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Lille City Tour

1. Lille City Tour

What could be nicer than to tour the city comfortably seated in a minibus? This is the perfect way to discover Lille in 75 minutes. Equipped with an audiovisual system in 9 languages (French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian), this city tour by bus offers views of the city’s main sites and monuments, from its origins to the most modern districts. Admire the Goddess statue as you drive past the Place du Général de Gaulle (Grand Place) and see the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce and the Beauregard Row at the Place du Théâtre. Of course, you will also drive past the Townhall with its Belfry, the Citadel and the Old Paris Gate.

Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit the entire Domaine de Chantilly at your leisure, 7,800 hectares located in one of the largest forests in Paris.  Explore the Château, which houses the Condé Museum. This is made up of the princely suites, an exceptional collection of paintings (over 800 masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli, Raphael, Poussin, and Delacroix), and a library and archives conserving over 13,000 works.  Visit the gardens for a magnificent panorama of the art of the Western garden, with the French-style garden designed by Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the 18th-century Anglo-Chinese garden housing the Hamlet that served as a model for Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet in the Petit Trianon in Versailles, and the 19th century English garden. Discover the Great Stables, which are a masterpiece of 18th-century architecture. They house the Museum of the Horse, which is home to over 200 objects and works of art dedicated to the equine world. All year long, the Great Stables propose magical equestrian shows.

Nausicaá National Sea Center: Full-Day Entry Ticket

3. Nausicaá National Sea Center: Full-Day Entry Ticket

Plunge into the depths of the ocean with Nausicaá, the largest public aquarium in Europe, in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Nausicaá invites you to enjoy a unique experience that will delight the whole family. Explore 'Journey on the High Seas', 'Mankind and Shores', and 'In the Eye of the Climate'. The latter includes projections from the floor to the walls and an aural immersion that will help you to learn about the effects of global warming. Total immersion to help you understand your power to act on a daily basis. You'll also meet the 1,600 species who call the aquarium home, such as grey reef sharks and the impressive manta ray. Don't miss some favorite shows: the sea lion's medical training and the finding of the penguins. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already captivated 16 million explorers. During your visit, you can take a break in one of three restaurants and relax in an exceptional setting. Don't forget to explore the charms of the Opal Coast and the beauty of the Boulonnais landscape. New Experience 2022: Grand Large – The giants of the High Seas in Augmented Reality Discover the high seas, so little-known and inaccessible, and meet the majestic animals that inhabit them with the help of a world-first augmented reality device in one of Nausicaá's most fascinating spaces: the 100m2 large bay.

Vieux Lille 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

4. Vieux Lille 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Visit Lille's most charming district and admire its architecture, shops, and museums on a 2-hour guided walk. Learn about the old town's heritage and history from your guide as you pass Vieux Lille's landmarks and monuments. Some of the attractions you’ll see include the Palais Rihour, the main square, the Old Stock Exchange, the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce, and Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral. The tour will conclude near the Hospice Comtesse. Founded in 1237 by Jeanne de Flandre, the Hospice features a display of works from Lille's past including objects from everyday life, wooden sculptures, earthenware, furniture, and paintings.

Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

5. Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

Explore the must-see monuments of Lille, one of the most cultural cities in France, with the Lille City Pass. Ride in a convertible bus and visit the Fine Arts Museum of Lille, the Piscine-Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix, the LaM in Villeneuve d'Ascq, the Museum of Charles de Gaulle's birth place, and many more places! Take advantage of free visits to the tourist sites of Lille for 24 or 48 hours and receive free, unlimited use of the Lille's metropolitan public transport network (metro, bus, tram). Enjoy your visit without the stress of purchasing tickets for the hottest attractions and transportation. The Lille City Pass will relieve your worries and allow you to focus on the fun part of travelling. Not only will it save you time but also money. Enjoy more, spend less!

