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Monet's Garden & Chateaux of the Loire by Rail

Join us on the Monet trail through Loire’s stunning chateau country, exploring grand castles, magical palaces and beautiful Renaissance gardens. Visit Monet’s home and step into the stunning water garden where you can stand on the bridge and marvel at the water lilies the artist loved to paint.

What's included

  • Standard-class return rail travel by Eurostar
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)

Included holiday highlights

  • View the most famous gardens in the world at Versailles (three-quarter day)
  • Explore Claude Monet’s famous house and gardens in Giverny, where you can admire the water lilies the artist so loved to paint (full day)
  • Visit the beautiful Chateau de Chantilly, located close to Paris
  • Journey through the Loire Valley to the Chateau of Villandry, where there’s plenty of time to explore the splendid gardens before continuing to medieval Chinon (full day)
  • Discover Chateau Chenonceau, one of the Loire Valley’s most majestic chateaux, and visit Amboise, a town nestled on the banks of the Loire River (full day)
  • Enjoy a game of boules in the grounds of your hotel accompanied by a glass of wine or beer
Your journey to France couldn’t be easier as you step aboard the Eurostar in London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet (Ebbsfleet may not be available on all dates) this morning. In little more than two hours, you’ll be in the French capital and heading to your hotel north of the city, your base for the next three nights. During your stay here your Tour Manager will arrange a game of Boules in the grounds of the hotel with a glass of beer or wine.
Join your Tour Manager today for an included three-quarter day excursion to the magnificent formal gardens of Versailles where you can almost feel the presence of the kings and queens.
When artist Claude Monet moved to the pretty village of Giverny in 1883, he could not have predicted quite the impact his gardens would have on the art world. You’ll enjoy an included full-day excursion to Giverny, which gives you plenty of time to explore both his house, where Monet lived until his death in 1926, and the gardens, which the artist both improved and painted many times over the years. Perhaps the most famous alteration Monet made to the property was the addition of the Japanese-style water garden. Take a wander over the pretty green footbridge as you admire the water lilies floating in the still pond below you – you can almost imagine yourself in one of Monet’s paintings, as the bridge and the water lilies are arguably two of his most famous subjects.
Today you will leave the Chateau de Maffliers behind as you journey southwards through the French countryside to Blois, calling in at the magnificent Chateau de Chantilly. After some free time, continue to Blois.

In the very heart of the Loire Valley, the town of Blois is packed with animated streets, paved squares, restaurants and taverns - it’s also your base for the next three nights.
Today join your Tour Manager on our included full-day excursion through the stunning Loire Valley to the Chateau of Villandry. From the highly manicured ornamental gardens, to the astoundingly well-stocked kitchen garden, the Chateau’s surroundings are simply incredible. The Renaissance splendour of the gardens has been restored to its original beauty, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the grounds independently, perhaps hunting out the odd private corner, or just taking in the natural beauty all around. Return to Blois via medieval Chinon, with its winding streets that are calling out to be explored. Discover the pointed roofs that top half-timbered houses sat in the shadow of the castle.
The Loire Valley is rightly famed for its impressive Chateaux, and today you will visit what many would claim is the most majestic and stately of all – Chateau Chenonceau. Built across the River Cher, which surrounds the Chateau like a mirror, Chenonceau has a regal past that’s fascinating to uncover. The formal gardens are elevated, which gives you an excellent view of the Chateau and the surrounding area.

If Chateau Chenonceau is the Loire’s quintessential castle, then Amboise is the must-see town. Nestled on the banks of the Loire River, Amboise was once home to artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and his house in the town is a must-see sight.
It’s time to leave the beautiful Loire Valley behind today as you journey by coach back to Paris, where you’ll board the Eurostar back to London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet (where available).

Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us so please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

You will stay at the 4-star Novotel Chateau de Maffliers, located in a beautiful rural setting just 15 miles north of Paris. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, sun terrace, indoor swimming pool and lift. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

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Chateau de Maffliers Novotel

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