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Lille... stemming from the word L'Isle because of the city's origin's emerging out of a dry marsh land back in the middle ages, it is now recognised as a powerhouse city of northern France. Tourists are attracted to the city, two hours south of Calais, for it's historic and medieval villages, cobbled Old Town and diverse wealth of inhabitants from across Europe. It's a city that at it's heart is frozen in time, built around the Saint-Sauveur which has remained a constant in the city since 1144. Many others are attracted here to embrace the definitive beauty the city's tourist board offers, from the Lille Palace of Fine Arts to the many botanic gardens located around the city.
Work is done for the week and now the real fun begins. Grab your bag, print your e-ticket and make sure you've got your passport on you because here we go! Make sure you get to the departure point (on your e-ticket) at least half an hour early and meet our expert staff who will check you and your group on to the coach before setting off. To make the journey fly-by we recommend bringing along some of your favourite DVDs, your comfiest pillow and maybe a blanket too. Stops will be made along the way; but whilst you're travelling you might as well make the most of it!
Bonjour! Bienvenue a Lille. Lille is our closest City destination outside of the British isles and home to over 1million people. Only a few hours from Calais, it's incredible the culture shift towards the French way of life here. After you've reach the accommodation, our Rep will show you where to stow your bags; then our insider tip for Lille is to visit the Le Cremerie Feres Delassic for some quintessential pastries, cakes and coffee.
Checking-in in Lille with our team is easy, they will have all the keys and room lists prepared for your group at 14:30. After you've gone to your room and freshened up the afternoon is yours to explore the city… A great place to immerse yourself in Lille's culture is the Old Town (Vieux-Lille). Composed of narrowly winding streets lined with patisseries and stereotypical French cafes.
In the evenings in Lille, it's easily to assume that this northern French city is quietly sleeping… However, our Reps know the best places to take people that want to experience some fun nightlife. After dining out at the L'Adresse, home of the best burgers in Lille we like to take our groups to a local nightclub in the party district of Lille. That being said, Lille locals are very chilled out and it's mostly tourists found in bars and clubs. If you want to blend in, visit a restaurant in the town square and crack open a bottle of wine with your pals.
Breakfast is included within the package; but it finishes at 10am. If you miss it - we suggest visiting la Creperie de Lille. Their pancakes will sort you right out and give you enough energy to face the rest of the day; whether you are visiting the Parc Zoologie or the Open Air Museum.
If this is your first time to Lille and you've opted to join us on the City Sightseeing tour, meet the group and the Rep in the accommodation this afternoon (specific times will be delivered by your Rep upon arrival). The Rep will walk you and the group to the pick up point. However - if you're more of a lone-traveller and want to explore the city for yourself, we recommend you invest in the Lille City Pass. It offers you: free admission to museums, attractions and public transport! Plus discounts at shops and restaurants.
This is our evening in Lille. The view of the Belfry at night is incredible; the last tour of the tower in the evenings as the sunsets over the city are the most sought after so missing out on a ticket would mean missing out on the most memorable part of your trip! After the tour of the Belfy tower the final evening is yours to spend how you wish...
It's time to get checked-out! Make sure you have gathered all your belongings and have your passport in your hand-luggage as it will be checked at customs. Hand your keys in to the Outgoing rep that will be downstairs in the reception area and then make your way to the pick-up point.
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Situated in the Old Town of Lille, Gastama Hostel excels at producing a vintage, neo-industrial feeling when visiting. Whether it's the brick walls, laminate flooring or the contemporary in-room furniture; the Gastama offers a warm welcome upon arrival.
4-8 Per room
A quintessentially French hostel in the centre of Lille, Mr.Beds provides a foundation from which you can explore the city.