The organizing Committee designed sightseeing tours especially for congress participants, spouses and partners: Giverny, Paris and Orsay Museum, Versailles. Special registration is required.
All tours will include transport by bus with pick up and return at the Congress center CAP15. The organisers reserve the right to cancel or limit attendance at any tour with monies refunded subject to minimum and maximum registration numbers.
Tour C1 - Giverny
Monday 23 May - Half day tour
While driving you along the Seine river valley to the village in Normandy where Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926, your guide will retrace the painter's life and his sources of inspiration.
You will then visit his house and studio and the gardens he created as a subject for his paintings. See the ponds and the Japanese bridges built with a lock on the tiny Epte river for the Water Lilies series.
Drive back on a scenic road overlooking the Seine river valley and cross beautiful landscape and charming villages.
Tour C2 - Paris
Tuesday 24 May - Full day tour
Panoramic drive showing you all the main sites and neighborhoods.
A must for the first-time visitor.
You will see:
Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Trocadéro, Tour Eiffel, Invalides, Concorde, Madeleine, Opéra, Vendôme, Louvre, Notre-Dame, and Montmartre.
From the ancient Lutetia to the medieval town (Cluny, Cité, Notre-Dame). From Classical Paris (Vendôme, Invalides, Concorde) to the Great works of Baron Haussmann (Opera-Garnier, the Boulevards). From the 19th century (Eiffel tower, Orsay, Sacré-Coeur) to modern Paris (Pompidou centre, Glass pyramid of the Louvre) you will travel through two thousand years of history and architecture.
Include time to go up the Eiffel tower or go shopping and lunch in a very Parisian brasserie or follow our guide's suggestion according to your tastes.
Your city tour includes an inside visit of the Orsay museum.
If you are a regular visitor your guide will suggest next visits of many less familiar places such as le musée de La Vie Romantique, Cognac Jay, the house of Balzac, Zadkine, Gustave Moreau, Maillol...
Tour C3 - Versailles
Wednesday 25 May - Half day visit and lunch at the Restaurant "La Flottille" located in front of the Grand Canal.
The Château and the gardens of Versailles count among the most prestigious monuments of the world's artistic heritage, a finest and most complete achievement of 17th century French art and the sumptuous theatre of history from Louis XIV to Louis XVI.
Versailles was the creation of one of French history's main figures, King Louis XIV, who reigned from 1661 to 1715. The royal dream house that many European Kings envied and tried to duplicate exemplified the splendid image of the Sun King.
Guided tour of the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the 250-acre gardens designed by André Lenôtre.