Would you like to be part of a small group art tour in France with a practising artist? Enjoy Paris and Vannes in Brittany from 1st to 11th September 2020.
Come and start your art tour with a visit Paris (4 days) – including the art galleries of the Musee d’Orsay, L’Orangerie and Pompidou Centre, take a day tour to amazing Versailles, the palace of the Sun King and the play village of Marie Antoinette, wander around famous Montmartre and experience French culture.
Then six days of art, cultural exploration and good times in gorgeous accommodation at the Port of Vannes, an ancient city with both Roman and Medieval heritage situated on the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany. On the gulf is Belle Ile where the artists Monet and our very own Australian impressionist, John Russell lived and worked. We will take a boat trip around the gulf with its beautiful views, ancient ‘standing stones’ and Breton traditions. Our lodging is a 16th Century stone built house with extensive gardens, a heated swimming pool, close to forest and botanic butterfly gardens and only 20 minutes walk into the ancient port of Vannes.
Drawing and painting opportunities abound on our art retreat – I will give you a visual art diary to keep a record of your tour, to make notes, do some drawing in and paste in bits and pieces of memorabilia. We will have some simple art classes, en plein air painting and plenty of free time to do as you wish – but a creative group of people to do it with. Note that you do not have to be an artist, just enjoy art and culture!
How does the whole art tour work?
You meet up with me and the rest of the tour group in Paris and book and pay separately for your Paris accommodation – although I will suggest a hotel (3/4 star) close to the Montparnasse train station. This makes it easy for us to travel to the city of Vannes – there is a direct fast train (TGV) from here. I will stay in that hotel myself – you may wish to find cheaper accomodation in that expensive city if you wish.
In Paris I will organise and pay for art museum entry, day tour to Versailles (visit the palace of Louis XIV with a guide, have lunch, stroll through the gardens, visit the grand Trianon and the hamlet of Marie Antoinette) and public transport. Note that you do need to be reasonably fit because we will use public transport in Paris (the visit to Versailles is by mini bus) and will be on foot. Many Metro stations do not have lifts, so there are stairs to climb both in Paris and in our accommodation in Vannes. Please also check whether you need a visa for France and do make sure you have travel insurance.
I book and pay for the accommodation for the six nights in Vannes and book and pay for the train tickets to get there. We self cater – and go out to restaurants, bistros and wine bars – you pay your own way for travel in the country – some people may wish to stay at ‘home’ or organise their own itinerary and others to follow my plans to cruise the gulf, visit art galleries and explore this Roman and Medieval town.
At the end of the time in Brittany, you are free to travel to wherever you wish. I can help with advice and bookings if necessary.
How much does it cost?
Depends on whether you wish to share or have your own room; in the villa in Vannes, there are seven bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Price per person: Single room with own bathroom (note separate WC is shared between the two bedrooms) $AUD3400.00 pp.
Single room – bathroom and separate WC shared between two bedrooms $AUD3300.00 pp.
If you wish to share a room with your partner or a friend, $AUD2400.00 pp bathroom and separate WC shared between two bedrooms.
A deposit of $AUD350.00pp is required to book a place.
Please note that I am not a travel agent and this is a privately organised tour. I will do all I can to make this a memorable and safe experience. I speak passable but not fluent French and have a medical background, however you do join at your own risk. There may be unexpected problems such as train strikes or unseasonable weather which I am unable to control. I keep abreast of the political and cultural happenings in France and will alert you to any issues.
Once I have confirmed bookings I will start to plan the itinerary in detail. this is somewhat flexible. In May 2020 I will send out a newsletter with a suggested itinerary and will ask for feedback from the travellers – a further newsletter will have a final suggested plan for our tour. I am very happy to help with questions and with booking transport outside of that discussed above.
You can find some information about previous tours at these links;
A letter from a traveller in France in 2019
Thank you so much for your wonderful organising of our recent Paris/ Loire Valley art retreat. It was an amazing experience to share with the other ladies. We had the flexibility to be as independent as we liked and as much guidance as we wanted. You have a great knowledge of French culture, art history and architecture and took us to beautiful places.
Your command of French language was really reassuring and was much needed especially with communicating with our host at Saint Avertin, in cafes and restaurants, with bus drivers and with booking taxis. We were able to have a very authentic French experience because of this.
I also really enjoyed your art lesson and demonstrations and will follow up with a creative drawing workshop.
I would recommend anyone to “come away with Christine” as it will be a memory to treasure forever.
Contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0415230470 for more information and to book.