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How to Spend 3 Days in Montpellier

How to Spend 3 Days in Montpellier

With three days in Montpellier, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city and the surrounding area, from the wine-producing Languedoc region to the historic city of Arles, full of ancient Roman architecture. Check out this itinerary for how to best plan your time. 

Day 1: A Day in Montpellier

Devote your first day in Montpellier to exploring the cuisine, culture, and history of the city and its surrounding areas. Start with a visit to the Ecusson district, highlights of which include the Fabre Museum, which features a large collection of Fauvist art from the 15th-19th centuries, 

Nearby, the Museum of Old Montpellier traces local history, while the Esplanade de Charles de Gaulle is a green space with lots of room to wander. To see other spots such as Montpellier Cathedral and Place de la Comédie, consider booking a historical walking or Segway tour. While in town, don’t miss the chance to sample local cuisine; a foodie tour allows you to sample some of the best oysters and cassoulet in the city.

Day 2: Languedoc Food and Wine

On your second day, explore the region surrounding Montpellier. If you’re looking for a half-day option, try a short tour with round-trip transportation to the nearby port city of Sète, a half-hour drive away, where you’ll find Mediterranean panoramas, seafood restaurants, and a handful of museums. 

If you’re a fan of wine, book a tour to explore the Languedoc area, which produces some of France's most celebrated fine wines. There are plenty of wineries to visit in Languedoc, the most popular of which are situated in the Pic Saint-Loup area. You’ll also find some great hiking opportunities along with a smattering of local attractions, from olive oil producers to historic old villages. Round off your second day with a guided trip to Marseillan, the birthplace of vermouth, where you can visit a vermouth distillery and even learn to make the beverage yourself.

Day 3: Day Trip to Arles and Around

Consider a visit to Arles to explore a city full of ancient Roman architecture; its also where Vincent Van Gogh spent a fair amount of time. Start with a visit to the Roman Amphitheater, the city's most famous attraction, which dates back to 90 AD. Interestingly, entire neighborhoods were built at the amphitheater, where people lived until 1826, when it was restored into a national historic monument. Other top spots include the nearby Roman Theater, still occasionally used for concerts, and the Thermes de Constantin, excavated roman bath houses. 

While you could easily spend a whole day exploring the historic sites of Arles, day trips from Montpellier offer additional stops, such as Saint Remy de Provence, where Van Gogh paintedThe Starry Night, and the charming commune of Les Baux de Provence, a hilltop village set around ancient fortifications.

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Full Day Pic Saint Loup Wine and Olive Tour with Lunch from Montpellier

Full Day Pic Saint Loup Wine and Olive Tour with Lunch from Montpellier

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Discover the rich winemaking heritage of France’s largest wine region with a full-day tasting tour of Languedoc and Pic Saint-Loup from Montpellier. Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean as you tour an olive oil factory, indulge in wine tasting at the renowned Château Puech Haut and tuck into a 3-course lunch (included) at a local restaurant. After lunch, learn about the unique ‘terroir’ of the Pic Saint-Loup wine region as you tour a further two wine estates and take part in expert-led wine tastings.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.84
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Hike to the top of

Hike to the top of "Pic Saint Loup" and a wine tasting

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Get away from city life for a day on this small-group countryside tour. Have the best of both worlds with a moderate hike to the tip of Pic Saint-Loup followed by an indulgent wine tasting at a boutique winery. Leave the details to your guide who has planned a well-balanced itinerary showcasing both the natural beauty and winemaking culture of the region.
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  • 5 hours
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Full Day Trip to Arles - Les Baux de Provence and Saint Remy de Provence from Montpelier

Full Day Trip to Arles - Les Baux de Provence and Saint Remy de Provence from Montpelier

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Immerse yourself in the charm and culture of Arles on a private 8-hour tour from Montpelier. Without the strict schedule of a large group tour, you’re free to enjoy each location at your own pace. The well-rounded itinerary takes you to the Roman arena, the mountain village of Les Baux de Provence, and Saint Remy Old Town. For an extra fee, you can visit the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole monastery where Van Gogh lived for one year.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Segway Tour of the Old and New Montpellier

Segway Tour of the Old and New Montpellier

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Discover Montpellier old and new—and see more of the city’s highlights in less time—when you zip around town on a small-group Segway tour. Meet your guide in the morning or afternoon and, following a brief safety lesson, set off around town. You can look forward to seeing the city’s major attractions, from the Esplanade and Place de la Comédie to the Porte du Peyrou and Montpellier Cathedral. You’ll also venture to more modern parts of the city, will brush up on Montpellier’s history, and pause for photo breaks.
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  • 2 hours
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Montpellier City Card

Montpellier City Card

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Make the most of your stay in Montpellier—and enjoy complimentary admission to museums and other attractions, plus unlimited use of public transit—when you book a Montpellier City Card. Select from 24-, 48-, or 72-hour cards, and reserve yours before your trip even begins. After picking it up in central Montpellier, you can explore the city at your own pace, and see the highlights that interest you most. Your card also includes discounts to other sights, as well as shops, restaurants, and bars.
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  • 1 day
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Day Bike Rental To Discover Sète

Day Bike Rental To Discover Sète

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Pedal past the open waterways, rolling fields and pretty villages of the Languedoc-Roussillon region by bike on this full-day bike rental in Sète. Pick up your hybrid, mountain or electric bike in the morning in Sète. Then, spin off into the countryside at your leisure. Follow cycle paths round the Étang de Thau, spin all the way to Béziers and back or roll past ancient vineyards. Discover the region’s native wild birdlife, and enjoy the freedom to choose your own route through the south of France.
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  • 1 day
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Full day small-group tour Vineyards and Villages from Montpellier

Full day small-group tour Vineyards and Villages from Montpellier

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Explore the countryside of Southern France without the stress of planning on a full-day tour with round-trip transport from Montpellier. In addition to navigating while you relax and take in the view, your guide offers historical background and anecdotes at each stop along the way. The itinerary highlights two medieval villages, Devil’s Bridge on the Hérault River, and features wine tastings at two of the region’s top vineyards.
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  • 7 hours
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Full Day Private Tour of Roman Monuments

Full Day Private Tour of Roman Monuments

Experience the charm, history, and culture of Arles and Nimes on a private sightseeing tour. Discover a long list of UNESCO-listed Roman ruins including a theater, necropolis, settlement, and baths. With ample free time to explore on your own, the tour is perfect for independent travelers who enjoy the comfort and efficiency of private transportation. Stop wherever you like for lunch (own expense), then take your time shopping in the city center.
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  • 8 hours
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Montpellier Private Transfer from Montpellier Airport to City centre

Montpellier Private Transfer from Montpellier Airport to City centre

Take the worry out of your arrival at Montpellier Airport and pre-book a private transfer to suit your group size (up to 8 people). Avoid the long lines for taxis on arrival, and travel in the comfort of a Premium car or minivan.
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  • 30 minutes
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Make your own Vermouth Masterclass in Marseillan

Make your own Vermouth Masterclass in Marseillan

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Marseillan is famously the home of French Vermouth, Noilly Prat, a traditional aperitif and a popular ingredient in martini cocktails. On this tour, enjoy a guided visit to a vermouth distillery, discover the historic ‘dodinage’ mixing technique, and sample the different Vermouth varieties during a guided tasting. Then, take part in a hands-on workshop and try your hand at making your very own Vermouth.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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