Le Corbusier: Beton Brut Travel Tour



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Docomomo US Explore Modern Travel Tour
May 29, 2019 - June 8, 2019


Le Corbusier: Béton Brut explores the life and work of one of the greatest architects of the 20th century. Travelers will experience the life and work of Le Corbusier, a prolific painter, sculptor and design theorist, from the projects he designed to the places, people and forces that shaped his life and his thinking. This exclusive ten-day, nine-night travel tour across France features many of Le Corbusier’s most iconic works including Villa Savoye and Unité d’Habitation and will conclude along the banks of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin where Le Corbusier lived the last years of his life. Highlights of the tour include an overnight at Sainte Marie de La Tourette monastery, a visit to Eileen Gray’s iconic Villa E-1027, a stop to the UNESCO World Heritage hilltop town of Vézelay where Le Corbusier spent time during the war as well as guided visits to many privately-owned homes and sites not typically open to the public.


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Le Corbusier: Béton Brut will be led by Tim Benton (b. 1945) a leading researcher in Modernist architecture, with Le Corbusier as his special field of expertise. His research interests also include drawing, photography and painting. Benton has published a number of books, including a classic study of the design of Le Corbusier’s villas in Paris in the 1920s that was republished in a revised edition by Birkhäuser: The Villas of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret 1920-1930 (2007). He is currently working on a book on Le Corbusier’s domestic architecture (1910-1951). He has contributed to exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Art Deco 1910-1939 (2003), and Modernism Designing a New World (2006), and to the first retrospective exhibition of Charlotte Perriand in the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2006). He recently wrote a book on Le Corbusier’s mural paintings - Le Corbusier peintre a Cap Martin – which was awarded the Prix de la Mediterrannée.


Day 0 Wednesday, May 29

Guests will board as a group from JFK Airport in New York for a direct overnight flight to Paris

Day 1 Thursday, May 30 Early morning arrival in Paris

Guests will enjoy an afternoon visit to one of Le Corbusier’s most iconic works: Villa Savoye.

Accommodations: Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador

Day 2 Friday, May 31 Paris

In the morning, guests will enjoy a guided tour of Le Corbusier’s apartment, exterior visit to Maison Cook and guided visits to Villa La Roche, which now houses the Foundation Le Corbusier and Maisons Jaoul.

Day 3 Saturday, June 1 Paris

Visits on this day include the Le Corbusier designed Pavillon Suisse and Maison du Brésil (with Lúcio Costa) at the Cité Internationale Universitaire, the Salvation Army building in addition to privately owned Le Corbusier homes.

Day 4 Sunday, June 2 Paris

On our last day in Paris, guests will be treated to iconic béton brut examples by other important designers and in the afternoon will have the opportunity to explore Paris on their own.

Accommodations: Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador

Day 5 Monday, June 3 Paris to Eveux

This morning guests will begin their journey south stopping in the UNESCO World Heritage hilltop town of Vézelay where Le Corbusier spent time in the 1930s and during the war. Guests will arrive in the late afternoon at the Le Corbusier designed Sainte Marie de La Tourette monastery in time for a modest meal and quiet reflection.

Accommodations: Couvent de la Tourette (single rooms only)

Day 6 Tuesday, June 4 Eveux to Marseille

In the morning, guests will begin the day with a tour of La Tourette before heading south to France’s second largest city, Marseille. On route, guests will stop at the Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, a replica of Chauvet Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains some of the best-preserved figurative cave paintings in the world.

Accommodations: Hotel Le Corbusier

Day 7 Wednesday, June 5 Marseille

Today guests will visit the 17th century La Vieille Charité a former almshouse, now functioning as a museum and cultural center that Le Corbusier once campaigned to stop its destruction. Guests will have the opportunity to explore Marseille on their own.

Day 8 Thursday, June 6 Marseille to Nice/Cap Martin

In the morning, guests will leave for the Abbey of Le Thoronet and visit Matisse’s Rosary Chapel and Fondation Maeght designed by Jose-Luis Sert on our way to Nice/cap Martin.

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Victoria

Day 9 Friday, June 7 Cap Martin

On our final day in France, guests will visit Le Corbusier’s final resting place and his Cabanon. An afternoon visit to Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 will close out a monumental week and the life of our subject of focus.

Day 10 Saturday, June 8 Cap Martin to Nice

Guests will say “Au revoir” to France as the group heads to Nice for flights back to New York.


Program rate: $6,795 per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: $1399 (limited availability)

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  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK) to Paris, returning from Nice to New York (JFK) including all taxes and fees (all taxes & fees are subject to change until ticketed)
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Nine (9) nights’ accommodations in first class hotels
  • Twenty (23) meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Porterage (1 piece per person at hotels and service locations where available)
  • Comprehensive educational land program as detailed
  • Professional, English-speaking Tour Director for entire tour duration
  • Tips for drivers, guides, and director


48 AIA Continuing Education Credits will be available.


$224.00 - $381.00 Optional (recommended) comprehensive travel insurance

Passenger deposits are $1000.00 per person. 

Deadline for deposits is January 29, 2019.

Final payments are due at 75 days prior to departure - March 15, 2019.