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Picardy's Palaces & Parks

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Picardy's Palaces & Parks 15, June, 2018

A trip through Picardy, one of the oldest regions of France, is a lesson in history that comes very close to the British heart. It was from Picardy that William the Conqueror sailed and where the Battle of Crecy was fought. The region has many pretty villages, splendid Gothic cathedrals, impressive castles and flamboyant royal palaces to visit.

Day 1 We make our way to France and our first stop at the Chapelle de St Jean Cheese Dairy in the village of Grémévillers. Here we take a tour of this traditional cheese dairy and treated to a tasting of the cheese produced. We will then travel the short distance to the village of Gerberoy, listed as one of the most beautiful in France, for a visit and demonstration at the Gerberoy Pottery. We will then make our way to our hotel in time to freshen up before dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast we will make the short journey to Chantilly for our visit to The Chateau of Chantilly. The Château de Chantilly is one of the finest jewels in the crown of France's cultural heritage. It is the work of a man with an extraordinary destiny, Henri d’Orleans, Duke of Aumale, son of the last King of France, Louis-Philippe. This prince, who is considered to be the greatest collector of his time, made Chantilly the showcase for his countless masterpieces and precious manuscripts. Here you will not only be able to tour the Chateau but also visit the wonderful gardens and the Great Stables, a masterpiece of 18th century architecture.

Day 3 We will begin our day by visiting the Chateau de Pierrefonds. The Chateau is one of France's most handsome and imposing medieval castles. Its white stones and towers with multi-level turrets on top give it a romantic atmosphere reminiscent of the ideal Cinderella castle. Originally built as a fortress 600 years ago, it was reconstructed in the romantic style in the mid-19th century. We will then continue on to Compiègne for our visit to Palais de Compiègne, a royal and imperial palace. Built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodelled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III, the Palais de Compiègne was a centre for court life and the exercise of power. The originality and beauty of this, the biggest neo-classical palace in France, and the quality of its interior décor and furnishings make for a unique ensemble. Alongside Versailles and Fontainebleau, this historic place is one of the three largest royal and imperial residences in France.

Day 4 We say goodbye to our hotel and begin our journey hone but first we will stop in Beauvais, here we will meet our guide for a walking tour of historic Beauvais. We will then visit Paris-Caramels de Beauvais Sweet Factory for our tour and tasting. Since 1957, Paris-Caramels has used its extensive experience to create classic gourmet treats; chocolates decorated by hand, one by one, caramels with toppings and fresh chocolates all made with great care and professionalism. After our visit we will continue our journey home.

3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
2 Hour Walking Tour of Historic Beauvais
Tour & Tasting Beauvais Sweet Factory
Chantilly Chateau, Gardens, Stable & Museum
Tasting at Chapelle St John Cheese Dairy
Visit & Demonstration at Gerberoy Pottery
Compiegne Royal Palace & Gardens
Entry to Chateau de Pierrefonds

Novotel Chateau De Mafflier

Novotel Chateau De Maffiliers is situated in rural surroundings, located just outside Paris. This 4 star hotel boasts 99 bedrooms, a stylish restaurant and classic British bar with views of the Chateau's gardens. Guests can use the hotel’s facilities which include a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium; there is also free Wifi in the public areas of the hotel. All rooms have en-suite facilities, flat screen TV & minibar.

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