3-DAY CATHEDRALS of PICARDY TOUR
This short escorted tour will take you from Champagne to Picardy , to visit the most beautiful gothic cathedrals of France in 3 days.
Day 1: Paris to REIMS (Champagne)
After breakfast, we will check out early our hotel in Paris, and start our escorted tour through the North of France to visit the Cathedrals.
First, we will reach the Champagne region after 1H30 drive from Paris, to discover the Cathedral of REIMS.
The cathedral of REIMS, where most kings of France got crowned. You will also visit the saint remi basilic and place of TAU.
Lunch break in REIMS.
Then, we will leave for Picardie, stop at the cathedral of Laon.
"Everything is beautiful about Laon, the churches, the houses, the surroundings, everything" - Victor Hugo. A medieval walled city built on a hill, from where its splendid gothic cathedral dominates the town and surrounding countryside.
From LAON we will reach NOYON. The Canons quarter of Noyon is one of the best preserved in the north of France. It was built in the heart of the old city where parts of the 3rd century ramparts are still visible. Surrounding the cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic art, stands the Episcopal Palace (XIIth to XVIIth century), the treasure house (XVIth century), the cloister and its outbuildings (XIIth century), as well as the large houses of the Canons.
Outside this quarter is the bourgeois town with its many XVIIth and XVIIIth century villas and its XVIth century town hall.
We will check in at this beautiful 4-star Castle of BELLINGLISE near Noyon for the night, dinner included (except your drinks).
Splendidly situated on the rolling hills of the Matz Valley, Bellinglise is an elegant XVIth-century manor which has recently been turned into a four-star hotel. It is a place one falls in love with immediately as it excudes a special charm. Your dream can finally come true...Like a beautiful story, you will enter the kingdom of the Valois dynasty.
Day 2: NOYON to AMIENS
After breakfast, early we will leave for Amiens, city tour and visit of the Gothic casthedral.
Amiens, the capital of Picardy, is a town rich in art and history. It is famous for its gothic cathedral which is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Thanks to the speed with which it was built and to the technical developments of its day, Notre Dame cathedral in Amiens displays a rare homogeneity of style.
Then we will go to BEAUVAIS to visit the beautiful Gothic cathedral, lunch in Beauvais.
After Lunch, we will drive near by to SENLIS to visit also a gothic cahtedral. The most famous monument in Senlis is Notre Dame cathedral; its 78m high spire dominates the town. The west portal boasts the first representation of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. On the south side of the cathedral, supported by the Gallo-Roman ramparts, is the Episcopal Palace which houses a converted crypt.
This palace has now become an art museum. Two XIVth century gothic rooms contain one of the richest collections of sculptures and a collection of Gallo-Roman thanksgiving plaques, the XIIIth century chapel of chancellor Guérin and picture galleries. A classical XVIIth century facade draws the buildings together.
We will then reach our Castle / hotel near Senlis for the night. the wonderful 4 star luxe Chateau of Ermenonville, an 18th century castle where Jean-Jacques Rousseau had lived. The moat, park, woods and forests provide calm and rest. The restaurant "La Table du Poète" invites you to enjoy high quality cooking, traditional as well as modern.
Dinner at this hotel.
Day 3: return to Paris
Transfer to your hotel in Paris, in the morning or to CDG airport.
This private escorted tour includes:
private driver guide English pseaking for 2 days 1/2 , transport luxe, air conditionned, gas, insurance, tolls, parking , hotel & meals of your driver guide included
2 nights château hotel 4 star of Charm & quality, gastronomic dinners, room luxe, breakfasts & hotel taxes
not included: tickets entrance for visits if any (most cathedrals are free to visit), lunches, drinks
Price for 2 persons: 3,200 Euros / for 4 persons: 3,920 Euros / for 6 persons: 4,650 Euros