Chartres En Lumieres & Monet's Garden
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TCRU2160
- Travel Type: Coach
4 days'Chartres en Lumières', the spectacular annual light show, has become one of the city's major attractions since it started back in 2002. Every evening from April to September as darkness falls, more than 20 of the city's major monuments and attractions are illuminated with striking colours and designs, all set to music. This short break stays in the centre of charming Chartres allowing you to explore this impressive light display on foot at your leisure. Complete the weekend with an included visit to Monet's House and Garden, in the village of Giverny on the Seine, where the artist found inspiration to create his impressionist masterpieces.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Your ItineraryDAY 1 - After joining your holiday coach, you travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais, then continue to via the auto-routes to Chartres to check into your centrally located hotel for your 3-night stay. First night set dinner is included at the hotel.
DAY 2 - 3 - At leisure in Chartres, with one included excursion. Bed & continental breakfast
Time at leisure to explore Chartres including perhaps Europe's finest Gothic edifice, its glorious UNESCO World Heritage 13th century cathedral with its distinctive steeples, dazzling blue stained-glass windows and collection of relics including the Sainte Voile (Holy Veil) supposed worn by the Virgin Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. Stroll the wonderfully preserved old town with its steps and steep streets lined with half-timbered houses which lead downhill to the Eure River. As night falls and the light show begins, you may like to hop aboard the tourist train to take you around the sites (fare not included). Pick up a special map from the tourist office showing the location of all the illuminations.
Today you visit the picturesque village of Giverny, a treat for art lovers and gardens alike, the home of French impressionist painter, Claude Monet for over 40 years. There will be time to explore the exuberant gardens which were the inspiration of his famous water lily series and well as take a look around his house. Admission to the house and gardens is included.
DAY 4 - Drive back to Calais today and the return ferry crossing to Dover, arriving home during the evening. Back to top
Ibis Hotel Chartres Centre Cathedrale
This 3* tourist class hotel is located right in the historic heart of Chartres on the banks of the River Eure, just a few minutes' walk to the cathedral up a fairly steep hill. It has a café style Pasta-Pizza restaurant, an outdoor terrace and en-suite rooms are comfortable and modern with hair dryer, TV, WiFi and telephone. Bathrooms have showers only.Back to top