Opulent Journeys

Pottery Tour to France

06 - 21 July 2019

From (AUD)

$5,695

16 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview
Are you looking for a creative break that combines creativity, learning and great food? Then join Marian Howell in France in July 2019 for this 16 days Pottery Tour to Brittany France. Our special tour will also cater for non-potting partners who would like to explore surrounding places of interest with our French speaking guide. This tour includes a 6 day workshop with Richard Dewar culminating with firing our pieces in Raku and pit firings. Richard has a renowned exhibition history & is the author of "Stoneware: Ceramic Handbooks". Our 2018 tour group will certainly testify to his wonderful generosity and knowledge.

 

Dates & Prices

Tour Prices

                               

Per person, twin share                 $5,695
Single supplement $1,385

 *Please contact Opulent Journeys for non-potters program and price.

Highlights
  • 6 day workshop with home cooked lunches, yum!
  • Visit local pottery, galleries and museums
  • Explore the history and rustic beauty of Brittany France
  • Enjoy the amazing hospitality and join in the Breton dances
  • Local seafoods, pretty villages, astounding architecture
 
About your tour leader - Marian Howell
This tour will be led by the well-known Australian Ceramicist, Marian Howell who will provide expert commentary on ceramics during the tour. Marian is a past president of the Australian Ceramics Association, former Head of Ceramics at the National Art School and the Ceramics Design Studio, Sydney.
 
What's Included

Tour Inclusions:

  • 1 night accommodation in Paris, 11 night’s accommodation in Brittany, 3 nights accommodation in Nantes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Other meals, transportation and admission fees to galleries and museums as specified in the itinerary

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Individual transfers
  • Gratuities, porterage at hotels, drinks, personal expenses and anything not mentioned

 

For detailed itinerary, please contact

Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au

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Fitness level - Moderate    Workshop open to all skill levels
Itinerary
Please make your own way to hotel in Paris.
In the morning free time in Paris. In the early afternoon transfer to train station for train to Nantes. On arrival in Nantes, transfer to the accommodation at Locoal Mendon.  Locoal Mendion is in Brittany, on the Atlantic coast, in a scenic coastal area dotted with ancient ports, beautiful villages and picturesque waterways.
(Meals: B, D)
Workshop at Poterie de Locoal-Mendon. Refer separate workshop program. (Meals: B, L D)
After breakfast, visit Etel and Saint Cado. Today is Bastille Day, a national holiday. You might have the opportunities to attend local celebrations in the evening.
(Meals: B)
In the morning we will visit Carnac with its 3,000 megaliths which date from 4,000BC. After touring the site we will visit the Museum of prehistory with 450,000 years of human history including Neolithic clay jewellery. From there we will travel to visit a local pottery workshop well known for its contemporary French painted decoration with a seaside theme.
(Meals: B, D)
In the morning we will visit Quimper, the French home of Faience (painted earthenware ceramics) and visit the Ceramic Museum as well as the last remaining workshop dedicated to Faience. After time to wander and see some of the other sites of the town we will travel to Pont Aven, a historical and beautiful port town that for several hundred years was a quiet port town with an industry based around its watermills and port, then towards the end of the 19th century it also gained a reputation as an art town. A significant number of artists are still attracted here and give the town its name of the 'city of artists'.
(Meals: B, D)
In the morning we will visit the markets in the walled town of Vannes. In the afternoon you will have free time to explore the well preserved medieval streets or visit the cathedral, Chateau Gaillard which houses a Museum of Archaeology or tour a 13th Century market that has been converted into a Museum of fine arts. In the evening we will board a boat to cruise the Golfe de Morbihan (little sea) a beautiful nearly enclosed bay of 42 islands that has been described as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
(Meals: B, D)
In the morning we will visit Rochefort en Terre, officially described as one of the beautiful villages of France, with its old houses bedecked with flowers. The American painter Alfred Klotz bought the 12th century Chateau in 1907 and he both restored the Chateau and encouraged the villagers to decorate their houses and the village with flowers and the tradition continues today. From there we will head to our hotel in Nantes.
(Meals: B)
After breakfast we will visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne, the city’s most important historic building. Seen from the city, it is a fortress with 500 metres of curtain walls punctuated by seven towers, all linked by a sentry walkway. Inside, the courtyard reveals an elegant 15th century ducal residence in flamboyant gothic style and bearing the first traces of Renaissance inspiration, as well as other buildings dating back from the 16th and the 18th centuries.
(Meals: B)
Today we will visit the Museum of Fine Arts, established in 1801 by Napoleon Bonaparte with 40 works. Since then the collections have expanded significantly and now include masterpieces such a Claude Monet’s Water Lillies. After 6 years of closure, the museum reopened in 2015 with 2,000 m2 of additional exhibition space and restored facades. The museum's collection of over 12,000 pieces stretches from primitive to modern art and covers every type of art creation. Artists include Jan Brueghel the Elder, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky and Theodore Rousseau to name just a few. Enjoy our farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, D)
Our tour ends after breakfast. Free time in Nantes prior to your arranged departure or you can extend your stay if you want to explore the town or the area further.
(Meals: B)
*Itinerary may be subject to change. 

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