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Travel Cannes to Bordeaux with Artist Brian Healey.

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We are pleased to present to you our special Art & Gardens tour of France. Travel from with Artist Brian Healey, where you will enjoy the opportunity to participate in art classes along the way. All materials will be provided as well as tuition from Brian which is suitable for both beginners and experienced water colour artists. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTIFNB14A
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ships and Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Nice to Bourdeaux
Meals included: 30

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Nice to Cannes

Arrive into Nice and be transferred to your hotel in Cannes, in the heart of the French Riviera.
Stay: Three Nights: Cannes, Pullman Cannes Mandelieu
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Villa Ephrussi

Today we visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, once home to Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild. Later, visit the acclaimed Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Cannes Painting Intensive

Today we spend the day painting with Brian beginning with an initial introduction and weather permitting, enjoying our scenic location to paint ‘plein air’. The day is suitable for both beginners and experienced water colour artists.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. La Louve Garden

Explore La Louve Garden, a private French contemporary garden before travelling to Avignon.
Stay: Two Nights: Avignon, Grand Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Avignon Gardens

Visit Brantes Castle, a contemporary garden with a Tuscan influence and tour Saint Andre Abbey and gardens. Have time to explore Avignon, perhaps tour the Papal Palace.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Carcassonne & Canal du Midi Dinner Cruise

Depart Avignon for Carcassonne, a hilltop town famous for its walled fortifications. This evening enjoy a dinner cruise along the famous Canal du Midi.
Stay: Carcassonne, Hotel de la Cite
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. French Countryside

Travel through the French countryside. Enjoy a delicious French cuisine Farewell Lunch before arriving at your ship, docked on the Garonne River. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and meet your crew and guest lecturers.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS AmaDolce, a luxurious small river ship (less than 100 guests)
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Cadillac, Sauternes or Water Lilies, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a morning sail through French villages and landscapes. From Cadiallac travel to Le Temple-sur-Lot to see a unique water lily garden where Claude Monet began his obsession with painting water lilies. Founded in 1280, the walled village of Cadillac offers a wealth of historic treasures and sights. Others may choose to visit Château de La Brède, once the home of the philosopher, Montesquieu, to tour its English style garden. Afterwards, head to the family winery of Château De Myrat for a tour which includes a tasting of Sauternes’ world famous dessert wines.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Pauillac, Private Garden, Freedom of Choice

Today, we see the lovely village town on the left bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée), a government controlled designation of origin which signifies where grapes are grown. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tastingand learn the art of barrel making. There is also the option to visit a beautiful private garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Blaye, Cognac & Château Gardens, Freedom of Choice

Today you can choose to spend a full day visiting château gardens including the well-known Château La Roche Courbon also known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’. Alternatively discover the town of Blaye, including a walk along its 17th century citadel. After lunch, perhaps journey to Cognac for a tour and a tasting or sail to the town of Bourg.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Bergerac, Private Garden & SaintÉmilion, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a relaxing morning cruising, then explore the picturesque and historic village of Bergerac on the northern bank of the Dordogne River. Visit the nearby Les Jardins de Sardy, one of the best private gardens in the Dordogne area with its Italian style yet English garden feel. Alternatively travel to World Heritage-listed Saint-Émilion. Explore its remarkable network of cellars and tunnels which have been used in the making of sparkling wines since the 19th century. After a tour, enjoy a glass of bubbles and a selection of Saint-Émilion’s macarons.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Libourne, Caviar, Art Lecture, Freedom of Choice

This morning tour Libourne including a visit to a caviar estate. This afternoon enjoy an art lecture as we cruise to Bordeaux where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular dinner. Later, take in the sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Bordeaux, Botanical Gardens, Musee des Beaux Arts, Freedom of Choice

Your choices this morning including seeing the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot or perhaps visit the Musee des Beaux Arts with an art expert. Perhaps visit Bordeaux Botanical Gardens, recognised as progressive projects of landscape architecture. Enjoy a free afternoon.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux

Disembark your ship for the final time after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Stay on the French Riviera & explore Villa Ephrussi
  • Enjoy a painting intensive in Cannes
  • Tour gardens in Provence; La Louve, Brantes Castle & St Andre Abbey
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Canal du Midi
  • Stroll the grounds & gardens of French châteaux with your Botanical Guide
  • Explore Le Temple-sur-Lot the water lily garden that inspired Monet
  • Tour Château de La Brede former home of philosopher Montesquieu
  • Explore Bordeaux on a walking tour
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Pauillac
  • Visit Libourne & enjoy a tasting in a cave in St Émilion

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned & Art Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, as well as tipping & port taxes
  • 30 Meals – 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 10 Dinners
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks included with lunch & dinner on board the ship
  • Art supplies & tuition from Brian

Additional Information

Fitness level

  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

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