8 days in Hauts-de-France & Colmar Itinerary

8 days in Hauts-de-France & Colmar Itinerary

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8 days in Hauts-de-France & Colmar Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly + Bus:  7 h
1
Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Calais
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Lille
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Colmar
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
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.
On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through St-Leu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, and finally get engrossed in the history at Franco-Australian Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amiens trip itinerary planning app.

Valletta, Malta to Amiens is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Valletta in October, with highs in Amiens at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Calais.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Carriere Wellington, Lochnagar Crater, Franco-Australian Museum, Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy
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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens ©
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Nausicaa, don't miss a visit to l'Hotel de Ville de Calais, and then stop by Calais Wine Superstore.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Calais itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Calais takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Calais

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nausicaa
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Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Nausicaa ©
Nausicaa
l'Hotel de Ville de Calais ©
l'Hotel de Ville de Calais

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, admire the landmark architecture of Chambre de Commerce, then don't miss a visit to Grande Place, and finally admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lille trip maker website.

Getting from Calais to Lille by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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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

3
nights
Colmar

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colmar: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Domaine Albert Seltz (in Mittelbergheim). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Little Venice, make a trip to Old Town, do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'eglise de l'Invention-de-la-Sainte-Croix.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colmar online route maker.

You can take a train from Lille to Colmar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Domaine Albert Seltz, Vieille Ville, Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, L'eglise de l'Invention-de-la-Sainte-Croix, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Old Town ©
Old Town
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

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