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Provence: Painters' Paradise

9 Days in the Footsteps of Chagall, Matisse, Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh
Hosted by Sevan Melikyan
March 20 - 29, 2024 ***
***  We have been advised to not stay through the 30th in Arles because of bullfights!!!
Trip Status: CLOSED
Tour Cost: $4500; Single Supplement $500 
Activity Level: moderate – an ability to walk 2-3 hours at a moderate pace

Roman amphitheatre in Arles, France


Artful Journey’s trip to Provence is among our most popular! This expertly curated 9 day trip provides an ideal opportunity to explore several of art history’s greats while enjoying the gorgeous landscapes and delectable food of southern France. Our dynamic host, Sevan Melikyan, leads us through the charming streets of Nice, St. Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Arles furthering our knowledge of the lives and extraordinary art of Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Auguste Renoir, Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse (among many more!) as well as their connection to one another and the region which proved so inspirational to their legacy. 


For this trip, Sevan is joined by his wife, Maria Guralnik, the chair of the Arts Management program at Purchase College.

Aix en Provence



In 2018, we spent ten wonderful days in France. Watch this video to see what it was like, and imagine how great our 2024 trip will be!



  • Nice

  • Saint-Paul-de-Vence

  • Saint-Tropez

  • Aix-en-Provence

  • Arles

  • Avignon


  • Many museums to overstimulate your senses:

    • Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice

    • Musée Matisse, Nice

    • Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence

    • Musée de l'Annonciade, Saint-Tropez

    • Cezanne’s Studio, Aix-en-Provence

    • Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Rémy

    • Carrières de Lumières, Baux-de-Provence

  • The Popes’ Palace, Avignon

  • Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume

  • Food and Artisans’ markets

  • Churches and Historic Buildings

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Musee des Beaux Arts de Nice

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


Added Value: 
All trip participants will be provided free access to Sevan's pre-trip lecture Series (Provence Painters). January 17 - March 14. 


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


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Beaux de Provence



sevan melikyan (photo by colin jorgensen
Seven 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!”


Maria Guralnik

Maria Guralnik, the past president of the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), began her career at Columbia Artists Management and received an Arts Management Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992. Before joining the Purchase College faculty in fall 2009, she served as the general manager and artistic administrator of the Van Cliburn Foundation for 15 years, where she oversaw career development for the winners of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, including the contracting and servicing of all U.S. engagements and coordination of international tours following each quadrennial competition. Guralnik established her own consulting and management firm, Sky Top Group, in 2009 and is the personal representative for acclaimed concert pianist Frederic Chiu. She also serves on the boards of Mohonk Mountain House and the Vanaver Caravan.



$4,500, double occupancy
  • Single supplement is $500.

  • Includes accommodations, most meals, all ticketed events, 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.

  • Covid vaccination and negative test required to enter France.  Covid testing is not included in the trip price. 


Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

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