Hauts-de-France Culture & history

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Paris: Skip-the-line in Louvre Museum Guidance to Mona Lisa

1. Paris: Skip-the-line in Louvre Museum Guidance to Mona Lisa

For a long time, before becoming a museum in 1793, the Louvre was one of the main residences of the kings of France. Located in the heart of Paris, it covers an area of 73,000 square meters and houses the largest collection of art works in the world, from civilizations over 7,000 years old to the 19th century. The collections of the museum are divided into 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Oriental Antiquities, Islamic Art, Paintings, Sculptures, Artworks and Graphics. Upon arrival, admire this masterpiece painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1506 and one of the most famous portraits of women in the world, the host will let you enjoy the museum at your own pace.

Lille City Tour

2. Lille City Tour

What could be nicer than to tour the city comfortably seated in a minibus? This is the perfect way to discover Lille in 75 minutes. Equipped with an audiovisual system in 9 languages (French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian), this city tour by bus offers views of the city’s main sites and monuments, from its origins to the most modern districts. Admire the Goddess statue as you drive past the Place du Général de Gaulle (Grand Place) and see the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce and the Beauregard Row at the Place du Théâtre. Of course, you will also drive past the Townhall with its Belfry, the Citadel and the Old Paris Gate.

Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit the entire Domaine de Chantilly at your leisure, 7,800 hectares located in one of the largest forests in Paris.  Explore the Château, which houses the Condé Museum. This is made up of the princely suites, an exceptional collection of paintings (over 800 masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli, Raphael, Poussin, and Delacroix), and a library and archives conserving over 13,000 works.  Visit the gardens for a magnificent panorama of the art of the Western garden, with the French-style garden designed by Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the 18th-century Anglo-Chinese garden housing the Hamlet that served as a model for Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet in the Petit Trianon in Versailles, and the 19th century English garden. Discover the Great Stables, which are a masterpiece of 18th-century architecture. They house the Museum of the Horse, which is home to over 200 objects and works of art dedicated to the equine world. All year long, the Great Stables propose magical equestrian shows.

Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

4. Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

Enjoy an entry ticket to visit this magnificent, medieval-style castle. Immerse yourself in this reconstructed castle that is now a National Monument. Explore the large salons, the central courtyard, the donjon, and the chapel as you walk around. Meet your host at the Château de Pierrefonds enterance. Feel like a princess as you experience an authentic tour of the castle with an audio guide. Walk around the castle grounds and admire its unspoiled beauty. Make sure to spam your Instagram stories. You will without a doubt capture amazing photos, your very own slice of history. Gaze at this dreamy castle as you wander around at your own pace. If you are visiting any Château when in France, it should be this reborn beauty.  See the impressive architecture and learn all about the rich history. The original castle existed here in the 14th-century but was demolished in the 17th-century, before being rebuilt by Napoleon III in the 18th-century.  Stand in awe of this château - One of France's hidden gems. If you love medieval times, castles, and rich history, visiting here is a necessity.

Paris: Anzac Day Day Tour to Villers Bretonneux

5. Paris: Anzac Day Day Tour to Villers Bretonneux

Explore the Somme, where a dramatic period of history took place, on this full-day Anzac Day trip to the Somme Battlefields, and see the major memorials, cemeteries, and battle sites of World War I. Departing Paris, transfer to the small town of Villers Bretonneux, where the Victoria School was built in 1923-1927 as a gift from the children of the state of Victoria in Australia to the children of Villers-Bretonneux as proof of their love and goodwill towards France. Go to the Adelaide Cemetery to pay your respects to the fallen soldiers. See the deep Lochnagar Crater left behind at La Boiselle in 1916, providing a stark testimony of the ravages of war. Visit the site of the Battle of Pozières, see the poignant Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval. Visit Péronne to see the war memorial of Mont Saint-Quentin overlooking the Somme River, and much more.

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Palace Tour w/ Gardens

6. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Palace Tour w/ Gardens

Learn more about the Palace of Versailles on a guided tour of the inside and spend some free time in the gardens. Avoid the hassle of waiting in long lines with skip-the-line tickets. Meet your guide at Versailles at the foot of the Equestrian Statue of the Sun King, Louis the 14th. Start your tour with a visit to the Royal Apartments. Walk through the interior of the palace and explore its many rooms. Learn fascinating information about its history from your guide. Afterward, spend some free time in the gardens. Explore this 2,000-acre park filled with lovely fountains, statues, and landscaped gardens. If visiting Versailles on a Tuesday or a Friday, see the Musical Gardens show. On Saturdays or Sundays, catch the Musical Fountains Show (from March to October).

