Birding and Painting Seminar
This tour is a seminar that combines birding and painting. You are welcome to join the trip if you are only interested in birds and nature. You are welcome to join the trip if you are only interested in becoming a better painter. You will enjoy this tour if you only wish to see Paris, Brittany, walk the land and enjoy the sights.
This seminar is for individuals of all levels, from complete novices to experts. But where a better place to learn how to paint, than in Paris and Brittany? Where a better place to enjoy crepes and the French countryside, but in Brittany? Voila!!
Every day there will be time spent visiting museums or local historical and cultural attractions. You can choose to spend time each day painting, birding or doing you own thing.
Painting instructor: Dawn Normali
Paris is one of the centers of the art world. Not just for the collections that the museums hold, but for the inspiration is still gives to artists today. We start and end this tour in Paris, such an amazing city to see! We will be taking the train to Brittany and spending 5 days visiting two very idyllic and historic harbor towns: St-Malo and Saint Suliac.
Birding guide: Kaiyote Snow
Printable Bird List
(This is a checklist of the birds that we have seen on this trip)
October – Please contact us for dates
10 travelers plus guides
Rate per person = $2,650 (based on double occupancy)
Rate for single = $3,355
Inclusive: Domestic transfers and transportation, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, scheduled group tours, entrance fees and Allianz deluxe travel health insurance.
Exclusive: International airfare, customs & immigration fees and visas, alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs and expenses relating to personal choices during free time, tips for guides and staff.
Day 1: Fly to Paris
Flights usually leave in the evening, so we will be arriving in Paris the morning of day two.
Day 2: Arrive in Paris
We will arrive in Paris in the morning. We will be staying at the Hotel Helder Opera in the 2nd arrondissement near the Opéra Garnier. In the afternoon we will have time to visit Pére Lachaise Cemetery (great virtual tour). Besides being the resting place for numerous great artists, writers and composers including Frédéric Chopin, Molière, Eugène Delacroix, Camille Pissarro, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Signac, Oscar Wilde, Richard Wright and Jim Morrison, it is an excellent place to see birds and interesting sites. We will also visit La Basilique du Sacré Coeur and in the evening, a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Day 3: Paris
We will spend the morning at the Bois de Boulogne, which is a 2,100 acre park with woods and gardens just on the western edge of Paris. We will have time to walk down the Champs Élysées and see the Arc de Triomphe. In The afternoon we will be visiting the Museé d’Orsay. The d’Orsay opened in 1986 and contains artwork from 1848 – 1914. It is an amazing collection and a must see.
Day 4: St-Malo
It is three hour train ride to St-Malo on the TGV. The TGV (pronounced tay-zsah-vay) is one of the fastest trains in the world and can travel over 200 miles an hour. We will be staying at the Hotel Port Malo in the heart of the old town. There will be plenty of time for walking and sightseeing within the city walls and along the beautiful beach. St Malo is also a great place for shopping.
Day 5: St-Malo
St-Malo is a beautiful walled fortress and city. Construction of this amazing place began in the 12th century. St Malo was home to François-René Chateaubriand (1768 – 1848) who is considered the founder of Romanticism in French literature. Jacques Cartier (1491 – 1557), an explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, was from St Malo. St Malo has also been the home to many pirates….years ago. St Malo is located at the mouth of the Rance River and is a fishing and sailing area as well.
Day 6: Saint Suliac
Six miles up the Rance River valley from St Malo is another fishing and sailing village called Saint Suliac . We will be staying at La Goélette. St Suliac is a very old village founded nearly 1500 years ago by a Welsh monk who came to spread Christianity to the area.
Day 7: Saint Suliac
The quaint and picturesque village of Saint Suliac is nice for walks and nature. There are trails that lead in both directions from the village, along the river.
Day 8: Saint Suliac
The Rance River estuary is at its widest at Saint Suliac (1.3 miles), creating splendid landscapes between the rolling green hills and the deep-blue water. Saint Suliac was recently listed among the most beautiful villages in France and its architecture is protected by national laws.
Day 9: Paris
It is a 3.5 hour train ride back to Paris on the TGV train. We will have time in the afternoon to visit the Rodin Museum. We will be staying at the Hôtel du Quai Voltaire located along the Seine River in the heart of the city.
Day 10: Fly Home
Flights usually leave in the morning, so getting to the airport and getting home is our only activity for the day.
Please note: The lodging described in this itinerary is always our first choice based on availability. The photos in the photo gallery include photos from our 22 day tour that also includes other parts of Brittany, Normandy and the Loire Valley.
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