Trips & outings

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29.09.2022>THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS AND THE RED STAR LINE IN ANTWERP

Finally reopened, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts will present its sumptuous masterpieces by van Eyck, Memling, Rubens, Van Dyck, Ensor, Rik Wouters, but also Titian, Rodin, Modigliani… The Red Star Line Museum, which recalls the two million passengers who made the crossing to America on the steamboats of the shipping company, will offer “Refugee Stories, 1951-2021”, stories of uncertainty, trauma, but also resilience and perseverance.

Ref – Price: 105 €, coach, lunch, entrance fees and guidance 10>15.10.2022 – UMBRIA, UNKNOWN ITALY (2nd trip)

Starting with the ancient Etruscan citadel of Perugia, a well-preserved medieval jewel, we will explore the masterpieces of Umbria: the frescoes of Cimabue and Giotto in Assisi, the magnificent Duomo of Orvieto, the rich archaeological museum, palaces and towers of Todi, the beautiful modern art collection from Palazzo Collicola, and the frescoes by Philippo Lippi in Spoleto. In the Marches we will discover the walled town of Gubbio and the Ducal Palace of Urbino which houses the National Gallery treasures. In the province of Sienna, we will stroll through the steep streets of Montepulciano, the heart of the Vino Nobile surrounded by enchanting landscapes.

 Ref. 3538– Price:  1 890 €, plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance.

18.10>22.10.2022><“>MUDÉJAR ART IN ARAGON                                       

Mudéjar architecture, a harmonious symbiosis between Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures, spread in Aragon from the 12th to the 17th century. This underestimated heritage has been recognized by Unesco for its incredible wealth. It can be discovered from the sublime Aljaferia in Zaragoza to the brick and ceramic towers of Teruel, passing through the fortified town of Daroca, the castle overlooking Alcaňiz or the church-fortress of Montalbán. Let’s not forget the Camon Aznar museum which honours Francisco Goya and the imposing Cistercian monastery of Poblet surrounded by vineyards.

Ref. 3561 – Price:  1 990 €, plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guides.

16.11> 19.11.2022>BERLIN AND BAUHAUS IN DESSAU

 The Neue Nationalgalerie, a modernist masterpiece by Mies van der Rohe, has reopened after 6 years of renovations to present pre-war art, mainly German but also international (Giacometti, Munch, Magritte …), in perspective with societal themes. The Humbold Forum has also opened its doors to bring its ethnographic collections into resonance with the interventions of contemporary artists. On our excursion to Dessau, we will visit the new museum dedicated to the Bauhaus as well as some great masters’ houses (Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky …).

Ref. 3562 – Price  1 850 €, plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guides.

16-17.03 2023 > VERMEER IN AMSTERDAM AND DELFT

Ref. 3630 – Price to be determined (coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance)

The Rijksmuseum is announcing the greatest retrospective ever dedicated to Vermeer. The results of the latest research on the artist, his artistic choice and his creation process, will also be presented, adding to the scope of the event. This discovery will be completed by a tour in the streets of Delft with the Vermeer Center, located on the historic site of the Guild of St Luke, the museum Het Prinsenhof, the old church and the new church… In Rotterdam, the Boijmans museum is reinventing the notion of reserve collection : the public can admire, in a gigantic ship-shaped construction covered with mirrors, about 151.000 works of art.

17-22.04 2023 > NAPLES AND CAMPANIA

Ref. 3631 – Price to be determined (plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance)

With its Renaissance and baroque palaces and churches, the old Naples and its wonderful gulf will surely seduce you. The archaeological museum tells the ancient history of Campania through reliefs, statues and frescoes, the Capodimonte Gallery hosts rooms full of treasures by Titian, Masaccio, El Greco and of Flemish painting, … Pompei, Herculanum, Capri, the so-called Villa of Poppaea in Oplontis, the temples of Paestum, are testimonies of the magnificence of the Greco-Roman civilization in an idyllic setting.

