Art Walk France - Paris Rates & Dates
October 7-13, 2018 (6 nights)
$3350 per person.
Single supplement: $695
Post-Tour Extension Rates & Dates
October 13-16, 2018 (3 nights)
$895 based on double occupancy
$345 single supplement
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Watercolor sketching in Paris Awaits!
There is so much to love about the City of Light. Watercolor sketching in Paris brings the city to life through the revelation of its details. There is a splendor and richness to the abundance of art and stunning architecture throughout the city. In a place so rich in life and history, there are also opportunities to experience small vignettes. A cafe table is set simply with a plate of cheese and fruit with an accompanying glass of wine. A quiet garden of shaded benches hosts Parisians on their daily lunch break. A grand staircase spirals in Baroque reds and golds. A sleepy river’s edge laps peacefully before the city has fully come to life.
These moments exist if one has the eyes to see them. To practice watercolor sketching in Paris gives reason to slow down and notice it all as most travelers never do. Join Laure Ferlita on a watercolor sketching and walking tour vacation in beautiful Paris, France. Whether it’s your first visit or fifth, on our Art Walk France – Paris vacation you’ll experience the sites, sounds, and tastes of Paris in a completely new way. First we will bring you to a place. Then Laure will teach method and technique in that setting. Finally, with Laure’s guidance, you’ll translate that experience through sketching and watercolor.
This is a walking tour vacation like no other. Imagine strolling cobbled medieval streets and adorned avenues, pausing on marble steps or in an open air cafe for a lesson on site, and then capturing the essence of each place we visit with the stroke of a brush. With a small group of fellow artists who quickly become friends, you’ll create small sketches and watercolors uniquely yours, and return home with a travel journal filled with beautiful creations and wonderful memories.
Is a week just not enough? Have you always wanted to visit Monet’s garden in Giverny? We have you covered. Our 3-night extension continues your stay at our Paris hotel (no need to repack) and includes a day trip to the exquisite home and gardens Monet made famous in his waterlily series. The remaining time is yours to take in all Paris has to offer.
Watercolor sketching in Paris: Highlights and destinations
Our 4-star hotel places you in the center of Paris’ artistic heart. We begin with a meet-and-greet and program overview at the hotel. Then we strike out for an orientation walk around the neighborhood and end at our welcome dinner location.
A mix of unique experiences…
Our welcome dinner in a family-owned bistro brings Paris alive with the tastes and scents of french culinary heritage. Under a Parisian sky, you may share a bottle of wine over an abundant table with new friends as you trade stories of travel, life and art.
For a morning walk, we traverse a few of the many bridges of Paris. We’ll cross Pont Neuf, Pont des Arts, and the (lover’s pad-lock laden) Pont de l’Archevêché as we meander along both sides of the Seine. Later we’ll travel to the posh 9th arrondisement and the Paris Opera House, Palais Garnier. It was made famous as the setting of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. We’ll admire its Beaux-Arts interior and take time to capture the color and details of this grand style.
In addition to beautiful bridges, Paris is known for its array of urban parks offering tranquil respite from the busy urban streets. From our hotel it’s an easy stroll to a cozy pocket of greenery and flowers from which we may sketch and paint Notre Dame. In another direction we may walk to the grand Luxumbourg Palace and Gardens to render a shapely sculpture or stately rows of trees in autumnal hues.
…and famous destinations.
We will stroll Paris’ most famous avenue, the Champs-Élysées, through the Place Concord with its towering Egyptian obelisk toward the Louvre. Perhaps we’ll pause in the Tuilerie Gardens for an art class and lunch at one of the open air cafes. Cravings for sweets or chocolate may be appeased with a visit to nearby Angelina’s.
What trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower? Even those who have “been there and done that” may take the opportunity to capture the tower’s latticed frames and soaring lines in their sketchbooks. We’ll skip the lines on our way up to the 2nd floor viewing platform to take in the most spectacular views of Paris.
The Musée d’Orsay is an art lover’s delight. It holds the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. We will spend a morning here with the great works of Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, and Cézanne to name but a few. Afterward, and only a short walk away, Le Pont Alexandre III offers its own inspiration. Reaching across the Seine in a single arc and decorated with glowing, gilded sculptures, it is a favorite destination for our watercolor sketching program in Paris.
What’s Included Art Walk France – Paris
- Six nights at our centrally located, 4-star Paris hotel
- Full buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome dinner
- Complete program of sketching and watercolor classes with Laure in beautiful, on-site locations
- Daily guided walks to discover Paris.
- A three day Hop On Hop Off bus pass for visiting all the sites
- Seine river cruise
- Admission to Paris Opera House, the Orsay museum, 2nd level Eiffel Tower
- Farewell dinner
- Fully hosted and escorted
- All hotel taxes and service fees
What’s Included Paris/Giverny Extension
- Three nights at our centrally located, 4-star Paris hotel
- Full buffet breakfast daily
- All transfers from/to hotel and Monet’s garden in Giverny
- Guided tour of Monet’s home and garden