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How to Spend 3 Days in Lille

How to Spend 3 Days in Lille

A Franco-Flemish architectural marvel, a key World War I location, and the birthplace of General Charles de Gaulle, Lille is a history-saturated city with culture to spare. Three days are enough time to discover the town itself and visit the region’s battle sites, memorials, and cemeteries. Here’s how to plan your trip.

Day 1: Urban adventures

The capital of the Hauts-de-France region, lovely, cosmopolitan Lille bursts with centuries-old landmarks, architectural gems, and world-class museums. Begin your first day with a cycling or driving tour of the city, seeing top attractions (such as the Grand Place, Lille Town Hall, and Lille Cathedral) while learning about local history. Afterward, relax at a nearby restaurant and sample a microbrew or two—located around 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the border with Belgium, Lille is known for its beer culture. Wind down your day by wandering around a museum such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille (one of the largest museums in France) or the Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse (inside an atmospheric old hospital), before heading to a bistro for a hearty evening feast.

Day 2: World War I sites

Particularly if you’re a history buff, dedicate your second day to exploring the region’s major wartime locales. Tour itineraries might include the village of Fromelles (which saw a bloody conflict involving British and Australian troops in 1916), Vimy (site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and now home to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial), or Western Front landmarks (including bomb craters, trenches, and memorials) related to the Battle of the Somme, one of WWI’s pivotal conflicts. Finally, return to Lille for a restorative meal.

Day 3: A Belgian history tour

Take a day trip to nearby Belgium. Departing early in the morning, make your way to Ypres, an important WWI destination that’s also home to plenty of architectural highlights. See Hill 62, where Canadian troops once fought; pay tribute to fallen Commonwealth soldiers at Tyne Cot Cemetery; and visit the celebrated Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, just beyond city limits in Zonnebeke. In the afternoon, pause for refreshments in central Ypres, and check out St. Martin’s Cathedral and the medieval Cloth Hall. When the sun begins to set, don’t miss the somber Last Post remembrance ceremony at the Menin Gate before crossing the border back into France.

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Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Lille or Arras

Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Lille or Arras

If you’re a history buff visiting France, this guided tour from Lille is the perfect way to immerse yourself in World War I history and landmarks. This two day tour takes you to pay your respects at Europe’s largest World War I cemetery and several memorials. Visit the Passendale 1917 Museum, located on a major battlefield site and see the actual trenches and no-man’s land where the soldiers fought.  Leave transportation and navigation to your professional guide.
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  • 2 days
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USD707.58
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Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Fromelles and Flanders from Lille

Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Fromelles and Flanders from Lille

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See where Australian soldiers served in France and Belgian Flanders in World War I on a full-day private tour from Lille. With a knowledgeable driver-guide and flexible itinerary customizable to your preferences, visit some of the pivotal locations where Australians fought and died. Visit Fromelles Memorial Park to remember the disastrous Australian losses here in 1916; explore the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience at Ploegsteert; and see Messines mine craters laid by the 1st Australian Tunneling Company in 1917. End with time at Tyne Cot and the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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  • 12 hours
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USD353.20
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Fromelles and Ypres Day Tour from Arras and Lille

Fromelles and Ypres Day Tour from Arras and Lille

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Visit key World War I battle sites on this 12-hour Fromelles and Ypres day tour from Arras. Travel by minivan through the killing fields of Fromelles as a guide shares the fallen soldiers’ stories. Discover WWI command posts, bunkers and tunnels, and learn of the war’s legacy at the Fromelles Museum. Pay your respects at the Cobbers Memorial, Tyne Cot and the V.C. Corner Memorial, then head through Flanders Fields to Ploegsteert Wood for lunch. Afterward, attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
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  • 13 hours
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USD233.89
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Vimy and Flanders Fields Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille

Vimy and Flanders Fields Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille

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Explore the Canadian World War I battlefields of France and Belgium on a private full-day tour from Lille or Arras. Witness the preserved tunnels and trenches of Vimy, where Canadian troops stormed German forces in April 1917. Learn about the Canadian assault and visit the Hill 145 memorial. After lunch, see some key Belgian WWI sites including the St Julien Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery, and attend Ypres’ Last Post Ceremony. The itinerary is flexible, so inform your guide if there’s anything you want to see more or less of.
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  • 9 to 12 hours
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Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV - 1h00

Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV - 1h00

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Jazz up your visit to Lille with a stylish ride in a vintage 2CV, perfect for first-time visitors to France’s fourth-largest city. Cruise past the top attractions of Old Lille, from Flemish Renaissance buildings to ornate fountains. Your driver doubles as guide, giving you an impressive run-down of the monument-filled center—designated France’s “City of Art and History.”
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  • 1 hour
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USD46.07
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Lille City Sightseeing Tour

Lille City Sightseeing Tour

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See the highlights of the historic city of Lille during a 1.15hour minibus tour of the city. Pass Lille's main attractions, interspersed with pretty parks and gardens, and learn more about this northern French city from its 11th century beginnings to the modern metropolis.
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Treasure Hunt and Beer Tasting in Lille

Treasure Hunt and Beer Tasting in Lille

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Explore Lille’s Old Town in a different way on this treasure hunt with beer tasting in Lille. At your designated start time, set off through the city streets with your guide. Meet Gambrinus, a folk hero and European icon of beer, and learn of his legendary back-story. With your treasure hunt clues to hand, explore Lille with your guide and help Gambrinus in his age-old plight. Along the way, sample different beers and gain insight into the malty or hoppy flavors at play.
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  • 3 hours
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Small Group Guided Tour of the Old Lille in English

Small Group Guided Tour of the Old Lille in English

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Get to know Old Lille, the city's most charming district, on a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. As you explore the streets, admire historical architecture and pass by shops and monuments such as the Opera House, Palais Rihour and Notre-Dame de la Treille.
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  • 2 hours
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USD15.91
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Private Canadian WW1 Vimy & Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras or Lille

Private Canadian WW1 Vimy & Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras or Lille

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Explore the battlefields of France on this 9-hour Canadian World War I Somme battlefield tour from Arras or Lille. Travel into the WWI battlefields of the Somme with your guide. Explore the tunnels from which Canadian troops attacked German lines in the Battle of Vimy. Walk through Canadian and German trenches as your guide details the struggles the soldiers faced. Sights you'll see include Courcelette Memorial to fallen Canadian soldiers, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, and Thriepval Memorial.
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  • 9 hours
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USD372.10
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2day Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders the Somme from Lille and Arras

2day Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders the Somme from Lille and Arras

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Discover the most important WWI battlefields, museums, and monuments on a 2-day sightseeing tour from Lille or Arras. Skip the stress of car rental and navigation, and relax in private end-to-end transportation on both days. The comprehensive itinerary takes you to a long list of locations which are of particular interest to Australians, including Fromelles and the Australian Memorial Park. Enjoy having entrance to all museums included, as well as a delicious lunch.
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  • 2 days
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USD655.61
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Australian and New Zealand Battlefield Day Tour in the Somme from Lille or Arras

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

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Delve into World War I history on this 9-hour Australian and New Zealand Somme Battlefield tour from Lille or Arras. See Le Hamel Australian Memorial, the Jean and Denise Letaille Museum and Thiepval Memorial, the largest WWI memorial bearing the names of more than 73,000 soldiers. Lunch, entrance fees and round-trip transportation from your hotel are included.
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  • 9 hours
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USD341.39
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