France and Spain Tour  

France and Spain, small group tour featuring art, gardens and culture. Visit art galleries and museums with art by El Greco, Goya, Velasquez and Monet,  architectural  works by Moneo and Gaudi and Leonardo da Vinci`s last residence.   

September 6 th - October 1 st , 2003
Price: Land Only AUD $ 9285 ( about US$ 5200 )
Including Air AUD $11,235 ex Eastern Australia


Bordeaux, Poitiers, Tours, Chartres and Paris will all be included in your tour through France. 

Wander at leisure around Giverny the home and gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet, visit the Chateau and Gardens of Villandry, stop in Chartres to see it`s world heritage listed cathedral and visit Amboise, the final residence of Leonardo da Vinci.

Enjoy a French wine tasting in Vouvray and in Saint Emilion, take a leisurely full day to explore the Louvre and at the fashionable resort town of Biarritz we visit the Museum and Atelier du Chocolat.


Visit Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and San Sebastian.   See some of the work by great Spanish masters at the Prado and other art galleries, private gardens and museums.

Here we find architectural remnants pointing to a great history and works of art from  illustrious artists Goya, El Greco, Moneo, Antoni Gaudi and Velasquez and the writer Cervantes from whose pen came Don Quixote .

Enjoy exclusive specially arranged meetings with artists, galleries, museums and in gardens where you will see the various ethnic and cultural styles that make Spain the crossroads of art in Europe.  

Art, Culture and History

Spain and France are lands of art, ancient history, culture and religion.  Picturesque cities with their castles, cathedrals and monasteries and their typical old city quarters are rich in history.  They bear traces of different civilizations and preserve the tradition and heritage of centuries. 



No visit to Spain would be complete without an evening of flamenco music and dance, and no visit to France would be satisfying without the opportunity to indulge in coffee and croissants along the Champs Elysee or a wine tasting.  Provision is made for both of these experiences ?and many more ?in this fascinating art and culture tour to France and Spain.


Islamic influence on gardens

Horticulture around the Iberian Peninsula shows a significant Islamic influence . Colourful accents by flowering plants and surrounding architecture, the natural sounds of splashing water jets, caged birds, wind chimes, shade from trees and pavilions all contribute to a charming, summer style of garden .



Transport and Accommodation 


Accommodation has been selected to reflect the styles and tastes of the region where they are situated.  


Touring will be by private luxury charter coach with ample spare seats for better viewing and comfort.    Breakfasts are included daily with dinners provided on various  nights, in selected restaurants which highlight local flavour, culinary delights and entertainment.


Your flights within Spain are included in your Land Only Price for this tour.



Fully Escorted 


This tour will be led by John Massy, Audience Development Manager at the Queensland Art Gallery.  John has long experience in art education and public gallery involvement.  John is well travelled and is a very popular leader of our  overseas tours.  His affable nature, knowledge of the arts and love of travelling will add to your travelling enjoyment.


International Guests

Guests from all countries are welcome to join us . Though many of our guests are from Australia and USA , we are often joined by people from New Zealand, UK, South Africa and New Guinea.  All our tours are in English only and our Guides are all local in the country in which we are touring .

If you would like to join us, we can either include your air ticket from Australia or you can just ask for a Land Only Price so that you can arrange your own flights through your local travel agent .

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