WWI Battlefield Weekend Summer 2017
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WWI Battlefield Weekend Summer 2017| 4 Days: Take time to pay your respects at relatives’ graves. Go on a trench tour at Vimy Ridge Hear the Last Post played at Ypres
What's included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 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.
What's not included
  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,&rsquo items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
Day 1

Arrive at your pre-tour accommodation in Lille and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure

Day 2
Lille - The Somme - Villers-Bretonneux - Ypres

We commence our first day by exploring the region of the Somme. Synonymous with great losses on the first day of battle, 1 st July 1916, we will visit Newfoundland Memorial Park, where the original trench lines have been preserved, the Ulster Tower, Pozières, and the Australian National War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. We will complete our first day at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme before heading to Ypres for our overnight stay. (D)

Overnight: Hotel Kasteelhof’t Hooghe (or similar)

Day 3
Ypres Ypres Salient

The beautiful city of Ypres was totally destroyed during the war, and sits in the epicentre of British endeavours during four long years of conflict. There is much to see around Ypres, including John McCrae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm Cemetery, the Messines Ridge including the mine craters, Hooge, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and the shell damaged landscape of the Hill 60 battlefield. As a fitting end to the day, you will be invited to attend the daily playing of the Last Post under the Menin Gate Memorial at 8.00 pm. (B)

Overnight: Kasteelhof’t Hooghe (or similar)

Day 4
Ypres - Fromelles - Vimy Ridge - Lille

We spend the morning exploring the area around Fromelles, including a visit to the recent exhibition to commemorate the finding of 250 previously unknown set of remains in 2009 and their now marked burial place at Pheasant Wood Cemetery. Passing through Arras, for a brief stop, we conclude the final day with time at the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, commemorating over 11,000 Canadians who were lost in France and have no known grave, as well as taking a tour of the preserved trench systems in the Memorial Park. (B) 


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