2018 South of France ART HOLIDAY | NICE with excursions to Monaco and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, is one of our painting trips in Europe.

Dates: Sunday April 15 to Saturday April 21  2018

This NICE painting holiday, like our other destinations, is not about going to a retreat or a house with a cook, and painting in a studio. This holiday group will stay at a comfortable 4 star hotel in the centre of Nice, close to painting sites. We'll also travel short distances to fabulous side-destination excursions like Monaco, Montecarlo and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Our meals are not home-cooked, but all restaurant meals, with buffet breakfast at the hotel. Being close to Italy, the French Riviera region specialises in pizza and pasta, but also has many local delicacies. Traditional food is of course available as well.

Because we all want to paint and/or draw, but can have different personal needs, or just simply want more freedom when on holiday, we have come up with different offers to suit everyone.

£200 DISCOUNT | Our reasonable good value for money prices include a £200 discount on this painting trip until February 28th.

Non-painting partners or friends are welcome, and get a big discount as well. 


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Tutor: Mary Greenacre

Mary is a lovely and talented artist. She has been teaching for many years. You can read about Mary's profile in our tutors' section.  


 Have you been looking for a holiday art course in France? Introducing Azenart's 2018 art holiday in the South of France? Come paint (or draw) with us! Alone or accompanied, beginner or more advanced, you'll love our exciting French painting/drawing holiday break on the French Riviera, with fabulous excursions to Monaco and majestic Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.


Our ART HOLIDAY in Nice, South of France:

On this 2018 painting trip, Azenart will show you an inspiring week in the heart of one of Europe's most sublime scenery setting, amongst the bluest of blues of the Mediterranean. We've planned divine excursions to the surrounding coasts leading to Montecarlo, Monaco.

We'll stroll, sketch and paint on the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS , as well as in the VIEUX NICE (picturesque old part of town), and in the COURS SALEYA (typical and renown Nice flower, veggetable and fruit market). You'll love local delicacies like Le Pan Bagnat (very Niçois tuna and veggies sandwich), La  Pissaladière (caramelised onion tart), La Socca (a lip-smacking chick-pea snack), and more. But let's get back to art and painting... Two museum visits are planned on different days, and included in our prices; the MATISSE MUSEUM and the MARC CHAGALL MUSEUM, both in Nice. A quick train ride away, and we will spend some time in the very breathtakingly scenic SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT, and visit LA VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD where our hands will be itching to spread some colour on our paper! As promised, we will go to the very chic MONTECARLO, MONACO where we will sightsee and sketch/paint.

What's included in this art vacation in France?

  • £200 off when booking early. 

  • Big discounts for a non-painting partner or friend.

  • Customer money protection through Protected Trust Services, for the whole duration of the holiday. 

  • 6 nights in a 4 star hotel in the centre of Nice. As always, we like to stay close to the action.

  • Airport pick-up and drop off. 

  • Welcome drink.

  • Meals | We have decided to offer slightly different packages and lower prices: FULL BOARD (all 6 buffet breakfasts, all restaurant lunches and all restaurant dinners with a glass of wine) OR 6 BREAKFASTS + 2 restaurant group DINNERS.

  • An Unlimited pass for Local group transportation (tram/bus/train).

  • Full 5 days of Plein air tutoring with a qualified tutor. 

  • Board and stool provided for the duration of your painting holiday.

  • Excursions with entry tickets to: Matisse Museum, Marc Chagall Museum, Villa Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, and Montecarlo - Monaco.

  • Full time Tour Manager.


What's not included in this South of France art holiday?

  • Flights. Because some of our painters come from around the corner, while others from across the Atlantic, we could not include travel. However, please note that a flight from most major European cities costs less than £50 when booked early. As low as $350 when booking early from overseas. We can help with your bookings.

  • Extra snacks and/or drinks outside of meals.

  • Materials (small equipment like paper, paint-brushes, paints, pencils...). We can provide an art pack for £75 in supplement.


Nice, French Riviera art vacation schedule:

Please note that all group lunches and dinners are restaurant meals included in the full board rates. 

Day 1 (Day of arrival): A group pick-up is planned at Nice airport (taxi or shuttle) to get to our 4**** hotel in Nice. When everybody's freshened up, we'll have a welcome drink in a relaxed environment. Then off to a restaurant for dinner with a glass of wine (this includes guests who have chosen the 6 buffet breakfasts + 2 dinners package.)

Day 2: Breakfast around 8h30, then we'll take a stroll in a renown area of Nice, the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS, where we will sketch/paint until lunch. We'll paint again until about 3:30 or 4 o'clock, then you'll be free to explore Nice. Dinner.

Day 3:   Breakfast, then we'll visit the MATISSE MUSEUM in Nice in the morning. Group lunch, We'll go up to "Le Château" (also called Castle Hill), where we'll paint and visit a breathtaking belvedere overlooking the city (Nice), as well as the beautiful waterfall. The steps are quite long and steep to get there, but thank heavens there is a lift!!! Free time after the afternoon painting. We'll meet for our dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Breakfast, then plein air painting or sketching at the COURS SALEYA, an important flower and fruit/veggetable market where colours and scents will flood our senses!). Lunch (local food) in the pittoresque old part of town (Vieux Nice) close by. After lunch, we will then head for the MARC CHAGALL MUSEUM, sketching. Dinner.

Day 5: Breakfast, then we'll head for the sublime bay of SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT (by train or bus) where we'll spend the day, have lunch, and visit the very sumptious VILLA ET JARDINS EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD, a jewel of the Mediterranean. We'll sketch and paint in the gardens. Back to Nice for dinner.

Day 6: Breakfast. Then we'll be off to MONACO by bus or train, where we'll spend the day. We'll stroll and do some sketching and painting.Then back to Nice for dinner.

Day 7: Breakfast and goodbyes. We'll miss eachother already.

This schedule could be subject to change, due to weather conditions or other reasons. Should that be the case,  we'll always strive to make it as exciting.

Our booking form (downloadable below) holds our prices and details. Should you then want to reserve your place, simply send the form back by email or by post (details at the bottom of the form).