• Location: Normandy, France
This tour is by coach only.

Visit four Gardens in four days, including a visit to Monet’s Villa and Garden:
On this tour you will experience the delights of some of the most beautiful gardens in Normandy while staying in the historic city of Rouen.

This region of France combines a 360 mile coastline, farmland, market towns and historical cities. Known as a horticultural heaven of Normandy for its extraordinary diversity of parks and gardens, we have created a tour which highlights various elements of this area and includes four outstanding gardens.

The Abbaye De Valloires, located at the foot of the majestic Cistercian Abbey displays gardens that are truly breathtaking - twenty acres, with an important collection that spans a huge variety of over 4,000 rare plants. A masterpiece of landscaping by Gilles Clément, there are five areas to the garden which best capture the true artistry of gardening, with the contrast of a natural setting.

You will also visit Château Bosmelet - a kaleidoscope of colour. Walk through 15 acres of garden history starting with the 18th century lime trees which frame the château to the walled potager, where this Baroness Laurence De Bosmelet created her famous ’Rainbow Potager’. The Baroness is a Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist and her rainbow colour scheme of fruit, flowers and vegetables are meticulously planted in a sequence coordinated by colour.

Le Bois des Moutiers; one of Lutyens’ greatest gardens. It was conceived as “a living picture in the style of a tapestry or embroidery”; Lutyens designed both the house and garden, while Gertrude Jekyll, suggested the planting plans and the plants. It offers a verdant landscape with remarkable flowers and trees and glimpses of the sea. At the time of year of this tour you will see a profusion of impressive rhododendron trees, wisteria adorning the house and scented rambling roses, along with the impressively trimmed hedges and bushes.

A highlight of the tour will be a visit to Giverny to experience the wondrous villa and gardens of Monet. Here you will see firsthand the inspiration behind some of his iconic landscapes. There are pretty and brightly planted borders, with cornflowers, irises, poppies and roses. Paths meander through woodland landscape to the infamous water gardens. There is, of course, the recognisable Japanese Bridge he so often captured in his work. In June it is festooned in wisteria and looks particularly spectacular. Nestled among weeping willows, over a lake with flowering water lilies, one can truly behold the vista Monet enjoyed and felt moved to capture.


Friday 21st October

Early morning departure by coach, arriving at the NH Hotel Maastricht early evening. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd  October

Two full days to explore Open European Quilt Championships 2016

Monday 24th October

Depart hotel after breakfast, visiting Brussels before continuing your return journey.

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Tour Includes

  • Entrance fees to gardens.
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at 4* Mercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale based on sharing a twin room.
  • Arrival dinner at hotel.
  • Executive coach travel with professional tour manager.
  • Channel crossing
Not included
  • Single room supplement of £41 per person per night.
  • Travel insurance