20 days in Pas-de-Calais Itinerary

20 days in Pas-de-Calais Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pas-de-Calais tour planner

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Arras
— 8 nights
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Le Touquet – Paris-Plage
— 11 nights
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Arras

— 8 nights
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carriere Wellington and St Vaast Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Arras. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Beffroi de Bethune (in Bethune), Saint-Omer (Dennlys Parc, La Motte Castrale Et Sa Prison, &more) and Parc des Cytises (in Benifontaine). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Le Beffroi d'Arras, pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Les Terrils Jumeaux du 11/19.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arras day trip planning website.

London, UK to Arras is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Arras due to the time zone difference. August in Arras sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage.

Things to do in Arras

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Le Touquet – Paris-Plage

— 11 nights
Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, commonly referred to as Le Touquet, is a commune near Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. Visit Le Touquet Beach and Wissant Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Cap Blanc-Nez and Parc nature Baie de Canche. Explore Le Touquet – Paris-Plage's surroundings by going to Golf de Wimereux (in Wimereux), Boulogne-sur-Mer (Nausicaa, Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame, &more) and Calais (La Cite De La Dentelle Et De La Mode De Calais, The Burghers of Calais, &more). The adventure continues: browse the fresh offerings at Marche Couvert, explore the galleries of Mareis, play a few rounds at Golf du Touquet, and take an in-depth tour of Musee 39-45.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Le Touquet – Paris-Plage trip planner.

You can drive from Arras to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Pas-de-Calais travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Situated on the English Channel at the point closest to the English coast, Pas-de-Calais is a region bordering Belgium with small seaside towns, beaches, and resorts. The regional nickname "Bassin Minier," meaning "Miners' Basin," is popular among inhabitants. You can visit the marshlands near St Omer with a guided boat tour, or swim and relax on the 25 mile stretch of white, sandy beaches between Equihen-Plage in the north to Fort Mahon-Plage to the south. This densely populated region serves as a major continental economic and transportation hub with Dover of England a mere 42 km (26 mi) across the Channel. Destroyed in part by both world wars, home to heavy industry, and cold by French standards, this is not a major center of tourism. However, countryside is beautiful, and you will find fine local foods and beers and many historical attractions. War history buffs in particular will find much to see, and the lack of crowds can be a plus if you desire a more peaceful holiday. Unlike many regions, wine is not the most widespread regional drink here--beer is actually more popular. Try "bière de garde," a type of French pale ale. While in a local restaurant or pub, be sure to try escargots, a traditional regional appetizer.