Friday 8 (afterwork) to Sunday 10 May 2020
Paris, Giverny & Auvers-sur-Oise
Transportation by 4* luxury coach
Accommodation in a 3* hotel (excellent reviews & location)
This trip will be postponed and we hope to give the new date by the end of June / early July.
Likely we travel in September or October.
This brand-new art trip leads us to Paris as the starting point for a weekend dedicated to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and in particular to two of the world’s most famous artists: Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. We will visit 4 amazing museums in and around Paris, see the places where these masters lived and painted, and learn more about these beloved art movements. All under the professional guidance of 2 official guides who have an outstanding knowledge of each of the destinations. We travel by comfortable bus from Place Schuman and stay in a good 4* hotel at an excellent location. And of course we only take Brussels nicest expats and international Belgians with us.
This trip is now open for reservations. Unfortunately the trip has become more expensive than initially foreseen, simply because we included more (2 very nice lunches), the very expensive tour guides who in our eyes will make this trip much more special, and (believe it or not) the extremely high bus parking fees in Paris.
What is included?
This brand-new trips includes many items already to make sure you can fully enjoy this art learning experience.
- Transportation by 4* luxury coach
- 1 large suitcase per person
- 2 nights in great Ibis Styles Boulogne***
- 2x buffet breakfasts
- Entrance fees Musée Marmottan Monet
- Guided tour Musée Marmottan Monet: Cézanne temporary exhibition
- Guided tour Musée Marmottan Monet: Permanent collection Monet
- 2-course lunch on Saturday in Giverny
- Entrance fees & time-reservation Claude Monet gardens & house
- Guided tour Claude Monet gardens & house
- Entrance fees Musée des Impressionisms
- Guided audio tour Musée des Impressionisms
- Entrance fees Musée d’Orsay
- Self-guided tour “Impressionism floor” Musée d’Orsay
- A 3-courses lunch Auberge Ravoux in Auvers-sur-Oise
- Entrance fees Auberge Ravoux, room of Vincent van Gogh
- Long guided tour in Auvers-sur-Oise
- A great group of international people
- A lifetime memory
What things are optional for this trip?
The standard trip fee includes already many items as described above. During the reservation process you can indicate what else you would like.
- Single room
- Evening visit to Eiffel Tower (request for reservation, not payable yet)
What hotel are we staying in?
We are staying in a well-reviewed and highly rated 3* hotel in an excellent location for our visits in Paris. In this hotel you can choose between a single room (surcharge), a double room (one large bed), a twin room (2 single beds). If you are alone you can choose a single room, but also a twin room and share it with another person. You won’t have to search for a room partner yourself, we will introduce you to the other person
Coach pick-up points
- Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC bank on roundabout)
- La Chasse (bus stop on Chaussée d’Auderghem, right before intersection)
- Metro Delta (bus stop on Avenue Beaulieu next to Metro exit)
- Metro Hermann-Debroux (long bus stop “under elevated highway” next to Loxam)
Who can join this trip?
One question is on the mind of many people who joined our trips… Do I fit into this group? The answer is simple! Expat Club is such a diverse and welcoming group of international people, that it is almost impossible not to fit in. We are open for:
- Members & non-members
- Expats & (international) Belgians
- All ages, including children
- Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
- Introverts & extroverts
- Art lovers and those exploring art
Families & groups
Families are more than welcome on this special art trip. Children up to 18 years will get a discount, but please note this trip is probably only interesting for children from about 10 years old.
4 to 12 years: €150 discount
13 to 17 years: €100 discount
If you travel with a family or a small group of friends or colleagues, please contact us before by email or phone to ensure the discounts will be applied, 0495-345144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As with all Expat Club trips our program has been carefully designed. The set-up is such that we first explore the artist Monet on Saturday, followed by Van Gogh on Sunday, and to “glue it all together” we visit the incredible Musée d’Orsay in between. To fully enjoy our time, we already leave on Friday evening, so we can wake up in Paris on Saturday morning and immediately enjoy this amazing weekend.
