4 Day Luxury Small Group WWI Battlefield Weekend Tour
This three-day introductory tour allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. All the major Commonwealth countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India, together with Great Britain played major roles in ensuring ultimate victory. Importantly, the tour offers flexibility to ensure that visitors from all countries will see the memorials to their country’s fallen, as well as gaining a greater understanding of the overall conduct and strategy of the war.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day welcome to Lille
Arrive at your pre-tour accommodation in Lille and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Second Day we visit The Somme then Villers-Bretonneux then head to Ypres
Our tour begins at The Somme.At the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel, we make out the original trench line. The Ulster Tower memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division makes a peaceful stopping point, before we visit Pozièresand the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. We end a moving first day at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. (D)
Hotel: Kasteelhof't Hooghe
Third Day tour Ypres Salient then return to Ypres
Surrounding the ancient town of Ypres are the Salient battlefields. Here we see John McCrae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm Cemetery. And we visit battlegrounds including Messines Ridge, Hooge Crater,Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery. We walk the shell-scarred craters of the Hill 60 battlefield. We see dozens of memorials to Commonwealth regiments and their units. Then as the sun sets, we contemplate the haunting sound of the Last Post ceremony. (B)
Hotel: Kasteelhof't Hooghe
Fourth Day travel to Fromelles then Vimy Ridge and finally Lille
Starting at Fromelles, we explore Pheasant Wood Cemetery.Crossing the Loos battlefield,we continue to the Canadian Memorial Park at Vimy Ridge to tour its trenches. And before our long weekend finishes, we pause for thought at the Vimy Memorial that commemorates the thousands of soldiers whose final resting places have never been found. (B)
- 3 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
- Specialist Battlefields driver/tour leader
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- European breakfast daily (B)
- 1 x evening meal (D)
- Included Entrances: Hooge Crater Trenches and Museum and Musée de la Bataille de Fromelles.
Take time to pay your respects at relatives’ graves.
Go on a trench tour at Vimy Ridge
Hear the Last Post played at Ypres
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- This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
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- Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
- ABTA protected
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