Van GOGH & the IMPRESSIONISTS at Auvers + Cistertian Abbey

VAn Gogh Plain near Auvers +Van GOGH & AUVERS SUR OISE

The quaint village of Auvers sur Oise has gained worldwide recognition due to the Impressionist painters that came here in search of inspiration. Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, and Camille Pissaro—patriarchs of Impressionism—all lived there for a time. Above all, Auvers-sur-Oise is perhaps most famous for Vincent Van Gogh, a painter who only lived here for his final 70 days. During this brief period, Van Gogh painted to 70 works in and around Auvers-sur-Oise.




 The Colors of Van Gogh at their best

This country village on the river Oise is an easy day trip by train to see a town that still today resembles the quiet hamlet that lured nineteenth-century artists from Paris to its sunlit wheat fields, clear skies and charming homes and gardens. Upon your arrival in Auvers, you’ll visit the house of Dr. Gachet (Van Gogh’s Doctor) where had set up his studio and devoted himself to painting, sculpture, engraving, and invited artists to come work there. Friend of painters and a painter himself, he received visits from Pissarro, Cézanne, Guillaumin and, in 1890,Vincent Van Gogh…

Then, you’ll enjoy the famous church and continue strolling the streets of Auvers, until the cimetery where both Vincent and Theo are buried. After our lunch at a local restaurant, we are heading to the magnificent Abbey of Royaumont.



Royaumont Refectory

Built in the 13th C., Royaumont abbey, the largest Cistercian abbey in Ile de France region was erected in an exceptional setting and still stands today among lakes and wood lands. The choice of a remote site was congruant with the Cistercian monks’ quest for silence and simplicity.  The Cistercians were the first to shape the landscape and the canals which cross the park are evidence of their mastery in hydraulic systems and landscape gardening.

These Brothers occupied the place until the French Revolution. In 1791, the Abbey was converted into a cotton mill by the monks. Since 2004, a medieval style garden, “le jardin des neufscarrés”-“the garden of nine squares”, has been opened to the public. Today, the Abbey still stands in the heart of marshes and wood lands in a protected area near a bird sanctuary.

  •  Private Tour with your own Conference Speaker
  • Wine & Cheese Tasting
  • Inspiring views of the Vexin Area
  • Stellar authentic reviews