Lovely Lille and Beautiful Bruges
Highly Recommended Short Break
Lille is a surprising city, full of hidden gems and just waiting to be discovered. Bruges is one of the best-preserved small cities in Europe. Combine both Lille and Bruges and enjoy a short break full of memorable experiences. Travelling at the end of the summer, before the cities return to their usual business, is a great time to appreciate bargain rates!
Beer and belfries, chocolate and canals
Just over an hour from Calais, known for its outstanding Flemish architecture, Lille has a rich history. One of the most important towns in northern France, there is much to discover in the bustling city, with many green spaces. Perhaps take a stroll through the maze of cobbled lanes in Lille’s old town. Feast your eyes on the ornate 17th century Vieille Bourse, the city’s finest building, and the Grand Place, the favourite meeting place of the Lillois.
Bruges needs no introduction. Beautiful architecture and picturesque canals await around every corner. Explore the old town and experience the Belgian lifestyle. Another important aspect of visiting Bruges is visiting chocolate shops and sampling the local beers. See the towering Belfry dominate Bruges’ old market square or watch the swans swim serenely on the Lake of Love. Art lovers should take the opportunity to visit the Notre Dame church which houses Michelangelo’s Madonna. Also embark on a canal cruise to see the city from a different perspective. During your leisurely cruise, wind through the city and pass under the many bridges.
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Travel to Lille
Cross the Channel from Dover to France. Arrive at your hotel in Lille, your base for the next three nights.
Today, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the city of Lille, the ‘Capital des Flandres’. Take a walk along the tangle of cobbled streets in the old town – Le Vieux Lille. Feast your eyes on the ornate 17th century Vielle Bourse, Lille’s finest building, then perhaps stop in a café in the Grand Place and watch the Lillois going about their business.
The Palais des Beaux-Arts museum is home to France’s second largest art collection after the Louvre, with works by Goya, Rembrandt and Rubens. Alongside the highbrow culture, Lille is historically a market town. The Wazemmes market in the city centre (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays) sells everything from fruit and vegetables to furniture and electronics. An optional guided walking or bus tour of Lille.
Today, cross into Belgium to travel to Bruges to explore the many waterways and the beautiful buildings that give this little city the nickname ‘The Venice of the North’. The Grote Markt, the main square in the centre of Bruges, is bounded by colourful, ornate, historic gable-housed buildings. On one side of the square is ‘Historium Bruges’, an interactive experience telling the story of Bruges from the 13th century to the present day.
See the sights of the city from a different angle and take to the canals with a 30min boat cruise included in the package. For the adventurous, perhaps climb the steps to the top of the Belfry for panoramic views across the rooftops. An optional guided walking or boat tour is available.
Return to the UK
It’s time to leave Lille and head for Calais and return home.
Ibis Styles Lille Marcq en Baroeul ***
The Ibis Styles Lille Marcq en Baroeul is a 15-minute drive from the city centre and a 11-minute drive from the city hall. The modern rooms, feature free Wi-Fi, TVs, desks and tea and coffee-making facilities. Additional amenities include a business centre, restaurant serving traditional French food and terrace dining, plus a 24-hour bar serving light snacks. Free onsite coach parking.
Ibis Styles Lille Centre Gare Beffroi ***
The hotel is an 8-minute walk from the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille museum, and 2 km from both Lille Cathedral and the Hospice Comtesse Museum. The hotel offers low-key rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and en suite bathrooms, plus air-conditioning. Coach parking available nearby.
Novotel Lille Airport ****
The Novotel Lille Airport is situated 5 minutes from Lille Lesquin Airport and 10 minutes from the city centre. The contemporary rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, desks and TVs. They also come with tea and coffee-making facilities and minibars. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool and sundeck, plus a fitness room. There’s also an airy cafe and a contemporary bar serving snacks, as well as a playground and a business centre. Free onsite coach parking.
Ibis Lille Centre Gares ***
The Ibis Lille Centre Gares is located 100 yards from Lille Flandres Train Station and less than a 10-minute walk from Lille Europe Train Station. The modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi, a telephones, desks and TVs. There is a business centre, TV lounge, bar and a contemporary restaurant with a dining terrace. Coach parking available nearby.
Novotel Lille Centre Gares ****
The Novotel Lille Centre Gares is located only 350 yards from Lille Flandres train station and is just a 5-minute walk from central Lille. The rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities and desks. There is a bar and restaurant with a terrace. Other amenities include a children’s play area and a fitness room. Coach parking available nearby.
|4 days||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|Dates throughout 2022||From £170.00 per person||From £74.00 per person|
|Dates throughout 2023||From £175.00 per person||From £79.00 per person|