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Monet's Garden & Chateaux of the Loire by Rail

7 Days from £839

​Discover beautiful Giverny, Monet's inspiration, and explore wonderful Chateaux on this French adventure.

Departure from: Aug 2018 - Sep 2018

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Standard-class return rail travel by Eurostar from St Pancras International or Ebbsfleet International
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 6 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • All excursions included
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Hotel porterage
  • Audio guide
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Included holiday highlights

  • View the famous gardens at Versailles
  • Monet's house and gardens in Giverny
  • The Chateau du Chambord
  • Chateau of Villandry and medieval Chinon
  • Discover Chateau Chenonceau and visit Amboise

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Paris/Meudon

Your journey to Paris couldn't be easier as you step aboard the Eurostar in London St Pancras International or Ebbsfleet, arriving in little more than two hours.Transfer to your hotel in Meudon.

Day 2 Versailles

Your sightseeing begins as you join your Tour Manager for an included excursion to the magnificent formal gardens of Versailles. Covering some 800 hectares, it's impossible​ to see it all today but you've plenty of time to soak up the beauty of the world's most famous gardens.​​

Day 3 Giverny

You're going to spend a full day in Giverny, where the artist Claude Monet lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. That gives you plenty of time to explore his house and, one of the highlights of your tour,  his beautiful gardens. Take in sights he captured on canvas so many times, including the Japanese-style water garden, and take a walk over the pretty green footbridge. As you admire the water lilies floating below you, Monet's most famous paintings will be brought to life. ​​

Day 4 Chambord & Blois

Today we journey southwards through the French countryside to Blois, in the very heart of the Loire Valley. On the way we call at the magnificent Chateau du Chambord.​​

Day 5 Chateau of Villandry

We're going to head through the stunning Loire Valley on today's excursion, which takes us to the Chateau of Villandry. You'll find a surprise around every corner as you explore the manicured ornamental gardens, which have been restored to their original Renaissance splendour. On our return journey we'll stop for a stroll around medieval Chinon, where winding streets and half-timbered houses sit in the shadow of a sprawling castle.​​

Day 6 Chateau Chenonceau

Chateau Chenonceau, which occupies a unique setting spanning the River Cher, is famed as one of the Loire Valley's most impressive chateaux. See if you agree during your visit today. As you explore its formal gardens, which sit at an elevated position, you'll be able to see the chateau in all its glory, plus the surrounding countryside. Your sightseeing continues in the charming town of Amboise, nestled on the banks of the Loire River and one-time home to Leonardo da Vinci. As you head off to explore, be sure to find his house, it's a must-see. ​​

Day 7 Blois/UK

Today you'll head to Paris by coach, then take the Eurostar back to London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet.​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 3 :

Best Western Plus Paris Meudon Ermitage
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.

Day 4 - 6 :

Mercure Blois Centre Hotel
You will stay at the 4-star Mercure Blois Centre, located just a short walk from the old town. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Guest rooms are comfortable furnished and have en suite facilities, flat screen TV plus tea and coffee making facilities.


Dates and Prices

 
DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
WAS
NOW
STATUS
 

FRI 07 SEP 18

St Pancras International

GUARANTEED

£889

£839

Available

Outbound
Eurostar

Friday 07 September 2018

Departs

12:24 St Pancras International

Arrives

15:47 Paris Gare Du Nord

Operated by

Eurostar

Inbound
Eurostar - EURO

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

13:09 Paris Gare Du Nord

Arrives

14:39 St Pancras International

Operated by

Eurostar

FRI 07 SEP 18

St Pancras International

GUARANTEED

£1,018

£968

Available

Outbound
Eurostar (Std Premier Class)

Friday 07 September 2018

Departs

12:24 St Pancras International

Arrives

15:47 Paris Gare Du Nord

Operated by

Eurostar (Std Premier Class)

Inbound
Eurostar (Std Premier Class) - EUR

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

13:09 Paris Gare Du Nord

Arrives

14:39 St Pancras International

Operated by

Eurostar (Std Premier Class)

FRI 07 SEP 18

Ebbsfleet International

GUARANTEED

£889

£839

Available

Outbound
Eurostar

Friday 07 September 2018

Departs

12:42 Ebbsfleet International

Arrives

15:47 Paris Gare Du Nord

Operated by

Eurostar

Inbound
Eurostar - EURO

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

13:09 Paris Gare Du Nord

Arrives

14:18 Ebbsfleet International

Operated by

Eurostar

FRI 07 SEP 18

Ebbsfleet International

GUARANTEED

£1,018

£968

Available

Outbound
Eurostar (Std Premier Class)

Friday 07 September 2018

Departs

12:42 Ebbsfleet International

Arrives

15:47 Paris Gare Du Nord

Operated by

Eurostar (Std Premier Class)

Inbound
Eurostar (Std Premier Class) - EUR

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

13:09 Paris Gare Du Nord

Arrives

14:18 Ebbsfleet International

Operated by

Eurostar (Std Premier Class)

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

Local Knowledge

“Made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are among the best known white wines of the Loire Valley”


Eurostar

Eurostar

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IN THE LOOP EN ROUTE
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INTRODUCING CAFÉ MÉTROPOLE
From fresh Lavazza coffee and flaky morning pastries, to warming meals, drinks and nibbles, there’s something for everyone in the new look bar buffet. So, if you get peckish en route, drop by to order a drink or a bite to eat.

