Monet’s Garden, Paris, the Loire Valley & the Splendours of France’s Châteaux & Gardens

7 days from £689pp.


Fontainebleau

Visit: Fontainebleau, France

Monet’s Garden

Visit: Monet’s Garden, France

Paris

Visit: Paris, France

Versailles

Visit: Versailles, France

Enjoy a seven-day break combining the splendid house and gardens of Claude Monet, inspiration for so many of his paintings, with a full day in Paris and visits to spectacular chateaux.

    Please Note: Entrance fees to the châteaux on day 5 are at additional cost.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to the Paris area to our 4-star hotel for a three-night stay.

    Paris

    Paris

    Today’s included excursion begins at the impressive Château and Gardens of Versailles (admission is extra). Next, we visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny in Normandy. The artist lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926 and the house and gardens, made famous by his ‘Water Lilies’ paintings, have been restored to Monet’s original designs, the gardens being considered by many to be his greatest work.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Versailles

    Versailles

    Included full day in Paris. Join our optional, guided sightseeing tour to see the major sights and why not take an optional River Seine cruise. This evening an optional visit into the Latin Quarter where you can enjoy the atmosphere and sample the local bars and restaurants.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We head to the Loire Valley, with a visit to Château Chambord and the pretty town of Blois. Chambord is a marvel of the French Renaissance, and is the largest château in the Loire Valley, whilst Blois enjoys a picturesque setting spanning the Loire. We stay in Chinon or Tours for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Loire Valley

    Loire Valley

    Included full day exploring the lovely Loire Valley and its châteaux. We begin at the magnificent Château Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher, ending the day in Amboise with its château set high on a hill overlooking the river.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Château de Fontainebleau

    Château De Fontainebleau

    We leave the Loire and head north to Château de Fontainebleau. Delightfully situated in the heart of a beautiful forest and surrounded by an impressive garden, this was once a hunting residence of the former French monarchy. Continue to our hotel in northern France.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 6 nights' accommodation with continental breakfast
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach

    Included Excursions

    • Paris - One of Europe's greatest cities
    • Versailles - Impressive palace
    • Monet's Garden - Inspiration to the great painter
    • Fontainebleau - Outstanding château
    • Chambord & Blois - Highlights of the Loire Valley
    • Loire Valley Chateaux - See some of the highlights

    Optional Excursions

    • Paris Guided Sightseeing - See the main sights
    • River Seine Cruise
    • Paris Latin Quarter

    Notes

     

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for three nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Paris-Versailles-Bougival, then two nights at the 3-star Ibis Styles Chinon or Mercure Tours Sud in the Loire Valley, followed by one night in a city-style hotel in northern France.  

    France

    Holiday Inn Paris Versailles-Bougival

    Holiday Inn Paris Versailles-Bougival

    Holiday Inn Paris Versailles-Bougival


    Situated on the western outskirts of Paris, the Holiday Inn Paris-Versailles-Bougival provides an ideal base. A journey of less than half an hour takes you to the heart of the city, and the main attractions. All bedrooms are well appointed and feature a TV, telephone, hairdryer and air-conditioning. The Restaurant Cape Sud serves fine Mediterranean themed and traditional French cuisine, and the hotel also offers a lift.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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