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A journey through France in the footsteps of the Impressionist painters, Paris – Normandy – Provence and the French Riviera.

Discovery of the Compostela ways through Southern France and Northern Spain. A complete and enriching journey through culture and history.

French Impressionism

June, 14th 2020 - July, 3rd 2020

A journey through France in the footsteps of the Impressionist painters, Paris - Normandy - Provence and the French Riviera.

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20 days / 19 nights tour :

5 490€ / Person

Possibility to practise French during the tour.

Included :

  • Tour leader throughout the stay
  • Public transport (1st class train, high service level coach)
  • Half board accommodation (3 to 5 star)
  • Gastronomic meals
  • Guided visits and tours

Not Included :

  • One meal per day
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Journey to and from France

DAY 1  –  Paris     

  • Group dinner in Paris
  • Tour preparation and presentation of the journey.

DAY 2  –  Paris   

  • Guided visit of the Musée d’Orsay with specialist guide.
  • Guided visit of Montmartre followed by a return by coach via places painted by the impressionists such as Clichy and Pigalle.

DAY 3  –  Paris   

  • 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.

DAY 4  –  Paris   

  • Guided coach tour of the Forest of Fontainebleau to Barbizon, Chailly (the Barbizon school of painters), Moret sur Loing.

DAY 5  –  Paris   

  • Guided tour of the impressionist collection at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
  • Guided coach tour of the Oise Valley through Pontoise and a visit to the Musée Pissarro and Auvers-sur-Oise (Van Gogh, Pissarro, Daubigny).

DAY 6  –  Paris   

  • Guided visit of the Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet.
  • Rest of day at leisure.

DAY 7  –  Rouen   

  • Guided coach tour through the Seine Valley and Normandy via Giverny to visit Monet’s most famous garden and water lilies.
  • Brief visit to the American impressionist museum.
  • Continue via Vernon and along the valley of the Seine, stopping at the spectacular area of les Andelys.

DAY 8  –  Rouen   

  • Guided visit of Rouen cathedral, the old town on the trail of Monet and of the Musée des beauxarts.

DAY 9  –  Rouen   

  • Guided visit of Honfleur with its memories of Boudin, Monet, Jonkind, Sisley, Pissarro and others, and then of the Musée Eugène Boudin.
  • Group « déjeuner gastronomique » in the restaurant l’Absinthe to taste Normandy gastronomy.

DAY 10  –  Rouen   

  • 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 «  Spectacle monumental : la cathédrale de Rouen aux pixels » projected on the front of the cathedral.

DAY 11  –  Rouen   

  • Drive across the Pont de Normandie to Le Havre for a 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).
  • Drive along the coast to Etretat, Fécamp, Pourville (source of one of Monet’s most prolific periods, 80 paintings !)

DAY 12  –  Aix-en-Provence   

  • Early morning transfer from hotel to the station. TGV from Rouen to Avignon.
  • Transfer by coach to your hotel in 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’s works. Afternoon visit of the Musée Granet followed by coach ride around la Montagne Sainte Victoire.
  • Group » dîner gastronomique » to experience Provençal gastronomy.

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.

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.

DAY 16  –  Nice   

  • Drive down motorway through Provence to the Côte d’Azur for lunch in Antibes which inspired a series of Monet’s paintings.
  • After lunch guided visit of the Musée Grimaldi (Musée Picasso).

DAY 17  –  Nice   

  • The day is devoted to Auguste Renoir. Visit Cagnes -sur-Mer, les Collettes (Renoir’s house).
  • Returning via the superb views of Eze.

DAY 18  –  Nice   

  • Morning visit to the Musée Cheret, for a presentation of its impressionist collection.
  • Visit of the old town and the Promenade des Anglais.
  • Rest of the day free with a possible choice of visits : Marc Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum.

DAY 19  –  Nice   

  • Discovery of Monaco-MonteCarlo.
  • Guided visit followed by an amazing visit of the Casino.
  • Group farewell dinner. 

DAY 20  –  Nice   

  • Transfer to Nice airport.
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The St James Ways

Discovery of the Compostela ways through Southern France and Northern Spain. A complete and enriching journey through culture and history.

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21 Days / 20 nights tour :

4 950 € / Person

Possibility to practise French during the tour.

Included :

  • Tour leader throughout the stay
  • Public transport (1st class train, high service level coach)
  • Half board accommodation (3 to 5 star)
  • Gastronomic meals
  • Guided visits and tours

Not included :

  • One meal per day
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Journey to and from France 

The journey takes you on one of the three great traditional medieval ways for the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela but now and again explores parts of other ways.                                                              

Starting in Le Puy-en-Velay from its extraordinary cathedral built half on a volcano, half on the void, via the southern part of the Massif Central, through beautiful and sparsely populated countryside, interesting villages with glorious churches and unknown treasures, most attractive and fascinating small towns, and a few lovely cities like Toulouse, full of incredible beauty. The way reaches the Pyrenees and starts to cross them at St Jean-Pied-de- Port.

In Spain the way follows the traditional « camino frances » the French way, as the majority of pilgrims came from France, there again, the small towns and even tiny villages hide so many treasures, legends and beauty. All the bridges on the way, some dating back to the 11th century, are not only beautiful but they linked the pilgrims from all the countries over Europe, transmitting techniques, knowledge, ideas from the East all over Europe. Towns like Burgos, Leon and Santiago can never be forgotten.

« I really cannot say what I enjoyed most as all aspects were so special » summarizes all the spontaneous feed-back on the tour.

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