- Immersion classes in Béziers and the Occitanie Region are conducted in French.
- All immersion classes are completely personalized to fit your level.
- English speaking breaks are taken as you need them for resting or asking questions.
- Ask for clarification on vocabulary, pronunciation, or grammar rules at any time.
- Immersion classes are most effective for intermediate to advanced levels.
- Spend a morning, afternoon, or full day(s) discovering this region while speaking French.
- We’ll begin our day at a café, then set out on our French adventure together.
- Immersion experiences are a perfect way to make progress in speaking and listening.
- We’ll introduce you to everything we love about living in the South of France.
- See rates below, and contact us for scheduling: firstname.lastname@example.org
Veux-tu venir nous voir en Occitanie?
François and I can’t wait to give you an immersion experience you’ll never forget in Occitanie. Our goal is to improve your spoken French and listening comprehension. If you’ve ever taken lessons with us, you know we’re very patient teachers!
We can go whatever you like while you’re here, and we have lots of suggestions. All of our immersion courses are highly personalized, so we’ll be sure to cater to your wants and needs. We ask for a minimum of 4 hours per day, which can include an hour break for lunch (you’ll pay for yours, and we’ll pay for ours… and we can definitely eat together). Many people enjoy 3-4 hours in the morning, break for lunch, and 3-4 hours in the afternoon.
If you are looking to spend a few weeks in the region, you may want to be on one day and off the next. You may want to meet every day. That’s up to you! Have a look at the video below for some half-day and full-day ideas.
RATES – Up to two people included
Total of 12 hours or less – $72 USD per hour
Total of 12 hours or more – $67 USD per hour
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Half Day Ideas
Did you know that the engineer Paul Riquet, responsible for the construction of the Canal du Midi, was from Béziers? In fact, you can have direct access to the Canal from Béziers. You don’t even need a car to get there. You can walk or even bike there in no time. We can stroll along the canal, speaking French the whole time, and after a 20 minute or so walk we’ll reach Les Neuf Écluses de Fonsérannes. Did you know it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
- Béziers: Cathédrale Saint Nazaire
No trip to Béziers would be complete without a visit to the Saint Nazaire Cathedral. We’ll walk through the Centre Historique through narrow medieval streets to reach the highest point in the city. Don’t worry, it’s not a strenuous walk at all. There is a magnificent look out point of the countryside, and on a clear day you can see the snow-capped Pyrenées and Spain. If you’re up for it we can climb the 160 steps to reach the top of the bell tower. It’s totally worth the effort (even for me… I’m so afraid of heights)! From the top you can walk all the way around and see all of Béziers with a bird’s-eye view. You’ll love it, and I’ll tell you about what happenedhere in Béziers in 1209.
Les Allées Paul Riquet is the Champs-Élysées of Béziers!! Ok so it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s truly a lovely place. Les Allées is a pedestrian only promenade which is named after the engineer responsible for the construction of the Canal du Midi. There’s a statue to commemorate him on one end of Les Allées, and as you walk along toward the beautiful municipal theater you’ll have the opportunity to stop for a coffee and some French conversation at one of the many café terraces. If you’re here on a Friday, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to see the flower market on Les Allées. It’s a real must to stop at a café and have a drink while watching the market in full swing.
- Béziers: Le Marché du Vendredi
Did I mention seeing a market in full swing? Quite different to the flower market on Les Allées, every Friday morning and until about 1:00 pm there is a farmers’ market that takes place in Béziers. What an excellent opportunity to see all of the fruits and vegetables that are in season and taste local specialties. Experience the South like a local!
- Béziers: Le Plateau des Poètes
We are fortunate here in Béziers to have one of the nicest public gardens I’ve seen in this part of France. This English-style park is comprised of fifty thousand square meters of land. Le Plateau des Poètes joins Les Allées and the train station, and it’s a nice place to picnic or just take a stroll while admiring sculptures of poètes from Béziers and the Languedoc. We could go and do shopping for a French style picnic at Les Halles before heading over there. Did someone say wine and cheese?
