Art in Southern France
This is a tour for Francophiles and art-lovers. It is full of our favourite out of the way places that we have discovered through years of visiting southern France.
Imagine having a picnic of the best produce (which you have chosen that morning from the market in St.Remy-De-Provence) among the vines, olives and lavender in the shadow of Mont St.Victoire and then, as Cezanne did so many times, painting it during the afternoon.
There are so many other highlights but, if we had to pick one, it would be the visit to the Grotte de Font-De-Gaume. Only 200 visitors per day are allowed entrance but you will see the finest prehistoric paintings open to the public in the whole of France if not the world. It is difficult to comprehend that these paintings are 14,000 years old.
Day 1 IN FLIGHT
Depart USA en route for Nice
Day 2 ARRIVE IN NICE (2 Nights)
St.Paul de Vence, relaxing afternoon in Nice
Day 3 NICE AND MONTE CARLO
Either Musee Matisse or Musee Marc-Chagall, Corniche Drive to Monte Carlo, Musee de la Chapelle de la Visitation (exquisite religious art collection)
Day 4 CAGNES-SUR-MER, AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ST.REMY-DE-PROVENCE (2 nights)
Renoir’s House, Cezanne’s Studio, Vineyard Visit and Picnic, Afternoon to paint Cezanne’s Mont St. Victoire.
Day 5 VAN GOGH DAY - ST.REMY-DE-PROVENCE AND ARLES
Van Gogh Asylum, ruins of Glanum and Roman remains in St.Remy. Roman Arena, Van Gogh Walking Tour and visit to Cloisters at St.Trophime in Arles
Day 6 AVIGNON – PONT DU GARD - CARCASSONNE (2 nights)
Pope’s Palace, Pont du Gard
Day 7 CARCASSONNE AND RENNES-LE-CHATEAU
Carcassone and Guided Tour of Rennes-le-Chateau (Mystery of Abbe Saunieres’s wealth)
Day 8 CARCASSONNE – ALBI – ROCAMADOUR - SARLAT (3 nights)
Cathedral and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi, Medieval, cliffside town of Rocamadour
Day 9 SARLAT
Walking tour of the Medieval town of Sarlat, afternoon free to paint (or relax) in Sarlat
Day 10 DORDOGNE AREA
Grotte de Font de Gaume, Troglodyte Settlement, Chateau de Beynac
Day 11 MORNING TGV TO PARIS FROM BORDEAUX (3 nights)
Introductory river cruise on the Seine
Day 12 PARIS *
Day 13 PARIS *
Day 14 DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport for flight back to the USA
* There are so many exciting things one can do in Paris that we are reluctant to make concrete recommendations. We discuss preferences with each group leader before making suggestions to suit each individual group.
This is a suggested itinerary to provoke discussion. Please ask us to make any amendments that you wish so that we may offer you a tour to meet your group's needs exactly.