Sites which inspired Artists who loved the south

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A tour of the south-east focused on Art. Esprit de France will help you plan your escapade around this legendary, sun-kissed region. We recommend staying at the Hotel de la Ponche during this tour. 

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  • 3 days
    3 nights
  • Stages: 
    149 km
  • From
  • Spring Summer

Step by step

  • D1

    Escapade in the heart of Nice

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    The first day starts by visting Nice. The best historical architectureBaroque churches and colourful markets are found in the old town. Other worthwhile attractions are the Promenade des anglais beside the baie des Anges, as well as the Nice Château which overlooks the city from the top of the hill. The château reflects local history during the reign of Louis XVI, who completely distroyed it during the siege he led 4th January 1706. Followed by the Marc Chagall National Museum, a 20th century Russian painter who took French nationality.  He is one of the most famous artists of his time, like Pabo Picasso, to become a French resident. The works on show at the museum are Chagall's most important paintings, inspired from his own life and divided into five sections, including La Sainte Famille (1909) and les Amoureux en vert (1917). They illustrate his beginnings in Russia, his 'Russian Years' up to his return to France, his exil in the US and time between the first and second world wars.

    1st night in Nice.


  • D2

    From Saint-Paul de Vence to the Hotel de la Ponche

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    Day 2 starts at Saint-Paul de Vence. This town owes its repuations to artists and authors who used it as a holiday resort in the 1920s. An interesting photo gallery of the celebrites (such as Simone de Beauvoir and Catherine Deneuve) who stayed here is on show at the History Museum. It is also very well-known thanks to the Maeght Foundation, a Modern Art museum with an remarkable garden of sculptures by Calder and Miró. Continue onto the typically provençal village of Vence close by to see the stunning Rosaire chapel decorated by Matisse.

    2nd night at the Hotel de la Ponche, in legendary settings looking out over the horizon.


  • D3

    Around the Hotel de la Ponche

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    We recommend spending the third and final day in and around Saint Tropez. Initially named in tribute to Torpes of Pisa, a Roman officier martyred during the persecutions of Nero, Saint-Tropez has been a select haunt for the jet set for decades. Don't forget to see Saint Anne Chapel located on a volcanic hill while you are there. It gets its name from the patron saint of seafaring folk and offers a scenic view of Saint-Tropez bay. Culture continues within the citadel fortifications (a symbol of the 17th century - listed historical monument) at the Maritime Museum which retraces the local way of life.  Then off to Pampelonne for an afternoon on the beach. Ramatuelle's gorgeous beaches are edged by 66 acres of nature and are famous worldwide. Watching the sun go down from the harbour is the perfect way to end this day.