Come join us for Janet Takahashi's Art Retreat stretched out along the French Riviera, and inspired by the Masters.

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The French Riviera


There's so much to do on the French Riviera that it was a joy to create this six-night Art Retreat based in the lovely, lively, waterfront city of Nice, France.  Our central 4* hotel is a perfect base for Janet's Art Classes as we explore some of the Riviera's most-loved towns and villages in the footsteps of where many greats of the art-world lived and painted.


Meet Janet

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Travel sketchbook journaling is one of my passions. Everything is an inspiration and I’m always eager to capture whatever is before me, with my sketchbook and paintbox in tow. I’m an avid journal keeper, urban sketcher and calligrapher.


Journaling is my passion and I’ve written a book on the subject, Artful Journals.

To learn more about Janet and her work, go to:

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Our Tour from Nice

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Nice, a fantastic city of beaches, museums, public art, fountains, cafes, great shopping and restaurants, the Cours Saleya flower market, the colorful winding cobblestone streets of its Old Town, and a waterfront promenade that goes on for miles.   And with Viaggio Tours, we'll be in the same hotel all week so unpack once, make yourself at home. 


French Riviera Pass


Your two day pass  includes entrance to dozens of attractions and museums, including both Nice's Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse Museums, as well as the open-top Hop On Hop Off bus.

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Antibes, France


A day trip by coastal train to beautiful Antibes to explore the old town and coast, check out its covered Marche Provencal, walk its ramparts, and visit the Picasso Museum. 

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Menton, France

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This lovely citrus-colored city, with a more chill vibe that its more famous neighbors, comes as a wonderful surprise to our guests.  We can have a painting class with Janet in one of its shady squares, and enjoy this town, perfect for strolling and shopping.  And of course, limoncello tasting.   We do. You must.

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild


We'll spend an afternoon at this magnificent villa with nine distinct gardens and a musical fountain. A truly magical spot with spectacular panoramic views of Cap Ferrat and the coast.

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Villefranche sur Mer


We'll explore this charming French fishing village lined with pastel colored buildings, and enjoy wandering its lovely narrow streets filled with restaurants and cafes and one of the best beaches around.

What's Included

  •  Six nights at our central 4* Nice hotel with rooftop terrace, pool and jacuzzi, and an interior garden

  • A daily program of Janet's Art Classes

  • Daily hot and cold buffet breakfast

  • Welcome and farewell dinners

  • Transportation to all our destinations by local trains with a one week included unlimited coastal train pass

  • A Two-Day French Riviera Pass including the Hop On Hop Off bus, entrance to dozens of attractions, and museums

  • Touring in Nice, France

  • Day trip to Menton, France

  • Day trip to Antibes, France

  • Day trip to Villefranche sur mer and Cap Ferrat, France

  • Visit to the Picasso museum in Antibes

  • Visit to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on Cap Ferrat

  • Visits to the markets in Nice and Antibes

  • The assistance of your English-speaking guide/host

  • All taxes and service fees 

2023 dates to be announced

Extra nights at our hotel are available for those who would like to arrive a day or two early, or stay a bit longer.  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. 


What is not included:  Flights, airport transfers, assistance of luggage, optional excursions, meals or drinks not specifically mentioned, tips, travel insurance, and any other items not mentioned as included.

Non-Participation Option

For those who'd like to accompany a guest on the Art Retreat but not participate in the classes, we offer a reduced price Non-Participant option.  It includes a partial list of what is in the program - please contact us for specifics.  The reduced price is $1700 based on double occupancy.

And while you're over there...

One week before Janet's France Art Retreat, she's doing another on Lake Como, Italy!   It's a six-night program, April 11-17, and includes a free "Connection Package" to get from one retreat to the other, including transportation and hotel.

Free Connection Package

For those doing both Janet's Italy and France Art Retreats, take advantage of our free travel and hotel offer.  When the Lake Como program finishes the morning of April 17th,  we'll bring everyone down to Nice, France, and you'll have a free night at our hotel prior to Janet's French Riviera retreat beginning the afternoon of the 18th.  Contact us for details.