Hauts-de-France Outdoor activities

Our most recommended Hauts-de-France Outdoor activities

Paris: Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

1. Paris: Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

Discover Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris's largest and most popular cemetery and the home of fantastic paranormal phenomena. Hear stories about the celebrities buried here, learn about the cemetery's long history, and uncover fascinating tales of ghosts that roam the grounds. Walk amongst the graves with your guide and spot the resting places of famous celebrities like Frédéric Chopin, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison. Learn about the lives of the celebrities and the numerous Parisians laid to rest in Père-Lachaise Cemetery. With over one million people interned in the cemetery, it should be no surprise that it is one of the most haunted places in Paris. Learn about the long history of the cemetery, the strange cults associated with it, and delve into the hauntings reported over the years. As you explore, your guide will tell you stories about spiritualist founder Allan Kardec, the fantasms found by the tomb of Jim Morisson, the ghost of Marcel Proust who wanders the cemetery looking for his lover, and many lesser-known phenomena that loom within Père-Lachaise Cemetery.

Paris: Night River Cruise On The Seine With Waffle Tasting

2. Paris: Night River Cruise On The Seine With Waffle Tasting

Discover the French capital at night with all its sumptuous monuments illuminated. Live an unforgettable and magical moment. Embark on a one-hour cruise aboard a modern boat equipped with audio guides in 14 languages. Begin your cruise by meeting at the base of the Eiffel tower. Board the cruise boat, and drift past monuments such as the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Orsay Museum. Then, head further down the Seine River to see the Grand Palais, and the many bridges with unique architecture which represent masterpieces in themselves. After your cruise, enjoy an excellent waffle at the buffet located just in front of the boats and take the opportunity to photograph yourself at the foot of the illuminated Eiffel Tower.

Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit the entire Domaine de Chantilly at your leisure, 7,800 hectares located in one of the largest forests in Paris.  Explore the Château, which houses the Condé Museum. This is made up of the princely suites, an exceptional collection of paintings (over 800 masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli, Raphael, Poussin, and Delacroix), and a library and archives conserving over 13,000 works.  Visit the gardens for a magnificent panorama of the art of the Western garden, with the French-style garden designed by Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the 18th-century Anglo-Chinese garden housing the Hamlet that served as a model for Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet in the Petit Trianon in Versailles, and the 19th century English garden. Discover the Great Stables, which are a masterpiece of 18th-century architecture. They house the Museum of the Horse, which is home to over 200 objects and works of art dedicated to the equine world. All year long, the Great Stables propose magical equestrian shows.

Lille: City Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Audio Tour App

4. Lille: City Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Audio Tour App

Discover the highlights of Lille with an immersive smartphone app-based scavenger hunt in the city. Visit the Porte de Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille War Memorial, and other highlights while solving riddles. After downloading the app, start your tour at the imposing Beffroi de Lille, a symbol of the city. Visit Republic square, explore the narrow streets, admire medieval gates like Porte De Paris, and feel the vibes of La Vieille Bourse.  Pass by the Pl. du Général de Gaulle, Gothic Paroisse Saint Maurice, and the iconic La Vieille Bourse. You will have to uncover clues at each attraction to get to the next point.  Receive interesting facts and information about the places you visit through the app. Your next stop will be Beffroi de la Chambre de Commerce, one of the main attractions of the city.  You can pause or resume the tour whenever you want. The icing on the cake of this route will be Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille, with its strange architecture.  Explore the city at your own pace and stop to take some pictures on the way. Feel the thrill as you solve each puzzle with exciting clues and hop from one landmark to another.

Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

5. Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

Enjoy an entry ticket to visit this magnificent, medieval-style castle. Immerse yourself in this reconstructed castle that is now a National Monument. Explore the large salons, the central courtyard, the donjon, and the chapel as you walk around. Meet your host at the Château de Pierrefonds enterance. Feel like a princess as you experience an authentic tour of the castle with an audio guide. Walk around the castle grounds and admire its unspoiled beauty. Make sure to spam your Instagram stories. You will without a doubt capture amazing photos, your very own slice of history. Gaze at this dreamy castle as you wander around at your own pace. If you are visiting any Château when in France, it should be this reborn beauty.  See the impressive architecture and learn all about the rich history. The original castle existed here in the 14th-century but was demolished in the 17th-century, before being rebuilt by Napoleon III in the 18th-century.  Stand in awe of this château - One of France's hidden gems. If you love medieval times, castles, and rich history, visiting here is a necessity.

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Palace Tour w/ Gardens

6. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Palace Tour w/ Gardens

Learn more about the Palace of Versailles on a guided tour of the inside and spend some free time in the gardens. Avoid the hassle of waiting in long lines with skip-the-line tickets. Meet your guide at Versailles at the foot of the Equestrian Statue of the Sun King, Louis the 14th. Start your tour with a visit to the Royal Apartments. Walk through the interior of the palace and explore its many rooms. Learn fascinating information about its history from your guide. Afterward, spend some free time in the gardens. Explore this 2,000-acre park filled with lovely fountains, statues, and landscaped gardens. If visiting Versailles on a Tuesday or a Friday, see the Musical Gardens show. On Saturdays or Sundays, catch the Musical Fountains Show (from March to October).

Lille: Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided City Highlights Tour

7. Lille: Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided City Highlights Tour

Get to know Lille at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Grand place”, “Palais Rihour”, “îlot Comtesse”, “Place Aux Oignons” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to “The Grand'Place” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Maison Méert”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

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What people are saying about Hauts-de-France

I was hesitant to do a guided tour but let me tell you it’s worth it! First, If it’s your first time visiting, you need a guide (our was Cecile, amazing) to explain the history and guide you through, this is a huge property and there are many things to explore. This experience covers the most important parts of chateau Versailles. Second, the transport is hassle free. Yes, you can take the train, metro, walk (back and forth) but it’s a pain especially when returning back. Spend the extra money you won’t regret it. One last thing, the 5 hour tour is including transportation of 30-40min each way.

Our half day tour with the gourmet lunch was fantastic. The organization for meeting, traveling to/from Versailles and our tour was great! Sylvia was a wonderfully delightful tour guide! Definitely recommend!

Had a great day. Our guide Anna was wonderful and managed to rearrange the day so we didn't miss out on anything after the Eurostar was delayed

A great experience- the tower looked spectacular at night. A memorable evening.

It’s definitely worth it to get a bus trip and guided tour!