This year's weekend trip will be to Normandy. We'll begin Friday morning with a visit to Monet's beautiful gardens in Giverny. You'll have time to explore his home and gardens (included). You might even have time to explore the village and visit the Museum of Impressionisms (not included). We'll then hop on our bus and head to lunch at a lovely restaurant next to a water mill (included).
After lunch, we'll continue by coach (bus) to Honfleur where we'll spend two nights in a centrally-located hotel. We'll take a walking tour of the town before you settle into your hotel. You'll have plenty of time to explore and enjoy dinner in one of Honfleur's lovely restaurants.
Saturday takes us to Étretat, a resort town on the English channel, known for its magnificent cliffs. You'll have time to explore the town, or just spend the day on the beach (weather permitting). Then back to Honfleur where you can shop, stroll, visit a museum and enjoy the lovely restaurants.
On Sunday, we'll first visit Gerberoy-- recognized as one of the prettiest villages in France-- before heading to Senlis. You'll have time to visit the cathedral, enjoy lunch (not included), stroll the cobblestoned alleys and take lots of pictures before we head back to Paris!
This beautiful chateau was the inspiration for Versailles. (Is it any wonder that Louis XIV, jealous of Fouquet's beautiful castle, had his tax collector imprisoned then used the same architect, landscape designer and interior designer to build his bigger version at Versailles?) You'll have time to explore the chateau and its extensive grounds, as well as enjoy lunch in this enjoyable day trip from Paris.
Auvers-sur-Oise allows you to see the sites painted by Van Gogh, Corot, Pissarro, Cézanne and others. We'll first visit the Chateau to see its multimedia exhibition of the impressionist painters. Then, after a lovely lunch in the Chateau restaurant, you'll take a walking tour of the town, led by a local guide. On the tour, you'll see many of the sites painted by Van Gogh while also enjoying the easy ambiance of a country village and the bucolic countryside. Your tour ends at the gravesites of Vincent and his brother, Theo, Van Gogh.