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France contains a wealth of stunning palaces and gardens and this holiday offers arguably the most famous; the exquisite Palace of Versailles with its sumptuous interior; and Monet's enchanting garden at Giverny. Choose from coach or rail travel to enjoy the perfect holiday.
Must See - Palace of Versailles
During your visit to Versailles the most notable rooms in the Palace of Versailles include the Hall of Mirrors, containing 17 mirror arches, which are placed parallel to 17 arcaded windows looking out to the famous Versailles Garden; The Grand Apartment with its remarkable ceilings; the clock room and the Royal Opera, made entirely of wood.
Day One - UK to Paris
We cross the channel to Calais before continuing on to Paris for a late arrival at the Novotel Cergy Pontoise for a four-night stay. (D)
Days Two to Four - Paris
We spend the next three days in France's capital, Paris. During our stay enjoy an included excursion to Giverny to the house of Claude Monet.
The house is set in beautiful surroundings and was bought and redesigned by Monet with the specific intention of painting it. It is most famous as the place where Monet painted his famous 'Water Lilies' series of paintings. On our return journey we will visit the town of Versailles, famous as the location of the stunning palace which bears its name.
There are a number of optional extra excursions to join during the holiday. Visit Fontainebleu, one of the largest palaces in France, with stunning gardens, or join us for a tour of Paris, either on a day time city tour, with a cruise along the River Seine, or take an evening tour, to see the city of lights in all its splendour.
You will also have plenty of time to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the most famous cities in the world, Paris. The Eiffel tower, the Champs-Elysees and the Louvre are all within easy reach of our hotel in less than an hour by public transport. Head out to the 18th arrondissement to the Sacre Coeur and an unbeatable view over the city of Paris. (B,D)
Day Five - Paris to UK
After breakfast we check out of the hotel and make our way back to the UK via Calais. (B)
Novotel Paris Cergy
Centrally located in the Cergy business district, north of Paris, the hotel offers an relaxing location to enjoy a leisurely holiday following the footsteps of the impressionists. In the summer time the hotel outdoor pool is an ideal location to relax.
Full day: Monet's Garden and Versailles
A trip to Normandy and the lovingly restored Monet’s Garden at Giverny, is a source of as much pleasure today as it was to its creator. Here, where the painter lived until his death in 1929, the perspectives, symmetries and colours of the flower garden and water garden were the inspiration for some of his most famous works.
The day continues with a visit to the Royal town of Versailles, home to the simply exquisite palace and gardens created by King Louis XIV in the 17th century. No expense was spared in the creation of the sumptuously decorated palace, best known for its Hall of Mirrors, which was previously used for lavish celebrations.
Evening Illuminated Paris Tour
Discover Paris in the evening, when the city becomes even more magical. Admire the Eiffel Tower as it’s lit with countless lights, and marvel at the brightly-lit shop fronts along the Champs Elysees as we explore the city in the evening.
Fontainebleau - entry to the chateau not included
This palace is one of the largest in France and was home to numerous monarchs throughout the years. This means it’s been expanded extensively over time, which only adds to its unique quality as it features many different architectural styles.
For example, parts of the original chateau date from the 12th century, while the most recent parts were worked on in the mid-19th century. There are more than 1,500 rooms at the palace, many of which are closed off to the public, but those that are open are sure to astound.
There are many apartments available to view, such as the two Marie Antoinette boudoirs, the Papal apartment, the guest apartments of the court of Napoleon III and more. There are also four museums at the palace, and a number of collection masterpieces, such as Napoleon’s throne, Marie Antoinette’s bed, and the Duke of Orleans’ commemorative wedding cabinet.
Paris Guided City Tour and River Seine Cruise
While we’re in Paris, we’ll be offered the opportunity of seeing the city from an entirely different perspective by going on a guided coach tour, or a river cruise down the Seine. This will take us past some of Paris’ most well-known attractions, while also giving us a bit more information about them so we can learn everything there is to know during our stay.