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.

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Lille, Flanders & the Somme activities

$16.15 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).

$149.98 Cultural & Theme Tours

Somme WWI Battlefield Day Tour from Arras

At 0900hrs – Your guide will collect you at your hotel or at Arras Station, The guide will meet you at the glass doors at the station entrance. 0940hrs Albert Firstly we discover the underground warfare and see the awe inspiring Lochnagar mine crater at La Boiselle. We follow the path of the soldiers through Sausage Valley up to the line in Pozieres and stop at the Casualty Corner, every soldier wounded at Pozieres Ridge passed through this triage point. Pozieres Ridge and the Gibraltar Blockhouse, The Australian First Division Memorial, The Windmill and the Tank Corps Memorial. Thiepval visitors centre Beaumont Hamel preserved trenches, here we can see a preserved section of the original 1916 front line and discuss tactics and why it all went so badly on the 1st July 1916. Now we will follow the path of the German Advance with the 1918 Battles around Amiens, visiting the new Monash Centre where you can get some lunch and explore at your leisure, To get the most out of your visit to the Sir John Monash Centre we recommend you do the following before arriving.1.Download the SJMC app from Google Playstore or Apple App Store  2.Fully charge your mobile device 3.Bring headphones or ear buds for each member of your party.The Australian Memorial to the Missing and Cemetery, where 11000 names are etched to ensure that, although they have no known resting place, they will never be forgotten. Villers Bretonneux School and Museum the living evidence of ‘Mateship ‘ between the Australian and French peoples Le Hamel and Monash's command of the Australian Corps and the Americans. We will see the Crash site of the Red Baron before returning to Arras, dropping off at 1800hrs.

$55.38 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.

$228.43 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.

$28.84 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

$294.19 Cultural & Theme Tours

Australian and New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Somme

After pickup from your hotel or the train station in Lille or Arras, journey to Villers Bretonneux, the Victoria School, the cemetery and memorial where the dawn ceremony happens every April. Afterward, head to Le Hamel Australian Memorial, the area where General John Monash led the Australian troops towards victory. In Albert, opt to see the iconic basilica with the Golden Madonna (to be visited on request at no cost). After lunch, continue to the Lochnagar crater at Pozières and the 1st Australian Division Memorial. See Thiepval Memorial, the largest WWI Memorial bearing the names of more than 73,000 soldiers who have no known grave. Then check out Bullecourt, the Jean and Denise Letaille Museum, the Slough Hat and the Statue in the Australian Park. After a full day of sightseeing, you will return to your original departure point.

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