Trips & outings

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21-24.04.2021> RAPHAËL IN ROME 

The 500thanniversary of Raphaël’s death will be the occasion of a trip to Rome in the footsteps of one of the most talented painters of his time. We will visit his funerary monument in the Pantheon and his famous works, such as the Sibylles of Santa Maria della Pace, the Deposition of Christ of the Borghese Gallery, the frescoes of the Farnesina and, of course, the ‘stanze’ of the Vatican Museums. We will also discover the Quirinale stables’ new major exhibition.

Ref. 3468 – Price  1 650 € –  (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

7-10.05.2021> OUTING IN ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

In the charming village of Auvers-sur-Oise, we will walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and Charles-François Daubigny. In Milly-la-Forêt, it is Jean Cocteau’s beautiful 17thcentury house which will hold our attention with its collection of paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, Buffet… and the chapel Saint-Blaise-des-Simples ‘tattooed’ by this multitalented writer. At the heart of the Milly forest, we will discover Jean Tinguely’s ‘Cyclop’. We will also visit the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte which gave Louis XIV the idea to build Versailles and the charming and remarkably preserved medieval town of Provins.

 Ref. 3494 – Price : 1 350 €, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

 31.5-06.06.2021> CALABRIA, THE OTHER GREECE

With its medieval cities overlooking a crystal-clear sea and amazing landscapes such as the Silla massif, Calabria has it all. In the old town of Cosenza stuck to the slopes of Mount Pancrazio and dominated by a Norman castle, coats of arms, turrets and wrought iron balconies of noble sleepy homes nostalgically recall the brilliant times of the ‘Athens of Calabria’. Reggio Calabria has a superb Liberty district, a lungomareshaded by palm trees, a real ‘Promenade des Anglais’ overlooking the Straits of Messina, and a remarkable NationalArchaeological Museum of Magna Grecia recently renovated to present the famous 5thcentury BC Riace bronzes.

Ref. 3482 – Price : 1 755 € (until 1/03, after 1 855 €), (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

21- 25.06.2021> STOCKHOLM AND THE CASTLES OF LAKE MÄLAREN   

 Located in the heart of a superb archipelago, Stockholm offers a captivating mix of nature and culture. We sail from island to island, from the medieval alleys of Gamla Stan to the emblematic red brick town hall of Kungsholmen, from the rich Modern Art Museum in Skeppsholmen to the green Djurgärden with the sumptuous 17thcentury warship of the Vasa Museet. Restored in 2018, the National Museum presents masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20thcentury. The western shores of Lake Mälaren harbour wonders: Drottningholm Palace and its Unesco World Heritage Theater, the harmonious Baroque Palace of Steninge, and the superbly furnished Gripsholm Castle which houses the National Portrait Gallery.

Ref. 3483 – Price: 1 690 € (until 21/03, after 1 790 €), (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

7- 12.09.2021> TREASURES OF DRESDEN AND WEIMAR (2ndtrip)

Dresden can best be seen from the Brühl Terrace with its splendid views of the Elbe. The famous Baroque masterpiece The Zwinger unveils its Nymphs Bath and Old Masters Picture Gallery. The Albertinum houses a remarkable collection of German Impressionists and 20thcentury European masters. The Green Vault features a collection of crown jewels in a luxurious setting. A cruise will take us to Meissen and its famous Manufacture as well as to the castle of Pillniz. In Weimar, we will visit the new museum dedicated to the Bauhaus. This charming town keeps the memory of Goethe alivewith a baroque house, museum and pavilion in the Park on the Ilm. Many works by Cranach will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig.

