Painting Tours: France – Provence


Experience the magic of Provence: cypresses, olive trees, red-tile roofs, the screech of cicadas, the scent of wild thyme and lavender, medieval villages, colorful markets and of course sun-filled landscapes, the very same that inspired the Post-Impressionists.

On this plein-air workshop in Provence, you will discover why the region has been an inspiration for generations of artists like Van Gogh and Cezanne.

Day 1: Welcome Champagne Reception

Prov-day1-welcomeWe will pick you up at the Avignon train station. Upon your arrival at our guesthouse, take time to settle in or explore the village. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2: Ochre Village of Roussillon

prov-day2-roussillon2Prov-day2-roussillonRoussillon, one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages, sits on top of the world’s biggest vein of ochre, the reddish pigment which has been used by artists for centuries. Paint red houses, ochre trails, cafes, what ever inspires you.

At the end of the day, we will take a walk inside the park, on the Ochre Trail revealing many fantastic rock and cliff formations.

You will also have time for shopping: don’t miss out on the unique reddish potteries.

Day 3: Most Spectacular Village in Provence – Gordes

Prov-day3-Gordes2Gordes, also listed one of France’s most beautiful villages, is the most spectacular village in Provence, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse.

The view from the village is a southern panorama out across fields, vineyards and forests, and small-perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon. You can choose to paint the breathtaking panorama, the village houses, or even the outdoor stalls.

Day 4: Market and Canals in ‘Isle sur la Sorgue’

prov-day4-marketProv-day4-SorgueL’Isle sur la Sorgue is a real paradise for painters and photographers.

Its colors are nature’s green and the bright reflection of the water shines from the several canals running through its center.

In the morning, we will shop the incredible and colorful market: colorful arrays of Provencal fabric, tablecloths, pottery, silk scarves, natural soaps with dozens of scents and of course lavender products.

Day 5: Painting in the Village

Prov-day5-homeprov-day5-home2Today will be a non driving day to allow even more time to painting.

We will spend the day painting either at the hotel or in the village: cobblestone streets, 18th century houses, flowers, doors

Day 6: On Van Gogh’s Trail in St. Remy de Provence

Prov-day6-VanGogh1Prov-day6-VanGogh2Today, we will visit the beautiful old monastery of St Paul Mausole with the bedroom where Van Gogh stayed during his very troubled time in 1889-90. This is now a nursing home that has a permanent exhibition of paintings made by the patients and beautiful reproductions of some of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.

Outside the hospital, you will be able to paint the wonderful landscape that inspired the great impressionist: olive trees with the Alpilles mountains as background.

Day 7: Medieval Village in the Luberon

Prov-day7-villageProv-day7-endThis non touristy jewel, not listed in travel books is our little gem, our favorite village. While strolling the streets you will come to appreciate the quietness and wonderful atmosphere that will seduce you, as it has dozens of artists who live there. This is our little kept secret village, the favorite of all our artists.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say: “au revoir” but not “adieu” because you will be back. We just know it.

After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you to the Avignon train station by 10 am.

2017 Dates-ProvenceTeachers in ProvencePainting Tour Type in ProvenceBooking Status
May 20-27Kirah Van SickleAcrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting WorkshopSold Out
May 27-June 3Jennifer McChristianOil Painting WorkshopSold Out
June 25-July 2Leslie FehlingWatercolor Sketching WorkshopSold Out
Sept 4-11Deborah RubinTravel Watercolor SketchingAvailable
Sept 11-18Vladislav (Vlad) YeliseyevWatercolor Painting WorkshopSold Out
Sept 18-25Michael ReardonWatercolor Painting WorkshopLast spot!
2018 Dates-ProvenceTeachers in ProvencePainting MediumBooking Status
June 3-10Kathy Rennell ForbesWatercolor Painting WorkshopAvailable
June 6-13Sandy DelehantyWatercolor Journal SketchingAvailable
June 24-July 1Shari BlaukopfTravel Sketching in WatercolorSold Out
July 2-9Shari BlaukopfTravel Sketching in WatercolorLast Spot!

Option 1

Charming Bed and Breakfast

img-painting-volet-bleuYou will stay in a restored farmhouse located in the heart of Provence, in a very charming non-touristy village.

In many ways this house speaks of Provence. The large salon with its fireplace will seduce you with its charming and friendly atmosphere. The view towards the Mont Ventoux from the terrace and from your bedroom is breathtaking. The blue shutters of the house will give you a real flair of Provence.

Most rooms have a full private bathroom.


Option 2

Charming 3-star Hotel in St. Remy de Provence

img-provence-glanum-hotelFor this trip, we have chosen a 3-star hotel located in the charming town of St. Remy de Provence.

This huge house drawn by Van Gogh and, inhabited by Daudet became a hotel of 25 rooms. A park of more than one hectare, dedicated to Provence will welcome you with its Mediterranean trees: secular umbrella pines, plane trees, cypresses and aromatic plants.



In the heart of the garden, enjoy the swimming pool and take a nap under an olive-tree.

Each bedroom has A/C and a private bathroom.

How to book

To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:


Check Availability

Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates you are interested in and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.

Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit check to:

French Escapade
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

  • pay by check, payable to French Escapade (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
  • or by wire transfer (let us know and we will provide you with our account number)
If you live outside the US please contact us for other payment options.

Receive Confirmation

We will send you a written confirmation of your reservation along with an information package for your trip (info about pick up and drop off, recommended insurance, name of a travel agent, what to bring, etc…).

Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

Days Prior to Tour StartCancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 Days$600
(deposit forfeited, but transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee)
61-90 Days50% of total cost
31-60 Days75% of total cost
0-30 Days100% of total cost

Thank you for traveling with us!

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