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GUIDED ART TOUR: 25 February - 9 March 2025

2025 ULTIMATE PARIS ART TOUR

00:00 / 04:28

Tour Leader

This Paris tour is organised and led by Elfriede Dreyer. She has been involved in the art world, locally and internationally, for more than 30 years. She is an Extraordinary Professor of Art at Unisa; the Vice-President of SANAVA; the founder/manager of the CAP Institute for Contemporary Art Practice; and an active curator, professional artist and mentor.

Elfriede regularly visits international exhibitions and fairs such as Documenta, the Venice Biennale and the Paris Art Fair. Her approach to the tours is to provide specialist guidance, information and interpretation on artworks and artists, and she facilitates an understanding of classic and contemporary culture. 

What can I expect?

This 13-day Ultimate Paris Art Tour is a high-end tour packed with more than R10 000 worth of visits and tickets.

Visiting Paris entails a total encounter of exotic French art, architecture and lifestyle. This tour promises to be a premium experience in Paris including the following:​

  • International art: Several days of visits to museums and galleries. See well-known original artworks of Old Masters, Modern and contemporary artists.

  • Specialist guidance: Visits to major art galleries and museums with specialist guidance by Elfriede.

  • Accommodation: Stay in a top-rated apartment centrally located in the heart of Paris. The area is packed with restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, museums and galleries.

  • Tourist attractions: Experience some world-famous sights and venues.

  • Free time: Do your own thing also.

  • Expect to walk quite a lot: Although we will use the metro extensively.

What is included in the tour?

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  • The 13-day tour includes 11 nights’ accommodation in twin or double rooms, each apartment fully equipped with a kitchen, TV, WIFI and 3 bathrooms per 4 bedrooms.

  • Return train fare to and from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris Centre.

  • Return train fare to and from Versailles.

  • Unlimited Métro usage including all fares as well as the train fare at Montmartre. There is a Métro stop close to the apartments.

  • A 24hr hop-on hop-off bus pass around Paris with commentary on main sights.

  • The Paris Turbopass that provides entry to more than 50 Museums and sights, including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, the Picasso Museum, the Pompidou Centre, Musée D’Orsay, the Orangerie, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, contemporary galleries and more.

  • An evening show at the famous Moulin Rouge.

  • A boat tour on the Seine.

  • Visits to the art quartier of Montmartre, Le Chat Noir Café (the hangout of Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec and other famous artists around 1900).

  • Visits to famous tourist places like the Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, the Art de Triomphe, Montmartre, the Latin Quarter. You are welcome to visit other places in your own time, using the Turbopass (if there is time!).

  • Shopping at Les Champs Elysées (famous shopping street),and famous flea markets.

What is not included?

FLIGHT TICKETS

Book you ticket timeously to fly on 25 February 2025 to ensure a good price. Also ensure that you arrive in Paris on Wed 26 February to meet at 1 pm in the arrival hall at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

MEALS AND DRINKS

No drinks or meals.

Itinerary

  • Tues 25 Feb: Fly to arrive in Paris at Charles de Gaulle airport on Wed 26 Feb.

  • Wed 26 Feb: Meet at arrival hall at airport at 1pm. Take the train (ticket included) together with the group to Paris Centre (1 hour). Métro to the respective apartments. Settling in. All the apartments are self-catering. Buy groceries at local store, eat at home; or take dinner at a pizzeria, café or restaurant close to your apartment (same pattern every day).

  • Meet every morning 9am. Most late afternoons are free.

  • Thurs 27 Feb: 9am meet.

    • 2h hop-on hop-off Tootbus tour through Paris centre viewing all the famous landmarks.

    • Arc de Triomphe viewing platform over Paris.

    • 2pm Air balloon ride over Paris.

    • 4pm Eiffel Tower (own payment extra to go up).

    • 6pm Boat trip on Seine.

    • After this you can take the Tootbus again through the city since the ticket has 24 hr validity and runs until 11pm.

  • Fri 28 Feb: 9am meet.

    • 10am Picasso Museum.

