Legends Of The French Riviera

19 – 24 March 2019
Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
Price (based on 15 participants):
£2,125.00 per person sharing a twin/double room
£500.00 deposit is needed to confirm your place
£165.00 single room supplement


With a sea so blue it inspired its own patented shade (International Klein Blue), and a light so white it captivated Matisse for life, Nice is ever the paradise for art lovers. The French Riviera, an aristocrats’ playground in the eighteenth century, flourished artistically during la belle Époque and went on to be immortalized in all its glittery hedonism by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the Côte d’Azur’s greatest legacy is the art of its residents: Picasso in his temporary studio at Château Grimaldi, perched above picturesque Antibes; Léger whose time in Biot culminated in a museum in the hills with paintings, ceramics and mosaics; Cocteau who came to a friend’s Villa Santo Sospir for dinner and left over a decade later; Chagall, one of the greatest colourists of his age, at the Colombe d’Or in the idyllic village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Then there are the grand designs. Matisse’s Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a distillation of his life’s work; rock dynamited at Cap Ferrat to build the sugar-pink Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its fabulous display of Gobelins tapestries, Fragonards, and Sèvres porcelain; art dealers Aimé and Marguerite Maeght creating an outdoor sculpture gallery to showcase the works of their friends Miró and Giacometti. Discover all this amid the spectacular scenery of Europe’s most glamorous coast.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Your lecturer

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio

Marie-Anne trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil for her thesis Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain. An accredited Arts Society lecturer, she was commissioned to write and present online courses for Tate and How To Read Paintings for Pearson Love to Learn. Since attaining an MPhil in Creative Writing, her art practice is primarily text based including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: Whorticulture. She is currently working on her second novel, Bouche about C18th painter Francois Boucher and his patron Mme de Pompadour.

Your Hotel

Hotel Masséna (Best Western Plus) (4* superior)

The Hotel Masséna was built in Nice in 1906 and is a contemporary boutique hotel inside its Belle Epoque façade. Soon after it was built, it became a favourite among the aristocracy for holidays on the French Riviera. It has a unique position in the centre of Nice between the shady pines of Place Masséna, the Old Town and the beaches behind the Promenade des Anglais. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, free and secure wifi and internet access, new generation flat-screen televisions, en suite bathrooms with hair-dryers, mini-bars, welcome trays with kettle, coffee, tea and tisanes and safes. Irons and ironing boards available on request.

Hotel Masséna - exterior facade
Hotel Masséna - exterior facade
Musée Matisse
Musée Matisse

The price includes:

  • Lecturing by Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio
  • Return scheduled flights British Airways London Heathrow to Nice
  • All airport taxes, security charges and local taxes
  • 5 nights’ bed & buffet breakfast accommodation at Hotel Massena (superior 4*)
  • Lunch (Day 3 at Restaurant Colombe d’Or) and (Day 5 at Villa Rothschild Ephrussi)
  • 5 dinners in local restaurants
  • All local coach transfers as per itinerary
  • All entrance charges to visits as per the itinerary
  • Guided visit of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with a resident guide
  • Services of a tour escort throughout
  • VOX audio guides

The price does not include:

  • Lunches (Days 1, 2, 4, 6)
  • Teas or coffees during any mid morning / mid afternoon breaks
  • Refreshments
  • Any incidental and personal expenditure (laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Taxis or other transport not specified
  • Personal insurance

This tour is organised by Heritage Group Travel who are responsible for all the arrangements. Please refer to Heritage Group Travel Booking Terms and Conditions which can be sent upon request. The Company holds ATOL number 3707 and ABTOT licence number 5093 for your protection. This itinerary is subject to change should local conditions or unexpected restrictions occur. As the tour is arranged many months in advance visits may be subject to amendment.
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Book your place

Places are strictly limited to 15 so please book early. For further information:

Mary Bromley
020 7266 7815
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I and the Village, Marc Chagall, 1911
I and the Village, Marc Chagall, 1911

The Tour: Itinerary

The itinerary is subject to amendment

Day 1/ Tuesday 19 March 2019

London – Nice

Depart on scheduled British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport to Nice Airport. As the flight is over the lunch period we recommend that refreshments are taken during the flight.

