•Visit museums dedicated to individual artists including Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and Léger
•Find out what made these artists and others travel to the south of France to live and work
•Discover the varied collections held at the Fondation Maeght and the beautiful Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa
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Depart London Heathrow on British Airways for Nice. Continue to Hotel Nice Riviera for seven nights. Short walking tour of Nice.
Morning: Fondation Maeght (20th century art including Miró, Chagall, Matisse and Léger) and walk down the medieval Chemin Sainte-Claire to St Paul de Vence. Afternoon: Matisse’s celebrated Chapelle du Rosaire.
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: Villefranche-sur-Mer (Cocteau murals in fishermen’s chapel) and Musée Chagall (Biblical Message). Free evening.
Morning lecture: French Artists and a Move towards the Sun followed by visit to Musée Matisse. Afternoon: Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts (Old Masters).
Menton: Salle des Mariages and walking tour of the old town followed by Musée Bastion. Afternoon: La Turbie (Roman monument).
Morning: Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot. Afternoon in Antibes: Musée Picasso (Château Grimaldi) followed by Château Vallauris (Picasso collection and chapel). Free evening.
By coach to St Tropez (favoured haunt of artists since the 1890s): walking tour of the old port, Musée de l’Annonciade (Bonnard, Braque, Maillol, Matisse and Signac) housed in former chapel of Pénitents Blancs. Return by boat (weather permitting) and coach to Nice.
Some free time. Flight from Nice to London Heathrow.
20 Sep — 27 Sep 2021
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"I just loved this tour. It has given me new perspectives on so many artists"
- ACE customer on 2019 Art on the Côte d'Azur tour with Juliet Heslewood
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
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. 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.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £160.
Cost of £2395 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £375.
TOUR CODE: ARC221