Attend the world-famous International Garden Festival, visit the
garden that inspired Claude Monet, stroll through the house
Leonardo da Vinci once called home, and experience the grounds of
Versailles Palace on this vivid tour of the verdant Loire
After meeting with your Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure
Office in St Pancras International, we board the Eurostar to Paris.
After arrival in the French capital, we continue by rail to the
city of Blois, situated on the banks of the River Loire. Here we
check into the Mercure Blois for a four night stay.
Day 2 - International Garden Festival
Today we enjoy an excursion to the International Garden Festival
in Château de Chaumont. The festival has been one of the world's
leading events in terms of spotting new trends and landscape
designs since its inaugural year in 1992, and boasts over 30 themed
gardens. You have the luxury of a Domaine ticket, which grants you
entry to not only the day festival but the entire of Domaine de
Chaumont-sur-Loire. After a guided tour that also includes entrance
to Château de Chaumont itself, we return to Blois.
Days 3-4 - Château de Chenonceau
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 still
contains a number of his inventions.
Day 4 is at leisure, you could further explore
Blois at your own pace, or why not make a visit to nearby Château
de Villandry? Celebrated for its rich Renaissance style gardens
that include a variety of water gardens, ornamental flower beds and
vegetable patches, all set within a puzzle pattern of low-box
Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 - Rambouillet and the Gardens of Claude Monet
Today we are driven by coach north to Rambouillet, stopping
en-route at Chartres. On arrival we check into the Mercure
Rambouillet for three nights. On Day 6 we travel
by coach to nearby Giverny to visit the former home and gardens of
Impressionist founder and painter, Claude Monet, and experience the
environment that so inspired his work.
Day 5 - Breakfast
Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Versailles Palace & Park
Today we visit the grand Versailles Palace, the opulent former
seat of the Royal family until the French Revolution. The Palace
gardens are equally as impressive. The grounds are some of the most
recognisable in the world and feature a web of manicured lawns,
extravagant fountains and dramatic sculptures. Much of the garden
landscape is built around a series of lakes and canal waterways
that feed the mesmerizing fountains in the center of the park
We also enjoy the awe-inspiring interior of this wonderful
building, rich in color and jewels on a guided tour You can also
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. The spectacular grandeur of the palace is matched
only by its rich history and importance throughout the
ever-changing political climate of historic France. On our return
to the hotel tonight, we enjoy a final, farewell dinner
Day 8 - The journey home
This morning we board a coach in Rambouillet and make the short
trip to Paris. Here, we continue by Eurostar service to London St
Pancras International where our tour concludes.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from,
London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London
Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point,
and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and
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visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your
itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot
travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with
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Good selection of castles and gardens, all a bit different. Hotels were very acceptable
Mr C Ings
Submitted Jul 03, 2018
very good trip but could have done with a free day to relax
Submitted Jun 27, 2018
The weather didn't help, but even GRJ can't organize that ;-)
Great destinations, although the international garden festival was a big disappointment, the gardens were noncence and the guide was poor.
However,these were minor problems, every where else did not disappoint, The garden of Plessis was a gem and having the owner guide us round was a real bonus.
Our tour manager, Adrian was excellent and he managed well with the few problems that arose.
Mrs P Gilbert
Submitted Jun 27, 2018
The vacation was brilliant but felt that the group was too big especially when we had a guided tour at a garden/chateau. It worked much better at Monet's garden when we were split into 2 groups. Also there was no leisure time to view the 2 towns we stayed in. We actually opted out of the visit Versailles(we had been to the palace before) just to have some time to ourselves.
Miss M Krisko
Submitted Jun 27, 2018
Excellent tour would do it again.
Submitted Jul 31, 2017
Good variety of activities each day during the entire vacation.
Travel arrangements and hotel accommodation excellent.