15 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

15 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

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15 days in Hauts-de-France Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Abbeville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calais
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Lille
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Ovillers-la-Boisselle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Chateau-Thierry
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

1
night
Abbeville

Abbeville ©
Abbeville is a commune in the Somme department and in Hauts-de-France region in northern France.It is the chef-lieu of one of the arrondissements of Somme. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stroll the grounds of Etaples Military Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Nicolas de l'hotel-Dieu, then explore the historical opulence of The Citadel, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort de Rambures. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Long Folie de Buissy, don't miss a visit to Les remparts de Montreuil-sur-mer, then meet the residents at Mareis, Sea Fishing Discovery Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Abbeville trip planning site .

Ottawa, Canada to Abbeville is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Abbeville, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Abbeville sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Calais.

Things to do in Abbeville

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Montreuil-sur-Mer, Etaples, Chateau Fort de Rambures, Chateau de Long Folie de Buissy, Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Etaples Military Cemetery ©
Etaples Military Cemetery
Chateau Fort de Rambures ©
Chateau Fort de Rambures
The Citadel ©
The Citadel

3
nights
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.
Visit Saint-Omer Cathedral and Town Hall for their historical value. Let the collections at Blockhaus d'Eperlecques and Batterie Todt capture your imagination. Explore Calais' surroundings by going to Boulogne-sur-Mer (La Crypte de Notre Dame, Notre Dame de Boulogne, & more), Musee portuaire (in Dunkirk) and Cap Gris Nez (in Audinghen). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Cite de la dentelle et de la mode de Calais, contemplate the long history of St. Joseph Village, Guines, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cran d'Escalles.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Calais holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Abbeville to Calais takes 1.5 hours. In September in Calais, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Calais

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Audinghen, Musee Portuaire, Saint-Omer Cathedral, Parc Saint Joseph Village
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
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Saint-Omer Cathedral ©
Saint-Omer Cathedral
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques ©
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine and Carriere Wellington, Memorial de la Bataille d'Arras. Musee Matisse and MusVerre will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lille: Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette (in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire) and Arras (Le Beffroi d'Arras, Place des Heros, & more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Treille, make a trip to Grand place, admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lille trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Calais to Lille by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Lille sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ovillers-la-Boisselle.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arras, Centre historique minier - Musee de la Mine, Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette, Musee departemental Matisse, MusVerre
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

3
nights
Ovillers-la-Boisselle

Ovillers-la-Boisselle ©
Ovillers-la-Boisselle is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.GeographyThe commune of Ovillers-la-Boisselle is situated 22km northeast of Amiens and extends to the north and south of the D 929 Albert–Bapaume road.The constituent village of Ovillers-la-Boisselle (commonly shortened to "Ovillers") lies on the north of the D 929 road, north-east of Aveluy and south-west of Pozières.The constituent village of La Boisselle, which had in 1914, lies across the D 929, to the south-west of Ovillers at the junction of the D 104 to Contalmaison.HistoryThe village of La Boisselle is a settlement dating back to pre-Roman times, and the D 929 Albert–Bapaume road follows the course of a Roman road. Step off the beaten path and head to Lochnagar Crater and Maison de Jules Verne. Get some historical perspective at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Australian War Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Ovillers-la-Boisselle: Saint-Quentin (Basilique de Saint-Quentin & Chemins d'Histoire Battlefield Tours), Abbaye de Vaucelles (in Les Rues-des-Vignes) and Amiens (Parc Samara & Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens). There's much more to do: take in the history at Thiepval Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Historial de la Grande Guerre, and brush up on your military savvy at Delville Wood War Memorial.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Ovillers-la-Boisselle driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Lille to Ovillers-la-Boisselle takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chateau-Thierry.

Things to do in Ovillers-la-Boisselle

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Amiens, Basilique de Saint-Quentin, Australian War Memorial, Abbaye de Vaucelles, Thiepval Memorial
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Lochnagar Crater ©
Lochnagar Crater
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

3
nights
Chateau-Thierry

Chateau-Thierry ©
Château-Thierry is a French commune situated in the department of the Aisne, in the administrative region of Hauts-de-France and in the historic Province of Champagne.The origin of the name of the town is unknown. Do some cultural sightseeing at Caverne du Dragon and Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes. Popular historic sites such as Chateau of Coucy and Abbaye de Vauclair are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Chateau-Thierry: Fort de Conde (in Chivres-Val), Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial (in Fere-en-Tardenois) and Cathedrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais (in Soissons). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Clairiere de l'Armistice, explore the different monuments and memorials at Aisne-Marne Memorial & Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Porte d'Ardon, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Pierrefonds.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Chateau-Thierry road trip tool .

You can drive from Ovillers-la-Boisselle to Chateau-Thierry in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chateau-Thierry

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Soissons, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Caverne du Dragon, Clairiere de l'Armistice
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Chateau of Coucy ©
Chateau of Coucy
Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes ©
Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes
Caverne du Dragon ©
Caverne du Dragon