The tour operator’s newest journey will take guests on an exclusive, insider’s tour of some of Europe’s most famous art hotspots
Captain’s Choice has announced the launch of a new 16-day cultural adventure, ‘The Art Journey’. Part of the new Dimensions of Travel Portfolio by Captain’s Choice –a selection of luxury journeys meticulously curated to singular themes – ‘The Art Journey’ will take 50 travellers to the centre of the art world and give them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique and extraordinary, avoiding the usual pedestrian tourist trails.
Departing on 14 September, 2019, ‘The Art Journey’ will begin in Paris, where guests will experience an immersion in the arts scene before moving to Italy for an insider’s view of the Venice Biennale, and finishing in Milan with a tour of the city’s private collections and fashion shows.
The specialist host throughout the journey will be respected curator Jason Smith, director of the Geelong Art Gallery who has previously served as head of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery and director of Heidi Museum of Modern Art.
The Parisian leg of the journey will feature an exclusive tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Foundation Louis Vuitton, and a rare private viewing and dinner at the Picasso museum hosted by its fabled director Laurent Le Bon.
Transferring to Italy on board the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient Express, guests will gain a true insider’s perspective of the Venice Biennale with an exclusive meeting with Australia’s Biennale representative, artist Angelica Mesiti, and have private viewings of iconic collections such as the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi and the Victoria Miro Gallery.
Time in Venice will culminate in a private masquerade ball in the breathtaking Salone Marco Polo at the Hotel Danieli In Milan – a converted 14th century palazzo that has played host to such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Peggy Guggenheim and Stephen Spielberg. Guests will also get to enjoy a private viewing of the Prada Foundation as well as take a seat at numerous shows during Milan Fashion Week.
Accommodation throughout the intimate ‘The Art Journey’ is suitably high-end, from the historic and beautiful Hotel Danieli and the iconic Le Royal Monceau-Raffles in Paris – which has been totally transformed by French designer Philippe Starck – to the Milan Mandarin Oriental, a charming 18th century luxury hotel located in the Quadrilatero fashion district.
For information on Captains’ Choice ‘The Art Journey’ and other Captain’s Choice journeys, visit: captainschoice.com.au.