Gardens of the Loire & Versailles JLV20

Resort: Gardens of the Loire & Versailles JLV20
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1295.00


Attend the world-famous International Garden Festival, visit the
garden that inspired Claude Monet, stroll through the house
Leonardo da Vinci once called home, and experience the grounds of
Versailles Palace on this vivid tour of the verdant Loire


  • Blois
  • The International Garden Festival
  • Chteau de Chenonceau
  • Rambouillet
  • Clos Luc, former residence of Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Monets house and gardens
  • The Palace of Versailles

whats Included

  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout
  • All rail and coach journeys throughout
  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras


Day 1 – To Blois

After meeting with your Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure
Office in St Pancras International, we board the Eurostar to Paris.
After arrival in the French capital, we continue by rail to the
city of Blois, situated on the banks of the River Loire. Here we
check into the Mercure Blois for a four night stay.

Day 2 – International Garden Festival

Today we enjoy an excursion to the International Garden Festival
in Chteau de Chaumont. The festival has been one of the world’s
leading events in terms of spotting new trends and landscape
designs since its inaugural year in 1992, and boasts over 30 themed
gardens. You have the luxury of a Domaine ticket, which grants you
entry to not only the day festival but the entire of Domaine de
Chaumont-sur-Loire. After a guided tour that also includes entrance
to Chteau de Chaumont itself, we return to Blois.

Days 3-4 – Chteau de Chenonceau

Today begins with an excursion to Chteau de Chenonceau,
arguably the most iconic of its kind in the Loire Valley. The
Chteau elegantly spans the River Cher and is a fine example of
Gothic and Renaissance architecture. After exploring the Chteau
and its picturesque fountain gardens, we travel by coach to the
town of Amboise, former home of Leonardo da Vinci, who died here in
1519. We visit his former manor house, Clos Luc, which still
contains a number of his inventions.

Day 4 is at leisure, you could further explore
Blois at your own pace, or why not make a visit to nearby Chteau
de Villandry? Celebrated for its rich Renaissance style gardens
that include a variety of water gardens, ornamental flower beds and
vegetable patches, all set within a puzzle pattern of low-box

Days 5-6 – Rambouillet and the Gardens of Claude Monet

Today we are driven by coach north to Rambouillet, stopping
en-route at Chartres. On arrival we check into the Mercure
Rambouillet for three nights. On Day 6 we travel
by coach to nearby Giverny to visit the former home and gardens of
Impressionist founder and painter, Claude Monet, and experience the
environment that so inspired his work.

Day 7 – Versailles Palace & Park

Today we visit the grand Versailles Palace, the opulent former
seat of the Royal family until the French Revolution. The Palace
gardens are equally as impressive. The grounds are some of the most
recognisable in the world and feature a web of manicured lawns,
extravagant fountains and dramatic sculptures. Much of the garden
landscape is built around a series of lakes and canal waterways
that feed the mesmerizing fountains in the centre of the park

We also enjoy the awe-inspiring interior of this wonderful
building, rich in colour and jewels on a guided tour You can also
see the historically important Hall of Mirrors, the former seat of
the French government and famously the site of the Treaty of
Versailles signing, which brought an official end to the conflict
of World War One. The spectacular grandeur of the palace is matched
only by its rich history and importance throughout the
ever-changing political climate of historic France. On our return
to the hotel tonight, we enjoy a final, farewell dinner

Day 8 – The journey home

This morning we board a coach in Rambouillet and make the short
trip to Paris. Here, we continue by Eurostar service to London St
Pancras International where our tour concludes.

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