The Waterways of the Seine & Monets Garden
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast we disembark, making the return journey to St Pancras.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
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Soak up the wonders of France