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Top Choice Cathedral in Chartres

Cathédrale Notre Dame

One of Western civilisation’s crowning architectural achievements, the 130m-long Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres is renowned for its brilliant-blue stained-glass windows and sacred holy veil. Built in the Gothic s…
Top Choice Palace in Versailles

Château de Versailles

Amid magnificently landscaped formal gardens, this splendid and enormous palace was built in the mid-17th century during the reign of Louis XIV – the Roi Soleil (Sun King) – to project the absolute power of the Fren…
Top Choice Palace in Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau

The resplendent, 1900-room Château de Fontainebleau’s list of former tenants and guests reads like a who’s who of French royalty and aristocracy. Every square centimetre of wall and ceiling space is richly adorned w…
Top Choice French in Versailles

Ore

Full-length windows frame the Cour d’Honneur and Cour Royale at this resplendent light-flooded restaurant inside the Château de Versailles. Created by superstar chef Alain Ducasse, it offers breakfast (mini pastries…
Top Choice French in Senlis

Le Julianon

Framed by blue shutters, this 17th-century stone house contains Senlis' best restaurant. Cutting-edge flavour combinations include Lozère sausage with fig jus, rhubarb-poached chicken, smoked sea bream-stuffed calam…
Top Choice French in Chartres

Le Cloître Gourmand

Entered from rue du Cardinal Pie, this 17th-century townhouse framed by duck-egg-blue shutters has timber-panelled walls, beamed ceilings and up-close views of the cathedral's north portal. Book at least a week ahea…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Disneyland Resort Paris

Disneyland Resort Paris

Basic one-day admission fees at Disneyland Resort Paris include unlimited access to attractions in either Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios Park. A multitude of multi-day passes, special offers and packages are…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Fontainebleau

L'Axel

Chef Kunihisa Goto has gained a Michelin star for his inspired flavour combinations: turbot with candied artichoke and yuzu-butter sauce, veal sweetbreads with cinnamon-roasted carrot purée, and mango mousse in a wh…
Gardens in Versailles

Château de Versailles Gardens & Park

The section of the vast gardens nearest the palace, laid out between 1661 and 1700 in the formal French style, is famed for its geometrically aligned terraces, flower beds, tree-lined paths, ponds and fountains. The…
Chateau in Île-de-France

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

The privately owned Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and its fabulous formal gardens, 20km north of Fontainebleau and 61km southeast of Paris, were designed and built by Le Brun, Le Vau and Le Nôtre between 1656 and 1661 …