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6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : July - November
Start: Lille, France
End: Lille, France

WWI Battlefields: 1 nt Lille, 2 nts Amiens, 2 nts Ypres

This fascinating and moving WWI Battlefields tour focuses on the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front – from The Somme to Flanders. Providing guests with a level of flexibility to visit memorials to his (or her) country’s fallen, and the expert knowledge of our Tour Leaders – this tour promises to be as unforgettable as it is enlightening.

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book, WII Battlefields.

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Have the opportunity to pay your respects at your relatives’ graves with visits to significant sites
– Receive a fascinating insight into the lives of WWI soldiers at the Underground City of Naours
– Attend the playing of the Last Post under the famous Menin Gate in Ypres

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Couvent des Minimes (Lille)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Hotel Couvent des Minimes (Lille)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 5 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Visit Newfoundland Memorial Park - Visit Thiepval Memorial - Tour the underground city of Naours
  • Stop at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial - Visit Essex Farm Cemetery - Attend the Last Post ceremony (Menin Gate Memorial) - Visit Hill 60
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Lille

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. (D)

Accommodation: Hôtel Couvent des Minimes (or similar)

Day 2Lille – 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. (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)

Day 3Amiens – 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. (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)

Day 4Amiens – 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. (B,D)

Accommodation: The Albion Hotel (or similar)

Day 5Ypres – 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. (B)

Accommodation: The Albion Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Ypres – 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. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2021 and 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: September 21 $2,049 $2,599
2021: October 11 $2,039 $2,589
2022: April 5, 15, 29 $1,879 $2,379
2022: May 9, 19 $1,959 $2,489
2022: June 8, 18, 28 $2,009 $2,549
2022: July 15, 25 $2, 039 $2,589
2022: August 4, 20 $2,039 $2,589
2022: August 30 $2,049 $2,599
2022: September 9, 19 $2, 049 $2,599
2022: October 1, 11 $2,039 $2,589
2022: November 8 $1,969 $2,499

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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