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Great Gardens of Northern France

Jun 24 - Jul 03, 2023

10 days | France | alumni UBC Travel Club

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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Tour Cost (per person):
C$7995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
18 - 22 participants

What’s included: Accommodation based on double occupancy; transportation by comfortable private coach; most meals; all activities and entrance fees within itinerary; private tours at all the gardens; wine tasting in Vouvray, services of Gary Lewis and your tour manager; taxes and gratuities for all group services.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Versailles, attend the Night Fountains event
2Visit Arboretum Versailles Chèvreloup, enjoy Palace gardens
3Drive to the Loire Valley, visit the Festival International des Jardins
4Villandry, Chateau du Rivau, Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud
5The glamorous Château de Chenonceau, stroll the village of Chedigny
6Drive north to Rouen in Normandy, stopping at two gardens on route
7Rouen Cathedral, Jardin de Valerianes, night garden tour at Jardin d’Agapanthe
9Three magical gardens as we head out toward the Atlantic coast
10Monet's gardens in Giverny
11Drive to Paris, depart
Optional Extension: Three nights in Champagne
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Your Tour Leader

UBC alumnus Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials, a cutting edge retail nursery in Vancouver, and an expert on perennials and horticulture. He is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable plant experts with a deep and special interest in rare and unusual herbaceous perennials. He recently published The Complete Book of Ground Covers.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
C$7995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
18 - 22 participants

What’s included: Accommodation based on double occupancy; transportation by comfortable private coach; most meals; all activities and entrance fees within itinerary; private tours at all the gardens; wine tasting in Vouvray, services of Gary Lewis and your tour manager; taxes and gratuities for all group services.

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