23-28.05 2023 > CAEN AND THE CASTLES OF NORMANDY

Ref. 3632 – Price to be determined (coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance)

To walk in the footsteps of William the Conqueror is full of surprises! His castle in Caen, built on a rocky outcrop, hosts one of the richest Fine Arts Museums in France. Its ‘Abbaye-aux-Hommes’ has a gothic choir and a wonderful romanesque nave. The cloister of the ‘Abbaye des Dames’ is a museum with paintings by Boudin, Monet, Courbet. The Bayeux Tapestry tells the exploits of William the Conqueror in a vivid, colourful and modern way. Normandy is a land of castles, like Crèvecœur with its dungeon of the XIth century, its chapel of the XIIth century and its dovecote of the XVth century ; Saint-Germain-de-Livet encircled by its moat, Fontaine- Henry from the XVth century, displaying paintings by Rubens, Titian, Correggio, while Vendeuvre is a fine example of a XVIIIth century Normand country house in an enchanting park.

13-18.06 2023 > THE GREAT FOUNDATIONS IN SOUTHERN FRANCE

Ref. 3633 – Price to be determined (plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance)

After Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, new art foundations situated in magnificent settings, have been built by famous architects in the 21st century. The vineyard of Château La Coste in Aix-en-Provence has been transformed in an art center by Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry et Tadao Ando. At the Moulin 13 des Serres in Muy, Bernar Venet presents his works and those by his friends from the American conceptual avant-garde. On the island of Porquerolles, the Carmignac Fondation is surrounded by an amazing park. Luma Arles launches its cultural activities from the glittering tower by Frank Gehry. Since 2022, the house and the workshop of the famous artists of abstract art, Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman, nested in a splendid estate above Antibes, are open to the public.

11-16.09 2023 > MILAN AND LOMBARDY

Ref. 3634 – Price to be determined (plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance)

Milan was built around the Duomo and the old medieval center shelters most of the museums, like the Museo del Novecento presenting not only works by the futurists but also by Picasso, Mondrian, De Chirico, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana with Botticelli, Leonardo, Titian, Caravaggio and the Pinacoteca di Brera with Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Canaletto, Raphael, Veronese… At the Villa Necchi Campiglio, we share the everyday life of a Milanese family from the 1930s in an Art deco interior, while the Prada Foundation introduced us to contemporary art in an old distillery, with works by Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst. In the surroundings, Bergamo, Cremona, Mantova and Pavia offer their architectural and artistic treasures.

01-08.10 2023 > JEWELS OF MALTA AND GOZO

Ref. 3635 – Price to be determined (plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance)

Blond as honey, Malta is full of discoveries. On the World Heritage List of the UNESCO, Valletta has many monuments, like the Grandmaster’s Palace, the ‘Auberge des chevaliers français’ and its archaeological museum, the ‘Auberge d’Italie’ and its Fine Arts Museum fully restored, the St John Co-Cathedral with the tombs of the Knights and the famous Caravaggio paintings, the new City Gate by Renzo Piano. On the island, the megalithic temples join greatness and refinement. The palaces of Mdina shelters the noble families of the island, the Domus romana in Rabat, roman antiquities. In addition to the temples from the neolithic of Ggantilla in Gozo, there are the ancient saltworks and the Blue Grotto, at the foot of the cliffs, with its water aquamarine coloured.

16-27.11 2023 > EGYPT, FROM ALEXANDRIA TO ABU SIMBEL

Ref. 2636 – Price to be determined (plane, coach, half-board accommodation, entrance fees and guidance)

The great library in Alexandria, built by the Norwegian architecture office Snohetta, is a spectacular success, with its breathtaking reading room, while the National Museum sums up the whole history of the city. The pyramids in Giza, the mastabas in Saqqara are real miracles. The new Museum in Cairo is a treasure chest for its sumptuous collections. The elegant temples in Luxor and Karnak, the sites of the Theban necropolis are bewitching. A cruise on the blue waters of the Nile will lead us to Assuan in the fascinating world of the Nubians with an unforgettable discovery of the royal colossus springing up from the mountain in Abu Simbel.


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