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Nice: Colours of the Cote D'Azur

7 days from £2,750pp

To visit the Côte d’Azur is to understand why so many painters and sculptors chose to live in a region Renoir described as ‘the most beautiful country in the world
  • Enjoy work by some of Europe’s greatest modern masters, from Renoir to Picasso 
  • Delight in the region’s gardens, including a private tour of the ‘Jardin Serre de la Madone’ 
  • Soak in the atmosphere of the region Somerset Maughan described as ‘a sunny place for shady people’ 
  • Experience the sheer diversity of the Riviera art scene - in galleries, villas, chapels and gardens
IN 1887 THE POET STÉPHEN LIÉGEARD INVENTED THE TERM CÔTE D’AZUR, referring to the stretch of coastline between Toulon and San Remo. He thus baptised an earthly paradise which for its natural beauty, sparkling luminosity and magical colours – above all the inimitable eponymous hue of this part of the Mediterranean – is hard to beat. Since the nineteenth century the land of the French Riviera has been a favourite destination of aristocratic, literati and glitterati visitors alike: Queen Victoria, Edith Wharton, Coco Chanel and Wallis Simpson have been among the leading ladies here. It is no wonder that the Côte d’Azur became such a source of inspiration to generations of painters who flocked here to discover and celebrate the artistic qualities of the land. We will be exploring some of the major movements of twentieth-century art, from Pointillism and Post-Impressionism to Fauvism, Cubism and beyond, following in the footsteps of some of the greatest twentieth-century artists – Bonnard, Chagall, Cocteau, Leger, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and Signac – all of whom captured the Côte d’Azur’s allure more vividly than any modern holiday brochure could ever hope to achieve. On top of the artistic highlights, the region’s caressing Mediterranean warmth, its lush scented flora and a blend of French savoir vivre with Italian flair make this Art Pursuits Study Tour an unforgettable experience.

Your Accommodation

Hôtel Aston La Scala, Nice

Located in the heart of Nice only 5 minutes from the beach, the Aston La Scala 4 Star Hotel has 149 rooms, a rooftop swimming pool, and seminar and reception areas capable of accommodating up to 200 people.
An idyllic location in the heart of Nice on the French Riviera, allowing you to stay on the Mediterranean in complete serenity.
Experience our Rooms with views over the Promenade du Paillon, Nice Old Town and the Fountain. The Hotel also has a Restaurant and Lounge Bar open all year.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • 24/7 Room service
  • Satellite TV
  • Free Internet WiFi throughout the Hotel
  • Mini-Bar
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Valuables Safe