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Life in a French Chateau Creative Holiday France June 15 in 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019:Tuesday, June 25, 2019

3,890 €

11 magical days sketching, journalling and being creative whilst experiencing chateaux in Paris for 3 nights and then 7 nights all inclusive stay in our own private country chateau in the sunny Languedoc region of France in the Minervois.

Life In a French Chateau….la vie en chateau….. a hidden gem without the tourist crowds. Learn to sketch in your travel journal or build on your travel skills in quiet splendour of rural France sketching llamas, donkeys, mountains, horses, vineyards, poppy-fields, village fetes, our chateau and much more
Come share our secret special places in Paris depicting easy vignettes in some grand mansions in Paris and down in the South of France Minervois region where we experience Life in a French Chateau like something straight out of  ” A Good Year” – the film set in Provence starring Russell Crowe.

You may like to add this on to the PORTUGAL CREATIVE HOLIDAY tour we have ending in Northern Spain on June 13 in 2019. See details here.

Our tours are all fully-escorted and designed for affordability, fun and safety in comfortable, relaxing conditions.

Renowned travel artist and creative director Erin Hill from Sydney is your inspiration and mentor for this tour.

Even if you have never put a pen on paper to sketch or create anything – or if you have been doing this for a long time –  you will find this 11 day creative workshop experience in Paris and Provence magic and inspirational

You will be amazed at what you can achieve when shown how.

The bond created within the group becomes very special as everyone learns from and encourages each other in their creative journey. A skill and a present to take home with you for life.

Erin teaches us how to sketch and depict

  • perspective
  • sketch meals, cafes and food
  • people and movement
  • scenes, vistas, landscapes
  • apply colour in vignettes to best effect
  • create fun travel journal pages, incorporating different media

11 days starting June 15 in 2019 in Paris to 25 June in Toulouse.

You may like to add this on to the EHS Portugal Pilgrimage Sketching tour we have ending in Northern Spain on June 13 in 2019. See details here.

3,890 EUROS  Twin Share (please ask if you would like to upgrade your hotel room in Paris)
2,900 EUROS  Non-sketchers (must be sharing with a sketcher)
1,190 EUROS  Single supp

Tour Inclusions: all travel within France, accommodation with own bathroom, all entries, tutelage, your bi-lingual Tour Manager. all breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners with wine included,

TRAVEL SKETCHING IN PARIS & a French Chateau South of France

  • Paris 3 nights on the Left Bank in our Champagne-themed hotel journalling and depicting the icons of Paris and exploring
  • Chateau in Minervois 7 nights

An 11 day tour with Erin Hill and your France expert Kate Stedman starting in Paris and ending in Toulouse.

Join Erin and francophile Kate for 3 fun nights in Paris and enjoy a more intimate side of sketching exciting Paris in the Springtime. Of course we will journal the icons of Paris but also sketch some memorable vignettes while drinking an aperitif in a grand mansion.

We fly down to Toulouse and then on to the picture-perfect Minervois region which is a world apart. 
It is a land of of cypresses, cicadas and impressive mountain ranges with every view.

Minervois is an ancient Roman region of sunshine, sun-ripened sweet strawberries, blood-red poppies, wildflowers, verdant vineyards and fragrant markets of local fish, bread, pastries, fruit, olive oils and wine.

It has hosted the Tour de France, is the largest wine region in France, boasts the Unesco World Heritage Canal du Midi, the magnificent medieval fortress of Carcassonne, ancient paleolithic “dolmen” structures and is the region of the bloody 12th century Cathar heresy and the Holy Grail myth.

A land full of history and mystery.

And right in the middle of all this! – our country chateau is on 140 hectares with lovely rural views.
And of course, aperitifs lazing by the pool beckon us each day after sketching and adventuring.

Each morning after breakfast our drivers take you to a nearby location to sketch and explore followed by a lunch either at the chateau or nearby and then each afternoon is yours to explore or relax at the chateau with dinners included here each night.

The Chateau interior oozes aged grandeur – original stonewalls, wood panelling, a suit of armour in a room dating back to the 13thC and huge fireplaces in several rooms.
Bedrooms are old-fashioned but impressive with antiques and numerous four-posters to choose from. All bedrooms are different in shape, size and decor.
Those who book early get the biggest rooms.
Bathrooms reflect the age of the building (sometimes slightly eccentric but always spotless). Note that not all bathrooms are ensuite, but you will have your own private bathroom nearby.
Rooms are over the first and second floors up the grand staircase. One chambre has a fabulous private roof terrace-leading up from the bathroom!
Another chambre has a Juliet balcony.  Views are panoramic.
Take a swim in the 50m pool and enjoy an aperitif or local wine under ancient trees. Lie back and admire the vistas and vineyards.
Dinner is a fixed simple menu of local specialities and a continental breakfast can be taken in the ‘conservatory’ or on the front lawn.

All meals in our own chateau are provided each day.

Erin and Kate will teach you how to sketch, write in your journal and create a stunning book on your 11 day holiday. This is a holiday for all abilities – everyone is catered for and it makes no difference if you have never held a pen except for work! Everyone gets the same enjoyment and reward out of such a lovely Sketch Holiday and all will love it.
That’s a promise.

Erin teaches a huge variety of tips, methods, shortcuts, fun ways of seeing and interpreting your travels and really gets the most out of your new-found love of sketching.

Our tour begins at our lovely Parisian hotel at 6 pm on June 15 in 2019.

After breakfast on June 25 in 2019 our tour finishes at the chateau. We offer a group transfer back to Toulouse for those who require it, so that you are free to train back up to Paris or elsewhere to continue your holiday. This will depart the chateau at about 11 am. Please ensure any connecting flights in Toulouse are not before your airport arrival (at around 1pm) on June 25.
* Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours.


Saturday, June 15, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
3,890 €
Single Supplement:
€1,190 euros
To convert the EURO cost into your own currency simply go to www.xe.com
Deposit of $1,000 AUD is required at booking. This is 50% refundable only up until 150 days before tour commencement.
We require all our tour participants to have Travel Insurance at time of booking to protect against possible illness cancellation costs.
NB: THIS TOUR IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL MINIMUM NUMBERS have booked. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if this number is not reached and in this case will refund all monies.
Please consult with us first before booking any flights for our tours.
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