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Historic and momentous gardens of France

Ref FG0106 850.00 per person - Sharing reduces this to 750.00 per person

Minimum number of passengers will be five - dates are fluid but this is offered 22-29 March 2006 [with some content change possible],14-20 June 2006 or 6-13 September 2006; long weekends would be within these Wednesday to Wednesday dates

From superb urban schemes to zoos, from humble potager to formal gardens, we cover a wide range of gardens in a long weekend or a midweek to midweek tour - our circuit covers the Centre at Chaumont that developed innovative designs influencing Alan Titmarsh and Dairmud Gairvin and we still find time for the tranquillity of Monet's garden at Givernay. We are still testing this offering so it may vary - ask us to change things !

This can be offered as a long weekend or as a Wednesday to Wednesday week. A Long Weekend spends Friday night at Bayeux and early Saturday heads south to Chaumont, via lunch at at Saumur; we will pass Saturday night nearby and visit Monet's garden on Sunday. We return to the coast via one last hotel in France before a Monday return - via one choice out of several calm Normandy gardens. The content and range can be varied enormously to relax you,or made challenging and adventurous; on Rogers Tours, you chose

Our first full week long garden tour collects members at Portsmouth Harbour Station by 1300 hrs on Wednesday and crosses to Ouistreham in time to overnight comfortably in Bayeux. We move south west to Champrepus, near Villedieu des Poeles. This zoological garden offers an amazing collection of flora, and is designed in award winning style to set off the animals and creatures it frames. Afterwards we head to Saumur to visit the gardens of the Chateau high above the river, and pass another night in a superb Chambre de hote nearby.

Friday sees us arrive at the formality of Villandry and a whole day is spent there. Moving on to spend Saturday at Chaumont; Sunday is a rest day in this area with an option to re-visit Chaumont or take a more relaxed time nearby; The valley of the Loire is studded with period castles and Chateaux, and the party can divide if they wish, within certain driving distances. Monday we arrive at Orleans, famous for Jean d'Arc but we will encompass more peaceful local gardens. On Tuesday we visit the famous "Monets Garden". Wednesday morning we visit Caens Jardin Botanique before our afternoon sailing to Portsmouth, arriving late evening.

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