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 many others.

Our Program in Nice

We'll be based in this fantastic, art-filled, energizing city with its world renowned coastline, seaside promenade, wonderful pedestrian zone and cosmopolitan feel, winding cobble-stoned streets of its old town, and fabulous daily markets. A great place  to unpack  for our Art Retreat.

Viaggio Tours offers daily  art classes with Janet while taking advantage of this stunning coast.  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.

Ventimiglia, Italy

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

Menton, France

This lovely citrus-colored city, with a more chill vibe that its more famous neighbors, comes as a wonderful surprise to our guests.  Some of the best sandy beaches, waterfront dining, a beautiful town for strolling and shopping, and a wonderful old town.  Oh, and limoncello tasting.  We do.  You must!

Antibes, France

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

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

A magnificent villa on Cap Ferrat with nine gardens and a musical fountain.  We've included a tour of the villa, an outdoor class with Janet, and 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 perfectly located 4* hotel in Nice with rooftop terrace, pool, and jacuzzi

  • A full program of Art Classes by Janet Takahashi held in a variety of beautiful venues

  • Daily full hot and cold buffet breakfast

  • Welcome and farewell dinners

  • Transportation to all destinations listed by train or bus

  • A one-week coastal train pass to use on our tour, and on your free time (also included for Non-Participants.)

  • Visits to Menton, Nice, Antibes, Cap Ferrat, and Villefranche sur Mer in France, Ventimiglia in Italy

  • Entrance fee included to the Picasso Museum in Antibes

  • Entrance fee included to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Cap Ferret

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

  • Your English-speaking host/guide

  • All taxes and service fees

Six Nights, Oct 25-31, 2021

$3100 pp double occupancy

$3600 private single room

For our France Art Retreat, we offer a limited "Non-Participant" rate if you have someone that would like to come along with you, but not participate in the Art classes or group activities.    Contact us for details, and a list of what is included.

Extra nights are available if you would like to arrive a day or two early, or stay a few extra days after the tour.  Conveniently, Nice has its own international airport. 


Prices are in US Dollars, and our tours are land only, meaning they begin and end at our Nice hotel.  All of our programs are subject to change and please note that space is limited.  Please see our Reservation Form for our Terms & Conditions. 

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

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