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Battlefields of World War One

4 Days From £249*
Departing August - October 2017
* Price shown: 21 Jul 2017 - BWP
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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

Itinerary

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Prices

Departure DatePrice From
 Fri 09 Jun 2017£249.00
 Fri 16 Jun 2017£249.00
 Fri 21 Jul 2017£249.00
 Fri 28 Jul 2017£249.00
 Fri 15 Sep 2017£249.00
 Fri 22 Sep 2017£249.00
 Fri 29 Sep 2017£249.00
 Fri 06 Oct 2017£249.00
 Fri 13 Oct 2017£249.00
 Fri 20 Oct 2017£249.00

Lille Area Hotel

You will be staying in a hotel in the Lille area, such as the Kyriad, Novotel or Campanile. All hotels offer comfortable accommodation in rooms with private facilities.

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Further Information

2016 departures

The remaining departures in 2016 follow a slightly different itinerary, and will stay at the Altia Lille Tourcoing hotel. In 2017, customers will stay at a similar standard hotel in the Lille area.

Itinerary changes

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.

Appropriate footwear

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.

Meal arrangements

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.

Triple rooms

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Channel crossings

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.

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Battlefields of World War OneScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 529 reviews
(8 out of 10)

JOHN

Shamley Green Single traveller
Avery good trip, both the driver and the tour manager (Tim Lord) were excellent. Tim was very entertaining with his little stories. The people on the coach appeared to get on well even though for most this was the first time we met.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 08 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

KATHERINE

Haslemere Single traveller
Mr LORD our tour guide was exceptional in his knowledge of the tour and battle background My grandson was shown kindness by Mr Lord and made the trip for Toby an exciting and knowledgable trip.

I would recommend that Mr Lord is capable of taking young teenagers on a trip of their lifetime and cannot praise him enough.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 05 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

ROGER

ANDOVER Couple
This was a tremendously moving tour - top marks to the Tour Manager (Tim) and the Driver (Marcus)
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 03 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

RICHARD

Hailsham Single traveller
A brilliant weekend. Tim Lord was excellent as tour manager, Marcus the driver was great. The only thing that could have spoiled the weekend is that my room was still being used by somebody else!
Fantastic people on the tour and a very humbling experience.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

ADRIENNE

Bournemouth Couple
Excellent tour. Mr. Lord was very well informed and helpful. Hotel a bit remote. Marcus our driver was superb. Both Tim and Marcus really put themselves out to ensure a good trip.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

Alison

Coleraine Single traveller
Nice group of people. Very interesting and visits just about right timings.
Confirmed traveller: 24 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016