* France – Ile de France & Normandy – Seine Valley by French DMC!
Period : April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Reference : 16B227
Prix : 430€ Ask for a quote
Cradle of Impressionism, the Seine Valley has fascinated artists for centuries with its changing colours and varying light, from the chalky white cliffs of the Normandy coast to the gently undulating countryside hugging the meandering river banks. To discover in a coach trip by French DMC!
D1 Dampierre Château (25 km)
Visit the Château of Dampierre built by Louis XIV’ chief architect, Hardouin-Mansart, in the heart of the Chevreuse Valley National Park. The fabulous gardens were designed by Le Notre, the King’s gardener. Dinner and overnight in the region of Versailles.
D2 In the footsteps of Van Gogh (70 km)
On to Auvers sur Oise and free time to explore the village, whose river banks, church and clock tower, were a source of inspiration for the Impressionists. The house of Doctor Gachet, Van Gogh’s physician, and the Ravoux Auberge, his last home and resting place, can still be visited. Van Gogh’s room remains just as it was in his day. Lunch then on to the Chateau d’Auvers whose show-trail of paintings projected onto the chateau walls takes you back in time to the Impressionist era. The Absinth Museum, a tribute to the notorious “Green Fairy”, reveals a rather different side of the life and times of the late 19th century. Dinner and overnight.
D3 Vernon and Monet’s Gardens (150 km)
On the Normandy border, visit Vernon with its half-timbered houses and Collegiate Church. After lunch on to Giverny and Monet’s House and Gardens: the Clos Normand flower garden, and the not-to-be-missed water garden with the so oft-painted water lilies. Continue to Rouen for dinner and overnight.
D4 Dieppe and the Alabaster Coast (180 km)
Guided tour of Dieppe, maritime city par excellence. In the 19th century, aside the thriving port, the seafront was one of the first places where sea bathing came into fashion. Lunch then stop to visit the little church in St Valery with its stained glass windows by Braque and Uba, and enjoy the panoramic view of the coast. The English style park and gardens in Bois des Moutiers are home to an exceptional collection of plants and shrubs from all over the world. Continue along the Alabaster Coast with its white cliffs before stopping for dinner and overnight.
D5 Rouen and the Seine Valley (170 km)
Tour Rouen old town centre by Tourist Train, with commentary, to admire its old buildings and main sights such as the Gros Horloge Clock tower, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit a Cider Factory and do some tasting before lunch. The afternoon takes you alongside the tranquil curves of the Seine, much loved by the Impressionists, and the gently undulating countryside peppered with small villages, country manors and fine Abbeys like those at Jumieges and St. Wandrille. Dinner and overnight.
D6 Seine River Transport Museum (30km)
In the town of Poses, visit the Batellerie Museum to learn all about river transport on the Seine in bygone times, before a trip aboard the “Fauvette” tug, now a heritage protected vessel.
Coach tour Normandy :
Full Board in 2* hotels
Guided Tour of Dieppe (2h –excluding entrance fees)
Entrance Fees: Dampierre Château and Gardens, Ravoux Auberge, Château d’Auvers, Absinth Museum, Monet’s House and Gardens, Bois des Moutiers Park, River Transport Museum
Tourist Train in Rouen (40 mn)
Cider Factory Visit with tasting
Coach tour Normandy:
Single room (5 nts): 135 €
Alabaster Coast Cruise (45 mn): 12 €
Jumièges Abbey: 5.50 €
Giverny Gardens Guide (1h15): 220 € /group