Vineyards and Villages of Southern France2019 southern france

Retrace ancient footsteps through the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains and visit archaeological caves throughout Southern France

September 7–16, 2019

Sold out! To be placed on the waiting list, call 800.422.8975, ext. 457. 

This journey through Southern France takes you back to the time of troubadours and crusaders. You will visit ancient archaeological sites and caves that are wonderfully preserved. As you explore the villages of Montpellier, Camon, and Tabarione, you will gain an understanding of the rich history of the area within the context of iconic landscapes.


  • Stay at the beautiful Château de Camon at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains.
  • Travel with Stefani Crabtree and Laure Nuninger who will provide expert insights into the history of the area.
  • Visit French wineries with the winemakers.

About the Vineyards and Villages of Southern France

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. Is This Trip For You?
  4. FAQs
  5. Terms & Policies

Stefani Crabtree

Stefani Crabtree (PhD Washington State University 2016 & PhD Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté 2017) is Assistant Professor in Social-Environmental Modeling in the Department of Environment and Society at the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, and is also the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and a fellow of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity in Paris, France. Stefani is interested in using the deep-time of archaeology to understand human resilience and vulnerability, calibrating our models of the present on the past. She is the director of the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis funded ArchaeoEcology Project. Stefani began collaborating with Crow Canyon researchers during the Village Ecodynamics Project (VEP) and was a field crew member for the Mesa Verde Community Center Survey led by Donna Glowacki in 2010–2012. Stefani’s research interests include using agent-based modeling to understand the lifeways of the Ancestral Pueblo, using food web models to understand how Pueblo farmers were integral parts of a greater ecosystem, and using network approaches to understand the interconnectedness of the greater Pueblo world. She has also developed research in southern France, northern Mongolia, and the Western Desert of Australia.

Dr. Laure Nuninger

Laure Nuninger, Ph.D., uses spatial analysis and modeling to analyze settlement patterns over time. Her research focuses on the evolution of habitat networks and agrarian systems, especially during the Iron Age. She has coordinated various archaeological projects across France and is on the steering committees of two French networks: Spatial Information and Archaeology (ISA) and Modeling of Spatial Dynamic (MoDyS). Nuninger works at the UMR 6249 Laboratoire Chrono-Environnement, University of Franche-Comté.

All accommodation reservations are made by the Crow Canyon Archaeological Canyon as part of your program. Here is a sneak peek into where you will be staying throughout the trip:

Hôtel Oceania Le Métropoleis located just a few steps from the Opera House and the narrow streets of the city Surdouée. Located in the historic heart of the city, it is the perfect base for exploring Montpellier on foot or by public transport. Montpellier is a city where life is good, with many architectural assets for you to enjoy during your stay.

L'Abbaye-Château de Camon is an ancient Benedictine monastery dating back to the tenth century. It is situated in the beautiful village of Camon in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Surrounded by forest and pasture it is only a ten minute drive from the medieval town of Mirepoix. In the heart of Cathar country this historic monument is now a luxury chambres d'hôtes.


While this trip is not hiking intensive, walking around towns, to sites, and through museums is expected. Grotte de Niaux and Carcassonne cannot be done without walking. You should be comfortable with walking and standing for long periods of time. The Chateau de Camon does not have elevators, and rooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd story (accessible only by staircase).


The elevation level for this program is 6,500 feet. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two early to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.

Remote Facilities?

There will be modern facilities available throughout the trip. The drives should be no longer than an hour without stops in between.

Cultural Sensitivity?

It is a violation of the Society of American Archaeology code of ethics for program participants to keep any artifacts or other cultural or paleontological remains from any archaeological site. It is our hope that you become site stewards and help us preserve our human heritage for future generations. In addition, you will be visiting another country with different cultures and customs. Here are a few websites for reference:

10 Tips on What To Do and Not Do as a Tourist in France

How to Fit In with the French Culture

17 Things that Will Shock Americans Visiting Paris

Should I get travel insurance?

Yes, we highly recommend that all of our program participants purchase some type of travel insurance to help you protect your purchase against any unforeseen circumstances. When you don’t purchase travel insurance, you risk losing your full deposit and any other payments that you have made toward the trip. Crow Canyon does not endorse any particular travel insurance agency, but we recommend visiting InsureMyTrip.com (link) as a starting point. At the least, Crow Canyon recommends purchasing cancellation, evacuation, and/or baggage insurance.

If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?

If you cancel before 90 days prior to the start of the program, you can get a refund equal to 50% of your deposit. Instead of a refund, you could transfer your deposit to another program through 2020 or turn your deposit into a tax-deductible donation. If you cancel after 90 days prior to the program, you forfeit all payments and your deposit.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

We should be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions while on the trip. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to Sarah Payne.

Are there any vaccines or medical treatments that I have to get for this trip?

Crow Canyon does not recommend any particular vaccines or medical treatments. We ask that you please reference the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or your physician. Here is the link for the CDC's information for French travelers.

Who should I reach out to with questions?

Crow Canyon’s Cultural Explorations team works hard all year planning these incredible trips. If you have questions regarding the itinerary, accommodations, travel, etc. please reach out to Sarah Payne by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 970-564-4360.

If you have questions about payments or invoices, please contact our Enrollment Specialists by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 800-422-8975, ext. 457.

For further information on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policies please click here. You will find details on tuition, cancellations, travel insurance, accommodations, medical information, and more.

Tuition & Reservation

Sold out! To be placed on the waiting list, call 800.422.8975, ext. 457. 

Single Tuition
  Member*: $7,785
  Non-member: $7,910

Shared Tuition
  Member*: $6,995
  Non-member: $7,120

Deposit (due at time of registration): $1,000
*If you are interested in becoming a Crow Canyon member, please contact our Enrollment Specialists.

Registration Deadline: July 10, 2019

To Register:
Call: 800-422-8975, ext. 457
E-mail: [email protected] 


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