Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Painting and Yoga Holiday in Normandy, France - August 2012!!!

Painting & Yoga in Normandy, France August 19-26, 2012



Picture This- the Ideal Painting Holiday



Start the day with yoga to awaken the senses, enjoy fresh baked croissants, baguettes and jam and a bowl of coffee before setting out for the day to explore the Norman countryside. Take time each day to paint what you see, what you feel, what you sense on a painting holiday with artist Marc Hanson.

We'll be touring and traveling the French country side with Chris Coleman who is a very experienced French guide. For the painting part of the trip we are hoping that the participants, experienced or not, will bring along a small scale painting supply bag. Possibly gouache, watercolor or acrylic paints and a small pad or pads of paper to paint on. The painting and the yoga is open to you whether you've never practiced either before or are an old hand at both. Instruction will be limited but as we are both teachers of our respective professions and loves, you can be sure that there will be plenty of helpful advice. If you are new to painting, or to plein air painting, don't worry, I'll be there to help you along the way to learn a new and fascinating way to record your travels. More info on the specific supplies will be available as we get closer to trip time.



Chris Coleman, an experienced yoga instructor and owner of Yoga Hus - Scandia, MN, will instruct yoga classes for people of all abilities both indoors and out (weather permitting). Chris is a seasoned (14 years) tour guide in France with Rick Steves and will guide you through her second home - la Belle France! Chris will teach you key French phrases, offer wine tasting classes, and help you avoid cultural faux pas. We will want to make your painting holiday in France a memorable one! Please join us!



Painting & Yoga Holiday in Normandy, France
A Fully Customized Tour


August 19-26, 2012
Itinerary in detail

Day 1 Sun. Aug 19 PARIS Welcome to Paris!
We will meet at the hotel at 5:00pm for a short orientation meeting over wine and snacks. We will then take a short walking through the neighborhood on our way to dinner together. Overnight in centrally located 3* hotel.

Day 2 Mon. Aug 20 HONFLEUR
Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny, Honfleur
Depart Paris on private bus. Visit Giverny, Monet’s home and gardens en route to Honfleur. Painting in the afternoon. Evening yoga practice. Overnight at the Hotel Antares 3* or similar. Approximate 3 hours driving. Chris will offer a wine tasting before dinner.

Day 3 Tue Aug 21 HONFLEUR Explore and paint the countryside
Morning yoga practice. Painting time. Explore the coastal area, including the famous rock formation Etretat, and Le Havre. Overnight at the Hotel Antares 3* or similar.

Day 4 Wed Aug 22 PORT EN BESSIN Explore and paint the countryside
Morning yoga practice. Explore and paint the countryside en route to Port en Bessin. Overnight at the Mercure Omaha Beach 3* or similar

Day 5 Thu Aug 23 PORT EN BESSIN Full day touring and painting the beaches and D-Day sights
Morning yoga practice. Full day D-Day beaches tour with local guide and artist. Time for painting during the tour day. Overnight at the Mercure Omaha Beach 3* or similar

Day 6 Fri Aug 24 CHARTRES Morning tour of Abbey Mont St. Michel. Drive to Chartres
Painting opportunity along the coast. Drive towards Paris to overnight in a charming town en route. Overnight Hotellerie St. Yves or similar.

Day 7 Sat Aug 25 PARIS Visit the cathedral of Chartres. Return to Paris by train.
Last night farewell dinner together followed by painting exposition. Overnight at the Hotel Minerve 3* or similar

Day 8 Sun Aug 26 FLY B Tour over. Bon Voyage!

Small Group Pricing (up to 18 travelers Maximum)



Land Price based on 2 people in shared accommodation
$2650 PP
$550 single room supplement
$100 off price if pay by check or wire transfer
Price based on a small group size of up to 18 travelers. If the group size is limited, the tour cost may be affected.


Included Services
* Special customization and pre-departure services of Adventures Abroad
* Art guidance (not instruction) from professional artist Marc Hanson
* Minimum of five guided outdoor painting sessions
* Minimum of four yoga classes(offered outdoors weather permitting, otherwise indoors)
* Fully escorted by experienced France tour guide and certified yoga instructor Chris Coleman
* 2 nights accommodation Paris Hotel Minerve 3* or similar, bed & breakfast basis
* 2 nights accommodation Honfleur Hotel Antares 3* or similar, bed & breakfast basis
* 2 nights accommodation Port en Bessin Mercure Omaha Beach 3* or similar, bed & breakfast basis
* 1 night accommodation Chartres Hotellerie St. Yves or similar, bed & breakfast basis
* Private bus with air conditioning when traveling outside of Paris, or train
* Local site guides for guided tours as listed: D-Day Beaches Full Day tour with excellent local guide
* All entrance fees to sites, as listed: Giverny Monet’s Home and Gardens, Arromanches Memorial, Caen Memorial, Abbey Mont St. Michel
* Meals as indicated [B=Breakfast, D=Dinner] All breakfasts, 2 dinners
* Services of inbound local ground operators throughout

