Because Beyond the Tourist Trail offers bespoke private Languedoc tours customised to your requirements, we encourage you in the first place to get in touch by email and tell us about your likes and dislikes, when you would like to explore our region and how long you have to enjoy the French way with us.

We would like to get to know you first and then we will then provide you with an appropriate itinerary based on your individual tastes and timeframe.


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Want to get away from the crowds of camera clicking tourists and get the most out of your French holiday? Then you’ll love going beyond the tourist trail.

Whether it's the tranquility of a lazy afternoon boat trip down the Canal du Midi, an entertaining morning at a typically French produce market or even the chance to pick grapes alongside a French family who have been producing wine for generations. This is your opportunity to experience the French way in the 'Real South of France' without a Lonely Planet in sight.

Over the last few years New Zealanders, Rick and Judi Hopkinson, have been sharing their little piece of French heaven with adventurous travellers from all over the world.
They have developed a bespoke, behind the scenes discovery option for English speaking visitors to France who want to go beyond the standard tourism sites.
Now you can discover hidden gems and meet genuine local people who make this fascinating country one of the most popular visitor destinations in the world.

You can participate in true french culture, visiting places beyond the tourist trail while sharing the passion and enthusiasm Languedoc people have for life. A winery domain where you help pick the grapes and be part of that year’s vintage. Off the beaten track restaurants where you’ll need help translating the menu because it’s unusual to hear English being spoken. A cycle tour to a beautiful swimming spot or down the Canal du Midi to the amazing Nine Locks of Beziers.

The emphasis on these tours is flexibility. Because you are being guided by locals who enjoy living there and sharing their life experiences, you won’t feel like a tourist. More like an inquisitive friend who’s just visiting good mates.

With just the right touch of kiwi get up and go, Rick and Judi will ensure you get to see and experience what it's like to actually live there.

“My wife and I had been travelling through Europe and were quite frankly ‘Cathedral-ed out'. So when we discovered the hands-on travel experience that Rick and Judi were offering we jumped at the opportunity. I must say it was easily the best part of our trip, so many great memories and an insight into the France that we would never have had.”

Bruce, New Zealand