Festive fairytale hideaway
Spend an unforgettable Christmas at France's largest chateau-hotel, a grand, four-star spa property set among the leafy surroundings of Chantilly forest. Enjoy a relaxing few days indulging in festive dinners and making the most of the chateau's spa and wellness facilities, and enjoy leisurely visits to nearby Chateau de Chantilly and the pretty town of Senlis. An optional day trip to Paris completes this wonderful festive break in France.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Travel to Chantilly
Fly to Paris and continue to Chantilly. Here you'll be greeted by your Tour Manager, and then will make the short transfer to elegant Chateau de Montvillargenne, which sits among acres of beautiful, rolling parkland. Spend the rest of the day settling into your sumptuous surroundings, and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner this evening.
Day Two (Christmas Eve): Visit Chateau de Chantilly
This morning, you'll enjoy a visit to Chateau de Chantilly, a magnificent 19-century building set within colourful gardens designed by Andre Le Notre - the architect behind the park of the Palace of Versailles. Browse the chateau and its fascinating museum housed in the stable block, then enjoy some free time to stroll around the petite town of Chantilly.
Return to the hotel during the afternoon and perhaps make use of its spa facilities, then begin your Christmas celebrations this evening with a four-course meal, which includes complimentary mineral water, wine and coffee.
Day Three (Christmas Day): A walking tour of Senlis followed by a Christmas Day lunch
Your Christmas Day begins with a leisurely walking tour of Senlis, a quaint medieval town with narrow, cobbled streets and a magnificent Gothic cathedral. After a scenic morning stroll, return to the hotel for a delicious four-course Christmas lunch, then spend the rest of day relaxing after the festivities. A lighter, two-course meal will be served this evening.
Day Four (Boxing Day): Optional excursion to Paris
Today you'll have the chance to join your Tour Manager on an optional excursion to beautiful Paris. Upon arrival, an orientation tour will introduce some of the French capital's many spectacular sights, and then you're free to explore at your own leisure. Take a stroll down the Champs-Elysees, visit the Louvre or head out to the artists' hub of Montmartre, all while admiring the beautiful Christmas decorations that sparkle in the 'City of Light'.
Return to the hotel for dinner and a final restful evening.
Day Five: Travel home
Transfer to the airport today for your return flight, at the end of a wonderful festive break in northern France.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Please note that breakfasts will be buffet-style.
European closing times
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.