9:00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel for a painter’s tour of Paris which will give you the opportunity to see Montmartre and the Orsay Museum.
Discover the charming Montmartre, a hill in the north of Paris, primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit.
Climb up to the Butte Montmartre, home to the greatest painting movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, among them Impressionism but also Cubism, Fauvism, Futurism and Surrealism. In the mid-1800s artists such as Johan Jongkind and Camille Pissarro came to inhabit Montmartre. By the end of the century, Montmartre and its counterpart on the Left Bank, Montparnasse, had become the principal artistic center of Paris. Artist associations such as Les Nabis and the Incoherents were formed and individuals including Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Maurice Utrillo and Toulouse-Lautrec worked in Montmartre and drew some of their inspiration from the area.
You may wish to enjoy lunch at Le Moulin de la Galette, which was a windmill in 1622, then a popular dance hall painted by Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec. Weather permitting; you can have lunch on its charming terrace.
In the afternoon drive to Orsay Museum a former railway station which was inaugurated for the Universal Exhibition on July 14, 1900 and which was the first Parisian train station to have electric power. In 1977, the station became a museum dedicated to the artistic creations of the second half of the 19th century (1848-1914). The visit is a must for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the main Impressionist painters such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Monet, Sisley, Bazille, Manet and Pissarro.
5:00 pm: Return to your hotel in Paris at the end of the afternoon