Western Option Travel Itinerary 2014




27 S   

London to Paris

Travel to London by coach to take the Eurostar train to Paris. DInner in a characteristic Parisian restaurant. Hotel located in the old quarter of the Marais.


28 Su


Morning visit to the Ile de la Cite, heart of royal medieval Paris, to see important Capetian commissions and explore the development of French Gothic architecture: Notre-Dame and King Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle, built to house his relic of the Crown of Thorns. Afternoon opportunity to visit the D'Orsay Museum.


29 M


Visit to the Louvre Museum to study the unparalleled collections of Classical sculpture, Renaissance painting and medieval Objets d'Art. Dinner in a small cafe located on a picturesque square in the Marais. 


30 T

Paris to Chartres

Full day's visit to Chartres by coach to see one of the finest High Gothic French cathedrals.  It is famous for its magnificent collection of stained glass windows as well as stunning examples of Romanesque and Gothic sculpture.


1 W


Morning visit to the Musee de Cluny to study one of the best collections of ecclesiastical and secular Medieval art and artifacts, housed in the 15th century town house of the abbots of Cluny on the site of a Roman bath complex. Lunch at a well known restaurant in Saint-Germaine-des-Pres. Afternoon free.


2 Th

Paris to Beaune via Autun

Morning departure from Paris by private coach. Travel south to Burgundy, stopping at Autun in the afternoon, to visit the Romanesque church dedicated to St. Lazare, to study the fine program of sculpture by Gislebertus.


3 F

Beaune to Vezelay and Fontenay Abbey

Day trip by coach to visit two important Romanesque World UNESCO sites in Burgundy; the Benedictine Abbey Church of Vezelay, an important pilgrimage site that housed the relics of Mary Magdalen, and Fontenay Abbey, one of the oldest and most complete Cisterican monasteries in Europe founded in 1118.


4 S


Free day in Beaune to hire bikes and explore local vineyards. Viticulture session in the late afternoon at Bouchard, one of the largest and oldest wine producers in Burgundy.


5 Su

Beaune to Rome via Autun

Visit to the Hotel Dieu, a late medieval hospital,in Beaune, which houses the spectacular Last Judgement triptych by Rogier van der Weyden, one of the Netherlandish painters patronized by the Dukes of Burgundy in the 15th century. On to Dijon in the afternoon to visit the Musee des Beaux-Arts and the Chartreuse de Champmol (Well of Moses) to view works created for Duke Philip the Bold by the outstanding late 14th century Netherlandish sculptor Claus Sluter. Night train to Rome.


6 M