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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

4* Chateau Chic & Chantilly Flower Festival

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRU8219

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

4 days

The enchanting 4* Château de Montvillargenne, the largest château hotel in France set in magnificent parkland, is your stylish base for this spectacular floral weekend. Entrance is included to 'Les Journées des Plantes Flower Show' held in the impressive grounds of the resplendent Château de Chantilly. Created over 30 years ago by a handful of enthusiasts, the show has now become the main event for European horticulture in France. With its own unique identity, it brings together over 200 French and international exhibitors over three days to celebrate the diversity of the world of gardens. A visit to the handsome city of Meaux on the River Marne with its celebrated Museum of the Great War completes this treat of a weekend for those looking for something a little bit extra special!

PRICE FROM ? £529 per person
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Head to Dover and cross the channel to Calais to travel southwards to the Picardy region to arrive for 3 nights at the Château de Montvillargenne on the outskirts of Chantilly, near the famous racecourse. Dinner each evening is a fine dining set menu served in a private dining room and includes a 1/4 bottle of wine, mineral water and coffee.

Day 2 - Meaux: Head to one of France's Towns of Art and History, Meaux. Famous for its Brie (there is even a Brie Museum) and the remarkable Museum of the Great War, the biggest in Europe, inaugurated in 2011 (entrance not included - approx. €10 pp in 2021). The historic centre of Meaux, a former episcopal city, has a wealth of well-preserved heritage including the Gothic Cathedral and Bossuet Art Museum and formal gardens, housed in a bishop's former residence (no entrances included). Head back to Chantilly, elegant and compact, for some time to explore the town.

Day 3Les Journees des Plantes: A full day to browse the exhibits and stalls of nurseries, horticulturists and professionals from the plant trade. Visitors can expect everything from orchids to carnivorous plants via perennials, garden accessories, workshops and advice - everything to delight gardening enthusiasts. All this is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Domaine de Chantilly with the famous Château at its heart, one of the finest jewels in the crown of France's cultural heritage. Your ticket includes entrance to the Château itself which contains the largest collection of antique paintings outside the Louvre. You can also visit the Museum of the Horse housed within the Great Stables complex. The gardens include a French styled garden with its mirrors of water and numerous fountains, an Anglo-Chinese and a 19th century English garden, all beautifully landscaped. Head back the short distance to your own Château hotel this afternoon.

Day 4 - After breakfast, head back to Calais for the return crossing to England. Onto interchange and your home towns by mid-evening.

Please note that whilst the paths around the Domain de Chantilly are quite flat, that the day does involve a reasonable amount of walking including from the coach park to the entrance. Comfortable footwear is strongly advised.

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Château de Montvillargenne

Steeped in rich culture and heritage, the stunning 4* Château de Montvillargenne is set in 15 acres of parkland.

Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, steam room and sauna and there is a charming restaurant and welcoming bar and terrace.

The hotel has 120 bedrooms including rooms in the modern extension annex which is connected to the main building via a corridor (6 steps lead down to the corridor).

This is where Crusader bedrooms are located. Rooms have a fresh contemporary style with a classic French flair and all offer TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift.

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