General info: 12 days, 3 home bases, 10 gardens + a garden festival. All breakfasts included, plus 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Cost includes flights from Seattle to Paris and Paris to Seattle, hotels, private coach, trip escort, entrance to gardens and other attractions.
Flight info: June 7 – Delta 34 Seattle to Paris 1:21 pm; arrive 8:10 am June 8
June 18 – Air France 338 Paris to Seattle 1:10 pm; arrive 2:30 pm June 18
Note: each person needs to make arrangements to get from Spokane to Seattle (Val felt we could get a better rate than she was being quoted).
June 7 – travel day – Be sure to arrive at SeaTac at least 2 hours before departure time for Paris.
June 8 – arrive Paris. Board personal coach, head to Vernon to visit Monet’s Garden, Giverny. We’ll have 3 hours there. Then drive to first hotel (Mercure Hotel Rouen Centre Cathedrale), where we’ll stay for 2 nights. Welcome dinner.
Giverny info: Claude Monet’s garden, lived here 1883-1926, painted water lilies scenes, magical garden! (photos courtesy of Giverny.org)
June 9 – visit Le Jardin Plume for 2 hours, and Jardin de Sericourt for 2 hours
Jardin Plume info: 7 acres, swaths of tall grasses, razor-sharp hedges! (photos courtesy of Le Jardin Plume)
Jardin de Sericourt info: Award-winning 10 acres garden, garden rooms with clipped boxwood, rose cathedral, warrior garden.
June 10 – head to Loire Valley. Visit Chateau de Valmer and Chateau de Rivau. Check into hotel, Chateau de la Rozelle for 4 nights.
Chateau de Valmer info: Italian Renaissance Garden dating from 1640, terraced garden on 12 acres and 7 levels.
Chateau du Rivau info: 14 different gardens including naturalistic garden, rose garden with 450+ cultivars (photo courtesy of Chateau du Rivau)
June 11 – Visit Royal Estate of Chateau Gaillard. Located in city of Amboise, built 1500, 37 acres. Dinner included that evening.
June 12 – Chateau Villandry. Built in 1532, will include chateau and garden tour, six formal French gardens framed by terraces, kitchen garden is the highlight. 4 hour visit, lunch included at local restaurant. (photos courtesy of Chateau Villandry)
June 13 – Visit Chateau Chenonceau (4 hours). Dates from 1500s, chateau is built over, and adjacent to, the River Cher. Beautiful setting and formal gardens. (photo courtesy of Chateau Chenonceau)
June 14 – Visit garden festival at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (4 hours), and Jardin Medieval de Bois Richeux. Travel to Paris, check into Le Mareuil Hotel for 4 nights.
Garden festival info: takes place on grounds of chateau, festival began in 1992, features up to 30 themed gardens created by international teams of landscape architects, designers and artists. (photo courtesy of Pixabay)
Jardin Medieval de Bois Richeux info: Oldest farm in France dating to 1178! Current owner recreated Medieval walled garden, has medicinal plants, aromatic plants and vegetable garden. (photos courtesy of Boixricheux.com)
June 15– Visit Roseraie de L’Hay les Roses (2-3 hours). Afternoon tour of Paris, which includes stops at Notre Dame cathedral and Monmartre. (photo courtesy of Pexels)
Roseraie de L’Hay les Roses info: first garden devoted solely to roses, created in late 1800s, nearly 3,000 cultivars grown to make perfume.
June 16 – Visit Versailles (5 hours). Tour of palace and grounds. Was originally Louis XIII’s hunting lodge; Louis XIV greatly expanded it to 2,300 rooms, moved government and court here. Became Museum of the History of France in 1837. Gardens include parterres, the Orangery, sculptures, fountains. Lunch is included. (photo courtesy of Pixabay)
June 17 – Daytime free to explore Paris. Evening dinner cruise on the River Seine! (photos courtesy of Pexels.com)
June 18 – travel day, Air France to Seattle. (make arrangements for your flight home to Spokane, being sure to allow plenty of time to get through Customs first)
Cost per person $5782
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