Three Day Tour of Cézanne’s Provence
Think of Provence and you may think of many different painters, but if you think of Cézanne you imagine his Provence. This Paris Luxury Tour is in homage to him and his land, and it starts with a TGV (high speed train) ride from Paris that lets you off two and a half hours later near Aix-en-Provence, where he was born, educated and spent most of his life.
We will use the first day to visit those parts of the city that he used to frequent (and some others that are not specifically associated with him, but which are well worth seeing). We will also visit the studio that he built and where he often painted in the last decade of his life. This tour also will expose you to the delights of Provençal cuisine and wine, at various starred restaurants and otherwise, perhaps starting with perhaps one of Aix’s Michelin-starred restaurants with their palettes of Provençal flavours.
The next morning we will drive (and walk) to, around and up Sainte Victoire Mountain, the subject he painted not less than 60 times. At the foot of the mountain in the village of Le Tholonet we may dine at the Michelin starred Le Saint-Estève restaurant with its iconic view of the renowned mountain.
In the afternoon, we will visit various other sites of Cézanne’s landscapes around Aix: the Arc river and the various bridges he painted, as well as the town of Gardanne.
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Our last day will begin with a drive to l’Estaque, the village that is now part of Marseille that Cézanne often visited and from which he painted seascapes. Our visit will include parts of Marseilles that were important to his life, but which he did not paint. The choice of hotels and restaurants in this tour will be made in consultation with you in advance, if desired. We return to Paris as we came, via TGV train.
Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour of the Loire Valley [Custom Loire Valley Day Tour from Paris of 2 chateaux and 1 wine estate]. Let me start by saying the best part of the trip was meeting you and listening and learning about the history of France and specifically Chenonceaux. Your comments and guidance throughout the day made the experience far more than just a sight-seeing trip. Lunch was great and so were Amboise and the wine tasting. I can’t thank you enough for putting this tour together for us, we will enjoy the memories for years to come.
Stephen Kelly – San Francisco, CA