Embark on a journey of discovery with our premier transfer services from Orly and CDG Airports to the captivating towns of Sens, Chalon sur Saône, and Beaune. Sens, a gateway to the Burgundy region, boasts the magnificent Sens Cathedral, one of the earliest Gothic buildings in France. Chalon sur Saône, the heart of the Burgundy wine region, is celebrated for its historic center and vibrant cultural scene. Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, offers an enchanting experience with its Hospices de Beaune and countless wine cellars. Our dedicated service ensures a seamless, comfortable journey, allowing you to relax and look forward to exploring the rich heritage and exquisite landscapes of these regions. With professional drivers and luxury vehicles, we guarantee a travel experience that combines comfort with the allure of France's historical and gastronomical treasures.
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As a key point of interest in its district and situated just 100 km from Paris, Sens, part of the Yonne department, is bisected by the river of the same name. This French commune made a striking entrance into history, with its inhabitants referred to as the Senonais. It's worth noting that Senonais denotes both the natural region that represents a Gallic territory of the Senones, and the Roman city of Agedincum.
During the Roman period, the banks of the Yonne river were home to a sophisticated installation for river traffic, attracting the attention of Julius Caesar's military strategists. Archaeological remains evidence the presence of an amphitheatre, a forum, and thermal baths dating back to the second century. It's believed that these baths, especially the façade, showcased various sculptures. Local dwellings of the time were adorned with mosaics.
Sens is home to 25,507 residents, but the nearby urban area houses twice as many people. The city's name originates from the Gallic people of the Senones, who were respected, even amongst the ranks of Roman cohorts. It is said that the terms 'senile' and 'senate' derive from this Gallic tribe, which settled on the coasts of the Adriatic.
At the time of Caesar's arrival, the Senonais were compelled to choose between the republic and traditional authorities. Sens holds a deep Christian tradition, with the diocese of Sens being founded around 240 AD by Saint Savinien. By the eighth century, this town became a pivotal hub for the Romanesque church. The Counts of Sens came from high-ranking lineage, connected to the royal Merovingian family. In the ninth century, the diocese of Sens held a significant place in Christian life, which effectively meant that the archbishopric of Paris was dependent on Sens, along with Auxerre, Meaux, and Orleans.
Geographically, Sens experiences a temperate climate, moderated by oceanic influences. These climatic conditions facilitated the establishment of communication routes during the Industrial Revolution. Sens is served by the TER of Burgundy, enabling easy travel to Paris, Auxerre, and Dijon. It also holds a Grand Prix and four flowers from the 2007 "Flowery Towns and Villages" contest.
Are there any interesting cathedrals, museums and gardens to discover in Sens ?
Cathedral of Sens
Serving as the first Gothic cathedral of France, its style epitomizes a period of historical and architectural transition. Known as the Metropolitan Cathedral or St. Stephen's Cathedral, this is the primary cathedral of the archdiocese of Yonne. It was named in honor of the first martyr, Saint Stephen, who plays a vital role in the Catholic landscape of this region.
Museum of Sens
Established in the 19th century, this museum houses a collection teeming with historical artifacts of significant archaeological value. It exhibits remnants from the Gallo-Roman civilization, including some blocks from the Great Wall of Sens. The museum's collections amalgamate the riches of other Senese museums, as well as the treasures of the Cathedral of Sens. The Archbishop's Palace has housed this museum since 1985.
Garden of the Orangery
Situated in a verdant area, this garden offers a variety of activities tailored to relaxation for the whole family. Bowling, billiards, a bar, and a restaurant are available to all visitors.
Our recommendations for tourist stays and business trips to Sens
Hôtel de Paris et de la Poste
This establishment features a total of 30 rooms and is conveniently located within walking distance of the Gothic Cathedral. Nestled in the heart of the city center, the hotel provides a gourmet experience of quality in an authentic and charming setting. The beautiful surroundings of this former post house enhance the allure of the hotel. Guests have access to various common amenities, including a reading room. The restaurant crafts dishes according to customers' preferences, using recipes honed over 30 years. With its preserved vintage decor and carefully arranged furniture to optimize comfort, the Hôtel de Paris et de la Poste is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.
