Explore the eras and immerse yourself in two of the world’s great art cities, traveling through two millennia of styles. Think ancient Rome, Bernini and Caravaggio, Renaissance legends and the baroque of Borromini. Then medieval Paris, Impressionist landscapes, famous Parisian galleries and those lesser-known. This handcrafted art tour led by specialist guides reveals many of the world’s great collections and individual works.
Paris – Ile de la Cite and the River Seine Introduce You To Paris
Into the City of Light with art as a lens, six days of elegance and extravagance to come as you touch down in Paris. Check in to the hotel and relax. The city’s great artery provides your introduction, a cruise on the River Seine, and a journey through the heart of France’s capital. Disembark at Ile de la Cite and walk across the cobbles, Notre Dame rising high above you as Sant Chapelle casts a shadow from behind. Take it slow. Enter the holy shrine. Cross a graceful bridge and feel your heartbeat slow down. You can’t rush Paris. You have to see this city slowly and that’s what this first day is all about, tuning you into a rhythm that will allow for real exploration.
Paris – The Louvre and Medieval Artisanal Architecture
Paris – Paris of the Impressionists
Paris – Van Gogh and Monet in the Countryside
Paris – Post-Impressionism and the National Opera House
Paris – Local Neighborhoods and Fabulous Collections of Foreign Artists
Rome – Eternal City Introduction and Italian Art Overview
Rome – The City of the Caesars
Rome – Memoirs to the Renaissance, With a Focus on Michelangelo and Raphael
Rome – Late Mannerism and Baroque: Bernini and Caravaggio
Rome – The City of Borromini
Rome – Coming Full Circle Through Art and Architecture
Rome – Departure
- Explore how Renaissance artists influenced Rome, a day dedicated to the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, and others
- Gaze upon the landscapes immortalized by Monet and the Impressionists, spending a day in and around Giverny
- Discover Rome’s baroque era, as created by legendary architect Francesco Borromini
- Tour Paris’s famous art galleries with a specialist guide, places like the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay far more impressive when you’re in good hands
- Walk through the city of the Caesars and immerse yourself in both the art and architecture of Ancient Rome
- Journey through artisanal Parisian neighborhoods and discover the city’s lesser-celebrated galleries, such as Musee de l’Orangerie and Musee Rodin
- Experience the world of Bernini and Caravaggio, Rome packed full of their late mannerism and baroque works
- Find some of Paris’s grandest architecture, such as third-century baths, Opera Nacional de Paris and the Pompidou
- Piece together churches that house priceless religious art, not just the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel but also the works of Correggio, Titian, Giotto and Velasquez
There is much more to Paris’s art scene than the Louvre. While it may be very special, there is more to Rome than Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. These are cities that have always been at the forefront of the art world. This handcrafted 13-day tour will take you through the artistic eras. Visit small churches where legendary works hang above the altar. Explore mostly unknown galleries, where the collections are an authentic part of Europe’s old art scene. Visit the landscapes that inspired artists and the neighborhoods they lived in. Discover the grand architecture that went on to influence the world. Specialist art guides lead the way and the 12 days are liberally packed with world greats.
The greatest highlight of the tour is to understand and appreciate changes through the eras. In Paris, you go from the medieval to the Impressionists, with all the relevant stops along the way. A Roman journey takes you from the time of the Caesars, through Mannerism art and the baroque design of Borromini, then onwards to the Renaissance painters and more. Most days are dedicated to a particular era or set of artists, so you can really delve into a specific theme or style, and understand the influences that have made it so special. It’s the quality of the guidance that makes all the difference. Guides know which way to turn in each gallery, which church houses a monumental work, and all those stories that help to complete the picture.
In the French capital, you explore close to a dozen galleries and museums, as well as walk local neighborhoods and have a day in Giverny, a place at the heart of Impressionism. Exploring the Italian capital has a chronological structure, starting with the ancient empire. Spend a day with Michelangelo and Raphael, a day with Bernini and Caravaggio, then a day exploring the city made by Borromini. Eventually, you’ll come full circle, sitting on a piazza with an espresso in hand, 12 days of authentic art to reflect upon.
$3,570 per person (excluding international flights)
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