The below schedule is tentative. Until we open up this trip for actual bookings we may still change some things.
Friday 8 May
We depart afterwork to Paris. No need to ask for a free day. Check-in at a nice hotel at an excellent location in Paris.
18h00 – Departure from Place Schuman (followed by La Chasse, Metro Delta, Metro Hermann-Debroux)
20h30 – Highway stop (dinner)
21h15 – Continuation to Paris
23h00 – Arrival hotel & check-in
Saturday 9 May
This day is fully dedicated to Claude Monet. In the morning we visit the Musée Marmottan Monet (incl. guided tour) in the 16th arrondissement. This small museum features over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, including his 1872 Impression, Sunrise. It is the largest collection of his works. After our visit we get on the bus and drive towards Giverny for a visit to the famous Monet Gardens (incl guided tour) and the Musée des Impressionisms (incl guided tour). In the evening, for those who want, we also go up the Eiffel Tower with time-reserved tickets.
09h30 – Departure from our hotel by metro
10h00 – Musée Marmottan Monet
10h00 – Temporary exhibition: Cézanne and the Master Painters. A dream of Italy
11h00 – Permanent exhibition: Claude Monet – worldwide largest collection
12h00 – Departure to Giverny
13h15 – 2-course lunch in Hotel Baudy
14h15 – Guided tour in Monet Gardens & Monet House
16h30 – Guided tour in Musée des Impressionisms
18h00 – Free time & Dinner
20h30 – Return to Paris
22h00 – Optional evening visit to Eiffel Tower or Bateau Mouches (t.b.c.)
Sunday 10 May
Today we pass the bridge from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism by having a guided tour along the world-famous and magical collection of these beloved art-movements in the outstanding Musée d’Orsay. There will also be time to visit the rest of the museum. After lunch we move into the post-impressionism era and learn more about the final months of Vincent van Gogh’s life in Auvers-sur-Oise. We will see the small in which he lived in Auberge Ravoux, the locations where he painted including the church, and of course visit his grave.
09h00 – Checkout & departure from hotel
09h30 – Musée d’Orsay & self-guided tour
12h15 – Departure to Auvers-sur-Oise
13h30 – 3-course lunch in Auberge Ravoux
14h30 – Guided tour in Auvers
18h30 – Departure to Brussels
22h00 – Arrival Brussels
Expat Club always arranges good local guides to show us around. We believe that only with an engaged, passionate and knowledgeable guide you will be able to truly understand what you are looking at or where you are. During our previous daytrips to Giverny we were shown around the Monet gardens several times by Margarita Séguy and Stéphanie Gibeaux. These lovely French ladies will stay with us almost the entire weekend. On Saturday they will welcomee
Oscar-Claude Monet was a French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting.
On Saturday morning we visit the Musée Marmottan Monet. It is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and features over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, including his 1872 Impression, Sunrise. It is the largest collection of his works. The museum also contains works by Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfrey Sisley, Camille Pissaor, Paul Gaugain, Paul Signac, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and others.
The museum also houses the Wildenstein Collection of illuminated manuscripts and the Jules and Paul Marmottan collection of Napoleonic era art and furniture. The Museum’s fame is the result of a donation in 1966 by Michel Monet, Claude’s second son and only heir. (source: Wikipedia). Our 2 guides will show us around in this museum on Saturday morning.
This beautiful little town lies about 70km West from Paris and is all about Claude Monet. Our two guides also work for the Fondation Claude Monet and will therefore guide our group through his beautiful gardens, including those with the famous ponds and the Japanese bridge. You can visit his house, which still looks like it was over one hundred years ago. We will also enjoy a guided tour through the Musée des Impressionismes. And finally you can explore the many galleries, shops, bars and restaurants in town, as well as the countless beautiful spots inside and outside the village. This is truly a day to remember, and a must for every art lover.
