The Royal Escape in Picardy
Best Time to Visit
April to October
1-hour drive from Paris
Immerse yourself in the royal Domaine de Chantilly — Renaissance Castle, French Gardens, Horse Museum.
Discover Napoléon’s favourite palace, Palais de Compiègne, and the stunning forest that surrounds it.
Remember your fairy tale visit with a photo souvenir at the medieval Pierrefonds Castle.
Take a plunge into the royal life of French Kings & Queens. Picardy offers enchanting castles, a grand art collection, delectable cuisine, majestic gardens and much more!
Chantilly is a historic town famous for its Royal Château, delicate lace and delicious whipped cream called “crème Chantilly”. In the morning, visit the Chantilly Castle and discover France’s second largest ancient art collection after the Louvre. Stroll the majestic gardens that surround the castle designed by the celebrated landscape architect André le Nôtre. If you have time, don’t miss the ancient stables of the Musée du Cheval, the horse museum, which also hosts an exciting horse spectacle!
After a lunch break, proceed to Compiègne to visit its magnificent palace that holds imperial apartments. It is said to be one of Napoleon’s favorite palaces.
The edge of the Compiègne Forest reveals a vision straight out of a fairy tale — the remarkable medieval fortress of Pierrefonds. As you stroll the streets of this village, be prepared to be mesmerized by stunning views of this ancient fortress.
After spending the day taking in the regal sights of Picardy, head back to Paris for a relaxing evening.
Activities & Services
Spend a luxurious night in a magnificent Château-Hôtel.
Take a magical flight over the Castle in a hot air balloon.
Enjoy exotic French cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant (★★).
Spend an unusual night in a treehouse!
The Chantilly Castle
From 28th March to 1st November: Open every day from 10am to 6pm (the park is open until 8 pm)
From 2nd November to 27th March: Open every day, except Tuesdays, from 10:30am to 5pm (the park is open until 6 pm)
January: Castle closed.
Depends on the time of the year. Calendar available upon request.
The Compiègne Palace
From 1st April to 31st October: Open every day, except Tuesdays, from 10am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 6pm.
From 1st November to 31st March: Open every day, except Tuesdays, from 1:30pm to 4pm.
Starting from₹ 1,470 per person
Included in the price
Entry fee for:
The Chantilly Castle
The Compiègne palace
Audio guide for:
The Condé museum and Grand Apartments (Chantilly Castle)
The Grand Apartments (Compiègne Palace)
Not included in the price
The horse show in Chantilly
-Round trip transport
Paris – Chantilly
52 km from central Paris, 1-hour drive / 33 km from CDG airport, 45-minute drive.
25 minutes from Paris Gare du Nord station, get off at Chantilly-Gouvieux station.
From Chantilly train station to Domaine de Chantilly:
– On foot:
– By taxi:
– By bus:
the DUC bus (free of charge). Get off at “Eglise Notre-Dame” or “Château”.
Chantilly – Compiègne
50 km from Chantilly Castle to Compiègne Palace, 1-hour drive.
45 minutes from Paris Gare du Nord station.
Compiègne – Pierrefonds
15 km from Compiègne Palace to Pierrefonds Castle, 15-minute drive.
Pierrefonds – Paris
90 km from Pierrefonds Castle to central Paris, drive of 1 hour 15 minutes.