Monet Garden
Monet Garden
£50 deposit

The Genius of Monet with Susy Smith

Just as the gardens at Giverny inspired Monet, who spent half his life nurturing and enjoying them, so they continue to enthrall countless visitors more than 90 years after his death. The lovingly restored gardens give a vivid impression of Monet's favourite subjects. The gardens are filled with poppies, lupins, delphiniums and peonies, and throughout the year the atmosphere is of abundant colour and luxuriant growth. Arched bridges, painted an acid apple green, are festooned with wisteria and the draped fronds of weeping willow frame the water lilies - Monet's paintings brought unnervingly to life.

The perfect complement to Giverny is the Orangerie Museum in Paris, which underwent an extensive renovation in 2006. The centerpiece of this outstanding collection is Monet’s breathtaking series of murals, Les Nymphéas. Housed in two vast elliptical rooms, the 2-metre high murals extend to almost 200m in length and provide a moving and unforgettable testament to the genius of a painter at the height of his powers.

Besides Giverny, we visit the Château de Chantilly, with its extensive collection of fine art and its gardens designed by Le Nôtre, the pleasant market town of Senlis and the historic Parc de Bagatelle, famous for its magnificent rose garden.

We will be accompanied throughout by the former Editor-in-Chief of Country Living Susy Smith, who is looking forward to a long-overdue return to Giverny. Susy will also give us a talk and host a Q&A session based on her experiences.

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Train travel

Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £200.

Single supplement: £210

Tour highlights:

  • The incomparable gardens of Giverny, carefully maintained as Monet would have wished
  • The Orangerie Museum and Les Nymphéas – impressionism at its most impressive
  • The sumptuously decorated Grands Appartements and the Galeries de Peintures of the Château de Chantilly
  • Q&A session with Susy Smith, former Editor-in-Chief of Country Living UK

Tour details

Dates 9 July 2021 - 12 July 2021
Duration 4 days
Today's Price

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £50, was £200.
Single supplement: £210 Balance due by 16 April 2021
Activity Level
Tour code BMOS210709

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London St Pancras International

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9 July 2021: Itinerary

We depart from London St Pancras International on the morning Eurostar service through the Channel Tunnel to Paris Gare du Nord. (First Class upgrades and regional connections also available on request). On arrival we will be met by our comfortable local coach and transfer to the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries. The highlight of the museum’s impressive collection is undoubtedly the series of 2-metre high murals entitled Les Nymphéas, a sequence of impressions such as clouds, reflections and sunsets which Claude Monet installed between 1914 and 1918, when he was at the height of his extraordinary powers. To stand before these unique paintings in peaceful meditation is a moving and memorable experience. In addition to the Nymphéas, the Orangerie offers a fabulous collection of masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, a highly original insight into modern art featuring Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo and Laurencin.

Later we travel out to the charming town of Chantilly, situated in the heart of the Chantilly Forest, nineteen miles north of Paris, where we check-in to our hotel. Set in 15 acres of parkland in the Forest of Chantilly, the Château de Montvillargenne is a magnificent 19th century château hotel, a former home of the Rothschild family. The hotel boasts a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium, gym and tennis court.

All our rooms are in the original château building. Bedroom upgrades are also available to the executive deluxe rooms. They are all individually designed and offer a higher level of comfort including a private whirlpool bath.

In the evening once you have settled into your room join our party for a welcome glass of Kir in the bar before dinner.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Château de Montvillargenne

Enjoy your buffet breakfast. This morning we transfer to nearby Senlis, a pleasant market town typical of Picardy, where we will have some free time to wander round the shops or perhaps enjoy some pâtisserie.

Following an opportunity for lunch in Senlis (not included), we will visit the Château de Chantilly, a magnificent structure which stands on a rock surrounded by water. Our visit will include the sumptuously decorated Grands Appartements, dating from the 17th-19th centuries.

We will return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Château de Montvillargenne

This morning following breakfast, we will be joined by Susy Smith as we depart for Giverny and the world famous house and gardens of Claude Monet. Our early start today will ensure an early arrival at Giverny - a time when the gardens are at their most tranquil. Both the house and gardens have been lovingly and accurately restored - one would believe that the family have just gone out to walk in the garden. You will have plenty of time to explore this marvellous garden at your leisure. Light lunch facilities are available near the garden (not included).

Following our visit we will enjoy free time in Giverny along with an opportunity to visit the little church where Monet is buried.

Dinner is served in the hotel this evening, after which Susy Smith will entertain us with a talk and Q&A session.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Château de Montvillargenne

After breakfast this morning we travel to Paris for a visit to the Parc de Bagatelle situated at the heart of the Bois de Boulogne. Created in 1775, the park and its chateau were built in 64 days after a wager between Queen Marie-Antoinette and her brother in-law, the Count of Artois. Along with an Orangerie and some classic French parterres, Bagatelle is famous for its rose garden, laid out in 1907, and the very essence of Gallic charm and style. The collection includes a large number of rare and unusual varieties, grown essentially for their decorative effect. At one end are the celebrated international trial grounds where roses are sent every year from all over the world. It was at Bagatelle that such famous varieties as ‘Albertine’ and ‘Mme Grégoire Staechelin’ were first introduced to the rose-growing public.

Thereafter you will have free time to shop and sightsee at your leisure. Paris is, of course, the most romantic city in the world with wonderful art galleries, churches, and shops. 

Later, we return to the Gare du Nord for our Eurostar train back to London where we expect to arrive in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast

9 July 2021: Additional Info

9 July 2021: Accommodation

The Chateau de Montvillargenne is situated in Chantilly, 35 kilometres north of Paris. It is just 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport and offers a peaceful park setting, an indoor swimming pool and spa facilities.

The rooms are decorated in a traditional or contemporary French style each with an individual atmosphere. 

Facilities for relaxation include a sauna, a steam-room and a fitness centre. Massages and beauty treatments are available on request.

9 July 2021: Enquiries

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