Enjoy the must of Normandy in a 4 day tour from Paris.
Follow the painter’s paths along the Seine estuary: visit the house of Giverny, where Claude Monet lived for many years, and discover the port of Le Havre, where he painted the famous canvas “Impression, sunrise”, giving its name to the Impressionist movement in 1872… This stay will also leads you to the romantic harbor of Honfleur, to Etretat, whose gardens exhibit contemporary sculptures and to Rouen, historical but vibrant capital of Normandy.
Operated during the Normandy Impressionist Festival, whose aim is to celebrate artistic creation from Impressionism to the present day, this program is organized to discover the main 2020 Exhibitions: François Depreaux, the Man of 600 Paintings at Fine Art Museum of Rouen and Electric Nights at MuMa Modern Art Museum, Le Havre
DAY 1 : PARIS – GIVERNY – LE HAVRE
Meet your guide and your coach driver in Paris. Departure to Giverny. Visit Claude Monet’s house & gardens, undeniable leader of the impressionists, which he himself had decorated and which has remained unchanged to this day. Coach scenic drive to Le Havre, following a part of the river Seine passing through picturesque villages: an opportunity to appreciate those landscapes that fascinated the Impressionists. Check in, welcome dinner and overnight at Le Havre.
DAY 2 : LE HAVRE – ETRETAT – LE HAVRE
Join the elegant seaside resort of Etretat, whose cliffs inspired many artists as the painter Claude Monet. Follow the paths up the Amont cliff to the Gardens overlooking Alabaster coast and enjoy a breathtaking view on the iconic needle cliff. This poetic site combines a garden and an open air museum of contemporary art.
Sightseeing tour of Le Havre, to discover this contemporary urban center listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the different places that inspired the Impressionists… Meeting at the MuMa André Malraux Museum of Modern Art. End of the afternoon at Leisure. Dinner and overnight in Le Havre.
Day 3 :HONFLEUR – DEAUVILLE – CALVADOS – LE HAVRE
Via the famous bridge of Normandy, reach Honfleur, a small Norman port city from where Samuel de Champlain left to found Quebec City. Discover the “Enclos” which has preserved, around its old basin, the salt granaries, its narrow and colorful houses covered with slates. Visit the Museum dedicated to Eugène Boudin who initiated with Claude Monet the current of impressionism and nicknamed the “king of the skies”. Departure to the “Côte Fleurie” and famous seaside resort of Deauville, the Queen of Beaches during the Belle Epoque. Stop en route and take time to learn more about French rural gastronomy with a calvados tasting (apple brandy). Dinner and overnight in Le Havre.
DAY 4: LE HAVRE – ROUEN – PARIS
A whole day dedicated to Rouen, known as the town of “Hundred bell towers”. Over the centuries, Rouen has been able to link the vestiges of the past with modernity to remain an active city and justify its role as capital. Follow your guide for a walk through the historical center: admire the cathedral so often painted by Claude Monet, the Aitre Saint Maclou, the narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses and the market square where was burnt Joan of Arc and where you will enjoy a an “impressionist flavour” lunch. Then visit the Fine Arts Museum, which owns one of the richest collections of impressionist paintings in France: Monet, Pissaro, Sisley, Caillebotte… Arrival in Paris in the late afternoon.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Itinerary highlights: Giverny, Etretat, Honfleur, Deauville, Rouen
Period of validity: April to September 2020
3*** hotel basis – COACH & GUIDE INCLUDED
4**** hotel basis – COACH & GUIDE INCLUDED
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