Day 7 Tue Oct 2
This morning after breakfast you will be taken to Etretat via the the pont du Havre. The cliffs steal the show at Etretat, thanks to their exceptional natural drama and aided by the fact that famous impressionists painted them so memorably. Erosion has created extraordinary arches in the chalk either side of the resort. But there is more to Etretat, the small resort is full of charm and the remarkable wooden covered market is worth a visit.
You will join Susan here for a class on Rock painting and enjoy a stroll on the pebble beach and lunch at leisure.
Day 5 Sun Sep 30
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Fine Arts Museum in Caen, a contemporary building created within the walls of William the Conqueror Ducal Castle. From the 14th century to the present, around 350 paintings provide a complete overview of European painting. The French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch collections spanning the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as a unique set of etchings, make it one of France's most important museums. The collections covering the 16th and 17th century include Perugino, Veronese, Tintoretto, Poussin, Rubens and Ruysdael; for the 18th century, Boucher, Rigaud, and Tiepolo and for the 19th century, Romantic and Realistic painters such as Courbet, Delacroix and Gericault. Impressionists like Monet and Boudin, then Cubists and contemporaries such as Braque, Dufy and Soulages. To round off the visit, a walk in the sculpture park is a must, to see masterpieces by Rodin, Bourdelle, Marta Pan, Huang Yong and Alain Kirili.
Lunch will be served today at a local restaurant close to the museum.
This afternoon you will enjoy a visit to a Calvados Distillery (Apple Brandy) and a tasting before going to your hotel near Honfleur.
Overnight in Honfleur
EVENTS & TRAVEL
Day 8 Wed Oct 3
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Day 6 Mon Oct 1
Enjoy a full day in Honfleur, where artists used to meet and stay ( Boudin, Courbet, Sisley, Pissaro, Renoir and Cezanne). Your day will include a guided walking tour of the town discovering the "Salt Attics", Church Sainte Catherine, The "Vieux Bassin" (heart of the port), but also the Eugene Boudin Museum. You will have plenty of time to paint or sketch today and may also want to visit the many galleries that are here.
Overnight in Honfleur
Day 3 Fri Sep 28
After breakfast we will leave the hotel for Claude Monet's House and Gardens in Giverny where the artist lived with his family from 1883 to 1926. This house and the gardens were a famous source of inspiration for the Impressionist painter, with its sumptuous listed remarkable gardens. Claude Monet painted some of his greatest works here such as the famous Water lilies which are now on display at the Orangerie Museum in Paris. The water garden was created by the artist himself forming a magnificent Japanese-inspired group with its green bridge adorned with wisteria, a pond with water lilies and banks planted with weeping willows, bamboos, poppies and lilies. In front of the pink house, the floral garden offers a splendid palette of colours.
You will visit Claude Monet's house as well, with its superb collection of Japanese prints and its various rooms furnished in the style of the time such as the small blue living room, the workshop, the yellow dining room and the blue tiled kitchen.
Day 1 Wed Sep 26
Depart USA for your flight to Paris
Day 4 Sat Sep 29
Today you will enjoy a guided visit of the Mont Saint Michel, the most visited tourist attraction in France. A remarkable Medieval walled city, crowned by its great gothic Abbey, built on a small granite outcrop standing all by itself in the flats of the estuary of the river Couesnon, is one of the first monuments to be classified as a UNESCO world heritage site as far back as 1979. You will visit the inside of the Abbey with your local guide and enjoy some free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will stop by the last working Bell Foundry in France, in the lovely town of Villedieu Les Poeles, famous for its grand artisanal tradition of copper working since the Middle Ages. The production of kitchen utensils, brassware, cauldrons...the "City of Copper and pewter" was created in the 11th century by the knights of Saint John Of Jerusalem.
Overnight near Caen.
Painting with Susan Giannantonio
This afternoon, you will be guided through the center of the city of Rouen, and will also enjoy seeing the Cathedral from the same room where Monet painted it so many times.
Overnight near the airport.
Mont Saint Michel
An Impressionist Journey
Out of this WORLD
Day 2 Thu Sep 27
Your Tour Manager will welcome you to Paris.
You will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon visit the charming village of Barbizon which owes its fame to the 19th century landscape painters Theodore Rousseau, Jean Baptiste Corot, Charles Francois Daubigny and Jean Francois Millet who lived there. Their artistic movement, the "Barbizon school (1830 to 1875), was considered a precursor of Impressionism. The artists appreciated the tranquility of this peaceful village and the beauty of the surrounding nature. One of the village's landmark sites is the Auberge Ganne, the inn where the artists used to meet and now home to the Musée de l'Ecole de Barbizon which charts the Barbizon artists lives and works. You will also visit the house/Studio of Jean Francois Millet. You will enjoy walking along the main street where you will find a succession of beautiful homes, shops and art galleries.
Overnight near Fontainebleau.
This afternoon, after lunch you will have time to visit the "Museum of Impressionists" located across the street from Monet's house.
Overnight near Caen
September 26 to October 3, 2018
$ 3,875.00 per person (Double Occupancy)
Includes all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
Accomodations in 4* hotels and Charming country inns
All guided excursions, entrance fees, all ground transport and transfers, Meet and greet at the airport in Paris and porterage in and out of the hotels.
Flight not included - Please contact us for flights and single accommodation
Giverny : Monet's House and Gardens