Picture-Perfect Parisian Palaces & Gardens

Highlights of our new packaged tour include two of the most impressive French palaces, an afternoon in Paris with a relaxing Seine River cruise and a visit to beautiful Monet’s Gardens.

Mark says...
“This modern hotel is built around a traditional French farmhouse with a delightful rear terrace and secluded gardens.”
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel to a warm welcome.

Day 2 Versailles, Paris & Seine Cruise 70km/44 mile round trip
This morning, we visit the palace and gardens of Versailles, considered to be one of the most magnificent achievements of 18th century French architecture and design. The awe-inspiring Hall of Mirrors and astonishingly beautiful palatial grounds are highlights of France’s most famous château. In the afternoon we travel into Paris and enjoy a relaxing 1 hour cruise on the River Seine before enjoying free time to explore this amazing city.

Day 3 Château de Vaux le Vicomte 110km/68 mile round trip
We will spend the morning at leisure and enjoy lunch at our hotel before boarding our coach to visit another beautiful château, Vaux le Vicomte, which we will experience this evening by candlelight! Every Saturday evening from May to October, visitors experience the 17th century château and its Jardins à la Française by the flickering lights of 2,000 candles and now it is our turn to enjoy an enchanting evening exploring this magical estate before the evening ends with a display of fireworks! Dinner can be enjoyed in the self-service restaurant during the evening (not included).

Day 4 Giverny & Vernon 171km/106 mile round trip
After an early breakfast this morning, we will travel to Monet’s country retreat in Giverny where we visit the impressionist painter’s charming pink house and iconic gardens. We can then relax in the gardens at our leisure, admiring the Japanese bridge and famous waterlily pond (please note, access to the water garden is via an underground passage and there are steps to negotiate). We then travel to the pretty neighbouring village of Vernon and discover over 200 half-timbered houses with ancient doors and carved timbers, wrought iron shop signs, cobbled paths and the famous Old Mill (painted by Monet). We enjoy lunch here and spend the afternoon exploring the church, museums, the village and the banks of the River Seine at leisure.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we return to Calais and continue our journey home.
Legend

Novotel Saclay

Saclay, South West Paris
AAA+
This modern, 4 star hotel has been built around a renovated farmhouse and courtyard and is located in the countryside south of Paris offering good motorway access. The hotel has 139 light and comfortable bedrooms equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The twin rooms at the hotel are standard twin with two separate beds (not a double bed and sofa bed). There is a modern restaurant and a lounge/bar area and also gardens, two tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a large terrace area with plenty of seating. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Novotel Saclay

Saclay, South West Paris
4 Nights Half Board
May - October 2018
Twin from £335pp to £354pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £128

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Set menu on arrival night
• 3 course menu, choice of 2 mains, starters & desserts on 2 nights
• Lunch in the hotel on Day 3
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Versailles + Passport (access to all areas of the Estate,
excludes shows & musical gardens)
• 1 hour return Seine River Cruise
• Entrance to Château de Vaux le Vicomte candlelit evening & fireworks
• Entrance to Monet’s Gardens
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Prices starting from...

£335 for 5 days

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Features of this tour


  • Entrance to Versailles + Passport (access to all areas of the Estate, excludes shows & musical gardens)

  • 1 hour return Seine River Cruise

  • Entrance to Château de Vaux le Vicomte candlelit evening & fireworks

  • Entrance to Monet’s Gardens