Provins: at the discovery of the medieval past
- Theme: town of Provins, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and renowned for its medieval fairs, historical center, ancient fortifications and city walls.Place:ProvinsWhen: During the low/medium season of the spring trimester (March, April, May).
- Services offered during the itinerary:
- Multilingual travel guides.
- English spoken in various tourism offices.
- Other foreign languages including European language documents available (print or web)
Target: Seniors lovers of history, culture and traditions.
- Particular offers/services during the itinerary:
- Meals in typical restaurants.
- Demonstrations of falconry.
- Visits to historical and archaeological sites.
Provins is a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its medieval fairs and its beautiful historical centre.
The town is known for its medieval fortifications, such as the Tour César (the Caesar Tower) and well-preserved city walls.
This perfectly preserved walled town is the destination for all lovers of medieval culture and traditions: festivities take place during different periods of the year and include activities with horses, falconry shows and dressed up medieval parades.
Provins also offers other tourist attractions; all over the town visitors can admire remarkable medieval architecture from the 12th century.
La Tour César and the 5km of ramparts are fine examples of medieval military architecture dating. Several medieval buildings stand on the Place du Châtel , incluing Saint-Thibaut Church, the Hôtel de la Coquille and the Croix des Changes monument in the centre of the square. La Grange aux Dimes was a 12th century storage building that now shelters an exhibition on Medieval Provins fairs. And La Maison Romane is the earliest example of a Provins’ stone structure, in modern times it has been converted in a museum.
Provins is placed 80km east from Paris.
Dates: 26th-28th of June 2017
Duration: 3 days
Accommodation: Ibis Hotel in Provins
Day 1 – 14th of March
The participants will arrive in Paris at different times and then will meet the guides at the Gare de l’Est station in order to catch the train to Provins.
The group will reach Provins station by train and then will reach by bus (see “Arrival of the participants” section here below) the Ibis hotel where dinner will be served to the group of travelers.
The visiting day will begin with the breakfast at the hotel. Then the participants will reach the tourist office to buy tickets to access the medieval buildings.
The visit of the Medieval centre of Provins will start with the ramparts from Porte Saint Jean to Porte de Jouy will take you to Place du Châtel, then the César Tower, symbol of the power of the Counts of Champagne. The tour will end with a visit of Collegiate Church of Saint-Quiriace.
The group will have lunch in the traditional restaurant of “Le César Gourmand” with local traditional food.
In the early afternoon, participants will attend Traditional Falconry Show: the Eagles of Ramparts
Since 4000 years, falconry, an ancestral hunting technique, has been practiced throughout the world. This art of hunt was famous in the Middle Ages and passed from generation to generation. This tradition, respectful of nature and the environment, is included in the list of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The medieval show “The eagles of Remparts” will give you the opportunity to discover falconry through the people who have practiced these hunting techniques, as a real art of living: the Western lords of the Middle Ages, the Arab nomads of the Middle East, the Kazakhs in the steppes of Central Asia. You will be fascinated by the flight of eagles, hawks, kites, caracaras, vultures, owls and serpentines. This prodigious aerial ballet will leave unforgettable remembrances of Provins!
The rest of the afternoon will be devoted to visiting the Medieval Market and the Underground ancient graffiti.
The palace of the underground in graffiti is a mythical place of the heritage of Provins that owes its existence to the exploitation of the “fuller’s earth” used in textile industry in the Middle Ages. It also served as a refuge, a cellar and a warehouse. This fabulous network of galleries was also the secret meeting for Freemasons and Companions, as shown by the many graffiti that you will discover.
The Grange of the dimes is a sumptuous 13th century merchant’s house, which served as a covered market during fairs and then warehouse for the tithe (a tax for the support of the Church or the clergy). Nowadays, in its magnificent vaulted rooms, the building hosts carved capitals representing the corporations and merchants of the Middle Ages.
The dinner will be served to participants in a typical French restaurant and then the travelers have the possibility to go wine tasting in traditional wine cellar (this activity is optional and it is on the participants fees).
Breakfast will be served at the hotel at 8:30. At 10:00 the participants will visit the Rose gardens in the morning. This garden is placed in the centre of the medieval city and hosts more than 400 varieties of roses, organized by specific historical themes.
After the visits the group will have lunch at 12:00 at “La Fleur de Sel” restaurant.
After lunch, the guides will accompany the group to Gare de l’Est and will provide information on the transports to the airports.
Day 4 — 17th of March
The participants will have breakfast at the hotel and will get ready for departure. They will reach Paris by train from Chenonceaux train station.
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