Private art tour in the French Riviera
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French Riviera Artist Tour departing from Nice, Cannes, Monaco or surroundings

Day tour in the French Riviera's painters' history, including an art class

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Sylvie | about the guide

With its beautiful landscape and its historic villages, the French Riviera has always been an attractive place for artists searching for inspiration. On this tour, deep into the 20th century's painters' world, head to emblematic places where they used to live and work until their last breath. Departing from Nice, Monaco, Cannes or a city nearby, you will board on a comfortable minivan and let your driver/guide take you off the beaten tracks in the small town of Vence to discover what Matisse created in 4 years and which he considered to be his masterpiece. As you stroll, you will learn about Matisse and his unique style, his life and all the many symbols he used in the magical little Chapel of Vence which then became very inspirational for many artists who tried to imitate him, such as Picasso and Cocteau. Your guide will also tell you about all the many painters who made the French Riviera their home and what inspired them, such as the colors, the atmosphere, the light and the Eden-like landscapes. Then, you will discover the medieval village of Le Haut-de-Cagnes, where you will enjoy a lunch in the shade of the Grimaldi castle, with some local specialties and a glass of Provence rosé. Local salads, ratatouille, gnocchis, pastas, panisse or stuffed vegetables which will be a delight after the morning visits. On site, you will also visit the local artists' studios. Afterwards, you will become an artist yourself while enjoying a 2-hour painting lesson with a genuine artist who will teach you how to express yourself by painting outdoors one of the famous scenes which inspired so many painters in the early 20th century. You will also learn how to put your emotions on a canvas, which was so revolutionary in the early twenties. Through the experience of painting, you will discover new feelings and learn some Impressionist painters' techniques.

(2 reviews)
  • Nice - French Riviera
    France
  • 1 day
    DURATION
  • 6
    MAX. No. ON TOUR

TOUR DETAILS

keywords :
French Riviera, Artists French Riviera, Artists Haut de Cagnes, Artists Vence, Artists tour French riviera, Artists tour Vence, drawing class, Vence art, French Riviera Art, Impressionists French Riviera
transport :
Private minivan
ACTIVITY LEVEL :
Light
ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED :
no
Kid friendly :
Children are welcome and will draw their own artwork
LANGUAGES:
Français/French (native), Anglais/English (fluent)
MAX. No. OF PEOPLE :
6

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

- Pick up and drop off at/to your hotel - Services of a private professional guide - Transport during the tour (8 passengers max) - 2-hour painting lesson

NOT INCLUDED

- Lunch and drinks - Entrance fee to the Matisse Chapel

ITINERARY

Departing from Cannes, Nice, Monaco or any other main city closeby, you will embark in an artistic journey in the most charming villages of the French Riviera where you will learn about the famous painters who used to live there. First, you will head to Vence for a visit of the Matisse chapel (except during closing days) where you will discover what Matisse created in 4 years and which he considered "his masterpiece". Your guide will also tell you about the artist's life and style that influenced other artists such as Jean Cocteau and Picasso. Then, you will drive to Le Haut-de-Cagnes, a beautiful medieval village with a castle where you will enjoy a lunch in one of the famous artists' earthy paradise and visit some artists' studios. Then, you will experience a 2-hour painting class in an atelier located in the heart of the village.

WHERE AND WHEN?

MEET-UP LOCATION:
At your hotel
END OF TOUR LOCATION:
At your hotel

about
your guide

Sylvie

Cagnes sur Mer

languages :
Français/French, Anglais/English

30 years ago, at the end of my studies, I got my national guide-lecturer card and moved in the most beautiful region of France, the French Riviera, in order to fully experience this exciting profession. Curious little mouse, I love discovering secrets and unique places where only locals go. Over the years I gained a lot of contacts and exclusive addresses I wanted to share : after 15 years of experience and guided tours, I decided to specialize in the high tourist range and I created my own association, Alpine guides Interpreters, with a small dynamic team of qualified and multilingual local guides with a perfect knowledge of their region. Today, we offer quality tours, in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian in the French and Italian Riviera from Saint Tropez to San Remo via Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, Nice and many other splendid Riviera's cities. We love to organize themed tours in inaccessible places and sites to the general public to provide a unique view of the Riviera and its contrasts. With us, enjoy local cuisine in a gastronomic route to Nice, Cannes or Monaco; visit the Riviera and its beautiful coasts by boat; or explore the medieval villages such as Saint Paul de Vence, Eze, off the beaten tracks...

