Art Cruises & Tours

You don't have to be an artist yourself to have an appreciation for the arts. Some of our travelers explore the world searching for inspiration while others have a passion for watching the creative process or learning about the history of each piece. From behind the scenes museum tours, visits to an artists home or maybe a tour with art lessons included, Avant-Garde travel advisors are here to help find the perfect match for your artistic passions. 


Private Hvar Odyssey with an Art Professor

8 hour Private Tour in Hvar, Croatia with Leonidas Travel

Hvar Croatia Art tour

The first part of this extraordinary tour discovers the fascinating history of Hvar town and is dedicated to the beloved Hvar archaeologist and academic Dr. Grga Novak, knighted by the Queen Elizabeth I. In addition to his honorary doctorates from many European universities, he was a member of the Royal Archaeological Society of London, a member of the famed Roman Accademia dei Lincei and a member of the Austrian Academy.

Hvar is far more than the island's most celebrated landmarks; the island is filled with mystery and magic-­those quirky footnotes to history. Did you know that the inventor of modern fingerprinting was a Hvaranin? Together with your guide you will discover who Ivan Vucetic was and how his invention changed the face of crime forever. Your island odyssey also includes hidden inland villages as Stari Grad, the oldest city in Croatia, founded in 384 B.C. by the Greeks who began their agrarian reform here. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Ager fertile plain that lies to the east of Stari Grad is the site of the oldest known agricultural land division on the planet.

Arguably the town's most famous resident is Petar Hektorovic, whose manor house you will visit. You will also visit Stari Grad's Dominican Monastery (circa 1482) which houses a rare 16th Tintoretto, The Mourning of Christ. Then it's off to the charming seaside village of Jelsa for a visit to the konoba of one of the Croatia's leading boutique wine makers, Ivo Dubokovic. Afterwards, it is time to enjoy a delicious lunch with a glass of fine island wine at one of the island's best seaside restaurants (or if you prefer, we can have a wonderful lunch with wine, in a rustic konoba situated right in the middle of an olive grove!). Personal Hvar Island Odyssey is your private "backstage invitation" to the extravagantly rich history of Hvar!

Included Highlights:

  • Private tour with art historian & professor
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site, Stari Grad
  • Visit Petar Hektorovic's manor house
  • Visit Croatia's leading boutique wine makers, Ivo Dubokovic
  • Lunch is a seaside restaurant or an olive grove

Departure Dates:

  • Valid for Travel now Through May 17, 2019

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Art & Impressionist Discovery river cruise

8 Day River Cruise from Paris to Paris on Avalon Waterways

From $2,499 USD per person*

paris and normandy art cruise

This fabulous river cruise combines time in France’s unparalleled capital of Paris with beautiful scenery along the Seine River and the picturesque and historical region of Normandy.

Embark on your adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits - Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” Join an excursion to pretty Honfleur, popular with Impressionist painters like Monet and Boudin; visit the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery or join a “Taste of Normandy” excursion. In Rouen, best known for being the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit gothic Rouen Cathedral, subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. Here, you’ll also visit an art museum. From Conflans, go on an excursion to the quaint and inspiring town of Auvers-Sur-Oise, associated with several famous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh or to visit Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

On this French river cruise, you’ll enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and stops in charming and historical parts of France, but your adventure would not be complete without some time in Paris - one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture. A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight—or you might prefer to visit an art museum of Impressionist paintings to round off this captivating cruise experience

Art Cruise Highlights:

  • On board art lectures
  • Visit Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny
  • Visit the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore

Departure Dates:

*For more art themed river cruise dates in 2017 & 2018 contact Avant-Garde Travel at


Belmond Charleston Place

Two-night minimum stay required

Belmond Charleston Place

Charleston’s cultural and culinary gems has led to its status as America’s favorite city. Belmond Charleston Place invites your clients to discover the city’s picturesque historic district with an exclusive art and architecture tour. Enjoy our most luxurious accommodations, which include more space and all day food and beverage service in the private Club Lounge.

Included Highlights:

  • Club and Suite accommodations
  • Three-hour guided art and architecture walking tour with 1670 Tours
  • Nathaniel Russell House tour
  • Docent-led Champagne tour of Robert Lange Studios
  • Keepsake Charleston book
  • Wireless internet access
  • Welcome Amenity
  • Continental breakfast
  • $100 F&B credit
  • 4pm Late Check-out
  • Upgrade based on availability at check-in

Departure Dates:

  • Valid for Travel now Through December 31, 2018

CALLING ALL FIDO LOVERS! Not only is the hotel pet-friendly, so is the entire city; you can take your dogs on a carriage ride through the historic district.

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Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person in USD and based on double occupancy in a entry level room. Solo travelers in a double occupancy room must pay an additional single supplement amount. Offers are valid on cruise or tour only fares for select dates. Offers are not combinable with any other discounts, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs, transfers, airfare and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions may apply. CST#2130874-40