Please note: New train type cannot be guaranteed for all journeys



Tour Blog by Elaine

Travelsphere Holiday Coordinator, Elaine, recently went on an educational trip to France to experience our Monet's Garden & Chateaux of the Loire by Rail tour first hand. Read Elaine's blog below to find out about her experience of the tour...

France

France is a destination that many of us have visited, maybe to see the Eiffel Tower or to walk along The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but this tour is the total opposite. I joined this tour because it combines gardens with chateaux, giving you a different angle on what France has to offer as a holiday destination.

We arrived into France’s famous capital city Paris before travelling through beautiful countryside on the Monet Trail and finally through the stunning region of the Loire Valley. Wandering around these stunning gardens that are just simply out of this world and walking through the magnificent chateaux really transports you back in history.

Eurostar

My journey began as I sat back in my seat aboard the Eurostar. There is buffet cart on board Eurostar which serves hot and cold food, soft and alcoholic drinks. Should you choose to upgrade to Standard Premier, a light meal will be included. The journey time to Paris was approximately two and a half hours.

Gardens of Versailles

We left this morning for the magnificent Palace of Versailles to admire the spectacular gardens. The Palace of Versailles and its gardens form one of the most famous World Heritage monuments and stand out as the finest and most complete achievement of French art in the 17th century. The gardens consist of maze walkways and fountains. There is also the mirror fountain - musical water displays are presented by Crystal Group to the sound of Rameau and Lully.

Boules

What a great way to bring the group together over a game of French boules outside and a glass of beer, wine or a soft drink. This is such a fun activity and really bought the competitive side out of us all.

Monet’s Garden

Be prepared to be dazzled and blown away when you walk through the gate leading to Monet’s garden.

The sun was shining and the flowers and colours here were like nothing I’d ever seen before. It was simply magnificent - a true gardeners paradise. The simplest flowers are mixed in with the rarest variety of flowers.

There are two parts to Monets garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road. The two parts of Monets garden contrast and complement one another. In the water garden you will find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all, the famous nympheas which bloom all summer long.

After visiting both the water garden and wandering up and down the alleys I went into Monet’s House. Inside there is a vast amount of Japanese art and photos.

Chateau Chantilly

Chantilly is famous for lace, porcelain, horses and of course, Chantilly cream. The visit starts inside the chateau where you can visit the Gallery of Paintings, the Chateau apartments and the Library. I decided to take advantage of the visit and had a walk through the gardens. In the grounds there is a Hamlet which is a little restaurant which serves some lovely homemade pie with a huge serving of Chantilly cream. Of course it would have been rude of me not to have indulged in tasting this homemade pie and Chantilly cream! It was absolutely delicious.

Chateau de Villandry & Chinon

The journey to the Chateau de Villandry took us through the Loire Valley where we passed some beautiful scenery. The Chateau de Villandry is one of the last large castles to be built along the Loire and there are various different gardens to visit: the Ornamental Garden (which also consists of the Love Gardens - Tender Love, Passionate Love, Flighty Love & Tragic Love), the Woods, the Water Garden, the Sun Garden, the Maze, the Herb Garden and the Vegetable Garden.

After our visit to the chateau, we drove to the town of Chinon - a city of art and history. Our time here was free for us to do as we wished. There is a Carrefour here, plus plenty of places where you can get a coffee or you can visit Chinon's churches.

Chateau de Chenonceau & Amboise

The Chateau de Chenonceau is built across the River Cher and the river surrounds the chateau. It is a very impressive sight. There are plenty of rooms to visit in the chateau - the Chapel, the Green Study, the Gallery, the Library, the Kitchens (these are fascinating) and various bedrooms just to name a few. The flower arrangements throughout the chateau are the most amazing displays I have ever seen. There are various different gardens to see plus the 16th century farm which is a group of 16th century buildings including the stables and the floral workshop where the amazing arrangements are put together. They have two florists who work year round and each room in the chateau have fresh flower arrangements.

Following on from this visit we travelled to Amboise, a quaint little town where we had some free time. Again there were shops and some nice cafes and restaurants - at least one of which served delicious cakes! Should you wish you could take the opportunity to visit the Château du Clos Lucé at your own expense, a small château in Amboise famous for being the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci between 1516 and 1519.

Return to the UK

The end of our tour and time to return home. This tour really impressed me with the contrasting gardens and chateaux. For those true gardeners amongst us, inspiration awaits you on this tour - it put my garden to shame! For those who just generally love flowers, gardens, chateaux and history this tour is also for you. With our excellent Tour Managers you will surely have a fantastic time.

Please note: the holiday images shown below are courtesy of a Travelsphere Holiday Coordinator and are representative of this tour but we cannot guarantee that all destinations or activities shown will feature on a particular departure. Eurostar images are courtesy of Eurostar.