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ROUTE OF THE IMPRESIONISTS I

DAY 1 PARIS

Arrival in Paris and meeting with the accompanying guide. Lunch. In the afternoon, panoramic tour of the city, one of the most beautiful, rich and notable in the world, due to its monuments, splendid buildings, magnificent museums and very active commerce. We will pass through The Champs-Élysées, the Place de la Concorde, the large boulevards, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, constructed by Eiffel for the Universal Exposition of 1889 in commemoration of the centennial of the French Revolution and, today, symbol of the city. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 PARIS

Breakfast. Morning tour of the Musée d’Orsay. The Museum, situated in the heart of Paris and facing the Tuileries Garden, was the former Orsay Train Station, a building constructed for the Universal Exposition of 1900. Thus, in some ways the building is the first “work” in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay, which presents art from the last decades, those between 1848 and 1914. We will see works by Manet, Renoir, Matisse, Gauguin, Pissarro, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh, Monet, etc. Lunch. Afternoon tour of Montmartre, one of the most entchanting and peculiar neighborhoods in Paris, situated on a hill 130 meters high. Montmartre is known as “the neighborhood of painteres” and its small and steep alleyways make up a framework that includes the oldest cabarets, like “Moulian Rouge”. There is also the famous  Windmill  “Moulin de the Galette”, immortalized by Renoir in “Le bal au Moulin de la Galette”. The Windmill hast been altered through history; that which in the beginning was a mill to grind wheat and make vine became a ballroom. Today it is closed. In Montmartre the Basilica of the Sacred Heart stands out, one of the most important sacred places in Paris. In the middle of the 19th century, artists like Camilla Pissarro began to live in Montmartre. Toward the end of the century, Montmartre and its counterpart on the left bank, Montparnasse, became the main artistic centers in Paris. Artists like Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Rendir, Degas, Toulouse Lautrec, etc, lived and created there some of their masterpieces. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 PARIS – EXC. GIVERNY AND VERNON – AUVERS SUR OISE – PARIS

Breakfast. Departure to take an excursion to Giverny and Vernon. Giverny is famous  thanks to some canvases by Claude Monet, who lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926. The presence of the painter in Giverny attracted a number of artists of different nationalities who also contributed to making this place particularly emblematic. Tour of the house and garden of Monet, with its furnture, its “Japanese prints” and its porcelain. The water garden, with the bridge, its nymphs, its wisteria and its azaleas, recreate the magic that so inspired Monet. We will also see the Old Windmill, in Vernon. Near a bridge, there is a curious building hanging over the water, the Old Windmill. This place inspired a canvas by Claude Monet painted from its boat-studio, during the year of its instalación in Giverny, in 1883. Near the Windmill, beneath the trees, stand 7 bronze statues by an artist from Vernon who lived in Japan, statues that give a modern touch to this old place. Lunch. We will continue to Auvers-Sur-Oise, favorite place of the impresionists and where Van Gogh painted his last 60 paintings. We will visit the Cathedral, historic monument from 1915. The Bell tower has three bells, one from 1733 called Marie-Louise and the others, from 1891, placed after the death of Van Gogh and called Adolphine-Caroline and Constance-Eugénie. Van Gogh immortalized this Church in a painting that is exhibited in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. We will be able to visit the cementery, where the remains of the painter rest, the hostal Ravoux – House of Van Gogh. It is the only place where the painter lived that conserves all of its original elements. The hostal conserves intact its decoration from the 19th century and all of the charm that attracted Van Gogh, which incites the visitor to a trip into the past. Tour of the Auvers Castle, where there is a permanent collection called “Trip to the time of the Impressionists” and that Van Gogh depicted in 1980 in his famous  painting “Auvers Castle at sunset”. Return to Paris. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 PARIS – ROUEN – LE HAVRE – HONFLEUR – DEAUVILLE

