Welcome to Lille, Flanders & the Somme

This fascinating area comprises the former régions of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie, taking in the home territories of the Ch'tis (residents of France's northern tip) and the Picards. Its capital, Lille, is awash with magnificent architecture, outstanding museums, creative enterprises and an energetic student vibe. Arras, Amiens and Laon captivate with Gothic treasures, and Compiègne preserves the dazzle of Napoléon III's Second Empire.

Beyond the cities, WWI memorials and cemeteries marking the 1914 to 1918 front lines have a heartbreaking beauty. Outdoors enthusiasts will love the wildlife-filled estuaries of the Baie de Somme, and the Côte d'Opale's activity-packed resorts, including fabled Le Touquet, and wide, often-empty beaches.

Top experiences in Lille, Flanders & the Somme

Lille, Flanders & the Somme activities

$16.17 Tours & Sightseeing

Lille City Sightseeing Tour

You will see the Grand Place, the old city, the Town Hall and its belfry, the Fine Arts Museum and much much more!Founded in the 11th century, Lille is a town which has been Flemish, Burgundian, Spanish and finally French, the result of such a lively past has been the growth of eclectic districts that you can see today.Audio-visual system available in 8 languages (French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese).

$150.14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Somme WWI Battlefield Day Tour from Arras

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Oise, Hauts-de-FranceYour guide will explain the tactics and battlefield where Monash commanded Australian and American troops on the 4th July, you will also visit the Memorial.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Franco-Australien Museum, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will see the Victoria School built with money raised by the people of Victoria. We will also visit the Museum above the school.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sir John Monash Centre, Fouilloy, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will see the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre. You will have the chance to get some lunch from the cafe there.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: 3rd Australian Division Memorial, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will see the Memorial en route to AlbertStop At: Lochnagar Crater, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceLearn all about the mining in WW1, you will see the largest mine crater on the Somme as we begin to follow the path of the soldiers along Sausage Vally to the German second line at PozieresDuration: 10 minutesStop At: 1st Australian Division Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceSee the remnants of the Gibraltar Blockhouse, captured by the 2nd Battalion AIF on the 25th July 1916, learn about the offensives to take the German positions.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Windmill Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceThe highest point on the ridge, you will see how important this position was and what it cost to take it. You will see the remains of the Windmill captured by the 2nd Division and the War Animals Memorial and Pozieres field of Remembrance. You will also hear abut the roll of Tanks and see the Tank Memorial. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Historial de la Grande Guerre - Musee de Thiepval, Thiepval, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will visit the interpretation centre at Thiepval and see the British Memorial to the Missing for the 1916 Battle of the SommeDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceHere you will walk through preserved trenches from the 1916 Battle of the Somme, hear about the offensives on the 1st July and the 13th November when the area was captured. Your guide will explain the tactics used and why things went so badly on the 1st July.Duration: 30 minutes

$55.44 Tours & Sightseeing

Lille Tour by Vintage Car with Private Driver and Champagne

Visit Lille in 30 minutes, 45 minutes,1 hour or 1h30 to discover Lille's squares, streets and monuments. Do not miss the opportunity to see the charming streets of the "Vieux Lille" from a different perspective. The tour will enable you to live an unforgettable experience in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere.

$228.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

Fromelles and Ypres Full-Day WWI Sightseeing Tour from Arras

Begin your tour with a 9:00am pickup at your centrally located Arras hotel or Arras train station. Then, take a seat in your air-conditioned minivan for the onward journey to the WWI battle fields of Fromelles. During your 13 hour tour, take in key sites of WWI interest including Aubers Ridge and Pheasant Wood, and visit the Fromelles Museum (subject to opening hours) before travelling to the battlefield itself. Perhaps pay your respects at the famous Cobbers’ Memorial, then travel through the historic villages and towns of Flanders Fields — where Allied soldiers spent time between offensives. Cross the border into Belgium for lunch at Ploegsteert Wood, then see the memorials to the Christmas truce of 1914. After lunch, head onward to Messines Ridge, the Spanbroekmolen Mine Crater Memorial, and Hill 60. Follow the path of the advance during the 3rd Battle of Ypres with your guide, and see reconstructed trenches and underground dugouts at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Visit the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial — the largest WW1 Commonwealth cemetery in the world — then enjoy free time to explore the historic town of Ypres at your leisure. From here, perhaps head onward at 6pm to your centrally located hotel in Ypres to conclude your tour. Alternatively, attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate then leave Ypres at 8:30pm for Lille, or return to your centrally located hotel in Arras at approximately 9:45pm.

$28.87 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Lille City Pass

SAVE MONEY WITH THE LILLE CITY PASS OFFERING:Free Access to 27 tourist and cultural sites including the Fine Arts Museum of Lille, the City Tour, Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace, Museum of the Hospice Comtesse and many more Free access to the Lille urban area public transport system (buses, metro and tramway) 5% rebate on certain products at the boutique of the Lille Tourist Office Reductions and discounts in selected stores and restaurants 10% discount in Meert restaurant at La Piscine museum in Roubaix An discount check book with offered at Mc Arthur Glen in Roubaix 10% discount in Le Paradoxe restaurant in Tourcoing Special price at the Cinema from Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing. The three day Lille City Pass gives you all of the above as well as free access to 8 tourist attractions in the Nord-Pas de Calais region and free access to the TER (regional express trains) network.Some museums are closed on Mondays and/or Tuesdays as well as on the first weekend of September.Additional features of the 72 hour pass: Free access to the TER network in the region Free access to 8 tourist attractions in the Nord pas de Calais region

$294.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Australian and New Zealand Battlefield Day Tour in the Somme from Lille or Arras

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: École VictoriaYou will stand at the Victoria School rebiuld with the help of Australian school Children.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Australian War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will stand at the memorial bearing 11 000 names of Australians that died in France during WW1 and have no known grave. You can go up in the tower to have a view on the battlefields.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sir John Monash Centre, Fouilloy, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will spend an hour and a half to see the Centre.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Oise, Hauts-de-FranceYou will stand on the German lines and see from where Sir John Monash launched the assault on 4 July 1918.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Lochnagar Crater, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will stand near the Crater.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceFor Australian visitors spending time in Pozières to see the 1st Australian Division Memomrial, Moo Cow, and the Windmill Memorials.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Longueval, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceFor New Zealand visitors focus on the Caterpillar Cemetery and the Memorial. Going to...Duration: 1 hourStop At: NZ MemorialSeeing the Memorial and the Caterpillar valley.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Historial de la Grande Guerre - Musee de Thiepval, Thiepval, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceVisit of the Thiepval Memorial and the museumDuration: 2 hours

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