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Pedaling Through Paris and England with Joe Marchio
May 8-18, 2019
Trip Status: CLOSED


Tour Cost: $5600
Activity Level: Moderate

Join Joe Marchio as he pedals his way through the pipe organs of Paris, Chartres, London, and Norwich. At our first stop in Paris, Joe will demonstrate the great organ in the American Cathedral and we will have an up-close look at this magnificent king of instruments.


We will take a day trip to Chartres to visit its cathedral,  described by Goethe as "Architecture being frozen music . . . to experience the rhythms of both we need to be present." The Gothic cathedral rises from the plain, saying  “Notice me”, and is known for its height, stained glass windows, and its pipe organ. Its presence is alive.


We will attend a vesper organ recital at Notre Dame and also mass at Saint Sulpice, followed by a recital. We have set aside the good part of a day to visit Musee d’Orsay, which recently was dubbed the best museum in the world.  It is such a beautiful building (an old rail station) and is filled with the most wide-ranging works of phenomenal art. It has a pretty good café, too!


From Paris, we will take the Chunnel train–a mere two and one-half hour ride–to London, and then another train to the smaller, more navigable town of Norwich in Norfolk, England. The organ master at the Norwich Cathedral is a musician who was at the College of Wooster where Joe received his undergraduate degree. He isn’t giving Joe completely full rein of the organ there, but we will be able to spend a lot of time in that Cathedral, learning the ways of that pipe organ. During the time we’re in Norwich, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival will also be in full swing, presenting all sorts of arts:  music, dance, literature, circus acts and more.


Before heading home, we’ll stay one night in London and hopefully catch a concert there.


In Paris, we will stay at the Novotel Paris Les Halles, near the right bank, but almost directly opposite the Ile de la Cite, where Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle are located. In Norwich, we will stay at the Assembly House. In London, we’ll stay at the Chesterfield Mayfair.


The activity level of this trip is easy to moderate, meaning that you should be able to walk at least 1 hour at a moderate pace.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris


Fountaine Saint-Sulpice, Paris


Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

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Norwich Cathedral, England



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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

I am delighted to present Joe as one of Artful Journeys' serial teachers. Not only will he lead this trip, but being so passionate about pipe organ music and cathedral architecture Joe hopes to lead us at least through the Netherlands and Germany in subsequent years. He's a very busy man, being a minister at the Chatham Congregational Church, music director at both the Chatham Chorale and the Cape Symphony, a teacher at the Cape 4 C's, and is the dad of three young children. He is a graduate of The College of Wooster, Yale, and New England Conservatory.

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.


Chartres Cathedral 



Trip cost is $5600
  • Includes all accommodations, meals, transportation in Europe, event and museum entry fees, and teacher and admin fees.

  • $875 single supplement. 

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

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

  • Airfare to Paris and from England 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.

This journey is CLOSED.
For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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