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We travel from our pick up points to Dover for our crossing to France. Once we clear Calais we make our way to Rouen on Normandy for our overnight stop. Rouen is Normandy’s capitol and stretches along the River Seine. With its beautiful gothic cathedral and medieval center, it is a fascinating city to spend the evening in.
After breakfast, we continue on our journey to Tours, a city in the heart of the Loire region. Known for its half-timbered houses and called the garden of the Loire for its many parks and gardens in the city.
After we check in to our hotel you have the rest of the day to explore this bustling and vibrant city. Why not take in the old quarter the heart of which is Place Plumereau with its carefully restored half-timbered buildings packed with café’s, restaurants and bars. Said to be the best square in France to partake of an aperitif before dinner.
Today we visit one of the most famous of the Loire’s Chateau. The former royal family home of kings and queens throughout France’s history the Renaissance masterpiece that is Château d' Amboise. Dominating the town perched on its promontory by the River Loire it is visible from every direction. Formerly the childhood home of Charles VII, he decided to make into the opulent palace that it is today. In 1425 Joan of Arc visited here before going on to Orleans to defeat the British.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, it became a favorite of the French kings as a place to house their wives and children while they sought the company of their mistresses elsewhere. King Henry II and his wife, Catherine de Medici lived here along with Mary Stuart the child queen of Scotland, who had been promised to the future king Francois II. These were to be the glory years at the chateau prior to its decline and loss of favor with the Royals
Don’t forget to explore the gardens. Whilst the gardens of the Chateau d'Amboise are not extensive they have been beautifully planned and are a charming mix of immaculately clipped box balls and cones and a looser infill planting that is so fashionable at the moment yet suits the historic chateau wonderfully.
Extending in front of the chateau are symmetrical lawns and paths and where the ground slopes upwards at the side and far end of the garden a river of box balls topped with clipped spherical trees gives life and drama to the slopes.
We leave the Chateau and head to Vouvray one of the most famous wine regions in the Loire known for its Chenin Blanc grape. Here we will find a local vineyard for a tour and of course some tastings.
The evening will be free to further explore the city of Tours.
We check out of our hotel this morning and head to one of the most well known gardens in France if not the world. Giverny is a village in the region of Normandy in northern France. Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked here from 1883 until his death in 1926. The artist’s former home and elaborate gardens, where he produced his famed water lily series, are now the Fondation Claude Monet museum. Nearby, the Musée des impressionnismes, Giverny highlights the Impressionist art movement.
Here you have the chance to see the famous setting for some of Monet’s painting, his flower garden and his Japanese garden. See the pond where the famous Water Lilies and the Japanese Bridge.
We depart Giverny and take the short journey to our overnight hotel in Rouen.
After checking out we head to Calais for our late afternoon ferry to Dover arriving back mid-evening.
Please note our Tour Managers reserve the right to amend itineraries to enhance your experience.
*Luxury Coach Travel
*Return Ferry Crossing
*4 Nights Bed & Breakfast
*Admission to Chateau Amboise and Monet’s Gardens.
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