Giverny & Paris- a treat for gardeners & art-lovers alike, by coach or rail.

2017 Holiday departures

Monet's Garden & Paris by coach, 4 days from £219.00!

Highlights of this hugely popular, tremendous value coach tour with Newmarket Holidays include the wonderful artist's house and gardens in the Normandy village of Giverny and the incomparable French capital Paris. And with the budget conscious in mind-no price increase for 2017!

     

Giverny was home and inspiration to Monet for over 40 years, and today the Impressionist artist's house and gardens, subject of many of his most famous works including of course the Water Lilies, have been restored to their original beauty.

In 2011 the job of head gardener in this 'Alice in Wonderland' Monet world was landed by an Englishman and graduate of the RHS gardens at Kew, James Priest.  Mr Priest had been at Giverny for 17 years before succeeding Gilbert Vahe, who was largely responsible for restoring the garden in the late 1970's from an overgrown wilderness to it's former glory.

Monet started to create his flower filled garden when he moved to Giverny in 1883, refining it over 43 years until his death in 1926.  He originally planted flowers so that he could pick bunches to have something to paint indoors on rainy days.  Some of his most famous paintings were his huge canvases of the waterlilies on the small lake he had made, with it's green, Japanese-style footbridge draped with wisteria in the spring.

Paris-'City of Light' & City for Lovers.  It's time to explore glorious Paris on day three and the final evening, where you may enjoy the included panoramic sightseeing tour of the world famous streets and monuments, explore to your personal taste at your own pace in your own free time, or join one of the interesting optional excursions -up one of the fastest lifts in the world to enjoy the city views offered by the Montparnasse Tower, or bid 'au revoir' on the final optional excursion to the cafe lined streets of the Latin Quarter and board the famous Bateau Mouche for a romantic Evening Seine cruise.

The price includes:  Return channel ferry crossings- Visit to Giverny with entrance to Monet's house and garden- Three nights accommodation with a full buffet breakfast in the four star Hotel Mercure Maurepas, St Quentin (or similar standard hotel)- Visit to Rouen to explore this lovingly restored capital in Upper Normandy- A panoramic city tour of Paris and leisure time in Paris on day and evening of day three- Coach travel throughout and services of a tour manager.

Your itinerary:  On day one you will leave your local area early morning to arrive at your hotel by early evening.  

On day two you'll travel along the Seine valley to Giverny,  where having visited Monet's house and gardens you'll have time for lunch (payable locally) or browsing the many galleries, studios and shops. You may enjoy a walk to the C15th church where Monet worshipped and he and his family are buried, before travelling up the Seine valley to Joan of Arc's 'Rouen'. Return to your hotel early evening in time for dinner (not included)

 


On day three you transfer into the heart of Paris for a panoramic sightseeing tour, after which- time to explore at your leisure, perhaps enhancing your newly gained knowledge of the Impressionists at the Louvre. Or take the optional tour to the Montparnasse Tower for some spectacular views.   

This evening bid 'au revoir' to Paris by exploring the bustling streets one final time, soaking up the atmosphere of this vibrant city and perhaps sampling the culinary delights.  Our final optional excursion takes you to the fascinating cafe lined streets of the Latin Quarter, then boarding the famous 'Bateau Mouche' for a romantic cruise along the Seine past all the major sights.  

On day four we begin our journey home after breakfast, to arrive back in your local area by mid to late evening.

Single rooms carry a supplement of £93.  Your hotel will be the luxury4 star Mercure St.Quentin in Maurepas (upgraded January 2016 from the three star Best Western St.Quentin)  or a similar standard hotel.  Rooms will have private facilities, and public facilities will include a bar and restaurant (Mercure restaurant not open Sunday eve, or Saturday in low season).

Departure dates  this year run from 12th May to 22nd September, with two dates departing from each region of the U.K (excluding Scotland and Cumbria due to the distance of travel for a short break). Please call or email us with your nearest town to check dates applicable.

Optional excursion costs:  Montparnasse Tower (day three) £16, Latin Quarter & Evening Seine cruise (day three) £15.  

 Interesting websites to visit for information on what to expect in and around Giverny are www.fondation-monet.com and www.giverny.org/gardens   

Please contact us to book, or for more information and details of which departure dates apply to your local area.  This tour is operated by the award winning coach operator Newmarket Holidays.

020 8858 6677

or email: derek@flightcentregreenwich.co.uk


Eurostar Rail Holidays to Paris and

 Giverny 2017

 Our third year of this winning
 twin- centre break!

