With author and broadcaster Lucienne Joy, discover why the French Riviera has been a source of inspiration for countless writers and artists over the centuries.  

At a Glance

  • Admire the colours and landscapes of the French Riviera that influenced generations of artists, writers and gardeners 
  • Explore the carefully preserved homes and studios of famous artists and writers 
  • Visit charming villages, cities and towns along the dramatic Mediterranean coast 
  • Discover works of major artists and architects, as well as new lively art spaces 

Be entranced by the picturesque towns and villages, and follow in the footsteps of renowned artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, and writers including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Katherine Mansfield. 

In St Tropez, see what inspired Neo-Impressionist painter Paul Signac to call it home when it was just a sleepy fishing village.  

Visit the city-state of Monaco and discover the backstory to how writer Antony Burgess founded the Princess Grace Irish Library, opened in 1984 by Prince Rainier III as a tribute to his late wife. 

In pretty-pink Menton, see where writer Katherine Mansfield, who moved to the town hoping to cure herself from TB, penned her most famous works.

Please click ‘Register Interest’ to receive further information when more details are available.

This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.


April 2025 (12 days)

Tour leader

Lucienne Joy

Tour Status

On request

More Details

Tour code: AG2507

Fitness level: Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

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