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The Loire Valley & Five-Star Seine Cruise

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Explore famous châteaux that stud the verdant Loire Valley

Explore the some of the most famous châteaux that stud the verdant Loire Valley and relax in the charming French town of Blois, before joining a scenic cruise along the Seine which includes explorations of Monet's garden at Giverny and Rouen.

Highlights
  • Blois
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Clos Lucé
  • MS Renoir
  • Paris
  • Giverny or Versailles
  • Rouen
  • Duclair
  • Honfleur
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
    9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners

The Loire Valley & Five-Star Seine Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

London to Blois

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras then leave for Paris on the Eurostar. Next we change for the rail service to Blois, situated on the banks of the River Loire. Here we check into the Mercure Blois for a three-night stay.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Château de Chenonceau
Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau and Clos Lucé

Today begins with an excursion to Château de Chenonceau, arguably the most iconic of its kind in the Loire Valley. The Château elegantly spans the River Cher and is a fine example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. After exploring the château and its picturesque fountain gardens, we travel by coach to the town of Amboise, former home of Leonardo da Vinci, who died here in 1519. We visit his former manor house, Clos Lucé, which is filled with some of his fascinating inventions. You are free to explore this delightful manor house and walk in the footsteps of the master himself, who was so inspired by his scenic surroundings.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Château de Villandry
Château de Villandry

Discover Blois

You are free today to continue sightseeing independently. Perhaps take a relaxed stroll through Blois and discover Château de Blois; located at the centre of the city, it was once the residence of King Louis XII. The 18th century bridge that spans the Loire is also a prime example of Renaissance architecture.

Or why not head further afield? Nearby Château de Villandry is celebrated for its rich Renaissance style gardens. The castle-palace was constructed in the 16th century on the sight of the old fort, which had at one time been the location for peace talks during the Hundred Years War between the English and the French. The castle gardens are some of the most beautiful in the world and include a variety of water gardens, ornamental flower beds and vegetable patches, all set within a puzzle pattern of low-box hedges.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 Notre Dame
Notre Dame

Return to Paris and the MS Renoir

Following breakfast we check out of our hotel and transfer to the train station for the return rail journey to Paris. Then it's time to meet our floating hotel for the next six nights, the MS Renoir, and the rest of our cruise family.

On the morning of Day 5 we enjoy a guided tour of the splendid French capital. We see many of the major attractions such as Place de la République, the Grand Boulevards, Opera House, Place de la Madeleine, Place Vendôme, and the Louvre. After lunch aboard you have some free time to sightsee independently. We set sail in the evening for a cruise along the Seine, admiring the illuminated attractions we see along the way (weather permitting).

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Monet House In Giverny
Monet House In Giverny

Giverny or Versailles

We start the day cruising to Giverny, during which time we are treated to an expert talk on board; 'A Definition of Impressionism', the perfect warm up for a visit to the delightful village of Giverny. Now synonymous with Monet, Giverny very nearly missed out on getting its name on the map - it was during a train journey the artist made in 1883 when he decided that this was the spot he wanted to live and work in. With its instantly recognisable lily ponds, the gardens are the image of how they were when Monet first painted them, almost like stepping into one of his actual artworks, and the house still has the atmosphere of a peaceful creative retreat.

Alternatively you may prefer to visit the slightly more opulent Palace of Versailles. Seat of the Royal family until the French Revolution, the complex is split into house and gardens and we enjoy a tour of both. The palace gardens are some of the most recognisable in the world, and feature a web of manicured lawns, extravagant fountains and dramatic sculptures. The awe-inspiring interiors are rich in colour and jewels and we even have a chance to see the historically important Hall of Mirrors, the former seat of the French government and famously the site of the Treaty of Versailles signing, which brought an official end to the conflict of World War One. We rejoin the boat where tonight there's a traditional French 'guinguette' evening held on board, an 18th century take on cabaret.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Rouen
Rouen

Rouen

Our destination today is Rouen, former capital of Normandy, where we enjoy a guided tour that follows in the footsteps of the Impressionists themselves. This medieval city is the proud home of The Museum of Fine Arts and its impressive collection of Impressionist compositions. We make a visit to the gallery as well as taking in Rouen Cathedral, which was depicted in oil paint by Claude Monet. His series of over 30 paintings show the building at all different times of day. Following an insightful few hours, we return to our ship for tonight's dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel

The Route des Abbayes

We make our way to Duclair today, sailing through a landscape of steep cliffs and timeless villages, fleeting views of which helped inspire the Impressionist style itself. On arrival in Duclair we embark on an excursion along the Route des Abbayes, exploring the abbeys that line the route of the river by coach. Stretching between Rouen and Mont-Saint-Michel, this historic trail has seen religious orders being built here from the 5th century onwards, and at one point there were up to 120 sites of worship. Later we continue upriver to Honfleur, where we moor for the night.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Honfleur
Honfleur

Tour Honfleur or discover the beaches of WWII

The charming port town of Honfleur is located on the southern bank of the Seine Estuary in the Calvados region of France famous for its apple brandy. Centred on its adorable historic port and marina - the 'Vieux Bassin' - Honfleur boasts a number of preserved traditional buildings and today you can choose to take a tour of this quaint destination, famous as being an important influence in the work of many artists, including Monet, Courbet and Boudin, who set up the Ecole de Honfleur, an artists' colony and melting pot for the whole Impressionist movement.

Otherwise you might select our excursion to the nearby beaches of Gold and Juno, two of five landing sites utilised for the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944, a pivotal event in the eventual Allied triumph over the Axis powers. Following some free time this afternoon, tonight we celebrate the end of our cruise at the captain's special gala dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Eurostar
Eurostar

Return to London by rail

We transfer to Paris after a final breakfast together. From here we catch the return Eurostar service back to London.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from London to Blois and from Honfleur to London
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour and a fully escorted return journey by rail back to London
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation and a 6-night cruise
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursions to Château de Chenonceau and Clos Lucé
  • Free time to explore BloisTours of Paris, Rouen and along the Route des Abbayes
  • On board talk on the Impressionists
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: A guided visit to Giverny or Versailles and a tour of Honfleur or the beaches of WWII
  • Choose your cabin number at no extra cost

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Lynne Broadley
Lynne
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Helen
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Julie
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