SOMME AND FLANDERS BATTLEFIELDS PRIVATE TOUR - 2 DAYS/2 NIGHTS
Arrival in the Somme only, includes accommodations on twin share in B&B $918.75
Arrival in Lille or Ypres (exclude accommodations) $743.75
Day 1: Welcome and transfer in late afternoon at Longueau or TGV Picardie. (When tour starts from Lille or Ypres transfers are not included).
Day 2: Depart for Belgium.
On the way visit the village of Fromelles where the Australians had their baptism of fire in France in July 1916 and is now the site of the new ‘Cobber’ memorial. Also, visit Pheasant wood where the mass grave of Australians and British soldiers has recently been found and where a new cemetery is being constructed, the first Commonwealth military cemetery since the Second World War.
Travel onto and discover the city of Ypres, the defence of which cost the lives of 250,000 men of the British Empire between 1914-1918. Visit the Messines Ridge where the Australians were involved in the successful capture in June 1917. Continue to Buttes Cemetery and the Fifth Australian Division Memorial which is located looking down on 564 graves of Australian men who fought around Polygon Wood during the Battle of Passchendaele.
Visit the Zonnebeke museum on the Passchendaele Ridge with its impressive underground reconstruction of the tunnelling activity around the Ypres Salient. Visit the largest Commonwealth Military Cemetery in the world with over 12,000 graves and 35,000 names of the Missing. Continue onto Langemarck to visit the vast German cemetery. Return to Ypres by 20.00 and witness the very moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate where over 55,000 of the Missing are recorded including over 5,000 Australians.
Day 3: In the morning visit the Australian 1st Division Memorial at Pozières and the site of Gibraltar pillbox fortification. Visit Pozieres military cemetery where many Australian soldiers are buried from the fight for Pozières, their first major engagement in France. Then visit the windmill site, the highest part of the Somme battlefield, where a memorial stands honouring the 23,000 fallen Australians. Close by is the grave of Private Russ Bosisto who was found 80 years after the battle. Visit the preserved trenches at Beaumont Hamel and the memorial to the 36th Ulster Division. Then see the gigantic Lochnagar mine crater and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing British of the Somme with its 73,000 names
In the afternoon we will head off to visit the where the fighting took place in 1918. We will stop at the 3rd Australian Divisional Memorial on the Morlancourt ridge continuing onto the Red Baron crash site. Next we will visit the National Australian Memorial in France dedicated to the 11,000 missing in France at Villers-Bretonneux. From there, you will be able to imagine how close the Germans came to taking Amiens in the spring of 1918 before being stopped by the Australians. In the town of Villers-Bretonneux is the Victoria school and museum* and from there we will see the famous playground sign “Never forget Australia”. In the area, we will also visit the Adelaide Cemetery, from where the unknown Australian Warrior was taken in 1993 and now rests in Canberra.
Transfer depend of end of tour in Longueau, Lille or Ypres
*Villers-Bretonneux Museum closed on Sundays
- Full access to all sites
- Entrances to the museums
- Official English speaking guide
- 2 nights in local bed & breakfast Somme arrival only
- Accommodation and transfers for arrival in Lille or Ypres
- Personal expenses
- Train tickets
Daily departures, subject to availability at time of reservation.