After our visit to the Marmottan museum we drive straight to Giverny where we will have first launch in the famous Hotel-Restaurant Baudy. This “établissement” was frequented by many famous artists, including Cézanne, Renoir, Sisley, Rodin, Mary Cassatt, du temps de Monet. Lunch is included, simply because we have a compact schedule and we want to make sure you enjoy an optimal program this weekend. We enjoy a 2-course meal. A vegetarian option is available as well (you can indicate this during checkout).
Cuisse de poulet à l’estragon
Servi avec un millefeuille de pomme de terre
Ile flottante sur crème anglaise avec ses amandes torréfiées
wine and coffee
Walking around these garden, you will see why these places inspired the master of Impressionism. You will cross the famous Japanese bridge and stroll around the waterlily pond to observe the ever changing reflections on the water surface. Then we will get back to the Clos Normand, the gorgeous flower garden blooming from spring to fall. You will learn how Monet himself designed it by applying his skills for painting to gardening.
We will walk through the gardens where the Master painted so often, including the waterlilies pond with the green bridge that inspired him for so many paintings. This is literally the place where the Master painted himself.
After the tour ends you will be invited to check out Monet’s house to see how he lived and worked. It’s a lovely house with colourful decorations as you can see on the pictures above. “Claude Monet lived in his home at Giverny for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926. During this very long time, he laid out the house to his own tastes, adapting it to the needs of his family and professional life.“
The house looks exactly as it did on Monet’s times, with the studio-sitting-room, Monet’s and Alice’s bedrooms, the yellow dining-room with its surprising collection of Japanese woodblocks and the kitchen decorated with blue tiles. Our guide will tell you about the way Monet transformed it to his own style. Thanks to many details about Monet’s family life in this very place you will take a leap backwards to the 19th Century. (source: http://giverny.org/monet/home/)
Giverny has much more to offer than Monet’s house and gardens. There is namely also a superb impressionism museum. A visit to this village is not complete without also seeing this art institution. Your trip ticket already includes the entrance fees for the museum and its gardens. Due to the very positive feedback we received last years about the guided tour there, we also include this in the overall trip fee.
Exhibition: Plein air. From Corot to Monet
The practice of plein-air painting, championed by the Impressionists and their critics for its authenticity and spontaneity, was not an innovation of the 1870s. It was the culmination of a long process during which landscape painting emerged as a separate genre. The musée des impressionnismes Giverny traces the history of plein-air painting, from the 18th century to 1873, the year before the term “Impressionism” was invented. From travelling artists to the Barbican School and the first Impressionists, the exhibition Plein air. From Corot to Monet will present around 80 works by such artists as Joseph Mallord William Turner, Camille Corot, Eugène Boudin or Claude Monet.
Alternative visits Saturday
In case you have already visited Giverny with us the past years (or at another occasion), you are of course welcome to join us again. However, we can also offer that you visit a place close to Giverny where Claude Monet painted, namely the Castle of Roche-Guyon. Our guides will not show you around there, but we can check out the possibilities for you. Please contact us for this option at email@example.com.
The Musée d’Orsay is located on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum’s opening in 1986.
Our guides will show us around this spectacular art collection on Sunday morning. It’s the perfect place to make the jump from Impressionism to post-Impressionism, and to prepare ourselves for the afternoon visit to the final place where Van Gogh used to live, Auvers-sur-Oise.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life.
Today we visit the last place where he lived and painted, Auvers-sur-Oise.
The Auberge Ravoux
The Ravoux Inn is situated in the heart of the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, just 22 miles from Paris. It was the last home of Vincent van Gogh… who, in a life lasting 37 years, had no fewer than 37 successive addresses in The Netherlands, Belgium, England and France.
The Inn is listed as a French Historical Landmark, and is the only one of Van Gogh’s known dwelling places to be preserved in its original state. The painter’s spirit lives on in the tiny room of the attic floor of the Ravoux Inn, and it is there, in room number 5, that his glorious reputation gives way to an atmosphere of intimacy.
