Seine River Cruise: From Honfleur to Paris
6 Sep — 12 Sep 2019 | Tour Directors: Peter Higginson, Cathy Oakes, Emilie Capulet, Christopher Catling, Sarah Burles
• Discover centuries of history along France’s most famous waterway, all from the comfort of our privately chartered vessel, the MS Renoir
• Several ACE Tour Directors provide their unique perspectives on our historical and artistic visits, perfectly complemented by afternoon lectures and evening piano recitals
• Delve into the rich heritage of Paris, Rouen and Honfleur, while making excursions to the Bayeux Tapestry, two Norman abbeys, and Monet’s beautiful Garden at Giverny – the subject of so many of his most famous works
Peter Higginson, MA, PhD
expert in art history and consultant lecturer at Christie's, London
Cathy Oakes, PhD, FSA
Associate professor in Art History at Oxford University.
Christopher Catling, MA, FSA, MCIfA
an archaeologist who has worked on sites in Portugal and in the Portuguese African islands of Cape Verde
Sarah Burles, MA
art historian who works in museum and gallery education
Emilie Capulet, MA, MMUS, PhD
award-winning pianist, writer and lecturer
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.
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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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.
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.
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.