Most cities have indoor covered markets that are open most days of the week during morning hours. The one in Béziers is closed on Mondays. Even if you don’t plan to make a purchase it’s very interesting to just go and try your hand at asking les marchands questions about their fresh products. If we were to go around noon we could purchase meat or fish from the different vendors, and then it’s fun to go to La Gargote des Halles to have them cook it for us. They only charge about €3 to prepare it, and you can order a side of homemade fries or something to go along with it. The oysters are also superb! This is a very local thing to do, and something that many visitors miss out on.
Just a short drive of about 20 minutes from Béziers will bring us to the charming small town of Pézenas. Though you’d love the narrow streets, artisanal shops, and hôtels particuliers any day of the week, Saturday is the best time to visit because there’s a large market in the morning and until about 2:00 pm. We could go late in the morning, explore the market and get something to eat there, and then discover the historic center. Be sure to bring your camera.
Full Day Ideas
- Fruits de Mer: Bouzigues (oysters), Sète (à côté de Bouzigues), Marseillan (pas très loin), Noilly Prat, Picpoul de Pinet
Do you like seafood as much as I do? Well, even if you don’t you’ll love the beautiful Mediterranean coast near Sète. This is about a 30 minute drive from Béziers. It’s a fairly well accepted fact that the best oysters in France come from Bouzigues. If oysters are your thing there’s nothing nicer than enjoying them right where they’re raised with a nice glass of Picpoul de Pinet, a local white wine. Marseillan is only about 20 minutes down the road in the direction of Béziers, and this little harbor town is chock full of cozy and very typically French seafood restaurants. Something very interesting to do in Marseillan is to take a guided tour (en français) of Noilly Prat. You can follow the link above to visit their site and discover this premium vermouth that is only produced right there in Marseillan.
- Pouzolles (vignobles): Domaine de l’Arjolle
Though the Domaine de l’Arjolle isn’t an appellation, it sure makes for a lovely day of wine tasting, and it’s only about 20-25 minutes away from Béziers. We’ll have lots to talk about between wine tastings and a visit of the caves.
- Saint Chinian and Faugères (vignobles): Faugères Wine, La ville de Saint Chinian, Saint Chinian Market, Saint Chinian Wine
If you’re a wine enthusiast you’re sure to appreciate the world renown Faugères and Saint Chinian appellations. It only takes about half an hour to get here from Béziers. We could make a day of it, perhaps after having visited Pézenas in the morning. The Saint Chinian Market takes place on Sundays, and it’s one of the best in the region. I love to go to markets because you really get a taste of la France du Terroir.
Roquebrun is about a 45 minute drive from Béziers, but well worth it once you’ve arrived. It’s a large village perched on the edge of the River Orb. During warm months you can bring a picnic and swim in the river, and if you enjoy wine, some of the very best wines in the Languedoc are from here. The Roquebrun market is always a good idea, and it takes place on Tuesdays. What will we do during a 45 minute drive? That’s the perfect time for a quiet and focused conversation in French!
- Carcassonne: La Cité Médiévale
Many say that no visit to the Languedoc is complete without a trip to Carcassonne. I think we’ll have to be careful about going there during the day, and especially during tourist season. In my experience, practically all of the tourists are gone by about 6:00 pm. That’s the best time to discover this medieval city and walk along the ramparts before having dinner in one of many fantastic restaurants. Have you heard of cassoulet? This is the place to try it!
- Arles: Van Gogh in Arles
Arles is about an hour and a half drive from Béziers. Again, the car is a wonderfully quiet place to have conversations in French. A day trip to Arles could easily be teamed up with a stop in Aigues Mortes or Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Arles is situated very close to where the Languedoc ends and Provence begins. In Arles we can visit the Roman arena that is still used to this day for bullfighting and many other spectacles such as concerts and regional festivals. If you’re a fan of VanGogh you’ll really appreciate seeing for yourself what inspired him to paint so many of his masterpieces during his time spent in this beautiful city, such as Café – Terrace at Night.
