This year, Captain’s Choice, curators of some of the world’s most life-enriching travel experiences, will introduce an extraordinary new cultural adventure, ‘The Art Journey’. Created in collaboration with Morry Schwartz, owner of The Saturday Paper and The Monthly, the journey takes travellers to the centre of the art world, beginning in Paris with an immersion in the arts scene, moving to Italy for a true 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 16-day adventure is respected curator Jason Smith, director of the Geelong Art Gallery and previously Head of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Director of Heidi Museum of Modern Art.
Timed to coincide with the Biennale, ‘The Art Journey’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to delve deep into the world of art, artists, collectors and experts, departing on 14 September, 2019.
The Parisian leg of the journey takes in highlights such as an exclusive tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton and a rare private viewing and dinner at the Picasso museum, hosted by its 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; private viewings of iconic collections such as the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi and the Victoria Miro Gallery; and culminating in a private masquerade ball in the breathtaking Salone Marco Polo at the Hotel Danieli.
In Milan, guests will enjoy a private viewing of the Prada Foundation as well as taking their seats at numerous shows during Milan Fashion Week.
With just 50 guests, The Art Journey is intimate and luxurious. Accommodation is first class, from the iconic Le Royal Monceau-Raffles in Paris – which has been totally transformed by French designer Philippe Starck – to the stunning Hotel Danieli in Venice, a converted 14th-century palazzo which has played host to such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Peggy Guggenheim and Stephen Spielberg. The tour’s final stay is at the Milan Mandarin Oriental, a charming 18th-century luxury hotel located in the Quadrilatero fashion district.
The Art Journey is a part of the new Dimensions of Travel Portfolio by Captain’s Choice, which presents journeys meticulously designed to singular themes – from a yoga experience in the Himalayas to Antarctic adventure with a famous explorer – giving travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary. Accompanying these journeys are local experts with in-depth knowledge and amazing stories to share.