Not Included
* International flights
* Arrival and departure airport transfers
* Departure taxes (if applicable)
* Tips, gratuities of any kind when not doing group activities or included meals
* Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
* Meals not indicated above
* Extra costs for optional excursions or services on own or to be paid direct
* Travel insurance
* Yoga Mat or Painters Box/Pochade - more details to come on these necessary items to bring

ADDED BONUS:

PARIS 3-DAY TOUR EXTENSION: 16-19 August, 2012


Day 1 Thu August 16 Orientation meeting in the evening and welcome to Paris. Dinner together.
Day 2 Fri August 17 Morning yoga practice. Breakfast. Walking tour of Paris. Late afternoon tour of the Louvre museum with a local guide.
Day 3 Sat August 18 Morning yoga practice. Breakfast. Tour of the Musee d’Orsay with a local guide. Winetasting.
Day 4 Sun August 19 Breakfast. Free to explore today before the Normandy portion of the tour to Normandy begins this evening!





$895 per person, Land Price based on 2 people in shared accommodation
$225 single room supplement
$40 discount if pay by check or wire transfer

Included Services
* Special customization and pre-departure services of Adventures Abroad
* Fully escorted by experienced France tour guide and certified yoga instructor Chris Coleman
* Morning yoga classes available with Chris Coleman
* 3 nights accommodation Paris Hotel Minerve 3* or similar, bed & breakfast basis
* Guided tours as listed: tour of Paris including Orsay and Louvre Museum, with English speaking guide.
* All entrance fees to sites, as listed: Orsay Museum, Louvre museum
* Metro/bus tickets
* Meals as indicated [B=Breakfast, D=Dinner] All breakfasts, 1 dinner
* Services of inbound local ground operators throughout

Not Included
* International flights
* Arrival and departure airport transfers (arrival information will be supplied prior to the tour)
* Departure taxes (if applicable)
* Tips, gratuities of any kind when not doing group activities or included meals
* Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks, meals not indicated above
* Extra costs for optional excursions or services on own or to be paid direct
* Travel insurance
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Dear Travel Friends,

Please join us for an exploration of Normandy through the eyes of a painter and the senses of a yoga practitioner. Dates of travel will be from the 19-26 August 2012 with the optional 3-day extension in Paris from 16-19 August for $895 per person. If interested in the extension please let me know at booking.

BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
To book your tour with us, send your passport and personal details (see below) to Christine Coleman ccoleman@privatecustomtours.com and send your deposit of US$500 per traveler. Full payments are due 60 days / 2 months prior to departure. We need the following details from ALL travelers:
i) Full name - as it appears on passport
ii) Nationality of each traveler
iii) Passport number
Place of issue
Date of issue
Date of expiry
iv) Sex of each traveler
v) Date of birth of each traveler
vi) Mailing address and phone number of each traveler
vii) Email address (note all docs are sent out be email to participants, so this is important)
viii) Telephone number

Deposit Payment by Credit Card
If you intend to pay your deposit by credit card – we will need your credit card information (name, number, expiry date, 3 digit security code). NOTE: To protect your security, please do NOT send you credit card details by email. Please call me, Christine Coleman at Tel: 651-433-3893 to give me your credit card details. If sending a check, see the Adventures Abroad address information below.

Full payments
Your full payment is due 60 days / 8 weeks prior to departure – by 19 June 2012. If you are paying by check please ensure your payment is mailed in time to arrive in our office before this deadline. If you are paying by credit card, please call in your final payment by phone – Christine Coleman at Tel: 651-433-3893 (Christine Coleman Email: ccoleman@privatecustomtours.com )

Please make all checks payable to the Adventures Abroad and mail all checks to the following address:
Attention: Christine Coleman
Adventures Abroad
12727 181 St. N.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
Tel: 651-433-3893

International Flights
If you need us to arrange your international flights, please list the names of all travelers, full details of US/CAN departure city, the date of your departure, US/CAN return city and dates - and any other relevant details (class of service, meal requirements, health issues etc.) that are relevant to arranging your flights. If you have arranged your flights yourselves, please send us full details of these flights so we can set up your arrival and departure transfers.

Travel Insurance
You may wish to protect your investment by obtaining personal travel insurance. As insurance is best explained by an insurance expert. You can access an insurance expert by visiting our website where the insurers website and full contact details are listed. The insurance expert will supply all the information you will need - the following link will take you directly to the page on our website that contains all insurance contacts http://www.adventures-abroad.com/rbcins.php We recommend that you purchase insurance on the same day that you place your trip deposit. However you have up to 10 business days to purchase your travel insurance before the pre-existing conditions caveat is applicable. If you purchase your insurance 10 business days or more after making your deposit, no pre-existing medical conditions will be covered. At point of deposit, you can purchase insurance to cover just your airfare and deposit, or purchase insurance to cover yourself for the full land and air cost. Whatever your purchase at the point of deposit can be upgraded at a later date.

We look forward to making travel memories with you!

Chris and Marc

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