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with Sevan Melikyan
April 10 - 20,  2023
Trip Status:   CLOSED


Tour Cost:  ~ $6,025, double occupancy. 
Single supplement:  $450.
(N.B.  Note price change:  Inflation Buster!!)
Activity Level: moderate  – an ability to walk 2-3 hours at a moderate pace.   N.B.  It would be wise to do a walking program before this trip!
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I.M. Pei's Pyramid at the Louvre

Sevan hopes you'll join him in Paris, where he spent his formative years, both growing-up-wise and art-wise.  He spent his teen years exploring the museums that the city of light has to offer.   What a lucky kid!

We'll stay at the Hotel du Danube in Saint-Germain-des- Prés  and visit the notable museums, but with the extensive knowledge of our own private curator- storyteller extraordinaire, this will become like no other visit to Paris. 


Arc de Triomphe.

Photo by Juiguang Wang


We will visit many museums and thereby overstimulate your senses:

  •          Louvre

  • Musée d'Orsay​

  • L'Orangerie

  • ​Musée d'art moderne au Centre ​Pompidou 

  • ​Musée Rodin​

  • Musée Picasso

  • Musée Condé

  • ​Musée du Petit Palais


and also

  • Versailles

  • Montmartre

  • Château de Chantilly

  • Auvers-sur-Oise (Van Gogh Tomb)

  • Ėglise Saint-Sulpice

Do your feet hurt yet?  We'll rest by taking many coffee breaks, lunching in nice cafés and finally finely dining!


At the Louvre.

A concert or two will be in the plans , too.  Here's the Palais Garnier.

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As Sevan teaches, we learn and understand more about the art we are viewing.   The art becomes part of our lives.    We also very willingly partake in all that culture has to offer:  its ambience, cafés, shopping, delectable cuisine, the quiet times, the hectic times and all that Paris and environs has to offer.


At the Rodin Museum

Sevan is offering a pre-trip series of lectures on the Art in Paris.  You are welcome to attend the 8 lectures, even if you can't join the actual trip.  You will find more information here.



We will be staying at the Hotel du Danube Saint Germain.

A family hotel in the heart of historic Paris.
The Hotel du Danube welcomes you in an elegant, picturesque setting and a romantic atmosphere suffused with charm and poetry. Its exceptional location in the heart of the City of Light and the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is an invitation to explore the treasures of the capital."


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sevan melikyan (photo by colin jorgensen
Sevan Melikyan
Instructor & Tour Guide

Sevan Melikyan is the director of Wired Gallery in High Falls, New York, a founding member and director of Chagall in High Falls, Inc., a lecturer on art museums, and an artist. In 2013, Art Society of Kingston presented Melikyan with its ASKars award in recognition for his “significant contributions to the arts” and The Ulster County Executive recognized Melikyan as an Arts Ambassador. Prior to the U.S., he lived in Paris, France where he earned a BA focusing on arts marketing, and prior to that, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was born of Armenian parents in 1965.


One August afternoon, during the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, I was fortunate to meet Sevan through my friend Jon Nakamatsu. When Naki won the Van Cliburn in 1997, Sevan was the marketing person there and his wife Maria was Naki’s manager. Sevan and Maria came to the Cape one summer to meet up with Naki (and to hear some great music). We got to know each other quite well over long nights of card games at our dining room table.


" . . . these trips with you cannot be closer to my core values of sharing amazing art through the ages, with which we also learn about ourselves and our civilization. And my hope is always that at the end of it, people are left to believe in humanity, in our own power to create amazing, positive things. And I also hope they smile, because...I like to be funny!”

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.

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 Sheyda Eversley

My name is Sheyda (its origin is Farsi, and it means Mad with Love). I live in New Paltz, NY, 90 miles north of New York City. My first trip was at the age of 3, from Toronto, Canada, where I was born, to Istanbul, Turkey, my parents' birthplace, where I lived until I got married at 22. I eventually settled in the USA. 


Growing up in Istanbul, I was introduced to several languages, more by necessity than choice. By age 10, I was fluent in Turkish, Armenian, and French but spoke little English. My biggest wish was to join the Aviation Industry, but I needed to improve my English. So I came to the USA and stayed with an American host family for four months, watching lots of television and practicing English daily.

My professional life of almost 40 years with two International Airlines helped me see the benefits of language while interacting with the traveling public from all over the world.

French has always been my favorite language, and I am always eager to help others feel empowered by speaking it with confidence and pride, no matter the level. I presently teach French to two groups of students. The first is Conversational Learning, and the second is the Conversational Discussion. We have been together for 10 years. Language is like music. Listen to it!! If it sounds good, it must be right!!!!!



~$6,025 double occupancy.  
  • Single supplement is $450.

  • Includes accommodations, most meals, transportation in France, entrance fees to museums, airport transfers, teacher and administrative fees.

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

  • Covid vaccination and negative test required.   Covid testing and emergencies are not included in the trip price.


Château at Chantilly

To register for this journey, please click below:

Please note that PayPal remittances must go through the form on this website.  Thank you.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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