Itinerary Highlights
    • Enjoy a long weekend in France’s lesser-visited Hauts-de-France region
    • Stay in charming hotels and dine in gourmet restaurants
    • Visit a range of cultural sites, including two phenomenal art galleries and a post office turned exhibition space

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France’s northernmost region of Hauts-de-France is one of the lesser visited in France. And we’re here for it. The region is proud of its past and excited for its future, with historic sites and innovative spaces often rubbing shoulders. And being just a short train ride away from the UK, it’s a great destination for a long weekend. In terms of cities, Lille is the largest, with a wealth of gourmet restaurants, converted industrial areas and a bounty of boutique shops. Lens, meanwhile, was rebuilt after the First World War in a mixture of Art Deco and Hispano-Flemish architectural styles. Over the next four days you will sample the best that northern France has to offer: luxurious hotels, exquisite fine-dining and world-renowned art galleries.


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The time has come to leave any stresses at home and head off for your long weekend in France. Your first destination is Le Touquet, a small seaside town in northern France which is just a hop, skip and a jump away. There are regular train departures from London to Calais that can take as little as two-and-a-half hours. On arrival, collect your hire car and drive one hour to your first hotel: a beautiful farmhouse perfect for an evening of delicious food, indulgent wines and plenty of relaxing.



After a laid-back morning with a lie-in followed by a delicious breakfast, it’s time to head to your next destination, the charming city of Lens which is a one-and-a-half-hour drive away. Check into a cosy hotel which is well situated for visiting the Louvre-Lens Museum this afternoon. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, meet your private guide and head to the Louvre. The museum, which is housed inside a magnificent glass building designed by the Japanese architect firm SANAA, is a decentralised wing of the Paris museum and your guide will talk you through the masterpieces on display. This evening, feast on some delicious culinary delights whisked up by the restaurant’s talented chefs.



It’s your last full day in northern France so wake up bright and early this morning to make the most of it. After a hearty breakfast, hop into your hire car and travel to the region’s largest city: Lille, just a 30-minute drive away. Instead of stopping straight away, continue on a further 20 minutes to reach Roubaix, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit La Piscine, a museum of art and industry, with a private guide. The city's former swimming pool, an Art Deco masterpiece, was considered the most beautiful in France when it opened. Its renovation, entrusted to the architect Jean-Paul Philippon, has given it a new role as a cultural and artistic centre. Around the main pool, you can wander between the unique works of art and the various exhibition rooms.

Head back to Lille to check in to your last hotel of the weekend: a private mansion in Vieux Lille, the old part of town, which comes with a fine-dining restaurant serving sophisticated Michelin-starred cuisine. Spend the rest of this afternoon and evening soaking in the delights of the city: its boutique shops, gourmet restaurants and trendy cafes and bars. We could also arrange for you to head out with a knowledgeable private guide to discover Lille’s must-sees.



Sadly, the time has come to head back to the UK. But as the journey home is short, it’s definitely worth making the most of Lille. This morning, you’ll head out into the city armed with entrance ticked to Lille's Tri Postal. Built in the 1950s to sort mail, the site has since been converted into an exhibition space. It was in 2004, when Lille was named the European Capital of Culture, that the Tri Postal became a major space for contemporary creation and it continues to host exhibitions, concerts and cultural events. Once you’ve had your fill of art, head back to the train station in Calais to drop off your car and settle in for a quick journey back to London.

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Lille was elected European Capital of Culture in 2004. This event contributed to the revival of the city which already boasted a fascinating history. The city's main attractions include the Grand-Place, the Vieille Bourse and the Palais Rihour, as well as its elegant shopping streets filled with boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Other areas of Lille are also well worth a visit, such as the popular Wazemmes district and its colourful weekend market.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £1,020 to £1,390 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £1,215 per person.
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