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Lille, Flanders & The Somme


2 of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War

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2020 Tour code: 20LEB

About the tour

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.


What’s included


Day 1 - London to Lille

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.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - The Battlefields of Flanders

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.

  • Breakfast
Langemark German Cemetery
Day 3 - Lille

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.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Battlefields of the Somme

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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Lille to London

After a morning at leisure, this afternoon you take the Eurostar back to London.

  • Breakfast
St Pancras International

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.



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Lille, Flanders & The Somme

2 of the most infamous and iconic sites of the First World War


Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Luke Simpson