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Monet's Garden, The Loire Valley & Fontainebleau

7 days from only £699pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Visit the most beautiful valley in France
  • Visit impressionist artist Claude Monet’s home and garden – see the ‘Water Lily’ pond and ‘Japanese Bridge’
  • Explore the finest of France’s stunning châteaux; Chinon, Chenonceau, Villandry and Fontainebleau
  • Visit Chartres and its stunning gothic cathedral displaying Europe’s finest stained glass
  • Visit medieval Tours, royal Amboise and Leonardo da Vinci’s house
  • Visit to Saumur and the Ackermann wine cellars
  • Guided tour of Fontrevaud Abbey, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Return rail connections available on selected dates from over 50 regional stations, and return reserved Eurostar seat from London St Pancras, plus all hotel transfers
  • Six nights in three-star and four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and three dinners including one at a traditional, local restaurant
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

Selected departures from April to October 2019

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At a Glance
Return Eurostar & transfers
6 nights in 3 to 4-star accommodation
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 3 dinners
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

If you are looking to visit one of the most beautiful regions of France, then our tour of the Loire Valley is ideal – indeed the very name conjures up wonderful images in the mind. The châteaux, the translation of ‘castles’ does not do them justice, are magnificent, and you have the opportunity to sample the best of them: Chenonceau, Villandry, Chinon and Amboise. The scenery is stunning too; in fact the valley is also known as The Garden of France and you can see why. Furthermore the harvest here is very rich: plums, apples and grapes – the area is renowned of course for its fine wines, namely Muscadet, Rosé d’Anjou, Sauvignon, Vouvray and many more; and the gentle landscapes are warmed by the rich golden colours of the ripening fruit. You can sample the local produce at the Ackerman Wine Cellars, during a tasting of some of their award-winning Saumur wines.

History abounds here. Every time you turn a corner you see a reminder of Richard the Lionheart, the Hundred Years’ War or Joan of Arc. Visiting the Loire Valley is like stepping back in time; the sleepy towns are a delight to explore and the local people seem to have time on their hands, stopping to chat to each other or drinking endless coffees in the nearby bars and cafés.

You visit the Château of Fontainebleau, set in a vast forest just outside Paris, and famous as the place where Napoleon commenced his journey into exile and Fontevraud Abbey, the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, arguably the greatest monastic establishment left standing in France. You also visit the house, and most importantly the garden of one of France’s most famous sons – Impressionist artist Claude Monet. All this, but there is much, much more so for a unique combination of culture, wine, superb and interesting monuments, châteaux, beautiful scenery and French provincial life at its best, come with us and see.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £185 per person. The holiday includes return standard class on Eurostar, all coach transfers and transport, six nights’ accommodation with breakfast and two dinners at hotels as mentioned, one dinner at a carefully selected traditional restaurant, all local accommodation taxes and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Included excursions are entrance to Monet’s Garden, Chenonceau, Villandry and Leonardo da Vinci’s House; guided tour of Fontrevaud Abbey; visit to Ackermann wine cellars

Not Included: Entrance to Chinon €8.50, approximate costs, payable locally.

Regional Rail and Eurostar Upgrades

Convenient local departures

Why not enjoy a convenient departure from a station close to home? Booking your own cross-country train transport can be tricky when considering station changes and onward train times, so here at Riviera Travel our Eurostar team work hard finding your preferred regional departure to add to your booking.

We offer departures from stations such as Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby, Southampton, Bristol, Lancaster and many more. We endeavour to provide connections from as many stations as possible across the country, so wherever you live you’ll be sure to find a local departure to suit you. 

It’s easy to book a local departure; simply select the station you'd like to depart from when making your booking online. If your preferred station is not available to select from the dropdown menu in the checkout, get in touch with us and we can request a station for you.

Enjoy a relaxed journey in the spacious and quiet First Class coach of your regional train. We can add a First Class upgrade to your booking at any time before departure, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Eurostar upgrades

In order to enjoy your Eurostar experience to the full, you may upgrade to Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar (and onward TGV, where applicable). You’ll get a seat in the spacious Standard Premier coach with a complimentary light meal offered from a selection of sweet and savoury cold snacks, and a drink appropriate to the time of day, served at your seat while you relax in the comfort of Standard Premier Class. Upgrades can easily be added to your booking any time before the final balance has been paid, so please call us to enquire further.

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival train station First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure train station Transfer time
Paris Gare du Nord Vernon 1 hr 30 mins Orleans Paris Gare du Nord 2 hrs (via Fontainebleau Chateau)

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Eurostar Time:  Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Language: French
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: France

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.


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