Cultural Gems of Northern France

From 5 days / 4 nights – departure dates throughout the year
Return Executive Coach Travel + short channel crossings
4 nights B&B at a minimum 3* hotel in the Greater Paris area – ensuite rooms
Dinners + additional meals can all be pre-arranged
Included excursion package with entrances + guides – see suggested sample visits

Price on application subject to date of travel & group size.

Example visits 
Royaumont Abbey – Discover this marvellous Gothic masterpiece
Founded in the 13th century by Louis IX, this magnificent Abbey is a Gothic masterpiece with a vast history.
It is home to a resplendent collection of buildings on the Paris outskirts and is located amongst gloriously serene gardens. The royal abbey also has tranquil cloisters, romantic ruins and an elegant refectory.

A group meal can be arranged here in this ‘unique’ setting.
A private music evening / concert can also be arranged on selected dates (usually Sat / Sun).

This is a Royal abbey where social life mixes with religion up until the French Revolution and subsequently, is where Parisian high society would rendezvous. Royaumont’s cuisine finds inspiration in the Abbey’s vegetable garden, while remaining true to France’s culinary heritage, with creativity and a focus on the seasons.

The restaurant is located in one of the Abbey’s most beautiful vaulted halls from where you can watch the Chef and his team prepare their fine meals through the large picture windows of the Abbey kitchen.

Monet’s Garden – the inspiration for many of Monet’s artworks
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 Clos Normand is a garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colours whilst the water garden is full of asymmetries and curves. It is inspired by the Japanese gardens that Monet knew from the prints he collected avidly. In this water garden you will find the famous Japanese bridge covered with wisterias, other smaller bridges, weeping willows, a bamboo wood and above all the famous nymphaea which bloom all summer.

The historic City of Rouen where Monet’s canvases of the cathedral have made it the best-loved building, but many others also stand out, including fine museums and the church dedicated to Joan of Arc.

A petit-train tour with audio guide is a perfect introduction to familiarise you with the city’s heart.

Armistice Museum in Compiègne – This is an exhibition on both world wars, on the spot where WWI ended.
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 WWI & WWII.

The Chateau of Versailles – With a ‘passport ticket’ & ‘timed entrance’ you will have admission to the Palace & The Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments of the King and of the Queen and the King's Bedchamber.
You will be able to visit one of the most breathtaking sights in all of France at your own pace by audio guide. The scale, size and sheer beauty of this palace and grounds are sometimes difficult to take in. Many chateaux have copied the design and some have copied the spectacular gardens but none will ever recreate the splendour and majesty that makes Versailles one of the top tourist attractions in France.
Entrance is included also to the Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette's Estate, which will introduce you to the delicate world of Marie-Antoinette, the Grand Trianon of Louis XIV, the Petit Trianon and the French and Anglo-Chinese Gardens. Subject to this being an operating day, enjoy the fountains and groves with their water features spouting to the rhythm of music.

Domaine de Chantilly – one of the jewels in France’s cultural crown & a vast collection of fine art.
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.