Today we see 2000 years of the history on our doorstep in Mayenne. Walk the streets with the Gauls & Ceasar inJublains . Life in rural Noviodunum 1st century AD had baths, theatres & temples. Then we visit one of the official "Most beautiful villages in France" Saint Suzannne. A treasure to share with you- high top intact medieval walled town with early Norman keep, origional ramparts & 18thc Chateau. A quiet town with stunning views, a few shops to browse, an unspoiled special place. Chez Denis is our favorite for a old fashions French bistro lunch. We will end our aftertnoon with a drive down the roman roads to Evron the location of a very early Romanesque monastry & high gothic basicilla. A day full of my personal favorites, & we have so many little extras to share on our way.  

  • Jublains Gallic Roman town excavated from under the medieval & current town buildings. We will visit the archaeological excavated Baths found under the floor of the Medieval church, Temple complex, Amphitheater &  Fortress. 

  • Jublains Museum is world class small museum with fascinating displays of the recent excavations  in Jublains & across Mayenne. There is a scale model of the ancient town. Many artefacts, pottery, jewellery, votive offerings reconstructing town life 2000 years ago. 

  • Saint Suzanne one of the most beautiful villages in France. A historically important medieval Hill Top town with rare Norman period Medieval fortress & 18thc Chateau. 

  • Trading since the late 1800s Chez Denis in Saint Suzanne is our recommendation for lunch .

  • We head down from the high town into the river valley that twists & turns around Saint Suzanne. We visit the historic water mill walk, a pathway of natural beauty that winds its way around the tiny stone water mills that line part of the valley streams below the chateau walls. 

  • William the Conquer's Seige Camp, yes that William! We visit the massive dramatic earth works of the historic seige camp where William the Bastard layed seige to Saint Suzanne 900 years ago. This was one siege he did not win.  Has to be seen to believed. 

  • Evron Romanesque & High Gothic Cathedral & 18thc monastery. Stunning periods of architecture, Viking carved capitals, side chapel with tapestry's & breathtaking early romanesque side chapel c.800, with frescoed half dome apse.

  • We will stop to enjoy afternoon tea or a beer at open air cafe in the Basilica precinct, relax & simply take in the view.  

Day Tour Gallo Romans, Saint Suzanne & Evron