Amiens & Lille Art Galleries Tour: Suggested Four-Day Itinerary
Day One (Outward): Local pick-up
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.
(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
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.