Arrival in Nice and met by local guide

Transfer by private coach to Hotel Masséna

Introductory walking tour of Nice

Dinner in a local restaurant

Hotel Masséna - lobby
Hotel Masséna - bedroom

Day 2 / Wednesday 20 March 2019


Chagall Museum

Transfer by coach to The Chagall Museum which was created by Chagall (1887-1985) in order to display his most important biblical works: the 17 paintings that comprise the Biblical Message. There are also gouaches, drawings, wash drawings and pastels.

Lunch at leisure.

Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice
Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice

Musée Matisse

Transfer by coach to Matisse Museum. Henri Matisse (b.1869) lived here between 1917 and his death in 1954. We will trace his life and career at this museum, near the Hotel Regina where he resided. The museum has a variety of works bequeathed by the artist to the city.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Musée Matisse
Musée Matisse
Musée Matisse

Day 3 / Thursday 21 March 2019


Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence

Transfer by coach to Vence and see Matisse’s renowned Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a distillation of a life’s practice concerned with colour and shape. He designed the space, working on all aspects of the building between 1948 and 1951 and said of it “In spite of all its imperfections I consider it my masterpiece.”

Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence
Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence

Maeght Fondation

Transfer by coach to the Maeght Fondation. This estate of art gallery owners and art dealers, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, who moved to Saint-Paul de Vence in the 1950s, displays works in the gardens by Joan Miro and hosts temporary exhibitions.

Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence

St. Paul De Vence

Lunch at Colombe d’Or

Tour this picturesque village famous for its artistic culture. Chagall lived here (1966-1985) as did the writers Jacques Prévert and James Baldwin, film stars Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. Chagall is also buried in its cemetery.

St Paul De Vence
St Paul De Vence

Chapelle Folon

Visit the Chapelle Folon of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005) who had links with Saint-Paul for over thirty years and developed close collaborations with village craftsmen. The White Penitents' Chapel was his last design project and the last chapel in the Midi to have been artist-decorated.

Dinner in a local restaurant

Apse, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs

Day 4 / Friday 22 March 2019

Biot and Antibes

Transfer by coach to Biot

Cap de Antibes, Monet

Musée Fernand Léger

Visit the Musée Fernand Léger which is dedicated to modernist master of Cubism, Leger (1881-1955) displaying his murals, sculptures, and mosaics.

Transfer by coach to Antibes

Lunch at leisure

Musee Pablo Picasso

Visit the Musee Pablo Picasso. In 1946 Picasso (1871-1973) spent a year in Antibes using the 2nd floor of the Chateau Grimaldi as his workshop. He donated several important works to the city, including 44 drawings and 23 paintings.

Dinner Local restaurant

Day 5 / Saturday 23rd March 2019

The Belle Epoque And Its Legacy

Cap Ferrat And Beaulieu-Sur-Mer

Cap Ferrat And Beaulieu Sur Mer

Villa Santo Sospir

Transfer by coach to Cap Ferrat and visit the Villa Santo Sospir, a charming and intimate villa which once belonged to the socialite, Francine Weisweiller. The artist, Jean Cocteau, was once a dinner party guest of Francine’s and ended up staying for 13 years. The villa is a testament to his work.

Villa Rothschild Ephrussi

Visit the Villa Rothschild Ephrussi, one of the most elegant villas on the Riviera, built between 1905 and 1912 by Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, a wealthy French socialite. When she died in 1934, Beatrice donated the property to the Institut de France. We will have a tour of its beautiful interior and gardens.

Lunch in Villa Rothschild Ephrussi

Villa Ephrussi

Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman

Transfer by coach to the Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman in Menton’s old town. Séverin Wunderman was a Belgian American collector, born in 1938, who became fascinated with Jean Cocteau and amassed a huge collection of his works. The gallery has almost 1000 of Cocteau’s exhibits from all stages of his career, displayed alongside works by his contemporaries including Picasso, Miró and Modigliani.

Dinner in a local restaurant

Jean Cocteau
Poster of Nijinsky, Jean Cocteau

Day 6 / Sunday 24th March 2019

The Legacy: The Nice School

Visit the highlights of Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art and trace the legacy of modern art here through the “School of Nice” artists like Yves Klein and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Lunch at leisure

By private coach to airport for BA flight to London Heathrow airport

Please note that as this tour has been prepared many months in advance and the final itinerary may vary slightly from the above