We invite you to discover the largest cities in the eastern United States, as part of an exceptional cultural journey on the theme of art. Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston are rich in artistic heritage. These cities offer lovers of architecture, visual arts, music and literature a host of possibilities to discover and appreciate the secrets and wonders of art. During this rich and exciting tour, you will visit, among others, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the MoMA in New York or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, which are among the most renowned museums on the East Coast. You'll be amazed by the most iconic landmarks, art galleries, and masterpieces in the United States. Serge Legat, your passionate lecturer and specialist in art history, will accompany you throughout your trip to enrich your visits and embellish your artistic emotions.
Dates of stay
June 7 to 22, 2024
Aerial view of a drone of Chicago from above, Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago Shutterstock
Day 1 - Departure City* / Chicago: You will be greeted at a Paris airport by your tour leader (or on arrival if you are departing from another city) and will take off to Chicago on a direct flight or with a stopover. In the late afternoon, upon arrival at the airport, you will meet your local guide and board your luxury minibus to reach your 4* hotel (local standards or similar). You will check into your room and enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner at the restaurant. *The fixed prices published in the Rates and Conditions sheet depend on your country and city of departure (France or Abroad). Depending on the flight plans that will be proposed, your departure and/or return from Geneva could be done early for the outward journey and delayed for the return, the fare would then be adjusted. If you are departing from another city, we can offer you a transport solution for an additional fee (please contact us). The city of departure and return must be the same.
Day 2 – Chicago: You will have breakfast and enjoy Serge Legat's first lecture. To begin exploring the city and its architectural gems, you'll board a boat for an architecture-themed lunch cruise. Located in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago has gigantic skyscrapers, 77 colorful neighborhoods and 42 kilometers of lakefront with 26 beaches and numerous parks. After cruising down the Chicago River, you'll reach the Art Institute, which is to Illinois what the Louvre is to Paris. It is composed of a collection of 300,000 works, recognized as the largest collection of Impressionist paintings after the one in Paris. You will dine at the restaurant accompanied by a jazzy atmosphere.
The Art Institute of Chicago MaxyM / Shutterstock
Day 3 - Chicago: In the morning, you will take a city tour with your expert guide. You'll pass through the Loop business district with its Civic Center and the Board of Trade, a 44-story building, the world's largest grain exchange. The tour will continue to the famous Michigan Avenue and the Magnificient Mile, lined with luxurious shops and art galleries. You'll visit the John Hancock Center and Grant Park, on the shores of Lake Michigan, for a splendid view of the city's skyline. You will go up to the observation floor of the Wallis Tower from where you will have a panoramic view of the city. This building was, during its construction and for 25 years, the tallest building in the world. You will have lunch and then take a guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art before having dinner in a panoramic restaurant from where you will enjoy a 360° view of the entire city.
Day 4 – Chicago / Washington DC: You will reach the airport for your flight to Washington DC. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your local English-speaking guide and board your luxury minibus to head to your 4* hotel (local standards). The city, laid out by French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, is located on the banks of the Potomac River. Bordered by wide avenues reminiscent of those of European capitals, it has many monuments dedicated to major historical figures. You'll have lunch before visiting the Philips Collection, founded in 1921 and home to one of the world's richest collections of Impressionist and modern works. Dinner will be held at a restaurant in the city centre.
Day 5 – Washington DC: After breakfast and a lecture by Serge Legat, you will head to the Museum of Decorative Arts, The Hillwood Estate. For this private tour, you will be specially accompanied by the curator of the place, through the old manor house, now a museum, and its gardens. You will have lunch at the museum's restaurant reserved for you before discovering the Library of Congress, the largest in the world in terms of its quantity of books and references. You will then have the choice between free time or a visit to one of the Smithsonian museums. Dinner at the restaurant. * provided that it has no repetition.
US Capitol in Washington DC ecstk22 / Shutterstock
Day 6 – Washington DC: Your day will begin with a city tour to allow you to understand American history, culture, and institutions. You will pass by the famous White House, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial in the shape of a Greek temple with its Doric columns, a tribute to the 16th president of the United States, not to mention the monuments dedicated to the Vietnam and Korean wars. You will then cross the Embassy district before reaching the large esplanade where the 169-metre-high Washington Obelisk sits. From the Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. monuments, you'll enjoy views of the Jefferson Monument dedicated to one of the founding fathers of the United States, before watching the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery where President Kennedy is buried. After lunch at the restaurant, you will visit the National Gallery of Art accompanied by a specialist. It presents a vast collection of European art from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, with works by prestigious painters such as: Vermeer, Rembrandt, but also more modern works, from Picasso to Calder, not forgetting Pollock or Andy Warhol... It's time to head back to the historic district for a stroll along King Street, a centuries-old thoroughfare on the banks of the Potomac River, and you'll have dinner by the river before returning to the hotel.
Day 7 - Washington DC / Philadelphia: You will leave Washington by road to reach Philadelphia. Of all the United States, this metropolis, particularly steeped in history, has the highest number of historical monuments per km². This open-air museum is full of works of art and sculptures. You will have lunch before heading to the Barnes Foundation, both a museum and an art school, to discover the largest private collection of paintings by Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani and Seurat, which will delight art lovers such as you. After dinner at the restaurant, you will return to your 4* (local standards, or similar).
Day 8 - Philadelphia: After breakfast, you will visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Opened in 1877, it brings together pieces from all over the world and from various eras, but it is mainly its collection of twentieth-century works that makes its reputation. Rubens' Prometheus in Chains or Picasso's Three Musicians will be among the major works you can see. You will have lunch at the restaurant. Your guide will then take you on a tour of the city where you will stroll through the old quarters of the 17th century before stopping in front of the Liberty Bell. It was once housed in Independence Hall, where the American Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 and the American Constitution in 1787. At the end of the afternoon, a lecture by Serge Legat will be offered at the hotel before your dinner.
Entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art - Pennsylvania - United States Samuel Borges Photography / Shutterstock
Day 9 - Philadelphia / New York: You will depart in the direction of New York. The city where art never sleeps is home to many museums of modern and contemporary art. Upon arrival, accompanied by your local English-speaking guide, you'll discover the iconic places of Midtown Manhattan, starting with the bustling Times Square district, Broadway, the iconic Empire State Building, Radio City Hall, Bryant Park, the famous Grand Central Station and Madison Square Garden. After lunch, you will visit the Metropolitan Museum, which ranks among the largest art museums in the world. The tour will be accompanied by Christopher Sweet, former editor-in-chief of Abrams Books, a magazine specializing in art and architecture. Then, you will meet the director of the art gallery Miguel Abreu, whom you will visit privately. You will have dinner at the restaurant before returning to your 4* hotel (local standards, or similar).
Day 10 – New York: You'll have breakfast before visiting the Updown part of Manhattan with your local English-speaking guide. You will pass by The Met Cloisters which brings together 4 medieval European cloisters and collections of medieval objects, the 120-year-old Cathedral of St John the Divine, the Apollo Theater and Columbia University. You will experience a Gospel mass in the Harlem neighborhood and have lunch at the restaurant. You will visit the first museum of modern art in the world: the MoMA. A true reference, you will appreciate the works of the great names of painting of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries such as Picasso, Matisse, Dalí, Jackson Pollock, Cézanne, Van Gogh or Mondrian. You will then head to a rooftop in the city for a cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking view of Manhattan. In the evening, you'll board a riverboat for a dinner cruise on the Hudson River. You will be enchanted by the lights on the New York skyline. You will return to your hotel for the night.
The MoMA 1000 Words / Shutterstock
Day 11 - New York: You will receive a distinguished guest: one of the heads of the Emily Harvey Foundation and curator of the Reina Sophia Museum in Madrid. As a French-speaker, he will give you a lecture alongside Serge Legat. You will then head to Carnegie Hall, which you will visit with a local English-speaking guide. After lunch at the restaurant, it will be time to discover the collection of the New York Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, temporarily installed at the Frick Madison. The museum houses magnificent works of paintings by European masters such as Renoir and Boucher, as well as numerous sculptures and ceramics. For your last night in New York, you will have the opportunity to experience the show on Broadway (optional) before meeting up all together for dinner.
Day 12 – New York (450 km): You will go in the direction of Boston. Along the way, you'll make a stop in Newport, Rhode Island, to visit the Marble House privately, accompanied by its curator. This mansion is one of the most impressive and prestigious in the region. You will have lunch and continue your drive with a new stop in Plymouth. You'll visit the life-size replica of the famous Mayflower boat. Upon arrival in Boston in the late afternoon, you will have dinner at the restaurant before returning to your 4* hotel (local standards or similar).
Day 13 – Boston: After breakfast, you will set off on a city tour accompanied by your local English-speaking guide. The capital of the state of Massachusetts is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States and a true melting pot of art, history and culture. Your discovery will begin with the Freedom Trail which passes by the various sites and monuments related to the history of the Independence of the United States. You'll then pass through the upscale Back Bay neighborhood renowned for its rows of Victorian brownstone houses and the Beacon Hill neighborhood, located on the highest of Boston's three hills. You'll cross Newbury Street, a landmark of high-end shopping, trendy restaurants, and art galleries. In Copley Square you will pass Trinity Church, a neo-Romanesque work considered one of the 10 most beautiful churches in the United States. You'll also see the historic harbour, before having lunch in one of the oldest restaurants in the city. You will then depart for Harvard University and enjoy a private tour of the most famous campus in the country. You'll have dinner on the waterfront harbor, before returning to your hotel.
Boston, MA, United States Sean Pavone / Shutterstock
Day 14 – Boston: After a final lecture by Serge Legat, you will be free to visit the Kennedy Presidential Library, the work of architect Ieoh Ming Pei, which contains part of the former President of the United States' correspondence. You will then have lunch at the restaurant. Boston hosts many exhibitions and has one of the largest museums in the country: the Museum of Fine Arts, which you will have the chance to visit. A farewell dinner will conclude your trip.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts Jay Yuan / Shutterstock
Days 15, 16: Boston / Departure City*: You'll meet at a small Venetian palace that houses the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The latter owes its name to the former owner of the place, a famous Bostonian with an art passion who drew up the plans for her home and lived there until her death in 1924. The museum presents its private collection, known for its internationally renowned paintings (The Assumption of the Virgin by Fra Angelico, works by John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Turner, Delacroix...). Lunch. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home.
The price includes
- Airfare Paris/Chicago outbound and Boston/Paris return in economy class on scheduled flights with or without stops (Air France-KLM, American Airlines, United Airlines)
- Chicago/Washington DC air travel in economy class on scheduled flights (American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines)
- Air taxes known as of 06/03/2023, readjustable
- The transport mentioned in the program by Comfortable Minibus
- Accommodation in the mentioned 4* hotels or similar
- Full board from dinner on day 1 to lunch on the last day of day 15 including drinks based on water, coffee or tea as well as a glass of wine or beer per person per meal
- The support of an English-speaking team Exceptional trips from Paris to Paris
- Visits mentioned in the program
- Customary tips to guides and drivers
- Baggage handling