9.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Aix en Provence.
Visit the Jas de Bouffan, the house where Cezanne grew up. The estate belonged to the Cézanne family from 1859 to 1899. The park’s ancient trees and the cluster of six farm buildings, today on the edge of the estate, were some of Cézanne’s favourite subjects. Continue and enjoy a walking tour of the city following Cezanne’s footsteps: Rue de l’Opera, his father’s hat workshop, the Café des Deux Garçons, the Café Oriental (now Bistro Romain) where he met Joachim Gasquet for the first time, the Eglise de la Madeleine where he was christened, the Ecole St Joseph, Cezanne’s last home, Church St Jean-Baptiste (where he married Hortense Fiquet), Saint Sauveur Cathedral, and many other sites associated with his life. You may wish to have lunch at l’Amphytrion, near the Cours Mirabeau, with a mix of classical and modern decor.
Short drive towards Cezanne’s painting studio “Les Lauves”. Admirers of Paul Cézanne know it well; it is here that we feel the presence of the painter with the greatest intensity. Many works, now exhibited in renowned museums worldwide, were painted in this studio of light and silence, including “Grandes Baigneuses”. We continue our ride along the road named after Paul Cezanne to the foot of Mount Sainte-Victoire. We stop to view Château Noir, the Hills of St Joseph, and the renovated Mill at le Tholonet. We pass the Relais Cezanne with its restaurant, the site of Beaurecueil. Continue to the Pont des Trois Sautets. It was here, along the banks of the Arc River that Cézanne and the young Zola went swimming and read poetry. Years later this setting provided inspiration for “The Bathers”.
5:00 pm: return to your hotel in Aix en Provence.