Artist Tour to Provence 

Sept. 15 - 22, 2018 

Sponsored by the River Gallery School and run by Travel Fever Tours LLC


Soak in the late-season sun in southern France while you paint and watch the wine harvest in one of the world's most picturesque locations.  From vineyards to olive tree groves, from gently rolling hills to the peak of Mont Ventoux, Provence offers the painter a rich variety of scenes to capture in sketches, water colors, pastels or oils.

Travelers are encouraged to bring their own cameras, journals, and art supplies.

Non-artists are warmly welcomed on this tour and will enjoy the many cultural activities and additional excursions planned according to your interests.

Church yard


The town of Vaison-la-Romaine, and its surrounding towns of Nyons and Mirabel-aux-Baronnies, rest in a relatively undiscovered corner of Provence where castle ruins sit side by side with ancient stone villages, and tidy French gardens grow beneath spreading fruit trees.

It is here where you'll be painting for a week under the skilled guidance of River Gallery School teacher Lynn Zimmerman.

The surrounding area is the largest grower of olives in France, while also producing apricots and other fruits, not to mention miles and miles of grape vines.

Vaison-la-Romaine itself dates to Roman times, complete with an amphitheater and other ruins. Of more recent vintage is the Medieval castle that tops a labyrinth of ancient village streets.

Tour Art Instructor and Mentor:

Lynn Zimmerman, River Gallery School Teacher

Lynn finds great joy in helping her students explore and discover their artistic abilities. Her love of painting and drawing comes through as she helps her students understand how to see, how to use color, how light and shadows create forms, and how to translate all these elements into paintings. The technical aspects of painting and drawing are an important part of her instruction, but always with the goal of helping her students create the pictures they want to create. Whether the subject matter is a hillside vineyard in Provence or a plate of cheese, Lynn helps her students see the paintings they want to make, and make the paintings they want to see. Currently, she teaches watercolor.


Tour organizers:

Cicely Carroll and Bob Lawson
Travel Fever Tours LLC Travel Fever Tours LLC works with art schools and other organizations in New England to organize engaging trips to Europe and Mexico. Travel Fever Tours is run by Cicely Carroll, a seasoned traveler and guide who has lived in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. Cicely, an artist herself, has been connected to the River Gallery School for 20 years as both student and tour leader. Cicely is joined by her husband, Bob Lawson, who assists with logistics and helps lead each tour. More information about Travel Fever Tours can be found at their website

Provence Tour Itinerary:

Wednesday to Saturday (September 12 to 15):
Three-Night Stay in Avignon, France (Optional)
Take three nights in this southern French city to overcome jetlag before starting the formal Artist Tour. Avignon, one-time home of the Popes, provides a perfect setting to get your feet on the ground, brush up on your French, catch up on your sleep and prepare yourself for the following week.

September 15 to 22:

Tour participants will be met in Avignon by van and driver (or at another local train station if arriving directly to France on this day). Transport to lodging in Vaison-la-Romaine. Afternoon to settle into hotel. A tour of painting sites will be offered and the plan for the week will be presented by the River Gallery School instructor and tour staff. Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

After breakfast, we will visit and paint plein air at a location in Vaison-la-Romaine with the instructor. Siesta at hotel followed by more time to paint or explore the town in the afternoon. Optional castle-to-castle hike offered.

Plein air painting in vineyard close to Vaison-la-Romaine with instructor. Optional tour of neighboring villages in the region offered in afternoon. Optional wine and olive oil tasting.

Visit open air market in Vaison-la-Romaine followed by painting in and around Vaison. Optional cooking class in evening.

Provence village tour. Visit the loveliest of the surrounding villages with time to paint, explore and drink coffee at village cafes.

Plein air painting. Optional visit to open air market in Nyons.

Plein air painting at locations in Vaison-la-Romaine with River Gallery School instructor. Evening art show and group critique, with instructor. Farewell dinner.

Morning departures.

Note that this itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. Additional activities for non-painters will be scheduled depending on their interests.


Tour participants will stay in a hotel in Vaison-la-Romaine, providing convenient access to shopping, services, the Roman Ruins and the medieval city and castle.


• Traditional French breakfasts to be taken at the lodging facilities.
• Dinner will be served at restaurants in or near Vaison-la-Romaine


Optional day trips:

Several optional excursions will be offered for those who might like to take a day off painting, or for non-painters who may wish to come on this trip.

End of trip add-ons (optional):

At the end of the trip, participants may opt for additional nights in Provence, the Riviera or even Paris. These trip extensions are up to trip participants to organize, but Travel Fever Tours can make recommendations on what to see, how to get there and where to stay.

Three-Night Stay in Avignon, France (Optional)

Spend three nights in Avignon to overcome jetlag before starting the formal Artist Tour. Avignon, one-time home of the Popes, is full of history from many ages. It provides an ideal setting where you can get your feet on the ground, brush up on your French, catch up on your sleep and prepare yourself for the following week when the tour formally begins. This optional add-on will be organized as follows:
• We will meet you at the airport in Paris and accompany you by train to Avignon
• We will see you to your hotel that we have booked for you
• Tour leaders will be available during this period in case you should need assistance, but generally you will have unstructured time to explore the city or museums or do whatever you like.
• On Saturday, when the formal portion of the tour begins, a van will pick you up at the hotel to transport you to Vaison-la-Romaine.

Trip Costs:

Total cost of the trip is $2,700
Supplement for single occupancy of $375
Deposit required to reserve a place on the tour: $350 (Places on the trip are limited to 12 and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Optional pre-trip stay in Avignon: $450 based on double occupancy. This portion of the trip is hotel-only. Meals are not included.

What’s included in the cost of the trip:

• Art instruction by River Gallery School instructor
• 7 nights lodging • Breakfast and dinner each day
• Pickup and drop off in Avignon or nearby train station
• Local transportation by van and driver
• Day excursion to explore Provencal villages What’s not included:
• Airfare
• Train fare to and from Paris to Avignon
• Lunches
• Wine and olive oil tasting
• Admission to museums and local sites
• Art supplies

Payment schedule

$350 non-refundable deposit
$1175 second installment (Due June 1, 2018)
$1175 final installment (Due August 1, 2018)
Single occupancy supplement: $375

Group size:

Minimum: 6 Maximum: 12

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