French Alps Vacation Workshop with Hazel Soan
May 15-19, 2023
You are invited to join Hazel Soan's vacation workshop in the beautiful French Alps. The medieval town of Annecy (pronounced un-see) will be our home for an exciting week of workshops and touring. Annecy is known as “the Venice of France" because of the small canals and streams that meander through town and the many charming bridges used to cross them. We will paint the Alps, visit castles, taste local French wine, tour the lake by boat and more! We are looking forward to making art in good company. The average temperatures for that week in Annecy: high of 67-68°F (19-20°C) overnight low of 47-48F (8-9°C).
Arrive Sunday May 14, 2023
Workshop participants who arrive early are invited to meet in the hotel lobby at 2:00 for a warm up sketch (optional). Hazel will not be teaching. This is just your chance to do a warm up painting before the first art class. All workshop participants and nonSketcher companions are invited to a welcome reception at 6pm. Below is our proposed itinerary.
Day 1--Paint by the Lake + take a boat tour of Lac d'Annecy
Monday May 15, 2023
After a delicious breakfast in our hotel, we will walk to the nearby Annecy Marina where Hazel will teach Workshop #1. After lunch we will take a leisurely 1.5 hour boat tour on Lac d'Annecy with lots of opportunities to relax and take pictures.
Day 2--Paint Iconic Annecy + Tour the Palais de L'Isle
Tuesday May 16, 2023
Everywhere we look there is a story to tell in this charming medieval town that we will capture in our paintings during Workshop #2. After lunch we will take a tour of the iconic Palais de l'Île, often referred to as a "house in the shape of a galley". It was at one time a prison, a courthouse and an administrative centre that dates back to the 12th century.
Day 3--Paint old Annecy + Tour a Palace
Wednesday May 17, 2023
Today we will explore old Annecy with its many charming bridges that cross the Le Thiou River on our way to Workshop #3. In the afternoon we will take a panoramic bus to tour Chateau Montrottier, a fairytale palace built in the 13th and 14th centuries and nearby Gorges du Fier, with its 252m long footbridge, suspended 25m above the river.
Day 4--Paint an Alpine View during a full day excursion
Thursday May 18, 2023
Today we will travel by private coach to Chamonix (pronounced sha-muh-nee) where Hazel will teach Workshop #4. After lunch we will visit Saint-Gervais-les-Bains for sketching and picture taking.
Day 5--Paint the Rooftops + Tour Château d'Annecy
Friday May 19, 2023
In the evening we will celebrate a wonderful week with a delicious farewell dinner (included).
Saturday May 20, 2023
It's time to say goodbye but you will never forget the friends you made or the skills you learned during this great week! Or extend your stay for a long relaxing holiday!
PLEASE NOTE: THE ORDER OF EVENTS AND SUBJECTS PROPOSED IN THIS ITINERARY MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
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For more information about this vacation package contact Brenda Murray Studio56Boutique@gmail.com.
- A welcome reception
- All art classes
- Admission to the museums and sites mentioned
- one round-trip ferry pass on Lac d'Annecy
- panoramic bus trip to Montrottier and Gorges les Fier
- Full-day excursion to Chamonix and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
- Farewell dinner
- Flights to/from the area
- airport pick-up and drop-off
- Meals (except those listed above)
- Painting supplies
- City taxes payable by guest at check out
- Tips and gratuities
- Porterage/luggage handling
- Travel insurance
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Items not explicitly specified in the inclusion list
Cost in USD
USD$1699. Workshop Participant
USD$699. NonWorkshop Participant (such as partner or travelling buddy)
NonWorkshop Participant tickets include the same attractions and meals as the Workshop Participants with the exception of the art classes.
To reserve your spot in this workshop a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required for Workshop Participants and a $300 nonrefundable deposit is required for nonWorkshop Participants 150 days prior to the start of the workshop. The remaining balance is due 120 days prior to the start of the workshop.
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How to Get There
Geneva-Cointrin International Airport is the closest international airport to Annecy. It is located 48 km away. There are train and bus connections to Annecy from the airport.
Shuttle/Train from the Airport to the Train Station
There is a free train/shuttle that takes you from Geneva-Cointrin Airport train station to the main Gare Cornavin Central Railway Station every 12 to 20 minutes. It is a 6 minute shuttle/train ride. You will get to this shuttle/train by walking through the airport shopping centre (5 mins). Tickets for this shuttle/train are free. The ticket machine for the free shuttle/train ticket is located at the luggage retrieval hall. This ticket must be used within 80 minutes of issuance. For more info about the free shuttle/train ticket click HERE.
Take a train from the main Gare Cornavin Central Station to Annecy. This is a 90-120 minute train ride depending on time of day. The cost is about 23 euros one way.
Hotel Splendid is 5 blocks from the train station about a 9-minute walk or you could take a taxi.
Hazel and Brenda will be staying at the Splendid Hotel, 4 Quai Eustache Chappuis, 74000 Annecy, France. The room rate is $170-$210USD/night depending on room type with free cancellation up until one week before arrival. Breakfast is $20.95USD/day. Rooms can be booked online by clicking HERE.
If you are travelling alone and wish to share a room, please email Studio56Boutique@gmail.com and we will try to find a roommate for you among the participants.
Workshop participants are not obliged to stay in this hotel. You are welcome to stay in another hotel or an Airbnb if you prefer.
Travel + Medical Insurance
Last minute cancellations for any reason are nonrefundable therefore protect your investment in this vacation by purchasing travel insurance. Click HERE for a list of US travel insurance providers. Some credit card companies may also offer travel insurance if you paid for your trip using that credit card.
The instructor and tour manager are fully vaccinated against covid-19. This tour will be following all locally recommended protocols. Please check the covid protocols required for France by clicking HERE and check back close to the date of departure as the protocols may change.
Your Tour Manager
Participants will be accompanied by Studio 56 owner, Brenda Murray. Brenda is a Canadian artist and arts advocate, the founder of Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region and a former Urban Sketchers Board member. A seasoned traveler, Brenda has traveled to Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea (lived there for 4 years), Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, UK, and the USA (35 states). Brenda will be on hand to assist the instructor and to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Learn more about Brenda HERE.
For More Information
Email Studio56Boutique@gmail.com or call Brenda Murray at 519-572-1757.
How to Register for this Workshop
Registration is now closed. To add your name to the wait list email Studio56Boutique@gmail.com.