Trips - Itinerary - Painting in Provence
Note: We like to stay flexible so the itinerary is subject to change based on weather, interests of the group, and day of the week.
You will be picked up at the Avignon TGV train station by our wonderful driver in the afternoon, and driven to Les Murets where you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly and plenty of time to unpack, freshen up, and explore the property before sitting down to dinner on the terrace with your new friends.
Shake off that jet-lag – it’s time to start painting! Depending on the forecast, we’ll start off with a morning of painting “warm-ups” and instruction at a spectacular hillside location that overlooks the beautiful Luberon Valley. We’ll lunch at a lovely little local restaurant and finish day with more painting time or a little light shopping in the many nearby and thoroughly charming villages. Dinner on the terrace.
Off to an early start today as we head down to the coast for a day at the charming little fishing village of Cassis We’ll be able to set up easels along the harbor or the beach and get some good painting time in before we dive into a delicious local lunch of soupe de poisson and plenty of nice cold white wine. After lunch, more painting is an option - or join us to explore, by ferry, the famous “calanques” that line the coast line. Finish the afternoon by dipping your toes in the blue, blue water or indulging in a little retail therapy at the many boutiques and shops along the harbor. We’ll also get a birds-eye view of the coast from a secret vantage point (that only our driver knows to how navigate!) We’ll head back to Les Murets for a little R & R before another heavenly dinner on the terrace.
Today we will explore the striking hillside village of Gordes and take in the fun and bustling market before a light lunch and an afternoon of painting in nearby vineyards that dot the countryside. We’ll be back at Les Murets for more painting or sketching, a little downtime and then another memorable meal on the terrace.
Today we’ll head to Bonnieux, one of the Luberon’s most beloved and picturesque villages. We’ll set up to paint all kinds of valley vistas in the shadow of beautiful 18th century architecture. We’ll enjoy lunch at one of our favorite spots (situated next to a spectacular 17th century fountain) and after lunch, we’ll browse a couple local galleries and boutiques that dot the winding little streets.
Back to Les Murets for a spectacular sunset and another lovely dinner on the terrace.
Today we visit Isle Sur le Sorgue, a postcard-perfect town that’s best known for its scenery, its lazy and crystal clear river – and the dozens of antique stalls and booths that are tucked away of the main road. We’ll set up to paint the river and its iconic paddle wheel, stop for a light bite at a lovely little restaurant and spend the rest of the afternoon painting, sketching or just wandering this delightful town.
Back to Les Murets for our final evening on the terrace where new memories and friendships will be shared under bright stars.
Now, no crying. It’s time to leave. We’ll get you to the station in plenty of time to catch your train to the airport… or to Paris if you’ve decided to indulge in a few more days of la vie en rose.