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How to Spend 1 Day in Lille

How to Spend 1 Day in Lille

Located just a quick trip from the Belgian border, the northern city of Lille is known for its distinctive blend of French and Flemish cultures. One day in town is enough time to explore Vieux Lille (the city’s historical center), visit its key cultural landmarks, and discover the city’s culinary bounty. Here’s the perfect itinerary.

Morning: A Lille Introduction

Discover’s Lille’s architectural beauty and historical highlights when you start your day with an introductory city tour. If time is of the essence, a private driving tour offers a speedy way to see more of the city in less time. Bicycle and walking tours of the atmospheric old town, Vieux Lille, also help you spot key landmarks while soaking up the ambiance. Whichever itinerary you choose, you can look forward to encountering top attractions such as the Grand Place (the city’s scenic, main public square), city hall (and its lofty belfry), and the Palais Rihour.

Afternoon: A Closer Look

After you’ve found your feet in Lille, swing by a bistro for a restorative meal before continuing the sightseeing. Dedicate your afternoon to discovering one of the city’s major landmarks up close. Venture into the Lille Museum of Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille), among the largest art museums in France, or visit Charles de Gaulle’s Birthplace and Museum. Alternatively, ascend to Lille City Hall’s belfry for panoramic city views—grab a pair of binoculars to aid your sightseeing. 

Evening: Gastronomy, Lille-Style

End your Lille explorations on a decadent note when you indulge in the city’s top culinary offerings. Lille has a number of Michelin-starred eateries to its name, including elegant haunts such as La Table, Val d’Auge, and Nature. Alternatively, for a hands-on experience, sign up for an evening cooking class to learn how to make local specialties yourself. And don’t forget to try a beer or two before day’s end: Given its proximity to Belgium, Lille is a city that takes its suds seriously.

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Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV with Champagne Break

Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV with Champagne Break

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Jazz up your visit to Lille with a stylish ride in a vintage 2CV, perfect for first-time visitors to France’s fourth-largest city. Cruise past the top attractions of Old Lille, from Flemish Renaissance buildings to ornate fountains. Your driver doubles as guide, giving you an impressive run-down of the monument-filled center—designated France’s “City of Art and History.” A Champagne break is included.
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  • 1 hour
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Lille 2 Hour Bike Tour

Lille 2 Hour Bike Tour

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Take a unique approach to exploring Lille on two wheels with this 2-hour bike tour of Lille. Hop onto your bicycle, an authentic and comfortable Dutch model, and follow your guide through Lille’s attractive streets. During your two hour cycling adventure, discover popular sites of interest alongside hidden hotspots known only to the locals. Spin along the banks of Lille’s tranquil waterways, and listen as your guide shares insight into the city’s rich history and heritage. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.60
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Lille City Sightseeing Tour

Lille City Sightseeing Tour

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See the highlights of the historic city of Lille during a 1.15hour minibus tour of the city. Pass Lille's main attractions, interspersed with pretty parks and gardens, and learn more about this northern French city from its 11th century beginnings to the modern metropolis.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Lille City Pass

Lille City Pass

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The Lille City Pass makes sightseeing within Lille and the greater Nord-Pas de Calais region easy and hassle-free. Pass holders ride local transport for free, get free admission to area museums and attractions, and even receive discounts at eateries and shops around town. This must-have card saves you both time and money.
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  • 3 days
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Rallye

Rallye "Discoveries and Surprises"

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Cultural, surprising and amazing, this activity is perfect to discover the most important monuments of Lille, hear some of the little anecdotes which make up its history, or explore some of its more out of the ordinary and quite unexpected sites. That way to discover Lille fits very well with a teambuilding journey. The rally lasts two hours and half depending on the speed of the teams.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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