5 days from £370 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Amiens provides an ideal base to visit the nearby Chateau Chantilly, Arras and the WWI memorial sites in the Somme. Our 5-day tour includes a guided tour of Amiens with entry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Amiens Cathedral and entry to the Fine Arts Museum in Arras. We spend a day at the magnificent Chateau Chantilly, a Chateau bursting with history, unique collections, landscaped gardens and impressive horse stables and visit some of the most moving memorials of the Great War.
We depart our local area on our coach and travel to Amiens. After check-in we have time at leisure to relax.
After breakfast there will be a walking tour of Amiens and a visit to the cathedral. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore. Amiens is deservedly famous for its magnificent Gothic cathedral, the largest in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begun in 1220, rather macabrely to house the head of St John the Baptist, the soaring arches are a masterpiece of religious architecture. Besides its prodigious sculptural décor, the cathedral houses two bronze tombs which are extremely rare testimonies to 13th century foundry techniques. The Maison de Jules Verne allows visitors to see how the science fiction writer envisaged the future, at a time when circumnavigating the globe in 80 days seemed utterly wondrous. Jules spent 18 years here and wrote many of his eerily prescient novels under the eaves of this turreted house. The rooms have been left just as they were when Phileas Fogg and Captain Nemo were first captivating the literary world. Les Hortillonnages form a patchwork of 300 hectares of market and floral gardens in the heart of Amiens, which you can visit in special boats known as barques a cornet. These floating gardens have been cultivated since the Middle Ages, and up until a century ago fed the residents of Amiens.
Today we visit Château de Chantilly. The site comprises of two attached buildings; the Petit Château built around 1560 for Anne de Montmorency, and the Grand Château, which was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in the 1870s. The Château houses the Musée Condé, one of the finest art galleries in France and specialises in French paintings and book illuminations of the 15th and 16th centuries. The estate overlooks the Chantilly Racecourse and the Grand Écuries which contains the Living Museum of the Horse. The formal garden, featuring extensive parterres and water features, was laid out by André Le Nôtre. We return to Amiens early evening.
This morning we visit some of the most moving memorials of the Great War, with our guided excursion to the Somme Battlefields. Our first stop is at the Thiepval Memorial, dedicated to the thousands of soldiers missing without graves, and the nearby Beaumont-Hamel with its original trench system. We stop for lunch at Ulster Tower and visit the Memorial there. We then follow the Circuit of Remembrance to Péronne where we will have some time at leisure before visiting the Historial de la Grande Guerre. Housed within the Château de Péronne, the museum looks at war in a social context, stressing the common suffering of combatants and civilians who were equally mobilised by the war effort. Additionally, its two major exhibits include ‘prisoners of war’ and ‘children in World War I’. We return to Amiens via the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
After breakfast we check-out of our hotel rooms and travel to Arras, where we have a guided tour and visit the Fine Arts Museum. Known for its historical significance around both World Wars, the beautiful city of Arras attracts visitors with its architecture and historic buildings. Arras’ two ancient market squares, the Grand Place and Petite Place (officially known as Place des Heroes) are surrounded by 17th and 18th century Flemish-baroque houses topped by curved gables. The Fine Arts Museum occupies a large area of the Saint-Vaast Abbey and has a remarkable collection of 17th century religious paintings and collections from the French and Old Dutch Schools including Rubens, Vignon and Lebrun. The museum is also home to antique archaeology, medieval sculpture and 18th century porcelain. We continue our journey back to the UK.
Exact order of excursions is subject to change.
Campanile Amiens Centre Gare
The 3* Campanile Hotel & Restaurant Centre Gare is located in the centre of Amiens, and a 5 minute walk from the Old Quarter of Saint Leu. Hotel facilities include a restaurant serving a continental buffet breakfast daily, and contemporary French cuisine at dinner, should you choose to dine here. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, flat screen TV, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.
• Executive touring coach throughout
• Return Eurotunnel crossings
• 4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
• Welcome drink
• Excursions as per itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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