DAY 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Less than an hour after leaving the port you will be checking in to your own Château for the weekend. An aperitif will be served this evening before a memorable dinner in the restaurant. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
DAY 2 - After a leisurely breakfast, you may like to join the included visits to Saint Omer as well as the optional afternoon excursion to the Audomarois Marshes. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening in the Château restaurant. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
Charming Saint Omer with its architectural gems such as the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral and the ruins of Saint Bertin's Abbey is well worth a visit. At the heart of the town is the impressive main square, Place du Maréchal Foch, where the weekly market is held on a Saturday morning. The stunning public gardens are also well worth a visit. Return to the Château for a relaxed afternoon or join the optional visit to the Audomarois Marshes.
The National Nature Reserve of the Audomarois Marshes are today the only remaining cultivated wetlands in France. This marvellous ecosystem covers 35km2 and is home to over 200 species of birds as well as 300 varieties of plants. You will visit the 'Maison du Marais', the rather futuristic but sympathetically constructed exhibition for the region where you will learn more about the history, the habitat and the biodiversity of the marshes. Then take a ride (approx 1 hour) through the waterways on a bacôve, a traditional wooden boat.
DAY 3 - Today it is adieu to Château Tilques as you head to back to the coast for a stop in Boulogne with its lovely 'high' town encircled by a 13th century wall. Then it's on to Calais and the return Channel crossing and the journey home.