PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY - Southern France

Enjoy a customized photography holiday.  Express your photographic creativity in the magical Languedoc region of southern France.   Be prepared for a heart-and-soul seduction. Create images that reflect your imagination as you share the story of your time spent in idyllic France.  From timeless vineyards and sundrenched, rugged hills to imposing Cathar castles and historic abbeys, join us on a remarkable tour showcasing the very best of Languedoc now called the “Occitanie”.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to allow you to relax while we handle the details.  Our aim is to spark your creativity so that you go home with images you can be proud of.

The Occitanie is rich with character, from a turbulent history with the Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks and nomadic tribes dating as far back as 300,000 BC. The story of the Cathars will chill your bones as you visit their medieval castles perched high on narrow rocky outcrops.  Now, of course the south of France is known for relaxing summer days which can be spent boating or cycling along the Canal du Midi which stretches lazily along a 240 km (150 mi) section of land.

You do not need to be an expert photographer nor do you even need a camera.  You can bring any camera that you are comfortable with including your iPad or iPhone.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity for you to live the dream of a travel photographer.  We will create a unique vacation each and every time and tailor it to your interests and physical abilities. 

Traveling through Occitanie means sensual sauntering past bright sunflower fields and chestnut forests; through silvery olive groves and stunning medieval hilltop villages impossibly perched on rocky crags.  Its rural architecture and colorful untamed nature both above and below-ground beg to be photographed.

Our time together will include inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the magical region of Occitanie.

The following are just some optional activities.  Sit back and relax while we transport you to your dream vacation. 

Medieval History: 
Visit the Cathar sites Lastours, Minerve, or Carcassonne to discover local culture, history, language and history.

Biking
Explore the medieval hilltop villages, vineyards, and cherry groves by bike and picnic by a waterfall.  We will provide bikes, basket, a map and a picnic with fresh local goods from the market for your photographic adventure. 

Kayaking
Kayak down the Orb River and explore the lovely medieval village of Roquebrun.  Don’t forget a waterproof camera! 

Hiking: 
Take a photographic hike!  The beautiful Gorges d’Héric in the heart of the “Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc” are well worth a visit. Perfect for a dip in the river Orb and the naturally formed rock pools. To round off the day, you will find plenty of wonderful places to spread your picnic blanket.  At the end of this amazing experience we can stop for a cool glass of rosé with tapas, and enjoy live music and dancing. Not to be missed!

Explore the subterranean world: 
Visit honeycombed caves and caverns that one of the richest areas of in France. Known as the 'Palace of the Glass Filaments', our local grotto cave system is one of the most beautiful in France. It contains an astonishing variety of smooth, delicate formations. Stroll through the labyrinth of halls and galleries, up flights of steps and along lighted passages. These caves contain narrow passages and vast chambers with stunning colors, sometimes lakes and rivers. There are extraordinary shapes that seem to be sculpted from rock.  Capture images of a world seldom seen.

Immerse yourself in local market life: 
Enjoy a relaxing, peaceful slice of French life and explore the bustling morning markets.  Try the fresh local produce, cheese, or oysters with Languedoc white wine.  You won’t be disappointed!  You’ll be able to capture the charm of small rural French countryside in your photo journey.  This is a perfect place to pick up souvenirs as well!

Wineries:  
Wine wine and more wine!  Occitanie is one of the world’s most exciting wine regions, and there’s no better way to get a taste for the wines here than to go on a wine tour. Enjoy the day sampling wines and taking photos as we escort you to two different wine domains, with a delicious lunch in between. Talk to the wine makers, get a tour of their facilities and, of course, taste lots of wines.  What would a photography trip to France be without photos of the vineyards and the fabulous local wines?

Now is your chance to start your days with a croissant from a local bakery and finish them dining al fresco overlooking the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc.  Enjoy a luxurious midnight swim under the full moon or marvel at the thousands of stars that you can almost touch.  We take care of all the details, once you arrive at Maison des Rêves, you don’t need to think about where to go, how to get there or where to stay during our time together. Just show up and be ready to have fun and make great images as you truly experience the magic of the real south of France.

Group Size

1-4 Guests

Cost

Will be based on activities selected and length of stay.  Email us at info@maisondesreves-france for a quote.

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro, pro photographers
DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras and iPads. 
Waterproof camera or waterproof casing recommended.
Moderate schedule
Travel by car or van
Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking
(non-photographers also welcome)

Includes

Travel, landscape, architecture, nature and people photography
Professional photographer | guide
Photo walks and discussions
Small group size (1-4 guests)
En-suite bedroom – rates based on double occupancy
Use of heated pool and lounge chairs and umbrellas
Use of spa
Onsite wi-fi
All meals can be provided.  
Transportation to photography outings.
Local taxes
Admission fees to all scheduled activities except where noted or previously arranged.
Transportation to and from local airport or train station can be arranged for an additional fee. 
 

Minimum

3 Night Minimum

 

CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE YOUR PRIVATE OR GROUP TOUR