11 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

11 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milan
Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
1
Lille
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Calais
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Amiens
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Senlis
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Milan

3
nights
Lille

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
On the 9th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lille Zoo. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Old Stock Exchange, examine the collection at Musee La Piscine, and then see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lille visit planner.

Milan, Italy to Lille is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In September, Lille is little chillier than Milan - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Calais.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Le Petit Musee de la gaufre, Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, Musee La Piscine
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Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille
Grande Place ©
Grande Place
Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille

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Calais

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Change things up with these side-trips from Calais: Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage), La Coupole (in Saint-Omer) and Blockhaus d'Eperlecques (in Eperlecques). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nausicaa, browse the different shops at Cite Europe, explore the striking landscape at Cap Blanc-Nez, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Calais trip builder.

Getting from Lille to Calais by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Calais

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Touquet Beach, Cap Blanc-Nez, Cite Europe, La Coupole
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Le Touquet Beach ©
Le Touquet Beach
Nausicaa ©
Nausicaa
La Coupole ©
La Coupole

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nights
Amiens

Amiens ©
Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, and finally wander the streets of St-Leu.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Calais to Amiens by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Calais in September since evenings lows in Amiens dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Senlis.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Musee Somme 1916, Australian National Memorial
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens ©
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens
Maison de Jules Verne ©
Maison de Jules Verne

1
night
Senlis

Senlis ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Chateau de Chantilly, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Vincent, and then get in on the family fun at Parc Asterix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Le Musee Antoine Vivenel, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Pierrefonds, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Ourscamp.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Senlis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Amiens to Senlis in 1.5 hours. In September in Senlis, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Senlis

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Ourscamp, Parc Asterix, Le Musee Antoine Vivenel, Chateau de Chantilly, Chateau de Pierrefonds
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Parc Asterix ©
Parc Asterix
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Pierrefonds ©
Chateau de Pierrefonds