New Zealand Tours

3 Days and 2 Nights - WW1 Battlefield Tour Flanders + Ypres + Somme

Description

WW1 Battlefield Tour - 3 Days and 2 Nights

This tour is recommended to people who don't have transportation.
We will look after you from beginning to end.

Included are:

  • Pick up from Lille station or hotel in Ypres
  • The services of a driver guide
  • Lunch and drinks every day
  • Entrance fees to the museums
  • Maps and booklet with pictures
  • Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Ypres on the Main square
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Drop off in Lille or other place as agreed at the end of day 3 around 7.00pm

Price (3 days/2 nights):
€ 700,- (pp) based on double
€ 790,- (pp) based on single

Price Optional (4 days/3 nights):
Tour ends at 16:00 hour in Lille.
€ 880,- (pp) based on double
€ 1065,- (pp) based on single

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Tour description

VISIT TO FROMELLES

Start of the tour in the area of Armentieres where the New Zealanders had their first experience on the Western Front. We visit: Houplines, Fleurbaix and Fromelles. In Armentieres we visit Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery.

Your journey continues to Ploegsteert (Plugstreet Wood) and visit Prowse Point and the site of Christmas Truce.

We visit Bayernwald, reconstructed German trenches. During a visit to a scale model of the battlefield we understand the progress of the battle in June 1917.

We follow the route of the New Zealanders when they took the Messines Ridge and visit the different memorials to the New Zealanders and their missing.

Hill 60 who are only a few places related to the big explosions of the mines on the 7th June 1917, a successful operation prologue to the 3th battle of Ypres.

TOURING IN FLANDERS ON THE YPRES SALIENT

Today we will discover the different phases of the 3th battle of Ypres and we will approach Passchendaele Ridge just like the New Zealanders did in October 1917.

We start at Helfire Corner, follow the Menin Road, Hooge Crater and Clapham Junction. During our visit to Polygon Wood we discover the memorial for the missing New Zealanders.

In Zonnebeke we visit the the Passchendaele memorial museum. After Broodseinde we reach Passchendaele Ridge and visit Tyne Cot cemetery, the biggest Commonwealth cemetery of the world. In the cloth hall on the main square in Ypres we visit the Flanders Fields museum.

At the end of the day Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Possibility to lay a wreath (ask us in advance).

VISIT TO THE BATTLEFIELDS OF THE SOMME

We visit the Wellington tunnels in Arras.

We start our tour discovering battle of the Somme 1916 and visit: Bapaume, Grevillers, Flers, Longueval and Carterpillar cemetery, where the unknown New Zealander was exhumed to be taken back to New Zealand. We continue our journey further south and visit the sites related to the battle of the Somme 1918 such as Havrincourt, Vertigneul and Le Quesnoy.

LIFE BEHIND THE FRONT LINE IN FLANDERS FIELDS

We visit Essex farm were John McCrae wrote his famous poem: In Flanders Fields. In Langemark we visit the German cemetery. We visit Lyssenthoek cemetery and the visitor centre to discover how the evacuation of the wounded took place. In Poperinge we visit Talbot House and find out about life of the soldiers when they had rest and recreation. Also what happened to the thousands of civilians.

At the end of this tour we take you back to Lille on time to catch your train to your next destination.