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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

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Use the Petit Train

We saw this from the road train - rather easier than walking down the hill and back up again. A fascinating insight into the historic city.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Peter and Sue D
York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We saw this from the road train - rather easier than walking down the hill and back up again. A fascinating insight into the historic city.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old part of Chartres is interesting to walk through. They also have a walking path on the river, where we encountered many local people strolling after dinner. The views of the old buildings in the reflection of the river was one of our favorites. Take the time to stroll on the river walk.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

The historic section of Chartres is a small maze of narrow streets, many of them now pedestrian. You will find a few historic houses, and also look for hidden little treasures: arched porches, window frames, statues nestled in the walls, cobblestones alleys... Rue des Ecuyers is particularly scenic, as well as rue Saint Pierre. Stroll along the Eure too for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We headed out for a wander and to find somewhere for dinner without knowing anything about Chartres. We immediately fell in love with the city. Every corner was like a set from a movie. So picturesque and steeped in history.

1 Thank Spillano78
Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Pass the cathedral, go down the hill to walk along the river through old town then climb the 113 stairs back up at Tertre Saint Nicholas. Beautiful and peaceful.

1 Thank Malcolm G
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Last day of April , surprisingly still cool/chilly and windy . The amazing Cathedral is only 7 minutes walk from the beautiful Hotel Des Poemes where we banked for our only one night stay in Chartres . After visiting the Cathedral , if there's still space in the card , take your beloved one ( and photographic equipment ) for... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Very beautiful small town, especially along the river. Worth an amble for a hour or so, but beware finding public toilets in Chartres is not easy - go before you start strolling

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

Great to be there on a relatively quiet day. Very photogenic houses and streets. It reminded me a bit of Bruges down by the river. A little history: the old city gate/wall destroyed in WWII - area now being restored. Good family activity.

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Webster, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Besides the primary cathedral at Chartes, there are three other beautiful cathedrals of varying age to see. Be sure to find the boarded houses, and the sluice gates of the old leatherworker that channel into the L'Eure. Walk down the long stairway and explore the lower town, marveling at the cathedral mount rising in the near distance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

If you an handle stairs, very walkable and worth seeing - lots of C13th and C14th buildings and winding, narrow alley ways.

1 Thank Annie-Edward

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