LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31st MARCH
JUST £25 PER PERSON*
Re-trace the events of the Great War
Join us to uncover the tragic events of the First World War, how the action developed and led finally, painfully, to victory. Visit some of the most poignant sights with our knowledgeable guide, taking you back through history on this captivating four-day break.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Entry to the Historial de la Grande Guerre museum
- Entry to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 2017
- Entry to Talbot House
- A visit to the Menin Gate
- A visit to Vimy Ridge
- Three nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a three-star standard hotel in the Lille area
- Coach travel throughout
- Return Channel crossings
- The services of a specialist Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Leaving the local area in the early morning we travel to Dover or Folkestone for our channel crossing to Calais. From here, we continue to the hotel where we should arrive by early evening.
Today you'll explore the sights of Ypres Salient and visit Poperinge. Here Talbot House, with its authentic interior and original works of art, is a living museum that captures the ambience of this part of the Great War.
Next you'll follow the route the troops and convoys used to Ypres, stopping (time permitting) at sights such as Essex Farm, where the poem "In Flanders Fields" was written, and the dressing station where survivors of the first gas attack came in. Your journey continues up to Langemarck towards Passendale, past the imposing statue of the Brooding Soldier.
Visits today will include the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth Forces in the world, and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, for a further insight into the horror and human cost of the First World War.
After time for an early dinner in Ypres (payable locally), you will head for the Menin Gate, which marks the entry to the route out to the Ypres Salient, and is now dedicated to the memory of British and Commonwealth Soldiers.
Hear the haunting sound of The Last Post, played every evening since July 1928 under the imposing arches of the Gate, before you return to your hotel.
Today you explore the area of the Somme. Visit the Historial de la Grande Guerre museum for an insight into the conflict, origins and consequences of the war, then head to Albert, with its golden statue of Mary on top of the Basilica, and then cross the old front-line to Lochnagar Crater, a symbol of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Our next stop will be Thiepval, where you will see the Thiepval Memorial and Ulster Tower. See the preserved trenches, memorials and cemeteries dedicated to the Newfoundland forces in Beaumont-Hamel, where so many from this one community died, before returning to the hotel in the early evening.
You'll be heading home today, travelling first to Calais and then across the Channel to the UK. But, en route, you'll visit Vimy Ridge, where you can see just how close and extensive the trenches and tunnels were, and the French Cemetery Notre Dame de Llorette.
You should arrive back in the local area by mid-to-late evening.
Each day's itinerary is subject to small changes at the Tour Manager's discretion. Due to the extensive itinerary on this tour, we regret that we are not able to accommodate individual requests for visits en route.
We strongly recommend that comfortable walking shoes be worn during the excursions on this holiday.
Coach seating arrangements
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Joining your holiday
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Meet at port option
To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. The nature of the terrain on this tour means that those with walking difficulties may find parts of the tour difficult.
Where possible, we will cross the Channel by ferry at the beginning and end of your holiday. However, we reserve the right to substitute crossings by Eurotunnel when necessary.
*Low deposit of £25 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected coach-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.