Join Gary Lewis to visit a selection of the finest and most famous gardens in France. Travel from Versailles to Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley and to Rouen in Normandy.
Together we’ll see fine examples of gardens from Renaissance to contemporary including flower gardens, woodland gardens, grand landscaped parks, and the magnificent formal gardens of the great chateaux. Our trip culminates at Giverny where we marvel, as Monet did, at the play of light upon the pond that inspired his water-lily compositions.
We’ll visit more than 20 gardens, selected for visual impact, horticultural interest, and historical importance over a leisurely ten days with three-night stays in Versailles, Tours, and Rouen. We’ll meet gardeners preserving the grand traditions and others re-inventing the garden with modern informality. We’ll linger too in small villages and medieval towns, and as we explore, we’ll savour the traditions and re-inventions of French cuisine and wine.
An optional extension to Champagne offers a sparkling finale.
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