Standing on the banks of the Deûle River close to France's northernmost border with Belgium, Lille is a magical destination during the festive season. Discover the city's atmospheric Christmas Market, situated in the Place Rihour, where you can sample traditional chestnut doughnuts as well as fragrant hot spiced apple cider.
Depart London St Pancras by Eurostar and journey to Brussels. Here you'll connect to Germany's renowned high speed inter-city railway which will whisk you to Cologne and then onto Berlin where you will check into your hotel for a 3-night stay.
Standing on the banks of the Deûle River close to France's northernmost border with Belgium, the city of Lille dates back to the tenth century when the Counts of Flanders built a castle on an 'island' of dry land entirely surrounded by marshes. Over the next two centuries L'isla ('the island') grew from a settlement into a city with an estimated ten thousand inhabitants and rose to prominence as a centre of trade and industry. Over the next couple of days you are at leisure to explore and the Christmas Market is an excellent place to begin at this time of year. Perhaps sample the chestnut and hazelnut doughnuts and a reviving hot spiced apple cider, or take a ride on the Ferris Wheel for great views over the city. Held in the Place Rihour, Lille's small Christmas Market features arts, crafts, decorations and local cuisine and the city is specially illuminated for the festivities; the bright Christmas lights create a walkway down the Rue Nationale, making it a delight to wander around.
After leaving your hotel this morning, return to the train station for the Eurostar that will take you directly to London.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
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The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.