LILLE CHRISTMAS MARKET DAY TRIP
EXPERIENCE A VIBRANT FRENCH CITY.
EXPLORE HISTORIC STREETS AND GRAND SQUARES. SHOP AT THE FESTIVE MARKET.
Sunday 19th November - FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 17th December - LIMITED AVAILABILITY
The vibrant and exciting city of Lille is a rising star. The old town centre, known as Vieux-Lille, is a stunning jewel of grand Flemish architecture, with renouned art museums, cobbled streets and leafy parks just waiting to be explored.
At the heart of Vieux-Lille is its beautiful Grand Place, once the medieval market place. You will be dropped off and picked up a few minutes walk from this popular gathering place. Its decorative brick houses, ornate Vieille Bourse and pavement brasseries around the fountain of the Déesse – the goddess said to have saved the town when it was besieged by Austria in 1792 – are elegant and picturesque. A short walk from here you’ll find Lille’s 17th century star-shaped Citadelle. Outside it’s 2.2km long ramparts is the city’s largest park, home to a small zoo and amusement park.
With Christmas approaching, Lille is decked out in lights and colour. Around the Christmas market, the whole town is covered in a huge crown of garlands.
On Place Rihour, 80 wooden chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, and you can also find arts and crafts from Russia, Canada and Poland! And that's not to forget the gingerbread and other delicacies, which you can take away or eat on the spot with a glass of mulled wine...
We will make this day trip to remember easy for you, picking you up in central London and traveling by comfortable coach via the channel tunnel to the heart of lovely Lille.
*You must have a vaild passport and be able to travel within the EU to join this trip!*
Departure/Drop off point
Option 1) Tower Hill Coach Park
Look for the sign-posted pedestrian entrance on Petty Wales (painted yellow, underneath Wagamama) take the steps on the right and wait in front of the coach bays.
Option 2) Hall Place Car Park, Hall Place, Bourne Rd, Bexley DA5 1PQ
Wait by the coach bays at the far side of the car park.
7.45am / 8.30am
10.15pm / 11.00pm
Schedule* (in local times - Lille is 1 hour ahead)
07.45 – Depart Tower Hill
08.30 – Depart Hall Place
09.50 – Arrive Folkestone for check-in before 10.50 Channel Tunnel crossing
14.00 – Arrive Lille Palais Rihour
18.30 – Depart Lille
20.00 – Arrive Calais for 21.20 Channel Tunnel crossing
22.15 – Arrive Hall Place
23.00 – Arrive Tower Hill
Return coach travel from London, channel crossing by Channel Tunnel, services of a tour manager on board your coach
Tickets to attractions, food & drink, gratuities
*Timings are approximate and the schedule is subject to change when required. Your tour guide will confirm times to be back at the coach at each stop, the schedule above is a guideline only. See here for full terms & conditions.
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