Susan Worner Tours

Paris – Chateaux and Historic Gardens and modern designers influence

08 – 13 June 2020

Paris – Chateaux and Historic Gardens  and modern designers influence

Our tour to Paris in June is well timed to see the gardens at their best. We combine a number of them in the capital with fascinating gardens of châteaux in the surrounding countryside, adding elements of the influence of modern designers such as Patrick Blanc – renowned for his vertical garden – and Gilles Clément’s prairie-style designs. Roses will be a feature, notably the exuberant and profuse displays at Jardins de Bagatelle.

We stay in a charming, small hotel in the 7ème district near the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. We enjoy dinner in the rooftop restaurant of the Musée du Quai de Branly – and hopefully the sunset will be perfect.

Travelling by Eurostar from St Pancras is a relaxed way to arrive in Paris; we use a minibus for all our visits and transfers.




Early morning departure from St Pancras on Eurostar direct to Paris Gare du Nord.
You will be met by Susan on arrival and transferred to the charming hotel, Relais Bosquet
in the 7ème district. Afternoon visit to the Jardin des Plantes to discover the rich collection gathered together in this botanic garden. Return to the hotel. We enjoy an aperitif together and a short introductory talk. Evening at leisure.


Driving southeast out of Paris to Courances, we arrive at a majestic entrance of plane trees leading to the seventeenth century moated château. Its water gardens are spectacular; they were re-created more recently by Achille Duchêne. We enjoy a guided visit of the extensive park and gardens. Lunch is served in a restaurant in the attractive village of Barbizon nearby. Return to Paris in the afternoon with some free time before we meet for dinner together in a local restaurant.


The extensive Jardins de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne were created in 1775. The rose gardens are legendary, and we discover magnificent trees and superb planting in a delightful setting. Lunch in the garden restaurant. In the afternoon we take a bateau mouche along the River Seine to admire the impressive architecture bordering the river. Evening at leisure.


Our visit is to St Jean de Beauregard, a beautiful château south west of Paris. The owners have recently restored the extensive walled kitchen garden in the eighteenth century style, incorporating vegetables, fruit and flowers in a beautiful decorative display. We enjoy lunch in the grounds, returning to Paris in the afternoon. Evening at leisure.


Morning visit to the Jardin du Luxembourg, a well laid out and beautifully planted public garden with hidden features such as beehives and an espalier fruit garden. We discover Patrick Blanc’s vertical garden and Gilles Clément’s prairie garden nearby. In the afternoon we travel west to the Forêt de Marly and on to the Désert de Retz, an incredible private property in the country designed in the Age of Enlightenment. Our guided tour reveals a summerhouse designed to resemble a shattered column, a pyramid that is actually an icehouse and a Chinese pavilion. We return to the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner in a roof top restaurant with views to the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine.


A relaxed morning with a chance to visit the nearby vibrant food market, or taste macarons with coffee, before the transfer to the Gare du Nord for the return Eurostar journey to London St Pancras.

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Tour Costs

£2,750 per person sharing
Single occupation of double room supplement £750


Travel by Eurostar Standard Premier class and transport in modern comfortable minibus. Accommodation with en-suite bathroom, delicious meals as indicated, all garden visits and guides.

Not included:

Alcoholic and soft drinks (except the aperitif on the first evening and the final evening’s wine), tips, items of a personal nature, comprehensive travel insurance with full cover to be taken out on payment of the deposit.


Relais Bosquet


The climate in June will be warm and summery but with a possibility of showers. Layered clothing is recommended, with a waterproof jacket in case of a shower, and good shoes. Smart casual for the evening.

Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Guests often meet for drinks before dinner (optional).

Wifi is available in the hotel.

Activity Level:

Good walking ability for a minimum of two hours visiting gardens.