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Spectacular French Gardens (5 Day Holiday)
Thu, 14 Sep 2017, 10:00 – Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 20:15 BST
Spectacular Fench Gardens
Date: Thursday 14th September - Monday 18th September 2017 (5 Days, 4 nights)
Early Bird Discount if you Book NOW
Price: Prices from £899 per person
(including Early Bird Booking Discount + 10% Coolings Family Discount)
Early bird discount valid until 31/05/2017. Price after Early Bird from £1099.
Travelling on a luxury coach with toilet and regular stops we head off at 10am and wind our way to the Channel Tunnel, arriving around 11.30 for the 12.20pm shuttle.
After our smooth crossing, we will make our way directly to the hotel with a couple of comfort stops to keep ourselves as fresh as possible.
We should arrive at our four-star Hotel in Versailles, the Pullman Château De Versailles, at around 6pm where we will enjoy a buffet evening meal, bed and breakfast on our first night.
Being well located to access all the gardens we are visiting, we will travel to the Garden at Giverny which once belonged to the world-famous Claude Monet.
Here you can spend as much time as you like exploring the site and then perhaps visit the town itself. Lunch is not included but there are many opportunities for refreshments.
We will return in the late afternoon to the hotel to enjoy bed and breakfast, so you are free to choose your own evening meal in the hotel or elsewhere whilst exploring the lovely town.
Today, we visit the less well known but remarkable Champ du Bataille. Millions of Euros have been spent restoring this site to its former glory, which was and is quite spectacular!
We will be arriving on an unusual day when they will be hosting ‘Les Journées du Patrimoine’, which is a kind of open day when far more of the site is available to visit than normal, and we will be free to wander the open parts of the site at will!
We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon where we will be enjoy bed and breakfast accommodation.
For some, today will be the highlight of our tour as we visit the Palace of Versailles and the formal gardens which are world renowned.
Our hotel is within walking distance of the gates, so our journey time each way will be very brief!
Versailles was the seat of power for the French Monarchy under Louis XIV, known as ‘The Sun King’ and was designed to be the ‘must see, must be palace’ and an expression of the power of the greatest absolute monarch in Europe.
Later, during the French revolution, Versailles became the focus of hatred for the Monarchy and the Royal Family was forced to flee to Paris.
After spending the day at this place of great history, we will return for one more night at the hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and today we will wind our way homewards towards Calais, stopping at any interesting places we can find time for as we head to the Tunnel.
Depending on travel, we should return to Coolings in the early evening.
You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite our online booking system provider. This email is only confirmation. Your tickets will be sent to you within 28 days before you depart for your holiday.
Trip Specific Information:
1. Each person attending this trip will require a valid passport for the entire duration of the trip
2. It is recommended you have adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of the trip
3. It is recommended you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC.)
4. You will require either Euro’s or a credit card/debit that is accepted in the France and you should advise your bank the dates you will be in the France to avoid bank security blocking transactions on suspicion of fraudulant activity. A valid method of payment is required (as is common place) for a holding deposit against each hotel room booking for any additional charges that you may inccur during your stay. If you do not carry out any chargeable transactions during the duration of your stay this deposit is fully refundable / cleared on departure.
This trip will depart at 10:00am from Coolings Garden Centre, we suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for parking. Within our car park there will be a designated area for you to park. Please follow the signage on the day.
The trip will return at approximately early evening, but please be aware this time is approximate and can be subject to change dependant on traffic and circumstances beyond our control.
Coolings always use the finest quality coaches and all but the very smallest vehicles are fitted with toilets and we also aim to stop roughly every 90 minutes to stretch your legs and refresh ourselves.
A member of the Coolings team will be present throughout your excursion to assist you and be on hand should you have any questions or concerns.
You can make full payment for this holiday (per person) at the time of booking or take advantage of a deferred payment period (see below)
Deposit / Deferred Payment
If you wish to defer payment for some of this holiday (per person) you may do so.
A third of the ticket price (per person) is due as deposit to confirm your booking. A further third, 2nd payment (per person) is due by 30th June 2017. The final third, 3rd payment is due by 31st July 2017.
A full payment schedule will be sent to you after booking confirmation has been received. If you have any questions concerning our deferred payment process please contact us on tel: 01959 532269.
Am I only able to now book online for events / excursions with Coolings?
Our online ticket system is by far the easiest way for the majority of our customers to make a booking. However we are still happy to receive phone booking at Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 (payment can be made preferably by credit / debit card over the phone / cheque in the post).
Alternatively you may still visit Coolings Garden Centre in person and make a booking at our customer service desk located in the main shop. If making a booking in person at Coolings you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque or cash.
If paying by cheque for any event / excursion this is only available up until 10 days prior to the event / excursion taking place. If you are booking less than 10 days prior to the event payment must be made by one of the alternative methods.
I am have a Coolings Family Card, can I use it?
Coolings Family can be used for this excursion. To use your card please enter your card number into the 'Enter Promotional Code' box when selecting your tickets. This is the full 11 digit cardholder number.
What if I have some specific requirements that are not listed here?
Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements and as always we will do our best to accomodate them.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on email@example.com
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
You may transfer your ticket to someone else, but we must receive confirmation of this 48 hours before the event / excursion. For some holidays you may not be able to transfer your booking with less than 7 days notice.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes a printed ticket must be brought to the event. Although our ticket provider 'Eventbrite' does offer electronic tickets mobile reception at Coolings is often limited so this may mean you are unable to recall your ticket on site. We do hold a record of all attendees to any event / excursion/ holiday, but if you do not have your ticket this will cause you some delays.
What if I wish to cancel?
Refunds on Events and one day Excursions can only be offered 14 days before the event/excursion.
Refunds on holidays (trips of more than one day) can be offered under the following terms.
Figures expressed as % below relate to the full amount you were to pay for the holiday.
84 days or more before departure Coolings will retain 10%
83-57 days before departure Coolings will retain 30%
56-31 days before departure Coolings will retain 50%
30 days or less before departure Coolings will retain 100%
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Tickets may be transferred with 48 hours notice or 7 days for some holidays but on the day of an event / excursion/ holidays ticket attendee/s should match our registration details.