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Battlefields of World War One

4 days from £229*
Departing: October 2016 - October 2017
* Price shown: 14 October 2016 from - - 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 explore the area of the Somme. Beginning with a visit to the Historial de la Grande Guerre museum you'll gain an insight into the conflict, origins and consequences of the war and the scale of the task that faced the British. Then proceed behind the line towards Albert, with its iconic golden statue of the Madonna on top of the Basilica, and then cross the old front line up to Lochnagar Crater, a symbol of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Then it's onto Thiepval where you will see the Thiepval Memorial and Ulster Tower. Continuing to Beaumont-Hamel, you will see the preserved trenches, memorials and cemeteries dedicated to the Newfoundland forces, where so many from this one community died.

Time permitting, you will also visit the Vimy Ridge Monument - a symbol of the achievements and sacrifices of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and of the battle that took place here in April 1917 - before returning to the hotel by early evening.

Day Three

Today you'll explore the sights of Ypres Salient and visit Poperinge. This small town provided a place of rest and recuperation for soldiers. Talbot House (entrance payable locally), 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 (where time permits) 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 In Flanders Fields Museum (entrance included), with its permanent exhibition explaining the run-up to the First World War, the devastation it caused and the challenges of the post-war period.

After time for an early dinner in Ypres (payable locally), you will head for the Menin Gate. British soldiers once marched through this gate to defend the Ypres Salient, and it 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 Four

You'll be heading home today, travelling first to Calais and then across the Channel to the UK. You should arrive back in the local area by mid to late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port, Hull Port, Newcastle North Shields Port
Angus
Angus Dundee
Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Bedford, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Berkshire
Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Wokingham
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Amersham, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
Cheshire
Cheshire Altrincham, Chester, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Knutsford Services M6, Macclesfield, Northwich, Poplar 2000 Services M6 M56, Runcorn, Sale, Stockport, Warrington, Wilmslow
Clwyd
Clwyd Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Mold, Queensferry, Rhyl, Wrexham
Cornwall
Cornwall Bodmin, Launceston, Liskeard, Penzance, Redruth, Saltash, St Austell, Truro
Cumbria
Cumbria Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston
Devon
Devon Barnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exeter, Exeter Services M5, Exmouth, Honiton, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
Dumfries And Galloway
Dumfries And Galloway Dumfries, Lockerbie
County Durham
County Durham Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Durham, Stockton On Tees
Dyfed
Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Hessle, Hull
Edinburgh
Edinburgh Edinburgh
Essex
Essex Barking, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Chalkwell, Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Hadleigh, Harlow, Leigh On Sea, Romford, Saffron Walden, Southend On Sea, The Elms, Thorpe Bay, Thurrock Services M25, Westcliff On Sea, Witham
Falkirk
Falkirk Grangemouth
Fife
Fife Dunfermline
Glasgow
Glasgow Glasgow
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Gwent
Gwent Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Magor Services M4, Newport
Gwynedd
Gwynedd Bangor
Hampshire
Hampshire Aldershot, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Havant, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
Kent
Kent Ashford, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Maidstone Services M20, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Saltwood Services M20, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Swanley, Tonbridge
Lancashire
Lancashire Accrington, Ashton Under Lyne, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Chorley, Eccles, Lancaster, Leigh, Manchester, Middleton, Oldham, Preston, Prestwich, Rawtenstall, Rochdale, Wigan
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Market Harborough
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Stamford
London
London Camberwell, Ealing, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon
Merseyside
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Enfield, Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Harrogate, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Redcar, Ripon, Selby, Skipton, Thirsk, York
Norfolk
Norfolk Dereham, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Northumberland
Northumberland Morpeth
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
Perth And Kinross
Perth And Kinross Perth
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
South Lanarkshire
South Lanarkshire Hamilton
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Shropshire
Shropshire Shrewsbury, Telford
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Bridgwater, Bridgwater Services M5, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Cannock, Keele Services M6, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth, Uttoxeter
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
Surrey
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Epsom, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Sunderland, Washington Services A1 M, Whitley Bay
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
West Sussex
West Sussex Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Woolley Edge Services M1
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Amesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From Code
14 October 2016
14 October 2016 £229.00 NB6BWP02
21 October 2016
21 October 2016 £229.00 NB6BWP02
09 June 2017
09 June 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
16 June 2017
16 June 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
21 July 2017
21 July 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
28 July 2017
28 July 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
15 September 2017
15 September 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
22 September 2017
22 September 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
29 September 2017
29 September 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
06 October 2017
06 October 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
13 October 2017
13 October 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02
20 October 2017
20 October 2017 £239.00 NB7BWP02

Altia Lille Tourcoing ★★★★

Approximately 10 kilometres north of Lille, the comfortable, contemporary Altia Hotel offers a warm welcome to guests.

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.

Further Information

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.

Battlefields of World War One reviews verified by Reevoo

Battlefields of World War OneScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 478 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Anthony

Maidstone Family
Excellent break from pick up to drop off, hotel was adequate, breakfast was basic,
the two full days were very busy but worthwhile. An extra visit to Vimy Ridge was added as we arrived early which was appreciated. A lot is packed in to the two full days which means not a lot of time to see and do things at some locations. As this was a first trip to the Battlefields we would probably take a longer one next time in order to spend more time at the different locations. This in no way detracts from the experience we had and would definitely recommend it
Confirmed traveller: 22 August 2016
Published on: 17 September 2016
(9 out of 10)

Ann

Broadstairs Couple
A real eyeopener! Everyone should do this trip to realise the enormity of the great losses and sacrifices these men made.
Confirmed traveller: 22 August 2016
Published on: 16 September 2016
(8 out of 10)

DEBBIE

Spalding Lincolnshire Couple
Excellent value for money. Much more than welcome expected. However it was tiring at times because of so many sites to visit and would of liked a bit more time to catch our breath.
Confirmed traveller: 22 August 2016
Published on: 16 September 2016
(8 out of 10)

ANTHONY

Ketterg Northants Single traveller
First trip of this kind,
Very enjoyable and informative
Well organised
With no comparitive I cannot find any negative comments to give.
Confirmed traveller: 22 August 2016
Published on: 15 September 2016
(9 out of 10)

CARLA

London Single traveller
Linda, the tour manager, was brilliant! Her knowledge was just amazing and I really felt that I learnt a lot about WWI.
Kevin, the coach driver, was also brilliant. The hotel was not great. The staff were not really helpful and I did not find the breakfast very appetising. But it was clean and very quiet.
Overall a great break and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to find out more about WWI.
Confirmed traveller: 22 August 2016
Published on: 14 September 2016
(9 out of 10)

DEREK

Carterton, Oxon Couple
Excellent and informative vist to the Battle Fields.
A lot cramed into a short space of time.
Hotel location poor, owing to staff shortage waited for evening meal foe 2 hours.
Confirmed traveller: 15 August 2016
Published on: 16 September 2016
(8 out of 10)

STEVE

wokingham Family
Excellent value for money. Hotel was clean and modern but food quality was not the best. Tour guide was 1st class, itinerary was just right ....there was a lot crammed in to 3 days!.
Definitely recommend.
Confirmed traveller: 15 August 2016
Published on: 15 September 2016