Northern France


Monuments, memorials, Monet & more…

The north of France boasts something for everyone with its beautiful landscapes and wealth of cultural attractions. With opulent châteaux and elegant abbeys, magnificent cathedrals and world-class art museums, medieval towns and pretty harbours, a strong artistic heritage and war memorials, the area is packed with interesting places to visit. Alongside this variety – which is right on our doorstep and so easy to reach – is a gorgeous coastline, glorious gardens and a wonderful gourmet scene rich with local produce.


Historic highlights across the channel

From £395 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

Novotel Château de Maffliers, Maffliers

  • Located within its own beautiful grounds to the north of Paris
  • A grand 19th century château forms the main building, with a bar & restaurant
  • Contemporary and comfortable rooms are in a separate, modern building
  • Great leisure facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool
  • Perfect location for touring northern France

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.


Royaumont Abbey

Founded in the 13th century by Louis IX, the magnificent Royaumont Abbey is a Gothic masterpiece with a vast history. This resplendent collection of buildings outside of Paris sits amongst hectares of gloriously serene gardens, and the royal abbey includes tranquil cloisters, romantic ruins and an elegant refectory.

Monet's Garden

Situated in Giverny, Normandy, Claude Monet’s country retreat is a colourful wonderland which evokes the impressionist painter’s famous works of art. The pastel-hued cottage sits amongst the Japanese-style water garden, easily recognisable from Monet’s Water Lilies series, and the flower garden presents stunning blooms in a composition that makes it a work of art in its own right.

The Armistice Museum

This museum and war memorial marks the spot in Compiègne on which the Armistice was signed on 11th November 1918, ending World War I. Fully renovated in 2018, the museum shows a replica of the railway carriage in which the signing took place, and displays artefacts and footage relating to both of the 20th century’s world wars.

Domaine de Chantilly

The breathtaking château of Chantilly sits, in its magnificence, amidst glassy lake waters and impeccably manicured grounds. This unspoilt treasure of French heritage is home to an incredible collection of precious masterpieces and manuscripts, the treasures of the last King of France.


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Charming Amiens languishes by the River Somme, dominated by its mighty Gothic cathedral. It has a maze of medieval streets to explore, and is also known for its network of canals. These glassy waterways are lined with pretty, pastel-hued homes and dotted with lush, verdant hortillonnages (floating market gardens).


Lovely Laon is a fascinating compendium of historic monuments and ancient alleyways which weave together its fortified old town, the Ville Haute. Dotted with picturesque courtyards and encircled by medieval ramparts, Laon has an early Gothic cathedral at its heart which displays stunning rose windows and notable architectural features.


Lille has become something of a cultural hub in recent years, and is now known for its excellent offerings in terms of cuisine, shopping and art. Lille lies in close proximity to the Belgian border, and the influence of Flanders is clear to see within its historic centre. The dramatic Grand Place is a square lined with elegant 17th century Flemish town houses and surrounded by a charming network of cobbled streets.

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