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Lille, Flanders & the Somme

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(Tour code: LEB19)

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.

  • 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
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Lille, Flanders & the Somme 2019Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 Lille

London to Lille

Our tour begins at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras International, where you meet your group and 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 and evening are then at leisure to continue exploring.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Thiepval

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 Eurostar

Homeward bound

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

  • Breakfast
Airport waiting room

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional 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

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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Lille, Flanders & the Somme

An emotive trip across Europe's Battlefields


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