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
4 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Novotel Lille Centre Grand Palace in Lille
NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
6 meals including 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners, including a farewell meal in Lille
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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
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
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.
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.
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
Day 5 - Homeward bound
After a morning at leisure, this afternoon we take the Eurostar
back to London.
If requesting a twin room, please note the room layout of the
Novotel Hotel will be a double bed and a sofa bed.
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the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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Very good holiday. Plenty of variety and excellent tour manager/guide
Good general organisation, an excellent guide who was able to draw on his extensive military experience.
Mrs H Klapperich
John was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable, witty, and kind.
Mrs J McCarthy
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.
Excellent itinerary, knowledgeable guide. Very good hotel no problems anywhere.