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Amiens & Lille Art Galleries Tour

Amiens & Lille Art Galleries: Cathedrale Notre Dame d'Amiens

Amiens & Lille Art Galleries Tour: Suggested Four-Day Itinerary

Day One (Outward):  Local pick-up & travel to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in Amiens (3* B&B for three 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):  Morning visit to the Musée de Picardie then discover the medieval quarter of Amiens & visit Jules Verne's house in the afternoon. Visits 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.
  • 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).   
  • 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:  The house is now a museum dedicated to the author's life & work.
  • La Madeleine Cemetery:  Time permitting, visit Jules Verne's grave.
Day Three (Lille):  Morning visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts before exploring Lille's 17th century old town with its Flemish-influenced architecture in the afternoon. Visits include:    
  • Musée des Beaux Arts:  The present building was constructed between 1885-92 & is now home to one of the largest & finest art galleries in France. The original gallery was founded by Napoleonic decree. Works by Raphael, Donatello, Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, David, Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec & Rodin.
  • Grand Place (Place Charles de Gaulle):  Site of the medieval market place.
  • La Vieille Bourse:  One of Lille's finest buildings constructed between 1652-3.
  • L'Opera:  Designed by Louis Marie Cordonnier in the Belle Époque style.
  • Hotel de Ville  & Belfry:  Both were destroyed during WWI & rebuilt in the 1920s.
  • Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle:  The house where de Gaulle was born in 1890.
  • The Citadel:  Lille was ceded to France by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1668. The Citadel was one of a chain of fortifications constructed by Vauban. (See also the collection of models & reliefs of Vauban's fortresses in the Palais des Beaux Arts).
Day Four (Return): Depart after breakfast for Calais & ferry crossing to Dover. Return to your local drop-off point(s).

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.
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