Monuments, Memorials & Monet’s Garden 2020

Travel back in time with our Packaged Itinerary taking in some of the great historic highlights of the French regions of Normandy, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardy & the region around Paris know as Île-de-France. We visit a 13th century Abbey and the gardens of Chantilly before finally bringing us to the 20th century with the moving Armistice Museum.

Lesley says...
“A newly renovated Novotel  set in the grounds  of a sumptuous  18th century Chateau  (where evening meals are taken) and  surrounded by acres of parkland. It’s hard to believe that you are just 20 km from Paris.”
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel before dinner.

Day 2 Royaumont Abbey & Monet’s Gardens
Our first stop today is to the 13th century Royaumont Abbey. This gothic masterpiece was once a monastery, a textile factory, a village and a noviciate! We take time to explore the royal abbey and its gardens. We finish our day in Giverny, at Monet’s country retreat, where we will visit the impressionist painter’s charming pink house and iconic gardens. After discovering the house, we can relax in the gardens at our leisure, admiring the Japanese bridge and famous waterlily pond.

Day 3 Compiègne & Domaine de Chantilly
Today, we visit a moving historical site and a powerful symbol of peace, the Armistice Clearing in Compiegne, where the 1918 and 1940 armistices were signed. The Armistice Museum features a life size replica of the famous railway carriage in which the Germans signed their surrender on 11th November 1918 and where the French signed their surrender to Germany on 22 June 1940. We then travel to one of the jewels in the crown of France’s cultural heritage, the Domaine de Chantilly, which houses the treasures of the last King of France. The Château contains the second largest collection of antique paintings after the Louvre and the second largest library in France for illuminated manuscripts, whilst the Museum of the Horse, housed within the Great Stables complex, exhibits 200 works of art and decorative arts pieces. The gardens include a French styled garden, an Anglo-Chinese garden and an English garden, all beautifully landscaped and a joy to behold.

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast we begin our journey home.

Why not extend your stay and include a day in Paris? Ask your Account Manager for a quote!

Novotel Château de Maffliers

Maffliers, Ile-de-France
AAA+ Excellent Touring Location Free Onsite Coach Parking
Located to the north of Paris in its own grounds, this hotel is split into 2 separate buildings. One of the buildings is of a more modern design and holds the breakfast room and all 99 spacious bedrooms, with a lift to each floor. (Please note access is external and is approx. 60m from the main building.) Each bedroom is decorated in a contemporary design and includes a TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and a safe. The main building, a 19th century château, holds the remaining public areas including the main restaurant and a bar. As well as enjoying the grounds you can make use of the leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna & solarium. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Novotel Château de Maffliers

Maffliers, Île-de-France
3 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £319pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £88

• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• 1 hour free bar (selected drinks) & petanque on 1 night
• Entrance to Royaumont Abbey
• Entrance to Monet’s Gardens
• Entrance to The Armistice Museum
• Entrance to Domaine de Chantilly

Book a tour in May or in October 2020 to coincide with the famous Chantilly Flower Show – ‘Les Journees des Plantes’ which is held in the grounds of the famous Domaine de Chantilly. Over 250 French and international exhibitors attend to make this a unique experience for garden enthusiasts. Call us for details of 2020 dates.
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£319 for 4 days

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