Christmas Time At Le Chateau
4 Day Tour
This super little festive weekend break visits the chic Château Vaux Le Vicomte, one of France's most impressive stately homes. Staying in a lovely green setting southwest of Paris, come and experience the spirit of Christmas of times gone by when the Château is transformed through magical illuminations, roaring fires, sparkling Christmas trees and hundreds of festive decorations and candles. Get swept up in the romance and ambience with a fantastic day out at this enchanting location. On Sunday an included visit to Versailles itself gives you time to explore Louis XIV's town with its colourful market, cathedral, museums and café scene. The Gardens of the famous palace are open to stroll through for some wintry fresh air! (Entrance to the Palace itself not included).
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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 Saclay to check into 4* Novotel Saclay for your 3-night stay. Evening meals may be taken at tables of 8-10 in the banqueting suite. DBB
DAY 2 Head off this morning to stunning Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the 17th century palace of unparalleled harmony and beauty built by Louis XIV's Minister of Finance, Nicolas Fouquet. He constructed the residence and invited the monarch over for a lavish soiréee, but Louis had Nicolas arrested and then employed Nicolas' landscape gardener, architect and painter to build the Château de Versailles. This lavish 17th century home transforms itself at this time of year when the sumptuous reception rooms, already embellished with baroque decorations, furniture, tapestries and statue, are filled with the fragrance of cinnamon and gingerbread and log fires burning in the hearths creating a magical festive atmosphere. The courtyards, outbuildings and formal gardens all come alive with a seasonal sparkle. You may also like to visit the Carriage Museum located in the stable block with its collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century antique carriages and equipment.
DAY 3 Wrap up warm today and head to lovely Versailles. The town itself is often overlooked in favour of its famous palace but it is full of hidden treasures and well worth a visit to take in the quaint little house of Le Carré Saint Louis, the baroque inspired cathedral and the array of brasseries, boutiques and antique shops. Stroll around Versailles Sunday morning markets brimming with tempting local produce. The Notre Dame market hall was built during King Louis XIII's reign and offers all the colours and flavours from the Île de France region (markets close at 2pm)). Entrance to the Gardens of Versailles is free of charge at this time of year so you may like to enjoy a stroll for some fine views of the magnificent Palace. (NB entrance to Versailles Palace is NOT included. Cost in 2021 approx. €20 and advanced booking online may be required. Remember the gardens will be in winter mode with statues covered and the 'groves' closed). DBB
DAY 4 Drive back to Calais today and the return ferry crossing to Dover, arriving home during the evening. Back to top
This modern 4* hotel has been built around a renovated farmhouse and courtyard and is located in the countryside south of Paris. The light and comfortable bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer, WiFi and tea / coffee making facilities. There is a contemporary restaurant and lounge / bar area and also gardens, an outdoor pool, mini golf course, tennis and a large terrace area with plenty of seating. There are ground floor rooms as well as a lift. Back to top