4 days - from only £349pp

ABOUT THE TOUR

All Quiet on the Western Front

This is the perfect introduction to the First World War battlefields looking at the key battlefield sites of the Great War on the Western Front in Belgium and France. We take trips to the battlefield areas of Ypres and the Somme, and to Arras and Vimy Ridge on the 5-Day tour. We see the trenches in Sanctuary Wood, see the long lists of names on the Menin Gate and Thiepval Memorial, and discover what the fighting in WW1 was all about. A memorable trip to understand the First World War and a perfect way to begin your battlefield journey.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Local joining points

4 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France for a three-night stay.

  • Day 2: Ypres and Passchendaele

    The tour starts in Flanders around the Belgian city of Ypres. Here, one in three of Britain’s Western Front dead fell by 1918 and it has been a place of pilgrimage ever since. We begin by looking at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre. At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ Memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915 and at Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land. After lunch at Hooge, we visit the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum, some of the last original WW1 trenches still surviving in Flanders together with an amazing collection of artefacts and stereoscopic photos. We then travel down the Messines Ridge to Ploegsteert to see the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing. Our day ends in Ypres where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, held at 8pm each evening.

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Menin Gate

    Menin Gate

    Included Highlights

    • Panorama of Grote Markt square in Ypres
    • Tyne Cot Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium
    • Langemarck
    • Menin Gate
    • Ploegsteert Memorial
    • Last Post Ceremony
    • Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum
    • Vancouver Corner Canadian Memorial
  • Day 3: The Somme

    The Battle of the Somme began on a summer’s day in July 1916 and ended in a snowstorm four and a half months later. It was a battle of contrasts from the blackest day when 57,000 became casualties to the first use of tanks and the change in approach to fighting on the Western Front. We look at all these stories and start our tour at Peronne where we visit the excellent Historial de la Grande Guerre museum which helps to put into context not just our Somme day, but the whole tour. We then see the Lochnagar Mine Crater at La Boisselle, the largest British mine crater surviving on the battlefields. After lunch we see the trenches in the Newfoundland Park and then take time to visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and see the new Somme Museum here.

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

    Thiepval-THIEPVAL_MEMORIAL

    Included Highlights

    • Newfoundland Park
    • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
    • Peronne
    • Lochnagar Mine Crater
  • Day 4:

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £85.00 (4 days), £115.00 (5 days).

5 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France for a four-night stay.

  • Day 2: Ypres and Passchendaele

    The tour starts in Flanders around the Belgian city of Ypres. Here, one in three of Britain’s Western Front dead fell by 1918 and it has been a place of pilgrimage ever since. We begin by looking at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre. At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ Memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915 and at Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land. After lunch at Hooge, we visit the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum, some of the last original WW1 trenches still surviving in Flanders together with an amazing collection of relics and stereoscopic photos. We then travel down the Messines Ridge to Ploegsteert to see the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing. Our day ends in Ypres where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, held at 8pm each evening.

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Menin Gate

    Menin Gate

    Included Highlights

    • Panorama of Grote Markt square in Ypres
    • Tyne Cot Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium
    • Langemarck
    • Menin Gate
    • Ploegsteert Memorial
    • Last Post Ceremony
    • Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum
    • Vancouver Corner Canadian Memorial
  • Day 3: Arras and Vimy Ridge

    We spend today in northern France visiting the ‘Forgotten Front’ between Flanders and the Somme. Starting on the Loos Battlefield, the scene of the first major British offensive of WW1, we see where the fighting took place and also the Loos Memorial and Dud Corner Cemetery.

    We then visit the new Lens 14-18 Museum which explains the rich history of this region. After lunch in Arras we look at life beneath the Western Front in the Wellington Quarries, going underground to see where thousands sheltered on the eve of battle.

    At the Arras Memorial we pay our respects to the Missing and see the Air Services Memorial to those who died above the battlefields in WW1 and end our day with a visit to the stunning Vimy Ridge Memorial at Hill 145 to examine the attach by Canadian forces here in April 1917.

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Arras Memorial

    Arras Memorial

    Included Highlights

    • Vimy Ridge
    • Arras Memorial
    • Loos Memorial
    • Dud Corner Cemetery
    • Wellington Quarry
  • Day 4: The Somme

    The Battle of the Somme began on a summer’s day in July 1916 and ended in a snowstorm four and a half months later. It was a battle of contrasts from the blackest day when 57,000 became casualties to the first use of tanks and the change in approach to fighting on the Western Front. We look at all these stories and start our tour at Peronne where we visit the excellent Historial de la Grande Guerre museum which helps to put into context not just our Somme day, but the whole tour. We then see the Lochnagar Mine Crater at La Boisselle, the largest British mine crater surviving on the battlefields. After lunch we see the trenches in the Newfoundland Park and then take time to visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and see the new Somme Museum here.

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

    Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

    Included Highlights

    • Newfoundland Park
    • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
    • Peronne
    • Lochnagar Mine Crater
  • Day 5:

    Return home.

    Included meals: Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £85.00 (4 days), £115.00 (5 days).

Hotels

You will stay for three or four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel.

  • Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing

    The Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing Hotel is set in a leafy area near to the towns of Halluin, Roncq and Tourcoing to name a few. The hotel's facilities include a bar, a restaurant, lounge, fitness room and Wi-Fi/internet corner.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

Joining points

Travel from most joining points is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement of £20pp. To find your nearest joining point, search using your postcode below.

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