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Lille, Flanders and the Somme

5.0 stars(15 reviews)

An emotive trip across Europe's Battlefields

5 days From £675 per person

2022 Tour code: LEB22

About the tour

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.


What’s included


Day 1 - 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 Grand Palace for a four-night stay.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - The Battlefields of Flanders

Our excursion today takes us by coach to the Ypres area, a centre of intense fighting during WWI. During our time in the area we visit Poperinge - the most important town behind the Allied lines. We also visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery, and Langemark, last resting place of 44,000 German soldiers.

We continue to Ypres, a city which was nearly destroyed by 4 years of fighting, but which is now restored to its former glory. Here we visit the Cloth Hall, exploring the insightful 'In Flanders Fields' Museum. After free time in Ypres, we meet up this evening to walk to the Menin Gate, the famous 'Memorial to the Missing' where we witness the moving Last Post ceremony.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - 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 and evening are then at leisure to continue exploring.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - 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. Tonight we sit down to a farewell meal before making the journey back to England tomorrow.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Homeward bound

After a morning at leisure, this afternoon we take the Eurostar back to London.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

If requesting a twin room, please note the room layout of the Novotel Hotel will be a double bed and a sofa bed.

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place, Lille

Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place, Lille

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5.0 stars5.0 / 5 · 15 reviews

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Mrs H Klapperich

5 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2018

John was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable, witty, and kind.

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Mrs J McCarthy

5 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2018

Very good trip with a guide who was amazingly thorough and went above and beyond for the group members. Visited all places of interest. Hotel in good location of accessibility and centre and meals were good with a pleasant bar. The room was the only thing id give any negative ratings for due to air conditioning not working as it was out of season so we were told to open the window which resulted in my husband getting bitten 17 times by a mosquito and me 10 times not to mention the noise levels.

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Mrs J Douglas

5 stars

Submitted 28 Jun 2018

Well organised . Well look after

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Dr A Finch

5 stars

Submitted 21 Jun 2018

Brilliant guide well planned tour

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Mr I Melvin

5 stars

Submitted 04 Jun 2018

Well organised from start to finish

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Mr T Carr

5 stars

Submitted 31 May 2018

An excellent itinerary coupled with an experienced and very knowledgeable Tour Manager.

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