Embark on a seamless and luxurious journey with our private car and van transfer service from CDG Airport to the historic cities of Chartres, Orléans, and Le Mans. Discover Chartres and its iconic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a stunning example of Gothic architecture, and the Stained Glass Museum, which showcases the city's rich history in glass-making. Orléans, known for the majestic Orléans Cathedral and the picturesque Parc Floral de la Source, offers a blend of natural beauty and historic significance. Le Mans, famous for its annual 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race, also boasts the ancient Roman walls and the beautifully preserved Old City (Cité Plantagenêt). Each transfer is designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty and cultural heritage of these destinations with ease and style.
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Chartres was the capital of the Carnutes during the era of Caesar's conquest. Previously, Chartres was known as "Autricum" in the Paleolithic period before becoming the capital of the Gallic tribe, the Carnutes. It is from this that it derived its name "Autricum". In this era, Chartres began to evolve into a significant city as it became the seat of a bishopric. It is also worth noting that from the 7th century, this city served as a religious, political, and military capital, largely due to Charles the Bald's gift of the "Veil of the Virgin", a relic of substantial importance located on a broad cereal plateau. During the Middle Ages, Chartres became a hub of intellectual and spiritual development. From this period, the city gained fame extending into medieval Europe, reaching its zenith in the 12th century. The population increased, and the city expanded towards the valley. New ramparts, some remnants of which still exist, were constructed, and suburbs grew around the city's twelve gates. At this time, Chartres began to build its power through significant economic development. It was then divided into two sections by a vertical drop of about thirty meters. This division led to the formation of the high city, home to the castle and cathedral, and the low city, known for its various activities such as tanneries, skin-dressing workshops, mills, and leather-working shops. In 1328, the Chartres region, long influenced by the powerful counts of Blois and Champagne, entered the royal domain. This city could not escape the devastating impacts of the world wars. It experienced its first bombing on August 15, 1918, followed by those of June 1940 and May 1944. On June 17, 1940, Prefect Jean Moulin bravely resisted the demands of the occupier, thereby becoming the first French resistance member. In 1944, before its liberation by the 20th US Corps and local patriots, Chartres endured numerous attacks resulting in the loss of the Porte Guillaume and its library, one of the richest in France. Towards the end of the wars, specifically from 1950 onwards, Chartres underwent significant transformation both economically and socially due to industrial decentralization. Consequently, 20,000 jobs were created, and the population grew from 27,000 to 42,000 in just 40 years. Our fleet includes various types of vehicles for those who wish to discover Chartres.
Renowned for its history, the city of Chartres has evolved into a capital of light and perfume. This moniker largely derives from its economic dynamism. In addition, new housing, including collective residences like the Madeleine and Beaulieu, have been established. Simultaneously, numerous cultural and sports facilities have been recently created. Frequent national and international events are organized, making Chartres a city known throughout Europe.
As for the living environment, Chartres has become a vibrant, attractive city that has been rejuvenated and modernized over the years. Its close proximity to Paris by train makes it an ideal city for daily commuters. Moreover, it offers a rich cultural life, an ice rink, a swimming pool, and a magnificent cathedral. Numerous appreciated extracurricular structures and an improving job market add to the allure of Chartres.
Since the city center has become pedestrianized, it's highly enjoyable to wander around. All the services offered by a city of this size are accessible on foot or by bike. The new green plan, which connects the north to the south of the city via a green slope, is an excellent initiative. The number of cultural and sports events is quite impressive, and the city's urban planning has been well thought out. Therefore, Chartres has become an ideal city for families, especially for raising children.
Importantly, Chartres is a very lively city. The residents can enjoy numerous on-site activities and attractions. Among other things, an ice rink, swimming pool, cinema, laser tag, bowling, disco, nightclub, pool hall, commercials, and karaoke nights are available. Not to mention the various events that take place every summer in Chartres, including the "Chartrestival", which is the Easter festival. There's also the Festival of Light, concerts and exhibitions at Chartrexpo, the Harvest Festival, the Water Festival, and theatre. Additionally, kayaking, mountain biking, and the charm of "Little Venice" add to the major attractions that make Chartres an excellent choice for both residents and visitors.. Looking for a ride to do once in Chartres, do not hesitate to use our services.
What to visit in Chartres ?