Great Stables of Prince de Conde & Palace Chantilly

7. Great Stables of Prince de Conde & Palace Chantilly

On this 6-hour interactive tour, visit the famous Great Stables and the Living Museum of the Horse, getting close to the most expensive racers in the country before plunging into the history of the great noble family and broadening your knowledge of European history, architecture, art, ceremonies, traditions, and cuisine. Have a chance to see the masterpieces from Raphael, Poussin and few others in a stunning gallery before sitting down for a 3-course lunch in the restaurant which includes a starter, main, and dessert. Visit a library that has almost 1,500 manuscripts, making it the second-largest library in France for illuminated manuscripts after the National Library of France. This is the most famous and most admired "treasure" of the Château de Chantilly's collections and there over the 60,000 volumes of books.

WWI Somme Battlefields Day Trip from Paris

8. WWI Somme Battlefields Day Trip from Paris

Travel out to the Somme region and get away from the busy Paris center. Paying homage to the soldiers who fought upon the land and witness the relics of the journey. This day trip is in a luxury van, so you will be comfortable the entire journey and is limited to eight people, so the guide can give detailed responses to any questions. You will marvel at the huge Lochnagar mine crater, walk in the trenches at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and visit the Museum of the Great War in Peronne. Pay your respects to the fallen soldiers in both the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux as well as those remembered at the Thiepval Memorial. Visit and admire the beauty of the 13th century Cathedral of Amiens, the largest Cathedral in France. Once you have had a look around, the tour will head back to Paris for the closure of the trip.

Brussels: Bruges & Flanders Fields Remembrance Full-Day Trip

9. Brussels: Bruges & Flanders Fields Remembrance Full-Day Trip

Discover Flanders, the inspiration for the poem, "In Flander's Feilds" and learn about the history of World War I and the soldiers that fought in it. Learn how the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers sacrificed themselves, and witness the moving of the Last Post in Ypres. In Bruges, enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Then, make a point to admire all the major highlights of the city, such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital, and many more. After lunch, arrive at the scene of the first gas attacks and learn the details of Passchendaele, considered one of the bloodiest battles in the entire first World War. Find yourself in Tynecot, the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery, and visit the advanced dressing station where John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders’ Fields.” The focus of this visit is on the sacrifice of the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers. The highlight of the day is the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres.

Versailles: Electric Scooter Rental

10. Versailles: Electric Scooter Rental

After having equipped you with helmets, and initiated to the driving of the scooter, you will leave to discover the city of Versailles. You will start by the Park of the Castle. 800 hectares to discover, with historical monuments : La lanterne the second residence of the President of the Republic, see to the port of the Grand canal. You will make a stop in front of the Grand Trianon built by Jules Hardouin Mansart, the 1er architect of the king Louis XIV. Then, you will go in the city to see the Antiques district, cross the market of the Notre dame district. You will take height to see the reservoirs which fed the fountains of the gardens of the sun king. You will back to the Statue of the King Louis XIV, in front of the castle of Versailles. Walk through the charming streets of Versailles, make a frequent stops to take pictures and talk about what you see. It's an original experience to visit the City

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I was hesitant to do a guided tour but let me tell you it’s worth it! First, If it’s your first time visiting, you need a guide (our was Cecile, amazing) to explain the history and guide you through, this is a huge property and there are many things to explore. This experience covers the most important parts of chateau Versailles. Second, the transport is hassle free. Yes, you can take the train, metro, walk (back and forth) but it’s a pain especially when returning back. Spend the extra money you won’t regret it. One last thing, the 5 hour tour is including transportation of 30-40min each way.

Beautiful experience and a MUST see. Stairs are steep so make sure you wear secure and comfortable shoes! Lines are long so buy your skip the line ticket, you won’t be sorry. And, do make sure you stand in the correct line

Our half day tour with the gourmet lunch was fantastic. The organization for meeting, traveling to/from Versailles and our tour was great! Sylvia was a wonderfully delightful tour guide! Definitely recommend!

Wonderful trip, well organized and very interesting. Excellent tour guide (Leona) and driver (Ibrahim). Highly recommended

It’s definitely worth it to get a bus trip and guided tour!