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The Waterways of the Seine & Monets Garden

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(Tour code: CER19)

Soak up the wonders of France

On this laid-back cruise, soak up the wonders of France, both natural and man-made. Sailing the Seine, immerse yourself in Parisian culture, visit incredible châteaux and enjoy the heady sparkle of home-grown Champagne. Top off this fabulous river cruise with a visit to the iconic gardens at Giverny.

  • Paris
  • MS Raymonde
  • Fontainebleau Palace
  • Troyes and the Champagne route
  • Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Giverny Gardens
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    5 Lunches
  • MS Raymonde

The Waterways of the Seine & Monets Garden 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Paris

To Paris and the Raymonde

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras then leave for Paris, where we transfer to board our hotel barge, the Raymonde. We enjoy a guided tour of the splendid French capital on Day 2, taking in sights such as the Place de la Republique, grand Parisian boulevards, the Palais Garnier, Madeleine Church, the Place Vendôme, and the distinctive Louvre art gallery. We set sail this afternoon for Evry, where we moor overnight.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Fontainebleau Palace
Fontainebleau Palace

Fontainebleau Palace

Our morning is spent aboard the Raymonde, making the most of the ship's facilities and intimate setting. We sail towards Melun, arriving in the afternoon in time for an excision to the Palace of Fontainebleau. Used by the kings of France from the 12th century, the medieval royal hunting lodge of Fontainebleau, standing at the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France, was transformed, enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by François I, who wanted to make a 'New Rome' of it. With over 1500 rooms at the heart of 130 acres of parkland and gardens, the Italianate Fontainebleau combines Renaissance and French artistic traditions and is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Troyes

Troyes and the Champagne route

From our mooring point in Melun, we make our way by coach to nearby Troyes, known locally as the city of a thousand colours this morning, a delightfully wellpreserved medieval town filled with fantastic Renaissance architecture including jaunty hôtels particuliers. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue along the famous Champagne route, the area where Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk who created the Champagne method of producing this distinctive sparkling wine, was born. Our trip includes a stop at one of the many Champagne cellars where we enjoy a tour and a tasting.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 5-6 Giverny Gardens
Giverny Gardens

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Giverny Gardens

Today we make a visit to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a magnificent Baroque structure built between 1658 and 1661 in "Louis XIV style". Tonight we begin sailing back to Paris, staying the night at the Quai d'Orsay. On Day 6 we enjoy a shore excursion to the delightful village of Giverny. Here entrance is included to Monet's gardens. With its instantly recognisable lily ponds, the gardens are the image of how they were when Monet first painted them.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Eurostar

Return to London

After breakfast we disembark, making the return journey to St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

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

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the MS Raymonde
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation

  • 6-night cruise on board the MS Raymonde

Delicious meals included

  • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All inclusive selection of complimentary beers, wines and soft drinks

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Paris
  • Visit Fontainebleau Palace
  • The medieval town of Troyes
  • Excursion to Champagne house with a tasting
  • Explore Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Experience Monet's Garden at Giverny

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade your Eurostar journey to Standard Premier Class from £85 per person each way
  • Luggage transport available from as little as £200
Helen Laverack
Julie Pacalon
Kathryn Cambridge
Lynne Broadley
The Waterways of the Seine & Monets Garden

Soak up the wonders of France


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