60 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

60 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Train:  26 h
1
Lille
— 15 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Calais
— 14 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
— 15 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Compiegne City
— 13 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

15
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parc du Heron and Parc Barbieux. Step off the beaten path and head to Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine and Lochnagar Crater. Explore Lille's surroundings by going to Arras (Citadelle d'Arras, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, &more), Monchy-le-Preux Newfoundland Memorial (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres (in Albert). The adventure continues: browse the collection at Librairie Furet du Nord, have some family-friendly fun at Weembi Simulateur de Chute Libre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de Vaucelles, and explore the world behind art at Musee departemental Matisse.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lille trip itinerary website.

Sydney, Australia to Lille is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Lille due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Lille reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Calais.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Arras, Douai, Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Roubaix, Lens
Find places to stay May 12 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lochnagar Crater ©
Lochnagar Crater
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine ©

14
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Marche Couvert and Majestic Wine Calais- Coquelles. Step off the beaten path and head to Blockhaus d'Eperlecques and Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique. Get out of town with these interesting Calais side-trips: Boulogne-sur-Mer (Chateau-Musee, Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer, &more), Saint-Omer (Jardin Public de Saint-Omer, Eglise Saint-Denis, &more) and Dunkirk (Saint-Éloi Church, Belfry of Dunkirk, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Forteresse de Mimoyecques, get in on the family fun at Parc Saint Joseph Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame, and get outside with Cap Gris Nez.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Calais vacation planning website.

Traveling by train from Lille to Calais takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.

Things to do in Calais

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Dunkirk, Saint-Omer, Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, Coquelles
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 10:
Highlights from your plan
l'Hotel de Ville de Calais ©
l'Hotel de Ville de Calais
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques ©
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques
Etaples Military Cemetery ©
Etaples Military Cemetery

15
nights
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme ©
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is a commune in the Somme department. Relax by the water at Plage de Mers les Bains and Berck Sur Mer. Mareis and Musee de l'Abeille will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Valery-sur-Somme side-trips: Le Parc de la Bouvaque (in Abbeville), Chateau Fort de Rambures (in Rambures) and Mers-les-Bains (Casino de Mers Les Bains & Mers les Bains Equitation). The adventure continues: hike along Parc nature Baie de Canche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Vulfran Collegiate Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Rando-Nature en Somme, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Valery-sur-Somme road trip planner.

Getting from Calais to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Compiegne City.

Things to do in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montreuil-sur-Mer, Abbeville, Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, Fort-Mahon-Plage, Berck
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tours et Remparts de Saint Valery sur Somme ©
Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie ©
Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie
Maison de la Baie de Somme ©
Maison de la Baie de Somme

13
nights
Compiegne City

Compiegne City ©
Australian National Memorial and Noyon Cathedral and Library will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Historial de la Grande Guerre and Aisne Marne American Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Compiegne City side-trips: Franco-Australian Museum (in Villers-Bretonneux), Sir John Monash Centre (in Fouilloy) and Saint-Quentin City (Patinoire Bul, Basilique de Saint-Quentin, &more).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Compiegne City online vacation planner.

You can drive from Saint-Valery-sur-Somme to Compiegne City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Compiegne City sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Compiegne City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Quentin City, Amiens, Beauvais, Soissons, Senlis
Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 8:
Highlights from your plan
Australian National Memorial ©
Australian National Memorial
Aisne Marne American Cemetery ©
Aisne Marne American Cemetery
Sir John Monash Centre ©
Sir John Monash Centre

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