Christmas Markets in Arras & Lille and Battlefields of the Western Front

5 days from £479pp

About the tour: Christmas Markets in Arras & Lille and Battlefields of the Western Front

Tour Introduction

Combine a tour of the Battlefields of the Great War, with time at some of France's fantastic Christmas markets.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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(Deposits from £150pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Belgium or northern France for a four night stay.

Day 2 - Tyne Cot, Hill 60; Ypres

We start today on the Battlefields of Flanders seeing Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British Cemetery in the world. We then travel to Hill 60 to look at an area of preserved battlefield, seeing bunkers and mine craters, and then visit Hooge Crater for our lunch, with a chance to see the superb museum. This afternoon we head to Ypres and enjoy free time. In the evening, we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Included meals: Breakfast

Tyne Cot

Tyne Cot (4)

Key Visits

  • Hill 60
  • Ypres
  • Tyne Cot

Day 3 - Fromelles; Lille

Today we go into northern France and visit the Indian Corps Memorial at Neuve-Chapelle, which commemorates over 4,500 Indian Army soldiers with no known grave. We then look at the Battle of Fromelles seeing the Australian Memorial Park, Pheasant Wood Cemetery made after the recovery of a mass grave here many decades after WW1 and VC Corner Cemetery. We then travel into Lille, where we spend time browsing the stalls of one of France’s largest Christmas Markets.

Included meals: Breakfast

Lille Christmas Markets

Lille Christmas Markets (4)

Key Visits

  • Fromelles-
  • Indian Corps Memorial, Neuve-Chapelle
  • Lille Christmas Markets

Day 4 - The Somme; Arras

Today we travel down to the Somme and visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, which commemorates over 72,000 soldiers who have no known grave. We then see an area of preserved battlefield at the Newfoundland Park at Beaumont Hamel and visit the huge Serre Road No 2 Cemetery, the largest on the Somme. From here we travel to Arras for the Christmas Market.

Included meals: Breakfast

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial (4)

Key Visits

  • Newfoundland Park
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Arras Christmas Markets

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for four nights in a minimum 3-star hotel such as the Hotel Alize in Mouscron, the Horizon Ath-Lessines in Ghislenghien or the Hotel Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing in Neuville-en-Ferrain.

Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines

Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon

About the hotel

Providing modern guest rooms, the Horizon Ath-Lessines is situated in the area of Ghislenghien, close to the towns of Ath and Lessines.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Executive Coach

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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