France·October 18 - 24 2024

Paris Artists & Authors, Yesterday & Today

Come and explore Paris through the eyes of the artists and authors who put their stamp on this illustrious city.

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Overview

Imagine starting a history-filled adventure in Paris, where we’ll explore the inspirations of Hemingway and the artistry of a stained-glass maker and poet. We’ll delve into what drove Delacroix to create his masterpieces and experience the vibrancy of a building filled with modern-day painters. It’s a journey that promises to captivate your imagination and leave you longing for more. We’ll uncover iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and favorite Parisian restaurants. Paris has been the muse for artists and writers for centuries, and it continues to inspire today. Picture yourself sipping coffee at a quaint café, savoring pastries, and wandering through charming neighborhoods, each corner holding a unique story that adds to the city’s magic. Join former literary agent Katrin, whose passion for literature, travel, and art will illuminate our journey. Photographer Krystal Kenney will guide us through the stunning Luxembourg Gardens, offering a photo lesson and professional photoshoot to capture the essence of our Parisian adventure. Let Paris enchant you like never before—ready to join us on this unforgettable journey?

Highlights

Visit artist, Jacqueline Marval's art collection

Visit artist, Jacqueline Marval's art collection

Discover artist ateliers, past and present

Discover artist ateliers, past and present

Learn about natural wine

Learn about natural wine

Explore the Louvre and Orsay with an expert

Explore the Louvre and Orsay with an expert

Learn Photography Skills from our Expert

Learn Photography Skills from our Expert

Dine on Chef Alain Ducasse's Cruise on the Seine

Dine on Chef Alain Ducasse's Cruise on the Seine

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Day 1: Friday, October 18, 2024

Once comfortably settled into the stylish Left Bank retreat, Hotel Le Recamier, named after Juliette Recamier, the captivating hostess and muse of Revolutionary Paris, our evening begins at 6pm with a welcoming drink and introductions. We'll then embark on a leisurely stroll to Le Recamier for a delightful dinner.  

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Dinner

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Transfer from the airport

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Day 2: Saturday, October 19, 2024

Begin your week with a visit to the Comité Jacqueline Marval, where you'll uncover the remarkable collection of this celebrated artist. Apollinaire himself hailed her as "one of the most remarkable artists of our time." Prepare to be captivated by her unique vision and artistic prowess—you're about to discover what makes her work truly unforgettable. 

Afterward, treat yourself to a leisurely lunch at Les Deux Musée, where classic French cuisine harmonizes with the elegant surroundings. 

In the afternoon, bask in the soft, golden light filtering through the upper floors of the Musée d’Orsay. Here, the works of impressionist masters come to life, capturing fleeting moments and emotions in strokes of brilliance.

As evening descends, savor a memorable dinner at Saint Pourçain, where fine dining meets Parisian ambiance.

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Day 3: Sunday, October 20, 2024

Our first stop today is a visit to Stephanie McKenzie, one of the talented members of the eight-level atelier Le 100 Establishment. This vibrant community of painters and artists offers an immersive experience into the creative process, showcasing a diverse range of artistic expressions and techniques.

For lunch, we'll dine at the historic La Closerie des Lilasa charming brasserie known for its exquisite French cuisine and rich literary history. Savor delicious dishes in a setting once frequented by renowned figures like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

After lunch, we'll embark on a Hemingway in Paris Walking History Tour. This walk takes you through the heart of literary Paris, retracing the steps of famous writers who once called this city home. Our guide will weave a captivating narrative, bringing Hemingway's Paris to life. 

In the afternoon, we'll explore the small but enchanting Musée National Eugène Delacroix. Nestled in the shadows of the great Romantic artist's former home, this museum offers an intimate glimpse into the great painter's life and work. Admire his masterpieces and gain insight into his artistic journey.

The rest of the evening is yours to explore at your own pace.

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Day 4: Monday, October 21, 2024

Start your day with an enchanting visit to the Musée de Louvre, where you’ll be immersed in the splendor of world-renowned masterpieces. Wander through the grand halls, marveling at iconic works like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Let the captivating art and rich history of this magnificent museum set the tone for your day.

After soaking in the beauty of the Louvre, we'll enjoy a delightful lunch near the Palais Royal at the charming Le Nemours. Nestled in a picturesque setting, this café offers a perfect blend of Parisian elegance and culinary delight. The restaurant is famous for its delicious Croque Madame and some of the nicest servers in Paris. 

Following a delightful lunch, we'll embark on a captivating journey through the Jardin du Luxembourg with our talented artist, Krystal. She'll share her expert tips and tricks for capturing the perfect photos in Paris with your phone or camera. As we explore the gardens and uncover hidden gems, you'll have the opportunity to photograph over 100 statues dedicated to the artists, authors, and infamous women from French history. This picturesque setting offers endless inspiration for creating stunning images and unforgettable memories.

