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Picardy

Picardy


Picardy is the cradle of Gothic art and architecture with its six splendid cathedrals, particularly France’s monumental one in the capital of the region, Amiens. Picardy over the years has been a war-torn region that was often the place of invasions and battles. The two World Wars ripped through this region, leaving behind a fascinating legacy for visitors today, notably the battlefields of the Somme, now so tranquil.

Just north of Picardy is Nord-Pas de Calais, a region criss-crossed by a network of picturesque canals and rivers, a haven of pastoral landscapes, picturesque villages and historic cities such as Lille. Old mills, ancient abbeys and elegant châteaux are in abundance and it is the perfect region for those seeking a slower pace of life.

The scenery along the Canal du Nord, the canal we cruise on in this region, and over the Vermandois Hills is spectacular rural France at its best with wonderful towpath walks. Further south the châteaux of Chantilly and Compiègne nestle in a large forest that once extended all the way from Paris and it is near Compiègne itself that the World War I Armistice was famously signed in a railway carriage.
 

This map represents one of the sample itineraries we offer in this region.

It is on the 12 passenger Panache, the 12 passenger Savoir Faire and the ultra deluxe La Nouvelle Etoile that you can cruise through this fascinating region if you book their cruises between Paris and Belgium which take place in May each year.

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Cruises and barges in Picardy

Barges : Savoir Faire   L'Impressionniste    La Nouvelle Etoile   Panache  

Cruises : Classic Cruises    Longer Waterway Journeys    Flower Show Cruises    Families With Children Cruises    Golf Cruises    Wine Appreciation Cruises   


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