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Botanica

Loire Valley, Dordogne & Normandy Gardens with Seine River Cruise

Paris Return

Trip Code: BTLDS13
13 Days
22 May 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 13 Days including a 7-night cruise with a Tour/Cruise Manager and Botanical Guide
  • Stay 5 nights in 4-5 star chateau and hotel and 7 nights aboard the MS AmaDante
  • 29 Meals and wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on the ship
  • Airport transfers, tipping, porterage, port taxes and business class Eurostar/TGV rail
  • Visit the Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival and château gardens in the Loire Valley
  • Explore gardens of Villandry, Château Chenonceaux, Le Temple-sur-Lot and Le Jardin Plume
  • Visit two iconic Dordogne gardens, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac & Eyrignac
  • Cruise along the Seine River exploring some of France’s best gardens including Monet’s Garden

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Group size 25-28 guests on tour. River Cruise – Approximately 100 guests on the cruise
  • Seine Cruise in conjunction with our sister company. Cruise based on availability at time of booking
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
Europe map BTLDS13 2020-2021
Paris Return

Explore some to the world's great flower and garden shows. Gain insights and ideas from the world's best garden designers.

Chaumont Garden Festival

Visit the grounds of the Chaumont-sur Loire Castle which is home to around 30 unique landscape art installations.

Arrive into Paris where you will be met at the airport and begin your tour. From Paris we make our way to the private garden of Jardin de Bois Richeux with its collection of medieval plants before arriving into the beautiful Loire Valley where we spend the next few nights in a French château.

Stay: Three Nights, Loire Valley, Domaine de la Tortiniere

Daily :
  • Dinner

Today visit Villandry, one of the most famous gardens of the Loire Valley. Afterwards we stop at Clos Lucé, former home of Leonardo da Vinci. Later, visit Château Chenonceaux, which is known as ‘the ladies Château’ for those who have influenced its design and destiny.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival

Every year the grounds of the Chaumont-sur-Loire Castle become home to around 30 unique landscape art installations, all created around a specific theme.


See the superb garden displays created by teams of artists, landscape architects and designers at Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival. This afternoon, visit Château de Cheverny with its colourful kitchen garden.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning travel south to Limoges and visit the famous porcelain factory. Explore the Gardens of the Imagination, a garden of note depicting the myths and legends of history. Enjoy a sightseeing tour before continuing through to the beautiful Dordogne.

Stay: Two Nights, Sarlat-la-Canéda

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning visit Eryignac Gardens which is a typical example of French formal gardens commanding order over nature. On the way visit the fairytale-like Jardins de Marqueyssac with its topiary garden and some 150,000 boxwood trees pruned to resemble the rolling hills. Later enjoy time to explore the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, the capital of French cuisine, with its honey coloured buildings.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Depart the Dordogne heading to Bordeaux where you'll enjoy a brief orientation tour. Later, board the train bound for Paris. In Paris, you'll be transferred to your river ship moored close to the city centre. Meet fellow cruise guests at a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Seven Nights, MS AmaDante

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. These gardens were probably the most important factor in establishing the popularity of the rose in the 19th century.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend time in the French commune of Mantes-La-Jolie which was founded in the early Middle Ages. Travel to Domaine de Villarceaux and estate comprising a 16th-century manor, 18th-century château and a magnificent 70-hectare park with 'Remarkable Garden' status. Explore its waterside embroidery-like box hedge parterre, its medieval garden with medicinal plants, its ponds, canals and large lake, which are fed by numerous springs, and its farthingale-shaped bank.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise to Vernon then visit Giverny and the home and gardens of French Impressionist Claude Monet. Take in the water lilies, Japanese bridges and graceful willow trees immortalised in his paintings.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a morning visit to the private Le Jardin Plume with its wildflowers, grasses and perennial plantings. This afternoon perhaps walk or bike tour through the medieval city of Rouen and see the square where Joan of Arc was martyred.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In Bayeaux see the remarkably preserved Bayeaux tapestry. Afterwards visit the 17th-century garden of Château de Brecy, one of the very few French gardens of that period remaining. From the parterre at the back of the house, the garden rises in a series of four terraces – each one planted out differently. Brecy combines a medieval flavour in its separate walled gardens with the Renaissance in its sculptures and knot gardens, while heralding the grand tradition of French classical gardens linked closely to a stately home.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-coloured houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Later visit Les Jardins d'Étretat garden sitting on a clifftop overlooking the iconic "Needle" rock cliff of the Etretat coast in Normandy.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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