August 24, 2019

France by Land & Seine River

f/Stop Workshops “France 2017”

October 12-21, 2017

Thank you to all our guests who traveled with us on this tour and for all your wonderful feedback. We enjoyed getting to know you and are excited to see your wonderful photographs. 

Here’s what one our guests had to say about the tour: I want to thank you for being particularly kind to me on our trip to France. I am so glad I went. I had considered canceling until the last couple of weeks. Thanks for booking my wonderful seat in Business Class.  I can honestly say that for all the trips I’ve made overseas I have never eaten so well! The food everywhere was really memorable. Thanks again for all your kindness and thoughtfulness. It was truly a Good trip!” ~ Guest on our France Photography tour

This workshop begins on land staying 3 nights in scenic Caen on the Normandy Coast, then features a 4-night Seine River cruise on the luxurious French riverboat from CroisiEurope , and a night in Paris, plus some of France’s most beautiful sites.

“I visited most of our stops from my CroisiEurope Cruise and loved every one of them. Please join me in France on this very special cruise and tour.” Joe Wagenhals

Cost: $2799 per artist sharing a double room. Single room/cabin: Add $525 to the double rate.

Register and pay online: Book NOW!

Airfare to Paris is not included in your tour cost. If you would like assistance, we can help with your air through any airport at your request for our normal service fee. If you book your own air, send us your flight details so we know which terminal and when to meet you in Paris.

f/Stop Artists’ Workshop France: Everyone has the opportunity to take photos or video with a multitude of devices today, our phone, iPad, computer, and even a camera makes taking the shot a simple task, but the final result may not be what we wanted and we may not have the chance to take it again.

My artistic experience at putting color to canvas has taught me some very important lessons as I process the image I want to express. Perhaps the first is to capture the image, then light and shadows, followed by color and composition to start and in many instances it requires making a sketch or taking a picture to preserve the features needed for the finished work. f/Stop Artists’ Workshop, “France 2017” gives you the opportunity to personally capture your own “plein air” image to paint in places like Monet’s actual pond and garden settings when you return to your studio. Our instructors can provide support along the way.   

f/Stop Workshops instructors, Joe Wagenhals & Gary Walker offer the techniques and tips needed to the create correct exposure and composition necessary for a good painting or photograph from basic to advanced levels as we immerse ourselves in our surroundings. Imagine traveling to Europe, visiting Renaissance cities & cathedrals and capturing the same visions artists like Monet saw and painted. Walk the same paths where our soldiers fought and died in Normandy and reflect on their sacrifices at the American Forces Cemetery before traveling the Seine River the next four nights with daily stops on our way to Paris, our final overnight in central Paris before returning home.

Workshop Thanks:

This will be our third workshop with Joe & Gary and are anxious add a river cruise to our bucket list.”

“Ireland was wonderful, and I got many new ideas for my images, Good Job!”  “Everything was Great,  Thank you!”                            

“I can’t wait for the Next Workshop!”

This workshop begins Thursday, October 12, 2017 when guests depart the USA on their overnight flight to Paris, and the next three nights in the seaside town of Caen on the Normandy Coast with daily excursions before boarding our river cruise ship the next four nights, so there is a minimum of packing and moving.

Please review this itinerary, and consider joining us on f/Stop Workshops, “France 2017”

Thursday October 12: Depart the USA and fly overnight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Friday October 13:  We’ll meet up at the airport, so make sure you’ve sent us your flight details and we’ll confirm our meeting points and time. Then we go to our private motorcoach and travel to Giverny, have lunch  on your own, then spend three hours at The Monet House and Gardens before traveling to our hotel in Caen for the next three nights. Hotel Moderne 

Saturday October 14:  We will do a walking tour of Caen, to visit either Abbey aux Hommes and Abbey Jewel of Roman & Gothic art, or the Chateau of Caen for exterior views. This afternoon, we will drive to the West Coast of France to the Island Monastery, Mont St. Michel, with the opportunity to experience the many shops and restaurants and to photograph through the afternoon and evening making a return to Caen after dark. (B)  

Sunday October 15: This special day will take us to the sights of “The Longest Day” and Normandy. Our day will begin in Sainte Mere Eglise and then travel to Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, view the Mulberries of Arromanche, and The American Cemetery before our return to Caen. (B/D)

Monday October 16: After checking out, drive to Bayeux and visit the Cathedral and Tapestry Museum. The Bayeux tapestry is one of the supreme achievements of the Norman Romanesque, and its survival almost intact over nine centuries is miraculous. Drive to Honfleur along the coast road for lovely views. At 4 p.m., we can check onto the ship. (B/D) Lunch on Own

The next four nights we will travel the Seine River on a The MS Botticelli, a CroisiEurope Ship that is our hotel, restaurant (all meals), bar and nightly entertainment headquarters with daily stops in cities along the way to our last night in Paris.

Tuesday, October 17: Our first night is in Honfleur so we will be free to take sunset and sunrise photos of this picturesque old harbor town and have a full day here for photography and sketching, or to participate in the optional tours available from the cruise line. Begins in Honfleur with an afternoon departure and overnight travel to Duclair.

Wednesday, October 18: Morning arrival in Duclair and the “Route des Abbayes” optional Cruise Tour or exploration on your own before our next stop, Rouen, where you can take photographs of the famous Cathedral, a short walk from the pier. We will again travel overnight to our next stop, Mantes-la-Jolie.

Thursday, October 19: We will travel by motorcoach to “The Château de Versailles” before spending a Gala Last Night on the ship.

Friday, October 20: We will spend our last full day at our central Paris hotel, the Mercure Opera Garnier, with a full day on your own.

Saturday, October 21: Private transfer from the hotel to Charles de Gaulle Airport and a safe, pleasant journey home. with lasting memories. (B)

Ship change note:  “The MS Botticelli is the same ship that I traveled on to set the itinerary for this workshop and I am excited that you all will have the chance to experience this wonderful ship and its pleasant, friendly crew!”  — Joe Wagenhals, instructor/director

f-Stop Workshops “France 2017” Registration:

Cost: $2799 per Person sharing a double room

Single room/cabin: $525 single supplement

Airfare: Book it on your own OR with us. Airfare to Paris is not included in your tour cost.  We are available to book your air travel through any airport at your request for a service fee.

All guests must have a valid passport.

Payment Schedule

  • $300 pp due upon registration
  • Fully Refundable through July 10, 2017 (To protect your investment after the non-refundable date, we recommend travel insurance.  See link below.)
  • Balance for the Land Portion is due by Aug. 10, 2017
  • 2nd payment of $500 pp due September 1, 2016
  • Prime Tours will accept additional payments at any time.

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