COTE D'AZUR - The Art of Dreams

2nd - 7th June 2023 - FULLY BOOKED

‘It is so beautiful, so bright, so luminous. One swims in blue air and it is frightening.’ Monet

The French Riviera is relatively compact but it has always attracted notable artists. Cezanne was the first to arrive in the early 1880s followed by  Picasso,  Monet, Cezanne, and Matisse.

They were inspired by the sparkling blue waters and the delightfully pretty streets. Situated right where the Mediterranean meets the Alps, the French Riviera enjoys a lovely and mild climate all year round.

It is probably fair to say that the area is a catalyst for creativity, the unique light and luminous colours will provide inspiration. Please see the online presentation above for full details.


The Cote d'Azur surely needs no introduction. It is a lovely region to explore, with many less known gems to discover among the more famous.
We are seeking out the areas that attracted artists who came before us and will be heading off in search of the iridescent quality of the region's dazzling light as well as the areas many attractions.
We will find an exquisite kind of timeless beauty where art, architecture and nature exist in harmony together. 
We hope you will join us!

We are moving steadily towards pricing our tours as all-inclusive. There is no perfect solution here but perhaps the most critical asset we have is time. Twelve people in a restaurant figuring out how best to split a bill and then queuing up to pay eats up a lot of it. Twice a day plus coffees x 6 adds up to several hours wasted. Therefore we feel it is altogether more efficient to cost the tour to include food, tea, coffee and wine.

See accommodation tab for details & pricing

The Château de la Napoule is a restored French castle and it is here that we will call home for a week. The C14 fortified chateau was in ruins when the American sculptor, Henry Clews Jr and his wife Marie Clews - a landscape architect - rebuilt it in the early twentieth century.

The Chateau is home to La Napoule Art Foundation and provides residency opportunities for accomplished and emerging artists from around the world. It’s the perfect space for creative minds in any medium. We are very fortunate that we have been able to reserve it in early June for our private workshop there.

Accommodation will either be in the Chateau itself or in the Villa Marguerite within the grounds of the Chateau.


SINGLE ROOM - £4,150  (FYV Subscribers - £3950)


Partner rate (non-photographing)  £3095 - Apologies but the Chateau charges the same per person regardless of room occupancy so we are unable to offer a larger discount for partners on this tour.

Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt out and we will cover your contribution.


Five nights single room accommodation at the Chateau Napoule Art Foundation. (accommodation is  in the villa within the grounds of the Chateau)

Full board with wine (spirits excluded).

Dinner at La Columbe D'or.

Tour of one of the oldest perfume houses in Grasse with opportunities to photograph the rose harvest.

Transfers to and from Nice airport (if you are on the recommended flights below)

Tuition from Doug and Valda

Max, 10 clients.


Flights, insurance (compulsory), airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours. 

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.

Average temperature High 17°, Low 8°C but temperatures can be warmer at this time of year.


02.06.23 EZY6433 LGW/NCE 07:40/10:45

07.06.23 EZY8424 NCE/LGW 17:40/18:40

GMT +1 hours

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