Goring on Thames Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Goring on Thames Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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Provence, the Roman Provnicia, owes its distinctive charms to its clear light, brilliant sun and enchanting landscapes of sculpted hills, purple mountains, cypresses and heady scents of rose, violet and lavender. The Romans colonized the region and luxuriated in its beauty. Even the medieval Popes and cardinals in Avignon succumbed to the richness of its worldly temptations. Their court’s painters, among the greatest in the 14th century, painted Madonnas in luminous Mediterranean colours that would one day inspire Post-Impressionists to challenge the way our eyes see not only this spectacular region but also the rest of the world. Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse and their followers recreated Provencal landscapes in their paintings with a passionate and lyrical intensity, painting them almost as if they were moving and alive.

This itinerary has been specially designed with Nirvana to give the party a real understanding of the region’s millennia of history and culture and its role in some of Europe’s most important art movements.

Day 1. Sunday. 7 May. Avignon.
Fly to Marseilles and drive to Avignon. Stay at the Hotel Mercure Pont D’Avignon in the heart of the town. D.

Day 2. Monday. 8 May. Avignon.
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Avignon with visits to one of the world’s largest Gothic monuments – the Palace of the Popes , Pont d ’Avignon, Place de l’Horloge, and the Romanesque Cathedral. B.

Day 3. Tuesday. 9 May. Avignon.
Today explore Avignon’s hinterland with visits to La Chartreuse with its superb Matteo Giovannetti frescoes and beautiful gardens and the Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. This evening enjoy a traditional Provencal dinner in the medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence, in the heart of the Alpilles hills. B,D.

Day 4. Wednesday. 10 May. Aix-en-Provence.
This morning drive to Arles, the ‘Rome of France’ with its rich artistic and cultural offerings from Roman and medieval periods and home to van Gogh who drew huge inspiration from the beauty of the city and its surrounding landscapes. Transfer to Hotel des Augustins in the heart of Aix-en- Provence. B.D.

Day 5. Thursday. 11 May. Aix–en-Provence.
Enjoy a walking tour of this refined town, famous for its water and art. Follow in the footsteps of one of its most famous citizens - Paul Cézanne, ‘the father of modern art’. The town and local countryside were a lifelong inspiration to his work. B.

Day 6. Friday. 12 May.
In the morning, visit the Musée Granet with its wonderful fine art collection. Drive to Martigues, ‘the Provencal Venice’ for a farewell lunch before flying home. B,L.

“Everyone thought Nirvana was the best guide we have ever had.” – Goring DFAS tour to Croatia 2016