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2017 Price is per person based on two people sharing - single supplement £180.00
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The Genius of Monet

3 Nightsfrom £695.00 pp

Claude Monet would be thrilled to know that his garden at Giverny is as popular as ever, not to mention his sublime sequence of murals at l'Orangerie in Paris.

Tour Overview

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Just as the gardens at Giverny inspired Monet, who spent half his life nurturing and enjoying them, so they continue to enthrall countless visitor 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.

Your 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.  Along with a welcome glass of kir on the first night wine is included with dinner each evening.

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.

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
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Tour Itinerary Back to top of page

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Day 1
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 we will enjoy a short guided tour of Paris. We will then 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.

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.

Day 2
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 and the Galeries de Peintures, whose collection of pre-1850 paintings is second only to the Louvre.

Please note: in October we will instead spend all day at the Journée des Plantes at the Château de Chantilly. Hundreds of nurserymen from all over Europe display and sell their plants in the magnificent grounds of the Château. Courson displays exceptional collections of rare and unusual plants. Reflecting the informality associated with the fair ferns, salvias and iris rhizomes are laid out on trestle tables while peonies, clematis and topiary stand on the ground in pots. Please note that there are no restrictions in bringing pot plants back into Britain, as long as you can carry them home yourselves - so no trees or garden furniture please! Please note admission to the Château and its grounds (unguided visit) is included; refreshments (not included) are available throughout the day.

We will return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
Enjoy your buffet breakfast. We then 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.

What's Included Back to top of page

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  • 3 nights’ dinner with wine, bed and breakfast at the Château de Montvillargenne. All rooms have private bathroom
  • Return standard class rail travel from London St Pancras International to Paris. (First Class upgrades and regional connections also available on request)
  • Comfortable coaching in France
  • Guided tour of Paris
  • Visits to the Orangerie Museum, Monet’s Garden, the Château de Chantilly and Senlis
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays Tour Manager

Supplements Per Person Back to top of page

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2017
  • Single room supplement                          £180.00
  • May Supplement                                     £40.00
  • Insurance                                                 £39.00 (under 65); £78.00 (65-74); £117.00 (75-90)     
  • Executive senior/deluxe room                £96.00 per person    
  • Overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request in London –  ask for a quotation

Departure Points Back to top of page

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London St Pancras International
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