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Chantilly – The French Chelsea Les Journées des Plantes

Chantilly – Les Journées des Plantes
The French Chelsea
Private French Gardens in Picardy
and the Somme

Staying in the historic city of Amiens
Mercure Amiens Cathédrale Hotel (3 nights) and at
Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham Kent (1 night)
16 – 20 May 2017

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Join this tour on the evening of Tuesday 16 May staying one night with dinner at the luxury Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham, Kent. This enables an early start on Wednesday morning for the Eurotunnel through to Calais.  Cars can be left at the hotel for the duration and there is a nearby train station at Lenham.

Wednesday 17 May – From Calais there will be a stop en-route to visit Abbaye de Valloires where the gardens, designed by Gilles Clément have superb flowering shrubs at this time of year.  Lunch can be found at the café in the garden before continuing to Amiens and checking into the 4 star Mercure Cathedral Hotel. This hotel in the centre of the city adjacent to the glorious 13th century cathedral which can be visited in the late afternoon also perhaps the Jardin des Plantes d’Amiens   Dinner this evening will be in a local restaurant.

Thursday 18 May:   Heading north from Amiens to visit Le Jardin de Marie-Ange.  This two acre garden is well known for its diverse collection of plants.  Continue then to Jardin de Sericourt in Picardy. This remarkable garden plays with form and flow to create surprising spaces and enchanting rooms with bold architectural topiary and structure.  Lunch will be provided.  In the afternoon a garden visit to Jardins de Maizicourt, a superb garden surrounding a small eighteenth century chateau that has been created and considerably expanded over the years by the owner Catherine Guévenoux.  It is a wonderful garden with terraces, allees, topiary, potager, orchard and an orangery overflowing with wonderful planting and beautiful specimen shrubs and trees.   Return to Amiens for dinner in a local restaurant.

Friday 19 May:   Courson - Les Journées des Plantes,  has a new home in the glorious surroundings of the Domaine de Chantilly north of Paris.  This unique plant fair, with over 200 nurserymen, gardeners and professionals displaying superb plants from all over France, is a chance to discover many unusual and new varieties and a massive temptation purchase.  Plenty of space in the coach for transporting back home!  You can also take a break from the show to visit the superb Chateau de Chantilly, one of the jewels in the crown of France's cultural heritage, housing treasures and art from the collection of Prince Henri d’Orleans  Duke of Aumale. While adjacent are the magnificent 18th century Great Stables, built for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, 7th Prince of Condé, the largest in Europe a veritable horses’ palace and contains the Museum of the Horse.  Return to Amiens – dine independently or with others in one of the many restaurants near the hotel.

Saturday 20 May:  Depart to return to Calais.  En-route a visit to the most exquisite garden – a real gem.   Jardin des Lianes  where the owners have shared a passion and huge enthusiasm for collecting unusual  trees, shrubs and perennials  mainly chosen for their foliage, scent and colour. Lunch will be in a little hotel in the village before continuing to Calais and the Eurotunnel.  The coach intends to be at Ashford Station for 3.30 for those requiring the train and Chilston Park 4 pm to collect cars.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights 4* hotel accommodation and breakfast (1 x Kent, 3 x France)
  • Dinner x 3, Lunch x 2.
  • Entry to all gardens and flower show.
  • Executive coaching and Eurotunnel travel.
  • Heritage Touring Representative.


Price per person: £715
Single supplement: £40 per night (4 nights)
(Double rooms for sole occupancy)
Non-refundable deposit: £150 per person


Please note a valid UK passport is required for this tour. Travel insurance essential.


In the light of the present currency fluctuations – this tour is costed on the published exchange rates on 30 Aug 2016 (1Euro/£0.85).   If the amount of any increase in our euro costs due to fluctuations in the exchange rates exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday we reserve the right to levy a surcharge on the euro part of the costs.  If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday you may cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you paid to us.

Mercure Amiens & Chilston Park Hotel

Mercure Amiens
Cathédrale Hotel
(3 nights – 17/20 May)

Chilston Park Hotel
Lenham Kent
(1 night – 16 May)
4 stars

Chilston Park Hotel:
Mercure Amiens:

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.