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PROVENCE 
PAINT EUROPE TRIP
with
MARY ERICKSON

PROVENCE
PLEIN AIR PAINTING TRIP
with ARTIST MARY ERICKSON
Paint in the Footprints of
Vincent van Gogh
Avignon,
Gordes, Sénanque Abbey,

Saint-Remy de Provence,

Carrières de Lumières

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

7 Days / 6 Nights

June 12 - 18, 2022

$4,950

"Thank you for the amazing week you organized for us in Southern France... I truly loved the entire experience." Arda D

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Provence Countryside

Gordes - Provence's Famous Hill Village

Avignon on the Rhône River

Painting in beautiful Provence in the South of France in mid- June... what a wonderful experience this will be!

Whether you are a seasoned artist... or you have never painted before and have always wanted to learn... join national award-winning artist and instructor Mary Erickson for a fabulous week of plein air painting!

We'll spend an inspirational week painting in historic stone building villages and in the colorful countryside of Provence... including Saint-Rémy de Provence where Vincent van Gogh painted many of his most famous works.

 

Each day we'll feed our creative souls. There will be painting sessions in scenic Provence locations... Mary will provide  demonstrations in oils and gouache, and offer individual personal instruction designed to improve your painting skills and expand your art experience... should an artist want to paint in watercolor that's fine, however Mary will only be able to provide limited instruction to watercolor artists... seasoned artists are free to be on their own to paint and enjoy.

 

You will take home your plein air paintings along with many treasured memories of your South of France painting holiday & creative adventure.

We'll explore the majestic splendor of Provence... take day trips through the rural Luberon Valley countryside to historic villages... tour UNESCO World Heritage sites.... enjoy delicious French Provencal cuisine and Côtes du Rhône wine.


We’ll be based for six nights in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, the charming medieval village located across the Rhône River from Avignon. Mary Erickson will lead painting sessions in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and in Avignon, the historic and preserved UNESCO World Heritage city that is the gateway city to Provence.

 

Plus, we'll take day trips to:

  • Provence's Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (France’s Most Beautiful Villages) - to paint in scenic locations personally-selected by Mary - i.e.:  Bonnieux, Ménerbes, Roussillon, Fontaine-de-Vauclaus, Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, Pernes les Fontaines.

  • Gordes & Sénanque Abbey - The famous Provence hill-top village; and to the nearby Cistercian abbey, one of the most photographed and painted sites of Provence.

  • Saint-Rémy de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres - The classical Provence village where Vincent van Gogh painted many of his famous paintings; and we'll see the special 2022 "Venice, the Serenissima" art & music multimedia exhibit in a former quarry, which is unique in the world.

 

The trip includes many extras -- "golden hour" painting sessions with Mary... a welcome reception with Côtes du Rhône wines and hors d'oeuvres... French Provencal cooking class and meal with a celebrated chef... cocktail hour gatherings... and a gala farewell dinner with traditional French cuisine and local Côtes du Rhône wines.

There will be personal free time for... added individual painting... visiting Avignon's Palais des Papes, Pont Saint-Bénézet and Avignon Cathedral... wandering through Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon discovering their old world charm... shopping in outdoor markets and boutiques... relaxing at outdoor cafes... or to soaking up the Provence sunshine -Provence has over 300 days of sunshine a year!

 

Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and along the Rhône River are organized for travelers who want some morning exercise before starting their vacation day.

Non-painter friends and spouses of artists are welcome to join.

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Paintings by Mary Erickson

The Provence Painting Trip Is Designed To Provide:

  • A fabulous vacation and painting experience in the South of France... plein air painting each day in beautiful Provence locations.

  • Painting technique demonstrations and individual one-on-one personal guidance with Mary Erickson.

  • Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 15 painters. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin friendships with like-minded travelers.

  • Many activities for artist and non-artist travelers.

  • Free personal time for added painting... exploring & sightseeing... shopping... relaxing.

  • Optional group morning pleasure walks led by WalkEurope president, Tom Harter.

  • Recommended restaurants should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join for local-cuisine group meals.

  • Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service for a WORRY-FREE vacation!​ 

 

What's Included:

  • Daily demonstrations by Mary Erickson.

  • Daily sketching and painting sessions with Mary Erickson.

  • Six nights in a choice of hotels: a personally-selected charming boutique hotel, a family owned and operated guesthouse hotel in a character-filled 16th century residence or a five-star Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel with a Michelin star restaurant.  

  • Daily hotel buffet breakfasts.

  • Welcome Reception – with Côtes du Rhône wines and hors d'oeuvres hosted by Mary Erickson and Paint Europe.

  • French Provencal Cooking Class - and meal with a celebrated chef.

  • Cocktail Hour Soirees – enjoy before dinner local Côtes du Rhône wines hosted by Paint Europe.

  • Farewell Dinner – featuring traditional French cuisine and Côtes du Rhône wines hosted by Paint Europe.

  • Morning Pleasure Walks - optional before breakfast group pleasure walks through Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

  • Villa/garden/museum entrance fees for all group activities. 

  • Ground transportation for all group activities, including private vans/buses for day trips.

  • Concierge service & support.

 

Arrival & Departure City:

Avignon, France. 

Arrival/Departure Airports:

Marseille (MRS) - Avignon is approximately a 1-1/2 hr taxi ride from Marseille

or

Paris (CDG or ORY) - Avignon is approximately a 2-1/2 hr TGV ride from Paris

 

Trip Hosts:

Mary Erickson - Artist & Instructor - More About Mary

Tom Harter - WalkEurope President - More About Tom

 

Trip Cost:

Charming Boutique Hotel:

  • $4,950 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour cost does not include airfare.

  • $735 – Added cost for single room accommodation option (limited availability).

Relais & Chateaux Luxury Hotel:

  • $6,225 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour cost does not include airfare.

  • $1,750 – Added cost for single room accommodation option

 

Space Is Limited -- Reserve Early!

Limited to 15 painters.

Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Trip subject to eight person participation.