We head for our scheduled Eurotunnel crossing which takes around 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais. Then on arrival in France, we take the short drive to Boulogne-Sur-Mer at the heart of the Côte d'Opale. Boulogne is an enjoyable town to visit with a charming French ambience and a vast architectural and historical heritage, which has earned it the title of City of Art and History.
The old town is built on the site of a Roman camp, and kept its original size and road layout. The fortifications and the castle (now a museum) surrounding the old town, are some of the best preserved examples of medieval architecture in France. The belfry located just next to the town hall, has been on UNESCO's prestigious list of world heritage sites since 2005. Going up Rue de Lille, you come to the Basilica of Notre Dame, the most prominent building in the old town with its 83-metre dome. It was built in the 19th century by Abbot Benoît-Agathon Haffreingue and has a stunning altar, produced in the workshops of the Vatican, made from 147 different types of marble and ornamental stone. The impressive medieval crypt, the largest in Northern Europe, sits beneath the Basilica and contains medieval frescos and sculptures.
To the lower side of the fortified old town you will find the Rue Guyale, in ancient times the port’s trading centre. Rue Guyale leads towards the Valentine Hugo gardens, named after the French painter who was born in Boulogne’s Capecure neighbourhood in 1887. Valentine was the great grand-daughter of Victor Hugo and her talents brought her widespread recognition. She was also known for her book illustrations and work in theatre design. She had important links to the great artistic trends of the turn of the century, and knew key figures such as Picasso, Cocteau and Proust.
The town centre is perfectly located midway between the old town and the port. Mostly pedestrianised, it's a lovely place for a stroll or for a bit of shopping. There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants available.
You could also visit Nausicaá, the National Sealife Centre or take a stroll along the port. Boulogne-sur-Mer has the busiest fishing port in France and is also Europe's leading fish processing centre and you can sample the finest fish and seafood dishes.
Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Channel Tunnel crossing. Subject to traffic and travel, there should be a minimum of 5 hours free time in Boulogne, we will drop you off in Boulogne by the Nausicaá sea life centre.
This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route but it should not greatly affect the timings of the day. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO STOPS AT ANY WAREHOUSES, SUPERMARKETS OR OTHER OUTLETS SCHEDULED TO BE INCLUDED ON THIS TRIP.