Monet Garden
Monet Garden

The Genius of Monet

4 days From £895

26 July 2019

Just as the gardens at Giverny inspired Monet, who spent half his life nurturing and enjoying them, so they continue to enthrall countless visitors 90 years after his death. The lovingly restored gardens give a vivid impression of Monet's favorite 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, and the pleasant market town of Senlis.

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Train travel
Book Now £895 Deposit: £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
  • Comfortable rail travel with Eurostar

Tour details

Dates 26 July 2019 - 29 July 2019
Duration 4 days
Cost £895 Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £210 Balance due by 3 May 2019
Activity Level Moderate
Tour code BWMON19B

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London St Pancras International

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26 July 2019: Itinerary

We depart from London St Pancras International on the morning Eurostar service through the Channel Tunnel to Paris Gare du Nord. On arrival we will be met by our comfortable local coach and travel to the charming town of Chantilly, situated in the heart of the Chantilly Forest, nineteen miles north of Paris. Our hotel, the Château de Montvillargenne, is approximately 3 miles from the town centre set in its own wooded grounds on Avenue Francois Mathet. Please note the hotel has a heated indoor swimming pool.

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 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 will be served at the Château de Montvillargenne in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Château de Montvillargenne

Enjoy your buffet breakfast. We the travel to Paris for a visit to the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, which re-opened in May 2006 after an extensive refurbishment programme. 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.

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 arrive in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast

26 July 2019: Additional Info

26 July 2019: 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. Guests can dine in an award-winning gastronomic restaurant 'Le Vilargène' with a view on the garden. Reservation is recommended.

Facilities for relaxation include a sauna, a steam-room and a fitness centre. Massages and beauty treatments are available on request. There are also mountain bikes. A golf course and horse riding stables are nearby.

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