Come, let’s follow the footsteps of the Impressionist painters from Paris to the countryside of Ile de France and Normandy.
Paris was the center of the Impressionist art movement in the mid 19th century. Artists like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Caillebotte , van Gogh, Sisley, Pissaro and others rejected the traditional and conventional academic style of painting favored by the art world of the era instead they preferred a looser , brighter, more realistic and freer way to represent the world they perceived and lived in. They took their easel and sketch books and went out to depict city streets, café life, everyday people, bourgeois interiors, seashore and countryside. While rejected by the Academic institutions of the time for being considered as degenerate art, these artists eventually became popular and today their paintings are greatly admired in museums and exhibitions around the world.
- Paris: Montmartre and other Parisian sites that inspired the Impressionists
- Visit the Orsay Museum where many masterpieces of Impressionism are on display
- Rouen: visit Notre Dame Cathedral, often the subject of
paintings by Monet
- Giverny: visit the house and garden of Monet ; Also we will tour
the special exhibit featuring Caillebotte
- Moret sur Loing and Barbizon: Visit the village often painted by Sisley ; as well as Barbizon, famous for its school of painting
- Auvers sur Oise: Van Gogh’s life ended in this little village
outside of Paris ; we will visit the inn where he lived and the cemetery where he lays alongside his beloved brother Theo.
Date: April 8-15, 2018
Price: $2650 per person in double occupancy; Single supplement: $930
- 7 nights at a 4 star Hotel in Paris City Center
- 8 Meals (2 dinners and 6 lunches)
- All guided tours as described in the program with expert local guides.
- Tour leader at your disposal throughout the tour
Limited to 12 Enchanted France travel guests.
Day 1- Welcome
The group participants will arrive in Paris and settle in their cozy boutique hotel. Time to unwind and explore the neighborhood on your own. We will meet in the evening for a welcome dinner. D
Day 2- Paris of the Impressionists
Our adventure today will take us through the Paris of the Impressionists. We will retrace some of the favorite Parisian spots painted by Impressionists masters like Renoir, Caillebotte and Monet, including Montmartre, Opera, Gare Saint Lazarre, Grand Boulevards and the banks of the Seine River. Evening at leisure B/L
Day 3- Giverny’ Monet
After breakfast, we will board a comfortable mini-coach, and head for Giverny, a village on the edge of Normandy to visit Claude Monet’s house and garden. Monet lived here from 1883 till his death in 1926. The painter used the bounty and beauty of this garden as his inspiration. Visit the garden with its famous water lilies and Japanese Bridge. A tour of the cozy little house will take you through the yellow dining room and tiled kitchen, the bedroom and the old studio.
As a treat, we will visit a special exhibit on Caillebotte at Musee des Impresionismes. An important member of the Impressionist group, Gustave Caillebotte’s works reflected the world around him- particularly city scenes and nature and like Monet, he had a passion for horticulture.
Return to Paris for the evening. B/L
Day 4- Auvers sur Oise -Van Gogh
Today our next Impressionist escapade will be to the village of Auvers sur Oise, just northeast of Paris.
It is where Vincent van Gogh spent the last two months of his life and where he is buried. We will visit the Auberge Ravoux where he lived; the famous little village church he had painted, House of Dr. Gachet and the cemetery where Vincent and his brother Theo lay side by side.
Return to Paris for the evening. B/L
Day 5- Rouen Monet
Our tour will continue to Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Here we will be led on a guided tour of the historic center to visit the Cathedral Notre Dame whose façade was made famous by the impressionist painter Monet. On our walk you will admire the quaint medieval streets lined with half-timbered houses some dating from the Renaissance period; Place du Vieux Marché–site of Joan of Arc’s execution in 1431 and the Gros Horloge an impressive astronomic clock clicking time since the 14th century. B/L
Day 6- Paris and Orsay Museum
This morning we will visit with our art historian guide the Orsay Museum to view the many masterpieces by the impressionist painters. Some will be depicting scenes and landscapes we had visited on our tour.
After lunch, you will have free time to explore more of Paris and visit other museums like Orangerie or Marmottan , two museums exhibiting the giant water-lilies canvasses by Monet.
Afternoon and evening free. B/L
Day 7- Moret sur Loing and Barbizon
Today we will visit picturesque river town of Moret Sur Loing, a village close to the forest of Fontainebleau where Alfred Silsley came to live with his family in 1880. The gentle landscapes of the countryside in and around Moret sur Loing were a source of inspiration for the painter. Nearby is the village of Barbizon, a mecca for plein-air painters like Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Bazille and others in the 19th century. Return to Paris for the evening where will enjoy our farewell dinner. B/L/D
Day 8- Tour ends after breakfast. Au revoir et a bientot. B.
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