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Gardens & Landscapes of the Seine River Cruise including Chelsea Flower Show

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Seine Cruise and Chelsea Flower Show – departing 14th May 2020.

Discover the world's most romantic city when your Botanica World Discoveries' garden tour takes you to Paris.

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12 Days including a 7-night 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. Continue to London and visit some of London’s private gardens and explore the famous Chelsea Flower Show, as well as private gardens of West Sussex. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTSECS12
Duration: 12 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship & Comfortable Hotels
Journey: Paris to London
Meals included: 28

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Paris

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

Day 2. Les Andelys and Normandy Gardens

This morning sail to Les Andelys. Enjoy views of dramatic white cliffs, half-timbered houses, and hilltop ruins. This afternoon travel towards Normandy, visiting two gardens of major importance. Le Vasterival is an expansive woodland garden while Les Bois des Moutiers, features the work of English Landscape Designer, Gertrude Jekyll.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Normandy. Freedom of Choice

Today perhaps 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 and Chateau de Brecy Garden

Today enjoy a visit to Bayeaux and see the remarkably preserved Bayeaux tapestry. Afterwards visit the garden of Chateau de Brecy.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Rouen Sightseeing and Le Jardin Plume Garden

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. Afterwards, you will have free time.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Vernon, Monet’s Garden

Spend the morning enjoying the scenery as you cruise to Vernon. Explore the town at leisure. Later visit Giverny and the home and gardens of French Impressionist Claude Monet.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Malmaison

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. Cruise to Paris, arriving in the evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Paris, Disembark Ship, Arrive London

Take the Eurostar in Business Class from Paris to London and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a special dinner and lecture about the Chelsea Flower Show.
Stay: Two Nights, London, St James Court Hotel, A Taj Hotel behind Buckingham Palace
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Chelsea Flower Show

Enjoy a full day to experience the Chelsea Flower Show which has been delighting visitors for over 150 years. Also take a look at Chelsea in Bloom as the shop fronts around Sloane Square are decorated for this event.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 10. Private Gardens of London

Cruise the River Thames and visit private and barge gardens before arriving in West Sussex.
Stay: Two Nights, Chichester, The Goodwood Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Private Gardens of West Sussex

Today visit the Regency State Apartments at Goodwood House. Also visit private gardens of West Sussex and meet their owners.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 12. Arundel Castle and Loseley Park Gardens, London

Arrive at the picture perfect Arundel Castle and discover its themed gardens. Visit Loseley Park to explore the privately owned gardens. Arrive at approximately 5pm to London Heathrow Airport or 6pm to your post tour hotel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Monet’s Garden at Giverny
  • Visit private garden, Le Jardin Plume
  • See the impressive Bayeaux Tapestry
  • Experience chataeu gardens in France and private English gardens with your Botanical Guide
  • Go inside Napoleon Bonaparte's Chateau Malmaison
  • Attend the Chelsea Flower Show

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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 MS AmaLyra
  • Stay 2 nights in a centrally-located 4-star hotel in London
  • Stay 2 nights in Chichester
  • Eurostar train in Business Class from Paris to London
  • 28 Meals - 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 9 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.

TripNotes

  • 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 - 25 to 28 guests on tour.
  • River Cruise - Approximately 100 guests on the cruise
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included.

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