Painting Retreat in Provence (no instructions)

img-group1Recharge your creative battery with this retreat for artists (no instruction).

“Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in the beautiful setting of the French Alps.

Everything will be taken care of so you can fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about the logistics.

Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area – and of course, enjoying the food and wine!

img-group2There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists painting together. Surrounded by other artists of different skill levels and different background, you will benefit from their experiences. “Show and tell” will be organized and you will be free to participate while sipping a glass of wine.

Day 1: Welcome Champagne Reception

We will pick you up at the TGV Avignon train station at 3:30pm. 

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 Villages in Provence – Gordes and Luberon Villages

Gordes, 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 to the village is a breathtaking panorama out across fields, vineyards and small-perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon.

Although Gordes is beautiful, we will spend more time painting/sketching in the a tiny non touristy village of the Luberon whose name we keep secret!!

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

L’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. The afternoon is all yours to paint the canals, the stalls, the village.

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…

If we are staying at the hotel in St Remy de Provence, you will have time to paint in the olive fields, the same trees Vincent Van Gogh painted 150 years ago.

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

Today, 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 with the same olive trees Van Gogh painted and the Alpilles mountains as background.

Day 7: Medieval Village in the Luberon

Prov-day7-villageThis 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.

Back at the hotel, you will be able to work in the garden to finish up some of your paintings and finish the week with a “show and tell” or critique.

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 TGV Avignon train station by 9:30 am.

 

 

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.

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The hotel is located across the road from the asylum where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life and painted his most famous paintings. The field of olive grove across the road are the ones he painted 150 years ago. Very inspiring and emotional.

The hotel is located 15 min walk from the center of St Remy de Provence were you can find many vintage and provencal stores, restaurants and cafes.

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

Although each bedroom has A/C and an en-suite bathroom, they are not the same. Some rooms located on the first floor are a little smaller (110sq ft) and darker but have the advantage of having a little terrasse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some other rooms are located on the 2nd floor in the main villa. While they do not have a terrace, they are a little bigger (140 sq ft) and brighter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us what your preference is and we will do our best to accommodate you. In other case, we will allocate the rooms on a first come first served basis.

Dates
June 18-25, 2017 – Sold Out
Painting Retreat
Max: 12 Participants
Rates

Book Early and Save $200!

US $2,590 (double room)

+ US $550 (single room)

US $2,790 (double room)

+ US $550 (single room)


Includes

  • Avignon TGV train station pick up at 3:30pm and drop off at 10am
  • A welcome reception
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches (picnics) and 4 dinners (including drinks and wine)
  • All nights at the villa-hotel
  • All art classes
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • The use of folding chairs
  • A personal bilingual chauffeur/guide throughout the week
  • A free Paris planner for a self guided visit in Paris if you decide to extend your trip: suggestions of hotels, restaurants and places to visit

Excludes

  • Flights to and from France
  • Trains to/from Avignon
  • 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leader(s) tipping
How to book

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

 

1
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.


2
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 LLC
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.

3
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…).


4
Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 days before departure$600
(deposit forfeited, but transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee)
61-90 days before departure50% of total cost
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost
If we cancel the tripYou get a full refund

Thank you for traveling with us!

French Escapade LLC | 2389 Blackpool Place | San Leandro, CA 94577 | 510-483-5713 | contact@frenchescapade.com
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