After a lovely day exploring and learning, we'll head back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest. Later, we’ll meet in the lobby to walk to dinner. Tonight’s dining experience is at La Maison du Jardin, where you’ll enjoy a delectable meal in a warm, inviting ambiance.

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Day 5: Tuesday, October 22, 2024

Today, we’ll step into the enchanting world of Alison Grace Koehler's atelier. Immerse yourself in the creative ambiance, where Alison's vibrant artwork and unique creations are sure to inspire and captivate.

For lunch, we will dine at the casual yet artsy French Café de l’Esplanade. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and delightful cuisine, a perfect spot to savor the flavors of Paris and recharge for the afternoon.

We'll then spend the afternoon wandering the charming streets of Paris, making our way to the magnificent Musée Rodin. Here, you'll be mesmerized by the stunning sculptures and beautiful gardens, a true testament to Rodin's genius.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please. Perhaps you'll choose to shop at the local boutiques, or browse around the historic Invalides, soaking in the rich history and culture of the area.

We'll reconvene in the lobby at around 5 pm to head to the iconic Shakespeare & Company This legendary bookstore, brimming with literary treasures, offers a magical experience for book lovers.

After exploring the bookstore, we'll take a leisurely walk to dinner at Otto by Eric Trochon. Indulge in a delectable meal at this renowned restaurant, where culinary artistry meets a warm, inviting atmosphere, wrapping up our delightful day in Paris.

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Day 6: Wednesday, October 23, 2024

After breakfast, we’ll take a nostalgic stroll through the charming streets of Montmartre, leading us to the Musée de Montmartre. Immerse yourself in the history of this iconic neighborhood, once home to legendary artists, and explore the captivating exhibits that bring its artistic heritage to life.

For lunch, we’ll dine at the picturesque Le Moulin de la Galette, a historic windmill turned restaurant that offers a delightful blend of French cuisine and rustic charm. Enjoy a leisurely meal and some free time to wander the enchanting streets of Montmartre, perhaps visiting local shops or simply soaking in the atmosphere.

Our final meal will be a celebratory dinner to remember as we glide down the Seine on famed chef Alain Ducasse’s floating restaurant. Indulge in exquisite dishes while taking in the breathtaking views of Paris illuminated by night, creating a perfect and unforgettable end to our journey.

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Day 7: Thursday, October 24, 2024

“America is my country, but Paris is my home” Gertrude Stein. Paris lives on in the hearts of everyone who has visited. After a morning cafe and croissant, we bid you adieu or better still à bientôt.

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Breakfast

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Transfer to the airport

You'll Be Staying Here

Paris Artists & Authors, Yesterday & Today

Paris Artists & Authors, Yesterday & Today

Hotel Le Recamier is situated on Place Saint Sulpice in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés. 

Hosts

Katrin Hodapp

Katrin Hodapp

A 25-year resident in her adopted Paris, Katrin has turned from a career as an international literary agent where she was responsible for several bestselling authors in France to sharing her passion for literature, travel and art. She speaks five languages fluently, and when not guiding visitors in France, Holland, and Morocco, she is an active translator in the film industry. She's always keen to find the perfect view, the ideal bistro and the hidden gem to make the trips she leads seamless and memorable.

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$7,995

"Paris is always a good idea"- Aubrey Hepburn

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For centuries, Paris has beckoned artists worldwide, offering boundless education and inspiration amid its artistic riches and galleries. It proudly holds the title of "City of Art", boasting renowned museums like the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. Today, a vibrant artist community thrives here, set against a backdrop of iconic landmarks and architectural marvels—the majestic Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower—making Paris a global treasure.

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What's Included

What's Included

Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals and teas plus beer or wine with dinner

All guides

Museum or other entry fees

All in-town transport except transfers to and from the airport.

Roundtrip airfare to France

Expenses of a personal nature – telephone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc.

Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

Gratuities

Reviews

"Things that really made this trip worth it for me - 1. Escorting me from the airport, this was worth its weight in gold as a stress relief 2. Having the guided tours at every museum, learned so much more than I normally would have, and the in-ear audio helps a lot as well 3. Skipping the queue! nothing like not having to wait to get in at places 4. Having the majority of the restaurants picked - less research/time for me, and I was exposed to a great variety that I wouldn't necessarily chosen myself 5. Art, art, art, I loved it 6. Downtime in the afternoon was good to have, needed 7. Visiting the individual artist's ateliers was more special than I thought it would be."

Carolyn H., CA, USA, 2023 Trip Guest

FAQs

Fly into Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris.

The trip officially starts on the afternoon of October 18th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Paris, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of booking your room to make sure that you stay in the same room until the trip starts.

We will have a Zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

You are extra lucky and have two trip leaders on this trip. Katrin Hodapp and Krystal Kenney. To read more about them, here is a link to their bios on the website.

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Paris Artists & Authors, Yesterday & Today

France· October 18 - 24 2024· 6 nights

FROM$7,995/pp