15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Hauts-de-France Itinerary

15 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Hauts-de-France Itinerary

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Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive to Malpensa International Airport, Fly to Lille-Lesquin Airport, Drive to Saint-Omer
Saint-Omer, France
— 4 nights
Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, France
— 4 nights
Amiens, France
— 4 nights
Train to Paris Orly, Fly to Berlin


Lake Maggiore, Italy — 2 nights

On the 8th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte di Ghiffa, then step off the mainland to explore Isole Borromee, and then head off the coast to Isola Madre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Civico Archeologico, contemplate the long history of Parco della Rocca Borromea, then explore the galleries of Palazzo Borromeo, and finally head off the coast to Isola Bella.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lake Maggiore trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saint-Omer.
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Saint-Omer, France — 4 nights

Saint-Omer in the Pas-de-Calais department is the starting point for the canals radiating out from the river Aa with a diverse population.
Get outdoors at Calais Beach and Plage de Malo-les-Bains. Visit Saint-Omer Cathedrale and Forteresse de Mimoyecques for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Omer: Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale (in Souchez), Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (Le Memorial International De Notre-Dame-De-Lorette & Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette) and Dunkirk (Musee Portuaire & Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo). There's more to do: examine the collection at Blockhaus d'Eperlecques and brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Omer online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lake Maggiore to Saint-Omer. In August, Saint-Omer is slightly colder than Lake Maggiore - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage.
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Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, France — 4 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie and Mareis. Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Wimereux Beach (in Wimereux), Boulogne-sur-Mer (Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame & Promenade des Remparts) and Argoules (Abbaye de Valloires & Les Jardins de Valloires). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of The Citadel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Etaples Military Cemetery, trek along Parc nature Baie de Canche, and take some stellar pictures from Les remparts de Montreuil-sur-mer.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Le Touquet – Paris-Plage online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Omer to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amiens.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Musee Somme 1916. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre and Lochnagar Crater. Change things up with these side-trips from Amiens: Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes (in Soissons), Chateau Fort de Rambures (in Rambures) and Chateau of Coucy (in Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, and make a trip to Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amiens trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Le Touquet – Paris-Plage to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Amiens are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Hauts-de-France travel guide

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.