Monet’s Garden, Paris & France’s Châteaux & Gardens

5 days from £479pp.


Versailles

Visit: Versailles, France

Fontainebleau

Visit: Fontainebleau, France

Monet’s Garden

Visit: Monet’s Garden, France

Paris

Visit: Paris, France

Enjoy a short 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. Spend a full day in the capital city of Paris, where you can explore the ‘city of love’s’ most famous sights, from the Eiffel Tower, to the Notre Dame. Experience a traditional Parisian evening, where you’ll be treated to a meal in a fabulously French restaurant. On this splendid holiday, you can visit three of the country’s most famous Châteaux, Château de Fontainebleau, Château de Vaux Le Vicomté and the Château of Versailles, with its stunning gardens. Speaking of gardens, we visit arguably one of the most famous gardens of all time, as we travel to Giverny, to explore the garden and home of the famous artist, Claude Monet.

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

    Included, full-day visit to Paris. To make sure you see the major sights, join our optional, guided sightseeing coach tour which takes in sights such as the famous Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, and Place de la Concorde. Later, you can enjoy a different view of the city on our optional hour-long River Seine Cruise, as you sail past elegant buildings and under the bridges for which Paris is justly proud. This evening, be sure to take advantage of our optional visit into the Latin Quarter (a bustling area of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops to the south of the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame) where you can enjoy the atmosphere and sample the local bars and restaurants.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We travel to the splendid Château and Gardens of Versailles. Located on the western outskirts of Paris and originally created for Louis XIV, admire the magnificent gardens or château from this once opulent era. (Chateau entrance is at extra cost. Chateau entrance is subject to local queueing times). Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the gardens, or along Versailles own Grand Canal, or why not discover the many fountains and pools, some of which are examples of fine sculpture. Please note that you will have time to visit either the gardens, or the Chateau at Versailles. From Versailles we continue to the village of Giverny in Normandy to visit the home of Claude Monet. The artist lived here from 1883 until his death in 1926, and today his house and in particular the gardens, made famous by his painting of the water lilies, have been restored to Monet’s original designs. His gardens, stretching from his house down to the river, provided the inspiration for many of his famous paintings, such as the series of ‘Nympheas’ or Water Lilies and his ‘Pont Japonais’ or Japanese Bridge, which has also been rebuilt for visitors to enjoy. This evening you will have the opportunity to join our optional ‘Paris by Night’ excursion and enjoy a three-course meal with house wine included.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We begin our day with a visit to the imposing Château de Fontainebleau. Delightfully situated in the heart of one of France’s most beautiful forests and surrounded by an impressive garden, the Château is a former hunting residence of the former French monarchy. Dating from the 12th Century, there is a large variety of architectural and decoration styles evident, although it is probably King François I’s Renaissance influence that is most evident today. The Chateau has also played an important role in French history; it is here that Louis XIV signed the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Pope Pius VII was imprisoned (1812-14), and Napoleon signed his first abdication (1814). This afternoon we make the short journey to what many consider to be the most impressive palace in France, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The Château was built in 1658-61 for Nicholas Fouquet, a Royal advisor to Louis XIV. Designed by various French masters, including Le Nôtre and Le Brun, Fouquet was jailed over the King’s alleged jealousy of the Chateau’s splendour and Versailles was commissioned by Louis XIV by the same artists who created Vaux. Entrance to Fontainebleau and Vaux is included. There is a local fee of approximately €3 to visit the Dôme at Vaux le Vicomte (panoramic view from the top of the chateau).

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service or Luxuria

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Paris - One of Europe's greatest cities
    • Versailles - Impressive palace
    • Monet's Garden - Inspiration to the great painter
    • Fontainebleau - Outstanding château
    • Vaux Le Vicomte - Outstanding château and gardens

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Paris by Night - See Paris at its illuminated best
    • Paris Sightseeing - See the main sights
    • River Seine Cruise

    Notes



    Single Room Supplement from £145.00 (5 days).

    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 four nights at the 4-star Holiday Inn Paris-Versailles-Bougival, located on the western outskirts of Paris. It has a restaurant, bar and lift.

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    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 T.V., 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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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (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 £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (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 feeder 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 £1 or 1.25 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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