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Jardin du Luxembourg

Gardens of France and Courson Flower Show

Visit Parisian parks and gardens in amongst the Paris landmarks. See Versailles and Monet’s garden before heading to the French coast and the Normandy beaches. Enjoy the Loire Valley and Chateaux gardens before ending with the Courson Flower Show.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Paris

Welcome to Paris! After a warm welcome from your tour guide, enjoy a panoramic tour highlighting the famous landmarks followed by a transfer to your hotel. Enjoy free time before joining your fellow tour guests for a welcome dinner.

Overnight Paris

 

Day 2 – Paris

Today walk through the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris' most central garden. Covering an area of 25 hectares, and surrounded by the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde and the Rue de Rivoli, the Tuileries Gardens was first commissioned by Catherine de Medici but the present layout of the formal garden is attributable to Le Notre. This afternoon take time to relax in the Jardins du Luxembourg. Located near La Sorbonne and official garden of the French Senate, it is probably the most popular park in Paris. Overnight Paris

 

Day 3 – Paris

Today’s sightseeing includes visits to the Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France and the Parc Andre Citroen, a fourteen hectare public park located on the left bank of the river Seine. This afternoon, explore the Jardin d’Atlantique, a roof space that has been turned into a public park. Later on head to the Albert Kahn Museum Garden, a mixture of Japanese, French and English Gardens. Overnight Paris

 

Day 4 – Paris - Normandy

After breakfast, drive west to the Chateau de Versailles. Built by Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles became the home of the French royalty during the 17th Century and eventually grew to represent all that was hated about the monarchy in the build up to the revolution in 1789. Tour the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the gardens. After the tour, drive northwest to Rouen, capital of the ancient Duchy of Normandy. End the day with a traditional French dinner.

Overnight Rouen

 

Day 5 – Normandy Area

This morning travel to Giverny, home to the impressionist artist Claude Monet. Visit the Museum of American Art. Located next to Monet’s home, it explores the artistic connections between French and American artists. Then tour the Claude Monet Foundation admiring the gardens in particular. In the afternoon, head back to Rouen for a walking tour in the Jardin des Plantes, a botanical garden than includes an orangery, a rose garden, tropical and medicinal plants, rare trees and rockeries. Tonight, dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight Rouen

 

Day 6 – Rouen – Caen

Visit Le Bois des Moutiers on the Northern Coast near Dieppe this morning. Part influenced by the English designer Gertrude Jekyll, the garden was planted around 1900 by Guillaume Mallet and is still owned by his family. Then we continue to Le Vasterival, a garden created by Princess Sturdza in 1957. Sweeping paths, long vistas and a huge variety of plants makes this garden breathtaking in its scope. Later we head west to Caen. Overnight Caen

 

Day 7 – Caen - Blois

Today explore the historic beaches of Normandy and the Mont St Michel before heading down to the Loire Valley. Situated over Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer contains the remains of nearly 10,000 servicemen who died during the Normandy campaign. Also visit the D-Day Landings Museum. In the afternoon, see the Monastery of the spectacular Mont Saint Michel. After the tour continue to Blois for overnight. Overnight Blois

 

Day 8 – Loire Valley

A full day of visits in the Loire Valley. Known as the Garden of France, the Loire Valley is also famous for its cultural and architectural heritage and in particular for its world-famous castles. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere was built by Francois the First for his mistress. Its park and gardens bring the art of living to its fullest potential. Later today, enjoy a walk through the gardens of the Chateau de la Chatonniere. Devoted to lilies and roses, the gardens of 7 hectares surround a small Renaissance castle with 6 Towers and a courtyard. Overnight Blois

 

Day 9 – Loire Valley

Today visit two of the most famous Chateaux in the Loire Valley. The Chateau of Villandry, built on the left bank of the Cher River, is the last of the Renaissance Chateau in the Loire Valley. Villandry gardens were created at the start of the century and are now the castle’s source of renown. After lunch, visit Chenonceau, a romantic pleasure palace created from the Renaissance onwards by a series of aristocratic women. End the tour with a wine tasting session! Overnight Blois

 

Day 10 – Paris

After breakfast, discover five centuries of garden history as you walk across the park at the Chateau de Courances. This afternoon, attend the Courson Flower Show before heading back to Paris for overnight and a farewell dinner in a traditional French restaurant. Overnight Paris

 

Day 11 – Departure

This morning, an executive motorcoach is provided for our transfer to Paris Airport.

Jardin des Tuileries

Chateau de Versailles

Claude Monet Foundation

Le Bois des Moutiers

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere

Chateau of Villandry

Le Vasterival

Some of the tour’s sights.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

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