Impressionism

IMPRESSIONISM

20 days / 19 nights

Programme

Travel through France in the footsteps of French impressionist painters, Paris - Normandy - Provence-Alpes-CĂŽte-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 MusĂ©e 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 Ă  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 ChĂąteau.
  • Evening : Free  (overnight Paris).

ForĂȘt de Fontainebleau
Village Fontainebleau

Day 5 - Paris

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

Day 6 - Paris

  • Morning guided visit of the MusĂ©e 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 MusĂ©e 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 MusĂ©e EugĂšne 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 « cĂŽte 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 cathĂ©drale de Rouen aux pixels ». « Son et luniĂšre » 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 MusĂ©e AndrĂ© 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, FĂ©camp, 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 « JournĂ©e CĂ©zanne » in and around and about Aix-en-Provence.

  • Morning sightseeing around the sights of many of CĂ©zanne’ works.

  • Afternoon visit of the MusĂ©e 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 RĂ©my de Provence.

  • Lunch : Free

  • Group dinner and overnight in Aix.

Arles
Alyscamps

Day 15 - Aix-en-Provence

  • Morning: guided  visit of CĂ©zanne’s « atelier » and of « La Maison du jas », CĂ©zanne’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 CĂŽte d’Azur for lunch in Antibes which inspired a series of Monet’s paintings.

  • Time for lunch : Free

  • Afternoon : guided visit of the MusĂ©e Grimaldi (MusĂ©e 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
CĂŽte d'Azur

Day 18 - Nice

  • Morning visit to the MusĂ©e 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

The price includes
  • 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.
The price does not include
  • One meal a day
  • Personal charges and expenses
  • Insurances
  • Travel to and from France

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