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


Visit: Fontainebleau, France

Monet’s Garden

Visit: Monet’s Garden, France


Visit: Paris, France


Visit: Versailles, France

About the Tour

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. Visit Versailles with its spectacular gardens, before we travel to Giverny and visit arguably one of the most famous gardens of all time, Monet’s Garden, the garden of famous artist, Claude Monet. It’s then onto the ‘city of love’, the French capital of Paris, where we spend a full day exploring the city’s most famous sites, from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame. Heading into the Loire Valley, we see some of the country’s most famous châteaux. We visit the Château de Chambord and the pretty town of Blois, Château de Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher before the holiday comes to an end with a visit to the Château de Fontainbleau.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    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.



    We follow in the footsteps of the French kings this morning and 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 his series of ‘Nympheas’ or Water Lilies and his ‘Pont Japonais’ or Japanese Bridge, which has also been rebuilt for visitors to enjoy. Monet’s garden is widely regarded as being his greatest masterpiece, and was meticulously planned, so that each month would bring a host of new blooms and an explosion of colours. The vibrancy of the colours and careful contrasts means that the gardens continue to delight visitors at any time of the year.

    • Included meals: Breakfast


    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 head to the Loire Valley, with a visit to Château Chambord and the pretty town of Blois en route. Chambord is a magnificent feat of architecture, a marvel of the French Renaissance, and is the largest Château in the Loire Valley. Blois is the capital of Loir-et-Cher and enjoys a picturesque setting spanning the Loire. We stay in Saumur 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

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • 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 & Visits

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



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

    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.

    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. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. 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 £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    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 interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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