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How to Spend 2 Days in Lille

How to Spend 2 Days in Lille

Poised less than 10 miles from the Belgian border, Lille is celebrated for its unique blend of French and Flemish cultures. Given its proximity to numerous World War I battle sites and memorials, it’s also a jumping-off point for history tours. Two days is enough time to explore both the city and surrounding region. Here’s what to do.

Day 1: City Wanderings

**Morning:**History-saturated Lille is packed with landmarks, and an introductory city tour is the perfect way to discover them. Set off on foot, by car, or by bike, and glimpse highlights such as Lille City Hall (and its soaring belfry), the strikingly modern Lille Cathedral, and more.

**Afternoon:**Following your introduction to the city, dedicate your afternoon to a cultural excursion. Spend several hours discovering the collection highlights of the Lille Museum of Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille), hop in a cab to the recently refurbished Museum of Art and Industry (La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie), located in a restored swimming pool, or visit the heritage Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse.

**Evening:**Stomach rumbling? Happily, Lille is host to a vibrant drinks and dining scene. Sign up for a local-led cooking class to discover how to make its specialties for yourself, or secure a table at one of the city’s refined restaurants. Wash it all down with a Belgian-style beer before tucking in for the night.

Day 2: World War I Excursions

**Morning:**Lille and the surrounding region played a pivotal role in WWI. On your second day in town, follow in soldiers’ footsteps, visit memorial sites, and learn more about this dark period in the area’s history. Begin in the town of Fromelles: a quick trip from Lille, a former post along the Western Front, and site of a bloody battle involving British and Australian troops.

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, continue your somber explorations across the border in Belgium when you visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery. The final resting place of many thousands of Commonwealth soldiers, the cemetery stands on the site of the Third Battle of Ypres. Pay tribute to all those who lost their lives as you go.

**Evening:**Finish your WWI history tour in the Belgian city of Ypres (Ieper in Dutch), which was the site of several major military campaigns. See where the Battle of Hill 60 was fought, and attend the moving, nightly Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Finally, cross the border back into France and return to Lille.

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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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$334.62
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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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$240.93
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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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Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV with Champagne Break

Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV with Champagne Break

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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.” A Champagne break is included.
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  • 1 hour
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Lille 2 Hour Bike Tour

Lille 2 Hour Bike Tour

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Take a unique approach to exploring Lille on two wheels with this 2-hour bike tour of Lille. Hop onto your bicycle, an authentic and comfortable Dutch model, and follow your guide through Lille’s attractive streets. During your two hour cycling adventure, discover popular sites of interest alongside hidden hotspots known only to the locals. Spin along the banks of Lille’s tranquil waterways, and listen as your guide shares insight into the city’s rich history and heritage. 
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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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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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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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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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$334.62
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Lille City Pass

Lille City Pass

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The Lille City Pass makes sightseeing within Lille and the greater Nord-Pas de Calais region easy and hassle-free. Pass holders ride local transport for free, get free admission to area museums and attractions, and even receive discounts at eateries and shops around town. This must-have card saves you both time and money.
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  • 3 days
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