Explore the paradise discovered by
artists in the south of France at the
beginning of the 20th century with
expert art historians Gerald Deslandes or
Lydia Bauman. Visit Matisse's celebrated
Chapelle du Rosaire and the Fondation
Maeght, which contains a stunning
collection of artwork by Braque, Miro and
Giacometti. Take in more museums, each
dedicated to a separate artist: Bonnard,
Chagall, Leger and Picasso. Along the
way, soak up the glamorous atmosphere
of the French Riviera, passing through
the picturesque resorts of Nice and
Antibes as well as the medieval walled
village of Vence.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Nice with British Airways and
transfer to the Splendid Hotel (or similar), where
you will stay for 3 nights. Introductory lecture
and welcome dinner. (D)
This morning tour the Matisse Museum to
discover the artist’s works created during his
own stay in Nice. Afternoon visit to the Chapelle
du Rosaire de Vence, where Matisse combined
architecture, paintings, objects and stained
glass in one of his most important and spiritual
works. After a brief stop in Saint Paul de Vence,
continue to Fondation Maeght, which, like
Matisse’s chapel, contains a synthesis of art and
Drive along the coast to Le Cannet and tour
the Musée Bonnard, a monument to the
artist’s enduring response to the warmth and
informality of life in the region. After some time
at leisure in Antibes, visit the Musée Picasso,
which is set in the imposing former stronghold
of the Grimaldis. It contains some of his most
important works from the 1930s onwards. Nearby is the Musée Leger, a unique collection of
paintings, sculpture and ceramics demonstrating
his debt to Cubism and Futurism and his
development of a robust and colourful art, which
embraced both the purism of classicism and the
dynamism of the machine. (B)
Morning visit to the Chagall Museum, which
contains more than 400 of the artist’s works,
including 12 large paintings illustrating the
Old Testament books of Genesis and Exodus.
Continue to the Musée d’Art Naif and, after a
farewell lunch, transfer to the airport for a flight
to London with British Airways. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 3- to 4-star
This tour involves a considerable
amount of walking and standing and therefore
requires a good level of fitness.
Gerald Deslandes studied
art history at Cambridge
and the Courtauld Institute.
He worked for 30 years as a
curator, teaches art history
and works as a consultant to
museums and galleries. He
also leads cultural tours to Paris, Provence,
Sicily, Vienna, Antwerp and Oslo, as well as
in the UK.
Lydia Bauman is an art
historian and professional
artist with an MA in art
history from the Courtauld,
where she specialised in
Matisse. She guides and
lectures at the National
Gallery, has wide experience of teaching the
history of western art and wrote The Guide
to Great Themes in Art.
The Splendid Hotel is situated in the heart of Nice close to all the sites that Nice has to offer. There are 128 rooms and suites as well as a swimming pool with views of the city and the Alps. In the hotel, there is also a restaurant serving fresh Mediterranean food and a bar with a spectacular view over...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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FVP2017: 3 Nights