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Literary tour of France | Paris, Provence, French Riviera

France has long attracted artists, drawn to enjoy the charms of historic Paris, postcard-pretty Provence and the fabulous French Riviera. They chose the most beautiful locations in which to be inspired and indulged. And now you can follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest writers and artists in France from Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne to Ernest Hemmingway and Scott F Fitzgerald. The Girls Guide to Paris “places that inspired great writers” tour takes you to legendary cities, to visit the homes and workshops of literary legends, to the most delicious restaurants, markets, museums and medieval villages.

It’s a unique and incredible tour that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime…

French Riviera

Based in Nice in a gorgeous hotel a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean Sea you’ll discover the secret haunts of writers and artists, visit the gorgeous Villa Ephrussi and the exquisite perched town of Eze. Dine at the iconic Negresco hotel frequented by Chagall, Salvador Dali and Grace Kelly, enjoy tea at the Hotel Belles Rives in Antibes where Scott Fitzgerald stayed, wowed by the sights and writing about them in his books. Lunch at a legendary restaurant where paintings by past guests including Picasso and Leger, adorn the walls. Wander the irresistible St Paul de Vence and experience the French Riviera of the great artists who fell under it’s spell.

Provence

In the Roman city of Arles where Van Gogh lived, your home will be at a stunning 18th century spa hotel which has had a makeover by designer Christian Lacroix. You’ll get a chance to visit the vibrant, colourful market and meet a writer in residence at the Luma Foundation, designed by Frank Gehry. Visit charming Aix-en-Provence where Peter Mayle sat people watching, and Cezanne’s studio , looks just as if he’s popped out to get a bottle of wine. You’ll also visit the home of Nobel Prize for Literature winner Frederic Mistral, dine and wine taste in a vineyard, visit an olive oil orchard and see a famous literary windmill…

Paris

After 7 days in the south of France, three days in Paris are a superb add on to your literary tour. Stay in a magnificent hotel, inspired by the Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo in the quiet, café-filled 5th arrondissement, Latin Quarter of Paris, just 20 minutes’ walk from the famous Shakespeare & Co. bookstore. Explore this area, favoured by Hemingway, Picasso, Stein, Sartre, Zola and Victor Hugo. Dine at legendary restaurants – you might recognise them from ‘Midnight in Paris’ and tales of the Roaring Twenties. Relax at the Café de Flore, explore the Palais Royal and the Opera Garnier, the setting for Phantom of the opera. Shop, discover the charms of the City of Light and wander under the gaze of the Eiffel Tower.

Follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest writers…

This literary trip to France is designed to take you to places where you can soak up the spirit of literature’s greatest talents plus some of France’s best artists as well. This is a very luxurious trip that spans the three most famous and beloved regions of France starting in the South and ending in Paris, which for decades was the epicenter of all things literary. You’ll stay in wonderful hotels, dine at the most incredible restaurants and discover the very best of France…

This is a small group trip for women-only, an absolutely amazing tour of places that inspired great writers in France. Find more details at: girlsguidetoparis.com/literary-artistic-tour-of-france/