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Seine River Cruise: From Honfleur to Paris

6 Sep — 12 Sep 2019 | Tour Directors: Peter Higginson, Cathy Oakes, Emilie Capulet, Christopher Catling, Sarah Burles

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Tour Directors

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Peter Higginson, MA, PhD

expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Cathy Oakes, PhD, FSA

Associate Professor in Art History at Oxford University.

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Christopher Catling, MA, FSA, MCIfA

an archaeologist who has worked on sites in Portugal and in the Portuguese African islands of Cape Verde

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Sarah Burles, MA

art historian who works in museum and gallery education

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Emilie Capulet, MA, MMUS, PhD

award-winning pianist, writer and lecturer

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Transfer via Eurostar from London to Calais-Fréthun. Continue to Honfleur and board the MS Renoir. Welcome drink and Tour Director introductions.



Morning excursion to Bayeux, including visits to the Tapestry Museum and cathedral with short organ recital from ACE Tour Director John Bryden (subject to confirmation). Afternoon: free time in Honfleur (picturesque old harbour, subject of works by Boudin, Monet and Courbet), with option to visit the Musée Eugène-Boudin (charming galleries showcasing works by Boudin and other local artists) and St Catherine’s Church.



Norman Abbeys trail: Saint Wandrille (ancient foundations with unique 7th century chapel) and Jumièges (dramatic ruins of former Benedictine monastery).



Walking tour of Rouen Old Town (including Notre Dame Cathedral and Great Clock) and visit to Musée des Beaux-Arts (founded by Napoleon I in 1801; collections include works by Rubens, Caravaggio, Pissarro, Degas, Monet). Evening piano recital.



Morning visit to Giverny for Monet’s Garden (Clos Normand flower garden and Japanese inspired water garden) and Museum of Impressionism. Afternoon piano recital.



Visits in Paris: Musée Marmottan Monet (Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir) and Musée d’Orsay (the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world including works by Cézanne and van Gogh). Gala dinner on board MS Renoir followed by evening piano recital.



Further visits in Paris followed by transfer to Gare du Nord for Eurostar to London, where tour disperses.

Tour Dates

6 Sep — 12 Sep 2019





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I will certainly recommend it to anyone who would enjoy the mix of arts, museums, cathedrals, lectures and music.

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MS Renoir

A five-anchor vessel offering accommodation of a luxurious 4-star hotel standard alongside generous public areas, a spacious sundeck and a range of facilities.
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Cost includes:

return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin cabin (main deck), breakfast, four lunches, six dinners with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee, shore excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, upper deck twin cabin supplement of £250 per person, twin cabin for single use supplement of £500 for a main deck cabin or £1000 for an upper deck cabin.