The French Impressionists (school tours)

The French Impressionists

16 days / 15 nights

School tours in the footsteps of the French impressionists

Travel through France in the footsteps of the French Impressionist painters : Paris, Normandy,
Provence, and the French Riviera.
This 17-day tour will enable you to discover the towns and countryside which so inspired the Impressionist painters : the Seine Valley, the forest of Fontainebleau, Giverny and Monet, the Normandy Coast, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Renoir, and Nice.
You will also discover the most important impressionist museums : Orsay, the Orangerie, Marmottan-Claude Monet, Granet.
All the visits will be with specialist professional guides.


16 days / 15 nights


included, in youth hostels

Meal plans

Half board

Our programme

Giverny nenuphars
Tableau impressionnisme français

Day 1 – Paris

Welcome at CDG airport by France Heritage Travel team.

  • Morning : Coach transfer to hostel in the historical part of Paris 5 nights.
    Organized group breakfast.

  • Afternoon : Guided coach and walking tour to discover places painted by the impressionists : Clichy, les Grands Boulevards, Ile de la CitĂ©. Walk along the Seine (guided by teacher or with specialist guide).
    Group Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 2 - Paris museum and scenes drawn by painter

  • Morning : Guided visit of the MusĂ©e d’Orsay (guided by teacher or with specialist guide)

  • Afternoon : Time to discover Montmatre, le SacrĂ© CƓur, Pigalle.
    Group Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 3 - Seine Valley

  • Whole day guided coach tour of the Seine Valley near Paris which inspired the impressionists : Louveciennes, Bougival, Croissy, Chatou and Argenteuil.
    Group Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 4 - Barbizon / Fontainebleau

  • Whole day guided coach tour to Barbizon, Chailly (the Barbizon school of painters), Moret sur Loing (Monet and Sisley to visit Sisley’s grave) and the forest of Fontainebleau and its ChĂąteau.
    Group Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 5 - MusĂ©e de l’Orangerie et the Oise Valley

  • Morning : Guided tour of the impressionist collection at the MusĂ©e de l’Orangerie (either by teacher or with specialist guide).

  • Afternoon : Coach tour of the Oise Valley through Pontoise and a visit to the MusĂ©e Pissarro and Auvers-sur-Oise (Van Gogh, Pissarro, Daubigny).
    Group Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Day 6 - From Paris to Rouen

  • Morning  : Guided visit of MusĂ©e Marmottan-Claude Monet (either with teacher or specialist guide).

  • Afternoon : 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 see the American impressionist museum.

    Continue via Vernon and along the valley of the Seine, stopping at the spectacular area of les Andelys.
    Then to Rouen Settle in your hostel for 2 nights.
    Group Dinner and overnight in Rouen.

Day 7 - Rouen

  • Morning  : Guided visit of Rouen cathedral and the old town on the trail of Monet.

  • Afternoon : Visit of the MusĂ©e des beaux-arts.
    Group dinner and overnight in Rouen.

  • Evening : «  Spectacle monumental : la cathĂ©drale de Rouen aux pixels » Monet’s paintings of the cathedral are projected on it.

Day 8 - CĂŽte Fleurie

  • 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 collection of French Impressionist works outside Paris (more than 200 paintings by Boudin).
  • Afternoon : Drive along the  “cĂŽte fleurie” to Etretat, FĂ©camp, Pourville (source of one of Monet’s most prolific periods, 80 paintings !).
    Then to Houlgate (close to Cabourg) for 2 nights.
    Group Dinner and overnight in BerniĂšres sur Mer.

Day 9 - Whole day in Honfleur

  • Morning  : Drive to Honfleur  through Trouville, Deauville and along the Normandy « cĂŽte fleurie » which provided the inspiration for a number of celebrated paintings.

  • Afternoon : Around Honfleur for a guided visit the old town and the harbour with its memories of Boudin, Monet, Jonkind, Sisley, Pissarro and others and later in the day of the MusĂ©e EugĂšne Boudin.
    Group Dinner and overnight in BerniĂšre Sur Mer.

Day 10 - Aix en Provence

  • Morning : Early morning transfer from hostel to Caen station.
    Train to Paris. Transfer for TGV to Aix-en-Provence.
  • Afternoon :Transfer by coach to your hostel in Aix-en-Provence (3 nights).
    Group Dinner and overnight in Aix-en-Provence.

Day 11 - CĂ©zanne Day

  • Morning : All day guided visit 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 and overnight in Aix-en-Provence.

Day 12 – Van Gogh Day

  • Whole day : Guided visit « JournĂ©e Van Gogh» tour of Arles and surroundings on the theme of Van Gogh. Visit les Alyscamps, les Baux, St RĂ©my de Provence. (guided by teacher or guide).
    Group Dinner and overnight in Aix-en-Provence.

Day 13 - Nice

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

  • Afternoon : Visit of the MusĂ©e Grimaldi (MusĂ©e Picasso) before continuing the short drive to Nice.
    Settle in your hostel for 3 nights.
    Group dinner and overnight in Nice.

Day 14

  • Whole day devoted to Auguste Renoir. Visit Cagnes -sur-Mer, les Collettes (Renoir’s house). Time for lunch in Menton.   Returning via Monaco and Monte-Carlo.
     Group dinner and overnight in Nice.

Day 15

  • Morning visit to the MusĂ©e Cheret, with its fine impressionist collection.
    The rest of the day will be free with a possible choice of visits i.e. Marc Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum.
    Farewell dinner. Overnight Nice.

Day 16

  • Either TGV to Paris or flight from Nice (not included)

Your made-to-measure quote

France Heritage Travel offers made-to-measure and personalized tours.


The quote includes
  • 1 teacher FOC for 10 students
  • Half-board in hostels
  • All transport in France
  • Guided visits
  • Reservation of places to be visited
  • Documentation on the tour
The quote does not include
  • One light meal a day
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Journey to and from France

16 days/ 15 nights

Price upon request

Minimum: 20 participants

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