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Our base, the charming citadel town of Montreuil
Tours of the Battlefields of Agincourt and Crecy
Medieval Chateau D’Olhain
Two talks from medieval historian, Julian Humphrys
The Hundred Years' War (1337–1453) was a series of conflicts during the Late Middle Ages between the kingdoms of England and France. It centred primarily on competing claims to the French crown by the English House of Plantagenet and the French House of Valois and was one of the most notable conflicts of the Middle Ages, in which five generations of kings from two rival dynasties fought for the throne of the largest kingdom in Western Europe. The war left an indelible mark on European history, with both sides producing innovations in military technology, strategy, and tactics, that permanently changed warfare. This fascinating tour looks at the facts with visits to some of the key venues, in the company of entertaining and knowledgeable historian, Julian Humphrys.
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Departing: 01st April 2022 at 11:20
Returning: 04th April 2022 at 17:20
Day 1: Travel to Montreuil by coach and Eurotunnel, afternoon orientation tour.
Travel by coach from London (approx. 08.00) or Maidstone (09.15) to Folkestone for Eurotunnel crossing to Calais and onwards the short distance (70km) to the lovely town of Montreuil for check-in to the Best Western Hermitage Hotel. Afternoon brief orientation walking tour of the old town of Montreuil. The town – often referred to as Montreuil-sur-Mer, although the sea is now some distance away - was famous as the headquarters of the British Army in France from March 1916 until the end of the war. It is an appealing town with lots of excellent local restaurants. This evening there will be a welcome drink and lecture from Julian, “The Hundred Years War”, followed by dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Montreuil and Chateau d’Olhain.
This morning we will explore the ancient town of Montreuil with Julian, starting with its historic ramparts which surround the town and the citadel, built in the aftermath of the Hundred Years War. We will also visit the Bendictine Abbey de Saint-Saulve, which dates back to the 10th century. After free time for lunch (not included), we head out of town to the fortified castle of Chateau d’Olhain, dating back to the 13th and 15th centuries and offering a fascinating insight into medieval life. Evening lecture by Julian, “Weapons and warfare in the late Middle Ages,” and dinner with wine at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Agincourt Battlefield and Crecy Battlefield.
Today we visit two key sites from the Hundred Years War, which were both pivotal in the development of Western European history. Most people have heard of these battles, but a visit with Julian will explain their significance, starting first with a tour of the Agincourt Battlefield and Memorial. It took place on 25 October 1415 and was an unexpected English victory (which is why it is referred to so often perhaps!) that started a period of English dominance in the war and formed the centrepiece of Shakespeare’s Henry V, written in 1599. After time for lunch (not included) in the attractive town of Hesdin, we head to the site of another famous English victory at Crecy, dating from 26 August 1345. An observation tower here allows Julian to explain how events unfolded and their significance. Evening free.
Day 4: Boulogne-sur-Mer and home.
Some free time in Montreuil, before we head to the pretty old port of Boulogne-Sur-Mer with free time to wander the streets of the old town and time for lunch (not included). We then return to Maidstone and London via the Eurotunnel at Calais. With arrival expected at approximately 18.00 to Maidstone and London at 19.30.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
The quickest and most convenient way to get to this area of Normandy is by modern, executive coach and Eurotunnel.
Departure from London Victoria will be at about 08.00 with a further pick up made at Maidstone Services in good time for a scheduled Eurotunnel departure of 11.20. The Eurotunnel crossing operates up to 4 times per hour and takes just 35 minutes to Calais. The driving time from Calais to Montreuil is approximately 1 hour.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Best Western Hermitage, Montreuil
Set in a grand 19th century building in the heart of the historic centre of Montreuil, the three-star Best Western Hermitage is a stylish and atmospheric place to stay. Facilities here include a gym, spa (extra cost), terrace, bar and restaurant, opened by the Michelin-star Chef Alexandre Gauthier. The hotel has 57 comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including TV, telephone, safe and hairdryer.
Julian read history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, has worked at historical sites both in Britain and overseas and is now a trustee of the Battlefields Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has a very infectious enthusiasm for history and has published numerous books on castles and battles. He currently leads more than a dozen tours for Travel Editions and imparts his extraordinary historical knowledge with wit and panache, making a tour led by him both an educational and entertaining experience.
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