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4-Day WWI Somme Western Front Day Tour

4-Day WWI Somme Western Front Day Tour

4 Days/3 Nights From
AU$1,497 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Small groupSmall group
  • France Region
    Somme
  • Tour Code
    BEX-19-4607
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Mon to Sat
4 Days/3 Nights From
AU$1,497 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Small groupSmall group
  • France Region
    Somme
  • Tour Code
    BEX-19-4607
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Mon to Sat
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTourTour Visit battlefields, landmarks & memorial sites in Fromelles, Ypres, Somme and ArrasTransportationTransportation Transportation by minibus/van

Summary

This memorable, 4-day tour of Belgium and France will take you to the historic battlefields, landmarks and monuments of the region.  Commemorate the series of battles in Fromelles, Ypres, Somme, and Bullecourt during WWI by following the footsteps and visiting memorial sites of fallen soldiers.

Departure Time: 9:00 am
Meeting Point: Arras train station

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Arras
Overnight in Arras.

Day 2, Fromelles and Ypres
You will be picked up at 9:00 am. 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. You will visit the New Fromelles Cemetery, where the British and Australian dead from the mass grave at Pheasant Wood were buried. Stop by the Fromelles New Museum then 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, 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 you will see one of the remaining bunkers in the wood, from here follow the third battle of Ypres to Zonnebeke and Passchendaele . Visit 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. Continue to Langemark German Cemetery , one of four German Cemeteries in Flanders, which 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 the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate at 8:00 pm.

Day 3, Somme
Depart from your hotel at 9:00 am. Firstly, you will see Le Hamel where the Americans fought alongside the Australians under the command of Gen Sir John Monash. Continuing with the 1918 Battles around Amiens, visit Villers Bretonneux School and Museum and then Adelaide Cemetery.

Make your way to the new Monash Centre (opened late April 2018) where you will be able to purchase something for lunch and have time to explore the new Australian visitors centre and the Australian National Memorial to the Missing. Spend two hours at the centre and memorial.

Head North, passing the Crash site of the Red Baron to the 1916 Battles of the Somme. Discover the underground warfare and see the awe-inspiring Lochnagar mine crater at La Boiselle. Follow the footsteps of the diggers into the line on Pozieres ridge, stopping at Casualty Corner where many soldiers wounded at Pozieres Ridge passed through this triage point.

Visit Pozieres Ridge and the Gibraltar Blockhouse, the Australian 1st Division Memorial, the Windmill Australian Memorial and the Tank Corps Memorial, Mouquet Farm, and Thiepval Somme Visitors Centre.

Continue to Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland memorial park, where you can see preserved trenches and section of the original 1916 front line and discuss tactics aims and objectives and the outcome of the 1st July 1916.

Drop off in Arras at 6:00 pm.

Note: The Sir John Monash Centre will be closing from 17 December 2018 and reopening on 14 January 2019.

Day 4, Bullecourt Arras
At 9:00 am, meet your guide and depart to visit the underground quarries of Wellington Carriere and learn about the 1917 Battles of Arras. See the tortured battlefield of Vimy ridge, its carters and preserved trenches, the inspiring new ‘Ring of Remembrance’ that lists the names of 580,000 soldiers in alphabetical order, regardless of Nationality or rank. See also the largest WW1 German cemetery in France and the new Memorial to the Christmas truce of 1914 before returning to Arras for lunch.

In the afternoon, turn your attention to the rest of that 1917 front following the line to the battlefield of Bullecourt, its furthest edge, where you will see the outpost villages at Noreuil, the HAC Burial Ground cemetery at Ecoust-St Mein, and the Bullecourt Museum, which houses the private collection of the old Mayor of the village.

At 5:00 pm, drop off at Aras station.

Inclusions

  • Inclusive of transportation as indicated (max 8-seat minivan)
  • 3-night accommodation
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Museum entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Train tickets
  • Lunch

Important Notes

  • There is the opportunity to visit a relative’s cemetery where it falls within the itinerary area. Please contact us in advance for assistance.
  • Tours are guided by professional guides; all of whom are ex-military and therefore have an insight into the battlefield.
  • Please be aware that some of the sites can be slippery and therefore suitable footwear should be worn.

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