Impressionism

IMPRESSIONISM

20 days / 19 nights

Programme

Travel through France in the footsteps of French impressionist painters, Paris - Normandy - Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur. Possibility to practice French during the trip.

Day 1 - Paris (6 nights)

  • Arrival in your Paris Hotel .
  • Late afternoon, meeting to introduce the program, the tour leaders and the group.
  • Evening : Organized group dinner (overnight Paris).
Notre Dame Paris
Fontaine Invalides Paris

Day 2 - Paris

  • Morning : Guided tour of the impressionist collection at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
  • By coach to Montmartre. Time for lunch Place du Tertre.
  • Afternoon : walking guided visit of Montmartre followed by a return by coach via places painted by the impressionists such as Clichy and Pigalle.
  • Evening: Welcome Dinner (overnight Paris).
Louvre et Seine
Ruelle colorée de Montmartre

Day 3 - Paris

  • Whole day guided coach tour of the Seine Valley near Paris which inspired the impressionists : Louveciennes, Bougival, Croissy, Chatou and Argenteuil.
  • Group Lunch in Renoir’s favourite bistrot, the Restaurant La Fournaise.
  • Evening : Free (overnight Paris).

Seine à Paris

Day 4 - Paris

  • Whole day guided coach tour of the Forest of Fontainebleau to Barbizon, Chailly (the Barbizon school of painters), Moret sur Loing (Monet and Sisley to visit Sisley’s grave) 
  • Group lunch in an Auberge looking over the Loing river.
  • Afternoon: Visit of the forest of Fontainebleau and its Château.
  • Evening : Free  (overnight Paris).

Forêt de Fontainebleau
Village Fontainebleau

Day 5 - Paris

  • Morning : Guided visit of the Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet.
    Time for an early lunch.
  • Afternoon: Guided coach tour of the Oise Valley through Pontoise and a visit to the Musée Pissarro and Auvers-sur-Oise (Van Gogh, Pissarro, Daubigny).
  • Evening : Group dinner (overnight Paris).
Musée de l’Orangerie

Day 6 - Paris

  • Morning guided visit of the Musée d’Orsay with specialist guide.
  • Rest of day at leisure.
  • Evening : Free
Peinture impressionniste
Statue Invalides
Vue de Paris

Day 7 - From Paris to Rouen (5 nights)

  • Morning : Leave Paris with luggage on coach to travel through the Seine Valley and Normandy via Giverny to visit Monet’s most famous garden and water lilies.

    You’ll also have a brief visit to the American impressionist museum.

  • Time for Lunch.

  • Afternoon :  Continue via Vernon and along the valley of the Seine, stopping at the spectacular area of les Andelys.

          Then to Rouen. Settle in your hotel for 5 nights.

  • Group dinner and overnight in Rouen.
Les Andelys
Giverny nenuphars
Les Andelys

Day 8 - Rouen

  • Morning :Guided visit of Rouen cathedral, the old town on the trail of Monet.
  • Time for lunch
  • Guided visit of the Musée des beaux-arts.
  • Group dinner and overnight in Rouen.
Cathédrale de Rouen
Rue de Rouen

Day 9 - Rouen

  • Morning: Whole day Honfleur for a guided visit of the old town and of the harbour with its memories of Boudin, Monet, Jonkind, Sisley, Pissarro and others and later in the day of the Musée Eugène Boudin.

  • Lunch in a gastronomic restaurant to taste normandy gastronomie.
  • Evening :  Free and overnight in Rouen.
Honfleur
Gastronomie française

Day 10 - Rouen

  • Morning: Guided drive through Trouville, Deauville and along the Normandy « côte fleurie » which provided the inspiration for a number of celebrated paintings.
  • Leisurely afternoon with time to visit the Historial de Jeanne d’Arc.
  • Evening : Group dinner followed by « Spectacle monumental : la cathédrale de Rouen aux pixels ». « Son et lunière » projected on the  front of the cathedral.  Overnight Rouen (only during summer time)

Cote Normande

Day 11 - Rouen

  • Morning :Drive across the Pont de Normandie to Le Havre for guided visit of the Musée André Malraux with one of the most important collections of French Impressionist works outside Paris (more than 200 paintings by Boudin).
  • Time for lunch.
  • Afternoon: Drive along the coast to Etretat, Fécamp, Pourville (source of one of Monet’s most prolific periods, 80 paintings !)
  •  Group dinner and overnight in Rouen.

