The palace of Versailles: the glory of the Sun King
Through a visit to the State Apartments, imagine the pomp of the court of Louis XIV, Sun King and patron of the arts who attempted to develop the arts and wanted his palace to reflect the radiance of France and the absolute monarchy.
Royal day trip in Versailles: palace, gardens, Trianon and the Queen's hamlet
After the visit of the State Apartments, we will explore the splendid French style gardens Louis XIV was so proud of. Then we will visit the estate of Trianon, landscaped in order to offer some privacy away from the public life of the palace and the constraints of the protocole. Finally you will fall in love with the Queen's hamlet, a piece of heaven in a pastoral setting designed for Marie-Antoinette.
Monet at Giverny
Between the Paris region and Normandy, we will follow the footsteps of Monet, in the intimacy of his house, and of course through the garden that the painter gardener designed as a live painting. We will end the visit by a stroll to the church and the family tomb.
Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise
In the 19th century the trend was for countryside picnics and canoeing. The banks of the Oise River used to attract a lot of painters and Van Gogh settled there in 1890 nearby Docteur Paul Gachet. In this charming village, we will follow the footsteps of Van Gogh to the Ravoux Inn, the church, and the tomb where he lies with his brother Theo next to the wheat fields.
Optional: the chateau of Auvers-sur-Oise and Docteur Gachet's house
The chateau of Malmaison
In the intimacy of Napoleon and Josephine
Major place of the consular period, we will discover the residence of the Bonaparte couple, the Empire style furniture and the sophisticated taste of Josephine. We will end the visit by a stroll in the rose garden and the English style garden.
Optional: the park of Bois-Preau and the church of Rueil (Josephine's and Hortense's tombs)
The cathedral of Chartres and the medieval town
Major pilgrimage site overlooking the Beauce plain, the cathedral of Chartres is renowned to be the most complete and the best preserved of the gothic cathedrals. You will be marveled by the exceptional quality of its stained-glass windows and the richness of its sculpted decorations. Located on the banks of the Eure River, the old town will charm you with its enchanting little streets and half-timbered houses.