Day One (Outward): Local pick-up
to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in/near Ypres (B&B for two nights). Check-in & evening free. (Note: This itinerary can be adapted for groups wishing to travel via P&O North Sea Ferries sailing overnight from Hull. Please ask our staff for details).
Day Two (Amiens): Discover the medieval quarter of Amiens & visit Jules Verne's house before experiencing the festive atmosphere of the Christmas Market. Visits to:
Cathedrale Notre Dame d'Amiens: 13th century Gothic (built 1220-78); tallest completed cathedral & largest nave in France. (Don't miss the evening son et lumière
showing the vibrant medieval colours of the Cathedral facade).
Belfry: The belfry has stood in the Place au Fil
since the 12th century.
St Leu District: This medieval quarter is intersected by canals. Discover its half-timbered houses, shops & boutiques. Visit the late Gothic church of St Leu with its timbered roof before reaching the cafes & restaurants of the Quai Belu
on the banks of the Somme.
Jules Verne's House: Occupied by Amiens' most famous son between 1882 & 1900. Now a museum dedicated to his life & work.
La Madeleine Cemetery: Visit the grave of Jules Verne.
Christmas Market: Held on the Rue des Trois Cailloux, near the cathedral, Amiens vies with Lille in claiming to have the largest Christmas Market in northern France with stalls offering seasonal gifts, crafts, festive fare & local delicacies such as macarons d'Amiens.
Day Three (Amiens & Return): Morning visit to:
Musée de Picardie: This museum is housed in a Second Empire building modelled on the Louvre & constructed between 1855-67.
Collections cover archaeological finds, medieval art, sculpture & paintings from the 17th to 20th centuries. Works by El Greco, Tiepolo, Fragonard, Courbet, Corot, Picasso & Miro.
Depart for Calais & ferry crossing to Dover. Return to your local drop-off point.
Add a Day with a Somme Battlefield Tour: A full-day guided tour including visits to the Accrington Pals' trench at Serre, Newfoundland preserved battlefield, Ulster Tower, Thiepval Memorial, Ovillers & Mash Valley, Lochnagar Crater & Pozières.