Nearly all modern hotels in the south of France now provide rooms designed for persons with disabilities. However, many hotels that are in historic buildings might not have elevators, special toilet facilities, or ramps for wheelchair access. Always ask before making a reservation. People with limited mobility might find it difficult to navigate some of the steep cobbled lanes of hilltop villages, and wheelchair users might not be able to get around some ancient monuments.
The high-speed TGV trains are wheelchair accessible; older trains have special compartments for wheelchair boarding. Guide dogs ride free. Be aware that some older stations don't have escalators or elevators.
Association des Paralysés de France, 17 bd. Auguste-Blanqui, 75013 Paris (tel. 01-40-78-69-00; www.apf.asso.fr), is a privately funded organization that provides wheelchair-bound individuals with documentation, moral support, and travel ideas. In addition to the central Paris office, it maintains an office in each of the 90 départements of France and can help you find accessible hotels, transportation, sightseeing, house rentals, and (in some cases) companionship for paralyzed or partially paralyzed travelers. It's not, however, a travel agency.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.