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WW1 Battlefield tours in the Somme and Ypres in the Flanders

Reference: 22BRT-BFW

  • 5 Day / 4 Night tour 
  • Tour starts and finishes from Lille
  • 18 passengers maximum

WW1 BATTLEFIELDS
IN THE SOMME, VIMY RIDGE & YPRES

 This fascinating and moving tour focuses on the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front – from The Somme to Amiens and Ypres. With the flexibility to ensure that each of our guests has the chance to see memorials to his (or her) country’s fallen, this tour provides a personalised experience that’s as unforgettable as it is enlightening. 


WWI Battlefields BannerHIGHLIGHTS 

  • Take time to pay respects at your relatives’ graves 
  • Tour the well-preserved trenches and tunnels of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial 
  • Attend the playing of the Last Post under the famous Menin Gate

INCLUSIONS

  • 4 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour
  • Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B),
  • 2 dinners (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: the underground city of Naours, the Canadian Memorial Park, the Memorial to the Missing and the Hooge Crater Museum

From $1,909 per person Twin-share

Single supplement on request

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ITINERARY

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    • Day 1 - Lille

      After meeting the group in Lille, we’ll kick off our battlefields tour with a delicious welcome dinner. Here’s to the incredible journey ahead. Accommodation: Hôtel Couvent des Minimes (or similar)

      • Meals  Dinner
    • Day 2 - Lille – Somme – Amiens

      After breakfast, we’ll begin our first full day together by exploring the region of the Somme – the infamous site of one of the costliest WWI battles. While we’re here, we’ll visit Newfoundland Memorial Park – where the original trench lines have been preserved. Later, we’ll visit Ulster Tower – a memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division – and Pozières Cemetery. We’ll also have time to pay our respects at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme before we set a course for Amiens. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)

      •  Meal  Breakfast
    • Day 3 - Amiens – Naours – Amiens

      Today will begin with a visit to the underground city of Naours. Here, we’ll tour the vast cave network where hundreds of ANZAC soldiers left their mark. With the largest concentration of WWI inscriptions on the Western Front, this site provides a touching insight into the lives of the brave soldiers fighting on the front. Then: we’ll round off the day back in Amiens, where you’ll have some free time to explore at your own pace. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)

      • Meals  Breakfast
    • Day 4 - Amiens – Villers-Bretonneux – Ypres

      This morning, we'll leave Amiens behind us - moving on to the Australian National War Memorial and Cemetery at Villers-Bretonneux. After taking some time to pay our respects, our next stop will be the Canadian National Vimy Memorial: Canada's largest overseas National Memorial. This evening will see us dining together in Ypres - a town that was completely destroyed during WWI and rebuilt anew. Accommodation: The Albion Hotel (or similar)

      • Meals Breakfast and Dinner
    • Day 5 - Ypres – Ypres Salient – Menin Gate – Ypres

      The beautiful town of Ypres sits in the epicentre of British WWI endeavours, and there is much to see in the surrounding countryside. We’ll start with a visit to John McCrae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm Cemetery – the site where his famous poem In Flanders Fields was written in 1915. Continuing our journey, we’ll visit the German Cemetery at Langemark and Vancouver Corner. Then, we’ll explore the fascinating Hooge Crater Museum – home to a unique collection of WWI artefacts and reconstructed trenches. An evocative end to the day is in store: we’ve an appointment to keep at the Menin Gate Memorial, where we’re invited to attend the Last Post ceremony. Accommodation: The Albion Hotel (or similar)

      • Meals Breakfast
    • Day 6 - Ypres – Fromelles – Lille

      Today, we’ll visit Hill 60 – a manmade promontory on the edge of the Ypres Salient where many fierce battles between the Germans and Allied forces took place. After, we’ll take some time to explore the area around Fromelles, VC Corner and the Australian Memorial Park – before having the opportunity to visit Pheasant Wood Cemetery: the final resting place of 250 Australian and British soldiers killed in the battle of Fromelles. After returning to Lille, our incredible journey will come to a close.

      • Meals Breakfast
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