"I last visited Giverny in 1997. Monet's famous gardens are amazing: his spirit is still very much present. I came away feeling so inspired that we then featured Giverny on the cover of and inside an issue of Country Living that same year. As a passionate gardener, I can't wait to return in the company of CL readers, and be inspired all over again."
Susy Smith, Former Editor, Country Living
Discover Monet’s gardens with Susy Smith
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The world-famous house and gardens at Giverny, which are full of poppies, lupins, delphiniums, peonies, brightly coloured arched bridges and weeping willows, provided impressionist painter Claude Monet with inspiration throughout his life. On this exclusive four-day tour, you'll have the chance to explore the marvellous lovingly restored gardens. You'll do so in the company of Country Living's former editor of 24 years, Susy Smith, who will also join you to deliver a private talk and take part in a Q&A session. Also during your trip, you will visit some of France's other wonderful houses and gardens. The Château de Chantilly sits on a rock surrounded by water, while the Les Nymphéas murals at the Musée de l'Orangerie des Tuileries are just some of the wonderful art on display there.
Reasons to book
Gardens at Giverny
Monet's work at l’Orangerie
Your special guest
- Special appearance, talk and Q&A session with Susy Smith
- Return standard class rail travel London St Pancras International to Paris (First class upgrades and regional connections also available on request)
- Three nights' dinner, wine, bed and breakfast accommodation at Château de Montvillargenne
- Comfortable coaching in France
- Visits to the Orangerie Museum, Monet's Garden, Château de Chantilly and Senlis
- Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager
Day1Château de MontvillargenneChâteau de Montvillargenne, France
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 travel 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.
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.
Day2Senlis and Château de ChantillySenlis, France
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.
Day3Monet's gardens with Susy SmithGiverny, France
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.
Day4Musée de l’Orangerie des TuileriesParis, France
After breakfast this morning we 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 expect to arrive in the evening.
Château de Montvillargenne
Idyllic leafy setting and luxury hotel rooms
The Chateau de Montvillargenne hotel is surrounded by the historic Chantilly Forest and located near the elegant old town of Chantilly, just 35 km north of Paris and 25 minutes from the Charles de Gaulle Airport. The largest chateau hotel in France, it's set in a 15 acre park and was built in the Norman architectural style by the Rothschild family in the last century.
- 120 ultra-comfortable rooms all with disctinctive interiors
- Elegant gourmet restaurant with authentic French menu
- Charming bar with a selection of classic cocktails
- Wellness centre with pectacular indoor pool, sauna, steam room, fitness room and relaxing individual massage booths.
- a large conference centre and meeting rooms perfect for team building activities or a large seminar
- a free spacious outdoor car park
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