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Follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest artists of all time whilst channelling your inner royalty as you walk the grounds of these magnificent buildings. Take a visit to the home of Claude Monet where we stand on the bridge to admire the infamous water lilies, and be prepared to be blown away with the architecture of the Palace of Versailles. Venture into the ‘Valley of the Kings’ to take a look around the home of Leonardo da Vinci, and not only that, you will have a chance explore the magnificent Château de Chenonceau. Based in Le Plessis Robinson, we are in the perfect location to enjoy a spectacular break as we explore the regions of France that inspired artists, aristocrats and architects alike.
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We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris and meet our coach for the transfer to our hotel in the pleasant suburb of Le Plessis Robinson.
After breakfast we visit the Palace of Versailles, the most extravagant of chateaux, befitting the ego of Louis XIV. Our included entrance lets you see the palace’s most famous places: the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, and the King’s Bedchamber. In the afternoon we travel to Chartres for free time to explore the half-timbered medieval streets and the iconic cathedral with its magnificent 12th-century stained glass windows.
Today we venture into the Loire Valley to visit the elegant town of Amboise; its majestic château overlooking the Loire River is the final resting place of the great Leonardo da Vinci. In the afternoon we visit Château de Chenonceau, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture which spans the Cher River. Learn about the influential women who resided here, including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, and see the treasures inside, including the room of Five Queens and the living room of Louis XIV.
This morning we travel by coach to the small village of Giverny, home to Claude Monet for over 40 years. The gardens here are among the finest in France and the inspiration for many of his great works, with beautiful plants and the lily pond with its famous green Japanese bridge and weeping willows. In the afternoon we join our Eurostar connection for the return to London, arriving back in the evening.
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When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from
For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.
If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.
Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.
Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.
Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.
Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.
If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.
For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?