Lille: Town Hall Belfry Entry Ticket

6. Lille: Town Hall Belfry Entry Ticket

Make your way to the Town Hall Belfry in the historic heart of Lille, and then climb to the top of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for spectacular views of the city and its surroundings.  Dominating the skyline with its typically Flemish gables, the Art Deco building is an icon of Lille and offers views from the city's highest point. Climb the first 100 steps, from where you can take the lift to the top, or carry on walking if you are feeling brave! Experience Lille from a different perspective as you look across at monuments such as the Grand Place with its Column of the Goddess. On a clear day you can see as far as the mountains of Flanders and the valley of the River Lys. Take in the city as it sprawls beneath your feet and get a unique look at the new multi-use stadium of the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

7. Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

Enjoy an entry ticket to visit this magnificent, medieval-style castle. Immerse yourself in this reconstructed castle that is now a National Monument. Explore the large salons, the central courtyard, the donjon, and the chapel as you walk around. Meet your host at the Château de Pierrefonds enterance. Feel like a princess as you experience an authentic tour of the castle with an audio guide. Walk around the castle grounds and admire its unspoiled beauty. Make sure to spam your Instagram stories. You will without a doubt capture amazing photos, your very own slice of history. Gaze at this dreamy castle as you wander around at your own pace. If you are visiting any Château when in France, it should be this reborn beauty.  See the impressive architecture and learn all about the rich history. The original castle existed here in the 14th-century but was demolished in the 17th-century, before being rebuilt by Napoleon III in the 18th-century.  Stand in awe of this château - One of France's hidden gems. If you love medieval times, castles, and rich history, visiting here is a necessity.

From Bruges: City of Bruges & Flanders Fields Guided Tour

8. From Bruges: City of Bruges & Flanders Fields Guided Tour

In Bruges you will enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Catch many of the highlights of Bruges: the Basilica of the Holly blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital and enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. After a short lunch break you willl leave for Flanders Fields. Your expert guide will lead you throughout the visit to help you understand the events that led to the first world war and how the catastrophe developed. Visit Passchendaele battlefield and the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world where British, Australian and Canadian soldiers were laid to rest. Close by is Polygone where every year Anzac Day is celebrated at dawn. Then visit the Monument of the ‘Brooding Soldier’, which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack. Next, your coach will take you to Essex Farm. This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’ After a set lunch in the outskirts of Ypres, drive to France to visit the awesome Vimy Memorial, museum and trenches. If time allows, you will also visit close to Ypres Hill 60 where Australian diggers detonated great underground mines. At 8:00 PM, you attend the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, a daily tribute to all Commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle. The tour offers ample opportunity for reflection and to take pictures.

Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

9. Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

Discover Flanders, the inspiration for the poem, "In Flander's Feilds" and learn about the history of World War I and the soldiers that fought in it. Learn how the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers sacrificed themselves, and witness the moving of the Last Post in Ypres. In Bruges, enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Then, make a point to admire all the major highlights of the city, such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital, and many more. After lunch, arrive at the scene of the first gas attacks and learn the details of Passchendaele, considered one of the bloodiest battles in the entire first World War. Find yourself in Tynecot, the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery, and visit the advanced dressing station where John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders’ Fields.” The focus of this visit is on the sacrifice of the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers. The highlight of the day is the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres.

Lille: 2-Hour Segway Tour

10. Lille: 2-Hour Segway Tour

Choose to start your 2-hour Segway tour of Lille by getting picked up from your accommodation or meeting your guide at the starting point. Wander along the walls of the well-preserved Citadelle and get acquainted with 17th-century military architecture. Then, head to the heart of the Old Town and soak in the elegant atmosphere of "le Vieux-Lille" in front of the neo-Gothic Notre-Dame de la Treille. From there, wander on to reach the oldest monument in Lille: the Hospice Comtesse. Originally used as a hospital, the Hospice Comtesse today hosts a historical museum that immerses you in the lifestyle and historical events of previous centuries. Next, ride along the Rue de Gand, taking time to appreciate its collection of typical "estaminets" (combination cafe-pub-restaurants). Leap back into the 21st century with a stop in Euralille, the modern commercial center that shows how the capital city of Flanders has changed with the times. Finally, arrive at La Place du Théâtre and La Grand Place to check out the Opera and the famous Vieille Bourse, the old stock exchange that stands today as one of the city's most important monuments.

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What people are saying about Hauts-de-France

Public transport links are excellent, I was able to get to Ploegsteert using the pass. Many of the museums are not in Lille but surrounding areas so factor journey time in. Really easy to use and collect, don’t forget to activate it for both museums and public transport.

Not only the castle left an impression, but the whole region and the village. Comfortable and clean. I wonder how it is in winter around Christmas. Our final destination was Reims (300km), but we circled here mostly with another 100km. It was a successful stopover.

The tour gives you a good impression about the town and his history. Not to long, not to short. Overall conclusion: excellent.

Lovely chateau with wonderful stables and horses. Definitely worth seeing and not overly crowded.

Awesome experience!!! Our guide Frank was wonderful. Many thanks again to him!