Breakfast. Departure for Rouen, the capital of Impresionism, where the greatest Impressionist painters lived. Monet, Gauguin, Pissarro or Sisley immortalized many monuments in this beautiful city. The insistent gaze of Claude Monet at the façade of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the thirtysome canvases that he painted between 1892 and 1894 with the same theme make Rouen the emblematic city of Impressionist art. Tour of the Fine Art Museum, with a rich collection of Impressionist works, sculptures, drawings and art objects from the 16th to the 21st centuries. We can discover, for example, the magnificent Impressionist collection  (Monet, Renoir, Sisley…) and works by David, Véronèse, Rubens, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Poussin, Géricault, Delacroix, Corot, Degas, Dufy, Modigliani, Duchamp-Villon. Departure for Le Havre, city whose center is the first urban European Historic Grouping in the 20th century included as World Heritage by UNESCO. La Havre is fascinating due to its strange beauty: It brings together the attractions of an active city and classical architecture, the dynamismo of a Great European Port and the charm of a coastal city. From among the places of interest the Museum du Priere, the Museum of Fine Art, the Abbey Saint Sauveur, the Museum of Medieval Sculpture, and the Church of Notre Dame stand out. Tour of the Malraux Museum of Fine Art, which contains the best collection of Impressionists after Paris. We will be able to see masterpieces by artists like Monet, Pizarro, Renoir, Degas, Boudin, Manet, Guillaumin, Sisley, etc. Lunch. Departure for Honfleur. This maritime town invites us to discover its picturesque alleyways and its old houses. Affected little by the passage of time, Honfleur has known how to preserve the footprints of its rich histori past, turning it into one of the most visited cities in France. The international fame of Honfleur is due, in part, to the authenticity and the charm of its paved alleyways, its timber frame walls, its stores, its charming hotels and its typical restaurants, but also to the diversity of its monuments and to the richness of its cultural and artistic heritage. City of painters and Impressionism, Honfleur as this soul that makes it hace irresistible. On the estuary of the Seine River, the changing light of its sky inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin and other artists. The Vieux Bassin, in the center of the city, stands out, and the  houses narrow and altas que lo rodean, the Church Sainte Catherine, constructed with wood, the Chapel Notre Dame de Grâce, witness to the first explorations that marked the beginning of the colonization of Canada. We continue to Deauville. Transfer to the hotel.  Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 DEAUVILLE – PARIS

Breakfast and departure for Paris. Lunch. Tour of the Latin Quarter, which owes its name to the students of the Sorbonne who lived in the area in the Middle Ages and spoke in Latin. The neighborhood always was identified with daring and Bohemian life. It is on the Left Bank of the Seine, next to Île de la Cité. It has characteristic areas, such as the small Plaza Saint Michel with the statue of Saint Michael slaying the dragon, the Gothic Church of Saint Séverin. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 PARIS – EXC. BARBIZON – CHARTRES AND VERSAILLES

Breakfast. Departure to take an excursion to Barbizon, an enchanting town known for having inspired many artists from the 19th century. In 1815, the influence of the English landscapte painters Constable and Turner, pushes the artists to leave their studios to “paint on the groud”. Barbizon, situated between plain and forest, offers an ideal setting  for discoveries. Taht is how the village became one of the mythical places from the pre-Impressionist perido in France, called “The Barbizon School”. For almost fifty years, between 1825 and 1875, a new vison of nature arises, first under the brush of Corot, Daubigny, Jean-François Millet or Théodore Rousseau, then a second generación, made up by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir or Alfred Sisley, picked up the baton. Fue in Chailly in Bière where Monet painted in the spring of 1863 “Lunch on the grass”, exhibited in the Musée d’Orsay. Lunch. Departure for Chartres, the perfume city, and Versailles. Tour of Chartres, city of medieval splendor, with its old town with streets and alleyways borderd by old houses, staircases that descend to the lower city, etc. Tour of the Cathedral, whose blue-colored windows glow, capturing all eyes. Continuation to Versailles. Tour of the Palace, prototype of French classical architecture. Its origin goes back to 1623, when Louis XIII built a hunting pavillion. The king felt so comfortable that he ordered the amplification of that place, today known as the old palace. The palace has spectacular rooms, like the Hall of Mirrors, the Salon de Guerre, the Salon de la Paix, etc. the Chapel, the last important building constructed during the reign of Luis XIV, was consecrated to Saint Louis. Return to Paris. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 PARIS

Breakfast. Morning tour of the Musée de l’Orangerie, an art gallery of Impressionist and post-Impressionists paintings and of modern art from the beginning of the century. We will see works such as “Portrait of Cézanne’s Wife”, by Cézanne, “Les nymphéas” and “The clouds”, by Monet, “Nude in a landscape”, “Jeunes filles au piano” or “Baigneuse aux cheveux longs”, by Renoir, works by Matisse, Sisley, Picasso, etc. Lunch. Afternoon free to continue visiting the city, trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame etc. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 PARIS

Breakfast and END OF TRIP