• Enjoy the rich art collections of the Côte d’Azur in the landscape which inspired artists such as Monet and Bonnard
• Explore museums dedicated to artists including Matisse and Chagall
• Discover the varied collections held at the Fondation Maeght and the beautiful Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa
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Depart London Heathrow 0925, arriving Nice 1235. Transfer to Hotel Nice Riviera for seven nights. Afternoon walking tour of Nice.
Morning lecture: French Artists and a Move towards the Sun. Afternoon: Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts (Old Masters).
Morning lecture: Three Chapels on the Côte d’Azur followed by visit to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat for Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens (paintings, sculpture, furniture and magnificent gardens). Afternoon: Musée Chagall (Biblical Message). Free evening.
Morning: Fondation Maeght (20th century art including Miró, Chagall, Giacometti and Léger) and St Paul de Vence. Afternoon: Matisse’s celebrated Chapelle du Rosaire.
Menton: Salle des Mariages and walking tour of old town. Afternoon: La Turbie (Roman monument) and Villefranche-sur-Mer (Cocteau murals in fishermen’s chapel).
Via Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot to Antibes: Musée Picasso, Chateau de Vallauris (Picasso collection and chapel).
Transfer by coach to St Tropez (favoured haunt of artists since the 1890s): walking tour of old port, Musée de l’Annonciade (Maillol, Matisse, Seurat and Signac) housed in former chapel of Pénitents Blancs. Return via boat (weather permitting) and coach to Nice.
Morning: Musée Matisse. Depart Nice 1525, arriving Heathrow 1635.
21 Sep — 28 Sep 2020
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“I just loved this tour. It has given me new perspectives on so many artists. Wonderful!” – Trusted ACE customer on our 2019 Art on the Côte d’Azur tour with Juliet Heslewood.
A good level of fitness is required for this tour, as some visits will be made on foot and by boat. Participants must be prepared to navigate steps and walk for up to a mile at a time, occasionally uphill and on uneven ground. There is a steep walk from the square in Villefranche-sur-Mer to the Cocteau church, which takes approximately 15 minutes. To access the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nice participants are required to traverse a number of steps, as there is no ramp, and the museum does not have a lift to reach the first floor. The longest coach journey is to St Tropez, taking approximately 2 ½ hours, and we hope to return by boat (weather permitting), although this can be choppy if windy.
Cost of £2495 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or classic double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, classic double room for single use supplement £375.
Own flight reduction: £170.