La Fête Nationale: A Bastille Day and Summer Gardens Duet

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Overview

It is the week of Bastille celebrations and the glorious Summer gardens are in full bloom. Experience a magnificent overview of French garden styles with Keith Kirsten, guru of gardening and world-renowned horticulturist.From the spectacular formal gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte just outside Paris to the world-renowned garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire. At La Creuzette we celebrate Bastille Day with a seductive dinner feast in the shimmering park, and we enjoy a special music concert before the fireworks and champagne corks start to pop.


Cost Breakdown

La Creuzette special interest programmes are carefully compiled to ensure that you have the ultimate, hassle-free luxury holiday experience. Our all-inclusive land arrangement means that everything aside from flights, Schengen visas and personal expenses are taken care of as follows:


  • €3 500 per person sharing
  • Collection from Charles de Gaulle airport and road transfer via Giverny and the Loire region
  • One night’s stay in Giverny in twin rooms
  • One night’s stay in a Hotel in the Loire in twin rooms
  • Road transfer to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the remaining 3 nights
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All excursions including entrance fees and gratuities
  • All music concerts and entertainment
  • Transfer to Bourges and train back to Paris at the end of the stay at La Creuzette.


A non-refundable deposit of €1 000 secures your booking with the balance due on or before your arrival at la Creuzette. A single supplement of €650 for the week applies for single occupation.


Itinerary

Day 1 (Wednesday, 10 July)

Early morning arrival at Charles de Gaulle where you are collected and transferred to our breakfast venue at the Golden Tulip Roissy (just 10 minutes from the airport). This will be the meeting point for all guests who may be transferring from elsewhere this morning. Around 08:30, we drive through to central Paris where guests who are already in Paris will join us at the Musée de l’Orangerie. Louis Jansen Van Vuuren will be your guide for a special visit of Monet’s famous Nymphea cycle. From here we continue to Giverny where we visit the breathtaking garden of Monet. Late afternoon we check in at our Hotel in Giverny and enjoy an early dinner at the Hotel.


Day 2 (Thursday, 11 July)

After breakfast, we load the luggage and depart for Château deVaux-le-Vicomte. This architectural phenomenon is one of France’s finest examples of a Baroque château and regarded as the most beautiful castle in the world. We enjoy lunch at the Château restaurant. Afterward, we continue exploring the castle complex and its gardens that made André Le Nôtre famous. We continue to the Château de Courances, a French Renaissance water garden with five centuries of history. Courances is celebrated for the waterworks, fed by 14 natural springs, that grace its magnificent park. Late afternoon we drive to the Loire region where we check into our Hotel. Dinner will be enjoyed at a nearby bistro.

Day 3 (Friday, 12 July)

After an early breakfast, we start with our first excursion to the International Garden Festival at Chaumont sur Loire. Here you will see fresh and exciting renderings of new generation landscapes and experimental gardens. After a light lunch, we continue a little further down river to enjoy the visual pleasure of the world’s most famous kitchen garden at Villandry. We continue towards La Creuzette and dine at the famous l’Escale truck stop. As the sun sets we arrive at La Creuzette, your chateau holiday residence. Relax and unwind and settle into your rooms.


Day 4 (Saturday, 13 July)

Breakfast will be served at 9am in the main dining room. After breakfast, we drive to nearby Montluçon where today is market day. We stroll through the beautiful medieval part of the village and later we enjoy a special wine tasting and lunch at the best cave in town. Early afternoon, we enjoy the beautiful Priory garden at Notre Dame d’Orsan. This was the inspiration for the garden design at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek. We return to La Creuzette for a moment’s repose before we sit down to a private concert, followed by a dinner feast in the garden and a pre-Bastille day surprise.

Day 5 (Sunday, 14 July)

Bastille Day! After breakfast, today’s excursion takes us to the picturesque village of Apremont which is located on the banks of the Allier River. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France. It is home to the romantic French Folly Gardensfilled with rare trees and floral borders; a Chinese bridge and a Turkish pavilion that seems to float at the edge of a lake. We have lunch at the Bistro de la Lavoir. Afterward, we amble through the quaint village. We return to La Creuzetteand en-route we stopat a nearby village where their annual brocante (antique market) has been set out throughout the village. Back at La Creuzette, there will be time to relax before we sit down to our farewell Bastille feast.


Day 6 (Monday, 15 July)

After breakfast, we load the luggage, say goodbye to La Creuzette, and drive to Ainay-le-Vieille, often referred to as ‘little Carcassonne’. Here we visit the rose garden and the 18th Century Chartreuse gardens. We continue to Bourges where we enjoy lunch at La Gargouille. This small bistro is right next door to the famous cathedral and the beautiful Bishop’s garden, which we will visit after lunch. Around 15:30 we leave for the station from where your train to Paris departs.

Please note that this itinerary may be amended to accommodate suppliers, service providers and the weather.


Terms and Conditions apply

10 Jul 2019 - 15 Jul 2019

€ 3 500 per person sharing

  • Collection from Charles de Gaulle airport and road transfer via Giverny and the Loire region
  • One night’s stay in Giverny in twin rooms
  • One night’s stay in a Hotel in the Loire in twin rooms
  • Road transfer to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the remaining 3 nights
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • All excursions including entrance fees and gratuities
  • All music concerts and entertainment
  • Transfer to Bourges and train back to Paris at the end of the stay at La Creuzette

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