We visit two of the most stunning Chateaux in France; the world-famous Chateau de Versailles and the impressive Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte which provided a credible double as the film set for the BBC’s headline drama series, “Versailles”.
Day 1 taxi from home, then coach to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing to France. We continue to Paris and our hotel.
Day 2 Today we visit the Chateau and Gardens of Versailles. Built by Louis XIV, the Chateau contains a magniﬁcent collection of ﬁne furniture and artworks, and we have an included guided tour. Stroll through the stunning formal gardens. During the summer months, visitors can also witness the magical Musical Fountains Show and explore the fountains and groves with their water features spouting to the rhythm of the music.
Day 3 A morning at leisure before we have lunch*. In the afternoon we visit Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte - a 17th Century, privately owned masterpiece with richly furnished and decorated rooms and wonderful formal grounds. To add a touch of ‘romance’ this evening’s visit will be by candlelight, where the gardens and Chateau will be illuminated by over 2000 candles creating a unique and memorable experience.
Day 4 A trip to Normandy and the lovingly restored Monet’s Garden at Giverny. 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.
Day 5 We return to Calais for the Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone, returning home during the evening.
This modern four-star hotel has been built around a renovated farmhouse and courtyard and is located in the countryside south of Paris. The hotel has 139 bedrooms, restaurant, lounge/bar, outdoor pool and large terrace area. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift.