French Art Voyage: Paris, the Rhône and the French Riviera

Discover French artistry from the Mediterranean to Paris, reveling in museums, sculpture gardens, vineyards and the timeless landscapes that inspired many of Europe’s masters.
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Program No. 22040RJ
14 days
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We had thoroughly wonderful time on this program. Our leader, Kate, was first rate and kept things organized, interesting, and fun. We saw some amazing art, and our local guides helped us understand it at a deeper level. Since we started in southern France, there was a strong emphasis on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, but other art movements were explored as well. The food was absolutely delicious, even everyday meals were special. The architecture was fascinating, from ancient Roman ruins to Gothic cathedrals, to a Russian Orthodox church, to a modern Matisse-designed chapel, to small village houses, every location was different and a new adventure. Our personal favorite location was the small fortified hilltop city of St. Paul de Vence, full of lots of twisty passages all different. The cruise on the Rhone River far exceeded our expectations. The ship, MS Van Gogh, had just had a total retrofit and was surprisingly roomy and fresh - the perfect balance of luxury and casual feel. The crew worked hard to ensure that we were comfortable. This was our first riverboat cruise, but won’t be our last. There is always something to see, you dock right near the sites, you travel without have to unpack each night, and the food was the best I have had on a RS trip. RS always seems to attract interesting people to their programs, and we enjoyed spending time and exchanging stories with our fellow travelers. RS had an exclusive booking of the MS Van Gogh and we shared the ship with three other RS programs. It was fun getting to know the other travelers and the other leaders. If you love art, if you love gourmet food, if you love ancient buildings, if you love French culture, if you love riverboat cruising, then this is a great program to choose. And if you don’t currently know much about those things, you will learn to love them by the time your trip ends.


On a scale of 1-10...it was a 20! Saw France as I had never seen it before...from Nice to Paris... museums...artist's homes....chapels... The food was excellent...the hotels were wonderful... Would like to do it again....soon!


Absolutely fabulous trip. The art and cultural locations were fascinating and were enhanced by the lovely accommodations, great food and fantastic leaders.


If you like Impressionist painters and river boat cruising, then this is the program for you.

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