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Battlefields of World War One

4 days from £249*
Departing: September - October 2017
* Price shown: 15 September 2017 from -
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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 sites 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.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port
Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Bedford, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Berkshire
Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Wokingham
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
Cornwall
Cornwall Bodmin, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, Saltash, St Austell, Truro
Devon
Devon Barnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exeter, Exeter Services M5, Exmouth, Honiton, Ilfracombe, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
Dyfed
Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Newhaven
Essex
Essex Barking, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Canvey Island, Chalkwell, Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Grays, Hadleigh, Harlow, Leigh On Sea, Romford, Saffron Walden, Southend On Sea, The Elms, Thorpe Bay, Thurrock Services M25, Westcliff On Sea, Witham
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Michaelwood Services M5, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Gwent
Gwent Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Magor Services M4, Newport, Pontypool
Hampshire
Hampshire Aldershot, Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Fordingbridge, Havant, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Rownhams Services M27, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford, Ross On Wye
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Barnet, 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, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood, Swanley, Tonbridge
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Market Harborough
London
London Camberwell, Ealing, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon, Woolwich
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Aberdare, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Enfield, Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge, Wembley
Norfolk
Norfolk Dereham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
Shropshire
Shropshire Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Bridgwater, Bridgwater Services M5, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
Surrey
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
West Sussex
West Sussex Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Midhurst, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Warwick Services M40
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Amesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From
15 September 2017
15 September 2017 £249
22 September 2017
22 September 2017 £249
06 October 2017
06 October 2017 £249
13 October 2017
13 October 2017 £249
20 October 2017
20 October 2017 £249

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.

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

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 reevooReevoo

Battlefields of World War OneScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 549 reviews
(10 out of 10)

SHARON

OXFORDSHIRE Couple
Tim Lord, our tour manager was wonderful. So full of enthusiasm , and care. So much was packed into such a short time. The trip was booked as my husband's Christmas present, but I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday too. A big well done to everyone concerned!
Confirmed traveller: 12 June 2017
Published on: 05 July 2017
(10 out of 10)

Marilyn

Swindon Couple
It was very interesting and informative, but we felt it could have been better if it was for 4/5 nights, so as to have more time at the memorials, battlefields etc. Very often it was only 10/15mins. We thought that our tour guide , Tim Lord exceptional and could not have been more helpful and also the driver.
Confirmed traveller: 12 June 2017
Published on: 23 June 2017
(7 out of 10)

JEAN

Pontypridd Friends
Holiday was spoilt because of travel arrangements. After pick up at Cardiff it took 5 hours to complete pick ups at Newport, Bristol, Bath, Swindon and finally Newberry and on way home dropping off at all these points. I would rather pay extra for feeder service as a bus from Welsh pick ups could have met up with bus from other pick ups at Newberry making the trip far more enjoyable. I would not take another trip with you under the same arrangements as this undermined all the other very good componenents of the holiday. I must praise our driver who pulled out all the stops to make it as comfortable for us as possible and also the way he handled the situation when a stone was thrown at the windscreen as we left Calais, leaving everyone shaken and windscreen cracked.
Confirmed traveller: 12 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017