Monet's masterpieces in London
Discover Monet's lifelong fascination with architecture, light and shadow at the first National Gallery exhibition devoted entirely to his works in almost two decades. For just a few short weeks this summer The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet and Architecture will give lucky visitors the chance to see more than 75 different paintings, including masterpieces like "The Rue Montorgueil, Paris" and "Boulevard des Capucines", as well as his ethereal depictions of Rouen cathedral and the Houses of Parliament.
Day One: Coach travel to London
Leaving your local pick-up point by coach, this morning we'll travel to London. You'll arrive at your hotel in the early afternoon, and once checked in you'll be free to relax and enjoy the hotel's four-star leisure facilities or join our free transfer into the West End to enjoy a evening exploring Covent Garden, Piccadilly and the late-night shopping along Oxford Street.
Day Two: Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery
After breakfast, today, we'll check our of the hotel and return to central London for a late-morning visit to the National Gallery. Despite being most associated with his paintings of landscapes and nature, Monet had an enduring fascination with architecture. Between 1900 and 1904 Claude Monet painted the Houses of Parliament 19 times, and he repeatedly rented the same apartment across the square from Rouen Cathedral so he could capture the subtle shifts of colour and contrast that unfolded across the cathedral facade as the seasons passed.
In addition to priceless works on loan from the Musee d'Orsay, Gemeente Museum, and Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the exhibition will showcase rarely seen pieces from private collections as it examines Monet's treatment of everything from tiny cottages like "The Douanier's Cottage" to the cityscapes of Paris, Venice and London.
We'll leave London by coach in the mid-afternoon, and make our way back to your original coach pick-up point.
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.