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Lille, Flanders & the Somme

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(Tour code: LEB18)

An emotive trip across Europe's Battlefields

A short rail journey to Lille takes us close to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, two of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War. We also explore the fascinating city of Lille on a guided tour which includes a traditional beer and waffle tasting.

Highlights
  • Walking tour of Lille
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Langemark Cemetery
  • Ypres
  • 'In Flanders Fields' Museum
  • Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate
  • VC Corner, Fromelles
  • Thiepval Memorial and Lochnagar Crater
  • Vimy Ridge
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Lille, Flanders & the Somme 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Lille
Lille

London to Lille

Our tour begins at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras International, where we meet our Tour Manager, a specialist in battlefields history, and board the Eurostar to Lille. On arrival we transfer to the Novotel Lille Centre for a four-night stay.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Langemark German Cemetery
Langemark German Cemetery

The Battlefields of Flanders

Our excursion today takes us by coach to the Ypres area, the centre of intense fighting. During our time in the area we visit Poperinge - the most important town behind the lines. Here we visit Talbot House. Known as 'Toc H', Talbot House was somewhere for soldiers to use as a retreat - an 'everyman's club' - where rank had no relevance. We then visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery, and Langemark, the last resting place of 44,000 German soldiers.

We continue to Ypres, a city which was nearly destroyed by the four years of fighting but is now remarkably restored to its former glory. Here we visit the Cloth Hall to explore the insightful 'In Flanders Fields' Museum. After free time to explore Ypres, we meet up this evening to walk to the Menin Gate - the famous 'Memorial to the Missing' - and witness the moving Last Post ceremony.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 3 Fine Arts Museum, Lille
Fine Arts Museum, Lille

Exploring Lille

This morning we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour of delightful Lille. During the tour we pass some of the city's main sights, including the 15th century Palais Rihour, the Grand Place and the Notre Dame Cathedral. We also enjoy a tasting of two of Lille's local specialities: beer and waffles. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lochnagar Crater
Lochnagar Crater

The Battlefields of the Somme

We travel by coach to the immense Lochnagar Crater, formed by an exploding mine. We continue to Thiepval, a striking memorial dedicated to the missing of the Somme. Our next visit, on our return towards Lille, is to Vimy Ridge then we continue to the Australian cemetery and VC Corner in nearby Fromelles.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Eurostar
Eurostar

Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning, we take the Eurostar back to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Novotel Lille Centre Grand Palace in Lille

Delicious meals included

  • 6 meals including 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners, including a farewell meal in Lille

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Visits to the Battlefields of Flanders, Langemark Cemetery, the 'In Flanders Fields' Museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery, and Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony
  • Excursions to The Somme including Lochnagar Crater, Thiepval Visitor Centre, Vimy Ridge and VC Corner in Fromelles
  • Entrance to the Historical Museum of the Great War
  • Guided tour of Lille

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar from £75 per person per journey (was £95 per person per journey)
Phil Conde
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Lori Mcclaren
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Kathryn Cambridge
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James Eaton
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An emotive trip across Europe's Battlefields

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