An inspirational haven to some of the world’s greatest artists and architects, from Van Gogh and Cézanne to Le Corbusier and Tadao Ando, the South of France is steeped in glamour and beauty. Next fall, join WSJ. contributing editor Sarah Medford and Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley for an immersive adventure through some of the most iconic and enticing places in the region, tracing the evolution of art, style and design from the Roman to the contemporary. As you wind your way through spectacular sun-kissed landscapes and along idyllic azure coasts, you will have incredible access to iconic art foundations and fabled towns, meetings with local insiders—and an added focus on the world-famous gastronomy and viticulture of this rich destination.
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What to Expect
This trip has been crafted specially for design and style interests by WSJ. Magazine editors and Indagare’s expert travel planners. Itinerary highlights include:
Dive into the contemporary art scene evolving in the South of France with visits to the new Luma Foundation, an experimental arts and culture center; the Carrières de Lumière, which presents an immersive digital reimagination of masterworks; and the Dora Maar Artist Residency. At the same time, look back and follow in the footsteps of the iconic artists who helped shape the image of the region—namely, Vincent van Gogh—with expert-guided tours.
Stay at the spectacular Villa La Coste, a modern-art wonderland in a blissfully remote corner of Provence. This boutique-hotel-meets-open-air-museum packs a punch with sleek, sophisticated rooms, an on-property vineyard and hundreds of acres studded with works of art by the likes of Tadao Ando and Renzo Piano—as well as a culture center you will be able to tour privately, before it opens to the public.
Enjoy special invitations to discuss art and garden design with such celebrated local insiders as designer Rose Tarlow, designer Pierre Yovanovitch and author Bernadette Murphy.
Explore the most enchanting cities and towns in the South of France with expert-guided tours focused on history, architecture and shopping. Plus: Savor the cuisine of the region through such culinary experiences as visiting local farms and open-air markets, relaxing at Indagare’s favorite cafés and dining at top restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Le Vivier restaurant and the Château de Berne winery.
- Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe, responsible and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions within France and beyond. Plus: You’ll be guided through the new travel landscape by our most trusted local partners, and you’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue, while on the ground.
Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.
WhenSeptember 15–20, 2022
Length6 days / 5 nights
Type of TravelerArt Lovers , Style Mavens , Intellectuals