What a marvellous combination for a memorable holiday- Paris & Giverny.

 Travel by Eurostar to Paris in either Standard or Premier class, where you may spend your first night in one of our very carefully selected hotels, which range from budget to deluxe.  Or, an excellent local train service will connect you direct to Giverny, to spend your first night, here, in the superb up-scale Hotel Le Jardin des Plumes -one of our select choice of hotels.

  As well as enabling you to indulge the atmosphere of this exquisite little village, a night or two spent here is so convenient for exploring Monet's garden, house and museum, both early morning and late afternoon to avoid the busy times and day-trippers.  It's also an idyllic retreat to unwind, with its own lovely grounds.

Hotel Le Jardin des Plumes, Giverny

Already a popular request from our regular clients, these tailor made packages to Giverny and Paris offer total flexibility for your perfect garden holiday break.   Perhaps you'd prefer your first night in Paris, followed by a night or two in Giverny, finishing with a final celebratory night in Paris before your return home on Eurostar's speedy services.  



On Eurostar you could perhaps treat yourself to the comfort of the Standard Premier cabin in both directions, or maybe try just a 'taster of luxury' -travelling out in Standard and home in Premier, or vice-versa (a little more economical, and giving you the opportunity to enjoy both experiences).  

And our carefully selected hotels in both Paris and Giverny should appeal to a wide range of budgets, all hotels enjoying excellent reviews for their category.


Hotel Pont Royal, one of our favourite luxury choices in Paris  

If you are looking for a 'bargain break' to see Monet's Giverny, with a chance to explore Paris too, try our 2 or 3 star Parisian hotels for just the night with one night in Giverny either before or after.

  And if it's a special occasion or you just fancy treating yourself or a partner, we have lovely 4 and 5 star hotels in Paris which will excite your senses as much as Monet's garden itself!  We would really recommend 2 nights in Paris to fully enjoy the experience of this wonderful combination of cosmopolitan Paris and French countryside hospitality.  

And for your truly special time in Giverny, indulge in the wonderful Hotel Le Jardins des Plumes- a Relais du Silence hotel, distinctive hotels with charm.   Surrounded by country gardens and a pretty pond, this half timbered Norman Manor house dates to 1912, and is a mere 7 minute walk from Monet's house and garden.  You're also just 5 minutes or so stroll from the 'Musee des Impressionnismes'.

The Chic rooms, of which there are only 4 with an additional 4 suites, are individually furnished in either country or mid century modern style.  Choose from standard and superior doubles, suites and duplex suites with gorgeous garden views.  Some rooms suit reduced mobility.  WiFi, flat screen TV and bathrobes come as standard.  Suites enjoy a living area, and some rooms have direct access to the hotel gardens.


The hotel's Art Deco styled Michelin star restaurant with it's designer chandeliers, offers gourmet fine dining, whilst the elegant lounge bar also offers a warm welcome.  The restaurant and bar close Mondays and Tuesdays, but with the region of Upper Normandy being famed for its culinary skills, you'll discover several wonderful dining options close by too- such as 'L'Ancien Hotel Baudy', just a 5 minute walk away. Indeed if you're a fan of French Cuisine you'll be spoilt for choice, with a total of 15 restaurants in and around Giverny, 11 of which currently enjoy 4 or 5 star reviews!   Plus our hotel's breakfast room opens daily for a delicious a la carte English or Continental breakfast.

Restaurant at the Hotel Le Jardin des Plumes, Giverny

To whet your appetite (as well as the photo of the scrumptious patisserie!) these excerpts from the notebook of one of Giverny's excellent guides give a taste of what's to come, on a holiday break with us to Monet's truly inspirational gardens, at his home village of Giverny.


"Autumn Peace- on the 30th October, the perfectly serene pool in Claude Monet's garden offers a mirror view of the world around.  Blue sky and turning trees create a bold contrast between the still floating water lily pads"

"Early Morning- September.  Early in the morning, the low sunbeams stroke the flowers at Giverny.  Some mist still hangs in the air like the dreams of the night.  There is a feeling of awakening.
The little lanes of Monet's garden look even more inviting.  Early in the morning, the Clos Normand is still silent.  One can hear the plants breathing, almost.  It is a magical moment that must be picked up quickly.  Shortly the air will be full of voices, and the place full of people."
(extracts translated from the French diary)


Just call our usual number, 02088586677, or email us with an idea of what you would like to do, and we'll put together a few suggestions for you to think about.  derek@flightcentregreenwich.co.uk

                            

Eurostar in Gare du Nord, and speeding through the English countryside