Go behind the scenes of Normandy's renowned museums, artistic landmarks, and villages, where Claude Monet and many of his fellow 19th-century painters gave rise to a new way of painting that became known as Impressionism. Monet and his contemporaries flocked to this coastal paradise along the English Channel, leaving their studios, setting up their easels outdoors, and capturing the beautiful light and sea views of this region. Begin in Auvers-sur-Oise, the beautifully well-preserved hamlet where Vincent van Gogh produced more than 80 paintings in the last two months of his life. Admire the famous Rouen Cathedral that Claude Monet painted more than 30 times. Take a special tour of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, which houses the largest collection of Impressionist works outside Paris.
In Le Havre, where Monet grew up, join a curator at the Musée d'art moderne André Malraux for a special viewing of one of France's most extensive collections of Impressionist works by artists like Renoir, Pissarro, and Degas. Visit the cliffs of Etretat that captivated Monet and have an expert-guided inside look at Les Jardins d'Etretat, a neo-futuristic, cliffside garden inspired by the painter. In Honfleur, enjoy an exclusive visit to the Musée Eugène Boudin, which features Monet's early works, drawings and paintings by Boudin, and works by Courbet, Dufy, and their contemporaries.