Chateau Weekend & Monet’s Garden by Rail
Visit the magnificent gardens of the artist, Claude Monet, and get to know your fellow travellers over a drink at your hotel
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On this wonderful short break to France, discover Château de Versailles, Claude Monet's garden and the glamour of Paris by night.
This tour caters to individual travellers so there are no single supplement charges. To make your reservation please contact your Rail Specialist at Holidays by Rail.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Standard-class return rail travel by Eurostar from St Pancras international
- 3 nights in a 4-star hotel
- 4 meals; 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- Welcome drink
- Monet’s Garden including entrance
- Farewell drink
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
- Château de Versailles
- Paris by night with dinner
Some optional excursions can be prebooked.
Day 1 - UK to Meudon
Today you’ll travel from London St Pancras International to Paris, with an onward coach journey to your hotel. Get to know your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner this evening.
Day 2 - Château de Versailles
Dating back to the 17th century, the UNESCO-listed Château de Versailles is set amid spectacular landscaped gardens. It was once a hunting lodge, a seat of government and a symbol of the power of the French monarchy. We'll head here on today's optional excursion and step inside the palace for a tour. It contains more than 2,000 ornately decorated rooms and we'll see many of them, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. This magnificent 73-metre-long room boasts 17 mirror-encrusted arches on the wall opposite the windows and a fabulous collection of statues and busts. Other highlights include the lavishly decorated King's State Apartments and the Royal Chapel with its beautiful vaulted ceiling. With its exceptional architecture and delicious gastronomic delights, Paris is a seductive city. Sit back and enjoy the sights as they are wonderfully illuminated on an optional coach tour of the French capital this evening, with dinner included.
Day 3 - Giverny
It is said that the history of France is written in her gardens, and this is reflected in the many different horticultural styles found across the country. Particularly delightful are the gardens of the famous French Impressionist Claude Monet in Giverny. He planted and painted here from 1883 until his death in 1926, gaining inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounded him. Explore the artist’s flower garden, Clos Normand, as well as the Japanese-style water garden. These two areas are a beautiful contrast to one another, yet are equally wonderful to explore. The most famous feature is the lily pond, from which Monet gained so much inspiration, and his series of water lily paintings is revered throughout the world. As you stroll through the enchanting gardens don’t miss the exquisite Japanese bridge which is covered with wisteria - it too is depicted in many of Monet’s greatest works of art. In the evening we will gather as a group to enjoy a farewell drink.
Day 4 - Paris to UK
Today we will return to the UK by Eurostar to St Pancras International.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
Novotel Chateau de Maffliers
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.
Dates & Prices
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Chateau Weekend & Monet's Garden by Rail: Departs 26th April 2019 (£599), 10th May 2019 (£639)
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