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Escorted Rail Tours to Amiens

Discover a medieval town with a turbulent past in northern France’s Somme Valley

Amiens, the capital of the Picardy region of northern France, is an historic and picturesque city on the banks of the River Somme. Originally a walled Roman settlement, often ransacked and looted as a result of its prosperity, Amiens was eventually recognised as a city by the King of France in 1113.

Subsequently Amiens benefited from a lucrative textile industry, becoming renowned by the nineteenth century for its fine velour. During this century Amiens was remodelled, its enclosing walls removed and its avenues widened to accommodate the expansion of the city as new neighbourhoods emerged.

At the onset of the First World War in 1914 Amiens became a base for the British Expeditionary Force due to its proximity to the Western Front and its usefulness as a transport hub. Gaining control of Amiens was vital to the German war effort but sustained bombing, which destroyed much of the city in 1918, failed to achieve this goal.

Amiens suffered further significant damage during World War II, but extensive and sympathetic post-war restoration work and urban regeneration in recent decades has re-established the city as an exciting and rewarding destination for visitors, offering many historic buildings, beautiful green spaces and cultural attractions to enjoy and an ideal base from which to explore the battlefields and memorials of the Somme.

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A Portrait of the Impressionist's Seine

Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. Paired with informative on board talks and shore excursions along both the Route des Abbayes and the Alabaster Coast, this is a tour that delivers the very best of Northern France.

Departs from May 2017 to August 2017.
7 days from £1,395per personView tour details
Luxembourg, Trier & Metz Christmas Markets

On this Christmas Market holiday, we stay in Luxembourg whilst enjoying the best of the festive season with visits to the Christmas Markets of medieval Trier and nearby Metz.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £475per personView tour details
Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi

From timeless vineyards and sundrenched, rugged hills to imposing Cathar castles and historic abbeys, join us on a remarkable tour showcasing the very best of Languedoc. We explore the iconic walled Cité of Carcassonne, enjoy an excursion to the 'Ville Rose' city of Toulouse and immerse ourselves in local market life.

Departs from May 2017 to October 2017.
7 days from £1,595per personView tour details
Premium Rhine Cruise

Join us on the wonderful MS Amadeus Silver II as we cruise our way through Germany along the romantic River Rhine. From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
8 days from £1,890per personView tour details
Classic Western Mediterranean Cruise

Step on board the Celebrity Silhouette, for a superb ocean cruise experience through the warm waters of the Western Mediterranean. Boarding at Barcelona, we travel across the sea, stopping at charming ports of call - from Cannes and the Côte d'Azur, to Tuscany and Rome, our tour takes us to the highlights of this beautiful European region.

Departs in September 2017.
12 days from £2,195per personView tour details
Premium Corsica & Côte d'Azur

Experience some of the most glorious destinations in the whole of the Mediterranean such as the idyllic, golden island of Corsica, with its picturesque beaches, and the quintessential holiday spots of the Italian and French Rivieras. Taste one of Italy's most famous dishes and discover the glamour of Monaco and Cannes, all from the comfort of your unique five-masted tall ship, the Royal Clipper.

Departs in August 2017.
11 days from £3,095per personView tour details
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to step back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure. Travel in comfort and style as this wonderful tour takes in seductive Paris, vibrant Milan and Venice - the most beguiling of Europe's cities, offering the best in culture, art and architecture.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
9 days from £4,395per personView tour details
Nice & the Côte d'Azur

The wonderful hilltop towns of fragrant Provence combine with chic resorts and the glamorous principality of Monaco on this exciting rail tour of Nice and the Côte d'Azur. Join us as we discover the French Riviera, which has long been a favoured destination of the rich and famous.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
7 days from £1,395per personView tour details
Avignon, the Rhône & Provence

Discover Avignon, the Rhône and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
7 days from £1,095per personView tour details
Biarritz & the Atlantic Pyrenees

Superb sandy beaches, a mild climate and a delightful ocean promenade have drawn visitors to Biarritz for years. Here we see the region's lovely coastal resorts, the mighty Pyrenees and the unique Basque heritage.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
7 days from £1,345per personView tour details
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Selected highlights of Amiens:

Catédral Notre Dame
Amiens' magnificent Gothic cathedral, the largest of its kind in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was completed in the thirteenth century and is notable not only for its stunning architecture but also for its stained-glass windows which bathe the cathedral's vaulted interior in multi-coloured light.

Maison de Jules Verne
The famous author of Around the World in Eighty Days lived in Amiens for eighteen years and was a city councillor for fifteen years. Verne's former house is now a museum dedicated to the author and features four floors of exhibits and memorabilia which take visitors on an entertaining and informative journey through his life and works.

Constructed from the marsh reeds that grow along the River Somme, Les Hortillonages are man-made island gardens that have been used as floating market stalls selling flowers and vegetables since medieval times.

Musee de Picardie
One of the first purpose-built museum buildings in France and dating from the mid-nineteenth century, Picardy's principal museum houses a stunning and perhaps unexpected collection of exhibits and artefacts covering themes such as Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt (including a mummy) and the Archaeology of Picardy. A gallery also contains many fine works by artists including Picasso, El Greco, Franz Hals, Francis Bacon and other notable artists.

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