Lille, Flanders & The Somme
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A short rail journey takes you close to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, 2 of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War. Explore the fascinating city of Lille on a guided tour, which includes a traditional beer and waffle tasting.
Your tour begins at our Departure Office at London St Pancras, where you meet your Tour Manager, a specialist in battlefields history, and board the Eurostar to Lille. You transfer to the Novotel Lille Centre for a 4-night stay.
You have a full day of sightseeing today, visiting the battlefields of Flanders. Travel by coach to the Ypres area, the centre of intense fighting during WWI. Your first stop is Poperinge - the most important town behind allied lines. Here you 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. Then you visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery, and Langemark, the last resting place of 44,000 German soldiers.
Continue to Ypres, a city which was nearly destroyed by years of fighting, but which is now remarkably restored to its former glory. Visit the Cloth Hall to explore the insightful 'In Flanders Fields' Museum. After this, there's some free time before meeting up at the Menin Gate - the famous 'Memorial to the Missing' - and witnessing the moving Last Post ceremony.
This morning, you are joined by a local guide for a walking tour of delightful Lille. During the tour see some of the city's main sights, including the 15th-century Palais Rihour, the Grand Place, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. You also enjoy a tasting of 2 of Lille's local specialities: beer and waffles. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure.
This morning, we explore the battlefields of the Somme on a full-day sightseeing tour. Travel by coach to the immense Lochnagar Crater, formed by an exploding mine. You continue to Thiepval, a striking memorial dedicated to the missing of the Somme. Your next visit, on the journey back to Lille, is Vimy Ridge, a memorial commemorating over 11,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.
After a morning at leisure, this afternoon you take the Eurostar back to London.
Departures on this Rail Discoveries tour depart by Eurostar from London St. Pancras after 12pm. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
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2 of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War