LILLE

FULL DAY 10 HOURS TOUR

Tour description

Departure is from your port of call with a driver and an English or German speaking guide to Lille by freeway. After driving city tour your guide will lead you to Old Lille to discover the city heritage, history and lifestyle through its main sites and monuments.

Your first visit will be the Citadelle built between 1667 and 1670 by Sébastien le Prestre, marquis de Vauban, on the orders of Louis XIV, who had just conquered the city. It formed part of the "Pré Carré", a double line of strongholds stretching from the North Sea to the Meuse to protect the borders. It is a true city within a city, surrounded by bastions which form a five-pointed star. Known as the "Queen of Citadels", Vauban himself said that it was the finest and most accomplished citadel in the kingdom. It is a masterpiece of fortification, urban art and French architecture.

Then you will walk by the Palais Rihour, the Vieille Bourse, and the cathedral Notre Dame de la Treille and the Hospice Comtesse which will remind you in some way the Flemish city background. Also included in the tour is the Town Hall’s Belfry, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This 420 feet (142 meters) elevated monument overlooks the entire city of Lille giving you the opportunity of a unique panorama. It is equipped with headsets and binoculars.

After this very intense visit, you will have time at leisure for lunch and shopping before heading back to your port of call.

Note

It is a 1.30-hour motor coach ride each way to Lille. You need to be in good walking physical conditions. The whole walking tour is about 3 miles (5 kilometers).