18 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

18 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hauts-de-France trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lille
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Lille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chantilly City
— 5 nights
Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Edinburgh Airport

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Lille

— 5 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

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.
Bring the kids along to Grande Place and Plage de Malo-les-Bains. Venture out of the city with trips to ValJoly (in Eppe-Sauvage), Zoo de Maubeuge (in Maubeuge) and Pure Aventure (in Raismes). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, join in the after-dark buzz at Le Waf, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, and 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, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lille day trip planning app.

Edinburgh, UK to Lille is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, Lille is somewhat warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Lille

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 4 nights
Bring the kids along to Nausicaa and La Coupole. Change things up with these side-trips from Boulogne-sur-Mer: Cap Blanc-Nez (in Escalles), Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Mareis (in Etaples).

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Boulogne-sur-Mer itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Lille to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Boulogne-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

— 3 nights
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is a commune in the Somme department. Attractions like Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Parc Bagatelle make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme: Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens & Maison de Jules Verne), Dune de l'Authie (in Fort-Mahon-Plage) and Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie, and make a trip to Chapelle du Saint-Esprit.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Valery-sur-Somme trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chantilly City.

Things to do in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chantilly City

— 5 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parc Asterix and Plan d'Eau du Canada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chantilly City: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon), Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais) and Parc Saint Paul (in Saint-Paul).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chantilly City trip planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Valery-sur-Somme to Chantilly City in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August in Chantilly City, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Chantilly City

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Hauts-de-France travel guide

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Theme Parks · Landmarks · Room Escape Games
Hauts-de-France is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. The new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015. France's Conseil d'État approved Hauts-de-France as the name of the region on 28 September 2016, effective 30 September 2016.The region covers an area of more than 31813km2, and has a population of 5,973,098.ToponymyThe region's interim name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie was a hyphenated placename, created by hyphenating the merged regions' names—Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie—in alphabetical order.On 14 March 2016, well ahead of the 1 July deadline, the Regional council decided on Hauts-de-France as the region's permanent name,. The provisional name of the region was retired on 30 September 2016, when the new name of the region, Hauts-de-France, took effect.GeographyThe region borders Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia) to the northeast, the English Channel to the northwest, as well as the French regions of Grand Est to the southeast, Île-de-France to the south, and Normandy to the southwest. It is connected to the United Kingdom (England) via the Channel Tunnel.

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