Remembrance and horses in Northern France
MICE offer3 days / 2 nights
Destination (s)Northern France
ThemesGastronomy – Cooking
Heritage – Museums
Places of remembrance
The kingdom of French elegance !
50 km North of Paris, the Château de Chantilly and its grounds are the kingdom of French elegance and horses. Located less than 100 km from the WW1 Australian front lines, its visit allows you to put yourself in the footsteps of the Diggers.
This programm was made to comemorate Australian soldiers. If you want to pay respect to British, American or Canadian servicemen, other option are available.
Arrival in Villers-Bretonneux. On the ground of Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Sir John Monash Centre is a unique opportunity to commemorate and pay respect to the Australian who served during the First World War. Its cutting-edge technology will allow you, thanks to your own smartphone (WiFi provided) to experience what a digger’s live could be during the conflict. The 11,000 names of the missing engraved on the National memorial and the 2,146 headstones are a vibrant reminder that we have to pay respect lest we forget!
Departure to Amiens and lunch. Close to the cathedral or in the pretty waterside district of Saint-Leu, enjoy a simple but classical French 3 course-menu. If time allow, follow a guided tour of the Gothic Cathedral of Amiens, the largest of its kind in France. Its weeping angel was made world-famous by the WW1 servicemen.
Departure to Naours. Visit a part of the 28 galleries and 300 rooms that make these chalk mines a true underground city. Its visitor centre is known for the interpretation of the 3,200 graffiti left mainly by the soldiers that were back from the front lines.
Check-in at the hotel. Dinner. Free evening and overnight.
Breakfast. Visit a race horse training centre! In the midst of the beautiful Chantilly forest, you will discover the 2000 hectares training centre on which 2500 warm-blood horses train every morning. Amongst the galopping horses, and with the explanations of a specialised guide, you will get the opportunity to meet racing professionals (such as trainers, jockeys, according to their availability). Through the guide’s passion for thoroughbred horses, you will live an exceptional experience, high in emotions, in the backstage of the races of which Chantilly is the capital city.
Every year, several horses trained here are crowned world champions. That’s why you will have the opportunity to discover (and may be touch) an authentic trophy of the Melbourne Cup. Visiting some racehorse stables, you will get a chance to admire the champions of the champions.
Lunch in Chantilly town centre. Meet in an elegant town-house in order to enjoy a 3-course classical French lunch (set menu) with 2 glasses of wine. The world-famous crème Chantilly and the warm welcome by the owner will be part of the experience.
Races. The race calendar is not available yet. If necessary, the crew will take the coach to another racetrack (1 hour max one way).
If no race available, the visit of another training centre / meeting with jockeys… will be provided.
You will be accompanied by a specialised guide who will show you the backstage of this very special world. Discover how French races are organised. Have the opportunity to meet racing professionals, such as trainers and jockeys (according to their availability) and visit some of the private areas, such as the weighing room. Assist to the races.
Way back to the hotel. Dinner. Free evening and night.
Breakfast. Visit the Chantilly racecourse! Discover the Princes of Condé racecourse, once qualified by a journalist of the American Blood Horse as “the most beautiful race course in the world”. You will stand at the place where horse racing is said to have been invented.
Guided tour of the Château. Destroyed during the French Revolution, the Château de Chantilly had been rebuilt in the 1870s by the son of the last French king. It stands today as one of the major marvel of the national heritage. It houses the second largest collection of antique paintings in France.
Lunch in La Capitainerie. Under the arches of famous 17th century French chef François Vatel’s old kitchens, at the heart of the château, La Capitainerie restaurant serves a simple, refined menu using fresh produce.
Visit of the Great Stables. Built as a palace for horses, these 300 yo stables are known to be the largest in Europe. It houses the Museum of the Horse that highlights to relationship between humans and horses since the beginning of civilization.
Equestrian show : Enjoy a world renowned equestrian show combining poetry and horse vaulting in the heart of the great stables.
If unavailable : equestrian demonstration : Discover the art of training and horse dressage given by the Equestrian Troop.
End of our services.
This offer includes
- Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks included).
- 5***** hotel in Chantilly.
- All mentioned services included.
This offer does not include
- personnal expenses.
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Crédits Photos © : Jérôme HOUYVET / Thierry JARNET