This tour of Senlis is not simply a visit to an ancient royal city. It is a step back into a long distant past not often accessible to the visitor of modern France, as if you have been taken in your personal time machine to a place where time stood still, long ago. Through its charm and its quaint, narrow and winding streets, you are transported to another era, although perhaps not as far back as when the Capet dynasty was established here in 987. Senlis is the ancient capital of Carolingian kings, who built a fortified town on older Gallo-Roman ruins. Much of the original ramparts and many of the original portals can be visited today

And what better way to see it is there than in a private horse-drawn carriage that takes you to the twelfth century Notre Dame Cathedral, the Jardin du Roy (king’s garden) situated in the Gallo-Roman moat, the charming place du Parvis, the old royal castle and the old town?

Paris Luxury Tours usually proposes this tour of Senlis in conjunction with its tours of Chantilly and Compiegne, to make a full one day excursion from Paris (for details, click on those selections on the left side of this page). It is also an ideal place to have a leisurely country luncheon, such as in the intimate dining room of the Bourgeois Gentilhomme restaurant located in the old town.