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World War I Battlefields

 

Battlefields
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Explore the key World War I sites of Flanders and the Somme
    • Pay your respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace
    • Visit moving sites such as Essex Farm Cemetery, the Menin Gate, Vimy Ridge, Thiepval and more
    • Visit interesting museums such as the In Flanders Field Museum at Ypres & the Historial Museum at Peronne
    • For 2017 departures, this tour is called 'Discover the Battlefields'

    When war broke out in 1914, no one could have known how long the fighting was to go on for, or how many brave soldiers would lose their lives as a result. This moving battlefields tour looks to remember those who fell in battle, as well as the many civilians who also paid the ultimate sacrifice, by visiting some of the key sites in France and Belgium. Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - Battlefield
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking


    Menin Gate
      
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    Staying in Neuville-en-Ferrain at the Hotel des Acacias, we’ll begin our moving Battlefields tour by exploring the key sites of the Flanders battlefields area. We’ll journey with an experienced Battlefields tour guide. 

    One of the key sites we will see on our way is Essex Farm Cemetery, where over 1,000 World War I servicemen are buried. Whether visiting to pay your respects to a loved one who was laid to rest here or to remember all those who fell here, this will be an emotional visit. 

    We’ll then journey onwards to Ypres, one of the worst-affected towns during World War I, and will visit the In Flanders Field Museum. 

    The next day will see us visiting key sites of the Somme battlefields with an expert Battlefields guide. We will visit Vimy Ridge, where one of the bloodiest battles battle took place in 1917. From there, we’ll travel to Beaumont-Hamel, the Thiepval Memorial and the Historial World War I Museum at Peronne, 

    On our final full day in Neuville-en-Ferrain, we’ll take an evening excursion to Ypres, where we’ll see the Last Post ceremony to pay our respects to all of the men from the British Empire and Commonwealth who died during the Battle of Ypres.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Hotel Des Acacias

    • Hotel Des Acacias
    • Hotel Des Acacias

    Situated in a quiet location in the area of Neuville-en-Ferrain, close to Lille the Hotel des Acacais offers a friendly atmosphere for the perfect break

    • All bedrooms have private facilities, radio, phone, hairdryer and satellite TV with BBC channel
    • Free use of fitness room
    • Free wireless internet
    • Bar
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Games room
    • Library
    • Coffee shop
    • Garden and terrace
    • 42 rooms
    • 1 Lift (7 steps up to lift)
    • Official rating: 3 stars
  • Gallery
  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Last Post buglers
    Evening: Last Post

    Since 1928, the Last Post ceremony has played at the end of each day at the Menin Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, dedicated to all of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were missing in action or lost their lives in Ypres during World War I.

    The Last Post has come to refer to the final farewell to comrades and loved ones, and is an incredibly moving ceremony which we will experience during our battlefields tour.

    Full Day: Flanders Battlefields Tour

    The Passchendaele battlefield was a ridge to the east of Ypres, and the battles that followed were some of the worst in the area. Today we are accompanied by an expert battlefields guide who will give us an insight into events that took place in the Flanders area.

    After our moving visit, we’ll travel onwards to Essex Farm Cemetery, which is the resting place for 1,200 brave soldiers from World War I. It was also here that John McCrae penned the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. He was inspired by the poppies growing at the cemetery, and the recent loss of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, whose grave has sadly since been lost.

    We will then visit Ypres, which saw much of the fighting of World War I due to its strategic location on Germany’s route into Belgium and France. The town has recovered from the many battles it sustained, but echoes of the events here still exist.

    The In Flanders Field Museum is the ultimate example of this. This museum is dedicated to those affected by the First World War, and proves to create a link between the past and present.

    First Australian Division Memorial, Somme
    Full Day: Somme Battlefields Tour

    Our battlefields guide will travel with us to Vimy Ridge, an escarpment near Arras. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was part of the Battle of Arras, and was fought primarily between the Canadian Corps and the German Sixth Army. The battle holds special significance for Canada, as it saw divisions from all over the country fighting together for the first time. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is located on the ridge, and is dedicated to members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who died during the battle.

    In Beaumont-Hamel we’ll learn more about the Battle of the Somme, which was fought just a short distance away. We’ll also visit Thiepval to see the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. We’ll then visit Peronne with a visit to the interesting Historial World War I Museum, to continue our journey back in time to explore the effects of the fighting in this area.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


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    Half Day: Passchendaele Memorial Museum
    Today we visit the Passchendaele Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, where the memory of this famous battle is kept alive through images, movies, historical artefacts and an underground dugout tunnel. 

 


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What's included

  • Coach travel
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, four evening meals
  • Porterage
  • Travel with an experienced Battlefields guide
  • Three included excursions
  • One optional excursion
Hotel Des Acacias

Hotel Des Acacias

Situated in a quiet location in the area of Neuville-en-Ferrain, close to Lille the Hotel des Acacais offers a friendly atmosphere for the perfect break.

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Hotel Des Acacias

  • Hotel Des Acacias
  • Hotel Des Acacias

Situated in a quiet location in the area of Neuville-en-Ferrain, close to Lille the Hotel des Acacais offers a friendly atmosphere for the perfect break

  • All bedrooms have private facilities, radio, phone, hairdryer and satellite TV with BBC channel
  • Free use of fitness room
  • Free wireless internet
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Games room
  • Library
  • Coffee shop
  • Garden and terrace
  • 42 rooms
  • 1 Lift (7 steps up to lift)
  • Official rating: 3 stars
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