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JUNE 28 to JULY 5 in 2022 - staying in our private chateau in the rural  Mayenne region of France will be an unforgettable experience. Spend 8 days learning with Ian Fennelly, exploring and documenting your trip whilst visiting other gardens, chateaux, medieval fortresses and cobble-stoned historic villages in this less touristed region of France.

Ian studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and gained a 1st Class Honours degree, is a professional artist whose artwork sells worldwide, has over 80,000 followers on Instagram and is a qualified teacher as well as a senior instructor for Urban Sketchers. See more of his unique pen and watercolour artwork on Instagram at @ianfennelly

Paris Chateau sketching tour Ian Fennelly


Each day we have a sketch demo and sketching workshop as well as orientation, walking and history tours and free time to do what you like in each wonderful town we visit.
This is a tour for anyone and everyone. You do not have to be an experienced sketcher at all. Ian will show you his easy style and help you to achieve your own wonderful results in your own way. Those non-sketchers are welcome if they are travelling sharing with a sketcher as there is just so much to see and explore in this trip.
Your experienced tour manager and guide Kate Stedman is an historian, art lover and avid sketcher and she will take you to her favourite spots and regale you with fun facts and historic gems each day as well.

7 nights in our beautiful Chateau close to the Loire Valley.sketching in Paris tour Ian Fennelly
Our tour begins the morning of June 28, 2022, when we meet at Paris Montparnasse train station to take the train to the Loire Valley. (details nearer departure time)
Tour ends in our chateau the morning of July 5 in 2022 where you can be transferred to the local train station to return to Paris yourselves or choose to go elsewhere.

We travel down as a group to spend 7 nights in our 19thC French Chateau set on 25 acres. We will wander around the exceptional property, sketch the walled garden, the parterre, the pepper-pot towers, the croquet lawn, the woodland, the vast rooms and salons etc. Endless vistas and time to just absorb it all. All meals - cooked by our chef - are included as are the local wines  to keep the creative juices flowing!
We will dine locally one night in the tiny local village just down the road on the fine produce grown in our own chateau garden. We will sketch ancient giant limestone furnaces, cobbled streets, picturesque chateaux, medieval houses, crumbling Roman towers, ancient forts,  a walled city and an 11thC working Abbey!
All inclusive price with the full time services of your the tour director as well as Ian Fennelly!

PRICING  - please note that all prices are in EUROS. To convert to your own currency go to www.xe.com

Twin Share room throughout tour: 2,750 euros pp sharing a room
Solo Traveller throughout tour : 3,050 euros 
Non-sketcher sharing a room with a sketcher: 2,450 euros

Deposit of $1,000 AUD per person.

  • all tour accommodation –  grand home chateau with ensuite bathrooms, all excursions, a swimming pool.
  • all meals whilst on tour
  • all transport whilst on tour
  • all art tuition with Ian Fennelly (6 workshops)
  • tour manager services throughout

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  • The night of June 27 in Paris (we recommend the Hotel Littre in Paris which is walking distance tosketching tour in Paris Ian Fennelly Montparnasse station) is NOT included
  • International flight to Paris is NOT included
  • Travel insurance cover which is mandatory for our tours  is NOT included

Please see the Terms and Conditions for this tour in the BOOKING TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
Be aware that unless otherwise specified in your tour, your final payment is due 90 days before tour departure and becomes 50% non-refundable up until 60 days before tour departure and is then fully non-refundable.

We do require all our clients to have cancellation travel insurance for each tour and will be asking for a copy of your insurance policy.
Please be aware that you travel AT YOUR OWN RISK.
We will endeavour where possible to keep everyone as safe as we can from the virus but regulations change overnight regarding self isolation etc. The onus is on you to talk about this with your Travel Insurance company and to read their terms and conditions so that you are very clear as to how you will be covered for anything to do with covid, hospital. border closures etc. French Fusion will not be able to refund you in full if you are prevented from travel and it is less than 120 days out from tour departure.