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Lille, Flanders & The Somme

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(Tour code: 20LEB)

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

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.

Highlights
  • Lille including a guided tour
  • Vieille Bourse and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Poperinge
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery & Langemark Cemetery
  • Vimy Ridge
  • Ypres and the 'In Flanders Fields' Museum
  • Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Lochnagar Crater
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Lille, Flanders & The Somme 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Lille
Lille

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.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Langemark German Cemetery
Langemark German Cemetery

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 3 Lille
Lille

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Thiepval
Thiepval

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.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 St Pancras International
St Pancras International

Lille to London

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

Includes:
  • Breakfast

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.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager with specialist Battlefield knowledge from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and 2 dinners
  • Visit to the Battlefields of Flanders
  • Discover Talbot House, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Langemark Cemetery
  • Ypres and the Last Post Ceremony
  • Excursions to the Somme
  • Guided tour of Lille

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar from £85pp each way

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

 

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Helen
Luke Simpson
Luke
Lille, Flanders & The Somme

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

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