Visit Paris, Versailles and Monet's gardens on a five-day break, from only £399pp
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France boasts a wealth of stunning palaces and gardens, which you can experience on this Shearings classic Gallic break. Marvel at the opulent Palace of Versailles, the 17th-century royal château, with its 2300 rooms and History of France museum. You'll also get to experience the magical gardens at Giverny – a huge source of inspiration for painter Claude Monet. The trip also makes time for you to soak up the Parisian vibe – simply wander the picturesque streets, stopping at the chic cafés and bistros and take it all in.
Departs on 9 and 23 April, 7 May, and 4 and 25 June.
- Return travel from the UK by Grand Tourer coach (rail travel also available, contact Shearings for more details)
- Four nights' half-board accommodation
- Luggage porter
- One excursion
- Day one – UK to Paris
Arrive in Calais, before travelling on to Paris for a late arrival at the Novotel Cergy Pontoise, where you'll stay for four nights.
- Days two to four – Paris
Soak up the Parisian culture at your lesiure, and visit two of the most famous landmarks in France – Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny and the Palace of Versailles. You can also explore other areas of the city by joining our optional extra excursions.
Centrally located in the Cergy business district north of Paris, the Novotel Cergy Pontoise offers a relaxing location from which to enjoy a cultural Paris break.
- All rooms have private facilities, with minibars and hair dryers
- Restaurant serving buffet breakfast and dinner
- Outdoor pool
- Free welcome drink
Monet's Garden and the Palace of Versailles
A trip to Normandy and the lovingly restored Monet’s Garden at Giverny is a source of as much pleasure today as it was to the founder of French Impressionist painting himself. Monet lived here until his death in 1929, and the flower and water gardens inspired some of his most famous works.
The day continues with a visit to Versailles, home of the exquisite palace and gardens – Louis XIII's old hunting pavilion, which was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV in the 17th century. No expense was spared in the creation of what has to be one of the world's most opulent châteaux, best known for its Hall of Mirrors, which was previously used for lavish celebrations.
Evening illuminated Paris tour
Paris is even more magical at night, when it becomes a sparkling city of a thousand lights. Admire the illuminated Eiffel Tower and stroll down the glittering Champs Elysée, as we explore the city in the evening.
This palace is one of the largest in France and was home to numerous monarchs. It has been expanded extensively over time, which only adds to its unique quality, as it features many different architectural styles. For example, parts of the original château date as far back as the 12th century, while the most recent parts were worked on in the mid-19th century. There are more than 1500 rooms, many of which are open to the public.
There are apartments available to view, too, such as the two Marie Antoinette boudoirs, the Papal apartment, the guest apartments of the court of Napoleon III and more. There are also four museums and a large collection of artefacts, including Napoleon’s throne, Marie Antoinette’s bed and the Duke of Orleans’ commemorative wedding cabinet.
Discover the many sights of Paris during our excellent tour, which uncovers the French capital's superb landmarks and vistas.
Paris guided city tour and River Seine cruise
A river cruise down the Seine offers an attractive new perspective on Paris. You'll sail past some of Paris’s most well-known attractions, while being given insightful information about what you're looking at.
Can I drive to a Shearings hotel rather than take the coach?A
Yes you can. Shearings offers great-value breaks by car throughout the year, so you can head off under your own steam or let the coach take the strain as you kick back and relax.
Does Shearings just do coach holidays?A
Shearings also has a superb selection of European breaks and holidays, as well as a growing river-cruise collection exploring Europe’s most popular waterways, and a superb selection of holidays by air to Europe’s favourite destinations.
Holidays organised by and subject to the booking terms and conditions of Shearings Holidays. Discounts already applied to the advertised prices. Prices are based on two people sharing a standard room and single room supplements may apply. Offers may be removed without notice and cannot be combined. Valid on new bookings made between the 24 February and 10 March 2017. E&OE