An inexhaustible variety of scenery is the backdrop for a unique tour where nature and the works of man are harmoniously combined in distinctive gardens when the roses are at the peak of their first flowering. The great châteaux of the Loire Valley with expansive gardens contrast with smaller, private gardens in the idyllic countryside of Normandy, including Claude Monet’s famous garden at Giverny. Departing June 13th, this first-class, fully escorted 14-day tour is limited to 20 participants and visits the mediaeval abbey fortress of Mont St Michel, perched upon its rocky islet, the Normandy landing beaches and magnificent Gothic cathedrals. Visiting enchanting small country towns and villages, the tour culminates with the splendor of Paris. First class hotels, daily breakfast, most dinners, all sightseeing and entrance fees, private motorcoach, and professional Tour Manager are included in the land tour cost of $4495 per person, double occupancy. For a free color brochure, call Lucas & Randall, (800) 505-2505 or visit www.lucasandrandall.com.

Lucas and Randall’s tours are designed for garden enthusiasts and those who have an appreciation of art, beauty and history. Itineraries move at an unhurried pace to allow for in-depth sightseeing and personalized visits, offering new perspectives and added insights to the everyday lives of European peoples. Also in 2006, Holland in Springtime, Villas & Gardens of Italy, Gardens of England & Chelsea Flower Show, Italian Riviera, Lakes & the Veneto, England’s Summer Gardens & Hampton Court Flower Show and England’s North Country Gardens & Tatton Park Flower Show.

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