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Be transported to a time of fragile English, French relations.

Follow the path of the backstabbing, brave, and utterly ruthless Plantagenet family through France, exploring the tense, and often tragic battles of Agincourt and Poitiers. With your specialist Tour Manager to lead the way, you'll be transported to a time of fragile English, French relations.

  • A specialist Tour Manager with expert knowledge on the Plantagenets
  • The battlefields of Potiers, Crécy and Agincourt
  • Potiers town including the cathedral and Church of Notre-Dame La Grande
  • Fontevraud Abbey
  • Chinon Castle
  • Abbeville
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

The Plantagenets in France 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Tours

London to Tours

Meet your Tour Manager, a Plantagenets expert, at St Pancras for your afternoon Eurostar service to Paris, continuing to Tours on arrival. This city, played an all-important role in the history of the Plantagenets when, in 1444, Henry VI and Charles VII signed the Treaty of Tours in an attempt to bring peace to the region.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Fontevraud Abbey
Fontevraud Abbey


This morning we head out on a full-day's coach excursion, beginning at Poitiers battlefield, site of a celebrated English victory in the Hundred Years' War, as well as the town itself. Here we take in the Church of Notre-Dame La Grande and Poitiers Cathedral, a magnificent Romanesque and early Gothic building built in 1162 by order of Henry II. Our next stop is Fontevraud Abbey, in the county of Anjou. Before dinner we delve deeper into this fascinating and very often bloody family story before dinner, enjoying a talk from our expert Tour Manager.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Chinon Castle
Chinon Castle

Château de Chinon

We visit Château de Chinon today, on the banks of the Vienne River. This turreted masterpiece once belonged to Henry II's brother Geoffrey, count of Anjou, and it was here that the fiery Plantagenet king died in 1189. During our visit we take an tour of the castle, learning about the tumultuous stories that took place under its roof. There is free time for you here to look round independently, before we return to Tours this afternoon.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Abbeville Church
Abbeville Church

To Abbeville

After breakfast this morning we check out of our hotel, and begin our journey by coach to Abbeville in the Picardy region of France. The town was a lynchpin in the Hundred Years' war, changing hands multiple times during this period. We set out on a guided walking tour of the are which includes the Collegiate Church of Saint Vulfran and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We also pass by the Boucher de Perthes Museum, built in honour of the archaeologist Jacques Boucher de Crèvecoeur de Perthes, and spend tonight at the Mercure Hotel in Abbeville, enjoying a final group dinner together.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Battle of Agincourt
Battle of Agincourt

Crécy, Agincourt and return to London

Today we visit two critical battlefields of the Hundred Years War, Crécy and Agincourt. After taking in the battleground, we visit the Crécy Museum before continuing to Agincourt, where the Lancastrian King, Henry V led his troops into uncertainty on October 25 1415. It was such a dramatic moment in Plantagenet history, that it inspired the rousing 'band of brothers' speech from Shakespeare's Henry V. We also visit the Azincourt Centre Historique Médiéval Museum before we return to London via the Eurostar from Lille.

  • Breakfast
Guest Speaker Guest Speaker
Guest Speaker

John Giblin

A former police officer with a passion for medieval history, John Giblin has been involved in guiding our Plantagenet-era tours since their inception. With both a BSc in History & Politics and post-graduate teaching qualifications under his belt, John is able to bring this incredible period to life with expert skill, as you tour poignant sites related to the Plantagenets' turbulent past.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights at the 4-Star Novotel Tours Centre Gare Hotel and 1 night at the 4-Star Hotel Mercure Abbeville Centre

Delicious meals included

  • 7 meals including 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners, including a farewell meal in Abbeville


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Visit to Potiers battlefield, the outside of the Palais de Justice, the Church of Notre-Dame La Grande and Potiers Cathedral
  • Fontrevraud Abbey, Crécy and Agincourt
  • Tours of Chinon Castle and Abbeville

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar from £85 per person per journey


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
The Plantagenets in France

Be transported to a time of fragile English, French relations.


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