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Location: Loire Valley France
Final details and pricing to be announced
- Ten days of photography and instruction with accomplished photo and tour leaders Tom & Cree Bol.
- Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.
- Begin this amazing program with photographing the highlights of Paris!!
- Giverny speaks for itself, as always plans are made to have you there before and after typical tourist times to make the best of your photography.
- When you are in the City of Honfleur you may be photographing in the footsteps of Monet, Boudin, or other famous artists.
- Loire Valley, what better place to stay for a sense of place, breathtaking landscapes compete with the opulence of those that built their amazing homes in traditional French château style.
$To be announced
per person, double occupancy*
All spots are currently taken for this tour.
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of participants.
There are so many distinct regions of France. This tour has been specially designed to capture the architecture of the French château’s, gardens, quaint villages and harbors worthy of the famous French artists, as well as the distinct Paris highlights – what better way to capture the Impressions of France.
September 9: Home
Your journey begins with an overnight flight from home to Paris, France (CDG).
September 10-12: Paris
Flight arrivals vary in time today, therefore Strabo will announce group transfer time (to be determined). Check in time at hotel is 3PM. Tom and Cree will meet you in the hotel lobby at approximately 6PM where you will have a brief introductory meeting and then walk to the Louvre Museum for a dusk photography shoot. If everyone is on different schedules today you may enjoy a light bite or dinner on your own either pre or post your photo shoot.
Due to proximity of photo shoots over the next two days the group will travel on foot and use public transportation with assistance of local guide to various locations. Your first morning in Paris rise early to enjoy a walking tour with morning light on the Ile de la Cite and photograph the exterior (at this time) of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Continue on for additional photography to (dependent on interests of group) the oldest covered market of Paris, Marche des Enfants Rouges, or the distinct neighborhood of Le Marais. After a break at the hotel reconvene this evening with Cree and Tom to your dusk photography session: the Eiffel Tower from the vantage point of Place du Trocadero.
Your last day you will view Paris from a different perspective, taking a 2.5 hour canal ride along the Siene to Canal Saint Martin, just north of the city center. Photograph the architecture and daily life along the canal. Enroute back to the hotel there is a very colorful cobblestoned pedestrian street called Rue Cremieux. Even these cotton candy, pastel colored houses stand out in this city of lights and unique architecture. During your time here please be respectful of those that call this home. Once everyone is refreshed after a break at the hotel your last evening will be with your photo leaders as you walk along the Siene River as the city lights are turned on and the night life begins. Criss cross some of the 37 bridges spanning the Siene, making for exceptional photography that captures the true feeling of Paris. Overnight Paris three evenings (Meals Included: )
September 13-14: Giverny
Enjoy your last morning in Paris with your photography leaders, return to the hotel for breakfast and then depart for Giverny, with a photography stop along the way. Arrive in time to check in, leave your bags and have your first introduction to the gardens at Giverny. While viewing the famous gardens you will draw parallels between the work of Monet as the gardener and of the artist. Standing in his historic garden, bathed in the magical light that he also worked in, you will be inspired quite possibly in a way you have not yet experienced as a photographer. You’ll enjoy your first session before the foundation closes for the evening, just in time for your dinner at the hotel.
The following day you will return to the gardens as they open (possibility of earlier if current restrictions are lifted) for different light on the bridges, walkways and reflections on the lily covered ponds. Depart as the gardens become busier with Pairs day-trippers, depending on the interests of the group you can enjoy a more unique outing or appreciate the town itself and take an optional tour of the Giverny Museum of Impressionism. Overnight two evenings (Meals Included: )
Begin early the next morning at the gardens working with your photo leaders amidst the flowers and vines. The bus tours from Paris will arrive late morning through early afternoon, which is when you will take a break in town for lunch once the gardens get a bit crowded.
September 15: Honfleur
After breakfast there will be a photography shoot on the way to the historic seaport of Honfleur. Just before reaching Honfleur there is the lovely chapel of Notre Dame de Grace, sitting on a wooded plateau, offering great views of the Siene estuary, the town of Le Havre, and Honfleur. One of the most ancient maritime chapels was built by a Norman Duke, who if survived a deadly storm, vowed to build a shrine he could see through rain and surf.
Enjoy sunset photography along the harbor as the café lights are reflected on the water. Sitting on the estuary where the Siene River meets the English Channel, is the historic seaport of Honfleur. Both Claude Monet and native son Eugene Boudin could call Honfleur home, regular artists painting along the Honfleur coastline and city. Photograph at the old harbor where there are 16th to 18th century townhouses, as well as picturesque fishing boats. Overnight Honfleur (Meals Included: )
September 16-18: Loire Valley
Transfer to the Loire Valley, with photo ops along the way. Given time there will be photo ops in the City of Tours for its quaint squares, medieval streets, and half-timbered houses. Continue on to Amboise, your home away from home for the next three evenings. Your program includes a birds eye perspective hot air balloon ride late this afternoon over the château’s and Loire Valley (if inclement weather this may need to be moved to another evening).
The next morning you depart for The Château de Chambord, one of the most recognizable château’s in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. An interior tour of this château has been included as it is the best suited château for indoor photography. Return to your hotel where there will be a photo walk in town and lunch on your own. Early this evening there will an outside photo shoot of Chaumont de Loire Château.
The next day provides visiting the lesser-known areas of the valley, including Chedigny, a quaint medieval town known for its flowing gardens and streets for you to wander. After which enjoy a food and wine tasting lunch, and time to photograph the beauty of this amazing landscape. Late this afternoon you will photograph the famous Château de Chenonceau a French château spanning the River Cher, near the small village of Chenonceau. It is one of the best-known château of the Loire valley. Given proper weather conditions you will stay through sunset to capture images of the châteaux and its reflections across the river.Overnight three evenings Loire Valley (Meals Included: )
September 19: Paris - Home
There are flights leaving Paris at approximately 4PM, which will give the group time to have a short photo shoot in town this morning and then depart for the 3 hour drive to CDG (you will be notified if these times change). If your departure flight is earlier than that, then you can contact Strabo and we will recommend CDG airport hotels for you to overnight on own and depart the next day. (B)