 Ref. 3496 – Price to be determined (flight, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

16- 17.09.2021> ESCAPE TO AMIENS

The reopening of the Musée de Picardie invites us to discover, in an impressive neoclassical architecture, works ranging from prehistory to the 20thcentury, including rich collections of Flemish and French paintings. The 13thcentury cathedral, listed as UNESCO World Heritage, is famous for the quality of its sculptures, the majesty of its nave, and the splendour of its choir screen. In the evening, the show “Chroma” reproduces the polychromies of the western facade from pigments found on the stones. The discovery of the old town will be completed by a ride on ‘barques à cornets’ in the ‘hortillonnages’, an incredible network of market gardens crisscrossed by amazing canals.

Ref. 3495  – Price to be determined (coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

28-09 – 03-10.2021> CASTILE AND LEÓN 

 It is in Burgos, León, Segovia and Salamanca that some of the most beautiful cathedrals of Spain were built. Ramparts, castles built during the ‘Reconquista’, churches and monasteries founded by kings ,and palaces erected by aristocrats enriched in the cloth industry are numerous testimonies of an illustrious past. Valladolid, the former capital of the kingdom, boasts a national museum housed in a 15th century former college of theology presenting a rich collection of polychrome wooden sculptures from the 13thto the 18th century.

Ref. 3441 –  Price te be determined (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

11-16.10.2021> CADIZ AND THE WHITE VILLAGES

Cadiz protected behind its walls and on an island, has retained the authentic spirit of Andalusia in the alleys of its historic center and fishermen’s district. The Museum of Fine Arts brings together major works by Zurbarán and Murillo. More inland, Jerez de la Frontera seduces with its 12thcentury Almohad fortress, Royal School of Equestrian Art shows, and famous cellars, including the Bodegas Tradición which presents an impressive private collection (Velázquez, Goya). Departing from Arcos de la Frontera, the road to the ‘white villages’, topped by an Arabian castillo, leads to Ronda, which brings together, in a spectacular location, 6thcentury Gothic and Mudejar palaces, churches with remains of mosques, and a superb 18thcentury bullring.

Ref. 3498 – Price to be determined, (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

13-20.11.2021> THE CANARY ISLANDS BETWEEN ART AND NATURE

The Canary Islands with their Eternal Spring offer landscapes of sublime beauty, sometimes volcanic with contorted lava as in the parks of Timanfaya and Teide (Unesco Heritage), sometimes tropical with exuberant vegetation and stunning beaches with golden dunes. Superb small colonial towns, such as the Laguna (Unesco Heritage), align palaces and historic residences with Baroque facades and ornate wooden balconies. Contemporary art is in the spotlight in Santa Cruz with the TEA designed by Herzog and de Meuron, the Auditorio de Tenerife gigantic white arc designed by Calatrava, and in Lanzarotte particularly with the fascinating artistic achievements of César Manrique in architecture, painting, sculpture, ceramics and his private collection with works by Tàpies, Miro, Picasso …

 Price to be determined (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)

8-10.12.2021 > THE MAJOR EXHIBITIONS IN PARIS

An anthology of exhibitions to end the year: Botticelli, a Renaissance laboratory at the Jacquemart-André museum, Matisse comme un roman at the Centre Pompidou, Picasso-Rodin at the Picasso and Rodin museums, Soutine-de Kooning at the Orangerie, Signac as a collector at the Musée d’Orsay…

Ref. 3499 – Price to be determined, Thalys, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance.

May 2022> CHICAGO

Open-air museum of modern architecture, Chicago houses in its prestigious museums some of the world’s richest collections of art, including Impressionists in the Art Institute, Rodin, Moore and Matisse in the Smart Museum of Art and Picasso, Miró, Chagall and Dubuffet in the Loop. An excursion to Oak Park gives the opportunity to admire the beautiful homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Millennium Park Gardens reveal fountains, monumental sculptures and Frank Gehry’s extraordinary Jay Pritzker Pavilion.The exceptional Glessner House on Prairie Avenue reconnects with the origins of Chicago.

Price to be determined, (plane, coach, half board accommodation, entrance fees and guide)


 For travels, please contact Marie-Eve Rosmant at Preference-Travel Team

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