3-Day Small Group Tour of French and Belgian WWI Battlefields from Lille

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Tour the World War One battlefields of France and Belgium on a small group three-day visit. With three days to spend, you'll really explore the history of the Somme, Pozieres, Beaumont Hamel, the Salient, Passchendaele, Ypres, Fromelles and Loos. Other sites can be added according to your interests.

Accompanied by ex-army personnel or Battlefield Guides with postgraduate qualifications, you will gain a fascinating insight into the Western Battlefields of Belgium on this small group tour.

With a maximum group size of 15, and a university educated guide/driver, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience of these sobering sites from World War One.

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3-Day Small Group Tour of French and Belgian WWI Battlefields from Lille

3-Day Small Group Tour of French and Belgian WWI Battlefields

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Departure Point:
Lille Europe station
Departure Time:
    8:30am
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:00pm (Day 3)

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3-Day Small Group Tour of French and Belgian WWI Battlefields from Lille

3-Day Small Group Tour of French and Belgian WWI Battlefields

Inclusions:
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, D=dinner)
  • Entrance fees Hooghe Crater Museum; Hooghe Trenches
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
Itinerary:
Day One: Lile - Ypres Salient
Tour the Somme battlefield covering major sites from the calamitous first day through the whole five months of the battle. You'll see Delville Wood, the Welsh memorial at Mametz Wood, the huge Lochnagar mine crater, the sunken road where the Accrington Pals were virtually wiped out, the Poziere battlefield and Windmill Hill (both important sites for Australians), Courcellette, site of the first major use of tanks supporting Canadian troops, and the nearby tank memorial.

Also included is Albert, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and the Ulster Tower. An undoubted highlight, however, will be your guided walk around the incredible preserved Beaumont Hamel battlefield site. Other sites will be added according to the interest of the tour participants.

Overnight at Hotel Kasteelhof 'T Hooghe or similar

Day Two:Ypres - The Somme - Villers-Bretonneux - Ypres (B,D)
On your day touring the Salient you'll see, in the company of a first class guide, some of the most important sites that remain; the German cemetery in Langemark, the area of the first gas attack by Vancouver Corner, where flame throwers were introduced into modern warfare, John McRae's Essex Farm site, Hooge crater and museum, the Passendaele area and Tyne Cot cemetery.

You'll walk the moonscape of the Hill 60 battlefield and see literally dozens of memorials to British, Australian and Canadian regiments. You'll also spend time in Ypres itself with the opportunity to visit St George's Chapel, the Menen (Menin) Gate Memorial. You will also have the opportunity to take an optional tour of the 'In Flanders Field' Museum.

Overnight at Hotel Kasteelhof 'T Hooghe or similar

Day Three: Ypres – Fromelles - Vimy Ridge - Lille (B)
On this day you'll visit sites connected with the 1915 battles of Aubers Ridge, Festubert, and Neuve Chapelle, where the Indian Army gave a magnificent account of itself. You'll see where Adolf Hitler served and the bunker he is reputed to have used as a billet.

Australian's will enjoy seeing the Fromelles memorial. Tour the Loos battlefield, site of the disastrous battle of 1915, and Vimy Ridge where we take a tunnel tour. Canadians will find this of special interest during the 90th anniversary commemorations. You'll also see sites in and around the pretty city of Arras including (subject to opening) the recently discovered underground hospital and the French National memorial at Lorrette de Notre Dame.
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