Art Retreat to France & Italy  with... 

Meet Janet

I'm a published, free lance artist with a love of letters, calligraphy and an outdoor journal illustrator. I paint in the field, working “en plein air” capturing the scenery before me whether it be flowers, architecture, or people. Nature's showcase is my favorite inspiration. 

I'm also an avid journal keeper, and a professional illustrator for books and magazines.  Journaling is my passion and I've written a book on the subject; Artful Journals.

Janet's Classes

We'll teach you how to create your own travel journals with watercolor scenes that are accompanied by lettering.  With just a few basic skills, learn how to record and savor unique places with pictures, collage, and descriptive text to treasure your travels for years to come.


Come join Viaggio Tours this spring as we explore the “artistic” side of the French Rivera through the painting of architecture, food, and scenery plus exploration of other unique venues that inspired Monet, Picasso and so many others.

Our Program in Menton, France

We'll be based in this lovely, citrus-colored city that stretches to the Italian boarder, and has a more chill vibe than the other well-known towns along the coast.  Menton has great shopping, waterfront restaurants, a lovely old town, and a big gorgeous beach!  A great find, and perfect place  to unpack.

Viaggio Tours offers daily  art classes with Janet while taking advantage of this stunning coastline.  We've included visits to  the cities and towns listed below, as well as the Picasso Museum, Villa Ephrussi di Rothschild, and many more activities.  An opportunity not to be missed.

A shady little square in Menton

Ventimiglia, Italy

Every Friday, Ventimiglia has a huge  market of meats & cheeses, produce, leather, clothing, shoes, and tons more.  Even the French cross the border for it!

Dolceacqua, Italy

If you recognize this bridge (our photo above), it may be because you've seen the painting be Monet (to the right.)

Antibes, France

Wonderful covered Provincial Market, walking the walls, fantastic beaches, the Absinthe Bar and the Picasso Museum, There's a lot to love in this town!

Nice, France

"The Pearl of the Riviera", Nice is a vibrant city filled with treasures like its Flower Market, Old Town, public art, museums, and a waterfront promenade that goes for miles.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, France

A magnificent villa on Cap Ferrat with nine gardens and a musical fountain.  We'll even have time for lunch in the Tea Room.

Villefranche sur Mer

We'll explore this charming French fishing village lined with pastel colored buildings, and enjoy wandering its lovely narrow streets full of restaurants and cafes.

What's Included

  • 6-Nights at our waterfront hotel in Menton

  • Choice of rooms with city views or sea views

  • Daily buffet breakfast

  • Welcome and farewell dinners

  • A full program of Art Classes by Janet Takahashi held in interesting daily venues

  • Transportation to all destinations by local trains & buses

  • Visits to Menton, Dolceacqua, Nice, Antibes, Cap Ferrat, Ventimiglia and Villefranche sur Mer

  • Entrance to Picasso Museum in Antibes

  • Entrance to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferret

  • Visits to street and covered markets in Nice, Antibes, Menton and Ventimiglia 

  • All taxes and fees, fully hosted and guided 

April 30 - May 6, 2020


Because it's nice to have options, Viaggio Tours offers three room types on our six night package.  You choose. 

  • $2795   Smaller Room, City View

  • $2995   Smaller Room, Sea View  

  • $3195   Larger, Sea View, Balcony    

Rates are per person, double occupancy.  Single supplement is $200 for any category.  Programs are land only, they begin and end at our hotel.  All programs are subject to change. 

We also offer a reduced "Non-Participatory" rate if you have someone that would like to join you on the Riviera, but not take part in the art program.  Contact us for details and prices.

Not Included:  Flights, airport transfers, meals or drinks not mentioned, tips, optional excursions and any items not specifically mentioned as included. 

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