not more than 12 guests who get to experience Luxury Accommodation such as a stay in a castle, set among vineyards in the Luberon, Provence at a very reasonable price tag, $2,910 per person. The stay also includes drivers/ guides ( transfers & touring the region), a private chef ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) are included as well as activities that include visits to L’abbaye de Senanque, Les Bories and more. This special trip to Provence is dedicated to sustainable agriculture worldwide, since the tour will take place in the vineyards where the guests will get to taste all organic wines as well as produce. For more information visit us online at http://www.luxurytravelconsultant2.com and sign up to receive our special offers & newsletters.
Embassies & Consulates
US consulates, 12 boulevard Paul-Peytral, 13006 Marseilles or in Nice, 31 rue Marechal-Joffre, 0600.
The French are probably more conscious of care in preparing food than others but everyone is prone to stomach problems when in a different country. Unless marked eau non potable most water is drinkable.
If you suddenly get ill & you need the use of an ambulance, this should be covered in any insurancve policy. For a doctor consult the police station ( gendarmerie) or local telephone directory Urgences or SOS Medecins. First Aid advice is usually offered in pharmacies which are marked by a green cross.
In case of accident, emergency telephone numbers are as follow.
Ambulance ( Samu) phone # 15
Fire phone # 18
Directory enquiries # 12
Police phone # 17
Operator # 13
*I do hope that the phone numbers are still the same