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 Center Grand Palace in Lille
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
Selected Departures Guaranteed
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
Flights and Airport transfers
Day 1 - 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 Center Grand
Palace for a four-night stay.
Day 2 - The Battlefields of Flanders
Our excursion today takes us by coach to the Ypres area, a
center 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 specialties: 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. where you tour concludes.
If requesting a twin room, please note the room layout of the
Novotel Hotel will be a double bed and a sofa bed.
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
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.
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.
Very good vacation. Plenty of variety and excellent tour manager/guide
Submitted Oct 25, 2018
Good general organisation, an excellent guide who was able to draw on his extensive military experience.
Mrs H Klapperich
Submitted Oct 25, 2018
John was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable, witty, and kind.
Mrs J McCarthy
Submitted Oct 25, 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 center 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.
Submitted Sep 27, 2018
Excellent itinerary, knowledgeable guide. Very good hotel no problems anywhere.