Le Corbusier’s Connoisseur's tour

June 12 to 24, 2015

5 of the most important Le Corbusier’s buildings    -    10 nights    -    maximum of 7 participants    -    Visit of Vitra Campus

$ 4,868 per person double occupancy  

$ 5,488 per person single occupancy

Airfare not included

Included: Breakfast daily, 7 dinners with wine, 3 lunches, entrance fees to sites, private guides, reference books, maps, taxes and gratuities, transfer from and to Marseille airport or Marseille train station, transportation while on tour, medical/accident insurance.  


Day 1: June 12: Depart for Marseille, France.  

Day 2: June 13: Arrive Marseille Airport or train station, your preference.

- Trains to Marseille center from the Paris airport are scheduled about 1hr 30mn apart. The trip is 3 hr:35mn.  

- Lunch at the port.  

- Check into Unité d’Habitation (Cité Radieuse).

- Visit of the building.

- Dinner at the restaurant “Le  ventre de l’architecte” on the “Main Street” level.

Day 3: June 14: Drive to Le Couvent de la Tourette.

- Lunch en route.

- Visit of the Convent.

- Dinner and overnight in the Convent.

Day 4: JUNE 15: Drive to Lyon-St Exupery Airport to see Calatrava’s train station.

- Drive to Perouges, a well preserved and restored medieval town, for lunch.

- Drive to Arc et Senant to visit the Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks) designed by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736–1806), a prominent Parisian architect of the time. The building is an important example of an early Enlightenment project based on a philosophy that favored arranging buildings according to a rational geometric and a hierarchical relationship between all the components of the project.  

- Overnight in Ronchamp in a delightful manor house.  

Day 5: JUNE 16: Visit the Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut designed by Le Corbusier, an absolutely amazing architectural marvel. The site and the church have been restored by Renzo Piano only one year and one half ago.

Return to Ronchamp for dinner and night at manor house.

Day 6: JUNE 17: Drive to and tour the Vitra Factory, one of the largest and best contemporary furniture companies in the world.

The buildings on the Vitra Campus are unique architectural icons. It was here that Zaha Hadid built her very first structure, and American architect Frank Gehry constructed his first building in Europe. The Vitra Design Museum offers guided tours of both its exhibitions and the buildings on the Vitra Campus.

These include the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid (1993), the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando (1993), a geodesic dome after Richard Buckminster Fuller (1975/2000), and factory buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw (1981/1986), Frank Gehry (1989), Álvaro Siza (1994) and SANAA (2012). The VitraHaus (2010), designed by Herzog & de Meuron, interiors can be explored independently. Five of these architects received the Pritzker Prize of Architecture for the buildings on the Vitra campus.

- Drive to Nancy where we spend the night.

Day 7: JUNE 18: Visit the house of Jean Prouve, the genius behind some of the best 1950’s furniture and one of the most ingenious creators of simply built structures for residential housing and commercial buildings.

-Night in Nancy.

Day 8: JUNE 19: Drive to Paris and visit Vaux le Vicomte en route. The castle made Louis XIV jealous of his finance minister, so he “stole” not just the architect, but the decorator and the gardener, all of whom went on to work on the design of Versailles. We will be visiting the inside of the castle as well as the gardens illuminated by 2,000 candles, like in the time of Louis XIV. There will be also a fireworks show.

- Late arrival in Paris.

Day 9: JUNE 20: We are in Paris. Leisurely morning

- Visit of the Centre Georges Pompidou, built in 1977 by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Critics were harsh, but considering it was a collaboration between an Italian and a British architect on French soil, a catastrophe was inevitable. It is still one of my favorite buildings. The technology was brilliant: 84,000 square feet on each floor with no obstructions. It houses, among other things, the largest Museum of Modern Art in the world. The Restaurant Georges, on the top floor, has great views of the city and serves a delicious chocolate mousse.

Day 9: JUNE 21: Drive to Villa Savoye in Poissy, just outside Paris. Early departure so we can return for free time in Paris.

Day 10: JUNE 22: Tour of Le Corbusier’s buildings on the international campus in Paris based on a similar design we had already seen in Marseille.

The group will discuss what attractions in Paris are still of interest to them.  Arrangements will be made to visit these sites this afternoon and tomorrow.

Day 11: JUNE 23 : Tour Paris according to the wishes of the group.

Day 12: JUNE 24 : Departure from Paris.

Couvent de la Tourette

Arc et Senant

Calatrava’s train station


Vitra Campus

Frank Gehry

Zaha Hadid

Dear Jean,

I was one of 7 on your custom tour of France and Germany to see the work of the famed Architect Le Corbusier.  

I know that I personally had a fantastic trip.  You arranged visits to 'the' top 4 Corbu buildings and many other wonderful architectural treats.  

The Continuing Ed was fun, the food was fabulous, and your help and hospitality were greatly appreciated.  

You have my endorsement.


Jim Vignola, AIA

Gainesville, FL

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