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24 September 2019CULTIVATING IMPRESSIONISM Monet, Giverny, Painted and Planted Canvasses

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Monet, Giverny, Painted and Planted Canvasses

Tuesday 24 September 2019

This is a tailor-made tour for our Society by Ciceroni Travel Ltd.  Tour Manager, James Hill and accredited Arts Society lecturer, Caroline Holmes will accompany us.

This tour, by coach from local pick-up points, will take us and our luggage, via the Channel Tunnel, directly to the 4* Hotel Mercure in Rouen where we will have 4 night stay on a B&B basis.

DAY 1:    Departure and arrival

DAY 2:     Departing our hotel we take our coach eastwards to privately-owned Jardin Plume where contemporary plantsmanship is displayed to the highest standards, inspiring as each concealed section is revealed.After coffee break we continue southwards following the Seine to Giverny.  We stop for group lunch at the Hotel Baudy where the young American Impressionists stayed and see their atelier in its gardens.

In the afternoon we walk through Giverny to visit Monet’s home for 40 years, exploring his house and impressive collection of Japanese prints.  We continue to his gardens where the nasturtiums should have clothed the path running through the Grande Allee leading to the Water Garden.  The water lilies will be in bloom. We end our day with a visit to the Musee des Impressionists, the former American Impressionist Museum, set in contemporary borders, inspired by the Impressionists especially Monet.   Return to hotel in Rouen and free evening.

DAY 3:   Depart and drive to Paris, circa 90 miles, stopping for coffee en route.  Our morning visit is entirely dedicated to the Musee d’Orsay.  We take a chronological walk from early Impressionism through to 1914.  The collections of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and photography from 1848-1914 are gloriously displayed in this grand,  former railway station. Free time for exploring the museum and free lunch period.

After lunch we walk across the bridge spanning the Seine and through the Tuileries Gardens to visit  Musee de l’Orangerie  whose two oval basement rooms were chosen by Monetnto display his Grandes Decorations better known as Monet’s water lilies.  He painted these canvases to commemorate the French who gave their lives during the Great War.

Return to hotel and group dinner in Rouen.


DAY 4:   Gardens around Dieppe

Depart and drive circa 40 miles to Dieppe.  This morning we visit the Chateau de Miromesnil, Tourville-sur-Arques, dating back to 1590 and the childhood home of Guy de Maupassant.  With guided tour of chateau, family chapel and the formal garden with the owner.  We continue to Varengville-sir-Mer for group lunch.

in the afternoon we view the village and the cliffs where Monet painted.  We conclude our day with a visit to the nearby gardens Le Bois des Moutiers, an English Arts & Crafts house in a French setting.  The estate house was designed by Edward Lutyens and the garden by Gertrude Jekyll.

we return to our hotel where the evening will be free


DAY 5:

0900:  Depart and hotel for our journey home via Calais.  Before crossing the Channel Tunnel we visit the Gardens of Norte Dame de Calais.  Arrive home evening.

The tour price per person is based on number of participants  

18-20 persons                £1450          single supplement £249

21-23 persons                £1350          single supplement £249

24-26 persons                £1250          single supplement £249


Deposit of £175 per person required by our next meeting on 3rd October 2018.  Cheques should be made payable  to Ciceroni Travel.

For further information please contact                                                             Marion Allinson on 01535 636894