A colourful tour with a lovely combination of a flamboyant Royal Palace, the most famous garden in France and a delightful, romantic River Valley.
We visit King Louis XIV’s opulent Palace of Versailles, home of many French Kings, the lovely Chateau Chambord in the Loire Valley and the beautiful water garden and Japanese bridge at the home of Claude Monet, the inspiration for many of his paintings.
Day 1 France
We set off in the early morning and make our way to Dover for our short crossing to Calais. On arrival in France ,we continue to Rambouillet and the Hotel Amarys, our home for the next nights.
Day 2 Monet’s Garden
After breakfast today, we travel to the small village of Giverny, home to Claude Monet for over 40 years. The gardens here are amongst the finest in France and the inspiration for many of his works with beautiful plants and the lily pond, framed by the famous green Japanese Bridge and weeping willows. Our visit allows access to the little house too.
Our evening meal will be at the hotel this evening.
Day 3 The Loire Valley
We explore the gentle landscape of France’s Royal valley …a valley dotted with majestic Chateaux.
We visit one of these Chateaux, Chambord, and the town of Blois.
Chambord is the largest of the Loire chateaux, a white-limestone masterpiece of the French Renaissance architecture, begun by King Francois in 1519 and completed by Louis XIV.
In 2017, the landscaped French gardens were restored to their 18th Century condition and are now open for our visit.
We return to the hotel for our evening meal
Day 4 Palace of Versailles
Today, after breakfast we head to the splendid Palace of Versailles for a visit to the Palace and Gardens
See the splendour of the Hall of Mirrors and the Kings apartments and stroll through the gardens admiring the many fountains.
After a day of splendour, we return to the hotel for our evening meal.
Day 5 Return journey
We depart the hotel after breakfast and retrace our steps back to Calais for our journey home
Included in the price :
Return Ferry crossings Dover / Calais
4 nights half board accommodation at the Best Western Hotel Amarys Rambouillet
A visit to the Palace of Versailles and Gardens
A visit to Chateau Chambord and gardens in the Loire Valley
A Visit Monet’s Garden