Lille is an architecturally superb city no longer seen as just an industrial metropolis. Retaining the convenience of a commercial hub, today one of France’s largest metropolitan areas highlights its heritage roots and breathtaking Flemish streetscape. Wander through the old city’s streets for a stunning display of heritage buildings, which house a collection of museums, galleries, hotels and restaurants. Try regional cuisine and enjoy the city’s nightlife, energized by the large student community.
Stroll along Le Vieux Lille’s historic city streets and investigate Flemish-influenced buildings tracing the city’s former Spanish Netherlands reign. Wander the stone-paved streets and notice brown-and-red brick façades and golden sandstone buildings. A notable example is the Palais des Beaux-Arts, a gorgeous museum filled with works by Goya, Rembrandt and Rubens within one of France’s largest art collections. See a contemporary collection of artworks at the Lille Métropole (LaM).
With a city heritage closely tied to the textiles industry, Lille is a fantastic place for shopping. Check out large retailers and forward-thinking new designers. La Grande Braderie is an eagerly awaited flea market that attracts thousands to the Old Town’s pedestrianized streets in the first weekend of September. Find year-round market action in the bustling Marché de Wazemmes. Pick up useful items ranging from fresh produce to furniture and electronics.
Visit Lille’s beautifully maintained botanical gardens, including a medicinal garden and a garden dating back to the 16th century. Lille’s largest public park and its compact zoo sit astride the massive fortress walls of the 17th-century Citadel.
Relax with a cup of coffee at one of Lille’s traditional terrace cafés. Sample Lilloise cuisine, including beer-stewed beef, or a more traditional Belgian meal of mussels and chips.
Lille is easy to reach by flights to the city’s international airport. It is located within a convenient railway triangle that links Paris, London and Brussels. Instead of passing through, disembark at Lille to experience the charms of this dynamic city in France’s far north.
Shopping, Skyscrapers and Museums
Discover the beautiful city of Lille with a pass that gives you free entry to more than 25 museums and popular attractions. Zip between all the sites, taking advantage of unlimited travel across the entire public transportation network, and enjoy special discounts at many shops and restaurants.
Learn all about the Canadians' contributions to World War I during a fascinating guided tour of some of the conflict's most significant battlefields. Enjoy your journey in the company of a friendly guide who boasts 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to share.
Give your feet a well-deserved break and jump aboard a comfortable minibus that takes you around the city of Lille on a fascinating discovery tour. Enjoy a 1-hour overview of sites along the route while an informative audio-visual program gives you the history and background of each.
Day 1: Leaving at 09h00 towards Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and Memorial. Going to Crest Farm Memorial in Passendale and visiting “Passendale 1917 Museum” in Zonnebeke. Lunch. Visit at Hooge Crater, Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood, Mount Sorrel and the Brooding soldier.
You will visit the Sir John Monash Center in Villers Bretonneux, the Australian Memorial, The Victoria School and Pozières in the Somme. In Flanders you will attend the Last Post service at the Menin Gate, stand at Hill 60 seeing the Caterpillar crater, visit Polygoon Wood and Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passendale.
The cool and easy ride, the funny bicycle exercises, the variety of bikes (such as tandems or electric bicycles) make this visit an increasing success with tourists but also business teams, families with teenagers, hen or stag parties...