Trips & outings

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26.10.2017 > POURBUS, MEMLING & KENTRIDGE in BRUGES

In the second half of the 16th century, shaken by an economic recession and a stagnant textile sector, the golden age of Bruges seemed to be over. The exhibition of the Groenige Museum ‘Pieter Pourbus and its followers’ demonstrates the inventiveness of these Bruges artists who succeeded in restoring the city’s image. In addition to six major works by Hans Memling, the former St. John’s Hospital (12th century) exhibits recent works by South African artist William Kentridge, especially created for this exceptional hospital site.

Ref. 3200 – 90 € (coach, lunch, entrance fees and guide)

9.11.2017 > JEAN-FRANÇOIS MILLET in LILLE

The retrospective at the Palace of Fine Arts in Lille brings to light an inventive artist, admired by the avant-garde, who has profoundly marked Van Gogh, Pissarro, Seurat, Gauguin, Permeke, Dali and more recently Banksy. ‘Millet USA’ explores his American posterity through the works of artists from Edward Hopper to Patti Smith, Dorothea Lange and Terrence Malick. At the Louvre-Lens, through more than 400 works of great diversity, the exhibition ‘Musics! Echoes of Antiquity’ reveals the importance of music in the different stages of the life of the Ancients.                                                      

Ref. 3201 – 90 € (coach, lunch, entrance fees and guide)

16-17.12 2017 > GREAT EXHIBITIONS IN LONDON

Ref. 3139 – Price to be determined (Eurostar, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees)

Rich program in sight in the London museums to finish the year on a high note! The National Gallery announces “Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites”. The Royal Academy of Arts proposes a confrontation between Dalí and Duchamp. Tate Modern puts Modigliani’s works in dialogue with some of his contemporaries, including Brancusi and Picasso. Tate Britain announces an exhibition on the French Impressionists in exile. The Barbican Centre presents an exceptional retrospective devoted to Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Boom for Real”.

22-29.01 2018 > LOUVRE ABU-DHABI

Ref. 3095 –  2 680 € (price Presto until 15/11, after : 2 780 €) (flight, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

On the natural island of Saadiyat, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open shortly in a magnificent building by Jean Nouvel as a place for dialogue between the Western, Middle Eastern and Asian civilizations and cultures. The inaugural exhibition will transfer to an Arab country a cultural form born at the Age of Enlightenment in Europe. In Dubai, architects Adrian Smith, Tom Wright, Bryn Lummus, Gensler… compete with boldness and virtuosity. Your journey will continue through the Sultanate of Oman where time has stopped, with the discovery of Nizwa, the ancient capital of the country, and Muscat, a royal and fortified city between the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.

6.02.2018 > EDGARD TYTGAT in LEUVEN & THE NEW MUSÉE de LLN

In his impressionist and naive paintings, Edgard Tytgat (1879-1957) recounts the myths, folk legends and fairy tales of his time. Like a filmmaker, he presents a world full of imagination, absurdity and humour. The M museum of Leuven brings back to life the ‘fairy tales’ of Edgard Tytgat thanks to numerous loans from private collections. The new Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve, located Place des Sciences, redeploys the collection of the Dialogue Museum and enriches it with anthropological and scientific collections to crisscross the reading.

Ref. 3160 – 90 € (coach, lunch, entrance fees and guide)

9-23.03 2018 > THE TREASURES OF ESTREMADURA

Between plains and sierras, off the beaten track, Extremadura seduces by its cities of art, such as Cáceres and Trujillo, gems of the golden age with their emblazoned palaces and high towers. The impressive Monastery of Guadalupe of Mudejar and Gothic styles boasts a series of paintings by Zurbarán. Mérida is home to the most impressive Roman monuments whose archaeological remains are preserved in the superb museum designed by Rafael Moneo. Toledo is well worth a visit for its exceptional medieval past influenced by three cultures and the recurring presence of El Greco.

Ref. 3202 – 1395€ (flight, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

24-28.04 2018 > ARTISTS AND THE FRENCH RIVIERA

Museums and Foundations testify to the fascination of artists and collectors for the light, diversity of landscapes and lifestyle of the French Riviera: Fernand Léger in Biot, Renoir in Cagnes-sur-mer, Bonnard in Cannet, Picasso in Antibes, Chagall and Matisse in Nice. The artist friends of the Maeght, Miró, Giacometti, Braque, Chagall … have taken over the gardens and rooms of the Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Jean Cocteau’s painted work will take us from Villefranche to Menton via the villa Santo Sospir of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Ref. 3203 – 1215 € before 15/11, after: 1315 € (flight, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

22-29.05 2018 > ALBANIA, GEM OF THE BALKANS

Today, this small country in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, between Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece, reveals all its assets. With no less than three UNESCO World Heritage sites, Albania offers a fascinating cultural heritage: antique in Apollonia and Butrint, medieval at the monastery of Ardenica, byzantine in Bérat, or Gjirokastra, a city museum whose fortresses are still inhabited. Not to mention the beauty and diversity of its landscapes, from the mountain villages to the picturesque shores of the Mediterranean.

Ref. 3204 – Price to be determined (flight, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

6–11.06 2018 > GENOA AND THE LIGURIAN COAST (2nd trip)

In a setting of mountains bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Liguria Riviera includes the idyllic Portofino and Cinque Terre with its terraces planted with vines and olive trees, but also the beautiful city of Genoa with the wonderful art collections from the 15th to the 18th centuries of the Palazzi Bianco, Rosso and Spinola, the magnificent facades of the via Garibaldi and via Balbi, the frescoes of the Princes Palace, the incredible marquetry of San Lorenzo Cathedral… The trip will be enriched by the discovery of the sumptuous Certosa of Pavia and the new Egyptian museum Egizio in the historic centre of Turin.

Ref. 3199 – 1 650 €(Presto price until 28/11) after 1 750 €, (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

19-22.06 2018  > OSLO, THE SHINING LIGHT

You will be seduced by the architectural icebergs such as the sumptuous National Opera build with white marble emerging from the fjord, or the Museum Astrup Fearnley by Renzo Piano which unfolds its metal and glass sails to welcome a private collection of contemporary art. A boat will take you to the peninsula of Bygdøy to discover Norway’s rural architecture and Viking ships. Edvard Munch is showcased  in his museum and a room of the National Gallery relates a version of the ‘Scream’ to paintings by Gauguin, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh…

>Ref. 3205 – price to be determined (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

11-15.09 2018 > THE MAGIC OF THE FRIULI

On the borders of Austria and Slovenia, between the sea and the mountains, the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia offers a beautiful cultural diversity. Trieste combines Slavic charm and Habsburg elegance while Udine has kept its Venetian finery with the whirling frescoes of Tiepolo in its Archiepiscopal Palace. The Basilica of the ancient Aquileia preserves the largest early Christian mosaic in the world and Cividale dei Friuli interesting Lombard relics. The Duomo di Sant’Eufemia de Grado illustrates the Byzantine, Moorish and Roman styles.

Ref. 3206 – price to be determined (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)


For one day excursions, it is essential to register with Preference-Travel Team by email or by post (Preference-Travel Team: 77, rue de l’Abbaye, 1050 Brussels) with name, number of participants, fees. The fees must be paid into the Preference-Travel Team account with the same information in the communication box. BE92 7440 6349 9223 – SWIFT/BIC : KREDBEBB

For travels, please contact Marie-Eve ROSMANT at Preference-Travel Team – Tel.: +32(0)2 647 30 00 – E-mail: marie.eve@preference.be