If we do decide to stop in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer you’ll truly feel as if you’ve stepped into another exotic and exciting culture . This coastal city in the Camargue is an important pilgrimage point for the gitans. Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer is the church around which this city was built, and it houses the holy reliques of Saint Sarah, patron saint of the gypsies, also known as “The Black Sarah”. It doesn’t have the same feel as the medieval villages you’ll find everywhere in the Languedoc. While traveling through this area we’ll certainly see black Camargue bulls and white Camargue horses. Depending on the season we may have a chance to see wild pink flamingos!
Also located at about an hour and a half drive from Béziers is Nîmes. The city of Nîmes is often referred to as “French Rome” because of it’s numerous Roman ruins such as the Les Arènes, La Maison Carré, and the nearby Pont du Gard. In fact, Nîmes has more intact and wonderfully preserved Roman ruins than any other place in the former Roman Empire. What a treasure! You’ll love the big city feel after having visited smaller towns and villages. And you know those jeans you’re wearing? They’re made of denim, right? The fabric de Nîmes. This is where denim fabric was created!
Le Pont du Gard is only about a twenty minute drive from Nîmes, and it’s so worth taking the time to do it. This breathtaking Roman aqueduct is over 2,000 years old. Though it costs a whopping 18€ to park your car the rest of the visit is included. There’s a museum we can visit, and it’s totally fine to bring a picnic and stay for a swim. I even once did a wine and cheese tasting with a group of students on the banks of the river on a beautifully sunny afternoon. We’ll have a lot to talk about as there will be no lack of inspiration!
An hour and fifteen minutes drive from Béziers in the opposite direction will bring us very close to the Spanish border. That’s right, Spain is just that close, but we’ll still be in France. Collioure is an absolute must if you have a few days in the Languedoc and are willing to take a little drive. This little town on the coast has inspired many painters and for just cause. The rugged coast provides breathtaking views while the clear waters and beaches have an intoxicating allure. You may not be able to resist taking a dip, and that’s fine by me! Remember, this is your immersion experience, and we’ll do whatever you want. We’ll certainly want to have lunch here. Perhaps we’ll settle in a little tapas bar in a back alley far from the tourists where we can continue our French conversation in peace and sunshine. One more thing, do you like anchovies? If you think maybe you don’t (like I used to think I didn’t) you haven’t yet tasted the fresh ones fished right here in Collioure. They’re to die for. Being so close to the Spanish border we can also have a little sangria in the sun. Who needs St. Tropez?
This place is only about a 45 minute drive from Béziers. It’s considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in all of France, and you’ll see why. As we approach the village we’ll pass by Le Pont du Diable. This ancient bridge breaches a river that flows within the gorge. You’ll want to take a picture or two, and once again, you may want to take a little swim in the crisp waters that flow beneath the bridge. If you come during the summer months we certainly won’t be all alone, so we’ll want to make it there fairly early in the morning. Once we’re in the village you’ll really enjoy exploring the many artisanal boutiques that line the narrow cobblestone roads. As you explore the village you’ll see imprints of scallop shells practically everywhere. In French, these are called des coquilles Saint-Jacques. Why are they called that? Because these were the shells that were put into place to guide pilgrims along the Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Saint Guilhem-le-Désert is right on that path. If you’re the adventurous kind and you’d like to try out hiking in the area, we can do that! There are several paths to take right outside of the village, and all levels of difficulty. Let’s not do anything too hard…
This is the capital of the region, and only a 45 minute drive from Béziers. You’re going to love the chic Mediterranean style of Montpellier. Want to do some shopping? You’ll find everything you want in this university town. We can also visit the Musée Fabre. You may be surprised at the vast collection to be discovered. So what can we talk about in a museum? It’s so much fun to look at the paintings and talk about what you see. We don’t have to talk about the paintings as art. We can just talk about what we see and imagine what in the world is going on in that scene! The true to daily life Flemish paintings can lead to some very interesting conversations.