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2-Day WWI Somme Western Front Day Tour

2-Day WWI Somme Western Front Day Tour

2 Days/1 Night From
AU$809 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Small groupSmall group
  • Duration
    2 Days/1 Night
  • Tour Code
    BEX-18-4606
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
2 Days/1 Night From
AU$809 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Small groupSmall group
  • Duration
    2 Days/1 Night
  • Tour Code
    BEX-18-4606
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransportationTransportation Transportation by minibus/van

Summary

This 2-day tour of Belgium and France battlefields will take you to the historic battlefields, landmarks and monuments of the region. Somme is located in the north of France. The region's central area was the site of series of battles during World War I including the Battle of Somme in 1916.

Itinerary

Day 1, Fromelles/Ypres
At 9:00 am, you will be picked up from the station. Travel to the Flanders Battlefields where the French fought in 1914, the Indian Army with the British in 1915 and then the Australians and the British 61st Division attacked on the 19th July 1916. We will visit the New Fromelles Cemetery, where the British and Australian dead from the mass grave at Pheasant Wood were re buried. The Fromelles New Museum, then we move onto the battlefield itself and see the Australian Memorial park with its famous ‘Cobbers’ statue, situated on the German Front line, with the sugar loaf in view, the strong point in the German line where the Australian and British Divisions met and were mown down by machine gun fire.

Visit the Memorial to the Missing at VC Corner. Where 410 sets of remains were gathered from the Battlefield in 1918 and buried in two mass graves. After lunch, we head off to Belgium Battlefields, passing through Ploegsteert Wood and see the Missing from Fromelles and nearby battlefields commemorated on the British Memorial, the Chums Cross site of one of the 1914 Christmas Truces, Messines
 Ridge
 and the offensive of the 7th June 1917, Hill 60, the scene of bitter fighting throughout the war and its famous craters.

Then, move across the attacks around 
Polygon Wood
, where we will see one of the remaining bunkers in the wood, from here we follow the third battle of Ypres to Zonnebeke and Passchendaele
. Visit to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world and the Memorial which bears the names of nearly 35,000 men of the British and New Zealand forces who died after August 1917 and have no named grave. Langemark German Cemetery
, one of four German Cemeteries in Flanders, it lists 3000 names of German students killed during the first Battle of Ypres, as well as a mass grave containing the thousands of unidentified remains found in the years after the War.

In Ypres, you have a chance to get a meal in Ypres Market square before attending Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate at 8:00 pm.

Day 2, Somme
Explore Serre and the Pals Battalions.You will see the largest cemetery on the Somme, Serre Road No 2 and scene of some of the most tragic fighting where the Pals Battalions were wiped out on the 1st July. At Beaumont Hamel the preserved trenches in Newfoundland Memorial Park. Here we will see an authentic section of the original 1916 Frontline, discuss tactics, and talk about why it all went so badly wrong for the British on 1st July 1916. Just across the valley of the River Ancre at the Ulster Tower, situated on the German stronghold of the Schwaben Redoubt A little way along the July 1st Frontline we arrive at ;the massive British Memorial Of The Missing Of The Somme at Thiepval, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and the largest British War Memorial, then visit the Thiepval Visitor Centre. The Australian and British battalions fought through from Pozieres towards Thiepval, finally taking Mouquet Farm as the autumn of 1916 arrived Mouquet Farm.

After Mouquet Farm we visit the First Australian Division Memorial. This area along Pozieres ridge was the scene of much bloody attrition in the high summer of the Somme Campaign. Many Australians died here Pozieres Ridge, the Windmill and the Tanks Corps Memorial and Casualty Corner. We retrace the path of the soldiers up to the line at Pozieres and stop at Casualty Corner. Every soldier wounded on Pozieres Ridge passed through this key triage point Our next stop will be to see the awe-inspiring Lochnagar mine crater at La Boiselle, and to talk about tunnelling and underground warfare; Lochnagar Mine Crater, La Boisselle.

Lunch.

After lunch, visit the locations of the 1918 Battles around Amiens, where the Allied troops finally halted the German Spring Offensive. We’ll visit Villers Bretonneux School And Museum ;and the Australian National Memorial To The Missing, another Lutyens’ masterpiece; We will see the crash site of the Red Baron and visit the battlefield at Le Hamel, where the Australians fought alongside the Americans, under the command of Sir John Monash, and the site of the “the Blackest Day for the German Army” when the Advance to Victory commenced on the 8th August 1918.

Return to Arras around 6:00 pm. Drop off at Arras station.

Inclusions

  • Small group tour up to 8 people
  • Transportation
  • Experience battlefield/tour guide
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Accommodation

Exclusions

  • Lunch is not included in the tour price.

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