Pont de Normandie
Falaises Normandes
Village en Normandie

Day 12 - From Rouen to Aix-en-Provence (4 nights)

  • Early morning : transfer from hotel to the station TGV from Rouen to Avignon.
  • Transfer by coach to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence. Settle in hotel for 4 nights.
  • Evening : Group dinner and overnight in Aix.
champs de lavande en provence
Aix en Provence
Fontaine Aix en Provence

Day 13 - Aix-en-Provence

  • All day guided visit « Journée Cézanne » in and around and about Aix-en-Provence.

  • Morning sightseeing around the sights of many of Cézanne’ works.

  • Afternoon visit of the Musée Granet followed by coach ride around la Montagne Sainte Victoire.       

  • Group  dinner gastronomique to experience Provençal gastronomy. Overnight in Aix.
Montagne Sainte Victoire
Cuisinier plat gastronomique

Day 14 - Aix-en-Provence

  • All day guided tour of Arles and surroundings on the theme of Van Gogh. Visit les Alyscamps, les Baux, St Rémy de Provence.

  • Lunch : Free

  • Group dinner and overnight in Aix.

Arles
Alyscamps

Day 15 - Aix-en-Provence

  • Morning: guided  visit of Cézanne’s « atelier » and of « La Maison du jas », Cézanne’s family home and source of inspiration over 40 years.

  • Rest of the day at leisure in Aix to explore individual interests.

  • Evening : Group dinner and overnight in Aix.

Atelier Cezanne Aix en Provence
Cours Mirabeau, Aix en Provence

Day 16 - From Aix-en-Provence to Nice (4 nights)

  • Drive down motorway through Provence to the Côte d’Azur for lunch in Antibes which inspired a series of Monet’s paintings.

  • Time for lunch : Free

  • Afternoon : guided visit of the Musée Grimaldi (Musée Picasso) before continuing the short drive to Nice.

  • Settle in your hotel for 4 nights.

  • Evening : Group dinner and overnight in Nice.

Baie en Provence
Antibes

Day 17 - Nice

  • The day is devoted to Auguste Renoir. Visit Cagnes -sur-Mer, les Collettes (Renoir’s house).
  • Group lunch in Menton.
  • Returning via the superb views of Eze.
  • Evening : Free evening. Overnight  in Nice.
Musée Renoir
Côte d'Azur

Day 18 - Nice

  • Morning visit to the Musée Cheret, for a presentation of its impressionist collection.

  • Time for an early lunch followed by a restful discovery of the old town and the Promenade des Anglais.

  • The rest of the day will be free with a possible choice of visits i.e. Marc Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum.

  • Evening : Group dinner. Overnight in Nice.

Nice Plage
Musée Matisse, Nice
Nice Vieille ville

Day 19 - Nice

  • Morning :Discovery of Monaco-Monte Carlo.
  • Guided visit followed by an amazing visit of the Casino.
  • Return to Nice.
  • Farewell dinner. 
Monaco
Casino de Monaco

Day 20 - Nice

  • Transfer to Nice Airport.

Service

  • Accompanied by Tour Leader/Tour Manager throughout the tour.
  • Ground transport : Trains first class, Luxury coaches.
  • 4 star hotel accommodation, breakfast included.
  • One main meal a day : lunch or dinner including a few gastronomic meals.
  • All expenses related to entries, guided tours and visits.

  • One meal a day
  • Personal charges and expenses
  • Insurances
  • Travel to and from France

20 days / 19 nights 

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