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The Plantagenets in France

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

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2019 Tour code: FPH19

About the tour

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.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Tours

Meet your group and 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.

Includes
  • Dinner
Tours
Day 2 - Poitiers

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Fontevraud Abbey
Day 3 - 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Chinon Castle
Day 4 - 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Abbeville Church
Day 5 - 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 Center Historique Médiéval Museum before we return to London via the Eurostar from Lille.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Battle of Agincourt

Additional information

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.

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Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Hotels

Hotel Mecure Abbeville Center

Hotel Mecure Abbeville Center, Abbeville

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Mercure Tours Center Gare Hotel

Mercure Tours Center Gare Hotel, Tours

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Train

Eurostar

Reviews

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Anonymous

Submitted May 29, 2018

We very much enjoyed this vacation, but found the traveling distances to the battlefields rather long.

Anonymous

Submitted May 29, 2018

The actual vacation was very enjoyable. The score of 4 reflects the time spent waiting for connections caused by the rail strike in France.

Mrs G Starkey

Submitted Sep 25, 2017

Excellent organisation. Itinerary just as described in the brochure. Excellent tour leader.

Mr M Chivers

Submitted Sep 25, 2017

It was well organized and efficient use of the time available. A nicer hotel and better food in the evenings would have been appreciated.

Mrs J Dyas

Submitted Jun 05, 2017

Lovely vacation. Well created. The only problem was the hotel in Tours was not up to scratch. Would have had no meals had it not been for the tour manager who organised a meal in town of tours.

Anonymous

Submitted May 29, 2017

It would have been 5 star had the hotel at Tours been better. This hotel was not worth its 4 star claim; the breakfast was dismal and cold, my room was small and cramped and had a security light shining directly in all night. It was unsuitable for the group because there was no dining room and therefore nowhere for our tour leader to deliver his talk.

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