26 days in Montpellier & Pas-de-Calais Itinerary

26 days in Montpellier & Pas-de-Calais Itinerary

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Montpellier
— 15 nights
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Arras
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Arras
— 4 nights
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Calais
— 6 nights
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Montpellier

— 15 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to Marseille (Le Palais de Justice, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, &more), Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)) and Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Musee des Santons). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip planner.

London, UK to Montpellier is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, Montpellier is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Arras.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arras

— 4 nights
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
Get out of town with these interesting Arras side-trips: Richebourg (Neuve-Chapelle Indian Memorial & Le Touret Military Cemetery and Memorial), Hebuterne (Serre Road Cemetery No.2 & Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery) and Butte de Warlencourt (in Warlencourt-Eaucourt). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, don't miss a visit to Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Maison Blanche, and take an in-depth tour of Carriere Wellington.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Arras trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Montpellier to Arras in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Montpellier in September, things will get little chillier in Arras: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Calais.

Things to do in Arras

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Calais

— 6 nights

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calais: Saint-Omer (Saint-Omer Cathedrale, La Coupole, &more), Le Char a Voile Club de la Cote d'Opale (in Boulogne-sur-Mer) and Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage). The adventure continues: stop by Calais Wine Superstore, take some stellar pictures from Les remparts de Montreuil-sur-mer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, and look for all kinds of wild species at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Calais travel planner.

You can drive from Arras to Calais in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Calais sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Calais

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pas-de-Calais travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Situated on the English Channel at the point closest to the English coast, Pas-de-Calais is a region bordering Belgium with small seaside towns, beaches, and resorts. The regional nickname "Bassin Minier," meaning "Miners' Basin," is popular among inhabitants. You can visit the marshlands near St Omer with a guided boat tour, or swim and relax on the 25 mile stretch of white, sandy beaches between Equihen-Plage in the north to Fort Mahon-Plage to the south. This densely populated region serves as a major continental economic and transportation hub with Dover of England a mere 42 km (26 mi) across the Channel. Destroyed in part by both world wars, home to heavy industry, and cold by French standards, this is not a major center of tourism. However, countryside is beautiful, and you will find fine local foods and beers and many historical attractions. War history buffs in particular will find much to see, and the lack of crowds can be a plus if you desire a more peaceful holiday. Unlike many regions, wine is not the most widespread regional drink here--beer is actually more popular. Try "bière de garde," a type of French pale ale. While in a local restaurant or pub, be sure to try escargots, a traditional regional appetizer.