The name The Art of Travel makes you wonder at the unusual combination of art with travel. Or is it the process of travel to a level where it becomes an art form? Well the secret behind the name is a collaboration between Orient Express and the National Gallery, London. The collaboration has resulted in 13 different travel packages ranging in duration from three to seven days, offering not just a glimpse of art but its entire background and perspective.
You may choose a package that interests you and suits your schedule. The different packages start on select dates between April 9 and October 22, 2011. These packages or journeys focus on either the Impressionist movement; the great works of Italian artists Canaletto, Bellini, Titian, and Veronese; or the collections of the 18th-century Holburne Museum in Bath, which has recently been restored. You will be helped and guided by knowledgeable staff from National Gallery.
The tours begin at the National Gallery. The guests are first introduced to the art works by a specialist explaining the nuances and finer details. The travelers also receive tutorials of artistic masterpieces and tours of the places that inspired the artists. The guests are provided luxurious accommodation in some of the finest hotels in London and Paris. For the shorter journeys the guests travel between London and Bath, viewing a collection of important bronzes and paintings. The longer seven day tours take the guests through the Venice of Canaletto itinerary. It casts $7,980 per person for double occupancy and $10,420 for single occupancy.