25 days in Hauts-de-France & Greater London Itinerary

25 days in Hauts-de-France & Greater London Itinerary

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Lille, France
— 6 nights
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Amiens, France
— 4 nights
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Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, France
— 6 nights
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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Bromley, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Lille, France

— 6 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.
Visit Old Stock Exchange and Place du Theatre for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille and Musee La Piscine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lille: Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette & Le Memorial International De Notre-Dame-De-Lorette), Lens (Eglise Saint-Leger de Lens & Musée du Louvre-Lens) and Arras (Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery & Carriere Wellington). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de la Treille, take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Point-du-Jour-Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lille tour itinerary planner.

Paris to Lille is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Amiens.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Amiens, France

— 4 nights

City of Canals

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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee de Picardie and Hotel Le Vergeur Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Eglise St-Joseph. Change things up with these side-trips from Amiens: Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre), Naturospace (in Honfleur) and Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, admire the striking features of Logis du Roi et Maison du Sagittaire, and steep yourself in history at Lochnagar Crater.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amiens online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lille to Amiens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, France

— 6 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. Museum-lovers will get to explore La Coupole and Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Etaples Military Cemetery and Les remparts de Montreuil-sur-mer. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Le Touquet – Paris-Plage: Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer (in Boulogne-sur-Mer), Wimereux Cemetery - Commonwealth War Graves (in Wimereux) and Phare du Parc d'Alprech (in Le Portel). On the 12th (Fri), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie, hike along Parc nature Baie de Canche, explore the different monuments and memorials at Longuenesse Saint Omer Souvenir Cemetery, and stop by Calais Wine Superstore.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Le Touquet – Paris-Plage trip planner.

Drive from Amiens to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Richmond-upon-Thames.

Things to do in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
A holiday in Richmond-upon-Thames ensures a chance to enjoy one of Greater London's greenest, fanciest, and most spacious neighborhoods.
Get some historical perspective at Stonehenge and Jane Austen's House. Let the collections at The Musical Museum and White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Richmond-upon-Thames side-trips: Battle of Britain Bunker (in Uxbridge), The Spike (in Guildford) and Pennybridge Farm Alpacas (in Hook). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Windsor Castle, identify plant and animal life at Isabella Plantation, see the interesting displays at Brooklands Museum, and take an in-depth tour of John Lewis Heritage Centre.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Richmond-upon-Thames trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Le Touquet – Paris-Plage to Richmond-upon-Thames in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Le Touquet – Paris-Plage to Richmond-upon-Thames, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Richmond-upon-Thames can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Bromley.

Things to do in Richmond-upon-Thames

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bromley, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
Let the collections at Hever Castle & Gardens and The Historic Dockyard Chatham capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Fly a Spitfire - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar and Stephen Oliver: Studio & Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Bromley side-trips: St Mary's Church (in Speldhurst), Chartwell (in Westerham) and Leeds Castle (in Maidstone).

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bromley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Richmond-upon-Thames to Bromley takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Bromley, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Bromley

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hauts-de-France travel guide

4.3
Theme Parks · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
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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Greater London travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Parks · Nightlife
Densely populated Greater London bustles with the energy, as more than 8.6 million of its residents go about their daily lives. A trip to Greater London offers chances to not only explore the center of the city, but also the many boroughs that surround it, each boasting its own distinctive character. From extensive museums and iconic historical buildings to a pumping nightlife scene and ever-expanding cafe culture, the diverse capital of the United Kingdom has something to offer any visitor. Getting around during a Greater London holiday is a breeze, with the city's famed underground rail network--affectionately known as "the tube"--providing comprehensive connections throughout the city.