Two beautiful European cities, Arras & Amiens
Two beautiful European cities, Arras & Amiens
Arras is a city that surprises. Largely destroyed during the Great War it was painstakingly reconstructed and today continues to offer some of the grandest squares and architecture in northern Europe. From it's bustling markets to vibrant restaurants and remembrance sites, both within and near the city, there is much to see and do. Our hotel is in the centre of the city with easy access to many impressive buildings and a choice of cafes for that 'people watching' break with a coffee and a pastry.
Friday - Day 1
We have an early start today to travel to Folkestone, via the motorways, for the 35 minute Eurotunnel crossing to France. On arrival in France we will travel to Arras making suitable comfort stops along the way. The route will take us along the A26 and part of the journey is through the Regional National Park of the Caps and Opal Marsh. We will arrive at our hotel in time to relax and freshen up for our evening meal.
Saturday - Day 2
This morning we will visit the cathedral city of Amiens. Here we will have a guided walking tour of the city. Amiens is divided by the Somme river. It’s known for the Gothic Amiens Cathedral and nearby medieval belfry. Shops and cafes line the Quartier St.-Leu’s narrow streets. Floating market gardens (“hortillonnages”) dot the city’s canals. The Musée de Picardie shows art and antiquities spanning centuries. Nearby, the Maison de Jules Verne is a museum where the science fiction author once lived. We have admission into the Notre Dame Cathedral. In the afternoon we will take a boat ride on the Floating Gardens of Amiens. With its 300 hectares of water gardens, Amiens is known as the "Venice of the North". In the old days they were just market gardens, growing leeks, cabbages and carrots for the townspeople.Today only a handful of 'hortillons' (market gardeners) remain to earn a living cultivating the dark and fertile soil of the Hortillonnages.
Sunday - Day 3
Today we will have a guided walking tour of Arras. The third biggest city in Pas-de-Calais, Arras is famous for its two magnificent cobbled squares: Grand'Place and Place des Héros (Heroes Square). Surrounded by 155 Flemish Baroque-style houses, they are the pride of Arras residents and are greatly admired by visitors. Lined with covered galleries housing fine food shops and cafés, Place des Héros is dominated by the city hall's impressive belfry, a UNESCO listed site. From a height of 75 metres, the view it offers of the city and surrounding countryside is superb! Another building worthy of your attention is the old Benedictine Abbey of St. Vedast, whose origins date back to the 7th century. In the 18th century, reconstruction and renovation work was undertaken, resulting in this extremely elegant style, like in the main courtyard. After your guided walk the rest of the day is yours to re-visit some of the many places you have been shown.
Monday - Day 4
After our breakfast we will board the coach for our journey back to the UK via the Eurotunnel. We will make comfort stops along the way
Mercure Arras Centre Gare. This 4-star hotel is just a short walk from the city's pedestrian streets and the Town Hall belfry which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recently re-furbished it boasts comfortable rooms and is ideally located close to the Louvre-Lens museum and the Notre Dame de Lorette and Vimy memorial sites. Our restaurant offers contemporary and innovative cuisine. Ideally situated right in the city center, near "Les Places", Belfry of Arras, Fine Arts Museum, Museum Letaille Bullecourt and Wellington quarry. Mercure Arras Centre Gare Hotel is also well situated from Louvre-Lens Museum and Stadium Bollaert-Delélis, the memorial of Vimy, Notre-Dame de Lorette. Please note that breakfast is a continental cold buffet.
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