Chasing Cezanne, Chagall, Van Gogh, and Picasso …with Sevan Melikyan
November 4 -14, 2018
Trip Status: CLOSED*

*A repeat of this trip will be offered in October 2019. Early registration is available.


Tour Cost: $3495 double occupancy
Activity Level: the ability to walk 1-2 hours at a moderate pace

Roman amphitheatre in Arles, France

If you’ve ever wanted to suffer from sensory overload from the great artists in Provence, here’s your chance! The artists include Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Chagall, Matisse, and Picasso. These artists all lived and worked in this lovely region of southern France; many of their homes, studios, and works are still available for us to visit so that we can better appreciate their works, lives, and legacies. Sevan Melikyan will lead us in the footsteps of these artists as he shows us and talks to us about the individual artists, their histories and how they connect to one another.


And we can’t forget the French food!

Aix en Provence



  • Nice

  • Cagnes sur Mer

  • St. Paul de Vence

  • Antibes

  • Aix en Provence

  • Arles

  • Avignon


  • Many museums to overstimulate your senses:

    • Musee de Beaux Arts in Nice

    • Musee Chagall

    • Fondation Maeght

    • Musee Picasso

    • Cezanne’s Studio

    • Musee Granet

    • Saint Paul Asylum

  • Popes’ Palace in Avignon

  • Food and Artisans’ markets

  • Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

Musee des Beaux Arts de Nice

Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy-de-Provence



These hotels have been chosen for their central locations in each town.​


Beaux de Provence



Sevan Melikyan
Instructor & Tour Guide

Sevan Melikyan is the director of Wired Gallery in High Falls, New York, a founding member and director of Chagall in High Falls, Inc., a lecturer on art museums, and an artist. In 2013, Art Society of Kingston presented Melikyan with its ASKars award in recognition for his “significant contributions to the arts” and The Ulster County Executive recognized Melikyan as an Arts Ambassador. Prior to the U.S., he lived in Paris, France where he earned a BA focusing on arts marketing, and prior to that, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was born of Armenian parents in 1965.


One August afternoon, during the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, I was fortunate to meet Sevan through my friend Jon Nakamatsu. When Naki won the Van Cliburn in 1997, Sevan was the marketing person there and his wife Maria was Naki’s manager. Sevan and Maria came to the Cape one summer to meet up with Naki (and to hear some great music). We got to know each other quite well over long nights of card games at our dining room table.


" . . . these trips with you cannot be closer to my core values of sharing amazing art through the ages, with which we also learn about ourselves and our civilization. And my hope is always that at the end of it, people are left to believe in humanity, on our own power to create amazing, positive things. And I also hope they smile, because...I like to be funny!”

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

Carla Bohnett

Carla Bohnett, who will be assisting on this trip, is a world traveler with a passion for art. Always toting a camera, Carla is a professional portrait, business, and travel photographer. She loves to share her passion for culture and art through her photography and is always more than happy share tips and tricks to capturing the perfect shot. This trip will be her fourth trip as a co-host for Artful Journeys. She is very excited to return to France, the home of one of her favorite artists: Chagall.



$3495, double occupancy
  • Single supplement is $275.

  • Includes accommodations, most meals (breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners) transportation in France, entrance fees to museums, airport transfers, teacher and administrative fees.

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

To register for this journey, please click below:

A repeat of this trip will be offered in October 2019. Early registration is available.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.

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