    • 12pm Centre Pompidou.

    • 3pm guided bike tour through Paris or visit Les Halles shopping centre.

    • 6pm Paradox Museum.

  • Sat 1 Mar: 9am meet.

    • 10am Paris Flea market.

    • 2pm Le Chat Noir café.

    • 4pm Tour with special guide to Sacre Coeur, Montmartre. 

    • 8.30pm Evening show at Moulin Rouge!

  • Sun 2 Mar: 9am meet.

    • 10am Louvre.

  • Mon 3 Mar: 9am meet.

    • 10am Monet and other Impressionists at l’Orangerie. Tuileries Gardens with sculptures.

    • 12pm  Grand Palais

    • 4pm Petit Palais (optional).

  • Tues 4 Mar: 9am meet.

    • 10am Versailles.

  • Wed 5 Mar: 9am meet.

    • 10am Rue de Seine commercial art galleries.

    • 1pm Notre Dame cathedral (renovated and open now after the destructive fire of 2019).

    • 3pm Bohemian Latin Quarter.

  • Thurs 6 Mar: 9am meet.

    • 10am Le bon Marché, Saint Germain des Prés.

    • 2pm Gallery hopping in Le Marais including Marian Goodman Gallery and Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery.

    • 5pm Bastille, Place des Vosges (optional).

  • Fri 7 Mar: 9am meet.

    • 10am Shopping centres: Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne, Boulevard Hausmann, Galeries Lafayette. Walk with or without the group.

  • Sat 8 Mar: Free day.

  • Sun 9 Mar: Fly back home or travel further

Cost

Accommodation Montmartre

Accommodation Le Marais

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OPTION 1: R44 600pp

ACCOMMODATION Apartment Montmartre

 

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, jacuzzi, kitchen;

1 bedroom with double bed; 3 bedrooms with twin beds (6).

8 pp max

Facilities Apartment  Montmartre:

Private bathrooms, Jacuzzi, City view, Kitchen, Washing machine, Towels, Linen, Desk, TV, Internet facilities, Refrigerator, Ironing facilities, Tea/Coffee maker, Microwave, Heating, Hairdryer, Kitchenware, Electric kettle, Dishwasher, Tumble dryer, Oven, Stovetop, Wireless Internet, Clothes rack.

OPTION 2: R40 000pp

ACCOMMODATION Apartment Le Marais

 

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, spa bath, kitchen;

3 bedrooms with double beds; 3 twin beds in 1 bedroom; Sofa in lounge.

10 pp max

Facilities Apartment Le Marais:
Private bathrooms, Free toiletries, Air conditioning, Kitchen, Washing machine, Streaming service (like Netflix), Toilet, Sofa, Bath or shower, Towels, Cleaning products, Desk, TV, Ironing facilities, Iron, Spa bath, Heating, Flat-screen TV, Hairdryer, Additional toilet, Dressing room, Wardrobe or closet, Private apartment in building, Clothes rack, Books, DVDs, or music for children, Sofa bed, Carbon monoxide detector, Single-room air conditioning for guest accommodation.

Between the two apartments there are 4 double beds (in 4 bedrooms) and 9 single beds in 4 bedrooms (1 bedroom with 3 and 3 bedrooms with 2 beds each).

 

CONDITIONS

  • Prices are calculated at the rate of exchange of the ZAR to Euro as at 26 May 2024. Any deviations in the rate of exchange will affect prices as listed here.

  • Your booking will be finally confirmed by 31 August 2024 when registrations close. There are 4 places booked already, so reserve as soon as possible.

  • The availability of your place might be dependent on the choices people make when booking.

  • Your trip must be paid by 15 September 2024.

  • Please wait for the go-ahead before payment, a minimum of 8 people is required for the tour to proceed.

  • After bookings have been made and paid for the tour accommodations, trips and events, no cancellations are possible since they are non-refundable.

  • On booking you will be required to sign an indemnity form.

 

TO BOOK OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Elfriede at elfriede.dreyer@gmail.com or 0832712342

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