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French Gardens and History – departing 14th May 2020.

Admire Monet's garden at Giverny on your garden tour of France with Botanica World Discoveries.

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7 nights on a small ship river cruise with a Botanical Guide. Relax cruising aboard your river ship, along the romantic Seine River. Enjoy a host of unforgettable garden and cultural experiences. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTSE08
Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship
Journey: Paris Return
Meals included: 20

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Paris

Arrive into Paris and transfer to your river ship the MS AmaLyra, moored close to the city centre. Tonight meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm.
Stay: Seven Nights, aboard the river ship MS AmaLyra
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Les Andelys & Normandy Gardens

This morning, enjoy sailing to Les Andelys. Stroll along the river which offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley's dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years' War. Athletically-inclined guests may like to hike up to witness the ruins. Then this afternoon travel towards the coast of Normandy, visiting two gardens of major importance at Varengeville -sur-Mer, near Dieppe. Le Vasterival is an expansive woodland garden filled with rare plants and created by Princess Greta Sturdza of Norway and her husband Prince Georges Sturdza of Moldavia in the mid-twentieth century. Our next garden, Les Bois des Moutiers, is an Arts & Crafts inspired house with the garden created as a collaboration between the homes architect and English Landscape Designer, Miss Gertrude Jekyll.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Normandy. Freedom of Choice

Today you have the choice to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favourite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. Alternatively you may choose to visit rural Normandy which includes a visit to the Pays d'Auge and 'Routes du Cidre' the Cider Road.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Normandy, Bayeaux Tapestry & Chateau de Brecy Garden

Today enjoy a visit to Bayeaux, for a gardens and culture tour including a visit to the remarkably preserved Bayeaux tapestry created soon after the battle of Hastings in 1066. Take time to further read about the tapestry in the museum or enjoy time at your leisure to explore the charming village of Bayeaux. Afterwards visit the garden of Chateau de Brecy, considered the most beautiful garden in Lower Normandy.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Rouen Sightseeing & Le Jardin Plume Garden

Enjoy a morning visit to the private garden Le Jardin Plume, just outside of Rouen. This contemporary take on traditional French gardens sees many wildflower, grasses and perennial plantings. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to walk or bike tour through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Vernon, Monet’s Garden

Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to Vernon. Explore the town at leisure. Later visit Giverny and the home and gardens of French Impressionist Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalised his ponds and flower gardens in some of his paintings.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Malmaison

Visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Josephine was known to be a collector of roses and wanted every species of rose known at that time to be planted at Malmaison. These gardens were probably the most important factor in establishing the popularity of the rose in the 19th century. Depart this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Paris, Disembark Ship

Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Monet’s Garden at Giverny
  • Visit the private garden, Le Jardin Plume
  • Visit the impressive Bayeaux Tapestry
  • Experience Chateau gardens in France & private English gardens with your Botanical Guide
  • Go inside Napoleon Bonaparte’s Chateau Malmaison

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Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, tipping and port taxes
  • Seven nights on the Amalyra
  • 20 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Quality local wine with lunch and dinner when on board your cruise

Ship Floor and Deck Plan

MS AmaLyra

Cruise the Seine River from Paris to Normandy in comfort, style and luxury on this APT Aria Class river ship.

 

See the deck plans for MS AmaLyra here

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Medium - Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This is an APT Aria Class Ship. This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
  • Group Size - approximately 100 guests on the cruise 
  • This tour can be combined with the Cotswolds & Welsh Gardens in Spring tour (BTCW9). Savings apply. Enquire for details
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included

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