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Flanders & The Somme

(Tour code: 17ILB)First World War battlefields of Flanders and the Somme

This four-night tour to Lille introduces us to the fascinating, poignant First World War sites of Flanders and the Somme where some of Europe's fiercest fighting took place.


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Tour Highlights
  • Lille including a guided tour
  • Poperinge
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery & Langemark Cemetery
  • Vimy Ridge and VC Corner
  • Ypres and the 'In Flanders Fields' Museum
  • Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Lochnagar Crater
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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.

Day 1

London to Lille

Board the Eurostar service at St Pancras, after meeting at our dedicated Departure Office, for the quick journey to Lille. Standing on the banks of the Deule River, and close to France's northernmost border with Belgium, Lille is a city rich in culture, history and attractions. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Dinner
Langemark German Cemetery
Day 2

Flanders Fields

A full-day coach tour today takes you to some of the main sites and memorials in Flanders, a century on since the tragic conflict itself. The first stop is Poperinge, you will also see Tyne Cot cemetery, along with the contrasting Langemark cemetery. The final visit of the day is to Ypres, where you will discover the magnificent 'In Flanders Fields' Museum. After some free time, head to the Menin Gate to witness the poignant Last Post Ceremony, performed each evening at 8pm.

  • Breakfast
  • Last Post Ceremony
  • Ypres
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • In Flanders Fields Museum
Fine Arts Museum, Lille
Day 3


This morning there is a guided tour of Lille, where you will see the Vieille Bourse and Notre Dame Cathedral, followed by a local tasting of Lille's two most celebrated specialities - beer and waffles. Your afternoon is free to discover Lille's beautiful Flemishinfluenced 'Old Town', admire the stunning central Grande Place and its surrounding historic buildings or be inspired by artworks both classical and modern in galleries such as the Musée des Beaux Arts or Musée d'Art Moderne.

  • Breakfast
  • Lille Tour
  • Beer and Waffle Tasting
Day 4

The Somme

This morning travel to the site of the Somme, where some of the bloodiest battles in the world ever fought were waged between 1916 and 1918. Begin at Lochnagar Crater, an enormous crater formed by an explosives-packed mine. You will also see the unforgettable Thiepval Memorial and visit the Historical Museum of the Great War. On your return towards Lille, you will also take in Vimy Ridge, the site of Canada's most celebrated military victory and V.C. Corner at Fromelles.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • The Somme
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • V.C. Corner
St Pancras International
Day 5

Lille to London

Check out and walk the short distance to the railway station. Here board the Eurostar service back to London.

  • Breakfast

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