Picture Perfect Chateau & Gardens of France

Picture Perfect Chateau & Gardens of France

Picture Perfect Chateau & Gardens of France - Monet’s Garden, Chateau De Fontainebleau & Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte

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Our tour is certain to appeal to all who appreciate world class art, classical architecture and magnificent landscapes. You will simply be overwhelmed by the beauty of the most stunning and historically important locations in central France - Giverny, Vaux Le Vicomte and Fontainebleau – all of which can be explored from our picture perfect rural location south west of Paris.

 

Novotel Saclay Hotel * * * *

Novotel Saclay is a renovated farmhouse in a green setting close to Paris and the Chevreuse Valley • En-suite bedrooms • Free Wi-Fi • Television • Restaurant • Gourmet bar • Terrace • Outdoor swimming pool • Tennis court • Indoor/outdoor games • Mini golf • Fitness room • Lift. www.accor.com 

Day 1

Following the Channel crossing we complete the journey to Paris and check into our hotel.

Day 2

After an early breakfast, we travel northwards to Monet’s country retreat where you can explore the impressionist painter’s charming pink house and iconic gardens at leisure. Relax in the gardens admiring the Japanese bridge and famous waterlily pond, before visiting the small but excellent art gallery, Musee des Impressionnismes, where we can see a superb collection of paintings by artists whom Monet influenced. 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). Enjoy the afternoon exploring the church, museums, the village and the banks of the River Seine at leisure.

Day 3

This morning, we travel southwards, through one of France’s largest and most beautiful forests and former royal hunting ground, Fontainebleau. In the midst of this forest is France’s largest medieval castle and château, which was the residence of French monarchs from Louis VII through to Napoleon III. Today it houses four national museums within its palatial walls and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why not enjoy a horse and carriage trip around the grounds in order to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the stunning gardens without wearing out your footwear!
The large pond, canal and the Gardens of Diane are worthy of particular note.

Day 4

Today we discover the history of Vaux-le-Vicomte through the centuries, from its creation in the 17th century by Nicolas Fouquet, to its acquisition and restoration by the Sommier family in the 19th century, to it’s stewardship by the de Vogüé brothers today. Spanning nearly 1,235 acres, the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate forms a unique ensemble. The fruit of Nicolas Fouquet’s bold vision, is a living testament to France’s ‘Grand Siècle’.

Day 5

Depart hotel after breakfast and travel to Calais for the channel crossing and complete the journey home.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Please be advised that entry is included into Monet’s Gardens and House only. Guides are not permitted into the house & Audio Guides are not provided . Your visit to Monet’s Gardens includes entry and free time to explore the house and gardens at your own pace.

  • Executive coach travel

  • Short sea ferry / shuttle crossing

  • 4 nights dinner bed and hot/cold buffet breakfast (set menu on arrival night)

  • Welcome tea and coffee on arrival

  • Porterage

  • Entry to Monet Gardens

  • Entry to Chateau De Fontainebleau

  • Entry to Vaux Le Vicomte

  • Excursions as described in the itinerary

  • Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated

 

Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Aberbargoed - Yr Ysbyty Aberbargoed - Yr Ysbyty (Dyffryn Newydd) bus stop
Opposite the Duffryn Newydd Pub
Aberbeeg Square Aberbeeg Sq. Medical Centre - Woodland Terrace
Abercynon, The Clock The Clock, Abercynon
Aberdare Bus Station Bus Station, Aberdare - Stand 1
Abertillery - R.F.C. Abertillery RFC , Oak Street.
Bargoed New Bus Station The New Bus Station, Next to Train Station,Bargoed
Barry Hotel The Barry Hotel, Broad Street, Barry
Barry, Colcott Arms Barry, Colcott Arms
Beddau Square Beddau Square
Blackwood Bus Stn Bus Station - Stand 9 - Blackwood
Blaenrhondda, New Bridge The New Bridge in Blaenrhondda
Blaina Workmans (RFC) Blaina Workmans Bus stop outside Castle Pub
Bracknell - Bagshot Road Opposite Glebewood Bus Stop
Bagshot Road - Before the Leisure Centre
Bridgend Cheapside Bridgend Cheapside
Brynmawr Bus Station Brynmawr Bus Station Coach Bay
Caerphilly Bus Station Caerphilly Bus Station Stand 10
Cardiff Gate Services Cardiff Gate Services
Cardiff West Services Cardiff West Services Coach Park
Carmarthen - Boars Head Carmarthen Llamas Bus Stop (Outside Boars Head)
Cefn Fforest Cefn Fforest Ave Junction, Top of Fair View Hill
Opposite Steven's Garage, CEFN FFOREST
Chieveley Services Chieveley Services (A34/M4) Newbury
Clackett Lane Services Clackett Lane Services, TN16 2ER (Anticlock)
Cross Hands Bus Stop outside Jenkins Bakery, Cross Hands
Crosskeys College Crosskeys College Bus stop
Cwmbran Railway Railway Station, Cwmbran
Dinas Powys Primary School, Dinas Powys
Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet Travel Centre, Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet
SA6 8QG
Ebbw Vale Bus Station Ebbw Vale Bus Station
Ebenezer, Rhydyfelin The Ebenezer Bus Stop, Rhydyfelin
Edwards Llantwit Depot Edwards Depot, Llantwit Fardre
Edwards Pembroke Depot Edwards Pembroke Depot, Waterloo Ind Est, SA72 4RR
Ely Police Station (NE) Bus Stop opposite Police Station, Ely
Extra Services Cobham EB Extra Services Cobham Eastbound, M25 Jct 5-6
Fairwater, Waungron Rd Waungron Road, Outside Council Depot, Fairwater
Ferndale Job Centre Ferndale Job Centre (Library)
Glynneath Square - Co-op Glynneath Square Bus Shelter - Outside the Co-op
High Street
Gorseinon - West St Gorseinon - West St Bus Station
Haverfordwest Bus Station Haverfordwest Bus Station, Bay 2
Hirwaun Clock Hirwaun Clock, HIRWAUN
Hollybush Car Park - Ch V Church Village - Hollybush Car Park
John Street, Porthcawl Porthcawl - The Stoneleigh, John Street.
Leigh Delamare Eastbound Leigh Delamare Services Eastbound Before J17
Llanedeyrn Drive Maelfa Shops shelter, Llanederyn Drive,LLANEDERYN
Llanelli - Town Hall Llanelli -The old bus stops, behind the Town Hall
Waunlanyrafon
Llanharan Road (Rose Tce) Llanharry Road Bus stop, Llanharan
Llanharry Shops Llanharry Shops - Bear Inn
Llanrumney Carpenters Carpenters Arms Stop, outside former Video Shop
Llanrumney
Llantwit Major Railway Llantwit Major. Bus stop outside Railway Station
Maesteg Maesteg - Bus Stop Outside Weatherspoons,
Commercial Street, CF34 9DF
Magor Services Magor Service Coach Park
Maidstone Services Maidstone Services, Junction 8 - M20
Merthyr Bus Stn Merthyr Bus Station - Stand 16, MERTHYR TYDFIL
Moriah Chapel, Risca Risca - Moriah Chapel. Tredegar Street
Mountain Ash Railway Mt Ash Railway, Bus Stop behind Workmens Club
Mountain Ash Town hall Mountain Ash Town Hall
Neath - Railway Neath - Outside Railway Station
Nelson Bus Station Nelson Bus Station
Newbridge, Co-op Newbridge, Bus stop outside the Coop
Newport RAILWAY STATION Stops Q1 & Q1A outside the RAILWAY STATION,NEWPORT
Oakdale Hotel Oakdale Hotel (Former Square) OAKDALE
Penarth, Windsor Terrace Penarth, Windsor Terrace Bus Stop (NW)
Pencoed Monument The Monument, Pencoed
Pentwyn - Texaco Garage Texaco Garage, Glyn Collen, Pentwyn Road, CF23 7XH
Penygraig Labour Club Penygraig Labour Club, PENYGRAIG
Pontyclun Tescos Pontyclun Tescos, PONTYCLUN
Pontymason Lane Pontymason Lane, Rogerstone (Vicarage Bus Stop)
Pontypool Town Hall Pontypool Town Hall, Bus stops on Clarence St
Pontypridd Bus Stn Pontypridd Bus Station, Coach Stop (Bay 13)
Port Talbot Temporary Port Talbot Bus Stop OUTSIDE Customs House
Just past the Plaza
Porth - Wedding World Porth, Layby outside Wedding World
Pyle Cross Pyle Cross, bus stop outside supermarket.Pyle Road
Reading Services Reading Services, Junction 11-12, RG30 3UQ
Rhiwbina - Deri Inn Rhiwbina - Deri Inn. Just before the Pub.
Rhoose - Tescos Rhoose - Mayflower (Tesco's)
Rhydypennau Crossroads Rhydypennau Crossroads, Three Arches Bus Stop
Heathwood Road, Before Roundabout by the Barbers!
Sarn SERVICES Sarn SERVICES - Coach Park
Singleton Singleton Hospital, Bus stops on Sketty Lane,
SINGLETON
Skewen Skewen, Cooperative Travel
SKEWEN
St Athans Monument Monument. Gileston Cross Roads, St Athans (B4265)
St Clears, Car Park St Clears Car Park
St Mellons, The Willows. St Mellons, The Willows. Opposite Tescos Garage
Sanderling Drive
Stop 24 Svcs (M20 J11) Stop 24 (Westenhanger) Services (M20 J11)
Swindon Hilton Swindon Hilton - Outside the hotel, Junction 16
Taffs Well Station Taffs Well Station, bus stop on Cardiff Road
TAFFS WELL
Talbot Green Bus Stn Talbot Green Bus Station
TALBOT GREEN
Tesco (Bowls), Penyrheol Tesco (Former Bowls Inn Bus Stop,SE), Penyrheol
Heol Aneurin
The Hibernian Club The Hibernian Club, Gelli
The Royal Hotel The Royal Hotel, Rhymney
Tongwynlais Church Tongwynlais Church bus stop.
TONGWYNLAIS
Tonypandy Bus Stn Tonypandy Bus Station
Top Station Top Station, Pontllanfraith
Trebanog Arms Hotel Trebanog Arms Hotel, bus stop at lights
TREBANOG
Tredegar, Lidls Tredegar, Lidls, bus stop outside.
Treharris Bus Station Treharris Bus Station
Treherbert Village Tavern Treherbert The Village Tavern
Treorchy PO Treorchy Post Office, bus stop, TREORCHY
NOT OUTSIDE THE POST OFFICE
Ty Cerrig Ty Cerrig bus stop, Near Aldis, Pentwyn
Waunrhydd Road Waunrhydd Road, Tonyrefail
Wellington Street Swansea Swansea, Wellington Street Coach Bay
Westgate St, Cardiff Westgate St, Cardiff. Bus Stop outside NCP Car
Park. Opposite Millenniuim Stadium.
Whitchurch Three Elms Whitchurch Three Elms
Ynyshir Hall Ynyshir Hall, YNYSHIR
Ystrad Mynach Ystrad Mynach Bus Station, High Street.
Outside Public Toilets
Ystrad Tyntyla Hospital Ystrad Tyntyla Hospital (Stop Past Leisure Centre)

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