• Visit museums dedicated to individual artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Léger and Renoir
• Find out what made these artists and others travel to the south of France to live and work
• Experience the work of leading 20th century artists in the peaceful hillside setting of the Fondation Maeght
Freelance art historian and museum professional who worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Depart London Heathrow 0955 on British Airways, arriving Nice at 1305. Transfer to Hotel Nice Riviera for seven nights.
Morning lecture: The French Riviera – Art, Love & Life followed by walking tour of Nice. Afternoon: Musée des Beaux-Arts (Old Masters) and Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain.
Morning lecture: Matisse, Chagall & the Côte d’Azur followed by visit to Musée Renoir. Afternoon: Musée Matisse and Musée Chagall (Biblical Message). Free evening.
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.
Menton (Salle des Mariages) followed by Villefranche-sur-Mer (Cocteau’s Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pêcheurs).
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 and coach to Nice.
Depart Nice 1400 on British Airways, arriving London Heathrow at 1510.
7 Mar — 14 Mar 2022
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"I just loved this tour. It has given me new perspectives on so many artists"
- ACE customer on a previous Art on the Côte d'Azur tour
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 £140.
Cost of £2365 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, classic double room for single use supplement £375.