DAY 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 check into your centrally located hotel your 3-night stay. Bed & continental breakfast
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.