This city, situated in a region with roots dating back to prehistoric times, is renowned for its megalithic monuments and various must-see tourist attractions. Chartres is a city not to be missed, particularly for enthusiasts of French history. Indeed, it houses a wealth of relics from centuries past. One notable example is the famous "Labyrinth of Chartres". This labyrinth is the successor of a long tradition and has likely inspired many other church labyrinths, such as those in Reims, Amiens, Bayeux, or Mirepoix. Through extensive research, the mysteries of its symbolism are gradually unfolding, leading to a variety of interpretations. Furthermore, the Labyrinth of Chartres evokes, through its engraved plate at its center, the labyrinth from Greek mythology. Recall that it was built by the architect Daedalus to contain a monstrous creature, the Minotaur.
The Notre-Dame de Chartres cathedral also deserves a visit when staying in Chartres. It has a rich and intriguing history. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it attracts many visitors and pilgrims from all over the world each year. It's also celebrated for its architecture, labyrinth, and the storytelling conveyed by its stained glass and sculptures. While visiting the North Tower of the Cathedral, visitors have the chance to discover, from 40 meters high, the intricate architecture of the cathedral. This is the perfect spot to view the flying buttresses of the nave, the gargoyles, and the spires. Our primary service transports passengers from the airport to their hotel, but we can also take you to these must-see places in Chartres.
Discover the Maison Picassiette
Maison Picassiette is a magnificent work by Raymond Isidore (September 8, 1900 - September 7, 1964). During his lifetime, the character was endowed with a very pronounced and surprising creative imagination. He worked as a municipal employee in Chartres at the time when he strove to shape Maison Picassiette.
La Maison Picassiette in a few words
Raymond Isidore was nicknamed "Picassiette", hence the name given to his house. This original building depends on the museum of fine arts in Chartes. It enriches the cultural heritage of this city with its authenticity. Maison Picassiette owes its name to the way its former owner proceeded to achieve this wonder. Raymond Isidore took pieces of broken dishes from different origins to decorate his house. Concretely, the Maison du Picassiette is a unique work of art where creativity and simplicity intermingle, giving it a fantastic allure. Its architectural style swings between naive, raw and popular to expose visitors to the creative imagination of its author.
The monument strengthening the identity of Chartres
A reference building in Chartres, the Maison Picassiette is in line with the cathedral of Chartes and the Porte Guillaume. These are essential buildings for tourists passing through Chartes. All these monuments give the city its identity. Chartres even has its own Mona Lisa like Paris. It is located in Maison Picassiette in accordance with the wishes of its designer. In addition, the city of Chartes is strongly steeped in Christianity due to the growing influence of its cathedral. Maison Picassiette is no exception to this Christian trend. Do not be surprised to see a strong Christian inspiration in this work. Maison Picassiette is often compared to a total work of art through which the incredible imagination of its owner is expressed. Visiting this magical place gives you the opportunity to enjoy a real journey to the heart of intimacy. It is open to visits by first contacting the Museum of Fine Arts for information. A visit program is set up each year to offer a certain visibility.
What to see in the Center international du Vitrail de Chartres ?
Whether or not you are a fan of stained glass, a visit to the Center International du Vitrail de Chartres can be a good idea. This will be an opportunity to see the impressive collection of this unique museum.
Much More than a Stained Glass Museum
The Center International du Vitrail de Chartres is much more than a museum that offers temporary exhibitions by artists specializing in stained glass. On the premises, you'll also find a professional training center and a school of stained glass and heritage where enthusiasts and those who wish to become professionals in this field can learn the basics. The stained glass school is even suitable for children. Here, you will have the opportunity to see the collection of Renaissance stained glass windows. However, the museum is appreciated as much for the size of its collection as for its aesthetics. Indeed, it is housed in a Gothic-style building, classified as a Historic Monument, built in the 13th century, that has retained all its beauty and authenticity.
Group or Individual Visits
The Center International du Vitrail de Chartres can offer reduced rates for group visits. The ticket price ranges from 7 euros at full rate to 5.50 euros for a reduced price. Visits are available from Monday to Sunday, even on public holidays, between 2 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The only days the center is closed are New Year's Day and Christmas Day.
Chauffeured car service from Paris to Chartres
Chartres is one of the oldest cities in France. It is 20.4 km from Château de Maintenon and 92 km from Pré Catelan. Chartres is located 113.7 km from CDG Airport and 82.5 km from Orly airport.