European Vincent van Gogh Tour

Take a Trip Abroad & Study Art in Europe

Vincent van Gogh suffered greatly at the hands of various mental illnesses throughout his short life. Add an impact by volunteering and participating in education programs within your local community that offer help and counseling to those who can’t afford consistent mental health care.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Your trip abroad following the life of the post-impressionist artist Vincent Wilhelm van Gogh begins in Paris. After your arrival, your group will first visit the Museé Dufresne for a guided tour, where a few of van Gogh’s works are displayed. Once the tour concludes, you will be able to have lunch before you head to your next location, the Museé Rodin, where another guided tour will show you around the galleries, highlighting Vincent’s work. Your group will head to dinner afterward, to also be able to enjoy the nightlife of the city of Lights.

Your second day in Paris will begin a delicious breakfast at French café, after which your group will head to the Museé D’Orsay for a guided tour. Van Gogh lived with his brother Theo from 1886 to 1888, so many of painting are of scenes of the city. Most of the artist’s pieces that exist in Paris are kept here. One such piece is The Church at Auvers, painted in 1890 in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise. 

Your tour following the life of Vincent van Gogh takes you to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise. The artist spent the last three months of his life in this city, located 40 minutes outside of Paris. Your group will arrive at your lodgings to check in and leave your belongings. The first place your group will visit is the location of the graves of Vincent and his beloved brother Theo, interred in the Auvers-sur-Oise Cemetery. After, you will go the Parc Van Gogh, where a statue has been erected in his honor. Finally, your day will conclude with a guided tour of the Château d’Auvers, a beautiful 17th-century estate that now houses a multimedia exhibition about Van Gogh & French art, as well as beautifully landscaped gardens.

Your final day in Auvers-sur-Oise will begin with a delicious French breakfast. After, your group will visit the Maison de Docteur Gachet, the home of the man with whom Theo van Gogh entrusted his brother’s life. After lunch, your group will head to the intersection of Rue Ferdinand Mesny and Sente du Montier, arriving upon the location where it is believed that van Gogh created one his final paintings, titled Le Champ De Blé Aux Corbeaux or Wheatfield with Crows in English. 

The next city on your travels following in Vincent’s shoes is Arles, located in the southern region of France. Once your group has arrived and checked into your accommodations, you will head out to 1 Avenue de Stalingrad, 13200, where the iconic Yellow House awaits you. During Vincent’s stay in Arles from 1888 to 1889, he lived in this home along with fellow post-impressionist artist Paul Gaugin, as well as others. It was during this time in Arles where his art truly flourished, despite his mental health deteriorating. It was also during this time when he famously mutilated his left ear, after a falling out with Gaugin. After lunch, your group will head to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, where a guide will be waiting to show your group around and answer all your pressing questions about the artist. 

The final city of your tour is Rome, Italy. After settling in and dropping off your belongings, your group will go to the Musei Vaticani for a guided tour. The permanent collection houses a couple of Vincent’s paintings. Your next stop is in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, where more of van Gogh’s art is on display. After, your group will have some dinner and be able to do some shopping before heading back to the hotel to pack up for the trip home.

After an early morning, you will be able to sightsee around the city or do some last-minute shopping before your group heads to the airport for the journey back home.

Vincent van Gogh was one of the most important and influential artists of the Western World. While success eluded him in life, his subsequent fame, thanks to his sister-in-law Johanna Bonger, the Fauvist and German Expressionist art movements, his name is cemented in the canon of Western art. Join us on this trip abroad following his short and tragic life and learn how you can help people suffering from mental illness in your community.


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