19 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

19 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

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19 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  28​h
Compiegne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Lille
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Amiens
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  27​h
Sydney

4
days
Compiegne

Compiegne
Compiègne is a commune in the Oise department in northern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Compiegne: Chateau of Coucy (in Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique), Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly) and St-Quentin (Basilique de Saint-Quentin, Chemins d'Histoire Battlefield Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Parc Asterix, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon, make a trip to Arenes Gallo-Romaines, and admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Compiegne.

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Sydney, Australia to Compiegne is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Compiegne at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Compiegne

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

St-Quentin, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Chateau de Chantilly, Axo Plage, Chateau of Coucy
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Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Parc Asterix ©
Parc Asterix
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4
days
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.
Explore Lille's surroundings by going to Musée du Louvre-Lens (in Lens), La Coupole (in Saint-Omer) and Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy (in Vimy). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Méert (Musée de la Piscine), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lille Zoo, and take a stroll through Vieux-Lille.

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You can drive from Compiegne to Lille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Lille are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Lille

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La Coupole, Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, Grand Place, Musee La Piscine, Canal de la Deule a l'Escaut
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Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Room Escape Games
Grand place ©
Grand place

5
days
Boulogne-sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-Mer ©
Get out of town with these interesting Boulogne-sur-Mer side-trips: The Citadel (in Montreuil-sur-Mer), Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Calais (Calais Beach, Calais Wine Superstore, & more).

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You can take a train from Lille to Boulogne-sur-Mer in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Calais, Wissant, Cap Gris Nez, Cran d'Escalles, The Citadel
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Nausicaa ©
Nausicaa
Le Touquet Beach ©
Le Touquet Beach
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Calais Beach

3
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amiens: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial (in Beaumont-Hamel), Australian War Memorial (in Villers-Bretonneux) and Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, take a stroll through St-Leu, identify plant and animal life at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and contemplate the long history of Lochnagar Crater.

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Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Boulogne-sur-Mer in September, Amiens is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amiens

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Thiepval, La Cite souterraine de Naours, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Musee Somme 1916, Australian War Memorial
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Maison de Jules Verne ©
Maison de Jules Verne
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©