Saturday 5 September 2020
From 07h00 until 23h30
La Côte d’Opal, Northern France
Transportation by 4* luxury coach
UPDATE 4 September.
This trip is confirmed and you can still join (also 15 minutes before departure).
Meeting time Place Schuman 06h45. So just book and come 🙂
Weather forecast: SUNSHINE, few clouds, 18-20˚ degrees!!
We could add a few new spots because we take a larger bus with us.
Still, we recommend not to wait booking your spot since it may fill up within no-time.
We have been in touch with the Belgian corona information line, the various tourist offices along the coast and of course the bus company. Travelling to these places is allowed. Click here to learn more about our corona measures (our apologies for the technical issue since the blog posts freeze after some seconds, please refresh the page and scroll down).
If you are alone, and would like to go hiking, no worries because there are many other hikers already and (smaller) groups always form.
About 50% of the group goes hiking, so you will not walk alone!
One of our most beloved trips, and back on the calendar after we had to cancel our first trip early this year! The beautiful Côte d’Opale, with its magnificent coastal landscape, begins just two hours away from Brussels. This part of the French coastline received its name for its bright iridescent light. It stretches out about 120 kilometers from the Belgian border to Picardy. The 40 kilometers between the cities of Calais and Boulogne sur Mer are the most spectacular, and that is exactly the part of the country that we are going to discover.
Besides wonderful wide beaches, rolling hills with yellow flowers, and lovely little towns, it is known for two spectacular viewpoints, the Cap Blanc Nez and the Cap Griz Nez. You can even wave to England from there! We top this with visits to the harbour cities of Dunkirk and Calais, the Vauban-walled town of Gravelines, the resort town Wimereux with its many Art Nouveau houses, and the historic city of Boulogne sur Mer. So many places we visit!! This is truly a superb day out! You can read here what one of our participants wrote about it.
You can also optionally join a 13-14 km hike from Cap Blanc Nez to Cap Griz Nez, a true classic! It leads over both capes, along the coast, over the beach, through a nice resort town and rural roads. Normally about 50% of the group decides to go for this hike, so you will certainly not walk alone if you join this trip on your own. If you do not go for the hiking trip, you will stay a bit longer in Calais for a nice lunch and some time on the beach, watching the ships go by from the world’s busiest ferry port!
- Transportation by 4* luxury coach
- Bottled water on outbound journey
- Visit to Dunkerque
- Visit to Gravelines
- Visit to Calais (city hall & beach)
- Visit to Cap Blanc Nez
- Visit to Wissant (hiking group only)
- Visit to Cap Griz Nez
- Visit to Wimereux
- Visit to Boulogne sur Mer
- A great group of international people
- A lifetime expat memory
Coach pick-up points
This trip starts at Place Schuman and from there we stop at various spots to pick-up you up if that is more convenient for you.
- Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC Bank on roundabout)
- Metro Yser (long bus stop on main road leading to Basilique)
- Metro Simonis (long bus stop on main road leading to Basilique)
- Basilique (corner main roads behind the church)
- Basilix Shopping Center (long bus stop on main road leading to highway)
Due to the late arrival, we will stop again at all the above stops and also the following ones if that is more convenient for you (if traffic conditions allow this!):
- Woluwe Shopping Centre
Who can join this trip?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special, open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone should feel comfortable.
- Members & non-members
- Expats & (international) Belgians
- All ages, including children
- Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families
- Foreign tourists
Child tickets available
Expat Club loves welcoming the youngest expats! If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for just €50 (lunch can be ordered during the day). This trip is particularly interesting for kids, with several stops, interesting viewpoints, ships, sea, and old towns.