Office de Tourisme de Sens et du Sénonais
Offering a guided tour of the city and its sightseeing attractions, this tourist office also provides advice on the best outings and recreational options for visitors in the city. Among these activities, one unique experience is earning your knight's diploma by exploring the city through its history and gastronomy. Local tourists affectionately refer to this tour as "the return to the Middle Ages," following in the footsteps of Saint Louis. Other options include the "return to Antiquity" tour, tracking the path of the Gallo-Romans and unveiling the monuments and museums of Sens. You can explore the city's landmarks and museum collections through the eyes of a child from the Gallo-Roman era.
Hôtel Ibis Sens
Ideal for tourist stays or business trips, the ibis Sens, established in 2016, has already received high praise on major travel forums. Both modern and warm, it is located near a shopping area. The hotel offers 68 rooms with exceptional designs. They are comfortable, air-conditioned, and Wi-Fi access comes at no additional charge.
Discover the Parc du Moulin à Tan
The Parc du Moulin à Tan is one of the top three most visited locations in Yonne, alongside the Vézelay basilica and the Guédelon medieval construction site. Welcoming no fewer than 30,000 visitors annually, the Park was even distinguished as a "remarkable garden" in 2011. Nestled in the heart of a 15-hectare green oasis, the famous Tan Mill was the masterpiece of the Domange family, who together built this esteemed Park in 1887.
Adventure and Discovery Awaits
Prepare to be mesmerized amidst this splendid nature and biodiversity, adorned with remarkable green landscapes providing stark contrasts. Numerous discoveries await you here, such as: aquatic birds, a wildlife observation area, the arboretum, animal enclosures, a wild rose garden, themed installations around the Vanne river, and the Tropical Greenhouses with an array of plants like vanilla, pineapple, banana trees, orange trees, peppers, carnivorous plants, orchids, cacti, and many other varieties. Whether you're looking to spend quality time with family, as a couple, alone or with company, the Parc du Moulin à Tan extends a warm welcome. For children, the park also offers designated play areas. Many visitors have left wholly satisfied, and you too can discover the enchanting allure of the Parc du Moulin à Tan. Here, you will find tranquillity, peace, and serenity amidst bountiful nature.
Opening Hours: The park is open to visitors every day of the week:
April to September: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
March and October: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Following your visit, you can indulge in one of the nearby restaurants such as La Madeleine Patrick, Thaie Thae, Prali, and many others. Many other attractions are also in proximity to the Park, enabling you to visit them during your trip: Saint-Etienne Cathedral, Sens Museum, The Covered Market, and more
Take a look at the Covered Market in Sens
Far from being just a simple market, the covered market of Sens, or Halles de Sens, is a must-visit tourist site when you're in the area. It offers a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for the local society and it stands as a true cultural site that showcases the ambiance and camaraderie of the place.
A Historic Landmark
Les Halles de Sens is a historic edifice. It was inaugurated in 1882 and is constructed entirely out of metal. From the outside, it has a triangular shape, a design element it has retained despite the renovations of 2015. You can locate it at the Place de la République in Sens.
Discover a Wide Variety
In Les Halles de Sens, you can find everything from snails to wines, including local or neighbouring delicacies such as Troyes andouillettes. This cultural spot is frequented by locals, chefs, restaurateurs, as well as tourists like yourself. Visiting it will give you a real taste of the atmosphere in Sens. There's nothing quite like immersing yourself in the local scene.
Visit at Your Convenience
Feel free to visit the covered market of Sens whenever it suits you. The halls are open from Monday to Saturday, until 1 p.m. at the beginning of the week and until noon between Wednesday and Saturday. Entry is free, however, you might find yourself indulging in some spending. After all, it's hard to resist the quality of the products available in Sens.
How to get from Orly airport to Sens by private chauffeured car ?
Covering a distance of 101 km, your journey from Orly to Sens is effortless with airport transfer services. The route navigates through the A5 towards D606B in Saint-Denis-lès-Sens, then takes exit 1. Your driver will proceed along D606B before arriving at Rue du Général Leclerc in Sens.