Luma Arles South of France

South of France Art & Design with WSJ. Magazine

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.

  • When
    September 15–20, 2022
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Art Lovers , Style Mavens , Intellectuals

This Journey's Host

Based in New York City, writer Sarah Medford specializes in design and visual culture. She’s held previous editorial roles at Architectural Digest and  Town & Country, among others, and is the author of At Home with Town & Country and a monograph on the French architect Joseph Dirand. For WSJ. Magazine, she has profiled such design iconoclasts as Thomas Heatherwick, Ilse Crawford, Jacques Garcia and Roman & Williams. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @samedford.

You will also be joined by Indagare’s founder and CEO, Melissa Biggs Bradley. After a successful career as an editor at Town & Country, Melissa founded Indagare in 2007 because she believed that creating a platform for exchange between passionate travelers would allow for more transformative journeys and meaningful global connections. Melissa has been recognized as a pioneering entrepreneur in the luxury travel space. Melissa’s first book, Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges, will be released in the fall of 2021. Follow her on Instagram @indagareceo.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    September 15–20, 2022
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 24 travelers
  • Host
    WSJ. Magazine's Sarah Medford and Indagare Founder Melissa Biggs Bradley


  • Luxury accommodations at Hôtel Jules César and Villa La Coste. Indagare can arrange higher-category accommodation upgrades, subject to availability.
  • All meals, beverages and culinary experiences as indicated in the itinerary
  • All exclusive activities and admissions highlighted in the itinerary, created by the Indagare and WSJ. Magazine teams, including those led by expert insider guides
  • Expert guides and drivers, as indicated in the itinerary, including your host and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground, as well as group transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details, international flights and trip extensions (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip


  • Transportation to and from France, as well as airport transfers
  • Meals not specified and beverages other than those included
  • Personal items and expenses, including additional activities
  • All gratuities
  • Covid-testing fees
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Liability for changes in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

What To Read

Indagare has selected articles from our website and magazine to prepare you for your journey. Peruse inspiring slideshows, insider tips, reading lists and more.

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