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    The splendid gardens of the Abbaye de Valloires

Gardens of Picardy

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Explore the beautiful gardens of Picardy

Visit Picardy’s finest gardens at the most beautiful time of year, when flowers will be in full bloom. This unique holiday combines a six-night hotel stay in the heart of Amiens with three leisurely cruises on the scenic River Somme aboard an award-winning day-cruiser. Your experience is enhanced even further with an immersive programme of included excursions to some of the most beautiful gardens in the Somme.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed6 nights in a hotel

Dinner plate17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners

PersonSaga Cruise Assistant

Plus all this...

  • Return coach travel from Folkestone by Eurotunnel or ferry, and transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Included drinks on board
  • Three half-day cruises along the canalised River Somme
  • Expert gardens host

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Guided visit to Amiens cathedral
  • Electric punt ride through the Hortillonnages Island Gardens in Amiens
  • Visit to the ’Plus Beaux’ village of Gerberoy
  • Visit to the gardens of the Château de Digeon
  • Guided visit to the Château de Long and riverside gardens
  • Visit to the gardens of the Moulin Ventin in Paillart
  • Time at leisure in Beauvais
  • Visit to the gardens of painter André Van Beek in Saint-Paul
  • Visit to the gardens of the Abbaye de Valloires
  • Time at leisure in Amiens

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Day 1 UK to Amiens, France

Amiens in Northern France

Travel by coach from Folkestone to Amiens via Eurotunnel or ferry.

On arrival in Amiens you will check into the locally rated 3-star Holiday Inn Express on the edge of the Old Town where you will stay for the next six nights. This afternoon you can visit the city’s UNESCO-listed cathedral on an included guided visit. The cathedral is one of the largest ‘classic’ Gothic churches of the 13th century and has a splendid display of sculptures on its principal facade and a beautiful three-tier interior elevation.

This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the neighbouring brasserie, where seafood is a speciality.

Day 2 Cruise from Picquigny to Long and the Hortillonnages

Hortillonnages in Amiens, France

After breakfast travel by coach to Picquigny where you’ll board the Backwaters Cruiser for a cruise downstream to Long.

After lunch on board return to Amiens for an included trip through the city’s Hortillonnages island gardens by electric punt. Glide through the maze of floating gardens, many of which have been cultivated since the Middle Ages. Use the vouchers provided to dine when you choose at the brasserie near your hotel in Amiens.

Day 3 Moulin Ventin gardens in Paillart

Cathedral of Saint Peter in Beauvais

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive through lovely countryside south of Amiens to the Gardens of the Moulin Ventin in Paillart. The River Noye passes through this charming garden, set in the grounds of an old mill. From Paillart, continue to Beauvais where there will be free time to purchase lunch from a nearby boulangerie and perhaps visit another of the region’s great Gothic Cathedrals.

This afternoon, the coach continues to the outskirts of Beauvais to the village of Saint-Paul where you can visit the enchanting garden of the post-impressionist painter André Van Beek. The cascading waterfalls and colourful clumps of dahlias, hydrangeas and perennials have been carefully positioned to inspire the artist. Return to Amiens and use your vouchers for the neighbouring brasserie to dine when you choose.

Day 4 Château de Long and riverside gardens

Public garden at Abbeville

This morning you’ll travel by coach to re-board your cruiser in Abbeville, and from here you will follow the Somme upstream through peaceful countryside, past the village of Pont-Remy and onwards to the village of Long. After lunch on board disembark and stroll to the adjacent 18th-century Château de Long, where you’ll enjoy a private guided tour. The château has striking facades and an elegant interior, which features a splendid lounge decorated with the signs of the zodiac, a Golden Room and a dining room with a music corner. Outside you’ll discover an orangery and glass houses, a courtyard with a fountain and hundreds of rose bushes, and extensive lawns with views of the Somme.

Returning to Amiens, enjoy the company of your fellow travellers this evening for dinner at a restaurant on the Auxerre riverfront, coach transfers to and from the hotel are included.

Day 5 'Plus-Beaux' Village of Gerberoy and the gardens of the Château de Digeon


Journey by coach to visit one of the one hundred ‘Plus-Beaux villages of France’ – Gerberoy, which is celebrated for its yearly rose festival and for the terraced gardens of the painter Henri le-Sidaner. Admire the flower-bedecked architecture that leans into the meandering cobbled lanes. It is a picture of rural idyl. Enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting the gardens of the Château de Digeon, which features a rose garden, an English-style landscaped garden and a fascinating French-style vegetable plot.

Return to Amien and use your vouchers for the neighbouring brasserie to dine when you choose.

Day 6 Picquigny to Amiens

Explore Amiens

After breakfast, return by coach to Picquigny, re-board your ship and cruise upstream to Amiens. Approaching the double-chambered lock at Montiéres admire views of Amiens Cathedral in the distance.

Continue along the canal, bypassing a narrow river passage, before arriving for your final mooring in the heart of Amiens. After lunch on board perhaps spend the afternoon exploring independently. The cruiser remains moored beside the riverbank giving you the option to remain on board for a relaxing afternoon.

Day 7 Amiens to the gardens of the Abbaye de Valloires to UK

Abbaye de Valloires

Check out after breakfast and head to the gardens of the Abbaye de Valloires, another great garden of the Somme. Explore six hectares of multi-themed park and gardens set within the grounds of a Cistercian Abbey.

Take the opportunity to purchase some lunch in the tea room or restaurant before continuing your return journey to the UK via Eurotunnel or ferry.

A few details about your hotel

The locally rated 3-star Holiday Inn Express is a comfortable hotel located on the edge of Amiens’ Old Town, adjacent to the Gare d’Amiens train station. Facilities at the hotel include a fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, and breakfast room. Breakfast at the hotel is continental buffet-style and you can enjoy regional cuisine for dinner in a nearby restaurant. There are 66 rooms, all with satellite television, free wireless internet access, hairdryer, safety deposit box, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Accommodation is arranged over three floors. There is a lift.

Accommodation contact details

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Holiday Inn Express
10 Boulevard D’Alsace Lorraine
Amiens, 80000
0033 322 223 850

May 13, 2021 departure stay six nights at the locally rated 3-star Campanile Amiens Centre Gare hotel with the same meal arrangements as other departures.

Some of the highlights may only be seen by exploring independently.

Gardens of Picardy

French Waterways