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

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

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Tour Itinerary

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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    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
    Versailles
    Versailles

    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
    Blois
    Blois

    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
    Loire Valley
    Loire Valley

    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
    Château De Fontainebleau
    Château De Fontainebleau

    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

     

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

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    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.

    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.  

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      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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

      Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
      01709 787 463