Spring-time Artist Tour to Provence, France

Instructor: Mary Giammarino
Join us from May 13 to 20, 2019


Join Mary Giammarino on the 4th trip she’s led for Travel Fever Tours, this time to Vaison la Romaine, our favorite location in Provence. Mary’s impressionist palette has been influenced by the Cape School of Art. She leads workshops and teaches class in Cape Cod from May to November each year, focusing on oils, acrylics and water colors.

Vaison is in fact three towns in one. Lying some 30 minutes from the Rhone River in southern France, it contains a medieval city, complete with a castle and narrow, winding, cobble-stoned streets. Across the river, there are the archeological remains of a roman town that once thrived in this area. And in-between you find a thriving commercial town with shops, restaurants and an engrossing open-air market every Tuesday. And all of this is in easy walking distance of our hotel.

In Vaison you’ll be free to observe French life from your hotel’s large, second-floor terrace.  Or you can explore and paint in the Medieval, Roman or commercial parts of town. And beyond Vaison we will explore the area’s many lovely villages with the chance to paint the many fields covered in vineyards and olive groves.

With easy train connections to this part of France, you can easily add a stay in Paris, Marseilles, Arles, Avignon or elsewhere onto the start or finish of this tour.

Non-artist partners and others are very welcome on this tour and will enjoy the alternative activities and additional excursions we have planned for you for when the artists are painting.

Dates: May 13 to 20, 2019
Workshop medium: Oils, acrylics, pastels
Cost: $2900, excluding airfare
Maximum group size: 12
Workshop History: Read and view photos from our 2017 trip to Provence

How to Register:
Places in this workshop are available on a first-come, first-served basis and it is expected to fill quickly given the instructor's popularity.


Your Instructor

Mary Giammarino has previously led workshops for Travel Fever Tours in Spain and Mexico.

Mary Giammarino has previously led workshops for Travel Fever Tours in Spain and Mexico.

Workshop Art Instructor and Mentor:

Mary Giammarino

Mary’s devotion to light and color is evident in all of her paintings. While her work is influenced by the impressionist palette of the Cape School of Art, her work is less idealized and more contemporary by design. Mary’s plein-air paintings reflect her passion and devotion to capturing the exquisite drama of nature’s fleeting moods.

Mary has had numerous solo shows and exhibitions in Provincetown, Philadelphia and Vermont. Her work is in private collections and museums all over Europe. Mary makes her home in Vermont where she lives with her husband, the sculptor John Cassin, their two dogs, Paris and Janet, and their cat, Seamus.

Mary studied fine art at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and continued her art studies with a scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. Being drawn to plein-air painting, Mary sought out the Cape School of Art in Provincetown on Cape Cod. She studied with Hilda Neily, John Ebersberger and Cedric and Joanette Egeli. Today, Mary carries on the tradition by teaching plein-air painting classes on the Cape, in Vermont and on trips to Italy, Mexico and Spain.

More information about Mary and her work can be found on her site at: www.mary-painting.com

Trip Details

Trip Costs:

  • Total cost of the trip is $2,900

  • Supplement for single occupancy of $375

  • Deposit required to reserve a place on the tour: $350

(Places on the trip are limited to 12 and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)

What’s included in the cost of the trip:

  • Art instruction by Mary Giammarino

  • 7 nights lodging

  • Breakfast and dinner each day

  • Pickup and drop off at designated airport or train station

  • Local transportation by van and driver

  • Day excursion to explore Provencal villages

What’s not included:

  • Airfare

  • Train fare to or from designated train station

  • Lunches

  • Wine tasting

  • Admission to museums and local sites

  • Art supplies

Your deposit:

Places on the tour are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit is required to reserve our place. This deposit is non-refundable, unless of course the trip is canceled for any reason by Travel Fever Tours. Natural disasters, political instability or low enrollment would form the basis for canceling a trip. You will be contacted once the trip reaches minimum enrollment so that you can proceed with purchase of your flights and make other travel arrangements. In all cases, review of enrollment numbers will not take place any later than the date of the First Installment payment.


Tour participants will stay at the Hotel Burrhus (www.burrhus.com) in Vaison-la-Romaine, providing convenient access to shopping, services, the Roman Ruins and the medieval city and castle.


  • Traditional French breakfasts to be taken at the hotel.

  • Dinner will be served at restaurants in or near Vaison-la-Romaine

Optional day trips:

Several optional excursions will be offered for those who might like to take a day off painting, or for non-painters who come on this trip.

End of trip add-ons (optional):

At the end of the trip, participants may opt for additional nights in Provence or elsewhere in southern France. Others may like to fly into Paris and then take the TGV train south to Provence. These trip extensions are up to trip participants to organize, but Travel Fever Tours can make recommendations on what to see, how to get there and where to stay. 

Payment schedule:

  • $350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

  • $1275 initial payment
    (Due January 15, 2019)

  • $1275 final payment
    (Due March 15, 2019)

Single occupancy supplement: $375

Group size:

Minimum: 6
Maximum: 12