Proust in France–Guermantes Way final sessions

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Proust in FranceIlliers FranceWeekend (Friday- Sunday)April 26-28 2019All day


Proust Weekend


Friday to Sunday, April 26-28, 2019

with Toby Brothers

This special weekend, organised by Sharon & Howard of the current Proust study, offers an opportunity to complete Volume III– The Guermantes Way– in the one of book’s locations. This weekend is only available to the current Proust readers. 

Please use the Paypal button below to pay for the Salon cost for this weekend. Other costs are detailed below.


Trains and Metro:  Recommended schedule


Depart 11.31 a.m. London St Pancras

Arrive 14.47 Paris Gare du Nord

Metro (45 minutes) from Gare du Nord to Montparnasse Line 4, direction Mairie de Montrouge

Departure 16.24 Montparnasse SNCF/TER (change in Chartres) to Illiers/Combray

Arrive 18.04 at Illiers/Combray



Depart 12.02 Illiers/Combray SNCF/TER (change in Chartres) to Montparnasse

Arrive 13.53 Paris Montparnasse

Metro (45 minutes) from Montparnasse to Gare du Nord Line 4, dir. Porte de Clignancourt

Depart 16.04 Paris Gare du Nord for London St Pancras

Arrive 17.39 London St Pancras


Book here: (GBP 133 return) (GBP 16.87 return)

Taking the Métro or Taxi between Gare du Nord and Montparnasse

Your Eurostar ticket doesn’t include the Métro.  You can buy Paris Métro tickets at the bar buffet on board Eurostar to save time on arrival as the queues at the ticket machines can be long.  Metro journey time: 45 minutes, including walking time to get to the station from the Metro.


The taxi rank at Paris Gare du Nord is near Eurostar arrivals. Head to the concourse at the front of the train then take the exit on the right where you’ll see the line of taxis.  Taxi journey time: approx 35 minutes depending on traffic.


Hotel Les Aubepines located next to the train station, about a five minute walk to the Proust museum. We have 12 rooms single rooms reserved for 75 GBP including breakfast per night.

Daily Schedules


Drinks and supper:  At the restaurant in the hotel.  Hotel Les Aubepines (email confirmation on 11 February from Olivier Hamon)


Breakfast at hotel – included in price.

Morning session with Toby.

Proust Museum Tour – Tel 0237 243097 – Martine Cheauveau has our group reservation and will look into arranging an English Guide for the museum for Saturday morning. Approximately GBP 7.50 each (—musee-marcel-proust ).

Lunch:  Open. There are several choices in the town of Illiers/Combray.

Illiers/Combray Village Tour:  Illiers Office of tourism – Tel 02372424200  – We have a reservation for an English-speaking guide for the village between 15h and 16h.  The tour covers the center of the village, Le Pre Catelan, l”Eglise Saint-Jacques.  Approximately GBP 2.50 each.  (confirmed, Cynthia Weiss, hostesse d’accueil, November 24 via email).

Early evening second session to be conducted by approximately three participants of 20’ each followed by 3 periods of 20 minutes discussion.

Dinner:  Reservations for 15 people at 19 h at the Restaurant Madeline, 3 Place de l’Église, 28120 Illiers-Combray, +33 9 53 33 83 06. (confirmed)


Breakfast at hotel – included in price.

Morning session with Toby.

Return to Paris recommended at 12.02 pm (see transport options above).


Cost Estimate for Participant Expense (GBP) – Illiers/Combray Trip


Eurostar/local trains/metro                  160

Hotel x 2 nights @ GBP 84 per night

with breakfast                         150


Friday pm Hotel resaurant        50

Saturday lunch – open              20

Saturday pm Madeleine            50

Sunday lunch – open                20

2 Guided Tours                                     20

LLS fee                                                100

Total costs                                  GBP 578