GIVERNY & HONFLEUR the steps of the Impressionists


9th - 14th September, 2019

Giverny rose to fame in 1883 when Claude Monet discovered it while looking out of the train window. (trains moved a lot slower in those days). Now art lovers from all over the world flock to the village to marvel at the gardens and pay homage to the master of impressionism.
The light in September is soft and gentle with a promise of autumn and we have chosen our dates with this in mind. We will have time to ourselves in the gardens after the tourists have left to help maximise our creativity in this most enchanting of locations. The lily pond will be ours, as will the astonishing flower gardens in the early evening light.
The village of Giverny sits quietly on the right bank of the Seine and is equally picturesque with its winding narrow lanes and ivy-covered stone houses. We will include a visit to the museum dedicated to the man and his art – an ideal opportunity for some creative discussion to see what we might learn from his use of colour, shape and delicate abstraction.
We will take time to explore and be inspired by all that inspired Monet over a century ago.
We also have found some other gems in the region to show you – including a fabulous troglodyte Chateau full of textures, shapes, colours and light to feed our imagination. We can wander through the old orchard (and freely eat the fallen fruit), and explore the  beautiful stretch of the Seine close by.  The village - described as one of the most beautiful in France -  will give us further ideas as we  nourish our creativity at a really rather wonderful café there.
The second part of our trip (for the final two nights) will be spent in Honfleur - surely one of the most enchanting harbours in France. Its beauty has long attracted artists and creative types. Home of  Eugene Boudin, one of the first French landscape artists to paint outdoors - he  described Honfleur as 'the most ravishing spot in the world'. Monet, Corot and many more followed - all were captivated by its exquisite light and charm.
The medieval architecture, cobbled alleys and half-timbered houses together with all the usual photographically inspiring harbour-related detritus will certainly keep us busy.
Here we can leave the vans for two days and spend our time wandering the old streets, the harbour, the parks and the hotel garden making images. It is a relaxed way to work.  We plan to remain in the town during our stay in order that we may really focus on working one place. This will encourage seeing and focusing in greater depth, perhaps the chance to work with a small project in mind, rather than flitting from location to location.
It should go without saying that the food here is superb, especially the sea food – locally caught and cooked by experts. To eat around the harbour in the evening is a delight. The atmosphere is relaxed and happy. The light is beautiful. The wine helps the conversation to flow.
This tour is one we are very excited about. We have both been independently to scout the locations and found it extraordinarily rich in creative potential. The association with Monet and other artists brings  an added dimension to our visit and hopefully will provide inspiration aplenty. We look forward to helping you all develop your own creative vision as we explore and enjoy these beautiful places together.


"Sweet dreams are made of this......"


Our accommodation for the first three nights is very special indeed. We have booked in its entirety the delightfully situated Le Château de la Râpée
Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox have stayed here so we can only but hope that some of their creative genius rubs off on us
This very fine Château was built in 1825 and we will have it all to ourselves for three nights of the tour. The family Bergeron who own and run the hotel will be caring for us along with their team of fine chefs and other staff. Not forgetting their enormously hairy and very delightful dog  (one of the main reasons we were drawn to the establishment, if we are honest).
The restaurant serves locally sourced and extraordinarily good food as you will see from their website, We have negotiated a package to include bed, breakfast and evening meal for each of our three nights there. The  rooms are delightful and reflect the soft faded elegance that we readily associate with a French chateau. We will have lots of photographic opportunities around the hotel and grounds to work with and they have a conference room where we can hold image review and discussion sessions.
Our second hotel, for two nights is in Honfleur, jut under two hours drive away.
La Hotel l’Ecrin, has an old French charm about it. Its location is perfect. Situated in the very oldest part of the town, with its own gardens, it is  just a five minutes stroll to the harbour and restaurants. This hotel also has a room we can use for discussion sessions and image reviews, so important to the way we work with our students. Bed and breakfast included.


La Ferme Saint-Siméon

Once a refuge for impressionist painters, La Ferme Saint-Siméon (below)  is celebrated for its bucolic surroundings and beautiful Seine estuary light. Monet and Courbet would come here and work on their colours, and Baudelaire would flee the melancholy of Paris in search of inspiration. The farm, close to the old harbour of Honfleur and the Eugène-Boudin Museum, has now been restored throughout.

The property is now run by Relais & Chateaux. We have arranged for them to accommodate us for a three-course evening meal (included in the tour price). We will be able to spend time at the property before dinner and soak up some of the atmosphere that so enchanted the Impressionists.

Giverny & Honfleur the steps of the Impressionists. 9th-14th September, 2019




Because we are taking the chateau in its entirety, we have to accept all the rooms they have. As these are priced differently, we feel the easiest and fairest way is to price the tours accordingly.

There are 6 spaces available with standard rooms at both hotels priced at  £1,995 and 6 spaces available with superior rooms at both hotels priced at £2,150.  This includes bed and breakfast for each night together with evening meals.

Rooms will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Doug and I will take whichever two rooms are left.

The hotel is ideally suited for people wishing to bring non-photographing partners. Supplement £430 or £495 (depending on room grade) to include all breakfasts and evening meals, transport and entrance fees. Due to the space available in the busses, we can accommodate no more than four partners.

STANDARD SINGLE ROOM £1,995 Fully booked

(€2,250; $2,575) bed, breakfast and evening meals

SUPERIOR SINGLE ROOM £2,150 Fully booked

(€2,425; $2,775) bed, breakfast and evening meals



3 nights  single room accommodation at the the Chateau de la Râpée including breakfast and evening meal.

2 nights accommodation at theHotel L'Ecrinincluding breakfast.

Evening meals while in Honfleur

Transfers to and from Charles de Gaulle airport and around the region.

Tuition from Valda and Doug

Max, 10 clients.


Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), alcohol, airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking. Not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Average temperatures, both locations 20C


British Airways and other carriers operate direct flights from London to Paris CDG. Flying time about an hour and a quarter.

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