Upon arrival in Auvers-sur-Oise we will first enjoy a nice lunch in the Auberge Ravoux. Indeed, we will be in the place where Vincent had his last lunch 130 years ago. There is a delicious set menu. Of course there is a vegetarian alternative (indicate this during checkout):
Duo de Pleurotes Poêlées, Crème de Champignons de Paris, Lard Paysan
Véritable Blanquette de Veau à l’Ancienne
Soupe de Poire, Chantilly à la Cardamone, Cristalline de Poire
The House of Van Gogh is a ‘place of memory’ yet at the same time also a place of life; just as in 1890 the dining room welcomes many customers, some of them from far across the world, in the warm and authentic atmosphere of an artists’ café of many years ago. Vincent van Gogh spent only 70 days in Auvers-sur-Oise. Yet he was extraordinarily prolific in this short time, because he was inspired by the picturesque site with its inhabitants and surroundings to paint close to 80 canvases, which are brought alive for us in the winding streets of the village.
We will visit the Auberge and the attic on Sunday late afternoon, but we will already have lunch there.
Hotel & bus
We will be staying two nights in the excellent 3* Ibis Styles Paris 16 Boulogne at just a few metro stops from the Eiffel Tower and the Monet Museum. This highly-rated hotel features a garden and a bar, as well comfortable air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and a private bathroom. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Every morning a nice continental breakfast its served.
In this hotel we can offer you a single room (for 1 person, surcharge applies), a double room (one large bed for a couple or parent/child), or a twin bed room (2 single beds, for 2 friends sharing or for 2 solo travellers who would like to share and prevent paying for the single surcharge). You can indicate your preference during the checkout process.
Room sharing option
For 2 friends travelling together we can offer a comfortable twin room with 2 single beds. These rooms are also offered to our solo travellers who would rather not pay the surcharge for a single room. We offer this free service for those travelling alone to share a room with another traveller. During the reservation process you can simply indicate you would like to stay in a twin room. You will not have to worry about finding a room partner. During the trip to Paris we namely introduce you to the other ladies and gentlemen who also would like to share a room. Naturally we only offer single gender rooms (note only 1 male shared room available).
We will be travelling with a comfortable and private 4* coach with reclining seats and foot rests. The bus has an on-board toilet, and several flatscreen TVs with a DVD system. A professional driver will be with us the entire weekend.
- This trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are indicative and may change if required by various circumstances (e.g. traffic conditions).
- The trip is carried out by one of our trusted coach partners.
- The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation and/or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do or do not want in the package, please let us know and we may consider an up-sell or a small discount on a case by case basis.
- You are personally responsible for getting a good travel insurance that covers you for any unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses during the trip. We also advise you to get a travel cancellation insurance in case you cannot join anymore (e.g. due to illness or a family emergency).
- You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip. If you share the room with someone else you are equally responsible for leaving it the way you found it.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for long delays that influence the program, for instance delayed or cancelled flights that lead to missed guided tours, neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the airplane, water taxi, blocked streets / canals etc. We are doing our very best to pro-actively avoid problems and possibly adapt the program in the most optimal way.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during the visit the various festivities in the city.
- Expat Club cannot be held liable for you losing your way in Paris. It is your responsibility to stay with the group and to find your own way back if necessary, as well as to be on time for all departures.
- If you do not have a room partner and you still would like to share a room (male/male, female/female), then we will introduce you to all other ladies or gentlemen in the group in the same position. During the outbound trip we will connect you with others in the same position. If you opt for the room-sharing, you will not have to pay the single fee if there is in the end no one else to share the room with, unless you decide to take a single room during the trip. In that case you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
- If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, either from the same order or from a separate one once you indicated you want to share the room with him or her, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
- Expat Club may “upgrade” or “downgrade” you to another hotel. In case of a downgrade, you will receive a reasonable compensation. This is not our normal way of working, but it does happen that hotels accidentally overbook or experience problems (Expat Club itself does never overbook trips!).