* France – Provence Côte d’Azur : Museum Picasso, Chagall, Renoir – Group tour


6 days / 570 km Côte d'Azur Museum
Period : Throughout the year
Reference : 12B027

Prix : 440€

Modern art and gorgeous gardens combined on this group tour of Provence and the Cote d’Azur, a favourite haunt of artists and the well at heel. Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso and Chagall, were drawn by the special light, not to mention the rich and famous who chose to build beautiful homes and gardens here, such as the Albertas Gardens, or the Villa Ephrussi-Rothschild in a prestigious location neighbouring the Principality of Monaco.

Trip

D1 Albertas Gardens / Marseilles (30 km)

A mix of Italian Renaissance and classic French styles mingle in these wonderful gardens, listed as a national monument, designed to thrive despite the vagaries of the Provencal climate. Dinner and overnight in the Marseilles region.

D2 Cézanne and Aix en Provence (80 km)

First we visit Cezanne’s birthplace and the house where he was born, the Jas de Bouffan. Then on to taste some “calissons”, local sweets, in an artisanal factory. After lunch we visit Cezanne’s workshop, set in a romantic garden, where he painted his famous masterpiece, the Bathers. The original furniture and objects used for his still lives are preserved. An optional extra is a visit at the Granet Museum. Dinner and overnight.

D3 In the footsteps of Cézanne and Renoir (200 km)

Guided tour of the countryside around Aix in search of the spots where Cezanne poised his easel to paint his last versions of his beloved mountain, the “Sainte Victoire”. We continue to the Cote d’Azur for lunch and Renoir’s dream garden in the village of Cagnes sur Mer, “Le Domaine des Colettes“, a green haven full of centuries old olive trees and overflowing with flowers. You can visit the house, his last resting place. Dinner and overnight in the Cannes region.

D4 Picasso in Antibes / Maeght’s Contemporary Art (80 km)

On display in the Picasso Museum in Antibes are some 245 of his works of art. Lunch then on to St Paul de Vence and the Maeght Foundation and its gardens to discover the works of the greatest modern and contemporary artists: Braque, Calder, Chagall, Giacometti, Léger, and Miro. Time to wander in the old village of St Paul de Vence and its mediaeval streets full of artists booths. Dinner and overnight.

D5 Principality of Monaco / Chagall and the Bible (110 km)

Monaco’s Exotic Gardens bring together a great collection of plants from dry climates, in a prestigious location. Free time to explore Monaco’s rock, overlooking the sea. Lunch then a drive along the cornice road to Nice. Here you can admire the most important collection of Chagall’s works, including his 17 canvases on the Biblical theme. Dinner and overnight.

D6 Villa Rothschild in St Jean Cap Ferrat (70 km)

Direction St Jean Cap Ferrat for a visit to the Ephrussi-Rothschild villa and its sumptuous gardens. An aperitif in the gardens is optional.

 


Service details

Coach Tour France
Full Board in 3* hotels according to the programme
Guided Tour (2h-excluding entrance fees) : Sainte Victoire
Entrance Fees : Albertas Gardens, jas de Bouffan, Cézanne’s Workshop, domaine des Colettes, Picasso et Chagall Museums, Maeght Foundation, exotic garden, villa Ephrussi
Visit to a calissons sweet factory with tasting

Possible supplements

Single Room (5nights) : 150 €

Per day and per bus:
Monaco : 85 € (Tarif 2009)

Granet Museum: 4 €
Aperitif in the Ephrussi gardens : 20 €
Local Guide 1/2 day : 250 € /group
Local Guide 1 day : 380 € /group

Per day and per coach :
Monaco : 85 € (09 price)



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