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2 reviews

average rate :
UTF
France - 29.03.2016

"“Great day touring the French Riviera with Sylvie” “I highly recommend Sylvie as your tour guide...we had a great day with her...she is passionate about her tours and extremely knowledgeable about this entire region! Once of the best tour guides I have ever had!” Baltimore Written before the UTF site launch"

UTF
France - 29.03.2016

"Sylvie nous a fait découvrir Nice à pied, c`était excéllent! Elle sait tout sur l’histoire, l’architecture etc, connait plein d’anecdotes et nous a fait découvrir la délicieuse cuisine. En plus, elle est super sympa et on a beaucoup rigolé! On était tellement content qu ’on a fait un deuxième tour le lendemain avec elle, cette fois en voiture. On a visité les quartiers résidentiels de Nice, puis la Côte vers Villefranche et Cap Ferrat. Il a plu, mais elle nous a encore fait une journée amusante avec beaucoup d’histoires, des détails de charme et des belles images en conduisant vraiment très, très bien et prudemment. On en gardera une très belle mémoire, on plus, parce quèlle connait les bons restaurants... Merci à Sylvie!!!"" Anette Essen, Allemagne Written before the UTF site launch"

French Riviera Artist Tour departing from Nice, Cannes, Monaco or surroundings Private art tour in the French Riviera
Rated 5.0/ 5stars based on 2 customer reviews
Product description: With its beautiful landscape and its historic villages, the French Riviera has always been an attractive place for artists searching for inspiration. On this tour, deep into the 20th century's painters' world, head to emblematic places where they used to live and work until their last breath. Departing from Nice, Monaco, Cannes or a city nearby, you will board on a comfortable minivan and let your driver/guide take you off the beaten tracks in the small town of Vence to discover what Matisse created in 4 years and which he considered to be his masterpiece. As you stroll, you will learn about Matisse and his unique style, his life and all the many symbols he used in the magical little Chapel of Vence which then became very inspirational for many artists who tried to imitate him, such as Picasso and Cocteau. Your guide will also tell you about all the many painters who made the French Riviera their home and what inspired them, such as the colors, the atmosphere, the light and the Eden-like landscapes. Then, you will discover the medieval village of Le Haut-de-Cagnes, where you will enjoy a lunch in the shade of the Grimaldi castle, with some local specialties and a glass of Provence rosé. Local salads, ratatouille, gnocchis, pastas, panisse or stuffed vegetables which will be a delight after the morning visits. On site, you will also visit the local artists' studios. Afterwards, you will become an artist yourself while enjoying a 2-hour painting lesson with a genuine artist who will teach you how to express yourself by painting outdoors one of the famous scenes which inspired so many painters in the early 20th century. You will also learn how to put your emotions on a canvas, which was so revolutionary in the early twenties. Through the experience of painting, you will discover new feelings and learn some Impressionist painters' techniques. Customer reviews:
French Riviera Artist Tour departing from Nice, Cannes, Monaco or surroundings ,
5/ 5stars
"“Great day touring the French Riviera with Sylvie” “I highly recommend Sylvie as your tour guide...we had a great day with her...she is passionate about her tours and extremely knowledgeable about this entire region! Once of the best tour guides I have ever had!” Baltimore Written before the UTF site launch"
French Riviera Artist Tour departing from Nice, Cannes, Monaco or surroundings ,
5/ 5stars
"Sylvie nous a fait découvrir Nice à pied, c`était excéllent! Elle sait tout sur l’histoire, l’architecture etc, connait plein d’anecdotes et nous a fait découvrir la délicieuse cuisine. En plus, elle est super sympa et on a beaucoup rigolé! On était tellement content qu ’on a fait un deuxième tour le lendemain avec elle, cette fois en voiture. On a visité les quartiers résidentiels de Nice, puis la Côte vers Villefranche et Cap Ferrat. Il a plu, mais elle nous a encore fait une journée amusante avec beaucoup d’histoires, des détails de charme et des belles images en conduisant vraiment très, très bien et prudemment. On en gardera une très belle mémoire, on plus, parce quèlle connait les bons restaurants... Merci à Sylvie!!!"" Anette Essen, Allemagne Written before the UTF site launch"